The following is a list of questions put to Medford candidates. Responses will be posted as they are received.
- What are three issues you want to address if you are elected to the City Council?
- What is your understanding of climate change and what do you think Medford’s role should be, if any, in preparing for climate change?
- Do you think that residents understand enough about our city’s government? What changes would you push for to increase or decrease that understanding?
- Do you support the Green Line extension to College Ave? Do you think Medford should push for the extension to Route 16?
- Medford’s streets have become treacherous to walk, bicycle and drive on. What plan would you push for to get all of our streets brought back to an acceptable level during your term?
- Are you familiar with “Complete Streets” policies? Would you encourage or discourage the adoption of a “Complete Streets” plan for Medford?
- Do you think Medford should adopt the Community Preservation Act? Regardless of whether you believe we should adopt it, if it passes in Medford, what project would you like to see among the first 5 undertaken?
- The Mystic River is one of Medford’s great natural resources. Several organizations have been collaborating to improve the paths along the river to provide connected routes for recreational, transportational, and commuter walking and bicycling. One such path is the proposed “Clippership Connector” between Medford Square and the middle school complex at River Bend Park. What is your view about how the city should work with stakeholder on such a path? Should the city help to fund such a path?
- What is your position on affordable housing? What steps, if any, would you push for to see more affordable housing in Medford? What would you do to keep Medford affordable for lifelong residents?
- Do you think Medford has too many or too few liquor and entertainment licenses? Should Medford’s entertainment licensing rules be changed? How and why?
- Surrounding cities and towns have “sidewalk cafes” as part of their lounge and restaurant businesses, including those where the front of the building effectively opens up to the sidewalk. Would you support changes to ordinances and regulations to allow that type of establishment in the city?
- What is one ordinance in Medford you would like to see changed? What change would you push for?
- Do you think there should be changes to Medford’s zoning? What sort of changes?
- Boston and Cambridge have energy disclosure ordinances:
“In 2013, the City of Boston enacted the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO). This Ordinance requires Boston’s large- and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy and water use to the City of Boston, after which the City makes the information publicly available. Additionally, every five years, buildings need to complete an energy assessment or energy action; exemptions are provided for buildings that are already efficient or are making significant progress on energy efficiency. “
Cambridge has a similar ordinance. Should Medford follow suit? Why or why not?
Neil Osborne’s responses (pdf)