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Cambridge City Council Candidates Forum on Climate Change

Led by young people around the globe, four million people took to the streets on September 20th to demand action from decision makers on the climate crisis. Here in Cambridge, 22 city council candidates are running for nine seats, and many voters would like to hear their views, plans and strategies for addressing climate change […]


State Rep Tim Toomey Looks to Defend His State House Seat

Tim Toomey has been in public service for more than 30 years—first as a school committee member, then as a Cambridge city councilor and, since 1993, as a state representative for the 26th Middlesex District. “I love it,” Toomey reflects as he sips a coffee at Ola Cafe in East Somerville. “Every day is different. Every day, […]


Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for 15

Cambridge is a progressive city—it’s not known as the People’s Republic for nothing. And yet, Cambridge is also a city divided, split between haves and have-nots. For workers trying to get by on the minimum wage, the city can seem less like a forward-thinking haven and more like a prohibitively expensive dream world. The high […]


Cambridge Plastic Bag Ban Passes 8-1

Cambridge just became the largest city on the east coast to enact a plastic bag ban. On Monday night, Cambridge City Councilors voted 8-1 to pass the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance, which bans single-use plastic bags. The council has been trying to pass a bag ban for more than seven years. “I think it’s great news,” […]


Plastic Bag Ban Hearing Scheduled for Tonight

Cambridge City Council has been considering a plastic bag ban for more than seven years, ever since an April 30, 2007 policy order. A vote on the proposed ban was scheduled to take place at a December 15 hearing, but was postponed so that City Council could consider amendments to the bill as well as an alternate version […]


Proposed plastic bag ban postponed yet again

Does this headline have you feeling like you’re experiencing déjà vu? That’s probably because you’ve been reading stories about the proposed plastic bag ban for years. On Boston.com alone, there’s a January 29, 2013 story titled, “Cambridge to draft an ordinance that would ban plastic bags,” a December 2013 post titled “Proposed plastic bag ban […]