Activist and attorney Mike Connolly declared his candidacy for City Council on Thursday – his second run for public office after opting out of a council bid two years ago and coming in second in a challenge to Tim Toomey for his 26th Middlesex District seat.
It’s not quite hell freezing over, but city councillor Craig Kelley has hired a legislative aide, saying he sees “much more potential for me to do good things in the city if I have someone I can work closely and consistently with on the city’s issues.”
Midway through the month when City Council and School Committee candidates can pick up their nomination papers and must file them, election commissioners certified signatures from a dozen council hopefuls and eight potential committee members.
More than 100 tenants from a single apartment building have been plunged into the tight Cambridge housing market on short notice, bringing outrage from city councillors and new awareness of the vulnerability of residents who aren’t able to buy their homes.
It was Hugh Russell, a 26-year member of the Planning Board, who discussed the $2 million cost of a master plan in terms of the dollars put into development each year in Cambridge, saying it “seems like a reasonable investment to get things right.”
The population increased to 109,964 in July 2014 and is on its way to a projected 118,625 in 2030, but a boom in housing construction seems likely to surpass a 2030 target a decade ahead of schedule.
In a series of appropriations votes, it was the $164 million schools budget embedded in a general fund budget item that drew the most comment and weakest approval, with only six of nine councillors voting in favor.
On Tuesday, the City Clerk’s Office began making the minutes of City Council meetings available online. Getting historical minutes online is in the works.
A report that Cambridge police have “sniper teams” is greeted with both dismay and gratitude, with less attention paid to confirmation that the city pays the bill for VIP visits.
Long-simmering anger at the owners of the decrepit Vail Court apartments boiled over Monday at a meeting where city councillors moved to shut down a commercial parking lot they called likely illegal and potentially dangerous.