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10/1/14 Community Preservation Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:27 pm on September 29, 2014

The Community Preservation Committee manages projects paid for by the Community Preservation Act tax surcharge. Agenda includes bonding for CPA projects and eligibility of project proposals submitted during September 2014. More…


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Somerville Neighborhood News looks at real estate prices

Posted by a 2:07 pm on January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014 — How do “new kids” from foreign lands fare at Somerville High School? Davis Square business owners fear they’ll be priced out of town. Check out Somerville Neighborhood News #7 (Jan. 28…


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Posted in City Finances, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Immigration, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Uncategorized, Ward 5 | No Comments »

1/23/14, 1/27/14 Property Assessment Info Sessions

Posted by a 5:58 pm on January 19, 2014

The Somerville tax base is the most important source of city funds for maintaining the city streets, schools, and other facilities. It directly affects every resident and business and indirectly affects every tenant.

NOTE: The Jan. 21 session was rescheduled to Thu. Jan. 23 due to the snow emergency. More…


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Beat Report: 12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on December 12, 2013

City not getting cooperation from casino developer (WIN) and may have to apply itself for designation as affected community in 10 days after WIN files 12/31/13. Partners Healthcare is coming with 4500 jobs and 700K s.f. of office space. Aggressive schedule (2016). No R&D yet. City wants to look at rest of site (>60 acres). FRIT has gone live with a jobs web site with all the jobs in Assembly Row. They are being very cooperative. The City is contracting with a local agency for job training. City has an RFQ for a Master Developer for Union Square. Response is due Jan. 31, hope to decide by April 1. More…


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Tufts University’s Tax Exemption, Silver Medal for Bikeability, High Schooler Gets ESPN’s Attention

Posted by a 1:24 pm on November 27, 2013

Somerville Neighborhood News – Nov. 26 episode now posted

Wonder how much Tufts would owe the City of Somerville if it had to pay real estate taxes? Curious…


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Posted in Beat Reporter, Bicycles, City Finances, Davis Square, Economy & Poverty, Historical, Investigative Reports, Media, Powderhouse Square, Transportation Projects, Tufts, Uncategorized, Union Square, Video | No Comments »

11/14/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:03 pm on November 4, 2013

Agenda includes Assembly Square update, Casino update, and Union Square master developer RFQ. More…


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6/20/13 Finance Committee of the Whole / Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by a 8:18 pm on June 16, 2013

This is a special meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the FY2014 City Budget, followed by a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen to do likewise. The city budget determines what issues the city will address in 2014.


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5/28 Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 School Budget

Posted by a 3:14 pm on May 25, 2013

There will be a public hearing on the FY 2014 Somerville Public Schools budget at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 28th in the Somerville High School library. Anyone who wishes to will have the opportunity to speak for a couple of minutes about the budget or related issues.


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4/4/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:58 pm on April 1, 2013

Agenda includes four substantial residential projects and only a couple of small commercial projects. This is the wrong policy emphasis. More…


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Assembly Square betrayal?

Posted by a 7:20 pm on March 1, 2013

If you had an urgent need to get to Denver, would you begin by sailing east? Probably not. Most of us don’t pursue important goals by heading in the opposite direction.

But that is…


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Why a new library?

Posted by a 9:56 pm on January 17, 2013

Why build when we can use what we have so much better?


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1/3/13 Board of Assessors Meeting

Posted by a 7:44 pm on January 1, 2013

Agenda includes reviewing and signing the FY 2013 tax abatements and exemptions.


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12/6/12 Special Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:11 pm on December 2, 2012

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2013, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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11/20/12 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by a 8:56 pm on November 18, 2012

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2013, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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9/25/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:05 pm on September 23, 2012

Agenda includes a discussion and possible vote on the Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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7/26/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:47 pm on July 15, 2012

Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan authorization for a Minor Plan Change naming the IKEA parcel as an Acquisition Parcel and Disposition Parcel.


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6/25/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:58 pm on June 24, 2012

Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the proposed SRA website.


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6/21/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Budget Hearing

Posted by a 4:44 pm on June 17, 2012

Where does the money come from and where does it go?


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6/14/12 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting

Posted by a 3:37 pm on June 10, 2012

Agenda not available. The Trust manages payments made in lieu of affordable housing units required by the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, along with revenues from loans made by the Trust.


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6/13/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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The agenda includes resident concerns and reports of the executive director and committees.


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5/7/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 2:41 pm on May 6, 2012

Agenda includes the FY 2012 budget.


