April 23, 2007. Roy Bercaw speaks to the Cambridge City Council regarding disability rights, Cambridge as a World Class City, and the ability of Google to find what it seeks.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
In this voice mail message the editor of the local weekly explains why he was screaming at me on the telephone. He learned that I was telling others about his insults and his inability to understand the hateful comments he published by a serial Imus-like blogger with a history of ridiculing persons with disabilities. He asked me to explain for him why he was screaming at me and why he insulted me. He seems to want to use this issue to promote his newspaper to get more advertisements. He is clueless about the plight of persons with disabilities and is focused like the Enron crowd on making more money exploiting anyone who gets in his way. Even CBS and NBC not altruistic corporate entities, addressed the issue of Imus' hateful comments. This editor shows no awareness of his lack of compassion for vulnerable persons.
It's all about money for him.
This is a copy of a voice mail left by the Editor of the Cambridge monthly local newspaper in reposne to my call. I inquired about his publishing hate speech by a internet blogger in Cambridge who has a history of ridiculing persons with disabilities.
This is a brief snapshot of the second meeting of the City Wide Task Force on Neighborhood Crime held on April 12, 2007. There was more discussion of substance at the first meeting. This meeting focused on procedure. It was led by Michael Shively, a consultant from ABT Associates. It was not announced if he was a volunteer or if he was paid by the taxpayers. Considering all of the high paid talent in this city one wonders why a consultant was needed to help these overpaid officials focus on what they want to do. Shively did not provide any programs of how to reduce crime. He explained methods how the Task Force may proceed and handed out a proposed pattern for the operation of the Task Force.
The Committee created three teams to study ways to prevent street violence in Cambridge. One is focused on Policing, one is focused on Community Response, and one on Jobs. Councilor Simmons did not attend. Richard Harding School Committee Member expressed his view that the teams should not have to meet in public. Others questioned whether their emails regarding the discussions were public records. The Mayor did not think that the meetings should be scheduled so that members of the public could attend. Instead he said the meetings should be scheduled for the convenience of the Task Force members. Open Meetings Law is Mass General Laws Chapter 39, Sec. 23 A, B, and C. It is easily available online at Mass.gov and other sites.
In view of the fact that the elected officials in Cambridge do not know their own rules nor Robert's Rules of Order by which the Council meetings are mandated to be run, it is not surprising that they are unaware of the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, the Public Records Act and the Ethics Laws.
I'm sorry for the poor quality of the video. These clips did not translate well into a web movie.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
At two different meetings of the Cambridge (MA) City Council, Councilor Marjorie Decker explained how she is allergic to dogs (October 30, 2006) but spends a lot of time around them (April 9, 2007). She was allergic when a person with a disability had a service dog 100 feet away. But when 50 dog owners spoke at the Council meeting she had a different tale to tell. The Mayor showed his hypocrisy at the same meetings in how he acted toward the service dog by calling the police, then fawning over the many dog owners.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
BOSTON POLICE EXPLAIN WHY SOME NEIGHBORHOODS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON ARE NOT SAFE. This clip was made when Acting Commissioner Goslin was in charge in 2006. Suffolk University and Emerson College were already in place. Is this an accurate description of the Suffolk and Emerson Campuses?
Friday, April 6, 2007
Politicians speak in generalities. When taken out of context their words often make no sense at all. That is not to say that when taken in context that they make any sense either. But in this case it was done intentionally for humorous purposes. Here it is the Cambridge Massachusetts City Council which spoke these words at one meeting in September 2002.
At hearings before the Cambridge, Massachusetts City government Harvard University's contractors, architects, landscapers, etc., made 4 (among many) questionable statements before city boards and commissions. This is regular occurrence. City officials participate in these glorified charades and try to silence any criticism of the abuses of the process.