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December 11, 2017

A Quick One – Featured Items on the Dec 11, 2017 Cambridge City Council Agenda

Filed under: Cambridge,City Council — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 10:22 am

A Quick One – Featured Items on the Dec 11, 2017 Cambridge City Council Agenda

City HallHere are a few of the more interesting agenda items:

Manager’s Agenda #3. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a legal opinion relative to the City Manager’s authority to make Historical Commission appointments.

This one was never in doubt. Councillors really should learn about the Plan E Charter.

Manager’s Agenda #4. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the Final Landmark Designation Report for the Harvard Square Kiosk.

Manager’s Agenda #5. Transmitting communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $444,534.67 from the Hubway Capital Projects Equipment Fund to the Community Development Department Public Investment Fund Extraordinary Expenditures Account. These funds will be used for the purchase and expenses of Hubway bikeshare equipment. These funds represent the donor agreement revenues and will contribute to the purchase, installation and maintenance of approximately 10 additional stations and bicycles, pending identification of acceptable locations.

Manager’s Agenda #6. Transmitting communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $489,780 associated with the Hubway Bike Share Equipment from the Mitigation Revenue Stabilization Fund to the Public Investment Fund Community Development Extraordinary Expenditures account. These mitigation funds will be used for the purchase and expenses of Hubway bikeshare equipment.

That’s nearly a million dollars for Hubway.

Manager’s Agenda #10. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 17-114, regarding a report on the plan for snow removal from the new bike infrastructure in the city.

Plow the streets from curb to curb. If any plastic posts get in the way, sharpen the blades on the snow plows.

Unfinished Business #8. An amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge on Beekeeping. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 6, 2017. Planning Board hearing held on Oct 3, 2017. Petition expires Jan 3, 2018.

It’s very possible this will be ordained at this meeting. – RW

December 6, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 273-274: Dec 5, 2017

Filed under: Cambridge,Cambridge InsideOut — Tags: , , , , , — Robert Winters @ 8:48 am

Episode 273 – Cambridge InsideOut: Dec 5, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Dec 5, 2017 at 5:30pm. Topics: Dec 4 City Council meeting recap. Hosts Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]


Episode 274 – Cambridge InsideOut: Dec 5, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Dec 5, 2017 at 6:00pm. Topics: Dec 4 City Council meeting recap and advice for the next Mayor. Hosts Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

December 3, 2017

Running Down the Clock – Dec 4, 2017 City Council Agenda Highlights

Filed under: Cambridge,City Council — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 10:29 pm

Running Down the Clock – Dec 4, 2017 City Council Agenda Highlights

Running Down the ClockIt’s a pleasingly light agenda this week, and there are no more committee meetings scheduled this term. The Inaugural Meeting of the 2018-19 City Council will take place on New Years Day starting at 10:00am. In the meantime, here are a few items on this week’s agenda – with minimal comment:

Manager’s Agenda #6. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to adopt the Beekeeping Zoning Petition with proposed amendments to the petition.

Unfinished Business #8. An amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge on Beekeeping. The Question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 6, 2017. Planning Board hearing held on Oct 3, 2017. Petition expires Jan 3, 2018.

Manager’s Agenda #8. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 17-118, regarding a report on an update on the City’s plan to expand the curbside composting program citywide.

Sundry communications on the closing of Petco and appeals to rescind the ban on non-rescue animal sales.

Resolution #1. Resolution on the death of Kathleen P. (Tracy) Carlisle.   Councillor Maher, Councillor Toomey

Kathy was my neighbor and a friend to all who knew her.

Order #1. That the City Manager is requested to mail the “Street Code” Booklet to all households in Cambridge as an educational outreach measure for road safety.   Councillor Devereux, Vice Mayor McGovern, Mayor Simmons

There are a number of additions this otherwise decent booklet could use. For example, bicycles should be equipped not only with lights but with sufficiently bright lights that are not obscured by clothing, backpacks, or anything else. It’s stunning to see how many cyclists have dim lights or no lights at all. Batteries are not eternal. Dark clothing may be a great fashion statement, but it’s an invitation for disaster.

Order #3. That the City Manager request an investigation by the State Department of Public Utilities into the maintenance of the district energy system and ask appropriate officials from the State Department of Public Utilities to appear before the City Council to report on the state of repair of the district energy system in Cambridge and to discuss why there are no state regulations governing steam energy systems in Massachusetts when it is widely known that these operations create potential serious public health hazards and risks.   Councillor Maher, Councillor Toomey, Mayor Simmons

I’m not sure what this is about but it has an ominous tone to it.

