Attend meetings on campaign finance reforms, unarmed public safety and Covid grant priorities
Two municipal campaign finance reform proposals
Ordinance Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Marc McGovern picks up conversation from Feb. 24 on two campaign finance reform concepts: limiting campaign donations from certain developers or people planning to do business with the city, and capping individuals’ campaign contributions at $200 per City Council candidate per year, while limiting candidate loans to their own campaigns at $3,000 in an election cycle – the latter of which would have get the approval of the state Legislature. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Spending $65 million in pandemic recovery funds
Finance Committee, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and E. Denise Simmons will talk though issues around the $65 million Cambridge expects as part of the pandemic-related American Rescue Grant, which caused debate among councillors and staff on how much guidance staff would get on spending. In one model, expenditure by expenditure; in the other, with sweeping powers given to city managers like with acceptance of a federal community development block grant – but either way, the council will have to start setting priorities now. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Proposal for an unarmed public safety response team
Public Safety Committee, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Quinton Zondervan will discuss a proposal for a community-based, unarmed alternative public safety response to policing called the Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team. This citizen-generated model for a public safety unit apart from the Cambridge Police Department was approved 8-0-1 in a council vote in June. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Relocating an Eversource gas eyesore in Kendall Square
Board of Zoning Appeal, 7 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The board is scheduled to look at plans to move an aging Eversource gas transfer station off Kendall Square’s showpiece Third Street to a rear space a couple of blocks away at 21 Athenaeum St. It’s part of BioMed Realty’s lab tower and public arts space project. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.