As Cambridge Health Alliance and other hospitals work to reduce the number of patients who visit the emergency room unnecessarily, doctors are realizing that many of these visits are connected to alcohol abuse.
Upper school family liaisons, more recess and more support for high school clubs were among the concerns heard from parents and high school students at the first budget hearing of the school year with new co-chair Kathleen Kelly.
An eleventh-hour vote at a specially scheduled City Council has cleared the way for legislation that could safeguard the Cambridge Housing Authority’s $382 million renovation of more than 2,500 apartments for low-income tenants.
Work on the recommendations of the Early Childhood Task Force is to start almost immediately on turning a task force report into a strategic plan, hiring people to lead it and developing a pilot project. But that wasn’t soon enough, some councillors are saying.
The city administration and Housing Authority officials are scrambling to salvage the authority’s $382 million redevelopment of low-income public housing after an unexpected state roadblock threatened to cut the borrowing ability for the project by $23.2 million.
A citywide development master plan got its $3.3 million in funding Monday, after a two-week delay brought on by a skeptical, cost-conscious city councillor and a roundtable discussion in which city staff tried to allay his concerns.
By the end of this year, Cambridge Health Alliance will offer same-day and next-day appointments to most people seeking a surgeon. The Alliance has been trying to increase the number of patients who use its services as it seeks to achieve financial stability.
Claiming the issue was too confusing, yet signaling also that he suspected politics were at play in the final weeks before an election, councillor Tim Toomey ended an attempt to televise an upcoming meeting launching a citywide development master plan.
Incumbent city councillor Leland Cheung is holding what he describes as his last fundraiser before next month’s election. “We’re in a crunch to ensure we can fund our get-out-the-vote plan for election weekend before Nov. 3,” Cheung said.
A conversation about whether candidates should take campaign donations from real estate developers was taken dramatically off course at an election forum when city councillor Tim Toomey turned the spotlight on the finances of councillor Nadeem Mazen.