It’s very difficult to understand the City Council’s leadership on regulating taxis and on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft.
City Council action on the war between taxis and their car-service competition goes on, with a meeting about city regulations penciled in for mid-September as one member may want to undo votes from mid-August.
Don’t let anyone tell you not to vote in the upcoming presidential election, or any election. And if you think Internet phenomenon and millennial comedy and podcast guru Dan Harmon did, take it from me: He did not.
Three City Council candidates ruffled feathers at the body’s sole meeting of the summer, two accusing the city of enforcing laws selectively and another pointing out a lesser double standard: who gets to eat and drink in historic City Hall chambers.
Another act of violence has taken the life of a human being in our city in Area IV – where I grew up and call home, an area with one of the highest poverty rates in the city, and where there have been nearly a half-dozen murders dating back to 1990.
Vice mayor Dennis Benzan put through an order for a vote, and the council approved it. But councillor E. Denise Simmons had some awkward news for him resulting from a previous attempt at a name change.
Next weekend is already filling in, with a Sunday morning launch of a free, weekly public free speech celebration in Harvard Square and an afternoon All Arts Day in Central Square from the Art City group.
City councillor Nadeem Mazen is scheduled to play a prominent role in a Thursday press conference against a controversial government antiterrorism effort called Countering Violent Extremism.
Many taxi medallion owners have spent more than $500,000 on them and could lose everything if their value plummets. The city not only has an ethical obligation to find a solution, but must operate within the system it created until it finds a solution.
Officials at the Arthur J. Santoro Cambridge Taxi School say they “believe that every driver – regardless of their business – picking up passengers within our city limits should be held to the same high standards that we currently hold our licensed taxi drivers to.”