Cambridge City Council meeting - October 5, 2009 - AGENDA

CITY MANAGERíS AGENDA
1. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appointment of the following persons as member of the Conservation Commission for a term of three years, effective Sept 30, 2009:  Ruchir Vora, Adam J. Hornstine

Ruchir Vora
Mr. Vora is a Senior Project Environmental Engineer with Tetra Tech Rizzo, with considerable knowledge about environmental regulatory requirements and various stormwater and environmental quality statutes. He has an Environmental Engineering degree from Tufts.

Adam J. Hornstine
Mr. Hornstine is an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, with experience in environmental litigation, including familiarity with federal water management and environmental statutory/regulatory law. He has experience preparing for and participating in public hearings of various types. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

2. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-115, regarding a report on continuing community access to the tennis courts at CRLS.

3. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-105, regarding technical difficulties with the broadcast of the City Council summer meeting on July 27, 2009.

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Numbers 09-62, 09-81, and 09-85, regarding the possibility of keeping the DCR McCrehan Pool opened.

5. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appointment of First Assistant City Solicitor Arthur Goldberg as the City of Cambridge liaison to the Ethics Commission.

Oct 5, 2009

To the Honorable, the City Council:

Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009 is a multi-faceted change to the General Laws Chapter 268A and Chapter 268B of the State's Conflict of Interest Law. One of the new requirements is that each municipality designate a "senior level employee of the municipality" to serve as its liaison to the Ethics Commission. The new statute requires the Ethics Commission to disseminate information to the designates liaison and conduct educational seminars for designated liaisons on a regular basis. First Assistant City Solicitor Arthur Goldberg has been serving in this function prior to this legislation.

In accordance with the requirements of the new legislation, I am requesting that the City Council affirm my designation of First Assistant City Solicitor Arthur Goldberg as the City of Cambridge liaison to the Ethics Commission.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

6. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-101, regarding a report on the plans and timetable for resurfacing the Kendall Square sidewalk area by the Marriott Hotel.

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-43, regarding a report on installing changing tables in both men's and women's bathrooms in all City-owned buildings.

8. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-46, regarding a report on increasing the warranty on City street trees.

9. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-96, regarding a report on the status of the pedestrian signals at the super crosswalk in Harvard Square.

10. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-107, regarding a report on placing a pedestrian crossing sign in the crosswalk at Norfolk Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

11. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-92, regarding a report on proposing 2% PILOT increases.

Oct 5, 2009

To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-92, regarding a report on proposing 2% PILOT increases, Director of Assessment Robert P. Reardon reports the following:

The City of Cambridge currently has payment in-lieu-of-tax agreements (PILOT) with both Harvard University, for up to fifty years, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for up to forty years.

Harvard University originally entered into a written PILOT agreement with the City of Cambridge in November 1990, the most recent renewal being dated July 1, 2004 with an initial term of twenty years (6/30/2024). The Harvard PILOT agreement includes an increase of 3% annually on the Annual Additional Voluntary Payment plus $100,000 increases every ten years. In FY2009 the PILOT income was $2,248,730.00. The agreement is subject to three, ten year extensions options which can be terminated by either party at least six months prior to any extension. The agreement with extensions would conclude on June 30, 2054.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology entered into a written payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement (PILOT) with the City of Cambridge as of July 1, 2004 with an initial term of ten years (6/30/2014). The MIT PILOT agreement includes an increase of 2.5% annually on the Voluntary Payment. In FY2009 the PILOT was $1,774,115.00. The agreement is subject to three, ten year extensions options which, with extensions, would conclude on June 30, 2044.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

12. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-74, regarding a report on addressing traffic concerns at the corner of Gore and Fifth Streets.

13. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-80, which requested a review of the City's policies on sidewalk cafes.

14. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-114, regarding a report on the traffic calming installation on Appian Way.

15. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a $95,000 donation by Harvard University to the Public Investment Fund Public Works Extraordinary Expenditures account to support the construction of a raised crosswalk and sidewalks on Appian Way.

16. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a recommendation from the License Commission to approve the jitney application of Sun Shine Transportation.
Recommendations not accepted on a 3-5-0-1 vote. Councillors Davis, Kelley, and Maher voted YES. Councillors Decker, Reeves, Seidel, Toomey, and Simmons voted NO. Councillor Ward voted PRESENT. [The essence of the vote was protection of the local taxicab industry, but this is in conflict with the provision of affordable rates for jitney service for residents and visitors. The matter will now be appealed to the state where it may ultimately prevail.]

17. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of Lead-Safe Grant (Round 12) Program Income of $3,718.69 to the Grant Fund Community Development Other Ordinary Maintenance account which will increase funds available to control lead hazards in eligible housing in Cambridge.

18. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the transfer of $71,132 from the General Fund Employee Benefits (salary reserves) to Grant Fund Community Development Salary and Wages account to support the Lead-Safe Grant Program.

19. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the ARRA Title I from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $366,008.00 to the Grant Fund School Department Salary & Wages account ($340,606.00) and to the Grant Fund School Department Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($25,402.00) and will be used to supplement the Title I allocation grant which was reduced in FY10.

20. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Mount Auburn Hospital Grant in the amount of $15,133.00 to the Grant Fund Human Services Salary and Wages account ($14,293.00) and to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($840.00) and will be used to support two ESOL classes and its related services for employees at the Mount Auburn Hospital provided by the Community Learning Center.

21. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) grant for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool in the amount of $26,775.00 received from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salaries and Wages account ($1,765.00) and to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($25,010.00) and will be used to improve the quality of education for preschool children through professional development, curriculum enrichment, and parent involvement.

22. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) grant for the Morse Preschool in the amount of $11,655.00 received from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salaries and Wages account ($790.00) and to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($10,865.00) and will be used to improve the quality of education for preschool children through professional development, curriculum enrichment, and parent involvement.

23. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) grant for the Peabody Preschool in the amount of $12,285.00 received from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salaries and Wages account ($385.00) and to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($11,900.00) which will be used to improve the quality of education for preschool children through professional development, curriculum enrichment, and parent involvement.

24. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) grant received through the U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services for $80,000 to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account for ($61,079), the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account for ($17,671), and to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Travel and Training account for ($1,250) and will be used to support the Cambridge Prevention Coalition's work to continue addressing the issue of underage drinking through its programs such as its 21 Proof server/seller training, the Parent Navigator Program, and its peer leader program Teens Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse (TADAA).
Councillor Reeves voted NO.

25. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Grant received through the U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services for $125,000. Funds will be distributed to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account ($119,834), the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($3,416), and to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Travel and Training account ($1,750) and will be used to support the Cambridge Prevention Coalition's work to implement programs and projects to reduce opoid overdoses in collaboration with the Coalition's partners.

26. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Cambridge Food Pantry grant received from the Cambridge Health Alliance for $15,000.00 to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account and will be used to support the Cambridge Food Pantry Network.

27. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a supplemental appropriation to the Massachusetts Family Network (MFN) grant received from the Department of Early Education and Care in the amount of $26,721 to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account ($13,124) and to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($13,597) and will be used to support partial salary costs of three staff members of the Center for Families who provide a variety of family support and parent education resources to families in the Cambridge community as well as for supplies to support additional program activities for the program.

28. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-100, regarding whether the City regulates mobile billboard use in the City.

29. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 09-73, regarding a report on discussions between the developer of 303 Third Street and the City of Cambridge.
Referred to Housing Committee - Kelley

ON THE TABLE
1. Opposition to the closing of the Oliver Farnum Senior Health Center. [Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Maher on Order Number Fourteen of Nov 3, 2008.]

2. That the Cambridge City Council go on record as favoring a ballot initiative during the next local municipal election that shall allow Cambridge voters to have their voices heard on ridding the world of nuclear weapons. [Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Decker on a Roll Call Vote of 6-3-0 on Order Number Two of Sept 21, 2009.]

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
3. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee, for a meeting held on Nov 18, 2004 for the purpose of considering proposed amendments to Chapter 2.74 of the Cambridge Municipal Code, the Police Review and Advisory Board Ordinance. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Feb 14, 2005. [Four sections of the proposed amendment were passed to be ordained as amended. Ordinance #1284. The remaining proposed amendments to chapter 2.74 remain on Unfinished Business.]

