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August 8, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 247-248: August 8, 2017

Episode 247 – Cambridge InsideOut: Aug 8, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Aug 8, 2017 at 5:30pm. Main topics included agenda items from the Aug 7 City Council meeting, especially the ordination of the Short-Term Rental Zoning Petition. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]


Episode 248 – Cambridge InsideOut: Aug 8, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Aug 8, 2017 at 6:00pm. Main topics included agenda items from the Aug 7 City Council meeting, especially the MIT/Volpe Petition, controversy over segregated bike lanes, and an unsuccessful late effort to place a ballot question on the November ballot regarding publicly funded municipal campaigns. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

August 7, 2017

2017 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 11:05 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, Ronald01/01/1708/15/17$9.00$985.72$950.31$44.4108/17/17
Burgin, Josh06/16/1708/15/17$0.00$4,359.22$3,959.88$399.3408/16/17
Carlone, Dennis01/01/1708/15/17$17,827.87$17,310.71$8,258.56$26,880.0208/17/17
D'Ambrosio, Olivia01/01/1708/15/17$122.75$5,250.31$3,777.38$1,595.6808/17/17
Devereux, Jan01/01/1708/15/17$8,715.10$35,530.11$16,988.22$27,256.9908/16/17
Gebru, Sam01/01/1708/15/17$0.00$32,383.50$30,619.67$1,763.8308/16/17
Harding, Richard07/01/1708/15/17$1,961.06$0.00$798.89$1,162.1708/17/17
Kelley, Craig01/01/1708/15/17$2,231.84$1,098.91$1,504.76$1,825.9908/16/17
Lenke, Dan07/03/1707/03/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/03/17
Levy, Ilan07/16/1708/15/17$0.00$1,000.38$0.38$1,000.0008/16/17
Mallon, Alanna01/01/1708/15/17$100.00$39,048.00$19,030.64$20,117.3608/16/17
McGovern, Marc01/01/1708/15/17$14,966.66$32,067.05$25,545.11$21,488.6008/18/17
Moree, Gregg07/06/1707/06/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/06/17
Musgrave, Adriane05/16/1708/15/17$0.00$10,478.14$6,923.45$3,554.6908/16/17
Okamoto, Nadya03/16/1708/15/17$0.00$7,133.78$2,207.35$4,926.4308/16/17
Pillai, Hari07/24/1707/24/17$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0007/24/17
Santos, Jeffrey06/07/1708/15/17$0.00$3,395.00$2,815.78$579.2208/16/17
Siddiqui, Sumbul02/16/1708/15/17$0.00$30,634.60$12,353.43$18,281.1708/16/17
Simmons, Denise01/01/1708/15/17$10,179.79$21,403.10$12,671.73$18,911.1608/16/17
Sivongxay, Vatsady01/01/1708/15/17$0.00$25,389.72$16,293.59$9,096.1308/16/17
Sutton, Bryan06/16/1708/15/17$0.00$300.00$122.15$177.8508/16/17
Tierney, Sean02/01/1708/15/17$0.00$19,025.29$7,692.89$11,332.4008/17/17
Toner, Paul02/16/1707/31/17$0.00$34,189.25$18,357.00$15,832.2508/04/17
Toomey, Tim01/01/1708/15/17$4,069.67$41,022.33$9,174.05$35,917.9508/16/17
Volmar, Gwen06/09/1708/15/17$0.00$7,652.25$3,175.88$4,476.3708/16/17
Zondervan, Quinton01/01/1708/15/17$3,510.00$24,795.88$27,125.41$1,180.4708/16/17
2017 City Council Bank Reports (updated Aug 18, 2017 at 10:50am)

Campaign Finance Reports – 2017 City Council (updated Aug 18, 6:52pm)

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2017 City Council Campaign Receipts and Expenditures

