Click on the promise to see how it was kept:
1. Promote local products.
Keeping business in Cambridge is one of my highest priorities. I helped promote local businesses by hanging “buy local” posters around the city to ensure that we keep our businesses here and provide a climate to grow.
I am always looking for ways to bring attract new businesses to Cambridge and food trucks are no exception. I led the way in researching the pros and cons of bringing food trucks to Cambridge and the potential impact it would have on the food industry.
I stood up to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when $60 million worth of tax payer money was being used to lure businesses like Vertex from Cambridge to Boston to keep our jobs here.
Building on my commitment to keep jobs in the city, I led efforts to keep Boston cabs out of Cambridge to give our local cab companies the opportunity to grow.
2. Increase communications and coordination with university police.
I worked together with university police to build a more open relationship with city officials and aid in crime reduction on campus.
3. Protect our kids and community and decrease crime.
Furthering my commitment to reducing crime in the city, I helped implement the BridgeStat program, a monthly public report that shares information with the public and combats crime in the city.
I was a strong advocate for a constituent phone service (known as "311"), a non-emergency phone system that connects residents with the services they need.
4. Traffic, Parking, and Transportation
I helped pave the way for a bike-sharing program in Cambridge to encourage more environmentally-friendly transportation initiatives for commuters.
Reevaluate roads for safer travel
Demonstrating my commitment to improving infrastructure, I conducted an investigation to make the Follet Street and Little Concord Avenue intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
I served as an advocate for residents when concerns about speeding at the corner of Russell Street and Massachusetts Avenue became an issue. I developed a plan to reduce speeding so that residents would feel safer while parking.
5. Open Space, Parks, and Recreation.
Re-evaluate park spending and funding.
I led the way in redeveloping Paine Park fountain's schedule for residents to be able to enjoy it through Labor Day.
Install Wi-Fi and tables in parks.
I was a strong advocate for Wi-Fi in our parks for residents to be able to have access to technology and enjoy the outdoors while working.
Make parks more animal-friendly.
I was a strong supporter of allowing dogs to go leash-free for an hour (4:30–5:30 p.m.) at Longfellow Park based on the success it has had at Danehy Park.
6. Look into the development of charging stations for electric vehicles.
I share President Obama’s mission to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. Realizing how important it is to tap into electricity as a transportation fuel, I developed a local project proposal for a U.S. Department of Energy grant, which awards $5 million in funding to applicants throughout the country.
7. Housing, Land Use, Planning, Zoning, Density.
I worked to ensure that property owners are equipped with eco-friendly energy initiatives. I supported the passage of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation to help property owners invest in energy efficient boilers, upgraded insulation, new windows and solar installations to their homes and businesses.
Look at long-term goals and plans.
I collaborated with community groups to remap and reevaluate affordable housing programs and avoid clustering.
8. Cambridge Public Schools.
Increase the quality of all K-8s.
I strongly supported "An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency," legislation to focus state efforts to ensure that children become proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Provide positive community programs for at-risk kids.
I worked to jointly develop YWCA Cambridge and YWCA Boston and fought for an extra $350,000 to be included in the federal FY 12 Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations Bill to target growing at-risk youth populations in Boston and Cambridge neighborhoods.
9. Civic Participation.
Create a More Responsive and Engaging City Hall.
I introduced a ‘Good Government’ rules change requiring the City Council to publicly post the City Manager’s contract 96 hours before it is voted on.
I called for a website similar to a model the District of Columbia pioneered allowing residents to look up tree-related information on the city website.
Bring citizens into the problem-solving process.
I took the necessary steps of installing benches in front of the Cambridge Main Library when residents raised concerns about the lack of street seating.
Demonstrating my belief in democracy, I called on the Executive Director of the Election Commission to look into matters and conduct an investigation when a number of Cambridge residents were told that they were labeled as "inactive" or were registered under a misspelled or wrong address.
Improve the city website.
I led efforts to make government transparent and aid the disabled community by supporting a live streaming video and closed captioning of City Council meetings on the city’s website.
I welcome Cambridge’s diverse population with open arms and made efforts to keep everyone of all backgrounds informed by developing a plan to update the city website with automatic language translation.http://www2.cambridgema.gov/cityClerk/policyOrder.cfm?item_id=28908