VIDEO: Watch the school demographics presentation

In her most recent email newsletter, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller wrote…

An in-depth demographic study of how the four proposed large developments would impact the Newton Public Schools shows that the new housing (1,775 units) would create only a small amount of new enrollment. The study forecast only 83 additional students district-wide over the next decade.

Is she out of her mind? How can that possibly be?

Watch this video to see the presentation on the topic:

Programs and Serives Finance Committee April, 10, 2019 from NewTV on Vimeo.

Lappin joining Gronkowski, announces retirement

Lappin joining Gronkowski, announces retirement

Ward 8 City Councilor Cheryl Lappin sent this to colleagues (under the message line “Gronk & I’…have come to the same decision”) today..

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to share with you that after 18 years of serving as a Newton City Councilor I have decided not to run for a 10th term.

This was a difficult decision because serving on the City Council has been among the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of my life. It has been a privilege to work on behalf of our neighbors in Ward 8, and all residents, to assure that Newton continues to be

Should changes be made to the mayor’s, city council’s and/or school committee’s compensation?

UPDATED: This thread has been moved up as a reminder about tonight’s (Weds March 27 7 p.m.) public comment opportunity.  Also: Don’t forget the On-line Questionnaire
 
The Blue Ribbon Commission for Salaries, appointed by City Council President Marc Laredo to review the compensation of Newton’s elected officials (the mayor and members of the city council and the school committee) and make recommendations for

Laredo forms commission to study compensation for Newton’s elected officials

From City Council President Marc Laredo …

City Council President Marc Laredo has announced the appointment of a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the compensation that Newton’s elected officials (the Mayor and members of the City Council and the School Committee) receive for their service and to make recommendations for possible future changes to their salaries and benefits.

The Commission will be chaired by

Albright: Our marijuana zoning ordinance was done with care to protect our citizens

Albright: Our marijuana zoning ordinance was done with care to protect our citizens

Newton City Councilor Susan Albright, who is chair of the council’s Zoning & Planning committee, had some enlightening comments on an earlier thread about the research she conducted in her role as chair of the committee charged with determining where adult use recreational marijuana shops could locate, if Newton voters reject the Opt-Out referendum Tuesday. It seemed interesting and timely, so I republishing most of it here.

I have talked to many people from states that currently allow adult use. I asked one woman in the Dept of Public Health in Oregon (whom I had called to find data on teenage use) whether there was an adult use shop in her town. She said yes – I asked her what happened there, was she scared to go there? Were there kids hanging around? Were the police frequently called? Was there Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for Pool? (sorry I didn’t ask her about Pool). I wanted to get a sense for how she felt about this shop. She said she never went there but it was totally quiet and caused no problems in the town. I got similar answers from whomever i called, including the son of one of my Tufts college friends who works in one in Denver.

I imagine this is what life was like when they were deciding to prohibit liquor. The prohibitionists scared the public that liquor was the foundation of all our problems and the ruination of society – hence we got prohibition. And then had it undone years later.

Our marijuana zoning ordinance was done with care to protect our citizens and to put a store – which is what an adult use shop is – in a place where it was appropriate.

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