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Despite readiness to pass plastic bag bill, ‘amendments’ will get February hearing

Despite readiness to pass plastic bag bill, ‘amendments’ will get February hearing

Several city councillors were ready to act Monday on a plastic bag ordinance, saying nearly eight years of debate was long enough, but instead the rules will go to “one more” subcommittee hearing in February, after which it may go back to the full council for a final vote.

Councillor aims to vote on plastic bag ban, ending 8-year process and blocking restart

Councillor aims to vote on plastic bag ban, ending 8-year process and blocking restart

The city has been looking for seven years and seven months at ways to reduce use of plastic bags, with the latest considered worse than the previous one by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.

Councillors to tour Alewife early Nov. 24 to understand development challenges

The City Council has scheduled a walking tour of the Alewife area for 9:30 a.m. Monday. The tour will meet at the Danehy Park parking lot on New Street.

Cambridge secures winter Hubway use again, joined by 60 stations in Boston

Cambridge secures winter Hubway use again, joined by 60 stations in Boston

For the second year in a row, the Hubway bike rental system will stay available to riders throughout winter at almost all Cambridge stations. Riders in Somerville won’t have the option.

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

What might be called the catastrophic success of development in the Alewife area makes it the place to start a citywide planning process, city managers told the City Council.

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Residents got credit from the city manager for raising the need for Planning Board renewal “in a powerful way that opened a lot of eyes” and caused city staff to work without rest since summer.

City sets Oct. 17 deadline for applications to its Commission on Status of Women

People interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, including a résumé and/or an explanation of applicable experience.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

Worried about police? Safeguards failed for Cambridge force when last needed

Worried about police? Safeguards failed for Cambridge force when last needed

The police commissioner’s assurances of checks and balances on officer actions cann’t be accepted at face value – not if recent history is any gauge.

‘Linkage’ of $3.9M for affordable housing was left on table by city since 2002 advice

‘Linkage’ of $3.9M for affordable housing was left on table by city since 2002 advice

Officials failed to adopt a 2002 study about “linkage” fees for big construction, then left the fee essentially flat for more than a decade.

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