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Cambridge City Council Begins Hiring Process for Next City Manager

The Cambridge City Council’s Government Operations, Rules & Claims Committee began the process of hiring a new city manager at a meeting Tuesday morning.

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City Politics

City Council Votes to Terminate Contracts With Companies Allegedly Violating Human Rights, Drawing Criticism from Harvard Jewish Leaders

The Cambridge City Council voted to end its contract with companies that “perpetuate violations of International Human Rights Laws” during a Tuesday meeting that followed more than seven hours of public comment the previous day.

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City Politics

‘A Real Power Imbalance’: Conflict Within Cambridge City Government

On May 11, during an otherwise ordinary meeting of the Finance Committee, a dispute erupted between the Cambridge city manager and a city councilor. Disputes like this are common as the balance of power has shifted toward the former in recent decades.

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Cambridge Councilor’s Police Demilitarization Proposal Sparks Debate Among Politicians, Activists

The Cambridge City Council earlier this month rejected a policy order on police demilitarization proposed by Councilor Quinton Y. Zondervan that sparked bitter debate among both activists and politicians in Cambridge.

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Crime

Pedestrian Suffers Serious Injuries in Memorial Drive Crash on Monday

A driver struck a pedestrian on Memorial Drive near Dunster House around 9 p.m. Monday, resulting in serious injuries to the pedestrian.

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City Politics

A ‘Financial Vaccine’: Cambridge Launches Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

Cambridge will pilot a guaranteed income program, doling out $500 no-strings-attached monthly payments to 120 eligible, low-income families for 18 months starting in August.

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City Politics

Missing Middle Housing Petition Seeks To Allow for More Multi-Family Housing Construction in Cambridge

A new affordable housing proposal, titled the "Missing Middle Housing Petition,” has ignited debate over the role of single-family homes in Cambridge.

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City Politics

Local Vaccine Supply Shortages Continue to Hamper Cambridge as Rollout Continues

Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude Jacob said local vaccination efforts remain hampered by supply shortages, despite federally run sites having recently received more doses.

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Harvard in the City

Proposed Mass. Bill Would Make PILOT Payments Mandatory for Harvard, Other Institutions

The Massachusetts House is considering a bill that would make the previously optional payments which supplanted city property taxes for nonprofits such as Harvard mandatory.

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City Politics

City Council Mourns Shooting Death of Cambridge Resident in Monday Meeting

The City Council marked the beginning of its Monday meeting with a moment of silence for Xavier Louis-Jacques, a 19-year-old Cambridge resident who was fatally shot Saturday morning near the Rindge baseball field and basketball courts.

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City Politics

Despite Statewide Move to Phase 4, Cambridge Will Remain in Current Reopening Phase

Cambridge will remain in Phase Three of its reopening plan despite the state’s decision to move forward to Phase Four on March 22, Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude Jacob announced Monday.

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City Politics

City Council Votes to Ban Tear Gas, Order Reinstating Indoor Dining Restrictions Fails

Tear gas has not been deployed in Cambridge since the 1970s, and while the Cambridge Police Department currently does not possess tear gas or authorize the use of it, the department does not explicitly ban it either.

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City Politics

Tension at City Hall as Council Discusses Tear Gas Ban

Several Cambridge city councilors said they were frustrated with the delayed response from the city’s legal department regarding a total tear gas ban at a Monday meeting.

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City Politics

Cambridge City Council Advances Petition Proposing Investment in Affordable Housing, Infrastructure in Alewife

Cambridge City Council advanced a zoning amendment for the Alewife neighborhood to the next round of consideration and received yet another update on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout at a March 1 meeting.

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