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5/9/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (2 of 2)

Posted by a 9:23 pm on April 29, 2012

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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4/30/12 Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted by a 9:12 pm on

Ceremony marks the start of retail/residential construction of Phase I of the Assembly Square mixed-use development.


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Copy of e-mail to Nancy Busnach, Chair, Somerville Redevelopment Authority

Posted by a 8:36 pm on

Now that the Somerville Comprehensive Plan has been endorsed by the city and adopted by the Planning Board, I would like to pass along a suggestion.


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4/12/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by a 10:22 pm on April 8, 2012

Agenda likely includes a resolution of support for the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/29/12 Somerville Joint Land Use/Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 4:42 pm on March 18, 2012

This is a joint meeting of the BOA Land Use and Housing and Community Development Committees. The agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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Somerville Labor Coalition Accuses Curtatone of Divide And Conquer Strategy on GIC

Posted by a 10:09 pm on March 9, 2012

The following letter (circa Fall 2011) was recently obtained by Somerville Voices from Peter Blaikie with the Somerville Labor Coalition after a reference to the letter appeared in the 12/29/2011 SJ article Somerville unions form coalition against recent health care switch by Andy Metzger…


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3/22/12 HUD One Year Action Plan – Public Hearing

Posted by a 2:54 pm on March 4, 2012

Next to road repairs, community housing has the most immediate effect of all City programs on the day to day lives of Somerville residents. Come and make your views known.


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Beat Report: 1/19/12 Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole

Posted by a 11:39 am on January 21, 2012

Mayor Curtatone announced memo of agreement with Firefighters Local 76 deferring retroactive payments to next fiscal year. This agreement means no layoffs this fiscal year (including closing West Branch Library). Asked for executive session to discuss next steps, and continuing negotiations with fire alarm operators.


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Support our Firefighters!

Posted by a 6:49 pm on January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012:  State and local news organizations report today that the City is suing the local firefighters union and a state panel in order to halt payment on what is legitimately owed Somerville’s Fire Fighters Local 76.  (See today’s Boston Globe report)…


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1/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:31 pm on January 1, 2012

Agenda includes the proposed zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. “What’s in it for us?”


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12/15/11 – 1/31/12 Comment Period for Porter Square Zoning Change

Posted by a 10:09 pm on December 18, 2011

The City of Somerville is proposing zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. While this zoning change can bring definite benefits to the city in tax revenue, some abutters are asking “What’s in it for us?”


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Working Together to Improve Outcomes – My Comments on Charter

Posted by a 10:16 pm on December 6, 2011

Perspective on the proposed charter by Stephanie Hirsch, a Somerville parent and Director of SomerPromise, a joint effort of the City, Schools, on-profit providers, residents, Tufts, and the Somerville Housing Authority to increase coordination and to use data-informed decision-making to improve life outcomes for children in Somerville.


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12/1/11 Board of Assessors Meeting

Posted by a 10:51 pm on November 29, 2011

Agenda not available (11/29/11). This meeting will most likely discuss property tax percentages for fiscal year 2012.


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11/22/11 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by a 4:19 pm on November 20, 2011

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2012, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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Proposed Rights-of-Way Federal Guidelines Comment Period

Posted by a 7:15 pm on November 6, 2011

The comment period ends 11/23/11. This is your chance to provide input to Federal guidelines on access by persons with disabilities.


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Fall Resistat Community Meetings

Posted by a 6:59 pm on

These meetings are an important way to make your needs known to Somerville government. Show up and make your voice heard.


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10/25/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:02 pm on October 23, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and sewer and drain work in Ten Hills. This work helps fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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10/26/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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The group will review the draft comprehensive plan document and discuss the stakeholder’s presentation.


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10/6/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 6:58 pm on September 25, 2011

Agenda includes public hearings on proposed developments at Blocks 1 and 4 of Assembly Square. These developments help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/29/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:34 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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10/5/11 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by a 7:21 am on September 19, 2011

We will present a summary of the City’s almost finished Comprehensive Plan, followed by discussion. The plan is the product of over two years of work by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.


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Green

Posted by a 12:25 pm on September 16, 2011

The latest robocall announced the 4th Annual Riverfest, Saturday, 9/17, featuring “fireworks, entertainment, food and family activities” for Somerville residents. The familiar and friendly voice of Jackie Rossetti encouraged residents to participate. The latter part…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Assembly Square, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, MBTA, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation | No Comments »

9/22/11 Boston Region MPO Meeting – MPO vote on TIP and LRTP

Posted by a 3:44 pm on September 11, 2011

At this meeting the MPO will vote on whether to ignore the needs of Somerville and Medford residents and push back the Green Line Extension to 2018.


