As part of the July showcase Destination: Cambridge -- the Unconventional City, we have developed a series of policy symposia designed to look at policy issues important not only to Cambridge residents, but to the nation.
“There are so many issues facing our nation as we approach the fall elections, both domestic and international,” said Mayor A. Sullivan. “Some of those issues will be spotlighted by the parties and others throughout this election cycle, but some which are no less important just won’t receive the same visibility. We want to highlight a few issues that we believe cannot be excluded as our country engages in a debate about the best direction we can take over the next four years.”
Title: ADVANCING AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION THROUGH TAX CREDITS
Date/Time Tues. July 27 – 2:00-4pm
Venue: Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Panel: CEO Cambridge Savings Bank, moderator
Peter Daley, Home Owners Rehab
CEO on Mortgages East Cambridge Savings Bank
Mayor Michael A. Sullivan
Invited: Barry Bluestone, Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Mary and Karl James, homeowners
Gordon Gottshe, Just A Start
Mayor Michael A. Sullivan
Recognizing the critical need for production of low-income multi-family a panel of local and national experts on housing issues will convene to discuss how regulatory and legislative bodies, affordable housing advocates, the private sector, city leaders and others can work together to preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities in cities. Topics to be covered could include the unique importance of the low-income housing tax credit, property tax assessment/abatement and affordability; Section 8 issues; and new markets tax credits.
Title: BEYOND “WINNER TAKE ALL:”
Date/Time Wednesday, July 28 – 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Venue: Sullivan Chamber at Cambridge City Hall
Proportional Representation and Instant Run off Voting As Models for the Future of American Democracy
Panel: Rep. Alice Wolf, Moderator
George Goverman, Atty. Camb. Election Commission 1976-80
Dan Johnson-Weinberger, Center for Voting and Democracy
Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman from San Francisco
Dr. Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics Kennedy School
James Roosevelt, Member of DNC
This symposium will examine how Proportional Representation (PR), as practiced by Cambridge since 1941, creates diverse and representative elected bodies, and how innovative systems such as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) can reinvigorate American Democracy.
Title: Tribute to Tip O’Neill
Son of Cambridge
When Thursday, July 29 – 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Venue Sullivan Chamber, City Hall
A lunchtime discussion of the tremendous impact of Cambridge on national politics. In conjunction with the Cambridge Historical Commission’s exhibit on Cambridge Democrats.