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Here’s a car service app Cambridge won’t fight – one that aims to get cars fixed as cheaply and conveniently as possible while bringing auto repair shops new customers.
Leland Cheung has quickly become my business’ most valued advocate in City Hall, an experience I’ve since learned has been shared by many. Just like when he was in venture capital, Leland loves to bring ideas to life.
In addition to thinking about businesses and how businesses can contribute to the community, Leland Cheung is radically responsive. He lists his cellphone everywhere, and many residents have experienced e-mailing the entire council and hearing back only from Leland.
Nearly 50 law enforcement agencies are coming to Cambridge for a Sept. 16-17 event looking at technology in crime and crime-fighting – held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center with Cambridge Police serving as host and MIT and local tech startups among the roster of speakers and presenters.
State Sen. Karen Spilka, a Democrat running for Ed Markey’s congressional seat in the 5th Massachusetts District, said she intended to file a bill to repeal the “tech tax.”
City Council candidate Dennis Benzan wants to bridge city neighborhoods and the private sector, launching symposia on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education and run citywide job and career fairs.
Cambridge government recently launched a mobile version of its cambridgema.gov for smartphone or tablet users, as well as improved sites for the Water Department and the city’s cable channel.
Nadeem Mazen, candidate for Cambridge City Council, will hold his kickoff event from 3 to 5 p.m. July 13 at ZuZu in Central Square.
Noting the city’s upcoming Earth Day announcement of sustainability goals and MIT’s literally groundbreaking work overseas, professor John D. Spengler says he doesn’t understand why MIT wasn’t thinking more boldly – and using its own ideas – in remaking 26 acres in Kendall Square.
One argument for adhering to the no-cameras rule of the “roundtable” format of City Council meetings is that it frees officials to speak frankly, leading to deeper conversation on tricky topics. Unfortunately for believers in this theory – that the presence of cameras is inhibiting – it makes less sense than ever in 2013.