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CResA Town Hall on Hiring New City Manager - Shared screen with speaker view
Lee Farris
05:07
Ground rules: Please be civil. Be brief so more people can speak. Stay positive: say what you’d like to see in a new manager. Please stay muted until you speak.To speak, use the reaction button to raise your hand. People will be called on in the order they raise their hand. People can’t speak again unless all who want to speak have spoken. You can also comment in the chat, especially if you want to agree with a comment.You will get a poll soon after the meeting is over so that we can get an idea of peoples’ priorities. We will send a different follow-up poll based on the discussion and a report on the meeting to participants and the city a week later.Agenda:1. Vice Mayor Mallon explains hiring process, timeline and ways to give input2. Issues; each person has 90 seconds to speak3. Characteristics/attributes; each person has 60 seconds to speakThe meeting will end at 5:30pm. We will have an extra 15-20 minutes after meeting for folks to talk more.
Lee Farris
07:49
Ground rules: Please be civil. Be brief so more people can speak. Stay positive: say what you’d like to see in a new manager. Please stay muted until you speak.To speak, use the reaction button to raise your hand. People will be called on in the order they raise their hand. People can’t speak again unless all who want to speak have spoken. You can also comment in the chat, especially if you want to agree with a comment.You will get a poll soon after the meeting is over so that we can get an idea of peoples’ priorities. We will send a different follow-up poll based on the discussion and a report on the meeting to participants and the city a week later.Agenda:1. Vice Mayor Mallon explains hiring process, timeline and ways to give input2. Issues; each person has 90 seconds to speak3. Characteristics/attributes; each person has 60 seconds to speakThe meeting will end at 5:30pm. We will have an extra 15-20 minutes after meeting for folks to talk more.
Lee Farris
16:27
Ground rules: Please be civil. Be brief so more people can speak. Stay positive: say what you’d like to see in a new manager. Please stay muted until you speak.To speak, use the reaction button to raise your hand. People will be called on in the order they raise their hand. People can’t speak again unless all who want to speak have spoken. You can also comment in the chat, especially if you want to agree with a comment.You will get a poll soon after the meeting is over so that we can get an idea of peoples’ priorities. We will send a different follow-up poll based on the discussion and a report on the meeting to participants and the city a week later.Agenda:1. Vice Mayor Mallon explains hiring process, timeline and ways to give input2. Issues; each person has 90 seconds to speak3. Characteristics/attributes; each person has 60 seconds to speakThe meeting will end at 5:30pm. We will have an extra 15-20 minutes after meeting for folks to talk more.We’ll also share the recording of this mtg
Marilee Boyd Meyer
20:46
Can you post on Neighborhood Nextdoor?
cathy
21:16
Stack
Alanna Mallon
21:41
Town Hall meeting information 2/16 6pm https://www.cambridgema.gov/CityCalendar/view.aspx?guid=71fc15938aa642798aed75888caad959
Alanna Mallon
22:11
Information regarding timeline, focus groups etc. https://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=4043
Alanna Mallon
22:51
Randi Frank, our Executive Search Firm consultant can be reached at Cambridge@RandiFrank.com for questions/comments
Alanna Mallon
23:14
And you can always email me at amallon@cambridgema.gov
Steve Wineman
25:54
Agree with primary importance of climate change and recognizing that it’s a state of emergency
Gwen Speeth
25:56
I agree with Diane Martin that commitment to dealing with the Climate Crisis with an environmental justice lens must be uppermost.
John Hawkinson
26:29
I assume Marie is referring to “Biosafety Level[s].”
Lee Farris
26:48
Ground rules: Please be civil. Be brief so more people can speak. Stay positive: say what you’d like to see in a new manager. Please stay muted until you speak.To speak, use the reaction button to raise your hand. People will be called on in the order they raise their hand. People can’t speak again unless all who want to speak have spoken. You can also comment in the chat, especially if you want to agree with a comment.You will get a poll soon after the meeting is over so that we can get an idea of peoples’ priorities. We will send a different follow-up poll based on the discussion and a report on the meeting to participants and the city a week later.Agenda:1. Vice Mayor Mallon explains hiring process, timeline and ways to give input2. Issues; each person has 90 seconds to speak3. Characteristics/attributes; each person has 60 seconds to speakThe meeting will end at 5:30pm. We will have an extra 15-20 minutes after meeting for folks to talk more.We’ll share the recording.
Lee Farris
27:09
Welcome to Councilor Toner!
Dan Nicholas
27:23
I want to amplify Gwen Speeth's comment that an environmental justice lens is super important to how we approach the climate emergency
Marilee Boyd Meyer
28:09
I agree with Marie about biolabs in residential areas and what the levels mean in impacting the neighborhoods.
Elisabeth Werby
28:20
Agree we should look for someone from outside Cambridge and Middlesex county who can bring fresh vision
Margery Davies
28:32
I agree with Diane Martin that addressing the climate crisis should be a central concern of the new city manager, and that figuring out how individual departments of the City can do their part in addressing climate change is key.
Nancy Seymour
28:57
Thank you, Heather!
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
31:05
I thank everyone for adhering to the time allotted to share.
