City Politics

Cambridge Police Department

CPD Facing Increased Overtime Shifts Amid Hiring Shortages

Amid staffing shortages, the Cambridge Police Department is increasingly “forcing” officers to work back-to-back shifts to cover open positions.

The Democracy Center
City Politics

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.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Council Endorses Bill Allowing Cities to Require Payments From Large Nonprofits, Including Harvard

The Cambridge City Council voted on Tuesday to endorse a state bill that would allow the city to require large institutions like Harvard to pay 25 percent of their assessed property value through Payment in Lieu of Taxes payments.

Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons at Cambridge City Council Meeting
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Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons Urges Caution Against Bike Lane Expansion

Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons cautioned against the rapid expansion of bike lanes at the expense of small businesses and senior citizens.

One Bus to Harvard at Widener Gate
City Politics

Fare-Free Route 1 Bus Proposal Unlikely Until Fiscal Year 2026, City Official Says

A proposal to make the Route 1 bus fare free championed by Cambridge city councilors is likely off the table until fiscal year 2026, a city official said in a Wednesday memo.

Shelter Limits Graphic
City Politics

State Legislature Limits Emergency Assistance Shelter Stays

State legislators voted Thursday to pass a bill imposing a nine-month limit on families staying in state-run Emergency Assistance Shelters effective June 1.

Michelle Wu Election Night Event

Mayor Wu Says She Respects Decision of Student Groups to Withdraw Support From Harvard Talk

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07 spoke out about a canceled Harvard talk scheduled for Tuesday after 11 student groups withdrew from sponsoring the event over her decision to use police to clear a pro-Palestine encampment at Emerson College

Democracy Center Protest
City Politics

Despite Activist Pleas, Owner Says Decision to Close Democracy Center is ‘Not Changeable’

Despite impassioned speeches and protests from community activists, leaders are moving forward with plans to indefinitely close the Democracy Center for renovations.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

‘Not Easy’: Cambridge Struggles Toward Carbon Neutrality

Cambridge officials do not know whether the city is on track to meet statewide emission standards by 2030 or a self-imposed goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, according to ​​Susanne Rasmussen.

Superintendent Greer at School Committee Meeting
City Politics

Privacy Breach During School Committee Meeting Could Explain Delay in Greer Contract Talks

The Cambridge School Committee’s April 1 executive session was intended to be a highly confidential discussion about whether to extend embattled Superintendent Victoria L. Greer’s contract. Then, they noticed a parent on the call.

Massachusetts Turnpike
City Politics

Allston I-90 Project ‘On a Roll’ After Federal Grant, Though Final Design Remains Contentious

The transformative $2 billion highway and transit project set to realign the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston is under a deadline and “on a roll,” according to advocates and officials involved in planning.

Superintendent Victoria Greer at Cambridge School Committee Meeting
City Politics

School Committee To Meet in Third Closed-Door Session Amid Silence on Greer’s Future

The Cambridge School Committee is meeting on Tuesday to discuss “contract negotiations with nonunion personnel” in a meeting that is expected to touch on the future of Superintendent Victoria L. Greer.

Cambridge Allows Marijuana Dispensaries
City Politics

‘A Real Loss’: Starlight Square to Shut Down After Four Years of Bringing Cantabrigians Together

Starlight Square was called a place where “dreams come true,” Cambridge leaders and residents say. Now, it’s shutting down.

Cambridge Housing Authority
City Politics

Neville Place, Affordable Assisted Living Facility, To Receive $5.7 Million City Loan

Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Trust will loan $5.7 million to Neville Place Assisted Living at Fresh Pond — which provides assisted living services to low-income seniors — for physical repairs to the facility.

Graham & Parks School
City Politics

Superintendent Greer Extends Graham & Parks Principal Contract Despite Teacher Discontent

Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Victoria L. Greer extended Graham & Parks Elementary School Principal Kathleen M. Smith’s contract for an additional year on March 31.