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There’s not just action on the long-unused Foundry building coming Monday, but hope that the council will be aligned and focused on what it wants for the building.
The cost of last month’s City Council election recount was $109,604.37, the city manager said, beating by far an unofficial estimate made as the recount wrapped up.
Even by the year 2030 the population of Cambridge won’t match the high of 1950, says a regional report calling for more housing in a city already grappling with growth issues.
The tension between worker rights, corporate profits and the high cost of living in Cambridge came up repeatedly Monday at the City Council’s first business meeting of the new term.
The Boston Marathon bombing was invoked last month by Cambridge police to get nearly a half-million dollars for a full-time bomb squad, but not at the urging of Boston Police.
David Maher was elected mayor at the inaugural meeting of the City Council in an odd series of three ballots, and first-time councillor Dennis Benzan became vice mayor, giving the process an “F.”
When the City Council starts its two-year term Monday, there will be only one woman where there were four. But the council is gaining a different kind of diversity: its first Muslim and Latino members.
In its final meeting, the previous City Council showed it didn’t really understand public access and government transparency. Maybe this council will be better.
His remarkable margin of victory in the “popular” vote, citywide support and being the only incumbent to increase in votes suggests that, in a typical democracy, Leland Cheung would be mayor.
This may sound strange coming from the guy who pleaded with the council not to violate the Open Meeting Law last term, but I’d like for them to resolve to break some different rules this term.