Orders that could change life significantly for Cambridge’s lower-income residents were approved Monday by city councillors, including a call to put some of the $65 million in federal Covid aid the city is getting into a guaranteed-income program and one that would give all high school students free CharlieCards for bus and subway rides.
In two fatal accidents a month apart in which drivers ran over pedestrians in Cambridge, State Police investigators found the victims, not the drivers, responsible. The most recent conclusion came in the case of a woman who hit an 80-year-old using a walker in the parking lot of a public housing development.
Public meetings this week look at approvals and timelines for the next set of bike lanes and a study of their business impacts, a 400-foot tower for Kendall Square that would be the city’s tallest, a pause on office and lab development around Alewife, a possible guaranteed income program for the city’s poorest and much more.
Covid-19 cases are beginning to climb again in Cambridge, with 484 new infections in the seven days starting April 2. The increase is probably due to the extremely contagious BA.2 omicron subvariant, which now dominates cases in the region but, health care officials say, hasn’t created “strain on the health care system.”
The City Manager’s Office has blown past another deadline for setting a telework policy for municipal employees, this time to deliver a report and recommendations to the City Council at its March 21 meeting. The latest missed deadline was signaled weeks earlier by the city manager’s indignation about being questioned.
About two and a half hours into the second day of trial, an attorney’s assistant reported that she had been in close contact with someone testing positive for coronavirus, putting on hold until April 19 the misdemeanor trial of Ashley Monturio for allegedly leaving the scene after she ran over Romelia Gallardo, a public housing resident.