Cambridge InsideOut - Aug 1, 2017

Robert and Judy

Potential Topics:

1) Civic Updates - Vail Court, Volpe Rezoning, Short-Term Rental regulation, Central Flea, Cambridge Jazz Festival, the continuing Foundry saga, ... [Volpe Site/Petition Overview]

2) Election Commission may have to limit number of rankings on City Council ballot due to number of candidates

3) 2017 Candidates     Cambridge Candidate Pages

Shapes of the campaign season to come

List of Candidates for City Council & School Committee - with sortable tables

4) Number of candidates in Cambridge PR elections: 1941-present

5) Campaign Finance - 2015 City Council election

6) Civic Calendar

Continuing Question: How will the turmoil in national politics trickle down to the local level and, in particular, how might it influence the Cambridge municipal election?

Speculation: After over a century of non-partisan Cambridge elections (a major tenet of "The Cambridge Idea" dating back to the late 1800s), there are indications that "Our Revolution", the Bernie Sanders-driven national entity and effectively an emergent political party separate from the Democratic Party, may back candidates in the 2017 Cambridge municipal election.

Statement from Councillor Cheung on his decision to not seek reelection


When I first ran for City Council 8 years ago, I did not think that I would actually win. I felt compelled by a faith in community service that my parents instilled in me; a love for the city my father first called home when he immigrated to America; and a vague notion that somehow my unique ideas and perspective would, when added to those already there, make the Council even better. Winning was a surprise, but I was humbled by the opportunity, and honored by the trust voters had placed in me.Leland Cheung

I came to office determined to make the most of that opportunity; to affect as much good as I possibly could in the time I was given. Determined to earn the trust given to me by making things better tomorrow than I'd found them yesterday, I tried to make the most of every day because I never thought it would last forever.

After much reflection, I've decided that I will not seek re-election to the City Council. These past 8 years of public service have been exciting, productive, and professionally rewarding but also demanding. Doing the job, the way I aspire to do it, is an all-consuming affair. Elected office demands more than just 40 hours a week. More than 80. It keeps you constantly on call. It demands your nights and weekends. Nowadays however, my nights and weekends belong to my wife, my 3 year old daughter Lela Marie, and my 3 month old son Alexander Alpha. Quite frankly, I cannot be wholly present at a community meeting if all I'm thinking about is going home to play on the rug. Life is short and I want to spend these next few years devoting my free time to my kids.

While reflecting on this decision I took some time to look back over all the flyers and mailings I'd sent out ever since my first campaign. I'm proud that almost all those promises have been fulfilled. We have innovation legislation that formalizes open data, sets aside affordable office space for entrepreneurs, and a city bureaucracy that's embracing technology. Cambridge is the most climate-conscious city in the world, with building regulations headed towards net-zero, power aggregation that's shifting the entire city towards renewables, and investments in transportation infrastructure. We've emerged from the national housing crisis with a focus on affordability, and a blueprint for incentivizing developers to focus on residents, not profits. We introduced participatory budgeting, mini-bonds, and curbside composting. We have a great new City Manager, focused on customer service, who was selected through a transparent and inclusive process. We're investing in education, family housing, and helping residents build a better future for themselves and their families.

I'm known for promoting a forward-looking vision for the city, from innovation to entrepreneurship, but my most impactful moments were when I broke from peoples' expectations of me as the kid from MIT. Bringing millennials to understand the perspectives of life-long residents on everything from taxes to bicycles; championing home grown candidates – Rich Rossi and Louie Depasquale – for City Manager; focusing on the basics like fire and police. The underlying theme is that every move I've made has been towards a singular goal – making tomorrow better than yesterday; and everything I've done has been in collaboration with others – residents, activists, colleagues, and city employees – and with an understanding that any policy is only as strong as the front-line employees delivering the service.

The temptation to remain in public office is that there is always more work to be done. I won't stop moving issues forwards until my term is over. However, I rest assured that the future of Cambridge is bright. We have the policies, practices, and personnel to tackle whatever is next. We have the best employees of any city in the country. Between the incumbents running for re-election and the new candidates, we'll have the institutional memory to safeguard what's great about Cambridge and the new ideas necessary to challenge assumptions and make things even better.

So I humbly return to you the trust that you held in me. It's time for me to focus on my growing family and opportunities in the private sector. I'm forever thankful that despite the national drama, I'll leave the City Council with a deepened faith in American Democracy and as living proof that the dream is alive and well. And for that I am grateful.

