Mayor Marc McGovern said he is not campaigning for reelection for that role in the coming term, and is instead throwing his support behind councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, who will be entering her second term.
Echoes of costly discrimination and retaliation lawsuits from 2012 were heard Monday by the City Council, whose E. Denis Simmons said she’d been contacted by municipal workers who feel trapped in a system with a “woefully inadequate” process for handling grievances.
Discussion of whether to grant city parking and retail space to a potential redevelopment of East Cambridge’s former courthouse was referred by the City Council to a future meeting, but it’s not clear when that meeting will be.
Anthony Ivan Wilson was selected to be Cambridge’s new City Clerk on Monday by the City Council, in a whirlwind public phase of a months-long process to replace Donna Lopez, who retired as city clerk last month (she has stuck around for the transition).
A Central Square business improvement district won council approval with a pitch to be cleaner, more welcoming and lively and a stronger promoter of square arts and businesses – described as “place keeping over place making.”
A temporary tree protection ordinance passed the City Council on Monday by a 7-2 vote, freezing city permits for removal of mature trees on private land with replacement fees for healthy “significant” trees taken down without a permit. There are several exceptions.
Warnings of an environmental emergency failed to win over enough city councillors to enact a temporary moratorium on tree-cutting. Instead the idea was returned to committee for a hearing to be scheduled by the end of February, possibly back for a vote in April.
Though a complete moratorium on cutting down trees drew strong support among speakers at an Ordinance Committee hearing, City Council committee members voted for a permit for anyone planning to take down a “significant” tree.