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9/8/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:05 pm on September 6, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Blocks 1, 3, and 4, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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8/8/11 – 9/13/11 FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Comment Period

Posted by a 10:58 pm on August 29, 2011

The Green Line Extension, a legal obligation of the Commonwealth, has been dropped from the 2012-2015 TIP and delayed until 2018. This not only deprives Somerville of long-needed transit access, it jeopardizes the state’s access to Federal transportation funding.


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Puglia reacts to new parking fee increases

Posted by a 11:28 am on June 30, 2011

City government should not misrepresent its hostile revenue-boosting scheme as a policy to improve parking conditions. For many residents it imposes greater hardship.


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Ward 6 Community Meeting/ResiStat Mon. June 27

Posted by a 10:58 am on June 22, 2011

Greetings all. Just a reminder about next week’s community meeting: On Monday, June 27, 6:30-8 p.m., please join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Gewirtz, at-large aldermen, City officials…


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6/20/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

Posted by a 7:17 pm on June 19, 2011

The agenda includes annotating city maps with possible locations of transformational districts, neighborhood infill districts, and other land use categories.


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6/25/11 Inner Belt Brickbottom Plan Public Meeting and Walkshop

Posted by a 12:14 pm on June 4, 2011

The Inner Belt, soon to have a new Green Line T-Stop, is one of the few locations in Somerville still available for transformation into an economic powerhouse for Somerville.


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Trends in Parking Ticket Appeals: Uncovered

Posted by a 12:26 am on May 19, 2011

When Watertown, MA resident Mark Pickering received a parking citation during a visit to a friend in nearby Somerville, he figured a simple letter to the Office of the Parking Clerk would result in a scheduled hearing or a ticket dismissal. Instead, he received an anonymous note of rejection with an extra $5 fine. [See Mark's letter in the SJ : Parking ticket appeal system needs work]…


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Posted in City Finances, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Somerville By The Numbers, Traffic & Parking | 14 Comments »

5/9/11 – 6/9/11 Ch. 91 Tideways Comment Period on Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop (Ref: #W11-3326)

Posted by a 12:55 pm on May 15, 2011

This is one of the final hurdles for the long-awaited Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square. Please support this development. A T-Stop at Assembly Square will unlock the potential of the site and make possible what Somerville has wanted for more than a decade.


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5/2/11, 5/3/11 Special BOA Meetings on Assembly Row DIF Bond Issue

Posted by a 3:34 pm on May 1, 2011

This is the final discussion and vote on the DIF bond issue. The City should issue these bonds only with a signed commitment to the “best effort” of Federal Realty to bring R&D/office into Assembly Square.


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5/2/11 BOA Finance Committee Meeting on Assembly Row DIF Bond Issue

Posted by a 3:30 pm on

The agenda is to discuss the Assembly Row Bond issue and a petition by 60 Somerville residents to ensure that development financed by the Assembly Row DIF yield jobs for Somerville residents.


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4/25/11 A Better City Presents: Fixing Transit Finance

Posted by a 4:11 pm on April 17, 2011

This is a presentation and panel discussion on how to finance public transportation in Massachusetts. Paying for public transportation has proved a critical problem in the current economic and political environment.


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4/21/11 BOA Finance Committee

Posted by a 3:41 pm on

The Committee is calling this meeting to further discuss the Assembly Row DIF Bond issue. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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4/20/11 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee

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Among other business, this meeting will address economic development in Magoun Square, possible use of the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program, and the status of the Comprehensive Plan.


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4/13/11 BOA Finance Committee Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:56 pm on April 10, 2011

This is a continuation of the 3/31/11 Assembly Row DIF Bond hearing. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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Parking Ticket Appeals Story Update

Posted by a 11:24 pm on April 9, 2011

Following the last update on this story in late February, T&P Director Matt Dias offered and provided the requested data including a column indicating whether each ticket appeal was made online or not. Even better, the cost was $30 less than his original quote.…


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4/6/11 BOA Finance Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:54 pm on April 3, 2011

Convened to discuss the Assembly Row DIF Bond proposal. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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3/31/11 Assembly Row DIF Bond Hearing

Posted by a 3:47 pm on March 20, 2011

If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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3/11 SomerVision Conversation on Comprehensive Plan

Posted by a 2:39 pm on February 20, 2011

These meetings provide an important opportunity to weigh in on the direction Somerville is setting for its future.


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3/10/11 District Improvement Financing Governing Body Meeting

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The Governing Body determines how much of the tax increment from DIF districts is used for district improvements and how much is returned to the city general fund.


