Evaluate, coordinate, promote and encourage new and existing services and activities intended to enhance or improve the quality of life of older persons in the City; Survey resources available to Cambridge elderly and act as an information and referral source regarding services, benefits, activities and programs available to them; Act in an advisory capacity to the City Manager on all matters pertaining to the welfare of elderly Cambridge citizens; Be the primary public advocate for elderly Cambridge residents.
Conducts voter registration, supervises all elections, conducts annual City census, certifies signatures on nomination papers and petitions, administers campaign and political finance reporting.
Implementation of the Fresh Pond Master Plan, a long term plan for Fresh Pond Reservation lands, including resource management and usage policies for repair and protection of natural resources.
Advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity; promote policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit or work in the City with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Preserve, conserve and protect the distinctive features of the Half Crown neighborhood through identification, conservation, and maintenance of its areas, sites and structures.
To review all major development proposals in the Harvard Square Overlay District. Provide a forum within which a wide range of perspectives on development can be heard. Hold public meetings for projects of a certain size within the Harvard Square Overlay District and make a non-binding report to the Planning Board. Review and comment on applications for variances and special permits in the district.
Identify, preserve and protect significant buildings, sites, structures and places within the City that constitute or reflect distinctive features of the architectural, cultural, political, economic or social history of the City. Advise city agencies for the purpose of preserving and protecting historical resources.
Protect the human rights of all citizens, tourists and visitors of Cambridge and serve as commissioners in the City’s civil rights law enforcement agency.
The Commission for Human Service Programs advises the City Manager and Assistant City Manager on human services policy issues and funding allocations.
Direct a comprehensive local response to the needs of children, their families and other caregivers, in accordance with the guiding principles set forth in the Children, Youth and Family Policy Plan.
Advise on the expenditure of all money presented to the Library for the purpose of books, the improvement of the Library, its care, custody, maintenance and repairs of the building.
Regulate and oversee the licenses issued in the City.
Preserve, conserve and protect the distinctive features of the Mid Cambridge neighborhood through identification, conservation, and maintenance of its areas, sites, and structures.
Originally set-up to confront the concerns of nuclear war, the Peace Commission has expanded its mission to incorporate challenging local forms of discrimination which foster violence and promoting those ideas and programs which affirm the diversity and build community within the City.
To create a more comfortable and safe environment for walking in the City of Cambridge, promote walking as a means of transportation and enhance safety conditions for pedestrians.
To review plans and proposals under the Special Permit provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, propose or review zoning amendments and make recommendations to the City Council, and to engage in general planning efforts to improve the physical environment of the City.
Regulate the installation and maintenance of electrical poles and underground conduits for City property.
Provide citizen participation in reviewing Police Department’s policies, practices and procedures and provide a prompt, impartial and fair investigation of complaints brought by individuals, police officers upon whom a complaint has been brought, and employees of the Police Department.
Provide guidance and advice for the proper administration and implementation of the City’s Public Art/Percent-for-Art Ordinance.
Promote and improve the quality and diversity of public plantings throughout all areas of the City.
Provide advice, assistance and recommendations to the Commissioner of Public Works regarding the recycling program.
To serve the multi-employer defined benefit plan consisting of the members/employees, retirees and beneficiaries of the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Housing Authority, the Cambridge Public Health Commission and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority.
Hold a public hearing upon petition of 50 registered voters relative to any rule or regulation proposed to be adopted, altered or repealed and not yet in effect and approve or disapprove the proposed action.
In May 2013, the City of Cambridge established a Transit Advisory Committee to advance an agenda for a robust public transportation system for those who live and/or work in Cambridge.
Serve as a citizen’s advisory board to the Managing Director of the Cambridge Water Department. Exercise some authority over city-owned watershed property.