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.
Harsh words for a high-end landlord have dramatized an ongoing housing crisis as officials sought to make a comprehensive citywide housing plan an “early action item” in a development master plan and pondered ways to block renters from losing their homes.
The number of voters in this year’s municipal elections were up a little over half a percent since the elections of 2013, despite campaign spending this year of $651,663, up from a total spend two years ago of $535,871 – or a rise of nearly 22 percent.
Work on the recommendations of the Early Childhood Task Force is to start almost immediately on turning a task force report into a strategic plan, hiring people to lead it and developing a pilot project. But that wasn’t soon enough, some councillors are saying.
A citywide development master plan got its $3.3 million in funding Monday, after a two-week delay brought on by a skeptical, cost-conscious city councillor and a roundtable discussion in which city staff tried to allay his concerns.
Claiming the issue was too confusing, yet signaling also that he suspected politics were at play in the final weeks before an election, councillor Tim Toomey ended an attempt to televise an upcoming meeting launching a citywide development master plan.
Area IV, the neighborhood next to Cambridgeport formerly known as The Old Port or The Port, will now again be known as The Port. Got it?
A conversation about whether candidates should take campaign donations from real estate developers was taken dramatically off course at an election forum when city councillor Tim Toomey turned the spotlight on the finances of councillor Nadeem Mazen.