Any resident could reasonably wonder why the council is being asked to set aside nearly a half-million dollars in additional funds for a 13-person law department already budgeted for around $3 million. The city’s bad judgment means some of the money is going to frivolous purposes.
It is important that neighborhood groups be independent of the city, as we sometimes represent our members against them. We act in the best traditions of our First Amendment rights. It is problematic that the policy order claims the city has the right to tell us specifically how to do so.
The entire city should look forward to the conversation around an empty lot at 35 Cherry St. in The Port neighborhood, which has been targeted for a conversation about what kind of affordable housing it will become. It represents progress in a dialogue that has seen none since May 2016.
Remote learning has been an uncertain time for all of us, and the school district has addressed its students’ needs in a thorough, holistic manner. Despite this, there are issues that remain and must be confronted, as well as some challenges that are simply inherent to remote learning.
For decades, we have entrusted too much of our money to a handful of really big banks that hold power over our communities without giving back, regularly practicing unethical and biased lending practices and catering disproportionately to big, not small, businesses. We have to move our money.