City Council action on the war between taxis and their car-service competition goes on, with a meeting about city regulations penciled in for mid-September as one member may want to undo votes from mid-August.
Three City Council candidates ruffled feathers at the body’s sole meeting of the summer, two accusing the city of enforcing laws selectively and another pointing out a lesser double standard: who gets to eat and drink in historic City Hall chambers.
Keeping the cost of living in Cambridge affordable was explored by officials, including rewarding landlords who didn’t squeeze tenants for high rents and the question of how much money to demand of big developers per square foot of construction.
Vice mayor Dennis Benzan put through an order for a vote, and the council approved it. But councillor E. Denise Simmons had some awkward news for him resulting from a previous attempt at a name change.
A year after the city started renovations on the City Council’s Sullivan Chamber to improve audio quality, disastrous problems continue to occur. There was no audio for viewers watching Monday’s summer meeting on either the Internet or on cable TV.
Activist and attorney Mike Connolly declared his candidacy for City Council on Thursday – his second run for public office after opting out of a council bid two years ago and coming in second in a challenge to Tim Toomey for his 26th Middlesex District seat.
It’s not quite hell freezing over, but city councillor Craig Kelley has hired a legislative aide, saying he sees “much more potential for me to do good things in the city if I have someone I can work closely and consistently with on the city’s issues.”
Midway through the month when City Council and School Committee candidates can pick up their nomination papers and must file them, election commissioners certified signatures from a dozen council hopefuls and eight potential committee members.
More than 100 tenants from a single apartment building have been plunged into the tight Cambridge housing market on short notice, bringing outrage from city councillors and new awareness of the vulnerability of residents who aren’t able to buy their homes.
It was Hugh Russell, a 26-year member of the Planning Board, who discussed the $2 million cost of a master plan in terms of the dollars put into development each year in Cambridge, saying it “seems like a reasonable investment to get things right.”