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Numbers 06-87, 07-83 and 07-138, regarding the status of putting the City's self-evaluation on the website. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Kelley on City Manager Agenda Item Number Sixteen of Dec 10, 2007. Dec 17, 2007 - Referred to 2008-2009 City Council as Unfinished Business on motion of Councillor Kelley.]

5. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Vice Mayor Sam Seidel and Councillor David Maher, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a meeting held on June 25, 2009 for the purpose of considering the Historical Committee's recommendation with regard to the Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Boundary Report and Revised Recommendations. Committee Report Number One of Sept 21, 2009 was Accepted and Placed on File, Proposed Ordinance Passed to Second Reading and Order remains on Unfinished Business.

APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS
1. An application was received from Boohner Liu, requesting a curb cut at the premises numbered 9 Douglas Street; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, Historical and Public Works. Approval has been received from the neighborhood association.

2. An application was received from Heather Faris, requesting a curb cut at the premises numbered 40-42 Cushing Street; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, Historical and Public Works. No neighborhood association for that area.

3. An application was received from Cambridge Athletic Club, requesting permission for a sandwich board sign in front of 215 First Street.

COMMUNICATIONS
1. A communication was received from William L. Rawn, FAIA, William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., transmitting thanks for passing a resolution congratulating the firm for its #1 Ranking in ARCHITECT magazine.

2. A communication was received from State Representative William N. Brownsberger, transmitting thanks for the City Council resolution expressing concern about the safety of texting while operating a vehicle.

3. A communication was received from Department of Public Utilities, transmitting notice of a public hearing on Oct 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at One South Station, 2nd floor, Boston, on the request of NSTAR Electric Company, for approval of a net metering tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 163, and an interconnection tariff, M.D.P.U. No. 162B.

4. A communication was received from Jed F. Lippard, Head of School, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, regarding 54 Essex Street Upper School Renovations.

5. A communication was received from Michael Shinagel, Dean, Harvard University Extension School, transmitting thanks to Councillor Maher and the Cambridge City Council for the much-appreciated resolution declaring Feb 23, 2010 as "Harvard Extension School Day" in recognition of providing to the residents of Cambridge for 100 years in educational opportunities.

6. A communication was received Peter Valentine, requesting that the FBI inform the Massachusetts Senators of the law in connection with threats related to forced inoculation.


7. A communication was received Christine Dorchak, regarding the Greyhound Protection Act also known as State Ballot Question No. 3.

8. A communication was received Tom Stohlman, regarding the intersection of Fresh Pond Parkway and Mount Auburn Street.

9. A communication was received Kathy Podgers, regarding the great blue heron filmed at Goose Meadow today at the destroyed nesting area.

10. A communication was received Marilyn Wellons, regarding the Department of Conservation and Recreation possible violations of the Wetland Protection Act in Cambridge.


RESOLUTIONS
1. Retirement of Henry Silva from the Public Works Department.   Mayor Simmons

2. Congratulations to Beth Robinson on being honored with the Spirit and Justice Award at the Spirit and Justic Award Dinner on Oct 23, 2009.   Mayor Simmons

3. Resolution on the death of Josephine (Gallo) Hennessy.   Councillor Toomey

4. Resolution on the death of Maria (Resendes) Moreira.   Councillor Toomey

5. Resolution on the death of Senior Airman Matthew R. Courtois.   Councillor Decker
6. Resolution on the death of Specialist Michael S. Cote, Jr.   Councillor Decker

7. Congratulations to the Cambridge GLBT Commission on receiving the GOAL-New England Community Service Award.   Mayor Simmons

8. Resolution on the death of Jernaire Hall.   Councillor Ward

9. Happy Birthday wishes to Janessa Mervin.   Mayor Simmons

10. Congratulations to Ibrahim Mohamed and Safia Hibaishi on the birth of their daughter Atheeb Mohamed on Sept 23, 2009.   Mayor Simmons

11. Happy 89th Birthday wishes to Agnes Mello.   Mayor Simmons

12. Congratulations to the Agassiz Baldwin community and the Cambridge Arts Council on the occasion of the groundbreaking for the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center on Sept 29, 2009.   Councillor Davis

13. Thanks to Aviva Jobin-Leeds for her selfless actions and for making a difference in the Cambridge community.   Councillor Davis

14. Honoring the historic site of Fort Washington and expressing appreciation of the past and current efforts to preserve this site.   Councillor Davis

15. Resolution on the death of Beverly L. (Joy) Ayers on Sept 24, 2009.   Councillor Toomey

16. Retirement of Joseph Dynan from the Cambridge Fire Department.   Mayor Simmons

17. Retirement of Daniel L. Flaherty from the Cambridge Fire Department.   Mayor Simmons

18. Retirement of Kevin B. McGonigal from the Cambridge Fire Department.   Mayor Simmons

19. Retirement of Joseph C. Johnson from the Cambridge Fire Department.   Mayor Simmons

20. Retirement of Robert DeFrancisco from the Cambridge Fire Department.   Mayor Simmons

21. Thanks to the Cambridge Historical Commission and all who participated in the publication of "Common Cause, Uncommon courage: World War II and the Home Front in Cambridge, Massachusetts."   Mayor Simmons

22. Welcome Reverend Marcellus A. Norris and First Lady Dawn Norris to Cambridge.   Mayor Simmons

23. Happy 90th Birthday wishes to Cyril Chase.   Councillor Reeves

24. Happy 85th Birthday wishes to Marvin Gilmore.   Councillor Reeves

25. Thanks to Paul Kendrick of the Harlem Children's Zone for his Keynote Address at the Office for College Success event on Sept 30, 2009.   Councillor Reeves

26. Congratulations to the Cambridge Savings Bank on its 175th Anniversary.   Councillor Maher


27. Happy 90th Birthday wishes to Charles A. Small.   Mayor Simmons

28. Recognize the importance of National Midwifery Week and the contributions to women's health given by the Cambridge Health Alliance Midwifery Practice.   Mayor Simmons

29. Retirement of Ann Hobson Pilot, Harpist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.   Mayor Simmons

30. Speedy recovery wishes to Germaine James.   Mayor Simmons

31. Speedy recovery wishes to Jamie Townes Jr.   Mayor Simmons

32. Retirement of Carolyn Thompson from the Human Services Department.   Mayor Simmons

33. Congratulations to Buddy's Truck Stop for their excellent review in The Boston Phoenix.   Councillor Toomey

34. Congratulations to the Elmbrook Student Center on their 50th Anniversary.   Councillor Toomey

35. Resolution on the death of Virginia A. Diggdon.   Councillor Davis

36. Congratulations to Senator Steven Tolman and Representative Barbara L'italien on the passage of The Disability History Awareness Month Bill.   Councillor Maher

37. Happy 9th Birthday wishes to William McGovern.   Councillor Decker


ORDERS
1. That all residents of Cambridge are urged to acknowledge Breaking the Silence/Congo Week II and to take actions aimed at ending the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Mayor Simmons

2. That the City Manager is requested to consult with the Department of Public Works, the City Arborist, the Community Development Department and other appropriate City staff with the view of working with Greg Russ and the Cambridge Housing Authority to address the removal of trees at 150 Erie Street and to provide a plan for the design of the space in front of the building that includes trees and other green elements as well as seating and appropriate lighting that is aesthetically pleasing and promotes community gathering and safety.   Mayor Simmons

3. That the City Manager is requested to work with the Fire Department to locate $2,000 in the budget to compensate trainers from the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) for the scheduled training of approximately 250 personnel in sixteen two hour sessions throughout November and December of this year.   Mayor Simmons

4. Opposition to Senate Bill 2041 and continued support for greyhound racing ban that was passed by the voters of Massachusetts.   Councillor Toomey

5. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the City Electrician to discuss installing appropriate LED lighting, specifically to illuminate the flag pole at Neville Manor.   Councillor Toomey  amended

6. That the City Manager is requested to instruct the appropriate staff to increase lighting in front of 55 Essex Street, specifically LED, as well as to assess the needs of other sites that house seniors and persons who are visually impaired.   Mayor Simmons  amended

7. That the City Manager is requested to instruct the appropriate staff to install "Slow Seniors and Children" signage in the vicinity of 55 Essex Street.   Mayor Simmons