Committee Report #1. A communication was received from Paula M. Crane, Deputy City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Nadeem Mazen, Chair of the Neighborhood and Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts and Celebration Committee, for a public hearing held on Oct 10, 2017 to discuss feedback on bike safety related issues, and to plan for future bike safety measures in the City of Cambridge.

This was a meeting designed to not listen to anything the Chair didn’t want to hear.

Communications & Reports from City Officers #1. A communication was received from Vice Mayor Marc McGovern, transmitting Opioid Working Group Report.

Communications & Reports from City Officers #4. A communication was received from Tanya L. Ford, Executive Director, Cambridge Election Commission, transmitting the Final Official Results from the Municipal Election held on Tues, Nov 7, 2017 for City Council.

Communications & Reports from City Officers #5. A communication was received from Tanya L. Ford, Executive Director, Cambridge Election Commission, transmitting the Final Official Results from the Municipal Election held on Tues, Nov 7, 2017 for School Committee.

There is a minor error in the posted Final Official Results for the City Council election. The actual order of election was Simmons, Siddiqui, McGovern, Devereux, Zondervan, Mallon, Toomey, Carlone, Kelley. The posted document has Mallon and Zondervan in the reverse (incorrect) order. Additional information is posted on the CCJ Elections Page. – Robert Winters

2017 City Council Campaign Receipts, Expenditures, and $/Vote

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 1:43 am

The following table shows the total campaign receipts and expenditures for 2017 Cambridge City Council candidates. You can sort by any of the fields shown by clicking on the field name – one click ascending and second click descending.

CandidateIDReceiptsCambridge% CambridgeExpenditures
(to Dec 5)
#1 Votes$/Vote
Devereux, Jan16062$54,159.50$48,003.5088.6%$46,623.661699$27.44
Kelley, Craig14104$24,819.59$19,970.6080.5%$20,605.231092$18.87
Carlone, Dennis15680$30,585.82$24,250.0079.3%$35,895.651176$30.52
Musgrave, Adriane16657$33,998.98$26,060.0076.6%$33,163.36580$57.18
D'Ambrosio, Olivia16520$7,250.00$5,500.0075.9%$6,530.44216$30.23
Harding, Richard16737$12,897.47$8,890.0068.9%$33,608.10836$40.20
Levy, Ilan16173$4,056.86$2,750.0067.8%$10,789.95246$43.86
Mallon, Alanna16530$55,286.18$35,993.0065.1%$49,431.921329$37.19
McGovern, Marc15589$68,980.88$42,481.1961.6%$78,057.651880$41.52
Burgin, Josh16709$24,039.02$14,124.5258.8%$23,561.00392$60.10
Sutton, Bryan16713$1,314.44$719.9554.8%$1,293.0845$28.74
Benjamin, Ronald16493$1,262.55$677.0053.6%$1,432.52242$5.92
Siddiqui, Sumbul16556$45,174.60$21,695.0048.0%$35,095.292532$13.86
Tierney, Sean16559$31,620.29$14,400.0045.5%$30,608.46779$39.29
Zondervan, Quinton16516$53,344.35$24,021.8645.0%$56,622.301565$36.18
Toner, Paul16576$78,972.61$33,275.0042.1%$104,081.76980$106.21
Simmons, Denise13783$69,911.47$29,385.0042.0%$84,160.692616$32.17
Toomey, Tim12222$70,014.77$27,216.5638.9%$32,939.981619$20.35
Volmar, Gwen16691$13,222.83$4,645.9435.1%$12,724.81248$51.31
Santos, Jeffrey16686$10,218.61$3,398.6133.3%$11,654.55147$79.28
Sivongxay, Vatsady16528$37,905.88$11,189.0029.5%$37,413.59740$50.56
Gebru, Samuel16531$62,563.50$17,345.5027.7%$63,897.37787$81.19
Okamoto, Nadya16596$10,189.49$1,235.0012.1%$10,017.52550$18.21
Lenke, Dan16771$0.00$0.00-$920.0054$17.04
Moree, Gregg14683$0.00$0.00-$0.0046$0.00
Pillai, Hari16770$0.00$0.00-$0.00107$0.00
2017 City Council Campaign Receipts and Expenditures (last updated Dec 5, 2017 at 4:20pm)

Note: Campaign expenses will continue to grow as reports are filed and bills are paid. This table will be updated at least semi-monthly through the end of 2017. The $/Vote figures will grow accordingly.

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2017 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 1:15 am

The following table shows the summary bank reports for 2017 Cambridge City Council candidates. You can sort by any of the fields shown by clicking on the field name – one click ascending and second click descending.

