Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

July 8, 2013

Mayor Henrietta Davis will not seek reelection to the Cambridge City Council

Filed under: 2013 Election,Cambridge — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 12:55 pm

Message from Mayor Davis

Mayor Henrietta DavisIt is not easy to make the decision to leave behind being a Cambridge City Councillor, a job I have loved, but after 8 years on the school committee and 18 years on the City Council-26 years in all– I’ve decided not to seek reelection. Thank you to my colleagues – past and present – and to the people of Cambridge for supporting me all of these years.

This recent term as Mayor has been especially gratifying. Despite the obvious challenges, there were many great days and opportunities to make a difference and to continue the mission of making Cambridge a better place.

I’m not planning to leave all the issues behind – I’ll still be fighting for equity and opportunity for all Cambridge citizens (especially young people), and making sure Cambridge continues to become a model for a healthy, sustainable city, and a community that is welcoming and supportive to all our residents.

But after thirteen successful elections I’m putting away my yard signs and leaving the campaign events to others.

I will miss walking up and down our beautiful streets and the face-to-face meetings with Cambridge residents at their homes and hearing their ideas and concerns.

I’m grateful to the voters of Cambridge who have given me the opportunity to serve, to have a career through which I could follow my passion, and make a difference locally and beyond. With six more months as Mayor, I look forward to serving the rest of the term, fully engaged. There’s a lot left to do this year. Then, the time will come to head in a new direction. Thank you Cambridge for what will be 26 great years.

-Henrietta

July 5, 2013

Nadeem Mazen Kickoff Event July 13 – candidate for Cambridge City Council

Filed under: 2013 Election,Cambridge,Central Square — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 10:24 pm

Cambridge, MA – Nadeem Mazen, candidate for Cambridge City Council, will be holding his kickoff event July 13th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm, at Central Square restaurant ZuZu.

Nadeem MazenAt the ZuZu kickoff event, Nadeem will also be releasing The Cambridge Happy Streets Project, a free online interactive map exploring over 125 Cambridge resident and visitor interviews. Each interview investigates a community member’s happiness with Cambridge – what they appreciate about the city and what they wish could be changed.

Nadeem, a first-time candidate for City Council, is running on a platform of technology and media-based access to municipal government called Byte-Sized Politics, in which Cambridge’s unique innovative background is leveraged to make the city’s government more easily understood and engaged via new media and technologies.

Nadeem lives in Cambridgeport and owns two small businesses in Central Square. danger!awesome is a storefront for arts skill-sharing and professional development classes and Nimblebot.com specializes in developing educational media and interactive software. Nadeem moved to Cambridge over a decade ago to attend MIT.

The event is open to the public and will feature music, a cash bar, and free appetizers.

Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/14y9UuB

July 1, 2013

Plan for Ethanol Trains Derailed

Filed under: transportation — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 6:13 pm

July 1, 2013 – Opponents of the plan by Global Partners to transport ethanol via high-volume trains through Cambridge, Somerville, and other towns east of Worcester to a planned blending facility in Revere scored major victories today. The "Ethanol Amendment" in the state’s annual budget that would effectively have prohibited the planned terminal in Revere was passed by the State Senate Conference Committee and sent to the Governor’s Office for ratification into law.

Roseann Bongiovanni of Chelsea, a principal citizen opponent of the plan, said, "A big thank you goes out to our legislative champions Senator Sal DiDomenico and Senator Anthony Petrucelli! Without their leadership and support, and that of their great staff (Ingrid and Anthony G.), this would not be possible. Representatives Reinstein and O’Flaherty should also be recognized for their advocacy in favor of this amendment. A special thank you also goes out to Attorney Rubin who drafted the amendment language."

The amendment was H.3538 which read as follows:

"SECTION 81. Section 14 of chapter 91 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:
An ethanol storage or blending facility that stores or blends or is intended to store or blend more than an average of 5,000 gallons of ethanol per day and is located within 1 mile of a census block that has a population density of greater than 4,000 people per square mile shall not be granted a license under this chapter. For the purposes of this section, ethanol shall be defined as any mixture composed of not less than 30 percent ethanol.

Upon final passage, many people believed that even with the Governor’s signature, a legal challenge would be sure to follow. For example, U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano wrote several months ago in a letter to the Cambridge City Council:

Therefore, I am compelled to inform the Council it is my understanding that neither federal nor state law seems to provide ways to prevent ethanol from being transported through any community. There are laws and regulations available to ensure safety, but bans on the transport of hazardous materials have not been upheld in court. The Council may know that the Washington DC City Council enacted a ban on hazmat transportation through the city, but it was struck down in federal court. As far as I know, no other city has passed legislation banning the transit of hazardous materials and had the ban stand up in court. Of course, if others can identify alternative paths to judicial success, I stand ready to support them.

With this view as backdrop, opponents of the ethanol transport plan were thrilled to receive word that Global Partners has decided to cancel their plans. Noting significant opposition from local groups such as the Chelsea Creek Action Group, Global Partners stated that they are "a good company that doesn’t want to go against the wishes of the local community."

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