City Politics


City Council Mourns Shooting Death of Cambridge Resident in Monday Meeting

The City Council marked the beginning of its Monday meeting with a moment of silence for Xavier Louis-Jacques, a 19-year-old Cambridge resident who was fatally shot Saturday morning near the Rindge baseball field and basketball courts.


The City Approval Process Behind Harvard’s Expansion into Allston

In 2000, Harvard submitted the sole bid to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to claim 48-acres of dormant land in Allston. After securing the large tract of land for the lofty sum of $151,751,636, Harvard officially owned more property in Allston than it did in Cambridge.


City Council Votes to Ban Tear Gas, Order Reinstating Indoor Dining Restrictions Fails

Tear gas has not been deployed in Cambridge since the 1970s, and while the Cambridge Police Department currently does not possess tear gas or authorize the use of it, the department does not explicitly ban it either.


Tension at City Hall as Council Discusses Tear Gas Ban

Several Cambridge city councilors said they were frustrated with the delayed response from the city’s legal department regarding a total tear gas ban at a Monday meeting.


College and Kennedy School Alumna Theodora Skeadas ’12 Announces Cambridge City Council Bid

Skeadas — who earned a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School in 2016 — considered a run in 2017 but opted instead to helm the successful council campaign for current Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui. Now launching her own candidacy, Skeadas said that her passion for organizing and for the city itself compelled her to run for office.


Cambridge City Council Moves to Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs, Use of Other Controlled Substances

The Cambridge City Council passed legislation last week seeking to decriminalize the use, possession, and distribution of entheogenic plants, the latest in a series of steps toward more comprehensive decriminalization in Cambridge and Massachusetts.


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