8. That the Nov 9, 2009 meeting of the Cambridge City Council be and hereby is cancelled to enable members of the City Council to attend the National League of Cities Annual Congress of Cities Conference.   Vice Mayor Seidel

9. That the matter of non-profit organizations retrofitting their buildings to be energy efficient be referred to the Health and Environment Committee for discussion with a view to the creation of a commission to examine this issue.   Councillor Davis

10. That the City Council hold a special meeting on the status of the Police Review and Advisory Board and all related topics.   Councillor Kelley  amended

11. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council on what may have caused recent disturbances in the Wellington-Harrington area, to include a reportedly large melee outside the Frisoli Youth Center on the evening of Thurs, Sept 24, 2009 and how the City is responding to these events.   Councillor Kelley

12. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council with an update on the City's plans to meet the tree planting list and other various tree-related issues.   Councillor Kelley

13. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council on what sort of formal procedures and handouts the Cambridge Police Department has to help people better understand the Police Department's role and responsibilities in the aftermath of a traumatic event.   Councillor Kelley

14. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council with an explanation of the Cambridge Police Department's policy on making available to the public information about crimes and suspects and other information not prohibited from public release.   Councillor Kelley

15. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council on the status of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's work within the wetlands buffer zone along the Charles River, if there have been any violations of either granted Orders of Conditions or of the underlying wetlands law and, if so, how Cambridge is enforcing the wetlands law as it impacts Department of Conservation and Recreation work.   Councillor Kelley

16. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council on the reason six trees were cut down in front of the LBJ apartments, whether there had been appropriate public notice and a relevant street tree removal hearing and what plans there are, if any, to replace those trees.   Councillor Kelley

17. Urge members of the Cambridge Legislative Delegation to support House Bill No.3643 which would reduce the prevailing speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in urban districts on local roads.   Councillor Davis

18. Urge members of the Cambridge Legislative Delegation to support H.853 which would prohibit new buildings that cast new shadow on parks except during the first hour of sunrise or before 7:00 a.m. or during the last hour before sunset.   Councillor Davis

19. That the City Manager is requested to provide a status update to the City Council on the activity of persons in and around Larz Anderson Memorial Bridge as originally requested in City Council Police Order #6 submitted on June 29, 2009.   Vice Mayor Seidel

20. That the City Manager is requested to provide a status report to the City Council on traffic safety measures in place at the intersection of Fresh Pond Parkway and Mount Auburn Street.   Vice Mayor Seidel

21. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to repair the crossing at Cambridge Street to make it safe for both drivers and trains.   Councillor Toomey

22. That the City Manger is requested to confer with the City Electrician and the Commissioner of Public Works with the view of changing the present nighttime lighting of the City Hall tower to LED illumination.   Mayor Simmons


23. That the City Manager is requested to direct the Assistant City Manager for Human Services to work with the Superintendent of Schools to develop an action plan for the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Middle School Youth report.   Mayor Simmons, Vice Mayor Seidel

24. The City Manager is requested to direct the License Commission and the Police Department to provide the City Council with the number of tickets issued or fines levied for idling by December 1, 2009.   Councillor Davis and Councillor Kelley


COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Deputy City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Henrietta Davis, Chair of the Health and Environment Committee and Councillor Craig Kelley, Chair of the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Committee, for a joint meeting held on Sept 15, 2009 to discuss illegal idling.

2. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves, Chair of the Human Services Committee, for a meeting held on Aug 13, 2009 for the purpose of continuing the discussion on whether a program similar to the Harlem Children's Zone Office of College Success could advance the goal of college graduation for all low income students in Cambridge.

3. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves, Chair of the Human Services Committee, for a meeting held on Sept 17, 2009 for the purpose of planning for a Human Services Committee meeting and forum on Sept 30th to discuss with the larger community how Cambridge could adapt the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) Office for College Success to increase the support for Cambridge college students to finish college with a degree.

HEARING SCHEDULE
Mon, Oct 5
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Oct 6
6:00pm   School Committee Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)
6:30pm   The Civic Unity Committee will conduct a public hearing to have a community discussion on strengthening the community for a safer neighborhood. Community Room  (21 Walden Sq. Rd.)

Tues, Oct 13
5:30pm   The Transportation, Traffic and Parking Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss pedestrian safety, dangerous intersections and any possible lessons learned that could prevent future collisions.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 19
5:15pm   Special Presentation for the new program being launched by the Women's Commission "Cut it Out Cambridge," to train hair salon staff in recognizing domestic violence and acting as a resource for their patrons.  (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Oct 20
6:00pm   School Committee Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Oct 22
12:00pm   The Civic Unity Committee will hold the first of a series of public meetings, each featuring a parenting specialist speaker. Featured speaker: Dr. Lisa Dobberteen, pediatrician co-author of the book Love & Limits In and Out of Child Care: What Your Child Care Provider and Your Pediatrician Want You to Know. Followed by Q & A.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 26
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Oct 29
12:00pm   The Civic Unity Committee will hold the second of a series of public meetings, each featuring a parenting specialist speaker. Featured speaker: Dr. Diane Levin, author of So Sexy So Soon, the New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. Followed by Q & A.  (344 Broadway, 2nd Fl Conference)

Mon, Nov 2
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Nov 5
12:00pm   The Civic Unity Committee will hold the third of a series of public meetings, each featuring a parenting specialist speaker. Featured speaker: Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, professor of early childhood education at Lesley University will be discussing her most recent book, Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, compassionate Kids, and the impact of violence, especially in the media, the children's lives and social development. Followed by Q & A.  (344 Broadway, 2nd Fl Conference)

Mon, Nov 9
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Nov 10
3:00pm   The Public Facilities, Art and Celebrations Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss the possibility of holding a folk festival in the city in 2010.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Nov 16
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Nov 17
2:30pm   The Civic Unity Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss the use of cell phones while driving and security cameras at the Alewife T station.  (Sullivan Chamber)
6:00pm   School Committee Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Nov 23
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Nov 30
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Dec 1
6:00pm   School Committee Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Dec 7
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Dec 14
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Dec 15
6:00pm   School Committee Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Dec 21
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Dec 28
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

TEXT OF ORDERS
O-1     Oct 5, 2009
MAYOR SIMMONS
WHEREAS: The citizens of Cambridge and their representatives on the Cambridge City Council have a strong tradition of upholding principles of peace and respect for all people; and
WHEREAS: The City Council has often affirmed its support of the principles of international law and of peaceful alternatives to war: and
WHEREAS: Since 1996, the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been the epicenter of the deadliest war since World War II, leading to the deaths of nearly six million people: and
WHEREAS: Combatants on all sides routinely use rape and sexual violence as a weapon to destroy women, families, and communities, and over 200,000 women have been raped in the course of combat: and
WHEREAS: The perpetrators of sexual violence have acted with impunity and have not been held accountable for their actions; and
WHEREAS: This conflict is fueled by the illegal trade in minerals controlled by warring groups, and 80% of the world's coltan (used in cell phones and laptop computers) is located in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo: and
WHEREAS: The international community has failed to sanction the looting of the Democratic Republic of Congo's spectacular wealth, and consequently, poverty in this nation is extremely high, and 80% of the population lives on 30 cents or less per day, and
WHEREAS: Oct 18 - 24 has been internationally designated Breaking the Silence/Congo Week II; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the Cambridge City Council go on record recognizing and condemning the grievous impact of the sexual violence and loss of lives in the conflict on families and communities and calling for an immediate end to the violence; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Cambridge City Council urge the United States government to press for an immediate end to the war and sexual violence, accountability for the perpetrators, and an end to trading in minerals controlled by warring groups; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and is hereby requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to President Obama and the Secretaries of State and Defense; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and is hereby requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, together with a request that the congressional delegation take action on this issue and communicate to the Cambridge City Council what action was taken; and be it further
RESOLVED: That all residents of Cambridge are urged to acknowledge Breaking the Silence/Congo Week II and to take actions aimed at ending the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

O-2     Oct 5, 2009
MAYOR SIMMONS
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the Department of Public Works, the City Arborist, the Community Development Department and other appropriate City staff with the view of working with Greg Russ and the Cambridge Housing Authority to address the removal of trees at 150 Erie Street and to provide a plan for the design of the space in front of the building that includes trees and other green elements as well as seating and appropriate lighting that is aesthetically pleasing and promotes community gathering and safety.