Marilee Boyd Meyer
32:07
I agree with Heather that the manager should not be afraid of no knowing everything and is willing to reach out. That other opinions area valid too. They also need to be independent thinking.
Kathy Watkins
32:10
I agree with Mike regarding attention to equity, resilience and housing.
Steve Wineman
33:08
Agree with alternatives to the police
Dan Nicholas
33:32
I agree with Catherine Hoffman that alternatives to police should be a priority for the next City Manager
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
33:37
Agree re: responsiveness to City Council.
Gwen Speeth
34:11
I agree with Mike Nakagawa that we need to prioritize resiliency - social, climate, change of all kinds - with a view to greater equity and jobs of all kinds, not just new R & D, high-end real estate, etc.
Steve Wineman
34:15
Agree with City Manager in partnership with the Council and neighborhoods as opposed to concentration of power
Heather Hoffman
34:28
I agree with Cathy Hoffman's call for creativity in dealing with city needs.
Genevieve Coyle
35:03
I agree so much with Catherine Hoffman that City Manager should work with our elected representatives
Monica Raymond
35:07
I agree with Cathy about finding omeone who is open to cutting edge alternatives around housing, equity, climate change.
Steve Wineman
35:52
Agree with emphasis on HEART proposal
Melissa Ludtke
35:56
Agree with speakers who have spoken to our climate crisis being front and center, not only with mitigation strategies but making the most vulnerable neighborhoods resilient, of course with a key priority being environmental justice at the core of climate crisis initiatives.
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
36:15
Yes on Municipal Broadband.
Dan Nicholas
36:51
Agree on Prioritizing renters. Renters are not "temporary" citizens, they are the core of our city
Dan Nicholas
37:44
Yes to not treating neighborhoods as "Sacrifice Zones"
Amatul Mahmud
37:52
I think the housing issue - equity in housing - be a priority. We can't keep good teachers because they can't afford to live in Cambridge and there is NO parking. I'm a retired teacher. Also, placing low income and middle income tenants in ultra small apartments in renovated buildings while gentrifying everywhere else is not the answer. Decent apartments and houses should be available to low to middle income people.
Lee Farris
38:33
Ground rules: Please be civil. Be brief so more people can speak. Stay positive: say what you’d like to see in a new manager. Please stay muted until you speak.To speak, use the reaction button to raise your hand. People will be called on in the order they raise their hand. People can’t speak again unless all who want to speak have spoken. You can also comment in the chat, especially if you want to agree with a comment.You will get a poll soon after the meeting is over so that we can get an idea of peoples’ priorities. We will send a different follow-up poll based on the discussion and a report on the meeting to participants and the city a week later.Agenda:1. Vice Mayor Mallon explains hiring process, timeline and ways to give input2. Issues; each person has 90 seconds to speak3. Characteristics/attributes; each person has 60 seconds to speakThe meeting will end at 5:30pm. We will have an extra 15-20 minutes after meeting for folks to talk more.
Catherine Hoffman
38:53
I would like to see a manager who is familiar with and implements methods of conflict resolution and engagement about conflict which are inclusive.
Steve Wineman
38:56
Agree with less emphasis on growing tax revenue
Diane Martin, Cambridge
39:17
I agree with Mike Nakagawa that resilience is a broad priority touching on climate change mitigation, jobs, housing, better representation on boards and task forces (not just people who all agree with one another).
Dan Nicholas
40:00
Agree: Diversity is our strength and we should be cultivating it
Lois Markham
40:09
Agree with less concern with growing tax revenue and more emphasis on providing services to our most vulnerable citizens.
Amy Perlmutter
40:15
I agree with Richard Krushnic, and want to make sure that diversity isn’t just racial, but economic as well.
Amatul Mahmud
41:22
Allan Sadun is spot on!
Heather Hoffman
41:23
An issue that has broad effect on so many things people see as problems is the policy choice to prioritize the AAA bond rating and low residential tax rate, which has resulted in a preference for high-end commercial property over housing, a preference for the functional equivalent of extended-stay motels being almost all the new housing that's built, and the resulting housing squeeze that has raised property values in an unsustainable manner and hollowed out our residents.
Melissa Ludtke
42:36
Agree fully with those looking for emphasis on creative solutions to how the city builds affordable housing and incentives developers to do this, too. This speaks directly to the concerns raised by a number of speakers about the strengths that comes from our city celebrating diversity among its residents.
Dan Nicholas
42:40
I agree that dense housing is one of the solutions we need in order to address the Climate Crisis
Amatul Mahmud
42:42
Yes, Ellen. So true.
Dan Nicholas
43:57
Agree with Ellen, we need to make affordable housing that is not limited by citizenship.
Catherine Hoffman
44:55
actually the power of a tsa but that is granted to him as well.
Catherine Hoffman
45:01
tsar
Steve Wineman
46:06
Agree with social housing
Susan Yanow
46:16
Agree with Carolyn: Manager will listen to and work with the elected Council and be transparent when ignoring Council mandates.
Nancy Seymour
46:28
Thank you, Carolyn.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
46:34
I want to see Cambridge push our neighboring communities to do more. Duplicate the things that have made Cambridge great in other areas - walkable communities with jobs/housing/amenities that are quickly reachable by public transit, and to have a good regional transportation system, so that people who don't necessarily want to live in Cambridge but want access to the urban core can get here in a reasonable time without a car.
