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劍橋市議員張禮能 - Say thanks and farewell


When I first ran for City Council 8 years ago, I did not think that I would actually win. I felt compelled by a faith in community service that my parents instilled in me; a love for the city my father first called home when he immigrated to America; and a vague notion that somehow my unique ideas and perspective would, when added to those already there, make the Council even better. Winning was a surprise, but I was humbled by the opportunity, and honored by the trust voters had placed in me.
I came to office determined to make the most of that opportunity; to affect as much good as I possibly could in the time I was given. Determined to earn the trust given to me by making things better tomorrow than I’d found them yesterday, I tried to make the most of every day because I never thought it would last forever.
After much reflection, I’ve decided that I will not seek re-election to the City Council. These past 8 years of public service have been exciting, productive, and professionally rewarding but also demanding. Doing the job, the way I aspire to do it, is an all-consuming affair. Elected office demands more than just 40 hours a week. More than 80. It keeps you constantly on call. It demands your nights and weekends. Nowadays however, my nights and weekends belong to my wife, my 3 year old daughter Lela Marie, and my 3 month old son Alexander Alpha. Quite frankly, I cannot be wholly present at a community meeting if all I’m thinking about is going home to play on the rug. Life is short and I want to spend these next few years devoting my free time to my kids.
While reflecting on this decision I took some time to look back over all the flyers and mailings I’d sent out ever since my first campaign. I’m proud that almost all those promises have been fulfilled. We have innovation legislation that formalizes open data, sets aside affordable office space for entrepreneurs, and a city bureaucracy that’s embracing technology. Cambridge is the most climate-conscious city in the world, with building regulations headed towards net-zero, power aggregation that’s shifting the entire city towards renewables, and investments in transportation infrastructure. We’ve emerged from the national housing crisis with a focus on affordability, and a blueprint for incentivizing developers to focus on residents, not profits. We introduced participatory budgeting, mini-bonds, and curbside composting. We have a great new City Manager, focused on customer service, who was selected through a transparent and inclusive process. We’re investing in education, family housing, and helping residents build a better future for themselves and their families.
I’m known for promoting a forward-looking vision for the city, from innovation to entrepreneurship, but my most impactful moments were when I broke from peoples’ expectations of me as the kid from MIT. Bringing millennials to understand the perspectives of life-long residents on everything from taxes to bicycles; championing home grown candidates – Rich Rossi and Louie Depasquale – for City Manager; focusing on the basics like fire and police. The underlying theme is that every move I’ve made has been towards a singular goal – making tomorrow better than yesterday; and everything I’ve done has been in collaboration with others – residents, activists, colleagues, and city employees – and with an understanding that any policy is only as strong as the front-line employees delivering the service.
The temptation to remain in public office is that there is always more work to be done. I won’t stop moving issues forwards until my term is over. However, I rest assured that the future of Cambridge is bright. We have the policies, practices, and personnel to tackle whatever is next. We have the best employees of any city in the country. Between the incumbents running for re-election and the new candidates, we’ll have the institutional memory to safeguard what’s great about Cambridge and the new ideas necessary to challenge assumptions and make things even better. 
So I humbly return to you the trust that you held in me. It’s time for me to focus on my growing family and opportunities in the private sector. I’m forever thankful that despite the national drama, I'll leave the City Council with a deepened faith in American Democracy and as living proof that the dream is alive and well. And for that I am grateful. 

Thank you,
Leland


Cambridge Mini Bond Program


I wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to learn about a program I'm happy to have introduced to the City and worked with the Finance Department to bring to life. Starting today, Cambridge is the first community in Massachusetts to offer mini municipal bonds for sale. Back in January, I went on NECN to talk about what this means for residents.

This program is a modern twist on the bond programs that helped cities across the country fund projects like the Golden Gate Bridge. We are democratizing capital, bringing it back from Wall St. and putting it back on Main St., or in our case Mass. Ave.

In partnership with broker-dealer Neighborly Securities, Cambridge will be offering these bonds for as little as $1,000 starting today, February 17th, through February 23rd. This is an unique opportunity for residents to earn tax-free income by investing in capital projects that help our City grow and make it safer.