O-3     Oct 5, 2009
MAYOR SIMMONS
WHEREAS: Continuing on the success of the Police Department GLBT training by GOAL, the GLBT Commission is working with the Fire Department on GLBT training; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Fire Department to locate $2,000 in the budget to compensate trainers from the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) for the scheduled training of approximately 250 personnel in sixteen two hour sessions throughout November and December of this year. Compensation to GOAL covers the cost of travel, overhead, and training materials for the professional volunteer trainers.

O-4     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: On Nov 4, 2009, 64.9% of Cambridge voters voted to end greyhound racing in Massachusetts; and
WHEREAS: Senate Bill 2041 is seeking to prolong greyhound racing in Massachusetts despite the fact that 53.57% of voters statewide voted in favor of banning the practice of dog racing; and
WHEREAS: In order to protect the workers at the tracks, the Greyhound Protection Act included a 14 month phase-out period so that racetrack workers could take advantage of retraining programs supported by the state; and
WHEREAS: The state currently spends more money regulating greyhound racing than the state receives in revenue; and
WHEREAS: Despite the regulations some dogs endure lives of terrible confinement; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the Cambridge City Council go on record in opposition to Senate Bill 2041 and remain in favor of the ban that was passed by the voters of Massachusetts; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the Cambridge Delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

O-5     Oct 5, 2009  amended
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the City Electrician to discuss installing appropriate LED lighting, specifically to illuminate the flag pole at Neville Manor.

O-6     Oct 5, 2009  amended
MAYOR SIMMONS
WHEREAS: Many senior citizens and others in the community with visual impairment suffer limited mobility in the evening and night hours due to insufficient lighting in public areas surrounding their residence; and
WHEREAS: Residents of 55 Essex are requesting brighter lighting for this very reason; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to instruct the appropriate staff to increase lighting in front of 55 Essex Street, specifically LED, as well as to assess the needs of other sites that house seniors and persons who are visually impaired.

O-7     Oct 5, 2009
MAYOR SIMMONS
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to instruct the appropriate staff to install "Slow Seniors and Children" signage in the vicinity of 55 Essex Street.

O-8     Oct 5, 2009
VICE MAYOR SEIDEL
ORDERED: That the Nov 9, 2009 meeting of the Cambridge City Council be and hereby is cancelled to enable members of the City Council to attend the National League of Cities Annual Congress of Cities Conference.

O-9     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
WHEREAS: The Cambridge community depends on its non-profit organizations for support to its citizens with childcare, eldercare, arts and after-school education; and
WHEREAS: Many non-profits own their own buildings but the buildings are in poor repair and suffer from deferred maintenance; and
WHEREAS: Many non-profits are critically underfunded and unable to take care of their facilities, needing instead to put their resources into their programs; and
WHEREAS: If these organizations could afford to retrofit their buildings to be energy efficient they would be able to save on their energy costs and therefore devote more money to operating costs; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the matter be referred to the Health and Environment Committee for discussion with a view to the creation of a commission to examine this problem.

O-10     Oct 5, 2009  amended
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Council be and hereby is requested to hold a special meeting on the status of the Police Review and Advisory Board and all related topics; and be it further
ORDERED: That said meeting be scheduled before the end of the year.

O-11     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on what may have caused recent disturbances in the Wellington-Harrington area, to include a reportedly large melee outside the Frisoli Youth Center on the evening of Thurs, Sept 24, 2009 and how the City is responding to these events.

O-12     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
WHEREAS: Numerous empty tree wells remain in Cambridge, including some that seem appropriate for new trees along Linnaean Street and outside Tavern on the Square in Central Square; and
WHEREAS: Other tree wells, such as the ones in front of Christopher's Restaurant in Porter Square, have apparently been removed from service as tree wells; and
WHEREAS: Many tree wells, such as the ones by the Baldwin School on Sacramento Street, have metal grates around them that may limit tree growth; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council with an update on the City's plans to meet the tree planting list; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on the status of the metal grates around City trees and if the City plans to remove them; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on the process that leads to otherwise viable tree wells not being used for street trees; and be it further
ORDERED: That the Health and Environment Committee be and hereby is requested to hold a meeting on the status of Cambridge's tree wells and street tree planting efforts.

O-13     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
WHEREAS: People who have suffered from some sort of crime, whether it be a break-in or a physical assault or some other traumatic event, may not be in the frame of mind to readily understand what the Cambridge Police Department's response will be; and
WHEREAS: Confusion over what they should or should not expect from the Police Department can make an already traumatic event even worse; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge Police Department's having a flyer or some other printed material that explains the post-event process and providing relevant contact numbers could help people better understand what the Cambridge Police Department's immediate response and follow-up steps might be, whether it be taking pictures after a burglary, visits from a detective, wiping for fingerprints or any other commonly expressed questions; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on what sort of formal procedures and handouts the Cambridge Police Department has to help people better understand the Police Department's role and responsibilities in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

O-14     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council with an explanation of the Cambridge Police Department's policy on making available to the public information about crimes and suspects and other information not prohibited from public release.

O-15     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on the status of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's work within the wetlands buffer zone along the Charles River, if there have been any violations of either granted Orders of Conditions or of the underlying wetlands law and, if so, how Cambridge is enforcing the wetlands law as it impacts Department of Conservation and Recreation work.

O-16     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on the reason six trees were cut down in front of the LBJ apartments, whether there had been appropriate public notice and a relevant street tree removal hearing and what plans there are, if any, to replace those trees.

O-17     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
WHEREAS: Fatalities from pedestrian-automobile crashes are directly related to speed and drivers drive faster than posted limits; and
WHEREAS: More people walk in densely populated areas than in more rural areas, and school children and elderly people are among those who are most vulnerable to traffic; and
WHEREAS: House Bill No. 3643, now before the Joint Committee on Transportation, would reduce the prevailing speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in urban districts on local roads; and
WHEREAS: H.3643 would define "urban district" as "the territory contiguous to local roads built up with structures devoted to business or where the dwelling houses average less than 100 feet between them for a distance of 1/8 mile or over"; and
WHEREAS: The bill was developed through the joint efforts of Representative Denise Provost, the Massachusetts Highway Department, representatives from communities across the Commonwealth, the City of Boston, MassBike and WalkBoston; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the City Council go on record urging the members of the Cambridge Legislative Delegation to support the final bill; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward copies of this resolution to Representative Joseph F. Wagner and Senator Steven A. Baddour, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Transportation, as well as the Cambridge Legislative Delegation on behalf of the City Council.

O-18     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
WHEREAS: House Bill No.853, An Act Protecting Certain Public Parks, filed by Representative Marty Walz, seeks to expand the current laws that limit new shadows on the Boston Public Garden, the Boston Common, and the Lynn Common; and
WHEREAS: The bill would prohibit new buildings that cast new shadow on certain parks - Magazine Beach Park, the Esplanade, Christopher Columbus Park, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, and Copley Square Park - except during the first hour after sunrise or before 7am (whichever is later) or during the last hour before sunset; and
WHEREAS: The bill would allow reasonably scaled development near parks while ensuring that the grass, trees, and people who enjoy the parks have sufficient sunlight, but does not include height limits for buildings or add set back requirements; and
WHEREAS: H.853 would strike a better balance between the construction of new buildings and the protection of our outdoor spaces; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the City Council go on record as urging the members of the Cambridge Legislative Delegation to support the final bill; and be it further;
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward copies of this resolution to Representative William Straus and Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Chairs of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, as well as the Cambridge legislative delegation on behalf of the City Council.

O-19     Oct 5, 2009
VICE MAYOR SEIDEL
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to provide a status update to the City Council on the activity of persons in and around Larz Anderson Memorial Bridge as originally requested in City Council Police Order #6 submitted on June 29, 2009.

O-20     Oct 5, 2009
VICE MAYOR SEIDEL
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to provide a status report to the City Council on traffic safety measures in place at the intersection of Fresh Pond Parkway and Mount Auburn Street.

O-21     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: The rubber panels that line the railroad tracks at the Cambridge Street crossing are uneven, creating unsafe driving conditions; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to repair the crossing at Cambridge Street to make it safe for both drivers and trains and to report back to the City Council.

