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City Council Approves 18-Month Extension of City Manager’s Contract

The Cambridge City Council approved an 18-month extension of City Manager Louis A. DePasquale’s contract in a 6-3 vote at a meeting Monday evening.

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Cambridge Forges Ahead with Participatory Budgeting Despite Pandemic

​​​​​​​Despite pandemic-related limitations, Cambridge will proceed with its annual round of participatory budgeting, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said in a press release last week.

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A Guide to Tuesday's Massachusetts Primaries

A primary season that has been full of unwelcome surprises will come to a much-anticipated conclusion Tuesday — although just shy of 1 million voters have already cast their ballots.

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Harvard Advocates for 'Robust Evaluation' of 'At Grade' Approach for Mass. Pike Section

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation weighs its options for redesigning the Massachusetts Turnpike, University spokesperson Kevin Casey wrote in an emailed statement that the school hopes the state will thoroughly evaluate “an alternative all at grade approach.”

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City Council Votes to Pause Hiring of Vacant Jobs in Cambridge Police Department

The Cambridge City Council voted Monday to temporarily pause the hiring of vacant positions in the Cambridge Police Department and begin filling positions in the Housing Liaison Office, Community Development Department, and Central Square Library.

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During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Town and Gown Cooperate

As the coronavirus pandemic forces retailers to close and students to evacuate campus, the city of Cambridge must rely more heavily on the University to weather the pandemic.

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A 'Level-Headed' Leader: A Look at Mayor Siddiqui’s First Term as Cambridge’s Mayor Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

There was no way for Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui to expect that combatting the novel coronavirus pandemic would become her top priority as a first-term mayor.

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Cambridge Forms Committee to Advise Business Reopening

The City of Cambridge announced Thursday that a Small Business Advisory Committee will advise city policymakers on how the city can safely reopen businesses forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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'Glimmers of Hope': Cambridge City Council Holds Special Meeting to Discuss Pandemic

The Cambridge City Council held a meeting Tuesday to update residents on the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as well as the city’s efforts to mitigate its effects.

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Cambridge Lowers Speed Limit Under Vision Zero Plan

Cambridge has implemented new 20 mph speed limits under a safety program called Vision Zero.

Cambridge Allows Marijuana Dispensaries
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Cambridge Allows Marijuana Dispensaries

Cambridge will now allow applications for marijuana dispensary licenses after a long legal fight.

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Cambridge City Council Discusses Harvard Square Zoning Proposal at Special Meeting

The Cambridge City Council Ordinance Committee convened a special meeting Tuesday to push forward a zoning amendment that attempts to support and increase the number of local businesses within Harvard Square.

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PILOT Program

Boston's PILOT, or 'payment in lieu of taxes,' program encourages medical, educational, and cultural institutions to make voluntary contributions to make up for the fact they they are exempt from property taxes.

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City Council Aggasiz

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui recently championed a resolution to rename the city's Aggasiz neighborhood.

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City Council Approves Petition to Lower Municipal Election Voting Age to 16

Cambridge City Council approved an order Monday night that could potentially lower the voting age for Cambridge’s municipal elections

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