Chicken Slacks play at the Cantab Lounge in Central Square, a designated state cultural district, in December. (Photo: Marc Levy)

School officials look at district’s reading programs

bullet-gray-smallSchool Committee Special Education and Student Supports Subcommittee, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Members will discuss the district’s reading curriculum, Fundations, and its student supports and reading interventions, including Reading Recovery.

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

Councillors want funds doubled in the coming years for affordable housing, trees, the arts, Central Square

bullet-gray-smallCity Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. Last week the city manager’s items were set aside by councillor Tim Toomey’s “charter right.” Even if we don’t get to find out what that was about, there are reports back on efforts to educate bicyclists about safety and road sharing, a few funding items for emergency response, firefighting and police work and recommendations for water and sewer rates. Meanwhile, councillors are asking the city manager to double annual funding to at least $30 million over the next three to five years to fund affordable housing construction, replacement of the tree canopy, preschool space and enrollment scholarships, the revitalization of Central Square and to the arts in general – an aggressive move to use so-called free cash that the manager has been cautious about in the past. Councillors also want to designate an Economic Development Department staffer as “arts liaison” and create a licensing page that’s “arts friendly”;  seek an April 9 roundtable on an Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay proposal; and will bring back another item set aside by an charter right – a “diversity preservation policy” meant to keep lower-earning residents from being squeezed out of the city. It would give preference for new affordable units (up to 50 percent of them, anyway) to current residents of neighborhoods at high risk from gentrification. Televised.

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


Speaker DeLeo gives the keynote at chamber breakfast

bullet-gray-smallChamber of Commerce Government Relations Breakfast featuring Speaker Robert DeLeo, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday. The Massachusetts Speaker of the House of Representatives is here for a power breakfast at this annual event with networking and a speaking program. Non-members pay $100 to attend.

The event is held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston, 40 Edwin Land Blvd., East Cambridge.

Council may update rules on expenses for travel, more

bullet-gray-smallGovernment Operations, Rules & Claims Committee, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. This committee run by vice mayor Jan Devereux will look at updating council rules on travel and related expenses. (Times were posted incorrectly online.)

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

Revive Memorial Tree Program, revive tree canopy?

bullet-gray-smallNeighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebration Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Quinton Zondervan and Dennis Carlone will look at revitalizing the city’s Memorial Tree Program to increase participation and get more trees planted to help with the coming effects of climate change.

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

Zoning change would enable hotel space in Kendall

bullet-gray-smallOrdinance Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley will look at a hotel industry zoning change for a district in and around Kendall Square. Televised.

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

Are there changes coming to proposed school budget?

bullet-gray-smallSchool Committee Budget Workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. To review the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year and talk about potential revisions. Televised.

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


Lodging house discussion amid typical license issues

bullet-gray-smallLicense Commission, 3 p.m. Wednesday. There are disciplinary hearings scheduled for Alden & Harlow and Longfellow Bar in Harvard Square (possible overcrowding on Jan. 25) and the Middle East, Zuzu and Sonia in Central Square (employee-on-patron contact Jan. 30 without a call to police), and consideration of granting the Middlesex Lounge in The Port neighborhood an additional business hour, to close at 2 a.m. seven days a week. But a potentially big item is sort of buried on the agenda: The board will discuss lodging houses.   

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

Latest Coffee (and doughnuts) With a Cop at YWCA

bullet-gray-smallCoffee With a Cop, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Residents are invited to ask questions of police officers and talk about safety in Cambridge, drink coffee and snack on doughnuts. 

The event is in the Tanner Residence Community Room at YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St., near Central Square.

Grab bag of school campus issues set for discussion

bullet-gray-smallSchool Committee Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Members will discuss issues related to custodial services and permitting, district enrollment projections, facilities rental fees. And maybe more.

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

‘Mutually agreeable resolution’ on PRAB complaint?

bullet-gray-smallPolice Review And Advisory Board, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. With the board declining to hear a complaint against police commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr., now the board itself has a complaint against it. The office of state Attorney General Maura Healey has given the board extra time  to talk about the issue, saying it hopes “the parties involved can use the additional time to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.” The other party involved: Cambridge Day.

The board meets in the second floor conference room in the municipal building at 51 Inman St., Mid-Cambridge.


Housing Committee plans discussion (on something)

bullet-gray-smallHousing Committee, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillors Sumbul Siddiqui and E. Denise Simmons didn’t post the purpose of this meeting online.

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

Urban Forest task force continues its work …

bullet-gray-smallUrban Forest Master Plan Task Force, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Work continues on a plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the city’s urban forest canopy and keep Cambridge resilient as climate change arrives: reducing the urban heat island effect, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing runoff and generally maintaining community well-being (because trees are nice).

The task force meets in the media library of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

… but at this point we’re heading for extinction

bullet-gray-smallHeading for Extinction and What to Do About It, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Speakers from Extinction Rebellion Boston will share the latest climate science on where the planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

The talk will be held at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside.


Social injustice conversation comes to Cambridge

bullet-gray-smallNo More Names: A Conversation on Social Injustice, from  6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. A touring discussion on social injustice featuring Emerald Garner (daughter of Eric Garner), Etan Thomas (a former NBA Player) and professor Jonathan L. Walton, of Harvard’s Divinity School.

The free conversation will be held at the Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square.