Lee Farris
46:50
Ground rules: Please be civil. Be brief so more people can speak. Stay positive: say what you’d like to see in a new manager. Please stay muted until you speak.To speak, use the reaction button to raise your hand. People will be called on in the order they raise their hand. People can’t speak again unless all who want to speak have spoken. You can also comment in the chat, especially if you want to agree with a comment.You will get a poll soon after the meeting is over so that we can get an idea of peoples’ priorities. We will send a different follow-up poll based on the discussion and a report on the meeting to participants and the city a week later.Agenda:1. Vice Mayor Mallon explains hiring process, timeline and ways to give input2. Issues; each person has 90 seconds to speak3. Characteristics/attributes; each person has 60 seconds to speakThe meeting will end at 5:30pm. We will have an extra 15-20 minutes after meeting for folks to talk more.
Heather Hoffman
46:58
Agree with Mike Nakagawa
Alice Wolf
47:00
While Lee is right about the executive power of the City Manager, the Mayor and the City Council is the policy body. So the City Councillors need to insist on their policy role be recognized by the Manager.
Monica Raymond
47:02
Agree about not building in flood plains!
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
47:40
Agree support for small business is critical.
Elisabeth Werby
47:59
Agree with everything Nicola has said
Nancy Seymour
48:12
Thanks, Nicola.
Monica Raymond
48:13
Agree with prioritizing public tranisit, so fewer people need cards.
Alice Wolf
48:17
Boards and Commissions should be appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
Amy Perlmutter
48:39
Agree with Nicola as well. Small businesses are being stressed by rents as much as residents
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
48:48
Agree with Alice on commission appointments.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
49:00
@Alice, as you know, Council cannot force a City Manager to do anything he (and so far they've all be male) doesn't want to do. We need a city manager that wants to work with Council in order have that collaboration, otherwise there's not a lot Council can do about it.
Steve Wineman
49:53
Agree we need a Manager who wants to work collaboratively with the Council
John Hawkinson
50:15
See https://www.cambridgema.gov/Services/combinedseweroverflows
Marilee Boyd Meyer
50:18
agree with everything that Nicola says. pathway to ownership, small business support, food insecurity, eliminate conflict of interest (including City Council) the city needs proper city planning, community focused, diversity, creating city-owned housing.
Kathy Watkins
50:27
I agree with Gwen on the Alewife Brook/sewage issues.
Pooja Paode
50:28
Agreed with Nicola about equity across the board - and I would hope to see regular reporting on progress towards equity goals and outcomes
Alice Wolf
50:28
Mike. The City Council hires and can fire the Manager.
Heather Hoffman
50:41
Whoever does appointments shouldn't be afraid of choosing gadflies (within reason).
Susan M. (Cambridge MA)
51:22
the new manager must not be an “inside appointment” who acts on behalf of only one part of the Council.. We must go outside to find an objective individual.
Heather Hoffman
51:57
I would like the city manager to pull people together instead of marginalizing the ones who don't already agree with the pre-ordained decision.
Heather Hoffman
52:10
The City Council ought to do that, too.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
52:35
Alice, is that the way to run a city, threatenm to fire the leader of the executive branch for each decision that isn't liked? We need a city manager who wants to work with the community. The past city managers know that they weren't actually going to be fired.
Gwen Speeth
52:36
If anyone wants more information about the Alewife Brook sewage issue (52 million gallons of sewage-contaminated stormwater in 2021), go to savethealewifebrook.org
Elisabeth Werby
53:36
I would like the city manager to be someone who looks at and encourages others to look at issues in a comprehensive way, attends to downstream effects of decisions, relies on data and brings best practices in city planning to Cambridge
Monica Raymond
55:00
Agree with Gwen about prioritizing runoff/sanitation/pollution issues in the Alewife flood plain.
Allison Pingree (she/her/hers)
55:00
People have been referring to supporting “HART” - what are they referring to?
Melissa Ludtke
55:37
Agree with Gwen on pressing need for City Manager to understand the ramifications of development in flood zones, such as Alewife and acts proactively to mitigate what could be disastrous consequences if sewage continues to overflow and/or extreme storms that we can expect to see as climate change intensifies and more flooding occurs.
Pooja Paode
56:02
Here’s a link to the HEART Program behind referenced (correct me if I’m wrong, folks): https://linktr.ee/CambridgeHEARTProgram
Dan Nicholas
56:03
HEART = Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team
Steve Wineman
56:05
Agree with Green circular economy
Pooja Paode
56:06
being*
Lee Farris
56:09
^Alison- HEART is an alternative to policing that is separate from police.
Catherine Hoffman
56:17
Cambridge Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team (HEART) is a program to create peer rsponders as alternative to police
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
56:55
Smaller, locally-owned businesses have been priced out of Harvard Square and elsewhere.
Steve Wineman
57:01
Agree with trees
Heather Hoffman
57:10
Indeed, E.J.
Pooja Paode
57:24
Agreed about using the city’s purchasing power to support local, independent businesses!
