The speed limit on city-owned streets will be reduced to 25 mph unless otherwise posted, the City Manager’s Office announced Friday, calling it “an important step toward improving the safety of everyone who lives, works and visits Cambridge.”
The full City Council took long-awaited action on its inclusionary housing ordinance this week, voting unanimously to hold new hearings on raising required affordable housing in new developments to 20 percent as of June 30.
An effort to empty the City Council’s “awaiting reports” list for a just-appointed city manager failed Monday on a 2-7 vote.
The council passed three items relating to Cambridge’s designation as a “Trust Act City,” including an appeal to the city manager to fund “any and all programs that may be in jeopardy should the federal government stop funding sanctuary cities.”
City councillor Leland Cheung has proposed clearing an “awaiting report” list, starting the new city manager off with a clean slate, but not every councillor looks likely to approve the order at Monday’s meeting.
It’s 357 days until the municipal elections, and the field has just begun to shape up. As of Tuesday, the city has its first challenger candidate for City Council in Samuel Gebru, who has turned his 25th birthday party Nov. 30 into a fundraiser for his campaign.
Cambridge officially has a new city manager in Louis A. DePasquale, with city councillors voting unanimously to accept a four-year-plus contract that starts Nov. 14, when he takes the oath of office at 9:30 a.m at City Hall.
The City Council blocked work on a fast-moving consulting process for Harvard Square’s iconic kiosk, saying officials were moving too fast without public input and encouraging skepticism that the process was rigged.
It took until nearly the end of a two-hour roundtable on charter schools for anyone to bring up the heated climate in which the schools operate – especially with a ballot question coming up Nov. 8 that might raise the cap how many operate in the state.
A sweeping set of street infrastructure reforms dominated Monday’s meeting of the City Council, inspired by two bicyclist deaths within the past four months, and won unanimous support. Now the proposals go to city staffers for study and implementation.