The Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett, under construction in October. It is expected to open in late June, with some car traffic coming through Cambridge. (Photo: Encore Boston Harbor via Facebook)

City to watch increase in car traffic for Everett casino, and possibly property speculation driving up prices

bullet-gray-small City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. Ominously, the city is getting $200,000 to monitor intersections expected to see more traffic from cars passing through on the way to the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett (due to open June 23). But at least the Law Department is giving positive signals on councillors’ request to gather ownership information on real estate purchases – intended to watch out for the overseas and investor property speculation that drives up prices; all councillors would have to do is get the Legislature to sign off. Also on the agenda are orders to declare Cambridge a “Welcoming Community” where undocumented immigrants can take part in police and court proceedings with less fear of federal repercussions, distinct from “sanctuary cities”; permitting that would make it easier for communities to hold block parties; a query about how police officers’ photos and videos are stored and shared; a request for a location to permanently honor housing activist Cheryl-Ann Pizza-Zeoli, who died of cancer April 23; and a petition opposing a (taller) reconfiguring of the CambridgeSide mall. Televised.

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


Budget hearings for FY2020 continue this week

bullet-gray-small Finance Committee, 9 a.m. Monday. This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons. will discuss the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Televised.

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

School officials ask testing roundtable, upgrade tour

bullet-gray-small School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. A hearing on State School Choice (and Cambridge opting out) opens this regular meeting of the committee; it ends with a closed-door session to talk about renegotiating Superintendent Kenneth Salim’s contract. In between, there’s an agenda with an update of Salim’s district plan, a call for a roundtable about standardized tests such as MCAS and an invitation to city councillors to tour the district’s schools – considering that councillors will have to vote whether to pay an estimated $132 million in maintenance upgrades over the next five years, or around $26 million annually.  

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

Public art about women’s suffrage: What and where?

bullet-gray-small Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This group is talking about where to put public art relating to the 19th Amendment – codifying that women have the right to vote – and how that art will highlight the contributions of Cambridge women. 

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


More talk on high school attendance violation policy

bullet-gray-small School Committee School Climate Subcommittee, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Members plan to talk about the high school’s attendance violation policy.  

The committee meets in its conference room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

Cambridge Public Schools budget ready for closeup

bullet-gray-small Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons will discuss the proposed Cambridge Public Schools budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Televised.

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


If there are still FY2020 issues, now’s the time to talk

bullet-gray-small Finance Committee, 9 a.m. Thursday (tentative). This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons will further discuss the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, if necessary. Televised.

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

‘Climate’ in CRLS athletics draws discussion

bullet-gray-small School Committee School Climate Subcommittee, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Members plan to talk about the climate within the high school’s athletic department.  

The committee meets in its conference room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

Recreational marijuana law draws close (probably)

bullet-gray-smallOrdinance Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley will discuss how to change city law to allow for sales of recreational marijuana. Televised.

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