O-22     Oct 5, 2009
MAYOR SIMMONS
ORDERED: That the City Manger be and hereby is requested to confer with the City Electrician and the Commissioner of Public Works with the view of changing the present nighttime lighting of the City Hall tower to LED illumination.


O-23     Oct 5, 2009
MAYOR SIMMONS
VICE MAYOR SEIDEL
WHEREAS: The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Middle School Youth has met over the course of the past year and developed a report on the status of middle school youth in out-of-school time activities; and
WHEREAS: The report has outlined goals and objectives for providing meaningful engagement in out-of-school time activities for all middle school youth in Cambridge; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the Assistant City Manager for Human Services to work with the Superintendent of Schools to develop an action plan for the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Middle School Youth report; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter by December 14, 2009.

O-24     Oct 5, 2009
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the License Commission and the Police Department to provide the City Council with the number of tickets issued or fines levied for idling by December 1, 2009.


TEXT OF COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee Report #1
The Health and Environment and the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Committees held a joint public meeting on Tues, Sept 15, 2009 at five o'clock and thirty-four minutes p.m. in the Sullivan Chamber.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss illegal idling.

Present at the meeting were Councillor Henrietta Davis, Chair of the Health and Environment Committee; Councillor Craig Kelley, Chair of the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Committee; Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.; Lisa Peterson, Commissioner of Public Works; Sue Clippinger, Director, Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department; Elizabeth Y. Lint, Executive Officer, License Commission; Penny Peters; and Deputy City Clerk, Donna P. Lopez.

Also present were Julie Ross, Massachusetts DEP; Tom Stohlman, 19 Channing Street; Nick Martin, Journalism Student; Keren Schlomy, Green Decade Cambridge; Carol O'Hare, 172 Magazine Street; and Phil Sego.

Councillor Davis opened the meeting and explained the purpose.

Councillor Toomey expressed his concerns about the importance of enforcement of the laws on idling.

Councillor Davis stated that she wanted to review the state law. She introduced Julie Ross from the Mass. DEP who spoke about the state law and enforcement.

Ms. Ross stated that the state strategy is to reduce idling. Every school bus in Massachusetts is being retrofitted to reduce the toxicity of fumes coming out of tail pipes. This information is being put into a data base together with information on schools where there are higher rates of asthma. There is an enforcement effort at the state level for non-compliance. DEP follows up on complaints received about idling. The 1972 law, Chapter 90 Section 16A, limits unnecessary idling to no more than five minutes (ATTACHEMENT A). School bus drivers are trained routinely about the idling law. Buses stationery for longer than five minutes must be turned off. However, there are exceptions - refrigeration trucks, oil trucks, repair trucks with power lifts.

Councillor Kelley asked if there were exceptions for emergency vehicles. Ms. Ross responded in the affirmative. Chapter 90 section 13 covers emergency exemptions (ATTACHMENT B). Many vehicles, like ambulances, should be shut down while waiting. Police vehicles have more equipment and devices in their vehicles than normal vehicles and therefore may have to idle longer than five minutes for public safety reasons.

Councillor Davis asked if priorities were shifted from trucks to school buses. Ms. Ross stated that school buses are critical; children are more susceptible to pollution. The state also is targeting utility vehicles such as NSTAR and COMCAST vehicles to encourage less idling. Local delivery trucks are also targeted. Over the road truckers have different issues. These trucks have sleeping areas. A sleepy driver is an unsafe driver. There is a nation-wide effort to build an infrastructure for truckers to allow truckers to plug their truck into electricity sources for heat or air conditioning.

Councillor Davis read the e-mail received from Andrea Kontos, 171 Magazine Street, into the record (ATTACHMENT C).

Mr. Stohlman asked if idling occurs on private property is it a violation of the law. Ms. Schlomy, Green Decade Cambridge, responded in the affirmative. This is a federally enforced law. The EPA can and has enforced egregious cases. She wanted to see signage that informed the public that idling is against the law - shut the vehicle off.

Councillor Davis asked if there was any community that was successful with signage. Mr. Stohlman responded that Belmont and Lenox have signage that informs the public that idling is illegal.

Mr. Sego spoke about city drivers who do not think that the law applies to them, specifically police and fire. He asked if DEP could enforce the law through civil process. Ms. Ross informed the committees that the DEP uses administrative process to enforce the law.

Commissioner Peterson apologized for the Police Commissioner who could not attend the meeting.

Ms. O'Hare expressed her problem with getting a copy of the idling law.

Ms. Ross told the committees that Chapter 90 Section 16B is a new law that requires signage at schools. The law was signed in December 2009 and was posted two weeks ago. This law gives authority to the Registry of Motor Vehicles which has written the regulations.

Councillor Davis said the fleet of city vehicles and the taxi industry should be discussed. How does the License Commission regulate idling taxi cabs? Ms. Lint stated that cabs are more likely to idling in the cold weather. The Hackney Officer informs cab drivers that they have to shut down. If numerous complaints are received by the License Commission, citations are issued by Traffic enforcement personnel. This is a Chapter 90 offense. Citations are given for out of town taxi pickups. The Hackney Officer can issue citations. The License Commission can hold a public hearing on complaints and complainants are fined. Ms. Ross added that if a cab stops for more than ten seconds there is more pollution generated to turn the car on and off. Ms. Peterson also added that the emissions from diesel vehicles are cleaner. Councillor Kelley commented that taxi drivers do not violate that often because they are constantly moving up in the waiting line. He further stated that in his opinion the police are the people who idle the most.

Councillor Davis stated that behavior does not change by telling the public to shut down.

Mr. Stohlman spoke of pollution and noise from idling. He stated that enforcement is not enough of a deterrent. Councillor Kelley asked what would be enforcement. Mr. Stohlman stated that pollution statute can stop idling and noise. Councillor Kelley stated this does not change behavior. Councillor Kelley noted that the City Manager has repeatedly stated that police officers tell people to stop idling and while this addresses the immediate issue, without issuing tickets it does little to change the underlying behavior of unnecessary idling.

At this time Councillor Davis and Kelley submitted the following motion:
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the License Commission and the Police Department to provide the City Council with the number of tickets issued or fines levied for idling by Dec 1, 2009.

The motion - Carried.

Mr. Sego asked if there was a study done about different types of vehicles. Ms. Ross stated that she is not aware of any such study. California, she said, reviewed idling locomotives and ships and used the data to help facilitate some solutions. NESCOM team worked on instances reviewing port facilities. The Staten Island Ferry is being retrofitted.

Mr. Sego asked if DEP could offer legislation to ban automatic car starters. Ms. Ross responded in the negative. A starter is not illegal and can be programmed for five minutes.

Ms. O'Hare commented that there is not much enforcement done for long haul truckers. Ms. Ross stated that if a driver pulls into a truck stop and leaves the truck idling for thirty minutes it is inappropriate. She favored new distribution centers and suggested that the building permit include plug-ins for trucks. This should be made a condition when building a distribution center.

Can the city require MicroCenter to be retrofitted, asked Ms. O'Hare. Councillor Davis commented that deliveries are not permitted in off hours. Complaints need to be clarified. The MicroCenter complaints: who is investigating and what is the outcome?

Councillor Davis read an e-mail from Avi Green, 44 Tremont Street # 1, and it was made part of the record (ATTACHMENT D). Councillor Davis stated that these complaints should be put into the system and have the appropriate departments deal with them. Ms. Ross added that it may be as simple as a phone call to solve the violation.

Councillor Kelley asked if there is an exemption for truckers sleeping in trucks that are idling. Ms. Ross stated that the law does not say there is an exemption. She does not favor this specificity. The inside of vehicles must be habitable. The federal regulation requires that heating unit must heat the inside of the vehicle to 50į. She went on to say that if a refrigeration unit has an independent cooler there is no need for the truck to idle.

Councillor Davis asked the Commissioner of Public Works about the city fleet.

Ms. Peterson informed the committee that the city received DEP assistance on an anti-idling campaign two years ago. Signs were posted at all the schools. Signs were made for the insides of all city vehicles to remind drivers not to idle. The City constantly enforces the anti-idling laws, but it is hard to break the habit. The City tries to get the message out and reinforce it. Comfortable temperatures in the winter are an issue.

