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.
Mayor E. Denise Simmons berated city councillor Nadeem Mazen publicly for questions made at an earlier budget hearing, accusing him of misogyny and calling his conduct “outrageous.” A later angry encounter was broadcast live on television and the Internet.
Worried undocumented immigrants got a boost locally this week, but immigration advocates say it won’t matter much if the Safe Communities Act doesn’t find more support at the state level.
A criticism of lax meeting attendance has drawn objections from city councillor Tim Toomey. “You should check your facts,” said the longtime councillor.
Two-term city councillor Nadeem Mazen has decided not to run for reelection, becoming the second council incumbent to leave open a seat for the November election.
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?