Thank you,

City of Cambridge Parking Meter Rate Set to Increase
New rates being implemented as part of the FY18 City Budget

City SealJuly 21, 2017 – Beginning the week of July 24, 2017, the baselinee rate for most parking meters in the City of Cambridge will begin to increase to $1.25 per hour. At the same time, meter rates in Harvard Square will be set at $1.50 per hour based on the high level of demand, while rates in certain outlying areas with lower demand will remain at the current rate of $1.00 per hour. The new rates, the first increase in baseline parking meter rates since 2008, will be phased in over the next month, starting with the changes in Harvard Square.

The City of Cambridge installs parking meters to provide short term parking for visitors and patrons of Cambridge businesses. Most on-street meters have a two hour time limit; others have 30 or 60 minute limits. The meter rate and time limit in effect are clearly posted on all parking meters, and cars should not remain parked for longer than the time limit.

"This modest rate increase will allow the City to better manage the demand for parking," said Joseph Barr, Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation. "Parking revenues generated from meters also help support various transportation and Vision Zero initiatives in the city. Investments in new bicycle infrastructure, traffic calming, and safety improvements in key intersection in Cambridge are funded through Parking Fund revenue."

For more information on the rate increase or parking management in the city, please contact the Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department at 617-349-4700 or

Members Sought for Cambridge Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity
Application Deadline August 28, 2017

City SealJuly 19, 2017 – Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking residents and members of the Cambridge community (including private sector, municipal employees, business owners, students and others) interested in serving on the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity.

The mission of the City of Cambridge Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity is to foster fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding across all people and entities in Cambridge. The Committee works to provide opportunities for constructive discussions and community events regarding race, class, religion, gender, disability, and sexual orientation, through recognizing and raising awareness of historic, existing, and potential civic issues; providing opportunities for honest dialogue and engagement; and by building bridges across communities to better understand and connect with one another.

The Committee generally meets monthly. Committee meetings are open to the public and may include presentations by guest speakers, city staff, and various experts. For information on the committee’s work, current goals, meeting schedule, and events, please visit:

Individuals interested in being considered can submit a cover letter, résumé or summary of applicable experience using the city’s online application system at Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, August 28, 2017.

Cambridge Community Learning Center Graduates 16 from CNA Training Program

July 12, 2017 – Bernadette Charles-Sanon’s dream came true when the Cambridge Community Learning Center (CLC) offered a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training for English Language Learners this year in partnership with the Academy for Healthcare Training. While studying English at the CLC, she had been entreating staff to provide this program so she could progress from her work as a home health aide. When funding became available through grants from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Commonwealth Corporation, she was excited to enroll along with others. “There are a lot of elderly in Cambridge,” Charles-Sanon said, “and I want to help them.”

City SealIn the four-month cycle that ended in June, 16 students completed the course despite the intensive schedule: two nights a week in Cambridge learning English and math and two nights at the Academy in Malden learning clinical skills. The teachers remarked on the diversity of students, who included two men and 14 women from six countries and with varied educational backgrounds.

Program Coordinator Pat Murphy noted that they “come from cultures of caring, especially for the elderly. It’s a task that they do with joy and compassion.”

Math teacher Sally Waldron praised the students for their work ethic and dependability as well as their support and respect for each other. “They really became a group.”

The program gives participants the chance to enter the field of healthcare, an area with many opportunities and an improvement over their current jobs. In addition to the academic and skills training, the program teaches its students job search skills. In collaboration with the Cambridge Employment Program, the program also offers assistance with job placement. After experience as a CNA, some graduates plan to study for other health careers, such as nursing or occupational therapy.

Haimanot Temesgen was walking by the Community Learning Center on Western Avenue with her 2 year old son when she saw a sign advertising free English classes. She wasn’t sure she could manage a program with her young child, but she decided to stop in. “It was a life-changing decision,” she said. “Another door opened in my life—to give me a skill and a future. Caring for people—that’s what I want to give my life to.”

The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training for English Language Learners program will be offered again in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018. For more information, call Pat Murphy at 617-349-6365 or visit the Community Learning Center at 5 Western Avenue, Cambridge. The Community Learning Center is the Adult Basic Education program of the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs.

CLA-CNA Program Graduates - 2017

Central Flea
Central Flea will return to 95 Prospect St. on the last Sunday of the month now through October! We're thrilled to bring together local artists and vendors in partnership with New England Open Markets. 11:00am to 5:00pm.