Elisabeth Werby
57:36
Agree with need to address needs of small businesses and to foster diversity along multiple dimensions
Steve Wineman
57:42
Agree with biodiversity
Virginia
57:43
This one is the website for HEART https://www.cambridge-heart.org/
Monica Raymond
57:51
agree about decreasing toin use by the city
Pooja Paode
57:54
Thank you, Virginia!
Virginia
58:11
Welcome 😊. Happy to be here.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
58:33
Affordable housing should be distributed throughout all Cambridge that includes West Cambridge where to my understanding affordable housing has yet to appear .
Jeanne Cronin
58:45
Harry Spence!!! Yes, he is a local hero.
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
58:51
Agree that small businesses have been pricing out of Cambridge. We also must advocate for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive small business ecosystem in Cambridge.
Allison Pingree (she/her/hers)
59:20
Thanks to all who helped me “have HEART” 😉
Catherine Hoffman
59:50
CHEART was begun by Black and Brown Cambridge-rooted people to conceive of community safety in the interests of all residents but especially those who have been most marginalized. Already receiving some private funds and underway with training responders, HEART is a deeply community led vision which garnered the approval of 8 City Councilors in June but then it went to the Manager and has been languishing and being subjugated to a city-funded Public Safety Department which will hire its own responders and be based in the police station.
Dan Nicholas
01:00:24
Great summary Catherine
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:00:25
Agree with Claudia. I would love to see a City Manager willing to work with other nearby municipalities, especially in terms of transportation, housing and the environment.
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:00:25
I was wondering how the City Mgr could impact our relationship to larger regional agencies such as MBTA, MDC, etc.
Steve Wineman
01:00:28
Agree with regional focus
Heather Hoffman
01:00:37
I'm not too keen on how Harry Spence approached court reorganization, perhaps because I've seen the effects. I'm sure there are lessons to be learned from his experience in Chelsea.
Gwen Speeth
01:00:42
John Hawkinson, the City of Cambridge website you give does not give the full picture of the Alewife Brook sewage issues, as the data presented uses modeling, rather than the actual data that are being collected. Savethealewifebrook.org (created by an Arlington Town Meeting Member to advocate for her Enivronmental Justice Community constituents). It collects the data buried in links behind the (legally mandated) City website.
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:01:00
agree with Carole OHare that a manager is not only based on financial and AAA rating but using our resources to help residents beyond building to for economic justice, small business, community oriented.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:01:55
The City Manager must require and or expect all members of the City Council to be respectful in their discourse towards other agency leadership and amongst themselves.
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:02:23
agree with regional transportation. The targeting of affordable housing tends to be outside the trans system and aggravates some of the talking points.
Dan Nicholas
01:02:40
Agree with subsidized/free MBTA passes for our residents, Agree with racial justice need. Agree with working with neighboring municipalities
Heather Hoffman
01:02:50
Valerie, we need respect for the public as well.
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:03:10
I agree with Phyllis. I love to see more mixed income housing and “housing that is affordable for all.”
Dan Nicholas
01:03:47
It's pouring.
Jonathan Behrens
01:03:49
I want a City Manager who *won't* put the people who already live here ahead of everyone else. Thousands of newcomers come to Cambridge every year to gain the skills and resources to change the world. We should welcome them with open arms.
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:03:51
The rainy day is here@
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:03:53
!
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:03:55
I agree with Phyliss that affordable housing should be similar to the housing where residents of the three major income level
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:04:02
agree with Phyllis. Warehousing low income people is tandamount to segregated housing.
Henry H. Wortis (He series)
01:04:23
I think Phyllis is describing social housing. In any case, I strongly agree with her that we need city supported mixed income housing.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:04:43
(Continue) income levels share housing within the same complex.
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:05:08
Yes on nimble action on COVID policies.
Heather Hoffman
01:05:19
One thing that I should have said that I haven't heard explicitly said by anyone is maintenance of what we have. Too much city property is falling apart because maintenance isn't sexy.
Andy (she/her)
01:05:23
I need to leave early, but re: desired characteristics, I would seek a manager with an explicit commitment to accountability to the elected city council and its priorities. This would include offering a concrete process for monitoring that accountability and, ideally, expertise in some of the key areas such as climate resiliency, social housing, policing alternatives, municipal broadband, etc.
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:05:35
Agree with Ms Bonds - mixed income housing under same roof.
Kathy Watkins
01:05:40
I agree with Rena for the need of city-wide planning.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:06:20
There is an example of the housing Phyliss speaks of under Peter Daly, HRI.
Heather Hoffman
01:06:55
Mary Baine Campbell, we absolutely need more democracy.
Steve Wineman
01:07:00
Agree with making city government more democratic and Manager who supports this
Barry Abel
01:07:28
I definitely agree on more forceful COVID-19 mandates.
Amy Perlmutter
01:07:34
agree with Monica on the arts— it’s part of what makes cambridge vibrant!
Steve Wineman
01:07:34
Agree with support for arts
Gwen Speeth
01:07:51
Well-said, Phyllis. It’s not time to save money for a rainy day when we’re in a tsunami. It’s a time to spend it, among other things, on maintaining and improving natural infrastructure creatively to make life better for ALL Cantabridgians, rather than assuming that the highest good is not raising real estate taxes on homeowners (I say this as a homeowner).
