Cambridge InsideOut - Aug 8, 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) Upshot of the Aug 7, 2017 Cambridge City Council meeting

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

4) 2017 Candidates     Cambridge Candidate Pages

Shapes of the campaign season to come

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

5) 2017 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports

6) 2017 City Council Campaign Receipts

7) 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.

A Midsummer's Night - Featured Agenda items for the August 7, 2017 Cambridge City Council meeting

Midsummer NightThe summer's only City Council meeting will be held at the Attles Meeting Room at CRLS. In addition to essential items like board appointments and the ordination of (some iteration of) the City Council zoning petition to legalize and regulate short-term rentals, there will likely be a significant turnout during public comment on several other hot items now being fueled by social media. Here's my short list of interesting or potentially controversial items. Comments to follow Monday morning.

Manager's Agenda #1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the Final Landmark Designation Report for the Jones and Hall Houses at 66-68 Otis Street, received from the Historical Commission. [Report]

Not much to say here other than how much I appreciate these detailed reports from the Cambridge Historical Commission.

Manager's Agenda #12. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 17-8, regarding a report the Urban Agriculture Ordinance. [Report]

The attached report is actually a proposed zoning amendment (that would go along with the more general Urban Agriculture Ordinance) that would permit beekeeping under certain conditions as an allowed use in residential, institutional, office and laboratory zones, as well as in conjunction with retail, manufacturing, and light industry uses (if I am reading it correctly).

Upshot: The Beekeeping Zoning Petition was referred to the Ordinance Committee and Planning Board. The City Manager reported that there may still be a way to go with the rest of the proposed Urban Agriculture Ordinance

Manager's Agenda #14. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a revised version of the Short-Term Rentals zoning petition text, incorporating changes from the July 5, 2017 Ordinance Committee hearing. [Text of Revised Version]

Unfinished Business #9. An amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge to create a new Chapter 4.60 – to regulate Short-Term Rentals (STR). The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after June 26, 2017. Planning Board Hearing held May 23, 2017. Petition expires Aug 29, 2017.

Committee Report #2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone and Councillor Leland Cheung, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on July 5, 2017 to continue the discussion on the City Council petition on short-term rentals and will potentially discuss the feasibility of grandfathering non-conforming uses related to STR, breakdown of owner adjacent full unit STR statistics, clarification of whether a small two family can be treated as an operator occupied single STR unit and implementation by Inspectional Services Department.

This is really the central topic for this meeting. Not all points are yet agreed upon, but it is expected that this zoning amendment will be ordained in some form at this meeting. It's important not only for Cambridge as other cities may possibly pass similar ordinances based on this model.

Upshot: The STR zoning petition was ordained unanimously with some clarifications, especially in the change from a proposed 2-year schedule for inspection and licensing to a 5-year schedule. The City Council reiterated that landlord approval and, if applcable condo association approval is mandatory. Councillor Mazen wanted to permit tenants to list their apartment on Airbnb without seeking landlord approval. There were also amendments proposed, primarily by Councillor Carlone, to not permit "owner-adjacent" units to be eligible for short-term rental, but those amendments were defeated on 4-5 votes with only Calone, Devereux, Mazen, and McGovern in favor. Everybody acknowledged the efforts of Craig Kelley and especially Wil Durbin in shepherding this over the past year to a successful conclusion.

Charter Right #1. A rezoning petition has been received from MIT/GSA Volpe to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance by adding a new Section 13.90 to Article 13.000 and amend the Zoning Map to add new PUD-7 District. [Text of MIT/Volpe Petition]

Order #16. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Assistant City Manager of Community Development and report back to the City Council with language to continue to pursue a Grand Junction Overlay District and to confer with MIT about incorporating plans for the Grand Junction Path into the design process for the Volpe Site and report back to the City Council by Sept 18th, 2017.   Councillor Toomey

There's really nothing to do on this topic at this meeting, but it is the next big thing before the City Council. The Planning Board and the Ordinance Committee already held their first hearings on the petition (in spite of the pointless Charter Right) and additional hearings are expected in September. The expiration date of the petition is Oct 31, 2017 - one week before the municipal election. If the City Council blows this opportunity to get a good outcome it will be unforgivable. This is where Councillor Carlone can play a pivotal role with his professional background if only the City Council can rise above the politics. The order regarding the Grand Junction corridor isn't really directly related to the Volpe question, but Volpe represents leverage.