For more details you can visit minibonds.cambridgema.gov.



Leland

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor and can not answer specific questions about whether this investment is right for you. For more information you can visit Neighborly.com/Cambridge or talk to a representative from Neighborly at City Hall on February 21st from 6-8pm

CTE Leland Cheung
We're finally here - Election Day. I can't thank you enough for everything you've done for our campaign over the past few month to put us in a position to win. 

Now it all comes down to making sure we get out and vote! 

Polls will be open today from 7:00am until 8:00pm across the district, and you can look up your polling location here. If you need a ride to the polls, please call (857) 600-0630. 

Thank you again - let's go win this!
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester

I just wanted to let you know that I'll be voting for you today. I first learned about you (as a new resident) from the "half truth" attack ad on your education policies. It was so insulting (dripping red font, really?) that I ended up looking into you further. 

And, thanks to that ad, I'll be voting for you. 

Your platform is a list of issues that I think Democratic politicians undervalue, from promoting small business and reducing bureaucracy to emphasizing financial transparency and STEM education. Plus a background in engineering and business helps me trust that you'll keep up with rapidly changing technology issues and support open internet. It's the sort of resume I wish I could find running for more offices. 

Thanks, and good luck today.

Friends and Supporters,

The challenges we need to tackle tomorrow are very different from the problems we solved yesterday.
The incumbent we're challenging in the Democratic primary tomorrow, THURSDAY September 8th, Pat Jehlen, has done an admirable job legislating on Beacon Hill for more than 25 years. She and I have supported a vast number of social issues including gay marriage, equal pay, and sustainable energy; however, too many issues that affect our day-to-day lives have been ignored by our state legislature. It's not that she's bad; it's thatwe need better.

In these last few days leading up to the election people have asked us to summarize the differences in what we represent. Read on below ...

TL;DR: it boils down to experience, attitude, and who's the best equipped to ensure that ten years from now we can look back and know that - despite all the current pressures on our community - we emerged stronger, together.
Tackling Economic Inequality
Massachusetts is home to the largest income inequality in the country, at a time when economic inequality is the highest it's ever been. 

Technology is rapidly improving our lives, but it's also deconstructing the way we work, live, and relate to one another. In prior debates, my opponent didn't understand how AirBnb is affecting our housing crisis, how the gig economy is re-writing the terms of employment, the difference between Uber and ZipCar, or how automation is displacing jobs. 

In the face of globalization, it's not enough for our elected leaders to appreciate STEM; they must be able to anticipate it. My prior career in entrepreneurship, technology, and investing in start-ups gives me a unique perspective. My City Council experience making jobs in Kendall Square accessible to residents and working on economic development for Gov Patrick proves I don't just have talking points, but a track-record you can count on.
Improving Transportation
The Green Line Extension and the Longfellow Bridge - examples of projects that have followed the tradition of being over-budget and delayed without any accountability to voters. 

The incumbent claims she's been working on the extension for over a decade; that's part of the problem. No legislator can tell you what it will cost, yet there have been no calls to fix the problems that got us here in the first place.

I will introduce legislation requiring every contractor receiving more than $10M from the state will have to publicly disclose exactly how they're spending our tax dollars; I'll introduce legislation to rewrite the bidding process that dug this hole; and I'll stop the ambivalence that allowed contractors who fleeced us on the Big Dig to win contracts for the T. 
Investing in Education
With all the international companies we've been attracting to the Boston metro area, our students have to compete with a global workforce without ever leaving home.
The legislature has only just gotten funding for our public schools back up to 2009 levels, and schools in our district have faced delays in repairs for years. As your State Senator I'll demand proper funding for our public schools, every tool or resource teachers need to be successful.
Massachusetts supposedly enjoys one of the most resilient economies in the country. There's no reason we shouldn't have universal pre-k, affordable post-secondary education, STEM and computer science in K-12, and community colleges that prepare students for careers, not just temp jobs.
Campaign Ethics
Our campaign has been entirely focused on our ideas and vision for our communities. My opponent supporters, on the other hand, have been waging a campaign of misinformation. They've launched attack ads, built websites that lie about my track-record, and repeatedly stolen lawn signs.

