Being a property owner in Cambridge can be a really good deal – too good for some, and finance officials have been examining a minimum tax that might raise what some pay.
After a few blistering comments from citizens about new bike lanes, city officials apologized Monday for rollouts that seemed to happen too quickly and without enough public outreach.
Frustration is so high over the city’s sluggish pace on putting in place outdoor-lighting laws that a city councillor suggested returning to the version written by a citizen long ago, undoing an extensive official process that took place in the years since.
Given a second chance to put a nonbinding question about public campaign financing on November’s municipal ballot, the City Council instead decided to have the City Manager’s Office look at public financing options and report back.
It seemed a proposal was dealt a potentially fatal blow over the summer by councillor Leland Cheung, but the city’s Law Department says it has another chance. Longtime city councillor Tim Toomey proposes a voluntary pledge program for candidates instead.
The city has been blocked – at least temporarily – from tearing down Vail Court, two boarded-up, rat-infested buildings empty for more than a decade near Central Square. Work was to have begun Monday.
The rhetoric was sharper and the bitterness and anger palpable at a rally held Monday after racist violence in Virginia – the third such rally held in Cambridge in response to the still young presidency of Donald Trump and, officials made clear, certainly not the last.
City officials, reacting to the violence at a white supremacist rally held over the weekend in Virginia, plan a unity rally for Monday at City Hall; meanwhile, with white supremacists coming to Boston, Black Lives Matter Cambridge plans an action on Saturday.
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.