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.
Three City Council candidates ruffled feathers at the body’s sole meeting of the summer, two accusing the city of enforcing laws selectively and another pointing out a lesser double standard: who gets to eat and drink in historic City Hall chambers.
Keeping the cost of living in Cambridge affordable was explored by officials, including rewarding landlords who didn’t squeeze tenants for high rents and the question of how much money to demand of big developers per square foot of construction.
Vice mayor Dennis Benzan put through an order for a vote, and the council approved it. But councillor E. Denise Simmons had some awkward news for him resulting from a previous attempt at a name change.
A year after the city started renovations on the City Council’s Sullivan Chamber to improve audio quality, disastrous problems continue to occur. There was no audio for viewers watching Monday’s summer meeting on either the Internet or on cable TV.
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.