Only investment in new affordable housing, particularly social housing, can provide a long-term solution to our housing crisis, but a bill enabling municipalities to consider rent control and rent stabilization could provide short- and medium-term solutions. There’s a hearing on it Tuesday.
After years of effort, a campaign finance reform order has passed the City Council. The latest version of the law had been in the works for 14 months, and city councillor Dennis Carlone noted he’d been part of two earlier attempts that he said “died by pieces” since he joined the council in 2013.
A sweeping, statewide change in political mapping could remove state Rep. Jay Livingstone entirely from Cambridge politics, giving him an all-Boston district while carving up the Cambridge part of his current 8th Suffolk District among state Rep. Mike Connolly and two newcomers.