A basic tenet of our democracy -- the fair and impartial administration of the law -- is under attack here in Cambridge, and we need your help to protect it.
A petition has been introduced to the City Council which would grant the council exclusive authority to grant project review special permits, and eliminate the Planning Board's role in this process.
This proposal for City Council politicizes the administration of our law. It will subject applicants for special permits to the will of elected officials most accountable to voter turnout never more than two years away, rather than to the expert-informed analysis of an appointed administrative planning board.
Please join ABC in speaking against this proposal at tonight's City Council meeting (NOTE: tonight's meeting will be held at the School Committee room at CRLS - 459 Broadway). You can call first thing Monday morning (617.349.4280) to get your name earlier in the speaking order. You should also send your thoughts to all the the City Councilors (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to their individual emails that are available at http://www.cambridgema.gov/ccouncil/citycouncilmembers.aspx. Please note that, if you wish your communication to be on the official Council record, you need to cc: City Clerk Donna Lopez (email@example.com) and note that it's for the record, or give the clerk a written copy of your remarks at the meeting.