The 4th Annual Free Cambridge Jazz Festival Returns July 30, 2017

Join us Sunday, JULY 30 from 12 Noon - 6PM in Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA for our 4th Annual FREE Cambridge Jazz Festival. Enjoy our headliners Pieces Of A Dream along with other amazing live Jazz performances.

Political Updates

City Council Candidates School Committee Candidates
Ronald Benjamin, 172 Cushing St., 02138
Josh Burgin, 812 Memorial Drive #1411, 02139
Dennis Carlone, 9 Washington Ave. #6, 02140
Olivia D'Ambrosio, 270 3rd Street #305, 02142
Jan Devereux, 255 Lakeview Ave., 02138
Sam Gebru, 812 Memorial Dr., 02139
Richard Harding, 189 Windsor St. #1, 02139
Craig Kelley, 6 Saint Gerard Terr. #2, 02140
Dan Lenke, 148 Richdale Ave., 02140
Ilan Levy, 148 Spring St. 02141
Alanna Marie Mallon, 3 Maple Ave., 02139
Marc McGovern, 15 Pleasant St., 02139
Greg Moree, 25 Fairfield St. #4, 02140
Adriane Musgrave, 5 Newport Rd. #1, 02140
Nadya Teresa Okamoto, 220 Banks St. #5, 02138
Hari I. Pillai, 160 Cambridgepark Dr. #234, 02140
Jeff Santos, 350 3rd St. #809, 02142
Sumbul Siddiqui, 530 Windsor Street, 02141
E. Denise Simmons, 188 Harvard St. #4B, 02139
Vatsady Sivongxay, 59 Kirkland St. #2, 02138
Bryan Sutton, 764 Cambridge St. #6, 02141
Sean Tierney, 12 Prince St., 02139
Paul Toner, 24 Newman St., 02140
Timothy J. Toomey, 88 6th St., 02141
Gwendolyn Thomas Volmar, 13 Ware St. #4, 02138
Quinton Zondervan, 235 Cardinal Madeiros Ave., 02141
Mannika Bowman, 134 Reed St., 02140
Fran Albin Cronin, 1 Kimball Ln., 02140
Jake Crutchfield, 281 River St. #1, 01239
Emily Dexter, 9 Fenno St., 02138
Fred Fantini, 4 Canal Park #203, 02141
Elechi Kadete, 10 Laurel St. #4, 02139
Kathleen Kelly, 17 Marie Ave. #1, 02139
Laurance Kimbrough, 24 Aberdeen Ave., 02138
Will MacArthur, 18 Shea Rd., 02140
Piotr Flawiusz Mitros, 9 Michael Way, 02141
Patty Nolan, 184 Huron Ave., 02138
David J. Weinstein, 45 S. Normandy Ave., 02138

July 20 - A group of at least 10 registered voters filed a petition to have a non-binding public opinion question placed on this year's municipal ballot asking if voters will approve of public financing for municipal elections. My personal opinion is that this lies somewhere between frivolous and an attempt to influence this year's City Council and School Committee elections. New candidates don't appear to be having any difficulty at all raising sufficient funds to run a credible campaign and they all have unlimited free access to social media. The Election Commission certified that the required minimum of 10 signatures were filed in support of this petition, and it now will be referred to the City Council and will (presumably) appear on the agenda for the August 7 Midsummer City Council meeting. The City Council can approve of it being placed on the November municipal election ballot, but that has to happen a minimum of 90 days prior to the Nov 7 election. The Council could also disapprove (or someone could presumably delay it via the Charter Right) which would then require the petitioners to instead gather the valid signatures of 10% of registered voters (about 6500 signatures) - a substantial task. They would also have to file the necessary paperwork with the state if they intend to raise or spend any money. The number of days between Aug 7 and Nov 7 is 92 days. The lead petitioner appears to be someone named Adam Strich who was photographed recently carrying a sign that says, in Arabic, "The people want to bring down the regime." Well, as long as we're clear about where the petitioners are coming from.

