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Community meetings on cannabis dispensaries

Today, I joined back to back community meetings held for two applicants hoping to open recreational cannabis dispensaries. They’re both within a hundred yards or so of my house, so it was important to hear what they had to say. After the two hearings, nothing particularly problematic emerged.

Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets

Today, I joined my second meeting of the Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets. We’re moving quickly toward a summit at the end of February.

Community Action Agency of Somerville

Today, I met with the director of organizing for the Community Action Agency of Somerville to see how I could help, either individually or as part of the Climate Coalition of Somerville. I also made a donation.

Climate and housing

It was a busy day. Today, I joined our monthly planning call for the Least Developed Countries Fund bill. Today, I also joined our working session for the Rocky Mountain Institute building electrification accelerator program. Today, in the evening, I joined a public hearing to discuss Soemrville’s Affordable Housing Overlay proposal for its zoning.

Somerville Labor Show

Today, I joined a panel on the local access television Somerville Labor Show, to talk about the Labor-Climate Summit. There were six of us on a lively discussion for about 90 months.

Thank you, Denise Provost

Today, I joined a call to thank Denise Provost, my state representative, for her service. She’s retiring when the legislative session ends, after six years on Somerville’s Board of Aldermen and 14 years in the State House. She’s been an unwavering rock representing the city.

Poll worker

Today, I did a seven-hour shift as a poll worker in Revere, Massachusetts for the national election. I was “tabulation inspector,” which essentially meant I staffed a voting machine and helped voters feed their ballots into the machines. I also processed mail-in ballots through the machine when voters weren’t using it. I was on my [...]

Green flip

Last year, I went to an “open walls” open house that a developer held, in partnership with a real estate agent, a green mortgage financer and a building energy rater. It was interesting to see how the developer was going about the “green flip,” as he called it. Today, I went to a real open [...]


Today, I filled out my ballot for the election on November 3. I’ll be voting by mail, or actually dropping it off at City Hall when I can get down there.

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