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Kim Courtney & Xavier Dietrich are running for Cambridge City Council in 2015 on the same platform of issues, focusing first and foremost on better Transparency, Oversight and Accountability in Cambridge City government.
Transparency alone is not enough if the City government does not properly oversee the activities and decisions of its boards and commissions, and hold City employees accountable for their official acts. Cambridge needs to create procedures for better oversight of City employees, rather than just relying on public complaints.
Clear Laws, Equally applied
An inscription above the entrance to City Hall states in part, "If the laws are not enforced, the people are not well governed." Let's clarify the local ordinances so that they can be fairly and equally enforced, so the people are well governed.
A Free Market Economy for Local Businesses
A free market economy should also be encouraged, where competition between businesses is viewed as a positive thing that keeps businesses striving to provide better products and services to the people of Cambridge.
The citizens and businesses of Cambridge have the power to influence the decisions made by the City, if they have equal access to participation in government, and choose to do so. With greater use of technology, and efforts to reach out to those members of the community whose voices are rarely heard, the City can make better decisions that more accurately reflect the best interests of everyone, not just a small group.
Law for All
We can't change the legal system, but we can create a program for Cambridge that will provide better resources and access to legal assistance at either no charge, or at low, reasonable rates.
Development Plan Involvement
What will Cambridge look like in 10 years? 20 years? That all depends on the level of involvement from Cambridge residents in the Master Development Plan process. Let's create a Master Plan that takes into account the impact on all citizens of Cambridge, not just a core group of involved individuals and businesses.
Greater outreach is necessary to include the positions of, and potential impact on, all Cambridge citizens and factor them into the plan.
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