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5/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:49 pm on February 13, 2011

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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4/12/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:46 pm on

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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3/16/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:43 pm on

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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2/9/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:15 pm on January 23, 2011

This is the meeting to get to! The group will begin a city-wide land use map showing the proposed development areas and their categorizations.


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Charting the City’s FY11 Budget

Posted by a 12:28 am on January 20, 2011

How are our tax dollars, fines, and fees being spent by City Hall? City of Somerville : FY11 Total Expenditures, Approx $207M


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A Tale of Two Public Records Requests

Posted by a 5:42 pm on December 5, 2010

This is the true story of how the City of Somerville stonewalled my request for public records and then went out of its way to satisfy a very similar request by BU’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR).…


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12/2/10 Special Board of Aldermen Meeting on Assembly Square DIF

Posted by a 12:28 pm on December 1, 2010

If implemented as planned, this DIF will very likely result in developments that only cover debt service on the DIF bonds themselves. The rest of Somerville will pay for the city services required by those developments.


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12/7/10 BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by a 12:24 pm on

If implemented incorrectly, self-storage in Assembly Square could discourage higher-value uses, which we need more than ever now that infrastructure and Orange Line funding have gone away.


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11/22/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square District Improvement Financing — Beat Report

Posted by a 4:21 pm on November 24, 2010

There is now a $63 M gap in infrastructure funding for Assembly Square. The Orange Line T-Stop and the rest of the development is in jeopardy unless we close the gap by a combination of stopgap funding and a $25 M DIF in Assembly Square.


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11/22/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square District Improvement Financing

Posted by a 1:53 pm on November 19, 2010

Under the proposed DIF, increases in Assembly Square tax revenue would be diverted to pay for the infrastructure. If tax revenues were inadequate, the taxpayers would foot the bill.


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11/15/10 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 4:49 pm on November 14, 2010

This meeting gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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11/15/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 3:15 pm on November 3, 2010

The joint subcommittee meetings will address conflicts between worthy goals. For instance, increasing tax revenue by commercial development may conflict with increasing affordable housing and maintaining neighborhood character.


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12/8/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

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At this meeting, the group will review the draft Comprehensive Plan. Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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No on Question 3

Posted by a 12:38 pm on November 1, 2010

Somehow, like magic, the tax cut will only cut funding for things we don’t like. We have been hearing this message since 1979, when Ronald Reagan was running for office. I was a lie thirty years ago, and it remains a lie today. Cutting taxes does not create more effective government.


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10/13/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:29 pm on October 4, 2010

This is the regular planning meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. At this meeting, the group will finish reviewing the policies and actions.

Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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10/6/10 Public Hearing on Somerville District Improvement Financing (DIF) Program

Posted by a 3:36 pm on October 1, 2010

A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 6th at 7pm at the Aldermanic Chambers to discuss the District Improvement Financing (DIF) Program covering Union Square, Boynton Yards, Inner Belt, and Somerville Avenue. This is displayed prominently on the City’s homepage.

This program will affect Somerville financing for the next 30 years and could result, in the future, in property takings by the city.


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9/23/10 Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by a 4:03 pm on September 15, 2010

This meeting is expected to include a proposed zoning change to allow self-storage facilities in Assembly Square, which should be referred to the Land Use Committee.


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9/21/10 HUD Grant Review Public Hearing

Posted by a 1:28 pm on September 12, 2010

The HUD grants are applied to the problems of homelessness, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and parks and open space. Citizen input is helpful in setting priorities.


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9/15/10 Somerville District Improvement Financing Program Public Hearing

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District Improvement Financing is useful in building tax revenue, provided the projects supported are high enough in density to provide adequate tax base. If they aren’t, the city is on the hook.


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9/2/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

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299 Broadway (Ocean State Job Lot): Denied. Assembly Square PUD (Assembly Square Drive subdivision): Approved. 90 Union Square: Continued. 425 Broadway (wireless equipment): Approved, on to ZBA. 221 Morrison Ave. (historic B&B): Approved, on to ZBA. 25 Hamlet St. (barn replaced with duplex): Approved, on to ZBA. 42-44 Boston Ave. (deck and stairs): Approved, on to ZBA. 270 Cedar St. (9 residences, parking space count variance): Special Permit withdrawn, variance approved, on to ZBA. Staff not available to do minutes, CD recording available on request.


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9/20/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 12:07 am on August 23, 2010

This is the regular monthly meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. The Strategic Planning staff is drafting the Comprehensive Plan. Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan.


