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