The candidates for the Second Middlesex Senate District – incumbent Pat Jehlen and challenger Leland Cheung, a Cambridge city councillor – plan to debate Wednesday in Porter Square.
In an attempt to garner broad input in the search for a new city manager, 19 public focus groups have been scheduled for the eight days starting Thursday.
Expected to meet in September or October – shortly before Americans vote to embrace or repudiate Trump’s campaign – the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship is to be a guide to support services and fight prejudice and discrimination.
The License Commission’s approach to policy reform for restaurants that serve alcohol hasn’t just alarmed those businesses. Now the City Council has moved to put the process on hold and get a say in what happens, though the law may say it gets none.
Three firms have submitted proposals to run the executive recruitment search for a new city manager. The three come from a pool of 55 who were solicited or expressed interest before a Thursday deadline.
With surprise proposals on alcohol rules by the License Commission and the undermining of First Amendment rights by the City Council, city government continues to show how far it has to go before citizens feel truly heard and and respected in Cambridge.
It’s no secret city councillor Leland Cheung is ambitious – he came to the council in 2009 while pursuing dual degrees at Harvard and MIT. Now former venture capitalist Cheung is running for the state Senate seat representing Massachusetts’ 2nd Middlesex District.
If our City Council had a theme for its current term, it would most likely be “missed opportunities” – prominently on display in its process for choosing a new city manager and deciding to send a lobbying ordinance to committee rather than to the city manager.
City Council meetings increasingly have limits on the way the public can express itself, and some may be unconstitutional – including ejecting a citizen holding a sign and ending public comment that conflicts with councillors’ rules.
Arbor Day is today across the rest of the country, but it came early to the Maria L. Baldwin School with a special guest appearance by The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ environmental hero and defender of trees.