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.
The Unity Slate of seven City Council incumbents got creamed at a Tuesday candidates forum, and its members weren’t even there – in fact, they got creamed largely because they weren’t.
The mass of initiatives and programs fighting an epidemic of hard-drug addiction, abuse and overdose is failing, officials said Monday, leading some to consider giving Central Square relief from the social services that seem to concentrate the problem there.
For the first time in nearly three decades, city officials are raising the “linkage” rate developers pay to help build affordable housing, as well as expanding what kinds of development incurs the fee. Some dubious reasoning was cited in the run-up to a vote.
The fall ritual of approving the city’s property tax rate collided Monday with the fast-approaching November election and ongoing debate over the city’s affordable housing crisis, dragging out an inevitable, unanimous approval of a 3.8 percent property tax levy.
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.