CandidateFromToStartReceiptsExpendBalanceAs Of
Benjamin, Ronald01/01/1711/30/17$9.00$1,426.56$1,432.52$3.0412/01/17
Burgin, Josh06/16/1711/30/17$0.00$23,649.50$23,106.48$543.0212/01/17
Carlone, Dennis01/01/1711/30/17$17,827.87$35,869.32$35,895.65$17,801.5412/04/17
D'Ambrosio, Olivia01/01/1711/30/17$122.75$7,775.31$6,530.44$1,367.6212/01/17
Devereux, Jan01/01/1711/30/17$8,715.10$55,650.11$46,457.41$17,907.8012/01/17
Gebru, Sam01/01/1711/30/17$0.00$66,839.04$63,635.43$3,203.6112/01/17
Harding, Richard07/01/1711/30/17$1,961.06$34,550.49$33,608.10$2,903.4512/01/17
Kelley, Craig01/01/1711/30/17$2,231.84$24,363.50$17,935.58$8,659.7612/01/17
Lenke, Dan08/16/1711/30/17$0.00$1,248.57$920.00$328.5712/01/17
Levy, Ilan07/16/1711/30/17$0.00$12,414.47$10,789.95$1,624.5212/01/17
Mallon, Alanna01/01/1711/30/17$100.00$55,186.18$47,792.80$7,493.3812/01/17
McGovern, Marc01/01/1711/30/17$14,966.66$68,942.93$78,057.65$5,851.9412/04/17
Moree, Gregg07/06/1707/06/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/06/17
Musgrave, Adriane05/16/1711/30/17$0.00$33,998.98$33,163.36$835.6212/01/17
Okamoto, Nadya03/16/1711/30/17$0.00$10,189.49$10,017.52$171.9712/01/17
Pillai, Hari07/24/1707/24/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/24/17
Santos, Jeffrey06/07/1711/30/17$0.00$12,852.91$11,547.94$1,304.9712/01/17
Siddiqui, Sumbul02/16/1711/30/17$0.00$45,499.60$35,095.29$10,404.3112/01/17
Simmons, Denise01/01/1711/30/17$10,179.79$69,921.20$64,843.24$15,257.7512/01/17
Sivongxay, Vatsady01/01/1711/30/17$0.00$37,905.88$37,413.59$492.2912/01/17
Sutton, Bryan06/16/1711/30/17$0.00$1,229.49$1,208.13$21.3612/01/17
Tierney, Sean02/01/1711/30/17$0.00$31,570.29$28,858.46$2,711.8312/01/17
Toner, Paul02/16/1711/30/17$0.00$79,906.75$78,501.49$1,405.2612/05/17
Toomey, Tim01/01/1711/30/17$4,069.67$70,016.50$30,342.81$43,743.3612/01/17
Volmar, Gwen06/09/1711/30/17$0.00$12,965.56$12,315.81$649.7512/01/17
Zondervan, Quinton01/01/1711/30/17$3,510.00$56,128.62$56,622.30$3,016.3212/01/17
2017 City Council Bank Reports (updated Dec 5, 2017 at 4:20pm)

Campaign Finance Reports – 2017 City Council (updated Dec 5, 4:20pm)

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December 1, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 271-272: Nov 28, 2017

Episode 271 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 28, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 29, 2017 at 5:30pm. Topic: 2017 Election Data Binge (Part 1). Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]


Episode 272 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 28, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 29, 2017 at 6:00pm. Topic: 2017 Election Data Binge (Part 1), including a round-by-round description of how fractional transfer would have played out in this year’s City Council election. We also reveal who would replace each member of the City Council and School Committee in the event of a vacancy. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

November 23, 2017

The Shifting Demographic

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,elections — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 4:47 pm

The voter history file for the 2017 municipal election was made available yesterday, and it provides evidence of a dramatic shift toward younger voters in the recent election. This provides at least some partial explanation for the election results. Here are some histograms for the municipal election years (2013, 2015, 2017) followed by the federal/state election years (2012, 2014, 2016).

Municipal Elections: 2013 – 2017

2013 Election Histogram

2015 Election Histogram

2017 Election Histogram
(note the dramatic peak in the 27-29 age range)


Federal/State Elections: 2012 – 2016

2012 Election Histogram

2014 Election Histogram

2016 Election Histogram

November 14, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 269-270: Nov 14, 2017

Episode 269 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 14, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:30pm. Topic: Post-Election Notes – Part 1. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]


Episode 270 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 14, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:00pm. Topic: Post-Election Notes – Part 2. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

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