Here's the text of the petition:
We, the undersigned registered voters of Cambridge, Massachusetts, hereby petition the Cambridge City Council to include the following nonbinding public policy advisory question on the November 2017 ballot:

“Many Cantabrigians have expressed concern over what they perceive to be the undue influence of a few wealthy donors and special interest groups on municipal elections. Such concerns have the potential to erode the people's confidence in their elected officials and reduce civic engagement, thereby undermining the objectives of responsible government. In response to similar concerns, cities as diverse as Los Angeles, New York City, Portland (OR), Seattle, and New Haven have provided for the complete or partial funding of electoral campaigns. Although they typically require only a tiny fraction of a city's budget, these public-financing programs have nevertheless been shown to result in a more vibrant and democratic process. Would you be in favor of the City of Cambridge adopting such a program for elections to the City Council?”

Just in case you're interested in how this rather large number of candidates compares to past Cambridge PR elections, here's the whole history going back to 1941 (CC for number of City Council candidates and SC for number of School Committee candidates). Any significant write-in candidates are included in the totals.

Number of candidates in Cambridge municipal elections: 1941-present
Year CC SC     Year CC SC     Year CC SC     Year CC SC
1941 83 28   1961 23 16   1981 25 13   2001 19 10
1943 39 19   1963 22 17   1983 16 16   2003 20 8
1945 37 14   1965 24 13   1985 22 9   2005 18 8
1947 34 18   1967 20 18   1987 19 13   2007 16 9
1949 40 16   1969 26 14   1989 28 8   2009 21 9
1951 27 15   1971 36 22   1991 19 12   2011 18 11
1953 35 18   1973 34 26   1993 29 11   2013 25 9
1955 41 19   1975 25 16   1995 19 11   2015 23 11
1957 35 26   1977 24 10   1997 20 8   2017 26 12
1959 31 21   1979 23 12   1999 24 13        

