The oft-shifting rules of decorum for City Council meetings are again getting in the way of citizens making their point publicly to elected officials.
Setti Warren, who has all but formally announced his intention to run for governor by stepping down as mayor in Newton, said he’ll be making his decision very soon – perhaps this week – after he finalizes his last city budget.
The municipal election calendar for the year, culminating in Nov. 7 balloting that decides the members of a new City Council and School Committee, has been posted.
Basic parliamentary procedure appeared to defeat the City Council once again Monday, when an attempt to amend a policy order and table it required four separate votes, one of which seemed to pass the order, although that appeared to be no one’s intent.
Sumbul Siddiqui, a native of Cambridge, human services commissioner and public interest attorney, has announced her candidacy for City Council.
Mayor E. Denise Simmons berated city councillor Nadeem Mazen publicly for questions made at an earlier budget hearing, accusing him of misogyny and calling his conduct “outrageous.” A later angry encounter was broadcast live on television and the Internet.
Worried undocumented immigrants got a boost locally this week, but immigration advocates say it won’t matter much if the Safe Communities Act doesn’t find more support at the state level.
East Somerville resident Tracey Leah Pratt is announcing her candidacy for Ward 1 School Committee. She is working on attaining the required 120 signatures from the East Somerville neighborhood before June 27.
A criticism of lax meeting attendance has drawn objections from city councillor Tim Toomey. “You should check your facts,” said the longtime councillor.
We coastal elites have been accused of mocking the heartland by pointing out that they often support governments that work against their own economic interests. But we don’t have to look farther than our own City Hall to find an example.