I support all efforts to construct and preserve housing that is affordable
to low and moderate income residents including:
- Using city funds
- Incentive zoning
- Inclusionary zoning
- Community preservation act
- Rent control
- Pressuring the state for matching funds
- Sweat equity programs/cooperatives
Quality of Life:
The city must remain attractive for both residents and visitors. The work
I am doing to bring the Democratic National Convention is just one
opportunity for Cambridge tourism. We need to bring forth greater
opportunities for small businesses to flourish, for example, developing
incubator business opportunities, retail space under housing on Major
streets, (Cambridge, Massachusetts Avenue, etc.). It is also important to
support programs that will preserve a vital art, music, and performing
arts community. Additional congestion and parking problems from new real
estate development must be minimized.
Municipal Finance & Government:
We have an efficient city Government. We need to keep a modest rainy day
fund. We need to continue to give residential exemptions to homeowners and
tax commercial uses at a higher rate than residential. And, we need to
develop a more readable budget document for the city and the school
Environment and Public Health:
I support the Cambridge Health Alliance and their programs. The Cambridge
Health Alliance should be encouraged to be more aggressive in its domestic
violence intervention programming. The Alliance has just hired a Domestic
Violence Coordinator, however, more extensive outreach is
needed-particularly in some neighborhoods where there is a greater
occurrence of such violence.
Zoning changes should balance economic development with environmental
needs and costs. The city should provide incentives for sustainable
neighborhoods i.e. green buildings, solar panels, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Land Use, Planning, Development, and Transportation:
Increase public open space, aggressively pursue goals of the green space
committee report on these issues. We must also include community gardens
and make room for bicycles and pedestrians in our planning.
We must continue to improve incentives for much greater citizen
involvement: We must:
- Keep all boards and commissions full.
- Train citizens to participate on boards and commissions.
- Properly staff boards and commissions.
- Wherever possible tape proceedings of board and commission meeting.
- Hold town meetings.
- The City Council should periodically move the meetings around the
- Increase the time limit on public comment.
- Provide information booklets on how to participate in city
government and make them available to new residents when they apply
for a resident sticker or permit parking pass.
Cambridge Public Schools:
Education is the passport to opportunity. Good schools make strong
citizens and ensure a stable society. The Cambridge Public Schools provide
great promise but the dream of success and the promises kept are deferred
for two many of our students. The Cambridge City Council has no direct
influence legislatively on the school system. As a parent of school age
children currently enrolled in the Cambridge Public Schools I take an
active interest in education. The individual that stands in front of our
children is very important. Teachers need to be supported through fair
compensation, evaluation and professional development and support in the
classroom. As a former School Committee member, I worked hard for the
education of all students. Family Involvement is extremely important and
should be encouraged through the School Council, Open houses and a strong
school/home connection. Children of color and poor children can no longer
be allowed to fail in such large numbers the achievement gap must not just
be narrowed, it must be closed. As the only individual currently serving
on the City Council with long-term and recent experience with the schools,
I am a skilled, experienced decision-maker on education issues.
Democracy is government for and by the people. I will bring groups
together from all parts of the Cambridge community to work and to have a
city where we can all live and thrive.