Candidates who have pulled nomination papers (as of July 31, 5:00pm) - FINAL
Candidates Office Address Birthdate Occupation Signatures Certified* Notes
E. Denise Simmons CC 188 Harvard St. #4B, 02139 10/2/1951 Mayor 50(July 6),46(July 18) 50+40=90 July 3
Dan Lenke CC 148 Richdale Ave., 02140 3/31/1947 - 100(July 31) 67 July 3
Sam Gebru CC 812 Memorial Dr., 02139 11/20/1991 Self-Employed 50(July 3),33(July 3) 45+28=73 July 3
Gwen Volmar CC 13 Ware St. #4, 02138 9/25/1985 University Admin. 70(July 6) 59 July 3
Ronald Benjamin CC 172 Cushing St., 02138 1/5/1971 - 80(July 7) 66 July 3
Jeff Santos CC 350 3rd St. #809, 02142 5/28/1963 Radio Host 83(July5) 79 July 3
Paul Toner CC 24 Newman St., 02140 4/28/1966 Teacher, Lawyer 50(July 6),37(July 7) 49+35=84 July 3
Vatsady Sivongxay CC 59 Kirkland St. #2, 02138 2/20/1982 - 50(July 10),7(July 10),43(July 26) 49+7+37=93 July 3
Marc McGovern CC 15 Pleasant St., 02139 12/21/1968 Social Worker 99(July 10) 83 July 3
Craig Kelley CC 6 Saint Gerard Terr. #2, 02140 9/18/1962 Politician 86(July 10),9(July 31) 73+9=82 July 3
Sumbul Siddiqui CC 530 Windsor Street, 02141 2/10/1988 Attorney 96(July 10) 78 July 3
Sean Tierney CC 12 Prince St., 02139 3/10/1985 Lawyer 49(July 6),28(July 10),5(July 28) 45+25+5=75 July 3
Nadya Okamoto CC 220 Banks St. #5, 02138 2/11/1998 Student 100(July 10) 86 July 3
Quinton Zondervan CC 235 Cardinal Madeiros Ave., 02141 9/15/1970 Entrepreneur 58(July 13) 54 July 3
Michelle Lessly CC 410 Memorial Dr., 02139 -- - will not be a candidate - July 3
Jan Devereux CC 255 Lakeview Ave., 02138 5/13/1959 City Councillor 50(July 7),19(July 10) 46+18=64 July 3
Richard Harding CC 189 Windsor St. #1, 02139 10/16/1972 Administration 93(July 17) 78 July 3
Alanna Mallon CC 3 Maple Ave., 02139 12/6/1970 Nonprofit Admin. 99(July 10) 93 July 5
Josh Burgin CC 812 Memorial Drive, 02139 2/7/1976 - 33(July 13),32(July 18),21(July 31) 29+29+19=77 July 5
Dennis Carlone CC 9 Washington Ave. #6, 02140 5/7/1947 Architect 70(July 18) 68 July 5
Adriane Musgrave CC 5 Newport Rd. #1, 02140 10/14/1985 - 50(July 17),14(July 20) 44+13=57 July 5
Timothy J. Toomey CC 88 6th St., 02141 6/7/1953 City Councillor 100(July 24) 98 July 5
Bryan Sutton CC 764 Cambridge St. #6, 02141 5/19/1982 Management 38(July 25),20(July 27),11(July 31) 30+18+8=56 July 5
Gregg Moree CC 25 Fairfield St. #4, 02140 6/16/1957 perennial candidate 90(July 31) 80 July 6
Leland Cheung CC 157 Garden St., 02138 2/11/1978 City Councillor will not be a candidate - July 10
Olivia D'Ambrosio CC 270 3rd Street #305, 02142 9/13/1983 Theatre Artist 64(July 20) 56 July 10
David J. Stern CC 50 Follen St. #516, 02138 5/10/1952 - will not be a candidate - July 11
Ilan Levy CC 148 Spring St. 02141 11/1/1967 Software Engineer 99(July 31) 85 July 11
Paul F. Mahoney CC 23 Lawn St., 02138 5/8/1950 - will not be a candidate - July 17
Curt Rogers CC 8 Austin Pk., 02139 -- Administrator will not be a candidate - July 20
Christopher Kosinski CC 77A Spring St. #1 5/18/1971 Administrator will not be a candidate - July 24
Hari I. Pillai CC 165 Cambridgepark Dr. #234 3/17/1975 Business 68(July 31) 59 July 24
Jake Crutchfield SC 281 River St. #1, 01239 3/31/1987 Teacher 50(July 3),38(July 6) 35+34=69 July 3
Will MacArthur SC 18 Shea Rd., 02140 5/24/1998 Student 50(July 5),35(July 11) 40+30=70 July 3
Fred Fantini SC 4 Canal Park #203, 02141 6/8/1949 Retired 47(July 6),42(July 10),11(July 11) 47+41+11=99 July 3
Richard Harding SC 189 Windsor St. #1, 02139 10/16/1972 Administration running for City Council - July 3
Mannika Bowman SC 134 Reed St., 02140 11/27/1979 - 100(July 10) 92 July 5
Fran Albin Cronin SC 1 Kimball Ln., 02140 2/14/1952 Aide 77(July 31) 72 July 5
Patty Nolan SC 184 Huron Ave., 02138 8/28/1957 School Committee 44(July 14),24(July 20) 42+22=64 July 5
Laurance Kimbrough SC 24 Aberdeen Ave., 02138 7/3/1979 Educator 55(July 27) 54 July 6
Kathleen Kelly SC 17 Marie Ave. #1, 02139 3/8/1960 Social Worker 69(July 20) 65 July 10
David J. Weinstein SC 45 S. Normandy Ave., 02138 12/10/1972 Writer/Comm. 49(July 21),23(July 31) 45+20=65 July 13
Emily Dexter SC 9 Fenno St., 02138 3/16/1957 Research 50(July 27),22(July 28) 48+20=68 July 13
Elechi Kadete SC 10 Laurel St. #4, 02139 9/30/1989 Accountant 50(July 20),19(July 24) 40+17=57 July 17
Piotr Flawiusz Mitros SC 9 Michael Way, 02141 3/6/1979 Engineer 50(July 27),41(July 31) 45+33=78 July 18
Rebecca Bowie SC 30 Cambridgepark Dr. #1115 8/2/1987 Dean will not be a candidate - July 24

Signatures are unofficially certified by Election Commission staff pending approval by Election Commission.

The following City Council candidates have either had or scheduled a campaign kickoff event, announced their candidacy, or submitted sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot (26): Ron Benjamin, Josh Burgin, Dennis Carlone, Olivia D'Ambrosio, Jan Devereux, Sam Gebru, Richard Harding, Jr., Craig A. Kelley, Dan Lenke, Ilan Levy, Alanna Mallon, Marc McGovern, Gregg Moree, Adriane Musgrave, Nadya Okamoto, Hari Pillai, Jeff Santos, Sumbul Siddiqui, Denise Simmons, Vatsady Sivongxay, Bryan Sutton, Sean Tierney, Paul Toner, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Gwen Volmar, and Quinton Zondervan.

