Ten of 22 candidates for Cambridge City Council made their case to voters Sunday night at an open forum, discussing issues from affordable housing to the state of businesses in Harvard Square.
As Cambridge’s City Council election draws closer, some candidates have begun pitching their campaigns to Harvard students in the hopes that they might appeal to students’ interests and gain their support.
The total number of on-campus crimes numbered 163, down from 194 in 2017. The report indicated there were 43 reported on-campus burglaries in 2018, down from 48 burglaries in 2017.
Cambridge residents and city officials have started to question the state of pedestrian safety after 67-year-old librarian Sharon Hamer was struck and killed last week crossing the street in Harvard Square outside of the crosswalk.
The forum, held at the Citywide Senior Center, gave the 16 participating candidates a chance to discuss the threat of climate change in Cambridge and outline how they would address the issue if elected.
The council voted 7-0 in favor of the “Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance,” with Councilors E. Denise Simmons and Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. abstaining.
The 27th annual Cambridge Carnival will not occur this year due to heightened safety concerns. The decision shortly followed a series of shootings — one of which was fatal — that occurred within 10 hours of each other near Boston’s Caribbean Carnival Parade.
“We wanted to put the forum on as an opportunity to educate voters about what candidates feel on housing and what they think they would want to do to really address our housing crisis problems,” ABC Co-Chair Alexandra Markiewicz said.
Among other issues, crimes, drugs and opioids, and homeslessness all polled at a lower level of concern than bikes and bike lanes.
Though the Cambridge City Council’s proposed affordable housing overlay has taken center-stage on its agenda, some candidates are not impressed.
A variety of hotly contested issues are at stake this election cycle, and candidates have sought to differentiate themselves in a crowded field with a nonpartisan municipal ballot.
Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern apologized Monday after reports surfaced that he had accepted campaign contributions from a family that donated $20,000 to an anti-BGLTQ campaign in 2018.
Harvard will recommit $20 million to a program designed to foster affordable housing opportunities in the Greater Boston area, the University announced Monday.
Police took a suspected armed man in Harvard Square into custody Tuesday afternoon, approximately 30 minutes after Harvard affiliates received an alert that there was a “potentially armed” affiliates near JFK and Eliot Streets.
Championing issues from immigrant rights to affordable housing to the environment, 22 candidates have officially declared their candidacy for Cambridge City Council, the city’s election commission announced Friday.
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