I am running for Cambridge City Council
because I believe Cambridge needs to return its focus to the basics for its
neighborhoods, its children and its residents by focusing on a few key areas:
- Oversight of City Government is a critical responsibility of the City Council. This oversight, in some cases, could have been much better. The lack of Council oversight in the ongoing City appeal of the Montiero decision is an example of we can do better.
- Development is crucial for the
City’s fiscal future. But, development
must be respectful of the neighborhoods in which it is planned. A well
thought out master plan and collaborative development effort can
yield better results for the neighborhood, City and developer alike.We can do better.
- Development can overwhelm a neighborhood or community.
Too often our neighborhoods and residents are at a disadvantage when
meeting with developers. Community Development can and should fill the
role of supporting the neighborhood. Too often that does not happen. We can do better.
- Public Safety is more than the
work of the Police and Fire Departments it is the ability to walk down
City streets and sidewalks without fear of falling. The safety
of our sidewalks is, in my opinion, unacceptable and we can
- Fiscal stability is more than a
AAA bond rating, its planning for the future retirement costs of our
hard working City employees such that those costs are not thrust upon our
children and grandchildren.
We have the resources and knowledge and we can do better.
- Cambridge has a generational
opportunity to develop a master plan to remake and revitalize large
swaths of the City from Kendall through Central Squares. The result can be
new residential, retail and commercial space that creates new while
enhancing existing neighborhoods with exciting, quirky and lively retail.
We must seize this opportunity.
- Preparing our children for the
future is a daunting task.
Cambridge has the resources to be successful. We must work together to ensure
the future success of the City’s children. Working together, we
can do better.
I cannot do this alone. I need your
help with the campaign. I need your help to reach out to more voters through
coffees and going door-to-door. I
also need people to sign up to take a yard sign, take bumper stickers (they
also work well on bikes and backpacks), help with literature drops, telephone
calls and stand outs.
Let’s work together to restore the
focus to Cambridge government.
With your help and your #1 Vote
on November 8th, we can work together to make Cambridge even