Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Soup Shack promises to bring yet more ramen to Porter Square, along with Vietnamese and Thai soups. (Photo: Soup Shack via Facebook)

Because we need two more ramen restaurants

License Commission, 5 p.m. Monday. A new day and time for the only city board or commission that can’t manage to pin down its calendar from one week to the next. This time the commission considers licensing ramen purveyor Muku – Cambridge hasn’t seen a ramen license application since October, for goodness’ sake – for a space at Market Central, 411 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square; and Soup Shack, which would fill the former Zoots dry cleaning space at 9 White St., Porter Square, empty since February 2018. Soup Shack is, yes, a ramen joint. But at least it also offers Vietnamese pho and Thai noodle soups, as well as rice bowls.

Council looks at open space, systemic racism

City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. The only thing on the city manager’s agenda is a coronavirus response update, which is good considering councillors believe this to be their last regular meeting before taking most of July and August off. (Revived committee meetings will likely fill some of that space.) Last week, there were six late policy orders crammed in based in part on the argument that this meeting would be too long even without waiting to add them – but they were “charter righted” nonetheless by councillor Quinton Zondervan and shifted to Monday’s agenda anyway, adding to a total eight charter rights to deal with. (One of these is to see the list of property the police department produces annually, with an eye toward confirming a statement by the police commissioner that it has no “military” equipment. It had been charter righted by councillor E. Denise Simmons.)

Yet there are only nine new council orders to discuss, and only a handful look likely to spark significant discussion. Some of the nine orders include a call to open the municipal golf course to the public one evening or day per week for general use; to create a small-business protection plan; and to “establish a plan designed to provide a thorough, systemwide review of the entire municipal government to identify and remove any vestiges of systemic racism and/or racial bias in any and all city departments.”

The meeting will be televised and stream online. Sign up for public comment here and get instructions about how to use the necessary Zoom video conference platform. Links to the meetings are here.

Educators ask what school reopenings will be like

School Committee Curriculum and Achievement Subcommittee, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a School Committee special meeting, 5 p.m. Tuesday. Subcommittee members plan to look at what a fall curriculum looks like, whether it be handled remotely, in person or through a hybrid model. To sign up for public comment using the Zoom video conferencing platform, visit; to give comment by phone, sign up by calling (617) 349-6620.

The special meeting includes a superintendent’s coronavirus response update and recommendations for 18 contracts for everything from Tutoring Plus to the New England Ice Cream Corp. The meeting, which includes no public comment, will be broadcast over Cambridge Educational Access TV channels 98 and 99 and should stream online.

Galeria expansion returns; Green line plaza changes

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The agenda holds an update to expansion plans at the Crimson Galeria at 57 JFK St., Harvard Square, for a 9,295-square-foot third floor, a 8,090-square-foot fourth floor (most of it general office space, but with a 1,700-square-foot roof deck) and a 2,409-square-foot mezzanine stepping back to a neighboring five-story parking garage. The Galeria is now two floors of 36,609 square feet. DivcoWest also has some small changes to propose for the plaza it plans to wrap around the green line T station being relocated to its Cambridge Crossing development from Lechmere in East Cambridge. The meeting will be on cable Channel 22 or can be watched via the city’s Open Meeting Portal. Information on watching or giving public comment is here.

Councillors explore use of force, other police issues

Public Safety Committee, 10 a.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillors Quinton Zondervan and Dennis Carlone will discuss the Cambridge Police Department’s use of force policy and related matters. This meeting could be tense, considering the June 10 clash between Zondervan and police commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr., after which Bard asked the city manager or city solicitor to serve as a go-between – which can be summed up as “city manager, please tell councillor Zondervan that I’m not talking to him.” The meeting will be televised and conducted through the Zoom video conference platform. The public comment form is here, but as of Saturday night did not show options to sign up to speak at any gathering beyond Monday’s meeting of the City Council.

Update on June 30, 2020: This meeting was moved to 1 p.m. July 7 after police commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. said he had become unavailable. “I agreed to reschedule so he can be present,” Zondervan said online.