Free food for all students, new schools in the Alewife and NorthPoint neighborhoods and a debate over whether the city or schools department would lead on universal preschool were among the topics at a meeting of the School Committee and City Council.
An affirmation of liberal principles and economic safety underlay much of the the first-ever State of the City address, held Wednesday in a Sullivan Chamber at City Hall buzzing with the feel of a reunion of politicians, activists and other municipal movers and shakers.
Cambridge officials are gearing up to issue the first-ever round of municipal minibonds, available only to residents. The bonds are “mini” because they can be bought in denominations as low as $1,000 and will be capped at $20,000, and paid off within five years.
More than a dozen residents and bike advocates called for speedy safety improvements to transportation infrastructure Monday, and six city councillors had their own calls for urgency, starting with Craig Kelley’s gentle prompt: “Things still seem to be moving slowly.”
The City Council has quietly scheduled an off-site meeting to set “City Council Goals” for the upcoming term. The meeting does not appear on the council’s online hearing schedule or city calendar and isn’t posted on the council bulletin board in City Hall.
Once budget director and deputy finance director, Kale becomes assistant city manager for finance as of March 13.
Community input is a vital component of the decision-making process in Cambridge, and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking volunteers to serve on his new City Manager’s Advisory Committee.
The police department got its third leader in less than nine months Monday as Brent B. Larrabee became acting commissioner and city officials described the process for getting a permanent leader into office – perhaps by July.
A new North Cambridge restaurant has drawn raves from The Boston Globe, but on their way to dinner there the city’s gourmets should take a moment to appreciate the fact it exists at all. The creation of UpperWest was more difficult than most, and for difficult reasons.
Acting Police Commissioner Chris Burke will retire rather than lead the Cambridge Police Department longer, concluding a 32-year career.