Thursday, July 18, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.


License Commission litigates

Patrons wait to get into La Fabrica Central in Caambridge’s Central Square on Nov. 5, 2022. (Photo: Marc Levy)

License Commission, 10 a.m. to noon Friday. The commission starts with a closed-door session about litigation against the lively restaurant and bar La Fabrica Central, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, but may then talk about the case in open session. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Resident-survey results review

City Council roundtable, 3 to 5 p.m. Monday. The results of the most recent resident survey are examined. The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Council, School Committee budget

City Council and School Committee roundtable, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Education budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year are addressed for a time city staffers say will demand more spending discipline than Cambridge has been used to. The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Making more lab space appealing

Economic Development & University Relations Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillor Paul Toner explores mixed-use development for business corridors and squares that would allow labs and innovation space so long as it subsidizes more housing and ground-floor retail. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Absenteeism and a skills update

School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Members get an update from staff on chronic absenteeism and budget developments after Monday’s roundtable with the City Council, and discuss a motion to update a list of fundamental skills with abilities for “accessing, analyzing and evaluating information in written and digital media.“ The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Watchable online.

Changes from a charter review

Election Commission, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Along with a look at the past municipal election and the coming March 5 presidential primary, the commission looks at potential effects of recommendations from a Charter Review Committee that wrapped up work recently. Those ideas will go to the City Council for review. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Envisioning Mass. Ave. of 2040

Massachusetts Avenue Planning Study Working Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The group meets for the first time and examines the scope of the project – to create a vision for what the avenue will look like in 2040 between Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridge Common – and its process. Its focus on land use and urban design makes it largely separate from a Massachusetts Avenue partial reconstruction project that is underway concerning bike lanes and other modes of transportation, assistant city manager Iram Farooq told city councillors Jan. 22, though there will be some overlap. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Jerry’s Pond site walk

Conservation Commission Site Walk at Jerry’s Pond, 11 a.m. Thursday. How will Jerry’s Pond be returned to public use in North Cambridge after decades of being fenced in? The public can join this site walk to get a sense alongside commissioners ahead of a Feb. 12 meeting. Meet at the Comeau Field parking lot on Rindge Avenue.

Coping with red line shutdowns

Transit Advisory Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. See how an the city is managing a series of MBTA red line shutdowns and hear about other transportation projects. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Replacing Rockler with pet care

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rockler Woodworking and Hardware that closed at the end of 2023 at 2154 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge, already has a potential replacement in a fifth RiverDog pet day care location (there’s one in Somerville’s Union Square too), and the life-sciences developer IQHQ asks to have a restaurant tenant in 6,500 square feet of its buildings at 35-64 Whittemore Ave., North Cambridge, in what used to be used only for research and development. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.