City Council meetings increasingly have limits on the way the public can express itself, and some may be unconstitutional – including ejecting a citizen holding a sign and ending public comment that conflicts with councillors’ rules.
Cambridge’s stand against LGBTQ discrimination has been heard, but not adopted, by the National League of Cities. The organization is declining to move its 2017 conference from Charlotte, N.C., likely leaving Cambridge city councillors at home that week.
A move to get professional lobbyists to register and disclose their work in Cambridge was complicated by lingering anger from the past election, with the Cambridge Residents Alliance citizens group getting compared to the NRA by city councillor Craig Kelley.
Remaking the school and community complex on Cambridge Street is likely to cost the city some $26 million more than expected – but for a good reason: It could house school district administrators, long relegated to a crumbling leased building in East Cambridge.
City officials suggested they leaned toward removing Christopher Columbus entirely in favor of a more general celebration of Italian-American heritage, introducing a separate Indigenous Peoples Day for the people who suffered from European explorations.
Suspicion over how much involvement the public would have over a revamp of the iconic Out of Town News kiosk and surrounding plaza has briefly derailed a vote to create a working group and partnership to oversee the public space.
The seven-member “Unity Slate” of reelection candidates formed in the run-up to last year’s City Council elections did not violate the state’s Open Meeting Law, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has found in a decision dated Monday.
The typically two-hour gatherings at which councillors go in-depth on issues have been barred from broadcast, although the rule has been debated by the council over at least the past three terms, with occasionally silly results.
Replacing Columbus Day with an Indigenous Peoples Day drew the most comment and passion at a late December meeting of the City Council, but a vote was delayed to this year – and will likely not be decided at Monday’s meeting.
A mayor and vice mayor were elected swiftly and unanimously Monday at the City Council’s morning inaugural meeting: E. Denise Simmons, entering her eighth term as councillor and second as mayor; and Marc McGovern, entering his second term as councillor.