Cambridge Citizens Coalition
CCC PRIORITIES 2024-25
CCC looks forward to working with every Councillor, city staff member, resident, and business across the city to help our city government achieve the following policy or process changes. This can be a year of real progress for the city.
6 Top Priorities
Better Government: Speed responses to public records requests; require clerk (or others) to publish votes with initials on city website during Council and other public meetings; publish weekly meeting calendar; add more separation between Councillors and judiciary committees (BZA, Cambridge Historical Commission, Planning Board); limit House Doctor (our “in house” pre-approved contractor projects) to below $500K.
City Finances: 5-year plan to keep city fiscally sound; more upfront detail on development proposal costs; maintain low residential and commercial property taxes.
Environmental Issues and Climate Resiliency: Annual City updates on climate change results; published plan for new infrastructure; enact Urban Forestry Master Plan; improve environmental impact studies re climate goals.
Housing: Support the rights of tenants against unfair evictions, lease terminations, and rate hikes; encourage adoption of Senate bill S684 providing legal counsel; add financial incentives for property owners to add units to existing homes and keep rents below market rates for non-family for a fixed time period; allow multifamily zoning citywide without unduly increasing property values and impacting green space; create citywide design review committee; promote city purchased land for housing (land trusts) and lease land to developers; add regular independent reviews of tenant concerns and building upkeep; provide a single anonymized list of housing applicants and update annually.
Neighborhoods: Provide more local meeting places and encourage more neighborhood groups citywide; host annual city council meeting with neighborhood group leaders; address long term vacancies (homes and local businesses) by adding escalating fee structure. Do annual review of ISD requests and completions. Simplify and speed up responses to street light outages etc.
Transportation and Infrastructure: Traffic camera use for better counts citywide and consider violation tickets like DC; address best practices for safest bicycle, scooter, skateboard use; Modified broadband for city square open spaces and both low income and senior housing.
CCC 6 Top priorities (Detailed)
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Environmental Issues and Climate Resiliency
Transportation and Infrastructure