Upshot: Though there was no action item here, Ordinance Committee Co-Chair Carlone made clear that he expected that some contribution by MIT toward the realization of the Grand Junction Path should be part of any Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) tied to ordination of the MIT/Volpe Petition.

Unfinished Business #10. An amendment to the Municipal Code in Title 6 entitled “Animals” to insert a new Chapter 6.20 entitled “Restrictions on the sale of animals in Pet Shops.” The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after July 10, 2017.

This is not a zoning matter and there's no deadline for when it should be ordained, but it's possible that something could happen at this meeting.

Upshot: The proposed ordinance was ordained on an 8-1 vote with Councillor Maher voting NO.

Resolution #8. Congratulations to Superintendents Steven DeMarco and Christine Elow.   Councillor Maher, Councillor Toomey

I would like, in particular, to celebrate Christine Elow's appointment. She has been an extraordinary representative from the CPD in matters relating to Central Square and she is very deserving. Cambridge residents should feel very good about our Police Department and where it is headed. Our new Police Commissioner Branville Bard assumes command on August 21.

Order #3. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the City Solicitor and the City Arborist with the view in mind of drafting appropriate language for an ordinance that would require a public hearing before the Ordinance Committee or any other appropriate department before the removal of 4 or more trees from private property.   Councillor Toomey, Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor McGovern

These are always sticky proposals when perceived public benefit clashes with private property rights.

Order #13. The Cambridge City Council is calling on Governor Charles Baker and his administration to cease any efforts in enacting any Massachusetts legislation that would be used to detain, hold or jail anyone that has met any requirements to be released under Massachusetts Criminal Statutes.   Vice Mayor McGovern

Order #18. That the City Manager is requested to establish a public fund that can be utilized in the event that the Trump Administration withholds federal funds from Cambridge as a Sanctuary City.   Mayor Simmons, Vice Mayor McGovern

There probably is some acceptable middle ground here that acknowledges that local police departments are not federal agents and should not be required to act as such in detaining people whose actions wouldn't normally warrant arrest and detention. This is at least as much about practicality as it is about political ideology.

Order #14. Order Relating to Bicycle Lanes.   Mayor Simmons, Councillor Maher, Councillor Toomey

Anyone who actually reads this Order will likely see it as very reasonable. Nonetheless, social media is now lighting up calling for there to be no discussion or consideration due to claims that the Order would "kill all the momentum that advocates have gathered toward building protected bike lanes". Their description suggests a juggernaut that has every intention of running over all who would oppose or even question their agenda. I found it interesting that none of the "calls to action" I have seen so far provide the text of the Order. I suspect that it might "kill all the momentum" if people understood that there is nothing unreasonable being proposed in the Order. This is unfortunately a political turf war at this point being fueled by self-righteous activists who cannot possibly imagine that other points of view exist.

Upshot: The Boston Cyclist Union and allies successfully packed the meeting with many of their speakers referring to the Order as a "moratorium" which it obviously is not. Mayor Simmons substituted new language and a stripped-down version of the Order was approved. There are lots of tools for improving bicycle safety. Unfortunately, any such discussion is apparently off-limits and non-debatable. No discussion of traffic calming, parallel "calm streets", shared streets (or woonerfs), or maintaining standard bike lanes in places where curb access for vehicles is warranted. It's "separated bike lanes" or nothing. I'm very disappointed in this group of city councillors.

Order #15. Porter Square Intersection Update.   Councillor Devereux, Councillor Mazen, Councillor Carlone

The Porter Square intersection currently sucks on may levels. The question is whether or not a modification would suck less or possibly more. What should really happen (but it won't because it would be prohibitively expensive and might involve property takings or getting air rights over the commuter rail tracks) would be a radical reconfiguration of the whole area.

Order #22. That the City Manager confer with relevant City departments and report back to the City Council on the status of the City’s plans to review and possibly implement a municipal Broadband system.   Councillor Kelley

Order #25. That the Municipal Broadband Task Force be reconstituted and that the City Manager is requested to report back on successful cost-effective procurement for phase II by the end of calendar year.   Councillor Mazen, Councillor Devereux, Councillor Cheung

Though I'm interested in where this may be going, my chief concern is that the price tag could be astronomical and that we might be investing in technologies that might become outmoded soon after we have made the investment.

Order #24. That the City Manager is requested to provide an update to the City Council, at the first meeting in September, as to the progress and plan to address the concerns regarding the sale of liquor licenses.   Councillor Mazen, Councillor Devereux, Vice Mayor McGovern

I seriously doubt whether a solution to this dilemma can be devised that will satisfy anyone. Sometimes you just have to take a big loss.