Councillor Davis inquired why people leave cars idling and go into stores. Ms. Peterson stated air conditioning and heating are the reasons. Mr. Stohlman commented they may be trying to avoid a parking ticket. Ms. Ross informed the committees that in January there were thirteen cars stolen because keys were left in them. This is not covered by insurance.

Ms. Ross informed the committees that private fleets are giving safety bonuses for not idling. The vehicles now have black boxes. The black boxes are reviewed for fuel savings and bonuses are given as a share in the fuel savings.

Ms. Clippinger stated that the City fleet gets the message about idling in the vehicles. Signage for schools and other places will continue to be worked on.

Councillor Davis stated that complaints have been received about tour buses idling in Harvard Square.

Ms. Clippinger stated that the employees of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department do not issue citations; they issue parking and sidewalk snow removal tickets. Enforcement is the duty of the Police Department.

Councillor Davis read an e-mail received from Fleet Hill, 22 Longfellow Road (ATTACHMENT E).

The committees requested that the Deputy City Clerk forward the attached three e-mails to the City Manager with the request that he transmit the complaints about idling to the appropriate departments for investigation as well as enforcement measures taken to stop the violations. (The e-mails were sent to the City Manager by the Deputy City Clerk on Sept 16, 2009).

Councillors Davis and Kelley thanked those present for their attendance. Councillors Davis and Kelley stated that another meeting would be scheduled on this matter with police attending so enforcement can be discussed.

The meeting adjourned at six o'clock and forty minutes p.m.

For the Committees
Councillor Henrietta Davis, Chair Health and Environment Committee
Councillor Craig Kelley, Chair, Transportation, Traffic and Parking Committee


Committee Report #2
The Human Services Committee conducted a public meeting on Thurs, Aug 13, 2009 at three o'clock and fifteen minutes p.m. in the Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University. The meeting was held for the purpose of continuing the discussion on whether a program similar to the Harlem Children's Zone Office of College Success could advance the goal of college graduation for all low income students in Cambridge.

Present at the meeting were Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves, Chair of the committee; Vice Mayor Seidel; Councillor Craig Kelley; Margaret Drury, City Clerk; and John Clifford.

Present from the city and schools administrative staff were Dr. Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Carolyn Turk, Deputy Superintendent of the Cambridge Public School Department (CPSD); Ellen Semonoff, Assistant City Manager for Human Service Programs (DHSP); Chief Public Health Officer Claude Jacob, Cambridge Public Health Department,(CPHD); Eileen Dryden, CPHD; Ann DiGirolamo, Institute of Community Health, Cambridge Health Alliance; Marsha Lazar, CPHD; Mary Wong, Director of the Kids' Council, DHSP; Mina Reddy, Director of the Community Learning Center, DHSP; Michelle Farnum, Division Head, Youth Programs, DHSP; Susan Walsh, Director of the Office of Workforce Development (OWD),DHSP; Allyson Allen, OWD, DHSP; Police Superintendent Steve Williams; Rebecca Gallo, East End House; Victoria Harris; and John Clifford.

In addition, the following persons also participated in the meeting: Harriet Finck, Executive Director, Cambridge School Volunteers; Mangalam Sririvasan, Women's Commission; John Lindamood, Resident Services, Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA); Kam Maali, the Workforce Program, CHA; Ronn Crichlow, Upward Bound, M.I.T.; David Gibbs, Cambridge Community Center; Ninette Marzouki, Student Success Program, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC); Sandro Massaro, BHCC; Jean-Dany Joachim, BHCC; Meghan Foster, Simmons College; Jennifer Zelnick, Salem State College; Nate Bryant, Salem State College; Ken Sawada, Newberry College; Liliana Mickle, UMass, Boston; Wanda Montanez, Wheelock College; Bob Gielow, Art Institute of Boston; Deb Kocar, Lesley University; Suzanne Carty, Emmanuel College; Silvia Glick, attorney; and Nancy Brickhouse, 113 Walden Street.

Councillor Reeves convened the meeting and explained the purpose. He provided a general description of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) and then a description of the HCZ College Success Program. He noted that research shows that to be successful in increasing the rate of college graduation, a program must start before the students are in high school. He also noted that fact that most African American college students who finish college graduate from historically black colleges, but it takes most of them much longer than 4 years - 10 years is not uncommon. Councillor Reeves then requested all those present to introduce themselves and thereafter invited discussion.

Ronn Crichlow, Director of the Trios Upward Bound Program at M.I.T., said that his program begins with kids who have graduated from the 8th grade. He said that there is a profile of kids who are going to succeed in college, and it relates to academic preparedness, not necessarily prepared with direct skills, more important is that they have the thinking skills. Kids who are not academically prepared in this way need a lot of remediation. He said that his program tries to find schools in which their kids succeed and then they keep sending kids to look at these schools.

Deb Kocar, Lesley University Admission Office, agreed with the importance of starting to work with students on college success before they reach high school. She expressed enthusiasm for the AVID program, which does not serve the A and B students; it is aimed at the C students. She noted their research with first generation college students. The students all said that they felt prepared when they began college, but then they could not keep up with the reading load and could not meet college reading standards.

Liliana Mickle, UMass Boston Admissions Office, said that the strength of the AVID program is that the students in the program are expected to take advanced placement courses. It is important to build that level of expectation into all of the preparation programs. She also informed the group of the dual enrollment opportunity for high school students to take UMass college courses while they are still in high school. The high school students do not go into special classes. However, cost is an issue for the dual enrollment, because they students have to pay the full cost of the courses.

Councillor Reeves stated that we send our largest amount of kids to Bunker Hill Community College. We do not see graduation rates that justify this choice. Sandro Massaro and Jean Dany Joachim, Bunker Hill College staff, said that they will check on these statistics, which do not seem to fit with their own experience of the success rate at Bunker Hill College.

George Greenidge, Jr., Founder and President, National Black College Alliance, said that the organization's biggest focus is on helping students get into these colleges. The organization utilizes alumni as mentors. Mr. Greenidge said that many students are playing catch-up for their whole first year at college. He said that he would like to see high school graduates followed until the age of 24. He noted a White House initiative on supporting historic black colleges. With regard to financial aid, Mr. Greenidge said that, in general, grades of A's and B's mean scholarships, while C's and D's mean loans. He also said that the more active the kids are in community service during high school, the better placed they are for scholarships.

Harriet Finck, Executive Director of Cambridge School Volunteers, described the School Volunteers program, in which volunteers tutor and mentor high school students, particularly in writing.

Ms. Semonoff introduced Allyson Allen, Office of Workforce Development (OWD), to describe the work done by two CRLS graduates hired by OWD this past summer to hold focus groups and interview rising college sophomores about their experiences in transitioning to college. A copy of the draft report on their work is attached to this hearing report (Attachment BA).

The students they interviewed were all CRLS graduates, most of them from the Workforce Program. Of 42 students, eight are not enrolled again for this fall. More than half did not live on campus. The kids living at home reported that life interrupted their school work and experience. With regard to the focus group conversations, many of the students said that college was very different from what they expected. They all wished that they had had more information about financial aid. Several of the kids that they talked had been in the AVID and/or Workforce programs, where they had received one-on-one support. They had to learn to seek out help; no one called them and checked up on them as their program supports in high school had. Some found that the support they needed cost money in addition to the tuition that they were already paying for, for example at Curry College the extra support cost an additional $6,000. Several kids who got all A's in high school found out that they could not write on the level expected by the college and that they had difficulties keeping up with the reading.

Kam Maali, Workforce Program, Cambridge Housing Authority, emphasized the importance of educating the families of first generation college students as to the ways that the family needs to support their college student.

Dr. Turk stressed the importance of establishing the expectation of college graduation, not just college acceptance. She noted that the success of the AVID program is due first of all to the expectations that the students will take the advanced placement courses, will succeed and will be admitted to college. Dr Turk said that each one of the Cambridge support programs has its own little twist, and that is good, it reflects a core Cambridge value, but perhaps there is a certain basic type of information that we should make sure that all Cambridge kids get no matter which support program they are in. Ms. Semonoff agreed and added that as we find out more about which colleges provide the best support and success rate for our Cambridge kids, we will want to make sure that all of the support programs have this up-to-date information.