The following School Committee candidates have either had or scheduled a campaign kickoff event, formally announced their candidacy, or submitted sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot (12): Manikka Bowman, Fran Cronin, Jake Crutchfield, Emily Dexter, Alfred B. Fantini, Elechi Kadete, Kathleen Kelly, Laurance Kimbrough, Will MacArthur, Piotr Mitros, and Patricia M. Nolan, and David J. Weinstein.

2017 Cambridge Candidate Pages

2017 Campaign Event Listings and Candidate Forums
[Note: Only events open to the general public (with or without RSVP) will be listed.]

Campaign Finance Reports - 2017 City Council

Campaign Finance Summaries - City Council 2017 (semi-monthly, last updated Aug 1, 11:40am)
Candidate From To Start Receipts Expend Balance As Of
Benjamin, Ronald 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 9.00 680.92 682.36 7.56 17-Jul-17
Burgin, Josh 16-Jun-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 500.00 452.36 47.64 17-Jul-17
Carlone, Dennis 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 17827.87 14776.22 3987.56 28616.53 19-Jul-17
D'Ambrosio, Olivia 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 122.75 5250.31 3426.02 1947.04 17-Jul-17
Devereux, Jan 1-Jan-17 31-Jul-17 8715.10 32178.05 13620.67 27272.48 1-Aug-17
Gebru, Sam 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 29318.50 28724.33 594.17 17-Jul-17
Harding, Richard 1-Jan-17 1-Jan-17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1-Jan-17
Kelley, Craig 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 2231.84 461.04 623.00 2069.88 17-Jul-17
Lenke, Dan 3-Jul-17 3-Jul-17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3-Jul-17
Levy, Ilan 16-Jul-17 31-Jul-17 0.00 1000.00 0.00 1000.00 1-Aug-17
Mallon, Alanna 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 100.00 30323.00 15020.88 15402.12 17-Jul-17
McGovern, Marc 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 14966.66 24551.68 15789.28 23729.06 18-Jul-17
Moree, Gregg 6-Jul-17 6-Jul-17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6-Jul-17
Musgrave, Adriane 16-May-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 8172.95 3529.86 4643.09 17-Jul-17
Okamoto, Nadya 16-Mar-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 6506.39 877.37 5629.02 17-Jul-17
Pillai, Hari 24-Jul-17 24-Jul-17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 24-Jul-17
Santos, Jeff 7-Jun-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 1545.00 525.16 1019.84 17-Jul-17
Siddiqui, Sumbul 16-Feb-17 31-Jul-17 0.00 29204.60 10047.39 19157.21 1-Aug-17
Simmons, Denise 1-Jan-17 15-Jul-17 10179.79 10351.15 8376.51 12154.43 17-Jul-17
Sivongxay, Vatsady 1-Jan-17 31-Jul-17 0.00 24506.94 13984.05 10522.89 1-Aug-17
Sutton, Bryan 16-Jun-17 31-Jul-17 0.00 100.00 70.15 29.85 1-Aug-17
Tierney, Sean 1-Feb-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 15569.60 6075.43 9494.17 18-Jul-17
Toner, Paul 16-Feb-17 15-Jul-17 0.00 33114.25 14950.39 18163.86 19-Jul-17
Toomey, Tim 1-Jan-17 31-Jul-17 4069.67 41022.33 8983.63 36108.37 1-Aug-17
Volmar, Gwen 9-Jun-17 31-Jul-17 0.00 6598.67 3059.70 3538.97 1-Aug-17
Zondervan, Quinton 1-Jan-17 31-Jul-17 3510.00 24053.79 24183.70 3380.09 1-Aug-17

Campaign Finance Reports - 2017 City Council (updated Aug 1, 11:50am)

