Cambridge InsideOut - July 12, 2016

Cambridge Water:

Story of Cambridge Water - written by John F. Davis, President Cambridge Water Board, December 1965

May 2016 Water Department Facebook video (produced by Seth Myer, Rock Lewis, and Sean Effel)

2015 Cambridge Drinking Water Report

Where does our drinking water come from? (Water Department page)

Watershed maps (Water Department page)

Watershed Points of Interest Interactive Map (Water Department page)






































Other Topics:

1) Envision Cambridge updates - next meetings June 29, Sept 28, Nov 16.
Also, Panel Discussion: Changes & Opportunities facing Cambridge on Thurs, June 30, 6:00-8:00pm, Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch, 449 Broadway.

2) Updates on search process for the next City Manager - Focus Groups met with GovHR USA during June 9-June 16. Government Operations Committee met on Wed, June 29.
Apply for Cambridge City Manager    Brochure for Cambridge City Manager position

3) Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

Manager's Agenda #5 (June 20). 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.

4) Updates on State Rep. and State Senate races, including Wed, June 8 Candidate Forum with Pat Jehlen and Leland Cheung (Second Middlesex)

Sen. Pat Jehlen vs. Councillor Leland Cheung (Second Middlesex - Senate)

Sen. Sal DiDomenico (Middlesex and Suffolk - Senate)

Sen. Joseph A. Boncore (First Suffolk and Middlesex - Senate)

Rep. Timothy Toomey vs. Mike Connolly (26th Middlesex - House)

Rep. Marjorie Decker vs. Leslie R. Phillips (25th Middlesex - House)

Rep. Jay Livingstone vs. Keith R. Anderson (8th Suffolk - House)

Rep. Jonathan Hecht (29th Middlesex - House)

Rep. David Rogers (24th Middlesex - House)

Note: There are no Republican, no Green-Rainbow, and no United Independent Party challengers for any of these seats.

Where Do I Vote?

5) Death of cyclist Amanda Phillips in Inman Square area and presentation of possible reconfigurations for Inman Square roadways

6) Local minimum wage?

Order #1 (June 13). That the Mayor convene a Task Force charged with establishing recommendations for the City Council on what the ideal minimum wage in Cambridge should be, and how to best implement this increase without creating unintended consequences in Cambridge or elsewhere.   Mayor Simmons, Vice Mayor McGovern, Councillor Mazen, Councillor Toomey

I suppose one could argue that the Community Advisory Board on the Living Wage has already been working on this, but what's wrong with a little redundancy? In any case, it has already been established that the City Council does not have the authority to impose a citywide minimum wage. That could change if the state legislature chose to grant such authority, but there are plenty of good reasons why it would be better to maintain a uniform statewide minimum wage in addition to the federal minimum wage.

A more general discussion may be in order on just what things are appropriate for local control and which things are best left to the state legislature.

7) State Senate voted in favor of S.2311 (now S.2327) on Thursday, June 9th to modernize the Commonwealth's zoning legislation. Now before the House

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.

8) Free Food! - or political organizing

Order #12 (June 20). 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?


Mon, July 11

5:00pm   License Commission meeting  (Michael J. Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave., Basement Conference Room)

Among other things, the full agenda includes the following items worthy of special mention:

The following are matters which the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed, and for which public testimony will be taken, as of 5:00pm.

The following are the matters which the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed without public testimony.

5:30pm   The City Council's Housing Committee will conduct a public hearing to continue the discussion regarding the recently completed Inclusionary Housing Study and the Affordable Housing Trust’s recommendations to the City Council.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, July 12

5:30pm   Envision Cambridge Engagement and Communications Working Group  (City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room)

7:00pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

General Business

1. Update from the Community Development Department

2. Adoption of Planning Board Transcripts

3. Inclusionary Housing Report Discussion

Public Hearing

8:00pm   PB#312, 1001 Massachusetts Avenue, Special Permit to operate a below grade medical marijuana dispensary as they are authorized pursuant to state regulations set forth at 105 CMR 725.000, Implantation of an Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana. Sage Cannabis, Inc., is the applicant.

General Business

4. BZA 009894-2016 – One Kendall Square, sign variance to replace existing non-illuminated projecting sign exceeding the height and area allowed with an internally illuminated sign.

5. 130 CambridgePark Drive, sign variance to install an internally illuminated projecting sign that exceeds the total area allowed and the height limit for an address sign.

6. BZA 010524-2016 - 95 Fawcett Street, BZA variance for required setback for a 5 story residential building.

Wed, July 13

5:00pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting  (Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.)



1. Executive Director's Report

2. Assistant Director's Report

3. Commissioners' Reports



Old Business

1. Election Commission Policies

New Business

1. State Primary, September 8, 2016

5:30-7:30pm   Cambridge Bicycle Committee Meeting  (4th Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Tues, July 19

3:00pm   The City Council's Public Safety Committee and Housing Committee will conduct a joint hearing to discuss the operation and prevalence of short-term rental units (Airbnb, Flipkey, VRBO, etc.) in Cambridge, and to hear suggestions from community members and operators on how best to address the challenges of this emerging market.  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   The City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee, the Neighborhood and Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts and Celebrations Committee and the Public Safety Committee will conduct a joint public hearing to discuss safety issues as it relates to cyclist and pedestrians in Inman Square. (Sullivan Chamber)

5:00pm-8:00pm   Open House - Community discussion on Infill Development Concept Plans - Kendall Sq. Urban Renewal Area  (Marriott Hotel, 50 Broadway)

Kendall Infill

7:00pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Wed, July 20

5:30pm   Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting  (Police Station, 125 Sixth St., First Floor Community Room)

[Meeting Agenda and supporting materials]

Thurs, July 21

6:30-8:30pm   Alewife Visioning Workshop  (Tobin School, Cafeteria, 197 Vassal Lane)

6:30-8:30pm   Public Presentation - Redeveloping the Foundry Building  (City Hall, Sullivan Chamber)

Over the last year, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) has been administering a process to find a qualified redeveloper and program operator to deliver the vision for the Foundry's redevelopment. In response to the Request for Proposal (RFP) to the five shortlisted Responders, the CRA received one complete response, which was from CIC / Graffito with Hacin + Associates. The Foundry presentation will be aired live on 22-Cityview; can be found on the City of Cambridge homepage at; and will also be available in the City's Open Meeting Portal. For more information on the Foundry, please click here.

Tues, July 26

7:00pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Wed, July 27

5:30pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting  (51 Inman St., 1st Floor Meeting Room)

Wed, July 28

5:30-7:30pm   Cambridge Pedestrian Committee Meeting  (4th Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Mon, Aug 1

5:30pm   Special Midsummer City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)