Filed under: 2017 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 10:29 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 Aug 19)
Levy, Ilan16173$2,000.00$2,000.00100.0%$0.38
Sutton, Bryan16713$384.95$384.95100.0%$207.10
D'Ambrosio, Olivia16520$5,250.00$5,000.0095.2%$3,777.38
Devereux, Jan16062$34,763.50$31,038.5089.3%$17,154.47
Kelley, Craig14104$6,965.00$5,965.0085.6%$1,760.16
Carlone, Dennis15680$15,956.46$12,650.0079.3%$8,258.56
McGovern, Marc15589$32,803.21$23,461.1971.5%$25,545.11
Burgin, Josh16709$6,413.74$4,154.5264.8%$4,414.40
Mallon, Alanna16530$39,148.00$24,363.0062.2%$20,669.76
Benjamin, Ronald16493$905.55$470.0051.9%$950.31
Siddiqui, Sumbul16556$31,919.60$15,395.0048.2%$12,353.43
Toner, Paul16576$37,905.11$18,275.0048.2%$27,082.21
Tierney, Sean16559$19,075.29$9,025.0047.3%$9,442.89
Zondervan, Quinton16516$23,751.16$10,878.8645.8%$27,125.41
Simmons, Denise13783$22,201.03$9,675.0043.6%$12,671.73
Musgrave, Adriane16657$10,478.14$4,150.0039.6%$6,923.45
Santos, Jeffrey16686$3,751.61$1,466.6139.1%$2,922.39
Volmar, Gwen16691$9,249.44$3,275.9435.4%$3,584.88
Toomey, Tim12222$41,022.33$13,556.9633.0%$9,174.05
Gebru, Samuel16531$40,086.00$8,628.0021.5%$30,881.61
Sivongxay, Vatsady16528$25,966.00$5,580.0021.5%$16,293.59
Okamoto, Nadya16596$7,133.78$510.007.1%$2,207.35
Harding, Richard16737$0.00$0.00-$798.89
Lenke, Dan16771$0.00$0.00-$0.00
Moree, Gregg14683$0.00$0.00-$0.00
Pillai, Hari16770$0.00$0.00-$0.00
2017 City Council Campaign Receipts and Expenditures (last updated Aug 23, 2017 at 10:15am)

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August 1, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 245-246: Aug 1, 2017

Episode 245 – Cambridge InsideOut: Aug 1, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Aug 1, 2017 at 5:30pm. The main topic was the final list of candidates for the 2017 municipal election. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]


Episode 246 – Cambridge InsideOut: Aug 1, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Aug 1, 2017 at 6:00pm. Main topic: campaign finance, MIT/Volpe Petition. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

May 16, 2017

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 227-228: May 16, 2017

Episode 227 – Cambridge InsideOut: May 16, 2017 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on May 16, 2017 at 5:30pm. Our guest co-host again was Patrick Barrett. In this program we had a free-wheeling discussion about Cambridge politics and especially the municipal election. We delved into the individual candidates during the 2nd half hour. Robert Winters was the other host. [On YouTube]


Episode 228 – Cambridge InsideOut: May 16, 2017 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on May 16, 2017 at 6:00pm. Our guest co-host again was Patrick Barrett. In this program we took a look at all the current City Council candidates, their political bases, and their viability. Robert Winters was the other host. [On YouTube]

[Materials used in these episodes]

August 9, 2016

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 163-164: August 9, 2016

Cambridge InsideOut Episode 163 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 5:30pm. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]


Cambridge InsideOut Episode 164 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:00pm. [On YouTube]

References for tonight’s programs

June 21, 2016

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 149-150: June 21, 2016

Cambridge InsideOut Episode 149 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:30pm. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]


Cambridge InsideOut Episode 150 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00pm. The hosts are Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. [On YouTube]

June 20, 2016

Hot Town, Summer in the City – Coming up at the June 20, 2016 Cambridge City Council meeting

Filed under: Cambridge,City Council — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 12:39 am

Hot Town, Summer in the City – Coming up at the June 20, 2016 Cambridge City Council meeting

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

Manager’s Agenda #4. Transmitting Communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative the transfer of $860,000 within statutory accounts of the Public Investment Fund Extraordinary Expenditure account for the acquisition of two parcels of the Watertown Branch railroad from B&M Corporation for the purpose of creating a future multi-use path and greenway.

The communication doesn’t specify exactly which railroad parcels are being purchased, but presumably this includes at least the section adjacent to Fresh Pond. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will soon be constructing the connection to the existing multi-use path in Watertown.

Manager’s Agenda #5. A communication transmitted from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to recommendations from the Outdoor Lighting Task Force that address the potential detrimental impact of outdoor lighting and propose solutions that diminish existing problems and address problems that may be created by new development. [Report][Proposed Ordinance (HTML)]

The Task Force was appointed Dec 2, 2013 and was originally expected to complete its report and draft Ordinance by Spring 2014. It clearly took a lot longer than that with many different iterations of the proposed Ordinance. It’s worth noting that the Ordinance will apply not only to new construction but to all properties in Cambridge with several years to bring all properties into compliance with the Ordinance.

Manager’s Agenda #6. Transmitting Communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the approval and appropriation of an additional One Million, Two Hundred Thirty-Six Thousand, One Hundred Twenty-Five ($1,236,125) Dollars from Free Cash to the General Fund Law Department Travel & Training (Judgment & Damages) account, in order to settle the damages to be paid to the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (the “Chamber”) with regard to the City’s eminent domain taking of the Chamber’s property on June 13, 2016.

