While about 60 percent of the historic East Cambridge building’s space would be dedicated for community uses, some 15,500 square feet would be used for market-rate office space, helping pay an annual $1 million in operating costs.
The School Committee unanimously ratified an agreement Tuesday with units of the teachers’ union that includes the creation of several working groups responding to important issues raised repeatedly over the past two years:
Some city councillors see in the upcoming rebuilding of the Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School a way to ensure there’s finally a place to start educating all of the city’s 3- and 4-year-olds.
Basic parliamentary procedure appeared to defeat the City Council once again Monday, when an attempt to amend a policy order and table it required four separate votes, one of which seemed to pass the order, although that appeared to be no one’s intent.
Mayor E. Denise Simmons berated city councillor Nadeem Mazen publicly for questions made at an earlier budget hearing, accusing him of misogyny and calling his conduct “outrageous.” A later angry encounter was broadcast live on television and the Internet.
The Rally for Public Education is about coming together and building a movement in our state to invest in and work for the future or education that all children, regardless of ZIP code, deserve.
Historically, the district has chosen to make larger price increases less often, instead of incremental changes each year, but several School Committee members hesitated at the size of the increases.
We coastal elites have been accused of mocking the heartland by pointing out that they often support governments that work against their own economic interests. But we don’t have to look farther than our own City Hall to find an example.
Our city’s affordable housing issue is a complex and emotional one, and the hard part is that there is no simple solution. But one thing I know is that Cambridge has a strong collective will, and when we put our minds and hearts to something, we find ways to get it done.
The 15-acre riverfront Magazine Beach park got an official boost this week with a City Council request for municipal government to become a partner in its rehabilitation and “make a substantial investment” in the next phase of improvements and ongoing maintenance.