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Alliance leader aims for City Council seat, says she’ll run without developers’ dollars

Alliance leader aims for City Council seat, says she’ll run without developers’ dollars

Jan Devereux of the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance said in a Monday announcement she is running for office, after never thinking she’d “see the word ‘politician’ next to my name.”

Brian Murphy, assistant city manager, former councillor, dies in ‘sudden loss’

Brian Murphy, assistant city manager, former councillor, dies in ‘sudden loss’

City officials reported the death of Brian Murphy, assistant city manager for community development and a former city councillor, in a message Thursday.

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Formal nomination papers aren’t filed with the Election Commission until the end of July, but lawyer Kim Courtney has announced that she is running and put up an extensive website explaining her platform.

Snow forces closing of municipal offices, cancels second council meeting in a row (update)

Snow forces closing of municipal offices, cancels second council meeting in a row (update)

City officials are closing municipal buildings to the public at 2 p.m. today because of an ongoing winter storm, as well as canceling all public meetings and programs – including the City Council meeting, for the second week in a row.

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Two of our longest-serving city councillors – Mayor David Maher and state Rep. Tim Toomey – argued in favor of being a rubber stamp to the city manager on his power to appoint, against their own oversight powers and city law.

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Limits on e-cigarettes and smoking in larger public parks were voted in Thursday by the City Council, but some exotic tobacco sales will still be allowed, and businesses offering outdoor hookah use can go on doing so.

Among blizzard-conditions steps by city, council moves its meeting to Thursday (update)

Among blizzard-conditions steps by city, council moves its meeting to Thursday (update)

The city has taken the rare step of delaying a City Council meeting, bumping it to 5:30 p.m. Thursday from the traditional Monday meeting night by a blizzard expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow.

Linkage fee study: Don’t scare builders, charge only up to $12 per square foot

Linkage fee study: Don’t scare builders, charge only up to $12 per square foot

A study sees 4.6 million square feet of business space being added in Cambridge over the next 10 years and suggests that its builders contribute $10 to $12 for each square foot to help grow the city’s stock of affordable housing.

Planning Pearl Street for the future means immediate redesign for buses, bicyclists

Planning Pearl Street for the future means immediate redesign for buses, bicyclists

Pearl Street needs to be redesigned as a livable corridor that includes raised intersections, wider sidewalks, a one-way protected bike lane and safe, welcome bus stops with bumped-out curbs.

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.