Catherine Hoffman
01:09:09
thankyou Monica for advocating for the arts. I totally agree of the desirability of a city which invests in theater, visual arts, writing in publicly accessible funded ways .
Jeanne Cronin
01:09:43
Yes, to phasing out city manager form of government -
Kathy Watkins
01:10:18
I love Stephanie’s comment about “finding ways to say yes.”
Gwen Speeth
01:10:29
I agree that we must have a City Manager who recognizes the central role that the arts play in quality of life for all, who sees the arts as essential and complementary to strengthening all other priorities by allowing communities to express themselves.
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:10:38
Stephanie - Love that we have a Manager the makes sure our Solicitor is more solutions-driven and looking what it possible vs. what is not possible.
Heather Hoffman
01:10:43
Yes to Stephanie and Kathy
Carolyn Magid
01:10:49
I agree on no one from current administration
Monica Raymond
01:10:54
Yes to phasing out city manager form for democratically elected mayor
Dan Nicholas
01:10:58
Agree with Stephanie that we need a City Manager who respects democracy
Elisabeth Werby
01:11:04
I would like a city manager who holds the universities to account and demands more from them
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:11:07
Phasing out City Manager will require overhauling the City Charter. I believe that Councilor Nolan and others have advocated revisiting the Charter.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:11:09
Yes, Stephanie. No mention of Cambridge HEART?
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:11:11
Agree with Stephanie regarding accountability from corporations who can do more of their share for an more equitable and just city
Alanna Mallon
01:11:14
I have to jump off, thank you to the Cambridge Residents Alliance for putting this together! Again here is the link to the Town Hall on 2/16 at 6pm https://www.cambridgema.gov/CityCalendar/view.aspx?guid=71fc15938aa642798aed75888caad959
Genevieve Coyle
01:11:21
Transitioning to an elected mayor rather than a City Manager would be a great idea.
Allan Sadun
01:11:26
Thank you vice mayor!
Nancy Ryan (she/her)
01:11:39
A manager who will hire a new City Solicitor based on his/her/their values
Lee Farris
01:11:40
Thanks to the Vice Mayor!
Alanna Mallon
01:11:55
Any questions/concerns, please email Randi Frank @ Cambridge@RandiFrank.com or me @ amallon@cambridgema.gov
Dan Nicholas
01:11:58
Didn't we just pass a ballot initiative to revisit the City Charter? 🧐
Monica Raymond
01:12:26
agree with elizabeth werby about getting more from the universities
Catherine Hoffman
01:12:42
only in minor ways - council appointing commissions, annual reviews of the manage.
Carol O'Hare
01:12:46
How A-level will the city manager applicant pool be for a city that might be phasing out the job?
Heather Hoffman
01:12:55
Yes to transparency
Mary Baine Campbell
01:13:04
Totally agree that the rainy day is here! And that ideas that will help us adapt to it have been defeated not just by the city manager but by the money and influence of developers. I think the violent reactions to quick-plan bicycle safety and bus lanes have to do in large part with the general feeling that between lack of democracy and presence of mega-money we have neither agency nor representation in major policy enactments.
Allison Pingree (she/her/hers)
01:13:25
This is not a comment, but a question (given that earlier speakers have said they either want the new manager to NOT be from / live in Cambridge or TO be from / live in Cambridge): what do people see as the advantages of each side?
Phyllis Bretholtz
01:13:26
I agree with Stephanie that we need city solicitor who is not “tied” to existing city employees
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:13:29
youth is good as long as their is wisdom and experience in the breadth of transparency.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:14:00
Maybe we don't need police to cover everything, and we have an alternative to armed city officials interacting with the community. (e.g. Cambridge HEART)
Heather Hoffman
01:14:25
Alison, I think the biggest reason people want new blood is the perception (which I share) of rampant cronyism.
Monica Raymond
01:14:42
Carol OHare--for the right person, helping a city to transition to democratic government could be something to be proud of!
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:14:54
A younger city manager might care about performance reviews. Someone going on retirement won't care what anyone else thinks.
Melissa Ludtke
01:14:56
HEART needs to be in the heart and head of our next City Manager
Amy Perlmutter
01:15:12
Second what Henry says re: experience in diverse communities
Allison Pingree (she/her/hers)
01:15:21
@Heather, so the assumption is that if they don’t live in Cambridge, they’re less likely to be part of the cronyism?
Rachel Wyon
01:15:26
I totally agree that developers are not the priority of the CM - For Profit Development should no be the priority of the city of Cambridge - we need to build / retrofit housing for low and moderate income residents, especially those who now cannot stay in Cambridge. And we need to put investment into sustainability for the 21st century.
Carolyn Magid
01:15:28
Agree with all Henry’s points!
Heather Hoffman
01:15:41
Alison, better chance
Allan Sadun
01:15:55
I won't say this aloud because it's similar to what I said in "Issues", but I would like to see someone who has demonstrated that they care about renters and understand renters' issues
Phyllis Bretholtz
01:15:56
I agree with Henry - a city manager who can listen to and work with a diverse community
Lee Farris
01:16:10
^Dan- we did pass a charter review, and it will be happening this year.
Allison Pingree (she/her/hers)
01:16:12
Thanks, Heather
Mary Baine Campbell
01:17:06
Also want to agree with Stephanie that we need a break from former administrative teams--no offense intended but we need the initiative and creativity and urgency that come with a break.