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9/2/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 8:20 pm on August 22, 2010

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Planning Board. This meeting will deal with an ongoing and sometimes controversial Somerville development, Ocean State Job Lot at 299 Broadway. The Planning Board holds public hearings and grants permits for special districts, such as Planned Unit Developments.


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8/5/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by a 11:25 am on August 6, 2010

This meeting was devoted entirely to passing the proposed modifications to the Preliminary Master Plan for Assembly Square. The Planning Staff had asked Federal Realty to generalize the use mix from Office and R&D because Somerville zoning has a very narrow definition of Office use. Federal Realty widened the definition to include all Somerville uses under special permit. The Planning Board stated that in the absence of any opposition, they would waive the reading of the 70 conditions and voted to approve the changes to the PUD. Some citizens present had expected to have a period for written comment before the vote.


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7/13/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:10 pm on July 11, 2010

At this meeting we will be discussing the policies and actions derived from the comprehensive plan goals. This meeting is important because Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan.


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8/11/10 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:17 pm on June 29, 2010

At this meeting we will discuss the progress of the infrastructure improvements, Ch 91 licenses, and a proposed amendment to the Assembly Square Master Plan. This meeting is important because it provides a last chance to weigh into the development process at Assembly Square.


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6/22/10 Budget Hearing Update-Some good news and what to do

Posted by a 10:29 am on June 23, 2010

There was some good news tonight for school custodians, at the city budget hearing at City Hall. It was announced that the mayor and the custodians’ union is in negotiations, and so it’s possible that the layoff of 49 custodians and outsourcing of their jobs may be avoided.


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Go for the Enchilada

Posted by a 11:37 am on June 22, 2010

“In budget-cutting season, politics can be brutal,” wrote the author of a recent View from Prospect Hill column in the Somerville News.  With an $8.1 million budget gap, it is imperative that the city cut…


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6/22/10 Public Hearing About City Budget

Posted by a 8:39 pm on June 20, 2010

All hearings on the City Budget are important, because the Budget decides where the money goes.


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The Mayor Steals Another Idea

Posted by a 9:17 pm on June 13, 2010

The Mayor of Somerville has yet again stolen another idea from Cambridge: road races. He should be spending time and energy to help get us out of this financial crush.


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Unfair Cuts Hit School Custodians in Somerville and Boston

Posted by a 9:01 pm on

I am a school custodian for the City of Somerville.  I see a Boston Herald article that Boston is cutting 83 school custodians.

Reading the comments ( there are 249 comments so far!) I see that many of what these other people are saying is true…


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School Budget Documents and Upcoming Meetings

Posted by a 12:23 pm on June 4, 2010

Dear Friends of Somerville Schools,

I want to let folks know that documents relevant to the budget planning process for our schools for the next fiscal year are now available on the School Department website. I have pasted the link here


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privatization of school custodians

Posted by a 9:28 pm on May 31, 2010

On May 25, 2010 my union received a letter that stated that as of the new fiscal year the school custodians would be privatized out… The mayor mentions that he does not want to cut public safety or education but this mayor has packed the police and fire with all his friends…


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Davis Square Visioning Meeting

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This meeting is important because it provides an early opportunity to influence future plans for Davis Square.


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6/14/10 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 9:44 pm on May 23, 2010

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:29 pm on

This meeting is important because Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This meeting is open to the public.


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Wards 3, 4, and 5 ResiStat Meetings

Posted by a 5:50 pm on May 18, 2010

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

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This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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School Committee Budget Meetings

Posted by a 10:33 pm on May 17, 2010

Dear Friends, As you probably know, in May and June the School Committee enters the height of the budget season as we make plans for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. This is always a complicated process and one best conducted with the public fully informed of the process.


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The Curse of Tsongas

Posted by a 6:39 pm on May 9, 2010

“I hope you all get some power someday, so you’ll know what it’s like to have to satisfy your constituents’ demands with a limited budget.”


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Monday: Legislators Listen about Revenue

Posted by a 10:48 am on May 5, 2010

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue has been traveling the state on a Listening Tour to hear from the public their thoughts on tax policy in Massachusetts. The Somerville stop of the


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5/3/10 BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development – Beat Report

Posted by a 11:12 am on May 4, 2010

Attended meeting. Ald. Gewirtz, Heuston, Pero, Sullivan present. Staff including Monica Lamboy and representative of City Solicitor present. Also Joe Grafton of Somerville Local First, Tom Bent of Chamber of Commerce.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:39 pm on April 4, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues. Apr. 6 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the third planning meeting…


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Joe’s All American Barriers- the DPW Facility

Posted by a 11:23 pm on March 25, 2010

The City of Somerville was one of 10 cities honored as an All America City by the National League of Cities in 2009. During the announcement, the audience was informed that, “this is a community that uses information to improve the lives of its residents.” Here’s some information about the inaccessible DPW facility.


