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Smokers invoked the Declaration of Independence, social justice and the specter of recent police killings of people of color to argue against restrictions on smoking in public places heard Monday before the City Council.
It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.
What might be called the catastrophic success of development in the Alewife area makes it the place to start a citywide planning process, city managers told the City Council.
Residents got credit from the city manager for raising the need for Planning Board renewal “in a powerful way that opened a lot of eyes” and caused city staff to work without rest since summer.
Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.
One resident gets relief on a $1,000 fee, but real-time alerts for water use that might save even more thousands seem farther off.
A plan to give more power to the City Council over large projects in two city neighborhoods died Monday in a 5-3 vote.
Planning Board members voted against a zoning petition taking away some authority and explained how better zoning from the City Council could improve its work.
At an Ordinance Committee meeting running nearly four hours, public comment on the so-called Carlone petition dominated, with many saying they felt “zoning for the city is broken.”