2/10/20 Update from Councillor Nolan

Lovin' the title, lovin' the job!

It’s been about one month since I took office as Cambridge City Councillor and I am thrilled to have this new role! I intend to send weekly communications on city issues, upcoming council votes, and work I am doing. If you don’t want to receive these emails, simply click unsubscribe at the bottom of this email and you won’t get future ones. And, if you know anyone who might like to be on the list, please let them know about it. I have hired a legislative aide, Michael Scarlett (CRLS 2014, Vassar College 2018, Cambridge since birth) who will be keeping me organized, focused and effective. Feel free to reach out to him [mscarlett@cambridgema.gov] or me [pnolan@cambridgema.gov] with any suggestions for our work together in our city.

Below is a short summary of some of the upcoming votes for tonight’s meeting (Monday February 10). One of the major issues of last term, the affordable housing overlay is likely to be introduced soon – possibly later this month. I am eager to see what changes, if any, will be included in the reintroduction. As I have long stated, I support using our zoning code to enable the construction of more affordable housing. And, I believe we can implement changes without dividing the city and compromising other goals like sustainability and livability. Thanks for reading, Happy early Valentine’s Day, Happy Black History Month, and what about that recent National Women’s Hockey League all-star game: how many of the players have Cambridge connections? [First correct response gets a local latte!]


February 10, 2020 Council Agenda Overview

Link to full City Council Meeting Agenda

Here are the Policy Orders that I am sponsoring at the Council Meeting:
Policy Order #28: Increasing Bicycle Parking
Policy Order #29: Supporting the Massachusetts Indigenous Legistlative Agenda
Policy Order #31: Calling for the Parliament of India to uphold the Indian constitution 

Here are other matters of interest on the agenda and how I plan to vote:
Calendar Item #3: Tree Cutting Moratorium Extension  – I am supporting the moratorium because the loss of tree canopy is an urgent issue. The urban forestry task force has accomplished an incredible amount and I am confident that within the next 6 months the Council will have a comprehensive ordinance that will address concerns and protect our tree canopy.

Please feel free to reach out to me regarding any of the issues on the agenda or follow the instructions below to comment at the meeting:

An individual may signup to speak before the City Council via telephone to the City Council office on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by calling 617-349-4280 or on-line via the City’s website, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the Friday before the meeting by visiting: Public Comment Online Sign Up. On Mondays, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. a computer terminal will be available to the public in the City Council Office for on-line signup. The individual must indicate on the signup sheet which item(s) they are planning to address.

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