Acknowledging that some staff still feel “discouraged from speaking,” union head Dan Monahan said he is working with the School Committee and administration to make the budget process “both safe and deeply engaging for educators.”
The Out of the Blue Art Gallery is in crisis again, seeking crowdfunding to make sure it can pay its rent in Central Square, and citizens should help. But this cry for help should be heard by city officials too, and by the property owners with long-fallow storefronts.
Amid state funding problems, unexpected levels of deterioration and rising construction costs, funding for the second phase of a $382 million program to renovate thousands of units of city public housing is uncertain, and construction may not begin until 2019.
In addition to ending the current procurement process for a developer, the decision called upon the city manager, the Foundry Advisory Committee and members of the public to work with the agency to develop a new strategy to move forward.
Adding solar panels to the Main Library, flashing lights for crosswalks and real-time bus tracking displays led the city’s third annual Participatory Budget process, in which 4,730 residents age 12 and older voted on how to spend $700,000 of the city’s budget.
Fundraising for fire victims was nearing $1 million when taking into account all sources of donations, city officials said Monday as they began looking beyond a Dec. 3 blaze to rebuilding, and to responding to future emergencies.
The prized Weekend Backpack program, which sends home free meals for 475 students and siblings every Friday, got an unpleasant surprise Tuesday when Gov. Charlie Baker proposed eliminating state funding for the program.
The city could get a small break on the $160 million cost of building the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex: a little less than half the money expected to be spent on its Valente branch library could be reimbursed by the state.
A unanimous vote to start over reflects residents and city councillor concerns that the current proposal does not provide enough community benefits. A development official says a second process could be faster – but would still take an additional calendar year.
The local YWCA is suspending all programming at its Marshfield branch in favor of expanding the summer day camp that benefits some 800 Cambridge kids a year.