The threat of putting the brakes on the flow of $1 million in federal grant money finally got School Committee member Patty Nolan some of the answers she’s been seeking on the logic behind how those funds are distributed in Cambridge’s public schools.
Members of the North Cambridge Family Opera appealed a seemingly mundane policy change on facility use Tuesday before the School Committee that, they said, could threaten the opera’s financial health. Officials supported the appeal unanimously.
Given a second chance to put a nonbinding question about public campaign financing on November’s municipal ballot, the City Council instead decided to have the City Manager’s Office look at public financing options and report back.
It seemed a proposal was dealt a potentially fatal blow over the summer by councillor Leland Cheung, but the city’s Law Department says it has another chance. Longtime city councillor Tim Toomey proposes a voluntary pledge program for candidates instead.
An attempt to see whether Cantabrigians want to explore public financing of municipal elections got shut down Monday by city councillor Leland Cheung, who found the proposal’s language “offensive.”
A group called Cambridge Residents for Responsible Elections has petitioned the City Council for a nonbinding citywide ballot question in November, seeking to determine if voters would support adoption of a public financing program for elections.
After eight years of parking meter changes applied to only targeted parts of the city, prices will begin rising citywide starting Monday, bringing in as much as $900,000 in additional revenue annually.
Cambridge Health Alliance expects to come close to breaking even on its health care operations for two years in a row – unusual and welcome news for a system heavy with uninsured and Medicaid patients. In fact, the system is expanding.
If we’re going to meet the goal of ensuring that all Cambridge children have access to affordable preschool, the council and School Committee must work with a sense of urgency. A deadline will force answers, sooner rather than later, on policy, financing and logistics.
The first part of state Rep. Mike Connolly’s Fourth of July was turned over to opposing sections of Gov. Charles D. Baker’s MassHealth reform package estimated to threaten at least 140,000 low-income families.