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Somerville’s Cherry Sheets Challenge

Posted by a 3:52 pm on March 23, 2010

A town cannot set its tax rate until it has received the Cherry Sheet. But what does it mean?


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Mass Development Financing Programs

Posted by a 7:17 pm on March 21, 2010

Mass Development Financing Programs

Thurs. Mar. 25 11:00 AM

Somerville City Hall
Aldermen’s Chamber
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This workshop consists of a presentation by MassDevelopment…


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BOA Committee on Parks and Open Space Meeting

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BOA Committee on Parks and Open Space Meeting

Mon. Mar. 22 8:00 PM

Somerville City Hall
2nd Fl. Comm. Rm.
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)…


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What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

Posted by a 10:26 pm on March 18, 2010

What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

WHY :       The City is moving ahead with plans to rezone and sell the Powder House School property.

WHAT :    Join your neighbors to…


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Disability Discrimination Rocks in Somerville, MA- again

Posted by a 6:52 pm on March 12, 2010

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the inaccessible Somerville High School auditorium this past Monday March 8, 2010, celebrating the fact that Somerville, MA was named one of the 10 All America Cities


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:21 pm on March 7, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Mar. 9, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second phase 3…


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Progress on the Parking Tickets Story

Posted by a 9:17 am on February 25, 2010

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has taken an interest in our (Somerville Voices) proposed investigation of parking fines and has offered to analyze the ticket data for the amount of $500.…


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Public Hearing for 2010-2011 HUD Action Plan

Posted by a 9:45 am on February 12, 2010

This hearing is important because it is a key step toward getting Federal money for improving Somerville.


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Close out the Bad Accounts

Posted by a 10:05 am on February 11, 2010

Banks and Verizon need to be held to the kind of standards they use to torture their customers.


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Committee on Legislative Matters – Home-Rule Petition to Amend the City Charter

Posted by a 9:43 pm on February 8, 2010

Committee on Legislative Matters

Tues. Feb. 9 7:00 PM

Aldermen’s Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This is…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:16 pm on January 31, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the rescheduling of the…


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City Releases Powder House School Real Estate Analysis; Mayor Seeks Property Sale This Year

Posted by a 10:22 pm on January 18, 2010

As the City prepares to sell the closed Powder House School building to private developers, the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) just posted an Aug 24, 2009 real estate analysis report (pdf) to its website .…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Tues., Jan. 26, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the last Visioning meeting…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 9:52 pm on January 4, 2010

This is the second Visioning meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. At this meeting, the group will review the citizen inputs from the earlier SomerVision meetings and pull them together into the beginning of a vision statement.


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BOA Committee on Finance

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BOA Committee on Finance

Wed. Jan. 13, 7:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the first 2010 meeting…


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Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 12:02 am on December 7, 2009

Ward 1 ResiStat Meeting

Mon. Dec. 7, 7:30 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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Ward 4 ResiStat Meeting

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Ward 4 ResiStat Meeting

Tues. Dec. 8, 7:00 PM

Cafeterium
Arthur D. Healey School
5 Meacham St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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BOA Committee on Finance

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BOA Committee on Finance

Wed. Dec. 9, 7:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)


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Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 10:02 pm on December 6, 2009

Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting

Thurs. Dec. 10, 5:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward 7…


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BOA Committee on Finance

Posted by a 5:46 pm on November 29, 2009

BOA Committee on Finance

Tues. Dec. 1, 6:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)


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Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 8:38 pm on November 25, 2009

Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Tues. Dec. 1, 7:00 PM

Cafeterium
John F. Kennedy School
5 Cherry St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

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Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Mon. Nov. 30, 7:30 PM

Argenziano School
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward 2 Alderman Heuston…


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The Pittsburg Precedent

Posted by a 10:01 pm on November 19, 2009

Pittsburgh floats a sales tax on college tuition!