Communications & Reports from City Officers #1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a communication from Mayor E. Denise Simmons, regarding a request of a copy of City Council's Executive Session Minutes from June 12, 2017.

Communications & Reports from City Officers #2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a copy of an Open Meeting Law Complaint Decision - OML 2017-106, filed by John Hawkinson on Mar 13, 2017, alleging that the City Council improperly redacted certain August and October 2016 executive session minutes and that said minutes failed to include a summary of the discussions. [Conclusion: There was no violation of the Open Meeting Law.]

It's unfortunate that the Open Meeting Law has become little more than a means to annoy City staff. Complaints like the ones referenced above all involve trivial matters rather than matters of substance.

Communications & Reports from City Officers #3. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a Non-Binding Public Opinion Advisory Question Petition filed with the Election Commission on July 14, 2017.

I don't know how many will come out to speak on this or how the City Council will act on it. Personally, I feel that the proposal is Not Ready For Prime Time. The case for tax-funded political campaign financing simply has not been made in the context of Cambridge's PR municipal elections. I hope this matter is not placed on the municipal ballot until a more comprehensive discussion has taken place. It is worth noting that there are many new candidates this year and obtaining voluntary contributions does not seem to be a heavy burden for the more credible candidates who actually well-rooted in Cambridge. I will also continue to question the belief that municipal election campaigns need to be very expensive. Indeed, the greater problem is excess spending rather than inadequate funds. [CC Receipts][CC Bank Reports].

Upshot: Councillor Cheung exercised his Charter Right on this matter based on the loaded language in the preamble in the proposed ballot question: "the undue influence of a few wealthy donors and special interest groups on municipal elections" and "the potential to erode the people's confidence in their elected officials" and "undermining the objectives of responsible government". The petitioners would have fared better if they had dropped all that language and just popped the question. Personally, I suspect the timing of this ballot question was done very deliberately to mesh with themes now being emphasized by some City Council candidates and their endorsing organizations. For example, the Cambridge Residents Alliance has on this year's City Council candidate questionnaire" Will you work for establishing a program that increases voter participation by providing some city funds to candidates running for City Council?" That said, it was a Mazen group that proposed the ballot question.

There was some interesting maneuvering at the end of the City Council meeting (which had been extended to 12:45am). Councillor Mazen proposed having a Special City Council Meeting on Wednesday morning on this specific matter due to this being an "emergency" because the deadline for inclusion on the ballot is imminent. This would be a violation of the state Open Meeting Law which requires 48 hour notice. Ironically, Mazen did this at the suggestion of the above-referenced individual who files Open Meeting Law complaints regularly. In the end the time of the meeting expired and no action was taken. The petitioners may still attempt to gather the necessary 6500+ signatures to place the question on the ballot. - Robert Winters


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.

Political Updates

Aug 2 - The Election Commission voted to certify all nomination signatures submitted between July 27 and the July 31 deadline. All signatures for the 26 City Council candidates and 12 School Committee candidates are now certified and official.

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
Samuel 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
Gregg Moree, 25 Fairfield St. #4, 02140
Adriane Musgrave, 5 Newport Rd. #1, 02140
Nadya Okamoto, 220 Banks St. #5, 02138
Hari I. Pillai, 165 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
Gwen 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 Mitros, 9 Michael Way, 02141
Patty Nolan, 184 Huron Ave., 02138
David J. Weinstein, 45 S. Normandy Ave., 02138

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.]

2017 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports (with sortable tables)

Campaign Finance Reports - 2017 City Council (PDF with links to detailed reports)

Campaign Contributions (2017) - Total Receipts and Cambridge Receipts

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
Samuel 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, 02141 5/18/1971 Administrator will not be a candidate - July 24
Hari I. Pillai CC 165 Cambridgepark Dr. #234, 02140 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, 02140 8/2/1987 Dean will not be a candidate - July 24

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.


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)

7:00pm-11:30pm   Board of Zoning Appeals meeting  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave)

This meeting is noteworthy because the Grand Kerfuffle of the "fast food" permit for &pizza at 8 Brattle Street is scheduled to have a new hearing starting at approximately 9:00pm [AGENDA]. Surely, this represents the clash of civilizations in that place called Armageddon, a.k.a. Harvard Square.

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

5:00pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting  (Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

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.