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:17:18
Re: Barry's remark, someone who is at least able to understand input from experts (rather than just "stakeholders") and process such input to make decisions.
Madge Kaplan
01:17:33
Is there a job description for the city manager (existing) that can be shared? Or, where would one find this?
Stephanie Guirand
01:17:34
yes!!!!
Heather Hoffman
01:17:37
Yes, E.J.
Gwen Speeth
01:17:59
I agree that Cambridge should look at greater financial contributions from Harvard & MIT. It is possible that the city doesn’t realize the extent to which universities globally are outsourcing jobs that used to be local, which changes the relationship between the city and these “non-profits”.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:18:05
agree with an outsider. we don't want someone who thinks they know better and wants to make the city in his own image. (would prefer a woman in charge)
Melissa Ludtke
01:18:15
Next City Manager ought to be somebody who sees her/his role as including visibility in the community and listening sessions directly with residents.
Raffi Mardirosian
01:18:41
Compassionate. Experience with long term planning and track record of those plans being measurably implemented/achieved. Tech-forward. Experience collaborating with major local corporations and extracting rents/value and social contributions from them. Nice. Balance between listening to politicians and having strong values and vision. Belief in expertise over own shoot from the hip convictions.
Amy Perlmutter
01:18:58
agree with virginia on immigration and people who are poor
Monica Raymond
01:19:26
agree with melisa about omeone who"s willing to be outin the community
Stephanie Guirand
01:20:01
I agree that we should not have a city manager from Cambridge. I would prefer someone from outside of Massachusetts. I'd like to have someone who has published on their commitment to democracy and participatory budgeting.
Gwen Speeth
01:20:26
I agree with Virginia’s that we need a City Manager who is motivated by love and acts with empathy.
Monica Raymond
01:20:58
I'd like to see someone who's helped a city, university,corporation or non profit successfully navigate a progressive transition
Randi Frank
01:21:19
Please send us an name of potential candidates Randi@randifrank.com or cambridge
Carolyn Magid
01:21:37
I agree with Stephanie that we should not have a City Manager from Cambridge and someone committed to democracy. I agree with Virginia that we need a City manager with empathy especially for immigrants and the unhoused.
Lee Farris
01:21:46
^Madge asked Is there a job description for the city manager (existing) that can be shared? Or, where would one find this?
Lee Farris
01:22:00
I do not know if there is already a job description.
Lee Farris
01:22:23
Good question for Vice Mayor Mallon.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:22:24
Someone willing to change the City Solicitor
Allan Sadun
01:22:42
the vice mayor mentioned that part of the process is putting together a "leadership profile" - I assumed that was a long-form job description i.e. "the ideal candidate is ..."
John Hawkinson
01:22:46
Lee, a job description was developed for the hiring of the current city manager, and the Government Operations Committee will be working to develop a revised version for this year.
John Hawkinson
01:23:14
Yeah, those are rough synonyms (leadership profile and job description).
Madge Kaplan
01:23:29
What occurs to me during this terrific discussion today is this: As outreach and search gets underway, what is the job description that prospective candidates will see?
Phyllis Bretholtz
01:23:32
I agree with Mike: collaborative, responsive to wide range of residents and seeks opinions of a wide and diverse cross section of renters as well as owners
Amy Perlmutter
01:24:14
agree with Valerie— CM should walk the streets, interact with the public
Lee Farris
01:24:16
I will ask Vice Mayor Mallon to share the job description with us all.
Melissa Ludtke
01:24:27
Yes, Ms. Bonds, a City Manager who reaches out proactively to hear from our city’s youth – and listens to what these young people tell us about what they want to their city to be when they are adults in this city where they were raised.
Madge Kaplan
01:24:51
Will the job description be updated to reflect any of what is being said today?
Monica Raymond
01:25:02
agree with valerie that we need someone who's committed to youth--and maybe we need an explicit youth agenda for cambrige?
Mary Baine Campbell
01:25:09
Agree with Mike and Phyllis--the city manager needs to be a natural collaborator, delegator, team player, a big fan of the (always annoying and inefficient!) democratic process.
John Hawkinson
01:25:18
Yes, the whole point of the extended public process run by the consultants is to develop the leadership profile/job description.
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:25:23
Yes, Ms. Bonds. Include youth; accessible to the people and holds their staff accountable
Gwen Speeth
01:25:33
Is the appointment term-limited? Could the candidate make an undertaking to accept the change to their position if/when the City Charter is amended to allow for an elected leader?
Pooja Paode
01:25:37
@ Madge - that’s my assumption based on the timeline that Vice Mayor Mallon provided.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:25:44
We can't advertise the opening and see who applies. We need to actively find the people we want and court them.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:25:48
Harry Smith or Harriet Smith🙂
Phyllis Bretholtz
01:26:13
Valerie, those are fabulous attributes - walking the streets, meets the residents, listens to youth.
Virginia Coleman
01:26:21
I am a late arriver and so have missed the discussion. But I feel strongly that the City Manager needs to be responsive to the C its Council, who are our elected representatives. The current CM has increasingly behaved as the King of Cambridge, which is frustrating and utterly inappropriate.
