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Cambridge City Council Will Form Special Committee To Consider Charter Amendments

After a meeting of the Government Operations, Rules and Claims Committee become bogged down in a procedural debate, members emerged two hours later with only a resolution to create a new joint special committee — and a distinct sense of frustration.

City Council Meeting 3/4/24
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After 2 Fatal Collisions, Cambridge City Council Calls for Stronger Truck Regulations

The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously Monday to ask City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 to work with state and federal representatives to push for legislation mandating safety measures for trucks.

Democracy Center
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‘This Is What Democracy Looks Like’: Democracy Center Affiliates Rally to Protest Closing

Nearly 100 organizers, affiliates, and Cambridge residents gathered on Mount Auburn St. Sunday afternoon to protest the July 1 closing of the Democracy Center, a meeting place for activists and nonprofit organizations.

Cambridge Fire Department Under Renovation
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Cambridge City Council Examines Capital Spending as Cambridge Fire Department Renovations Top $77 Million

The Cambridge City Council asked City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 to provide an updated cost estimate for capital projects after the renovation of the Fire Station Headquarters reached a total cost of $77 million.

Bike Incident 06/06/2024
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City Council Defers Bike Lane Discussion Following Friday’s Fatal Crash

The death of a cyclist in a Friday collision with a box truck was not discussed in depth at Monday’s Cambridge City Council, but is certain to add urgency and emotion to a longstanding debate over bike safety in Cambridge.

Cambridge City Hall Participatory Budgeting
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City Officials Say Charter Review’s Proposed Election Reforms Pose Legal Challenges

Cambridge City officials raised legal and practical concerns about local election reform recommendations made by the Charter Review Committee, adding further uncertainty to a process already marred by confusion.

Cambridge City Hall Participatory Budgeting
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City Council Approves Nearly $1 Billion City Budget, but Cautions Against Further Growth

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a nearly $1 billion operating budget and $74 million capital budget for the 2025 fiscal year without major modifications during a meeting Monday evening.

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City Politics

Flat Tires: How A Divisive Debate Over Cambridge Bike Lanes Left Everyone Unsatisfied

As construction slowly moves forward on bike lanes, the physical separation on a growing number of Cambridge streets has come to represent a bitter division in the city’s politics — and many in the city are at a loss for how it can be bridged.

City Council Meeting 3/4/24
City Politics

Council Approves Cambridge Public School Budget, Including $1 Million For Standardized English Curriculum

The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to approve Cambridge Public Schools’ $268 million budget for fiscal year 2025, including $1 million to implement a new aligned English Language Arts curriculum across all elementary schools next fall.

Cambridge City Hall Participatory Budgeting
City Politics

Cambridge To Consider Developing Overdose Prevention Centers

The City Council unanimously adopted a policy order on Monday supporting state legislation to legalize overdose prevention centers statewide and asked City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 to determine the city’s “willingness to consider hosting an OPC in Cambridge.”

Harvard Students at Pro-Palestine MIT Encampment
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MIT Police Arrest 9 Students Blocking Parking Garage in Pro-Palestine Protest

MIT Police Department officers arrested nine students involved in blocking the MIT Stata Center parking garage, the school announced in an alert to affiliates on Thursday evening.

Zoning Laws City Hall
City Politics

Proposal to Abolish Single-Family Zoning in Cambridge Moves Forward

The proposal to abolish single-family zoning in Cambridge is moving forward through the City Council, heralding a radical shift in the city’s housing policy.

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Cambridge City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Pro-Palestine Protesters at Harvard, MIT

The Cambridge City Council passed a resolution urging Harvard, MIT, and the Cambridge Police Department to respect the right of pro-Palestine students to protest during a Monday meeting.

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City Politics

Council Asks City Staff to Launch Municipally-Funded Housing Vouchers Pilot

The Cambridge City Council asked the city’s Community Development Department to work toward a pilot program for municipally-funded housing vouchers.

The Democracy Center
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Cambridge City Council Calls to Keep Democracy Center Open

The Cambridge City Council passed a policy order calling on the Foundation for Civic Leadership to reconsider their decision to indefinitely close the Democracy Center — a meeting house for activists and organizers in Harvard Square – at a meeting Tuesday morning.

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