City surveillance policy debate and an MIT lab proposal raised questions Monday: How should Cambridge control digital surveillance technologies by city government? Should the City Council leave deployment of technologies to the city manager?
An operating budget of $605 million and capital budget of another $124.8 million arrived before city councillors Monday, getting a short introduction before a series of May meetings where line items can be explored in depth before a mid-May final vote.
The Cambridge order points to the dragging of a passenger off a plane as a potential hate crime and refers also to an earlier incident, when three girls were barred from flying because they were wearing form-fitting leggings as pants.
The City Council has called for an investigation into whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, arguing that he failed to divest himself from his business interests and is using the office of the presidency to enrich himself.
The city is being urged to think big on rebuilding the 46-year-old Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School, already expected to cost at least $200 million in the earliest guesses, including by looking at buying the neighboring National Guard armory.
A petition filed Monday to set rules for Airbnb hosts drew suspicion and anger rather than support, with city councillors signaling that they would take care to avoid what they considered a trick to delay legitimate regulations from being passed.
The removal of 23 trees in Watertown was bad public relations for Cambridge, officials acknowledged, and they would try to do better – but the work was made necessary by the invasion of giant roots into the pipeline bringing water into the city.
A plea by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts to halt a controversial collaboration between state and local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement won unanimous support from the City Council on Monday.
The Richard C. Rossi Housing Assistance Fund could help any case of looming eviction or trouble getting housing when there’s a head of a household out of a job but actively looking for work. While only $35,641 now, further private donations are expected to come in.
Undocumented immigrants living in Cambridge and facing deportation or other enforcement actions could soon have a city-backed legal defense fund to support them and a “lawyer on speed dial,” under a plan discussed Monday by the City Council.