Amy Perlmutter
01:26:49
Yes to Nicola, innovation, out of the box.
Monica Raymond
01:26:51
agree with amy "someone for whom this i a calling"
Mary Baine Campbell
01:26:56
Gwen Speeth I think absolutely a position like this needs to be term-limited; urgency is induced by that and corruption reined in.
Catherine Hoffman
01:27:04
Virginia, many remarks have reinforced what you are saying.
Lee Farris
01:27:26
^Virginia- feel free to raise your hand and speak.
Carolyn Magid
01:27:40
I really like the references from community members idea from Nicola.
Rena Leib
01:27:47
Agree manager should not be an internal candidate from within the current administration.
Amy Perlmutter
01:27:48
Yes to Nicola- ability to speak another language, empathy.
Jeanne Cronin
01:27:51
DEI training?
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:28:01
Agree with Nicola that knowing what the citizens in their community think of their performance is every bit as important as what their superiors think.
Amy Perlmutter
01:28:08
@Jeanne- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:28:15
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI training)
Steve Wineman
01:28:54
Agree with track record of collaboration
Melissa Ludtke
01:28:56
Supporting Nicola’s point in being sure to seek references from people whose lives have been impacted by the person that we are thinking about hiring.
Robert Cesari
01:29:03
Ditto in agreement with Nicola’s points - someone with a proven record of accomplishments on equity issues
Monica Raymond
01:29:15
yes to RGolberg--person with history of and commitment to collaborative leadership
Carolyn Magid
01:30:00
Agree with Sheli about demonstration of accomplishments.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:30:48
The City Manager was given that power given the history of past city government. We no longer need such power due to forums such as these that bring the community into the forefront, holding elected and appointed officials accountable and responsible for their actions.
Heather Hoffman
01:31:16
I want a sense of humor and an ability to be silly on occasion or at least admire others' playful silliness.
Mary Baine Campbell
01:31:38
I second Heather's vote for a sense of humor!
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:31:58
But not a MEAN sense of humor....
Heather Hoffman
01:32:29
Correct, not a mean sense of humor; I admit that I don't consider that humor.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:33:05
The structure (Plan E) was designed to prevent excessive City Council interference. But the CMs have taken it to be that they can act independently without collaboration. The CM can choose to be collaborative; we need someone who wants to collaborate
Gwen Speeth
01:33:16
Will you send the poll by email, in case we need to leave at 5:30?
Heather Hoffman
01:33:21
Yes, Mike
Catherine Hoffman
01:33:47
I agree with wanting a street walker for CM
Lee Farris
01:33:50
I will send the poll by email to all of you.
Rachel Wyon
01:33:59
I’ve been searching for info on the search for new City Manager for Cambridge, MA — and I have found nothing except an article from last summer saying the search is beginning. So — if there is a search, how do people know it?
Madge Kaplan
01:34:03
In my travels over the years in Cambridge, my sense is most people think the city manager’s main job is to keep Cambridge on a sound fiscal track. The financial steward if you will. If this isn’t the case, or people want the role to embody something wholly different, major public education may be in order!
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:34:08
I’d like to see some sort of reach out to members of our community who are not here.
Mary Baine Campbell
01:34:09
What we are all seem to be talking about wanting in a city manager is --a mayor.
Steve Wineman
01:34:41
Agree with more younger people and people of color, people with experience of problems being addressed
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:34:44
But as a historical note - the focus on fiscal issues started when the City was hurting and businesses were leaving. That is not the same situation now, and the demand to get into Cambridge is still strong, so it's not like our policies are nowhere near scaring businesses away.
Monica Raymond
01:34:45
yes to Phyllis B--we need more young people and POC in this conversation
Gwen Speeth
01:35:19
I agree with Ms. Bonds and Phyllis B. That we need to ensure more BIPOC/youth representation for this search.
Virginia
01:36:03
Agree with Phyllis, and that’s why we are here. Thank you!
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:36:24
We need to go out to the community to show the less represented are valued and have progress in policies that shows that they were actually heard
Steve Wineman
01:37:08
A free with annual evaluation using criteria for hiring
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:37:37
Absolutely support annual evaluation of CM by City Council.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:38:06
Note that the latest charter changes call for annual CM performance reviews and the City Council can veto certain board/commission appointments
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:38:36
The question is what happens with the reviews
Robert Cesari
01:38:40
Like to see applicants with a proven record of accomplishments on equity issues
Barry Abel
01:39:26
I agree with E.J. that the ability to seek and process health and science input is more important than a formal health or science background.
Gwen Speeth
01:39:38
Three cheers for hardworking, collaborative public workers!!
Virginia Coleman
01:39:44
The City Council over time has let the CM become a power center independent of the Council. It didn’t used to be this way and the C its Council needs to exert its authority again.
Amy Perlmutter
01:39:47
Agree with Ellen, I worked in government for many years, people need to be supported who have great ideas and who are respected by their managers.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:39:53
I agree with Ellen. The City Manager must reach out and engage city employees.
Heather Hoffman
01:40:06
Ellen, I hope that was included in my definition of a good manager way back at the beginning: good managers find people who have knowledge and skills they don't and support them to become the best they can be.
