Alexandria Real Estate Equities hopes to add a transportation oasis called “The Hub” to a building at 41 Linskey St., East Cambridge.

Change to municipal ballot design draws discussion

bullet-gray-small Government Operations, Rules & Claims Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by vice mayor Jan Devereux will get an update on the Election Commission’s discussion of potential changes to ballots used for municipal elections – possibly limiting voters to marking only up to 15 candidates. Televised.

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

Verizon wants zoning for its Alley c0-working space

bullet-gray-small Ordinance Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley will talk about Verizon’s hope of creating a “Ware Street Innovation Space Overlay District” at 10 Ware St. to retroactively justify its creation of a co-working space called The Alley, where startups get a chance to use emerging 5G wireless technologies. Televised.

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

Committee schedules special education roundtable

bullet-gray-small School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The committee holds a roundtable about inclusive practices and disproportionality in special education. Televised.

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

Developers propose Hub midway between T stops

bullet-gray-small Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board will hear about Alexandria Real Estate Equities’s plans for 41 Linskey Way, East Cambridge, a three-story brick building it wants to turn into an office building called The Hub with public uses on the ground floor: a cafe and seating, short-term bicycle storage and, because it’s midway between the Kendall Square and Lechmere T stops, “a more efficient transfer between transit modes. Real-time information on schedules for MBTA transit and local shuttles, as well as availability of ride-hailing and car and bike sharing services, will be displayed on digital signage. Hub users will enjoy a tempered shelter with the conveniences of interior seating arrangements, seating spilling outside into the through block passage, restrooms, free Wi-Fi and charging stations for electronic devices.” Also on the agenda is an update on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kendall Square “SoMa” Building 4, part of its East Campus renovation, and a hearing on the proposed redevelopment of the Cambridgeside mall.

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


What to know about the state’s new equal pay law

bullet-gray-small Civic Unity Committee, noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons will discuss the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, enacted last year, and what employees, supervisors and city leadership should know about it. Televised.

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

An update from the Climate Resilience Task Force

bullet-gray-small Health & Environment Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by vice mayor Jan Devereux and city councillor Quinton Zondervan gets an update from the climate Resilience Task Force.

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


Councillors examine CambridgeSide zoning request

bullet-gray-small Ordinance Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley will look at proposed redevelopment at the CambridgeSide mall. (Update on May 29, 2019: This meeting has been canceled.)

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

McCabe’s wants to know why its games got rejected

bullet-gray-small Board of Zoning Appeal, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Among other agenda items, board members will look at why a request for two video games or pinball machines and a jukebox by McCabe’s pub in Porter Square that was rejected on the basis of zoning by the Inspectional Services Department on March 26, with commissioner Ranjit Singanayagam saying “entertainment is not allowed” in the district. Singanayagam has failed to say where in the zoning code that’s specified, according to the appeal – and, if what the commissioner says is true, to explain how McCabe’s came to have its existing games and why the pub is being allowed to keep them.

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


Republicans’ Mueller obfuscations inspire a rally

bullet-gray-small Truth Matters: The People Speak Out, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Cambridge Area Stronger Together hosts a rally headlined by Mayor Marc McGovern and state Rep. Marjorie Decker in response to efforts by Republicans to distort and suppress findings from the Mueller report. There’s music by a cappella group Treble Alliance, and optional participation in a public reading. People are invited to bring signs and speak out. Information is here. 

The event takes place on the front lawn of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.


This post was updated May 29. 2019, to note the cancellation of an Ordinance Committee hearing.