Somerville to Host Small-Group COVID-19 Listening Sessions as Part of Ongoing COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

As part of Mayor Katjana Ballanytne’s First 100 Day Agenda and the City’s ongoing work to ensure an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Ballantyne will be hosting small-group listening sessions with Somerville residents and workers disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Somerville to Host Small-Group COVID-19 Listening Sessions as Part of Ongoing COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Meet the City’s Racial and Social Justice Department Staff

The City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) Department invites the community to a virtual forum to meet department staff, learn about their work, and find out how to get involved in ongoing racial and social justice initiatives on Thursday, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m. Register to attend online, or call 311 to get call-in information. Continue reading Meet the City’s Racial and Social Justice Department Staff

THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL


By Bob Katzen

“We … applaud plans to develop a hybrid hearing model that retains the benefits of remote access for the public. Across the commonwealth, remote access to public meetings has significantly increased public participation in state and local government, and has lowered longstanding barriers for people with disabilities, people with limited access to transportation and people with work and family obligations. After the pandemic, access to the democratic process should not hinge on a person’s health or disability or their ability to afford a car, get time off work or find a care provider. More transparent and accessible government means a stronger democracy for all.” Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

ASSIST MUNICIPAL LIGHTING PLANTS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

By Bob Katzen

The Telecommunications Utilities and Energy Committee held a virtual hearing on a measure that would allow the state’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to assist municipal lighting plants in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by facilitating collaboration between municipal lighting plants and other state, local, regional and federal agencies. Continue reading ASSIST MUNICIPAL LIGHTING PLANTS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

SUSPEND THE 24-CENTS-PER GALLON GAS TAX UNTIL LABOR DAY

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 11-29, rejected an amendment that would immediately suspend the state’s 24-cents-per gallon until September 5. The measure also requires that the total amount of revenue lost as a result of the suspension be taken out of the General Fund and transferred to the Transportation Fund, where the gas tax currently goes. Continue reading SUSPEND THE 24-CENTS-PER GALLON GAS TAX UNTIL LABOR DAY