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Comprehensive Plan Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 6:45 pm on November 15, 2009

Comprehensive Plan Visioning Meeting

Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30 PM

Argenziano School
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

This is the November meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee…


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Parking Rules Forum This Sunday

Posted by a 12:04 pm on November 12, 2009

Somerville Voices will sponsor a public forum on Sunday, Nov 15th, 7-9:30 pm about our city’s changing parking regulations and how they will affect residents, visitors, businesses, and the city budget. …


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BOA Committee on Finance

Posted by a 7:42 pm on November 8, 2009

BOA Committee on Finance

Mon. Nov. 9, 6:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This…


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BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 10:11 pm on November 1, 2009

BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Thurs. Nov. 5, 7:00 PM

2nd Floor Conference Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is meeting…


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BOA Committee on Finance

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BOA Committee on Finance

Wed. Nov. 4, 6:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:22 pm on October 23, 2009

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Tues. Oct. 27, 6:30 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second October meeting of…


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BOA Finance Committee Meeting and Hearing

Posted by a 8:54 pm on October 4, 2009

BOA Finance Committee Meeting and Hearing

Wed. Oct. 14 6:30 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a continuation of the…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:53 pm on

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Tues. Oct. 13, 6:30 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the first October meeting of…


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BOA Committee on Finance Meetings

Posted by a 10:24 pm on September 20, 2009

BOA Committee on Finance Meetings

  • Tues. Sep. 22, 6:00 PM
  • Wed. Sep. 23, 6:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)


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    BOA Finance Committee Meeting and Hearing

    Posted by a 10:07 pm on September 13, 2009

    BOA Finance Committee Meeting and Hearing

    Wed. Sep. 16 6:00 PM

    Aldermanic Chamber
    Somerville City Hall
    93 Highland Ave.
    Somerville MA (map)

    Agenda (MS Word)


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    Aldermen Are More Than Just Overpaid 311 Technicians

    Posted by a 8:14 pm on August 31, 2009

    Almost half of the Aug 27th BOA mtg agenda (pdf) basically consists of 311 service requests like orders to fix potholes and sidewalks. The other half contains some interesting items including these highlights (emphasis added by me):

    Note that Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane was the only member to not have sponsored any items. The Aldermen each earn a salary of $24,521.03 in FY2010.…


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    Aldermen Raise Meals and Hotel Taxes

    Posted by a 11:37 am on

    On Aug 27th, the Board of Aldermen raised taxes on meals by 0.75% and on hotels by 2% effective Oct 1st, according to Danielle Dreilinger’s report today on Boston.com. These taxes will generate an estimated $620,715 in revenue. One wonders why this item did not appear on the meeting agenda (pdf) and also how the extra money will be spent?…


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    fighting city hall, garbage division

    Posted by a 5:12 pm on August 12, 2009

    So I get a trash violation citation in the mail — all but illegible & addressed to a misconception of my name — dunning me for $50 for putting out trash too early and in…


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    Posted in City Finances, Civic Action | 11 Comments »

    Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

    Posted by a 8:54 pm on August 9, 2009

    Traffic Board Meeting and Hearing

    Thurs. Aug. 13, 6 PM

    Aldermanic Chamber
    Somerville City Hall
    93 Highland Ave.
    Somerville MA (map)

    Agenda (PDF)

    This is…


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    Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Neighborhoods and Squares, Traffic & Parking, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

    Aug 13 Public Hearing on Parking Changes

    Posted by a 4:30 pm on August 8, 2009

    This public hearing will be convened by the Traffic Board in the Aldemanic Chamber at City Hall. I initially noticed this in Deb Filcman’s Aug 7 SJ blog post.  For background about the parking changes, visit the SPARC blog , check out the just-posted video of the 7/27 interview on SCAT’s Progressive Voices of SPARC-co-founder Courtney Koslow,  or see the recent articles on Somerville Voices/Journal/News.…


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    Posted in All Ages, Announcements, City Finances, Civic Action, Events, Traffic & Parking | No Comments »

    Special Meeting, Somerville Board of Aldermen

    Posted by a 8:15 pm on August 2, 2009

    Special Meeting, Somerville Board of Aldermen

    Tues. Aug. 4 6:30 PM

    Aldermanic Chamber
    Somerville City Hall
    93 Highland Ave.
    Somerville MA (map)

    This special meeting of the Board…


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    Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Special, Transportation | No Comments »

    Somerville Housing and Land Use Joint Committee Meeting

    Posted by a 10:07 pm on July 26, 2009

    Somerville Housing and Land Use Joint Committee Meeting

    Wed. July 29, 7 PM

    Aldermanic Chamber
    Somerville City Hall
    93 Highland Ave.
    Somerville  MA (map)

    Agenda (MS


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    Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Special, Transportation | No Comments »

    Assembly Square Funding Press Conference

    Posted by a 10:44 pm on July 19, 2009

    This important press conference will be held Monday morning at Assembly Square with Governor Patrick, Senator Kerry and Congressman Capuano. The event will focus on I-Cubed funding, GDI funding and stimulus funding for the Assembly on the Mystic project. Issues of interest: * Assembly Square long term vision * Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop funding


