The City Council has a rule allowing roundtables should be televised, city councillor Nadeem Mazen noted during a budget talk with the School Committee, which has no such rule. “Is there any reason why we think that citizens don’t want to see this meeting?”
Longtime resident and activist Emmanuel “Manny” Lusardi has been named liaison for immigrant affairs to the office of vice mayor Marc McGovern, becoming the “go-to person” for documented and undocumented residents who need help and advocacy.
The public hearing and budget subcommittee meeting held Thursday were added to the existing budget calendar as recently as Jan. 17, after a request to meet with city councillors on the same date, and not without causing some tension.
The mayor, vice mayor and clergy plan an hourlong “Rally For Unity” for 4:30 p.m. Monday on the steps of City Hall “to show the world that we stand for social justice and that we, as a community, intend to continue to fight for equality for all.”
More than a dozen residents and bike advocates called for speedy safety improvements to transportation infrastructure Monday, and six city councillors had their own calls for urgency, starting with Craig Kelley’s gentle prompt: “Things still seem to be moving slowly.”
Mayor E. Denise Simmons, who spent more than a week on the fence about attending Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, said Tuesday that she attended a National League of Cities open house event instead.
The City Council has quietly scheduled an off-site meeting to set “City Council Goals” for the upcoming term. The meeting does not appear on the council’s online hearing schedule or city calendar and isn’t posted on the council bulletin board in City Hall.
The December fire in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood offered Isaiah Robinson a chance to show how much he cares about his family, and the City Council did it again Monday as it presented him with a proclamation of his heroism and a key to the city.
After debating zoning proposed for Central Square that could add housing and overturn overly broad restrictions against some eateries, city councillors were primed to consider one of the reasons it has taken years, if not decades, to make improvements.
Simmons is an unlikely attendee for the inauguration of Trump as president, after a national campaign and transition that embraced, and was embraced by, white supremacists and anti-gay activists.