City Politics


Cambridge Residents Call for Transparency at Inaugural Charter Review Forum

The Cambridge Charter Review Committee — tasked by the Cambridge City Council with recommending changes to the city’s charter — convened for its first public forum at the Cambridge Public Library Tuesday evening to discuss election procedures and civic engagement.


Protesters March Into City Hall to Demand Justice for Sayed Faisal

Protesters stormed Cambridge City Hall and marched into Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui’s office Monday evening to demand answers on the police killing of Sayed Faisal, calling on city and police officials to release the names of the officers involved in the shooting.


Justice for Faisal Protest at City Hall

Fatema Ahmad, Executive Director of the Muslim Justice League, called for sustained protest commitment from attendees and bashed the elected officials who she said attempted to reassure her at a Monday protest in front of Cambridge City Hall.


Healey Rakes in Cambridge Cash in Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race

Maura T. Healey ’92 has raised more money in the race for Massachusetts governor from the ZIP code encompassing Harvard Square than almost any other, raking in more than $89,000 from the area since the start of the year.


Cambridge Set to Review City Government Structure for First Time in 80 Years

For the first time in 80 years, the City of Cambridge is launching a comprehensive review of its government structure.


Harvard, MIT Students Denounce Schools’ Push to Use Global Carbon Offsets to Satisfy Proposed City Requirement

Ninety students from Harvard and MIT penned an open letter Wednesday supporting Cambridge’s proposed Green New Deal legislation while criticizing the two universities’ push to use global carbon offsets to satisfy the proposed emission reductions without paying compliance fees.


Cambridge City Council Calls On Harvard to Return Human Remains of Enslaved People, Native Americans

Following reports last week that Harvard University holds the human remains of at least 19 individuals who were likely enslaved and nearly 7,000 Native Americans, the Cambridge City Council adopted a policy order urging the University to relinquish the remains to their descendants during a Monday meeting.


Iram Farooq

City Manager Finalist Iram Farooq — the only candidate currently working in the city government — describes Cambridge in her candidate questionnaire as “a mecca of learning, an engine of innovation, of commerce, and economic opportunity.” All of this, she writes, makes Cambridge “uniquely positioned to lead.”


Norman Khumalo

City Manager Finalist Norman Khumalo said he is driven to Cambridge as a “community in transition” in his candidate questionnaire. Cambridge, he wrote, is “pursuing contemporary ideals and in some cases losing ground on gains achieved in the past.”


Cheryl Watson Fisher

Affordable housing, climate change, universal pre-K, and equity — these are just a few of the issues that Cambridge City Manager Finalist Cheryl Watson Fisher said she hopes to tackle if appointed in June.


Meet the Finalists to Become Cambridge’s Next City Manager

With the upcoming departure of Louis A. DePasquale in July, the search for the next Cambridge city manager — the most influential government post in the city — is well underway. The Initial Screening Committee, composed of four City Councilors and 15 Cambridge residents, has narrowed down its list of potential candidates to four finalists. The City Council will publicly interview each of the candidates on June 1 and will vote on the next city manager during its meeting on June 6.


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