Campaign Contributions (2017) - Total Receipts and Cambridge Receipts
(updated Aug 1, 2:35pm)
Candidate ID Total Receipts Cambridge Receipts Percent Cambridge
Kelley, Craig 14104 $480.00 $480.00 100%
Sutton, Bryan 16713 $100.00 $100.00 100%
D'Ambrosio, Olivia 16520 $5,250.00 $5,000.00 95%
Devereux, Jan 16062 $29,593.50 $26,093.50 88%
Burgin, Josh 16709 $3,620.50 $3,054.52 84%
Carlone, Dennis 15680 $14,776.22 $11,500.00 78%
McGovern, Marc 15589 $28,995.37 $22,373.04 77%
Mallon, Alanna 16530 $30,423.00 $17,088.00 56%
Benjamin, Ronald 16493 $905.55 $470.00 52%
Toner, Paul 16576 $35,005.11 $17,550.00 50%
Musgrave, Adriane 16657 $8,172.95 $4,050.00 50%
Tierney, Sean 16559 $17,025.29 $8,275.00 49%
Siddiqui, Sumbul 16556 $29,204.60 $13,845.00 47%
Simmons, Denise 13783 $20,737.05 $9,175.00 44%
Zondervan, Quinton 16516 $21,170.76 $9,316.86 44%
Santos, Jeff 16686 $2,651.61 $1,116.61 42%
Toomey, Tim 12222 $41,021.01 $13,555.64 33%
Volmar, Gwen 16691 $7,013.23 $2,275.94 32%
Sivongxay, Vatsady 16528 $24,506.94 $5,380.00 22%
Gebru, Sam 16531 $30,106.00 $6,098.00 20%
Okamoto, Nadya 16596 $6,896.63 $510.00 7%
Harding, Richard 16737 $0.00 $0.00 -
Levy, Ilan 16173 $0.00 $0.00 -
Lenke, Dan -- $0.00 $0.00 -
Moree, Gregg 14683 $0.00 $0.00 -
Pillai, Hari -- $0.00 $0.00 -

Campaign Finance - 2015 City Council (Jan 1, 2015 to Feb 28, 2016)

Candidate (2015) Receipts Cambridge Cambridge % Expend Note
Carlone, Dennis $31,916.66 $23,024.95 72% $39,600.29 -
Cheung, Leland $98,714.31 $29,941.52 30% $40,804.23 $2848.80 refunded donations and overpayments subtracted
Devereux, Jan $58,744.01 $49,191.27 84% $54,162.94 -
Kelley, Craig $39,645.80 $29,510.00 74% $39,562.98 $1000 loan reimbursement deducted
Maher, David $55,839.21 $29,136.05 52% $133,916.59 -
Mazen, Nadeem $70,000.11 $16,536.32 24% $82,105.58 $10713.18 bank transfer deducted
McGovern, Marc $71,181.61 $31,011.85 44% $74,570.57 -
Simmons, Denise $61,189.41 $28,393.11 46% $77,145.78 -
Toomey, Tim $49,262.84 $19,387.84 39% $64,123.32 $5000 loan reimbursement deducted
Benzan, Dennis $69,943.44 $29,035.00 42% $78,310.70 -
Connolly, Mike $52,605.02 $44,170.30 84% $40,831.86 -
Courtney, Kim $2,135.44 $905.00 42% $2,047.74 -
Davidson, Mariko $15,645.97 $5,137.00 33% $14,634.17 $595.08 loan reimbursement deducted
DeGoes, Plineo $4,665.00 $1,950.00 42% $4,550.00 -
Dietrich, Xavier $900.00 $900.00 100% $2,360.00 -
Levy, Ilan $0.00 $0.00 - $0.00 -
Mahoney, Paul F. $5,075.00 $4,100.00 81% $2,401.64 -
Mello, Gary $0.00 $0.00 - $0.00 -
Moree, Gregg $13,300.00 $12,100.00 91% $13,895.31 -
Sanzone, John $3,020.00 $2,175.00 72% $2,436.00 -
vanBeuzekom, Minka  $39,939.35 $28,614.35 72% $61,238.03 -
Waite, Romaine $3,736.14 $1,820.00 49% $4,237.95 -
Williamson, James $0.00 $0.00 - $0.00 -
Total $747,459.32 $387,039.56 52% $832,935.68 -
Median $31,916.66 $16,536.32 52% $39,562.98 -
Mean $32,498.23 $16,827.81 52% $36,214.59 -
Median (winners) $58,744.01 $29,136.05 50% $64,123.32 -
Mean (winners) $59,610.44 $28,459.21 48% $67,332.48 -


Tues, Aug 1

6:30pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

General Business

1. Update from the Community Development Department

2. Adoption of Planning Board meeting transcripts

Public Hearing

PB#328: 10 North Point Boulevard, EF III - Special Permit application by EFEKTA Group, Inc. to construct a building with a GFA of up to 300,000 square feet of institutional (dormitory and accessory uses), general office, education (other school), and retail (gym/fitness center and related retail) use as well as accessory above-grade structured parking on property currently owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pursuant to Section 19.20 Project Review, Article 12.000 Planned Unit Development, and Section 13.70 North Point Residence district. This will be the second of two required public hearings for the Planned Unit Development process as outlined in Article 12.000. (Notice) (Review Materials)

General Business

3. PB#31A: 85 First Street - Parcel D Design Review (Review Materials)

4. Board of Zoning Appeal Cases

BZA-013783-2017: 1815 Massachusetts Avenue - Special permit for addition of wireless communications facility to an existing building housing previously approved wireless communications facilities. Sec. 4.32.G.1 & Sec. 4.40 (Footnote 49).