This will complete the transaction. No word yet on exactly what use this building will serve.

Manager’s Agenda #9. A communication transmitted from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 16-48, regarding a report on posting Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) information on the Election Commission website. [Election Commission page on Campaign and Political Finance][OCPF Reports]

Though this makes navigation from the Election Commission website a bit clearer, it’s unfortunately still the case that campaign finance reporting for State Representative and State Senate candidates remains very sparse. The need only file periodic reports 8 days before each primary election or general election and at the end of each calendar year. In contrast, municipal candidates in cities the size of Cambridge must maintain depository accounts with reports twice per month. One has to wonder why the reporting requirements are far less frequent for state candidates.

Manager’s Agenda #10. A communication transmitted from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to a report on the continued progress on the application for funding under the Commonwealth’s Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program (I-Cubed) for the North Point area of the City. [Report]

As the report states: "The Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program (known as “I-Cubed”) is a Commonwealth program and proven economic development tool that uses new state tax revenues to build public infrastructure in areas that will generate economic and community benefits." In addition: "The I-Cubed infrastructure improvements will reconnect North Point to East Cambridge and jump-start the development of the North Point neighborhood."

Resolution #2. Retirement of Terry Dumas from the Cambridge Housing Authority.   Mayor Simmons

Terry Dumas served as Director of the Planning and Development Department for over 25 years, and as a staff member of the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) for a total of 33 years.

Order #1. That the City of Cambridge stand in solidarity with the people of Orlando, the LGBTQ community, the LatinX community, the Muslim-American community, and all people in this country who reject the kind of violence that has visited far too many communities in recent years.   Councillor Cheung, Mayor Simmons, Councillor Mazen, Vice Mayor McGovern

This is a strong statement of solidarity from the City Council, though the last "Whereas" could perhaps have stayed more on point.

Order #3. That a joint hearing of the Public Safety and Housing Committees be formed for the purpose of gathering testimony from stakeholders in the City regarding the impact of short-term rentals on our communities with a view in mind to draft an ordinance that meets the goals outlined above, and to refer that proposed ordinance to the Ordinance Committee at the appropriate time.   Councillor Kelley, Councillor Carlone, Vice Mayor McGovern, Councillor Cheung

Communications & Reports from City Officers #2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a communication from Councillor Craig Kelley, regarding Short-Term Rentals in Cambridge: An Overview of Current Usage and Patterns as well as Policy Recommendations. [Kelley Communication]

The "sharing economy" is evolving and the question of whether to regulate or exactly how to regulate such enterprises as Uber and Airbnb is now coming into focus. Just as some taxi regulations should naturally also apply to Uber, the question of whether frequent Airbnb rentals should be treated the same way as hotels of lodging houses has to be eventually addressed. This is especially true in the case where housing originally built for regular tenancy is now being used effectively like a motel.

Order #8. That the City Council hold a joint meeting of Neighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebration, and the Government Operations committee to discuss different models for campaign finance reform and publicly-funded municipal elections in Cambridge.   Councillor Mazen, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Carlone, Councillor Devereux

Hot on the heels of a recent Order calling for cash prizes for voting (based on some rather shoddy "research"), this week’s edition reintroduces an Order from a year or so ago calling for taxpayer-financed local election campaigns. There really isn’t any legal way to restrict what a candidate chooses to spend on his or her campaign, so any such program would only apply to those who agree to specified limitations/restrictions. As much as I abhor the stratospheric spending on recent City Council campaigns, my strong sense is that this proposal would open a rather large can of worms. I also don’t think it should be imposed without the prior approval of voters.

Order #10. The City Manager is requested to coordinate with the appropriate departments to determine the feasibility of introducing a municipal ID program in the city and respond to any and all community feedback regarding its possible implementation.   Councillor Mazen, Vice Mayor McGovern

I seriously doubt that the cost of obtaining a state ID is prohibitive, and a state ID would be applicable outside of our small city. A program providing assistance in getting a state ID would make a lot more sense.

Order #12. The City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to organize regular suppers on the second Saturday of each month, starting on the 13th of August, with free food for the Cambridge community in open public spaces throughout the various Cambridge neighborhoods.   Councillor Mazen

Who pays for all the free food?

Order #13. That the City Council go on record in support of S.2327, an act promoting housing and sustainable development.   Councillor Toomey

It will be interesting to see how much of this bill survives after all of the suburban legislators hack out all the really important provisions that might require their respective communities to share in the burden of providing affordable housing.

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