Cambridge and Somerville Regional Strategy Policy Order
Cambridge and Somerville share a number of pertinent issues and would benefit from collaborating on mutual solutions to shared problems. I want to reach out to Somerville and find ways to work together and learn from each other’s successes.
COUNCILLOR MAZEN Whereas: Cambridge faces a number of issues that are also pertinent to neighboring municipalities, including: urban planning, affordable housing and education; and Whereas: Cambridge and Somerville are closely interconnected communities and should explore opportunities to collaborate on regional issues; and Whereas: Cambridge City Councillors and City officials ought to have regular opportunities and incentive to directly coordinate with their Somerville counterparts; and Whereas: Corresponding departments between Cambridge and Somerville could form partnerships and share information on issues that affect both cities such as the upcoming Green Line extension; and Whereas: A committee, working group, or department initiative could be formed to explore the best methods of forming regional partnerships across the Greater Boston Area; and Whereas: Somerville has already been through the Master Plan process, sharing of information on this process would be beneficial for Cambridge, and similar reciprocity could be established for Somerville; and Whereas: These meetings could eventually include surrounding municipalities such as Arlington, Belmont, Boston, and Watertown; now therefore be it Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments and elected officials from Somerville to arrange a public meeting of the two cities to discuss regionalism and potential regular scheduling; and be it further Ordered: The City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter. Or Close (X).
Boards and Commissions Policy Order
The City of Cambridge has over forty boards and commissions that are vital to the day to day operations of the city. These groups should build a timeline detailing their upcoming plans and initiatives, which would help increase efficiency and facilitate public input.
STEAM Working Group Recommendations
For the past ten months the STEAM Working group has been tasked with developing a plan to better coordinate Cambridge's vast network of STEAM out-of-school time programs and opportunities, with an emphasis on increasing access for traditionally underserved communities. This policy order asks the City Manager to implement the recommendations of the STEAM working group, the product of the group's months of research.