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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.

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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.”

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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.

Cambridge City Council Meeting 3/4/24
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Cambridge City Manager Unveils Nearly $1 Billion 2025 Operating City Budget Proposal

City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 presented the city’s nearly $1 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2025, along with $36 million in loan order requests and an approximately $74 million capital budget.

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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.

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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.

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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 City Manager Yi-An Huang '05
City Politics

Cambridge City Manager Huang Acknowledges ‘Difficult Trade-Offs’ Following Contentious Bike Lane Vote

Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang ’05 acknowledged the many “horrendous accidents” that have impacted Cambridge’s bikers, but said the passage of a controversial proposal to extend Cambridge’s bike lane expansion deadline reflected a need to make tough decisions on the city’s most contested political issue.

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Amid Encampment, Cambridge City Council Discusses Resolution Supporting Student Right to Protest

The Cambridge City Council discussed a resolution urging University administration and city leadership to respect students’ rights to peacefully protest.

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In 5-4 Vote, Cambridge City Council Approves Controversial Bike Lane Delay

The Cambridge City Council narrowly approved a controversial proposal to delay a construction deadline for Cambridge’s bike lane network early Tuesday morning.

Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons at Cambridge City Council Meeting
City Politics

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.

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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.

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.

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