Public meetings this week look at keeping eviction moratoriums in place even if the state lets its own expire, how to respond to crises without police, changes to the city’s marijuana retail laws, holding coronavirus-era classes in city parks, a Buckingham, Browne & Nichols expansion and more.
Longer terms for city councillors, direct elections of a “strong mayor” and various other options for forms of government came up Wednesday during officials’ first step toward modernizing Cambridge’s charter. But then a basic question got asked: Was the current charter working as intended?
Have Massachusetts (or any state) officials gamed out what they would do if Trump refuses to accept the results of the November election or unilaterally deems them invalid?
The union representing Cambridge rank and file police officers suggested its members warn legislators not to pass a police reform bill: “If you think seven civilians killed in seven days in Boston is bad, just wait for the purge that will come.” It deleted the statement two days later after criticism.
The Legislature needs to ensure that safeguards and protections are made a part of the law and practice of law enforcement. A uniform code for police body-worn cameras, uniform standards in use of force and a law against the use of facial recognition technology are ways to start.
In scenarios at the extremes of savings and expenditures, the school district could finish out the year with a surplus of $1.8 million or a possible deficit of $606,000 on the way to a proposed district budget of $213.7 million, an increase of 5.9 percent from the current fiscal year.