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Letters to Agencies
As he did before he was elected to the City Council, Craig communicates regularly with City boards and agencies about issues relevant to Cambridge and its neighborhoods. Craig's letters reflect his campaign's motto that "Neighborhoods Count" — they ask the City to put a priority on residents' concerns when reviewing applications for variances, permits and licenses.
. . . The proposal lacks the basic requirements of hardship for a variance. . . .
. . . in these difficult economic times, I feel it important to try as hard as possible to help local businesses be successful. . . .
. . . I was particularly impressed at how hard the proponents worked to incorporate the issues brought forward by the ECPT. . . .
. . . I hope that, as a first step, the School Department can formalize the structure of school climate management and training programs across the City. . . .
. . . As you know, Cambridge is a very dense city, with virtually every resident having multiple neighbors. . . .
. . . I feel that having a beer or a glass of wine while watching classic movie in Harvard Square could only help both the Brattle Theatre and Harvard Square be a competitive destination for people looking to enjoy the arts. . . .
. . . We cannot make up the difference between revenue losses and potential expenditures by raising our tax levy or implementing new taxes and fees. Though we may blunt some of the losses through new or increased revenue streams, we will probably have to cut some aspects of our government. . . .
. . . On a wider note, granting a variance under these conditions . . . would tell us all that our zoning regulations are really only guidelines, to be followed when convenient and to be ignored, through variances, when not convenient . . .
. . . some of these issues seem to be insurmountable, all the more so after the Danvers explosion . . .
. . . consider what trends we might be setting and what greater problems we might be creating . . .
. . . I cannot remember even one complaint of inappropriate behavior resulting from an establishment serving only beer and wine . . .
. . . There are a lot of good things going on which would be great to highlight . . .
. . . either table this matter until Harvard has met the neighborhoods' concerns or . . . deny Harvard's application . . .
. . . Without this license, I imagine the restaurant will not succeed given the competition in Harvard Square . . .
. . . is literally attached to private residences and the impacts of late night noise on inhabitants of those residents is very negative . . .
. . . something that was not allowed in the original package, seems to me to place future such accommodations in jeopardy . . .
. . . Should Temple Bar have its hours extended, it would not be unreasonable for other local bars to expect the same competitive advantage . . .
. . . the large number of people who have told me what a treasure this new café is for our neighborhood speaks directly to its value to the surrounding community . . .
. . . That the original coffee shop was apparently not economically viable does not allow the zoning variance to be changed without following the proper procedures . . .
. . . the Swiss House agreed that it would not change the building's exterior. Now, several years later, the Swiss House is seeking both a variance and a Special Permit to do exactly that . . .
. . . The budget should include adequate resources for improving classroom management and behavior issues . . .