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    Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Transportation | No Comments »

    Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

    Posted by a 4:35 pm on

    Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

    Mon. July 20, 6:00 PM

    Federal Realty Investment Trust
    5 Middlesex Ave. Suite 401
    Somerville MA (map)

    This important event is sponsored by Federal…


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    Posted in All Ages, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Special, Transportation | No Comments »

    A New Revenue Maker for Somerville

    Posted by a 10:40 am on July 7, 2009

    I have a new idea as to how Somerville can raise revenue: ticket jaywalkers.  I drive through Davis Square daily to drop my son off at daycare and DAILY come across pedestrians who think it is OK to cross the street wherever they want.  …


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    Posted in City Finances, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety | 19 Comments »

    Somerville, MA ARRA Funding Watch

    Posted by a 6:58 pm on June 24, 2009

    This Somerville ARRA Funding Watch is gleaned from the Massachusetts Area Planning Council’s Municipal Resource Guide on the Federal Economic


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    Posted in City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Transportation | 14 Comments »

    Parking, SomerStat and Politics

    Posted by a 6:50 pm on June 21, 2009

    In spite of the overwhelming cupidity of the Board of Aldermen, one or more may ask why or how the Mayor connects “access” to higher tickets across the board? … The obvious conclusion is that he cares nothing about access, and everything about money. While that may be good for his budget, it is at real cost to citizens and businesses, and, ultimately, to the management system that justifies – or rationalizes – that cost.


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    Posted in Accessibility, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Government Reform, Public Health & Safety, Transportation | 28 Comments »

    PDS June Meeting

    Posted by a 8:00 pm on June 18, 2009

    Come out to the next Progressive Democrats of Somerville Meeting!
    When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Where: VNA, 259 Lowell Street, Community Room


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    Ridiculous bill to sterilize wind instruments

    Posted by a 8:30 am on June 12, 2009

    The message below was sent by Richard Saunders, Director of Music for the Somerville Public Schools. He is rightfully outraged by a bill currently being considered by the House of Representatives, (Bill H111)which would require school music department to sterilize instruments. Here’s a Globe article about it. …


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    Posted in City Finances, Schools and Youth, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

    Senate Budget update

    Posted by a 8:07 am on June 9, 2009

    I thought Somerville Voices readers might be interested in my recent newsletter about the state budget.  If you’d like to receive future newsletters, you can sign up at www.patjehlen.org


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    Posted in City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Government Reform | 14 Comments »

    Somerville Public School Budget Meeting

    Posted by a 9:40 pm on May 28, 2009

    From the SPS homepage, entitled “A message from Tony Pierantozzi, Superintendent of Schools”
    … The extent of the impact of the current financial crisis on fiscal year 2010 remains unclear. We do know…


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    Posted in Arts and Culture, City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Events, Schools and Youth, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

    FY10 Public Schools Budget Hearing

    Posted by a 9:25 am on May 15, 2009

    You are invited to attend a public budget hearing on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Avenue) to discuss the proposed FY10 budget for the Somerville Public…


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    Future of the PowderHouse Community School

    Posted by a 8:09 pm on May 13, 2009

    As announced in the Somerville Journal : What should happen with the former Powder House Community School?

    Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Robert

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    Posted in Announcements, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Events, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth | No Comments »

    SomDems to receive economic presentation from Mayor Curtatone

    Posted by a 10:25 pm on May 12, 2009

    According to the Somerville Journal:
    Somerville Democrats will meet Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Visiting Nurses Association at 259 Lowell St.

    Mayor Joe Curtatone will…


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    10 Days to Go! Submit your Comments about the use of $772,044

    Posted by a 2:29 pm on May 4, 2009

    The City of Somerville, as an Entitlement Community, receives millions of Federal dollars from HUD each year from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and HOME programs.  These monies must be spent on…


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    Posted in Accessibility, City Finances, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Government Reform, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics | 3 Comments »

    Somerville Budget Forum

    Posted by a 10:09 pm on April 26, 2009

    The following was posted by Ward 5 School Committee member Mark Niedergang to the list of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) on Apr 24th.

    How do you think Somerville should respond to the…


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    Public forum on 2010 budget

    Posted by a 11:05 pm on April 25, 2009

    from Mark Niedergang

    Dear friends,

    The Board of Aldermen and School Committee together will be holding a public forum on the FY 2010 budget this Tuesday, April 28th, at 7 PM in the…


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    Posted in City Finances, Events | No Comments »