David Rabkin

Mid-October Council Updates!

Proposed re-districiting in Cambridge – some concern about overlapping lines. All: It’s mid-October, the leaves are changing color, and the weather is hopefully helping you feel positive! We gave a summary of the last meeting, so this week has a summary of some items on the agenda for Monday, comments on some issues that have …

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Council Updates: A Range of News

All: Happy Fall!  It’s been a while since my last council update…partly due to the end of the summer, and also with my aide Michael leaving for the mayor’s office I was without an aide – until this week!  Adrienne La Forte started this week and I am grateful and excited to be working with …

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Council updates – addressing gun violence at the summer meeting

Outdoor dining is here to stay All: It is August – hoping that vacation rates increase and plans for the fall  – especially for schools – will be for in-person learning and working. And hoping that the challenging news (gun violence, climate, economic distress) spur us to act instead of despair.  The uptick in gun violence in …

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Summer meeting: Council work hasn’t slowed and neither have challenges

Happy mid-Summer! I hope you have been enjoying it. I took a day away and spent a night at Tolland state park – even snagged a waterfront site! Being outdoors and unplugged for a day was wonderful…and a performance of dance under trees at Jacob’s Pillow reaffirmed that arts are critical to our well-being. Thanks …

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A recap of the first half of 2021!

Large crowd last weekend celebrating Brother Blue Happy summer and Happy Bastille Day! This newsletter is a recap/summary of some of my work on the council in 2021. As the council is on summer recess, I will be doing newsletters with less frequency. The major topics are summarized below and in future newsletters I will …

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Final Council Meeting – RISE program, charter reform, and more

Happy solstice, summer, and school year-end! EXCITING that the green roofs zoning ordinance is in effect and projects are now required to include vegetative roofs. The first projects – including MIT’s (see picture above) – will likely ask for a special permit to pay for a green roof elsewhere instead of putting in the roof …

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Amending the City Charter

Pride celebration at Starlight Square last week All: Happy Juneteenth! And Happy Pride Month! And Happy Father’s Day! It is quite an exciting day – the first-ever official Juneteenth holiday in Cambridge and Pres. Biden signed federal legislation as well. There are many celebrations and commemorations – and above it all, I recognize that as …

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