Attend meetings in Cambridge from Jan. 16-22, including questions around a shooting by police
Charter review and budgets
Charter Review Committee, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group gets a 30-minute presentation on current municipal budgeting, takes 30 minutes for Q&A and looks at potential changes to the process. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Art at Tobin and Vassal schools
Public Art Commission, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Expect an update on the public art coming to the Tobin Montessori Vassal Lane Upper School and Community Complex, now under construction – IKD’s “Community Graft Project,” in which cuttings from the former campus’ apple tree are grafted onto other trees on the site. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Volpe changes and a Bon Me
Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. MIT has a final development plan for its 14-acre Volpe parcel in Kendall Square that incorporates changes suggested by the board, including such things as shifting a building to provide for a larger open space at a Third Street Park and increasing the size of a community center to 25,000 square feet from 20,000 while bumping up its endowment to $10 million from $3.5 million. The board may also approve the coming of a Bon Me to a 1,700-square-foot space at 222 Jacobs St., North Point, looking out on a park where diners might enjoy its Asian-inspired noodle and rice bowls, sandwiches, soups, sides and drinks such as bubble teas. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
State of cannabis retailers
Civic Unity Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons gets an update on the cannabis industry in Cambridge – still with two adult-use stores open and two medicinal dispensaries – and Massachusetts. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Questions for police after death
Special Meeting of the City Council, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Police department protocols, processes and training go under the microscope since an officer’s fatal shooting of Sayed Faisal, 20, in a confrontation in Cambridgeport on Jan. 4. The path forward for giving police body cameras is a likely topic. The city solicitor Nancy Glowa has said permission might be needed from the state Legislature through a home rule petition, but state Rep. Mike Connolly said Wednesday that his research since the shooting has turned up no evidence of that – but has found a state grant program that at least 64 communities have used to help buy them. The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.