Cambridge Citizens Coalition
Cambridge residents are being polled by an anonymous group for views on current city councillors, issues facing the city, and their positions on the Affordable Housing Overlay (AHO) coming up for a vote. Who is paying for this poll? And, equally importantly, what questions is it asking? And why?
Poll is coming from a telephone number in Marshfield , Ma.
Here are the questions
*as best transcribed and recalled live at the time.
I. What are your views on current city councillors?
Answer possibilities: favorable unfavorable, unsure, don’t know.
*Note this poll includes Jan Devereux who is not running for reelection - which is strange.
II What issue concerns you the most currently in the city?
* Note that the term "affordable housing" means many different things. We all support more affordable housing,
but to some this means rent control, to others it means renter protections, to still others it means building more
market rate housing, to still others it means adding more inclusionary housing. None of this is spelled out here.
**note too, that there is nothing in this poll on climate change or the environment, infrastructure or planning. Why?
III What do you think about the work that has been done to improve the city squares?
*Note: there is nothing here on Harvard Square, Porter Square, Kendall, or even recent city-approved
development projects in East Cambridge, Alewife and elsewhere.
IV What is your view of City Council
*Note: there is nothing in here asking our views of the "City" (the City Manager - who is coming up for
reappointment next term.
**Note too: there is nothing in this poll about approval of the city's Community Development Department that is
behind the deeply flawed Affordable Housing Overlay proposal,
V Are you aware or the Affordable Housing Overlay
*Note: good question, but will the poll-takers actually share the results with the public?
VI The Affordable Housing Overlay will enable the city to build 100% affordable housing throughout the city by changing some of the restrictions currently in place (rough transcription).
Do you support it?
Do you oppose?
*Note: the AHO is very complex, why do they not ask separately if we oppose or support individual elements of the
proposal, like four stories everywhere, seven stories on the corridors, "as of right" (taking away current citizen legal appeal, or the change in design standards and review oversight.
IX Education level
In the end key questions remain about who commissioned this poll (an expensive endeavor): is it one of the current city councillors who supports the AHO? Is it a political PAC supporting the AHO (A Better Cambridge most notably)? Was it the City of Cambridge? Who ever it was, they did NOT provide any information of who has paid for this political message/poll? Why did they leave out critical other issues and concerns in the city?
9.18.19 CCC ANNOUNCES OUR NEW BOARD AND ADVISORY RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/ccc-announces-our-new-board-and-advisory-research-team-members
9/15.19 WHO GETS TO SPEAK; WHOSE VOICE COUNTS: Lessons from the Sullivan Court House Fighthttps://www.cccoalition.org/blog/who-gets-to-speak-whose-voice-counts-lessons-from-the-sullivan-court-house-fight
9/14.19 GETTING THINGS DONE! Lessons from the AHO by Fritz Donovanhttps://www.cccoalition.org/blog/getting-things-done-lessons-from-the-aho-by-fritz-donovan9.13.19 Building the CCC Board: Insights and Perspectives. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/building-the-ccc-board-insights-and-perspectives.
9.10.19 The AHO was tabled by Council last night until the next term. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/we-won-against-great-odds-the-aho-was-tabled-by-council-last-night-until-the-next-term
9.8.19 The Small Property Owners Association (SPOA) mails out a newsletter opposing the AHO . https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/the-small-property-owners-association-spoa-mails-out-a-newsletter-opposing-the-aho
9.7.19 Phone Polling on the AffORDABLE HOUSING OVERLAY .WWW.CCCOALITION.ORG/BLOG/WHAT-WHO-AND-WHY-ANONYMOUS-PHONE-POLLING-ON-THE-AFFordable Housing Overlay https://
9. 7.19 DON'T SET A BAD PRECEDENT! Stop Developers from Increasing CambridgeSide Building Heights by 82% by Marlene Lundberg and Rafi Mohammed https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/dont-set-a-bad-precedent-stop-developers-from-increasing-cambridgeside-building-heights-by-82-by-marlene-lundberg-and-rafi-mohammed
9.6.19 On Nimbyism, Yimbyism, and Planning: It is a Matter of History by Stephen Kaiser https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/on-nimbyism-yimbyism-and-planning-it-is-a-matter-of-history-by-stephen-kaiser.
9.2.19 Letter in a Bottle: responding to an AHO Proponent https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/letter-in-a-bottle-responding-to-an-aho-proponent
8.31.19. CCC's 1st City Council Open Forum: Candidates and Questionnaire (How Would You Fare?) https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/cccs-1st-city-council-open-forum-candidates-and-questionnaire-how-would-you-fare
8.28.19 Tit4Tat (or something like that) on AHO handouts https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/tit4tat-or-something-like-that-on-aho-handouts
8.28.19 WANTED/REWARD: Illegal Political Postering on the AHO. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/wantedreward-political-postering-on-the-aho
DUELING AHO OPINION PIECES featured in the August 22, 2019 DIG BOSTON https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/dueling-aho-opinion-pieces-featured-in-the-august-22-2019-dig-boston
8.17.19 COMMON SENSE: Councillor Dennis Carlone on "Urban Design and Implementation Recommendations for the (Not Ready) Proposed Affordable Housing Overlay"
CONCERNING BUSINESS: Susan Labandibar, Board Chair of Cambridge Local First, Foresees Negative AHO Impacts .https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/concerning-business-susan-labandibar-board-chair-of-cambridge-local-first-foresees-negative-aho-impacts
8.13.19. POLITICS BY DESIGN and Why it Matters. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/politics-by-design-form-vs-farand-why-it-matters
8.12.19. WHY TREES MATTER TO EVERYONE: One More Reason why the AHO is Deeply Flawed https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/why-trees-matter-to-everyone-one-more-reason-why-the-aho-is-deeply-flawed
8.8.19. GRAPPLING WITH GRAPHICS: Misrepresenting the Complexities of Visualizing the AHO https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/grappling-with-graphics-misrepresenting-the-complexities-of-visualizing-the-aho
8.8.19 REALITY CHECK: Peter Kroon responds to Disinformation promoted on the AHO Reality website https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/reality-check-peter-kroon-responds-to-disinformation-promoted-on-the-new-affordable-housing-overlay-reality-website
8.7.19. REBOOT: Kelly Dolan's letter: Withdraw Affordable Housing Overlay Petition https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/withdraw-affordable-housing-overlay-petition-for-a-rewrite-to-be-simply-voted-by-city-council-by-kelly-dolan
8.6.19. NOT READY: Patty Nolan on the Affordable Housing Overlay Proposal Not Ready for Prime Time in Cambridge https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/affordable-housing-overlay-proposal-not-ready-for-prime-time-in-cambridge
8.3.19. CAMBRIDGE HOUSING CONCERNS: A Short History. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/the-housing-crisis-a-short-history
7.31.19 YES to Affordable; No to this Plan. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/yes-to-affordable-housing-and-no-to-the-overlay
7.29.19 HOT OFF THE PRESS: New Design Guidelines. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/hot-off-the-press-new-design-guidelines
7.29.19 WHO QUALIFIES for AHO Housing. https://www.cccoalition.org/blog/july-29th-2019
7.28.19 HOW DID WE END UP HERE? What are the Core Concerns?