Councillor Reeves thanked all those present for their participation. The meeting was adjourned at five o'clock and fifteen minutes P.M.

For the Committee,
Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves, Chair


Committee Report #3
The Human Services Committee conducted a working public meeting on Thurs, Sept 17, 2009, beginning at one o'clock and forty minutes p. m. in the Sophia Anastos Conference Room. The meeting was held for the purpose of planning for a Human Services Committee meeting and forum on Sept 30th to discuss with the larger community how Cambridge could adapt the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) Office for College Success to increase the support for Cambridge college students to finish college with a degree.

Present at the meeting were Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves; City Clerk D. Margaret Drury; Ellen Semonoff, Assistant City Manager for Human Services; Jeffrey Young, Superintendent, Cambridge Public Schools (CPSD); Carolyn Turk, Deputy Superintendent, CPSD; Michelle Farnum, Division Head, Youth Programs, Department of Human Services Program (DHSP); Susan Walsh, Director, Office of Workforce Development, DHSP; Allyson Allen, DHSP; Christopher Saheed, Principal, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (CRLS); Steve Swanger, Director of Residential Services, Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA); Harriet Finck, Director, Cambridge School Volunteers; Andrew Spooner, Board Member, Cambridge School Volunteers; Joseph Szocik; Louise Adler; James Sennette, Principal Intern, CRLS; Shanita Cosby, Atlanta; John Clifford.

Councillor Reeves convened the meeting and explained the purpose. He explained that the purpose is to plan for a larger public meeting Sept 30th. He distributed copies of the following documents which are on file in the Cambridge City Clerk's Office:
1. "College Success Office Harlem Children's Zone"
2. "Getting to the Finish Line, College Enrollment and Graduation, A Seven Year Longitudinal Study of the Boston Public Schools Class of 2000"
3. "Colleges Are Failing in Graduation Rates"
4. Aug 31, 2006 Memo from Justin Martin to Superintendent Thomas Fowler-Finn on National Student Tracker Collegiate Results for CRLS Students
5. Same title as above, memo dated June 21, 2007
6. "Increasing College Access Through School-Based Models of Postsecondary Preparation, Planning and Support."

He began with a brief description of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ). Councillor Reeves announced an upcoming appropriation for a Cambridge program for support of families with young children utilizing the model of the HCZ Baby College. He noted that as in the early childhood area, in Cambridge there are existing programs doing pieces of the necessary work of supporting Cambridge students in college acceptance and success, for example, School Volunteers, the Workforce Program, Trio and Cambridge Learning Center (CLC).

Councillor Reeves said that we know of many CRLS graduates who could have benefited from attention to their progress after high school. In addition, we know that the roots of college success must be started before high school.

Councillor Reeves then requested Dr. Saheed, Principal, CRLS, to describe the current advisory system for CRLS students. He asked why are some helped by the counseling and some not. Dr. Saheed said the Councillor Reeves' question is a very complicated question with a complicated answer. College readiness involves more than just academic skills. But looking at college readiness in terms of skills is in itself a huge challenge. In addition the guidance delivery is limited by a typical high school guidance system which looks at kids and what they are able to do. It does not go down to the individual level and it leaves out all of the family, social and cultural issues that play a big part in college readiness.

Dr. Turk noted that the last US News and World Report Magazine has an interesting article on what factors correlate most strongly with high school students who finish college. One factor is a grade point average of 3.0 or greater. In addition, the work that goes into making sure kids are strong and ready plays a big role.

Superintendent Jeff Young said that a major task is identifying the most important supporting strengths that kids need. He asked Dr. Saheed whether the limitations are mostly budgetary or cultural/structural. He said that the usual guidance ration in high school is 150-170 students assigned to one counselor. He asked Dr. Saheed whether tripling the ratio of guidance counselors to students would be enough, or would there still be barriers to the effective delivery of guidance. Dr. Saheed said that most guidance delivery systems are an adjunct to the academic system, not part of it. The issue of where we fit guidance into the structure is a huge piece of the problem. Just finding time within the day is very difficult.

Councillor Reeves asked Dr. Saheed about the qualifications of CRLS guidance counselors. Dr. Saheed said to become a guidance counselor, certification is necessary. Usually the guidance counselors have a master's degree. At CRLS there is a mix of experienced and new counselors. There is a sequenced curriculum for guidance delivery. In grade nine students are introduced to the Naviance System. They begin to use the Naviance System to look at how their course work is linked to an overall plan for their future. Superintendent Young explained that Naviance is a computer program for career guidance in a self service model. It is a very powerful program. Once several years of data have been accumulated, students will be able to enter their grade point average and SAT scores and it will show all the past experience of CRLS kids accepted and rejected for particular schools compared with the student looking at it.

Mr. Szocik asked if there is the under-matching problem of kids with good grades and high SATs who self-direct themselves to "failure factories" like U Mass Boston. Dr. Saheed said that one of the greatest misalignments he sees at CRLS is that of students who select expensive small private four year schools somewhere else which present a huge difference from everything they know.

Councillor Reeves said that Geoff Canada sends someone to visit the kids at college in this situation. HCZ also found that none of their junior college students ever graduate so they do not send their kids there. There are students at CRLS who are advised that they should not choose a school outside of greater Boston, which he believes is not generally the best advice.

Allyson Allen said that there is a big question of resources for guidance counselors in public schools. They also serve a larger population that will not be going to college. She said that it would be beneficial to look at the "guidance work" that is offered by community programs and align all of the programs so that they all can know and work on the things that every college prep counseling should offer, for example, college visits. Mr. Szocik agreed that guidance and counseling cannot just be confined to the school system.

Mr. Swanger said that when they developed the Workforce program, they asked what is it that middle class kids have that helps them succeed in college that our CHA kids do not have, and how can we replicate the missing ingredients. He said that they found that a lot of it is that middle class kids have parents who have been to college. The best college choices come from knowing a lot about the colleges and knowing a lot about yourself - introspection. Mr. Swanger said that they need to know more about the colleges out there that support first generation kids. He said that more and more they are finding that colleges that really have made a commitment to supporting first generation college students are the colleges in which these students succeed.

Dr. Saheed said that by chance they stumbled on a college that is willing to support first generation college students, Colby Sawyer. It first came to their attention when staff took a group of AVID Program kids to visit together. The college was so impressed with the kids that they offered eight scholarships and then did the same thing the next year. Now there is a group of kids supporting each other and the college has made a commitment to see them through.

Councillor Reeves said that the purpose of this meeting is to plan for the larger meeting on Sept 30th. At that meeting they will launch the notion of an office of college success. One idea for the meeting is to have a speaker from HCZ, then dinner followed by a panel discussion. Councillor Reeves said that this is not a meeting to design a program; they are not ready to design a program. More information is needed.

Mr. Szocik said that they need to start with a definition of the problem, followed with what are some of the reasons that the problem exists, and then a presentation of what currently exists to deal with the problem, and finally, a discussion on how we fill the gap. Ms. Farnum suggested break-out groups.

Ms. Semonoff stated that she is concerned about the lack of time until the planned meeting. Mr. Swanger expressed similar concerns.

Councillor Reeves said that he does not want to lose the momentum and that this was the only date that the Microsoft Center was available. He said that the outcome that he is looking is for a presentation of a program that has worked somewhere else, to increase college success. That could be HCZ. It is also possible to explain where Cambridge is. CRLS graduates have lots of information about what would have helped them. They should have more information what colleges are most supportive. His information about what each college is like is very out of date.

Harriet Finck expressed her appreciation for the fact that through these planning meetings, participants are learning about the other programs that do similar and/or related work.

Superintendent Young said that this sounds like incredibly important work, also like a huge undertaking. With regard to this event, who is the audience and what would make them come back. He would not want to think that Microsoft's calendar drives this important conversation. His orientation is better to do it right than do it fast.

Councillor Reeves said that for him, presenting what they have learned at the HCZ would suffice. Cambridge should take responsibility for getting all of its kids, regardless of their class, through college. He noted a major study by Charles Ogletree that every kid should have a counselor. It went nowhere. He does not want to see that happen with what they have learned from visiting HCZ and studying this issue.

Mr. Swanger said that this issue is not going to go away. Also, this is a national issue. He is excited about who is around the table now for discussion. He said that it is critical to bring these people together for more discussion. Councillor Reeves said that the longer we wait, the more children we lose.

