Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A “3D crosswalk” illusion made with paint in Isafjordur, Iceland. (Image: YouTube)

Will Cambridge get publicly funded elections, or ‘3D’ crosswalks?

bullet-gray-small City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. The city manager has only one item on the agenda – a step needed to set the tax rate for next year – but councillor policy orders include a new look at the always controversial topic of publicly financed city elections and a public airing of a potential racial profiling incident at the Central Square CVS where management was apparently dumb enough to ignore a letter from an “elected official” (the order was filed by councillor E. Denise Simmons).  Councillor Tim Toomey,  meanwhile, wants the city to use an intersection in East Cambridge to test an Icelandic crosswalk design that makes drivers slow down because of a painted optical illusion: They think they’re going to hit what appear to be floating bars. Televised.

The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

What will be the rules for recreational marijuana shop sales?

bullet-gray-small Ordinance Committee, 3 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley will look at several points surrounding the sale of recreational marijuana in Cambridge – note the follow-up committee meeting taking place at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Televised.

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

What changes are coming to Kendall Square? Cambridge Redevelopment will help say

bullet-gray-small Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Coming back to the board is the conversion of the former Casa Do Benfica fraternal clubhouse into six units at 178 Elm St., off Hampshire Street in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood a few blocks from Inman Square. The 7,350-square-foot building was built in 1890 and has been used as a clubhouse for soccer fans and other aspects of Portuguese community since 1995. Also, Kendall Square developers Boston Properties want to move some gross floor area around between infill construction among a few projects Broadway and on Main and Binney streets, including changing a parking plan and relocating some below-ground retail, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority – which oversees Kendall Square development – will participate at the meeting. Televised.

The board meets on the second floor of the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

How has the school district done responding to sexual harassment claims?

bullet-gray-small School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The district response to student complaints of sexual harassment in school is queried by committee members, as well as whether kids are getting the world language classes they want and good internships. Looks at high schoolers’ homework policy and whether lower letter grades are clustered for students of color are also on the agenda. Televised.

The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge

What would you say to a cop over coffee?

bullet-gray-smallNational Coffee With a Cop Day,  10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police Department members invite residents to have coffee and conversation about issues that matter most to them in your community.

The event is set to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks, 36 JFK St., Harvard Square, and from  10 to 11:30 a.m. at Toscanini’s, 159 First St., East Cambridge.

What new restaurants are coming to Cambridge?

bullet-gray-small License Commission, 3 p.m. Wednesday. Among various agenda items for the commission are proposed licenses for the Cava mezze grill, seeking 38 seats and 20 seasonal patio seats at 82 Ames St., Kendall Square, and Elmendorf Baking Supplies, seeking 20 indoor seats and 10 outside at 594 Cambridge St., East Cambridge.

The commission meets in the basement of the Michael J. Lombardi Building, 831 Massachusetts Ave., Mid-Cambridge near Central Square.

How will recreational marijuana businesses affect Cambridge and people of color?

bullet-gray-small Economic Development & University Relations Committee, 4 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Sumbul Siddiqui will look at effects of beginning recreational marijuana sales, and the industry’s opportunities as social equity – ensuring some of the proceeds go to people of color who were disproportionately punished when pot was illegal.  

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Who were the victims of domestic violence in 2018?

bullet-gray-small Domestic violence vigil, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Those lost to domestic violence in 2018 are honored. For information about the vigil and other Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, send email to [email protected] or [email protected].

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

What can we do about our tree loss from the past decade?

bullet-gray-small Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Work continues on a plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the city’s urban forest canopy and keep Cambridge resilient as climate change arrives. New tree canopy loss figures were recently revealed, showing 18 percent loss of trees in less than a decade. 

The task force meets the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge.

What work should be allowed at the EMF Building before a study?

bullet-gray-small Historical Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday. Renovations are planned for the EMF Building at 110-120 Brookline St. and 108-112 Pacific St., Cambridgeport, despite an ongoing landmarking study for the 1921 structure that most recently housed art studios and musicians’ rehearsal spaces. 

The commission meets at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.