Cambridge among group calling on governor: Roll back reopening, support closed business
Here, it is apparent that the council has no idea what the city manager is doing:
Despite the increasing pressure from councillors, DePasquale didn’t mention the letter but did give hints of its goals.
DePasquale, the city manager, has been resisting calls to shut down indoor dining for weeks from the city council, without explaining why. The city manager is not elected. He is supposed to report to the city council, which is elected. He is, again, acting like an unelected mayor here.
That is apparently not the only part of the city government they have no idea about:
Monday was the third council meeting when councillors sought a shutdown of indoor dining and gyms. It carried more weight than before because the public schools will end their limited in-person sessions after Wednesday, since the rate of new coronavirus cases has exceeded a preset trigger point. And councillors found out only last week that the Expert Advisory Panel, a group of volunteer scientists that city officials often point to when talking about Covid-19 policies, had voted in favor of ending indoor dining, gyms and similar indoor business activities on Nov. 12. Councillors didn’t know about the vote because the city didn’t post minutes of the panel’s meetings from late October and November until Dec. 1.
DePasquale is apparently proud of the job the city has done with the coronavirus:
“It’s not an accident that our numbers are where they are. And I do think that’s because of the work of the Cambridge Public Health Department, our advisory committee and the city team. And I just think somehow that I’m not trying to be defensive, but that gets lost on Monday nights. And I have to be the one to remind the public that I’m really proud of the effort the city, my team and the advisory committee has done to make Cambridge one of the safest – if not the safest – city in the state,” DePasquale, in a rare personal comment.
Cambridge has had 2,447
cases of COVID-19 as of 2020-12-09. It is a city of about 120,000 people. The province of Nova Scotia in Canada has had 1,383
cases as of 2020-12-09. It contains within it Halifax, a city of about 403,000 people.