After a few blistering comments from citizens about new bike lanes, city officials apologized Monday for rollouts that seemed to happen too quickly and without enough public outreach.
Frustration is so high over the city’s sluggish pace on putting in place outdoor-lighting laws that a city councillor suggested returning to the version written by a citizen long ago, undoing an extensive official process that took place in the years since.
Given a second chance to put a nonbinding question about public campaign financing on November’s municipal ballot, the City Council instead decided to have the City Manager’s Office look at public financing options and report back.
Cambridge police have scrapped a policy, perhaps temporarily, allowing officers to hold suspects who are undocumented immigrants past the time they should have been released solely to cooperate with a “detainer” request from immigration enforcement officers.
It was just a rocky rollout for bike lanes on Brattle Street in Harvard Square, but it delivered fears of a moratorium on future safe-bicycling infrastructure and complaints from city officials to Monday’s meeting of the City Council, its only meeting of the summer.
An attempt to see whether Cantabrigians want to explore public financing of municipal elections got shut down Monday by city councillor Leland Cheung, who found the proposal’s language “offensive.”
A group called Cambridge Residents for Responsible Elections has petitioned the City Council for a nonbinding citywide ballot question in November, seeking to determine if voters would support adoption of a public financing program for elections.
Most people commenting on an affordable housing proposal Monday seemed unaware there was a lot more to the idea than just negotiating a price with a divinity school leaving for New York City.
Some city councillors see in the upcoming rebuilding of the Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School a way to ensure there’s finally a place to start educating all of the city’s 3- and 4-year-olds.
Plans for increased police presence in Central Square will come into sharper focus at a May 30 meeting, but officials are being careful about what it would mean for an area where encounters with drug users and others cause nervousness among residents and tourists.