Andy Zucker
01:40:17
With respect to government trashing, it is great if someone has a positive experience that they send a positive comment to the city. There are lots of excellent staff.
Patty Nolan
01:40:24
thanks all for being here! I listened to everyone and am excited that you are giving input to the search!
Mary Baine Campbell
01:40:44
Ellen Schacter people have been talking about a new CM as a collaborator and delegator (not just boss man!). 100% agree with you.
Monica Raymond
01:40:55
agree with Ej and barry--formal science training not required
Ann Tennis
01:40:55
Lee, thank you very much, great meeting and very informative..
Heather Hoffman
01:41:00
Currently, Cambridge has a documented history (as seen through lawsuits) of retaliating against employees. It has cost many millions of dollars.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:41:19
DEI is an active process
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:41:38
Thanks Lee for organizing this town hall. I am hoping this is the first of many.
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:41:43
Yes, Heather, I remember the most recent issues with lawsuits.
Ms Bonds/ Valerie BLM 2
01:42:16
Thank you everyone. Engagement is powerful. Now we have to figure out how to engage the underserved and underrepresented in our city.♥️ Good bye.
Patty Nolan
01:42:37
anyone who knows someone who can be a good candidate _ email Cambridge@randifrank.com
John Pitkin
01:42:39
I agree with E.J. that the ability to seek and process health and science input is more important than a formal health or science background.
Heather Hoffman
01:43:03
Indeed, Valerie. I would say the level of vitriol has silenced many people.
Randi Frank
01:43:36
Feel free to tell everyone they can send names to me at Cambridge@randifrank.com or Randi@randifrank.com
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:43:45
@Randi: aside from posting an ad, what will you be doing to actively find people who we want to consider but hadn't applied
ptoner’s iPhone
01:44:36
Councillor toner on call
Mary Baine Campbell
01:45:19
Very encouraging--and civil--meeting. Thanks to Lee Farris and everyone who spoke or wrote. So much hope and possibility is in the balance. To those engaged in the search--work hard, good luck, and remember democracy!
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:45:30
Ms. Bonds. It would be great to have a youth led town hall about the City Manager.
Patty Nolan
01:45:46
Vice Mayor Mallon posted document - nothing has been decided on who it will be: Information regarding timeline, focus groups etc. https://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=4043
Heather Hoffman
01:45:59
Yes it would, Nicola.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:47:27
How do we get the under-represented community members to participate in the process? Advertising a zoom meeting is not sufficient, or you'll get the general lack of color in skin and hair in the participants of most of the community meeitngs I attend
Heather Hoffman
01:47:47
There also needs to be a way for people to communicate confidentially with Randi Frank if they fear retaliation.
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
01:49:58
I would like to be on the selection committee. Just putting it out there for the decision makers. :-)
Carolyn Magid
01:50:14
There was a thought last year that each council member, including people not on the Govt. Operations, would select some people
Carolyn Magid
01:50:59
Randi Frank has her hand up.
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:51:59
Nicola would be brilliant on the selection committee because of her experience, temperament and reputation and advocacy for small businesses, etc.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:53:39
New City Council term with new head of Government Ops, so finally progress
Rachel Wyon
01:54:06
I agree with Maria - this is late.
Phyllis Bretholtz
01:54:41
Marie raises an excellent point re the time frame being short with regard to a person relocating.
Elizabeth Gombosi
01:54:58
Yes, Nicola is exactly the kind of person who should be on the selection committee... knowledgeable, thoughtful, empathetic, and a listener.
Mike Nakagawa (he...)
01:55:14
I don't want an internal interim to become the permanent one
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:55:39
Isn't Iram Faroqu of CDD assistant city manager?
ptoner’s iPhone
01:56:01
No
Lee Farris
01:56:08
Iram is asst. mang.
Stephanie Guirand
01:56:26
That is why I made the suggestion.
Heather Hoffman
01:56:40
Marilee, there are multiple assistant city managers for this, that and the other thing. Michael Brandon is talking about the deputy city manager (last was Lisa Petersen).
Sheli Wortis
01:56:51
Ellen Semenoff is also an assistant city manager; she heads the Dept. of Human Service Programs.
ptoner’s iPhone
01:56:52
Yes
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:57:02
thanks. got it.
Rachel Wyon
01:58:29
Lee - thank you very much for a very important and well run meeting.
Robert Cesari
01:58:41
Thank-you … nice job Lee
Carolyn Magid
01:58:42
Thanks—this was a very well-run and useful discussion!
E. J. Barnes (she/her)
01:58:45
Thank you, Lee, for leading the discussion.
Henry H. Wortis (He series)
01:58:58
Beautifully done!
Amy Perlmutter
01:59:06
great meeting. thank you
Phyllis Bretholtz
01:59:27
Bravo, Lee. Very well run. You did a great job.
Sheli Wortis
01:59:36
can I say one more thing?
Marilee Boyd Meyer
01:59:40
great job, Lee!
Carolyn Magid
02:01:30
is it worth mentioning public meeting 2/16 6-8
Sheli Wortis
02:01:41
Excellent chairing, Lee. Thank you!
Nicola Williams, The Williams Agency
02:02:00
Great job Lee!
Shelley Rieman
02:02:03
Yes, very good job Lee!