Dr. Saheed asked whether the next step is to create a think tank among the people around the table or whether it is to attract a larger audience to the discussion. Councillor Reeves said that he is hoping to attract a lot of new people to this discussion.

John Clifford said that when he booked the room, a Microsoft employee told him that lots of Microsoft employees would be interested in this. Ms. Semonoff said that the Harlem Children's Zone name is big enough to attract a lot of people. This could be the kickoff for a look at how Cambridge can "move the needle" to register an increase in the college graduation rate.

Mr. Szocik suggested a possible agenda:
* - Statement of the problem
* - HCZ speaker
* - Emphasize that to address it, they need both educational accountability and community responsibility
* - Next steps including bringing people together to create an initial response.

It was agreed that Councillor Reeves would put together a draft agenda and email it to the participants at this meeting. Councillor Reeves thanked all those present for their contributions to this discussion. The meeting adjourned at three o'clock and twenty-five minutes p.m.

For the Committee,
Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves, Chair


AWAITING REPORT LIST
08-65. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on changes to the intersection of River Street and Mass Avenue to allow more pedestrian crossing time before vehicles are allowed to turn.
Mayor Simmons and Full Membership 04/28/08 (O-15)

08-79. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how local construction lighting could be limited to the minimum necessary for safety.
Councillor Davis and Full Membership 06/02/08 (O-2)

08-101. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on working with Boston to create a policy to keep truck traffic to a minimum within the City.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 07/28/08 (O-25)

08-105. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of using the parcel on Binney and Fulkerson Streets for a dedicated dog park.
Councillor Toomey, Vice Mayor Murphy & Mayor Simmons 07/28/08 (O-40)

08-148. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on appointing a public housing or Section 8 tenant to fill the existing vacancy on the Cambridge Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 12/08/08 (O-2)

08-152. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the status of establishing a Walden Street Cattle Pass observation point.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 12/15/08 (O-1)

08-158. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on possible funding to deal with hoarding and to preserve housing.
Councillor Davis 12/22/08 (O-8)

09-11. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the removal of the Homeland Security Surveillance cameras and infrastructure and who is responsible for the removal.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 02/09/09 (O-7)

09-21. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on survey of surrounding cities and towns on the hours of operation of their libraries and a survey of patrons as to their needs and desires with respect to library hours.
Councillor Davis 03/09/09 (O-14)

09-22. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on ways to implement the recommendations made in A Look at Women in Cambridge Now.
Mayor Simmons and Full Membership 03/23/09 (O-7)

09-23. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of doubling the number of solar panels to be installed on the high school using stimulus funds.
Councillor Davis, Vice Mayor Seidel and Full Membership 03/23/09 (O-8)

09-26. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on potential amendments to the zoning ordinance to bring city lighting more in line with dark sky principles and address problems of enforcement of existing regulations.
Councillor Davis and Full Membership 03/23/09 (O-16)

09-42. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on planting trees in parking lot #8 and surveying all city parking lots and library branches with a plan for tree maintenance.
Councillor Davis and Full Membership 05/11/09 (O-2)

09-43. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #7
RE: report on installing changing tables in both the menís and womenís bathrooms in all city-owned buildings.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 05/11/09 (O-7)

09-46. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #8
RE: report on increasing the warranty on city street trees.
Councillor Davis 05/11/09 (O-25)

09-54. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on Black MSM issues in Cambridge.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 05/18/09 (O-12)

09-62. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #4
RE: report on keeping the Magazine Beach pool opened.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 06/08/09 (O-2)

09-65. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on clarification of the policy on posting "no parking" signs.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 06/08/09 (O-7)

09-66. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on efforts to prohibit smoking in parks.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Davis, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/08/09 (O-8)

09-72. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on whether city streetlights are configured to prevent "disability glare."
Councillor Davis and Full Membership 06/15/09 (O-11)

09-73. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #29
RE: report on discussions between the developer of 303 Third Street and the City of Cambridge.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 06/22/09 (O-1)

09-74. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #12
RE: report on addressing traffic concerns at the corner of Gore and Fifth Streets.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 06/22/09 (O-2)

09-76. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on inspecting rooftop mechanicals on commercial buildings to ensure they are functioning properly and within the noise ordinance.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 06/22/09 (O-5)

09-77. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on painting pedestrian lines on the raised crosswalk on Oxford Street and on all raised crosswalks near schools, playgrounds or other areas with high pedestrian use.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Davis, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/22/09 (O-7)

09-80. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #13
RE: report on a review of the City's policies on sidewalk cafes.
Councillor Kelley, Councillor Davis, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/29/09 (O-1)

09-81. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #4
RE: report on ensuring that DCR and city pools have adequate security.
Councillor Kelley, Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/29/09 (O-4)

09-82. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on activity of persons in and around the Larz Anderson Memorial Bridge.
Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/29/09 (O-6)

09-83. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on providing a weekly summary update of all the coordinated city efforts to reduce crime across the City.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Davis, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/29/09 (O-9)

09-85. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #4
RE: report on conferring with DCR on the possibility of keeping the McCrehan Pool opened until Labor Day.
Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 06/29/09 (O-11)

09-88. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of changing after hours metered parking on streets adjacent and in the vicinity of the Court House and Registry of Deeds.
Councillor Ward, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Toomey, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel & Mayor Simmons 07/27/09 (O-1)

09-91. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on whether employees at the Harvard University project at 160 Concord Avenue have health care, workman's comp., a pension funds and do not meet the 10 hours OSHA safety certification.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Davis, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-8)

09-92. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #11
RE: report on proposing a 2% PILOT increase.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Davis, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-9)

09-93. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on policy surrounding smoking in outdoor seating areas.
Councillor Toomey, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-10)

09-96. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #9
RE: report on the status of the pedestrian signals at the super crosswalk in Harvard Square.
Councillor Kelley, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-13)

09-97. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on proposed plans for the old police headquarters at 5 Western Avenue.
Mayor Simmons, Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-16)

09-98. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on assigning one stationary police officers in a prominent location in Central Square.
Mayor Simmons, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-17)

09-100. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #28
RE: report on whether the City regulates mobile billboard use in the City.
Vice Mayor Seidel, Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 07/27/09 (O-22)

09-101. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #6
RE: report on the plans and timetable for resurfacing the Kendall Square sidewalk area by the Marriott Hotel.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 07/27/09 (O-26)

09-102. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of initiating curbside pickup of food waste.
Councillor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons & Councillor Ward 09/14/09 (O-4)

09-104. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on methods for protection of homeless shelter residents from scabies and similar diseases.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-9)

09-105. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #3
RE: report on the technical problems that prevented the broadcast of the City Council meeting on July 27th and what steps will be taken to ensure that Comcast personnel will be more responsive to CITY TV-8.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-10)

09-106. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on drafting language to curb motorcycle noise in the City.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Davis, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Seidel, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor Ward 09/14/09 (O-11)

09-107. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #10
RE: report on placing a pedestrian crossing sign in the crosswalk at Norfolk Street and Massachusetts Avenue.
Vice Mayor Seidel and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-14)

09-108. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what steps can be taken to implement a 311 system.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-18)

09-109. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on protocols followed by City agencies and large-scale housing providers with reference to bedbugs and other similar infestations.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-20)

09-110. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the status of street crimes in No. Cambridge and under what circumstances an Electronic Alert should be issued.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-21)

09-111. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on more regular cleaning of litter in the gutters and tree wells around the Galleria Mall.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-22)

09-112. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the schedule for general upkeep of the playground at the Cambridge Common.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-24)

09-113. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the City's ability to begin curbside pick up of plastic bags with recycling.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 09/14/09 (O-25)

09-114. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #14
RE: report on justification for installing traffic calming on Appian Way, the amount of meters being removed and cost of the project.
Councillor Toomey 09/14/09 (O-23)

09-115. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #2
RE: report on continuing community access to the tennis courts at CRLS.
Councillor Toomey & Councillor Decker 09/21/09 (O-12)

09-116. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on legal requirements to do a citywide mailing to place a non-binding question on the ballot, what the cost would be, and whether the nuclear weapons question could be placed on the ballot for the special December Senate election.
Vice Mayor Seidel 09/21/09 (O-14)