City Politics


Healey Under Pressure to Address Steward Health Care Crisis, Brighton Hospital At Risk

Massachusetts Governor Maura T. Healey ’92 is under increasing pressure to address the financial crisis facing Steward Health Care, which operates nine hospitals statewide including the Brighton-based St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.


Cambridge Unarmed Emergency Response Team to Launch in March

The Cambridge Safety Department’s unarmed emergency response team will launch in March after months of training, the director of the department Liz M. Speakman said at a Cambridge City Council meeting Monday evening.


Cambridge’s Landmark Affordable Housing Policy, Explained

The 2019 election cycle in Cambridge was defined by the introduction of the Affordable Housing Overlay, an ambitious — and hotly contested — proposal to expand and expedite the construction of affordable housing across the city.


Cambridge City Council Unanimously Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed an amended resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during a marathon Monday meeting, following weeks of criticism from activists over its failure to do so last November.


Cambridge Charter Review Committee Passes Final Report Without Recommendation on Govt. Structure

The Cambridge Charter Review Committee voted to accept the committee’s final report on proposed changes to Cambridge’s government during its final meeting Tuesday — though it failed to reach an agreement on the city’s fundamental government structure.


Affordable Housing, Bike Lanes to Dominate Debate for New Cambridge City Council as Progressives Stalwarts Depart

With the Cambridge City Council set to lose two of its most progressive members, the November city elections may mark a shift to a more moderate direction for the 2022-24 term, as affordable housing and bike lanes are set to dominate Council debate.


City Manager’s Absence Sparks Controversy at Cambridge Public Safety Hearing

The Cambridge Public Safety Committee convened a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to address matters related to emergency response alternatives in Cambridge — though some city officials received criticism for not arriving on the scene themselves.


In Reversal, King Takes Lead Over Harding in Cambridge School Committee Vote Tally

In a surprising reversal, challenger Andrew R. King has taken a narrow lead over Richard Harding Jr. in the neck-and-neck race for Cambridge School Committee, after Harding had appeared to eke out a victory in preliminary election returns.


Cambridge Issues Vote of Confidence in School Committee, Reelects All Four Incumbents

Cambridge voters gave high marks to their school district’s leadership, reelecting all four incumbent School Committee members seeking reelection, as well as Elizabeth C.P. Hudson and Richard Harding Jr., according to preliminary results early Wednesday morning.


Cambridge Council Supports Building Workers Union, Talks Single-Use Plastics Ban in Flurry of Policy Orders

In a whirlwind two-hour sprint of legislating, the Cambridge City Council discussed eight policy orders — passing seven unanimously — in its penultimate Monday meeting ahead of the city’s 2023 municipal elections.


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