BZA-013730-2017: 8 Brattle Street - Special Permit to open and operate a fast order food establishment. Sec. 4.35.0 & Art. 11.000, Sec. 11.30.

Wed, Aug 2

3:30pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a zoning petition by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a new Planned Unit Development Overlay District (PUD-7) over the area known as the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center site in Kendall Square. This hearing to be televised.  (Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS, 459 Broadway)

5:30pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting  (1st Floor Meeting Room, 51 Inman St.)



1. Executive Director’s Report

2. Assistant Director's Report

3. Commissioners' Reports



Old Business

1. Municipal Election, November 7th

- Certification of Nomination Papers

New Business


Thurs, Aug 3

12:00pm-12:45pm   Cambridge Walking Tour – Cambridge Women’s History  (meet at City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave.)

5:30pm   Envision Cambridge Walking Tour: Cambridge Street East of Inman Square  (meet at Inman Square Hardware, 1337 Cambridge St.)

6:00pm   Cambridge Historical Commission meeting  (Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.)

Mon, Aug 7

5:30pm   Special (Midsummer) City Council meeting  (Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS, 459 Broadway)

6:00pm   Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (City Hall Annex, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway)

Wed, Aug 9

5:30-7:30pm   Bicycle Committee Meeting  (4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway)

Thurs, Aug 10

12:00pm-12:45pm   Cambridge Walking Tour – Public Art, Harvard Sq. and Cambridge Common   (meet at Harvard Square T-Station, Main Entrance )

Mon, Aug 14

5:30pm   Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave, Basement Conference Room)

Tues, Aug 15

6:30pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Wed, Aug 16

5:30pm   Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting  (Police Station, 125 Sixth St., First Floor Community Room)

[Meeting Agenda and supporting materials]

Mon, Aug 21

5:30pm   Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave., 2nd floor conference room)

Tues, Aug 22

6:30pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Wed, Aug 23

6:00-8:00pm   Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee meeting  (4th Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Discussion topic: corridor visioning and analysis

Thurs, Aug 24

6:00pm   Pedestrian Committee Meeting  (City Hall Annex, 4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway)

Tues, Aug 29

6:30pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Wed, Sept 6

3:30pm   The City Council's Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the recently published “City of Cambridge Getting to Net Zero Action Plan: Fiscal Year 2016 Progress Report,” and to receive a general update on the Net Zero Action Plan.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Sept 11

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, Sept 13

8:00am-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

6:00-8:00pm   Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee meeting  (Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

Discussion topic: present focus area working group recommendations, review and comment

Mon, Sept 18

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Sept 25

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Sept 26

3:00pm   The City Council's Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing as a follow up to Policy Order #2 of June 20, 2016 to discuss the City’s Tree Ordinance and possible ways to improve this ordinance to protect the tree canopy while protecting individual property rights.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 2

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, Oct 11

8:00am-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Mon, Oct 16

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 23

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 30

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Nov 6

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Nov 7

Municipal Election. Polls are open 7:00am until 8:00pm. The Preliminary Election Count will follow at the Cambridge Senior Center in Central Square.

The Preliminary PR Count will take place at the Senior Center after the polls close.

9:00pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting.  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

Wed, Nov 8

The PR Election Count continues at the Cambridge Senior Center as auxiliary ballots are tabulated and Unofficial Results are determined.

9:00am   Cambridge Election Commission meeting.  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

Wed, Nov 8

8:00am-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Mon, Nov 13

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Fri, Nov 17

4:30pm   The Cambridge Election Commission will meet to finalize the 2017 Cambridge Municipal Election results, including any provisional ballots and overseas absentee ballots (if any).  (1st Floor Meeting Room, 51 Inman St.)



The Official 2017 Election Results will be tabulated, certified, and announced after these ballots are included.