Not many people came out for Tuesday’s hourlong public forum with police commissioner finalist Branville G. Bard Jr. Which is okay. It was an embarrassment.
Branville G. Bard Jr., the sole remaining finalist for police commissioner, introduced himself to the city Tuesday night at a small forum at the public library, saying Cambridge’s progressive policing was “not going to change under my leadership.”
In a surprising announcement Friday, there is a single candidate remaining for police commissioner since five candidates interviewed for the position in May – Branville G. Bard Jr. of Philadelphia, an African American who has studied the practice of racial profiling.
The city manager has selected the finalists for Cambridge police commissioner, but is keeping them under wraps and refusing to disclose them, at least for now.
The momentum of turning Vail Court into affordable housing continued Monday with the allocation of $750,000 to tear down the two boarded-up, rat-infested buildings and transfer of property to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust for development.
City councillors grappled Monday with the city’s role in duping hundreds of restaurateurs into spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on alcohol licenses that are now worthless, as well as how to compensate the buyers for their empty investments.
The Harvard Square Theatre at 10 Church St. will be redeveloped into a mixed-use building with two below-ground movie screens; street-level retail; and five stories of office space above.
The study committee will consider amendments to a City Council order that established the Harvard Square Conservation District in 2000 and possible amendments to the Neighborhood Conservation District enabling ordinance.
City surveillance policy debate and an MIT lab proposal raised questions Monday: How should Cambridge control digital surveillance technologies by city government? Should the City Council leave deployment of technologies to the city manager?
An operating budget of $605 million and capital budget of another $124.8 million arrived before city councillors Monday, getting a short introduction before a series of May meetings where line items can be explored in depth before a mid-May final vote.