Discussing topics as varied as special education, freshman high school sports, required health curriculum and upper school math, School Committee members showed improved collegiality and cooperation last week – even wading into early budget territory.
The furor over developers giving money to city officials’ election campaigns – and whether tricks are used to give more than is legally allowed – got an offseason exhibit Monday, although state officials acknowledge bad record-keeping played a role in the case.
The City Council has selected Louis A. DePasquale unanimously to be the next city manager. The vote came at 6:55 p.m. today at a special meeting, after nearly 90 minutes of speeches.
Drivers and bicyclists fighting a ticket for a moving violation are guaranteed to lose, thanks to a 2009 state law that instituted a $25 non-refundable fee to file an appeal. But the mayor of Cambridge and one fed-up resident are trying to make the system more fair.
Small businesses could see the city handling their trash and recycling pickup, a service already extended to residences, in a plan proposed by city councillors. A similar proposal four years ago was knocked down by the city manager’s office.
The ink was barely dry on Cambridge Health Alliance’s break-even budget for the coming year when $2.3 million in expected revenue for the financially challenged health care system was placed in doubt because of a gubernatorial veto.
The Cambridge Health Alliance’s proposed budget for the next 12 months forecasts little or no growth in visits to its hospitals and doctors and anticipates ending the year barely in the black: a gain of $500,000. It’s a major departure from budgets in recent years.
The green line extension is moving forward with a scaled-back, less expensive plan to bring light rail through Medford and Somerville, the project’s interim management team said, likely leading to a fall request for up to $25 million in aid from Cambridge.
Fears of an attack on public schools and scary encounters with potentially violent people in city buildings have given rise to a municipal “building security enhancement project” with a starting price tag of $2.1 million.
Efforts to prevent cuts to a program that helps lower-income people pay medical bills have failed, potentially affecting patients at the Cambridge Health Alliance and other hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured and underinsured people.