When pressed, incumbent Pat Jehlen has refused to condone negative campaigning or outside spending. When questioned about accepting donations from the fossil fuel industry that runs contrary to her pledge not to, she claimed ignorance. When asked about the fact that the majority of her donations come from PACs and lobbyists, she said she hadn't read her campaign finance report. With more than ten thousand dollars of cash donations she hasn't accounted for, she can't even follow the election laws she helped write.

If that's how she campaigns, how does she govern?
Family First
I've been criticized, but I'll never apologize for treating every day like 'bring your daughter to work day.' I treat public service like a 24/7 job. My perspective on every vote isn't about who I'm pleasing today, but about the future we're building for all our children.

When it comes to early childhood education, parental leave, accommodations for expecting mothers, earned sick time, and more, I know the challenges that families are struggling with in our modern world because I'm living through them right now.
I hope you enter the voting booth tomorrow with the feeling that - in such a crazy national political cycle - here in Medford, Cambridge, Somerville, and Winchester - we have given our community an actual choice. As your neighbor, I'll always be a phone call or an email away. Thank you for your consideration, and for your vote tomorrow, THURSDAY, September 8th.
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester

The polls close in 51 hours, but our journey together is still just getting started. As a Cambridge City Councilor I've focused on action - passing initiatives and working with people with whom I disagree to build consensus.


Beacon Hill has for too long assumed that posturing and symbolism have been enough to win reelection. That's why this campaign is so important - it's more than one seat, it's us sending the message that our Senate works for us, not The Establishment. 


I'm asking you to help us that vision by donating a few hours of your time either tomorrow or Election Day. Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. And if you want to help but aren't able to knock on doors or make some calls, I hope you'll consider a donation to aid our volunteers over the last two days.


I'll never be able to thank you enough,
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Winchester
A year ago when the establishment said Boston should host the Olympics, I was among the first to stand with the grassroots movement working to shut them down. 

The head of No Boston Olympics recently published an op-ed in some local papers, and I wanted to share it with you. Within it Chris Dempsey writes -
"I have always been grateful for the vision and courage Leland showed when No Boston Olympics and other grassroots bid opponents needed it most."

"Leland has demonstrated a clear willingness to fight these battles on behalf of the greater good."

"One of the first leaders to take a stand against Boston 2024 was Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung."

More incumbents go unchallenged in Massachusetts than almost any other state. That leads to complacency and politicians thinking they're smarter than the people.

I'll never be afraid to stand up to the establishment, the status quo, or political correctness. I'll continue to fight for sensibility. For investing in the community. For improving the lives and choices of residents. And I'll do it by your side.

click the image to read the full article:
Thank you for all your support,
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Winchester
Friends and Supporters,
We're in the last 10 days. The last 10 days to knock on doors. The last 10 days to purchase mailings, online ads, clipboards, and stickers. We're so close - the next 10 days will determine who wins.

Let's bring this campaign home as we began it - together. Join me Thursday, September 1st at Workbar Union in Union Square, Somerville at 7pm.

If you can't attend but want to support our GOTV efforts, please join our ever-growing list of volunteers and donors signing up to help us on Election Day through the links below.

Thank you once again for all of your support,
  And happy 3rd birthday to the light of our lives! 
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Winchester

According to a new White House report on the AAPI community, if you’re Asian American, you’re more likely to have been bullied, but less likely to have reported it.
I remember my high school bully. In retrospect, they taught me to stand my ground; however, no kid should have their academic career derailed by bullying – either in the class room or on the internet.

We must condemn discriminatory behavior against all groups - whether it's racial, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, violence against women, or religious intolerance - it cannot stand.
It’s up to adults - and the politicians they elect - to set the standard.
I’m not upset the MTA is resorting to smear tactics. It’s only strengthened my resolve to fight for what’s right. The charter school debate isn’t about what the teachers want; it’s about what our students need. It exposes our need for more diversity on beacon hill.
Join my fight. If I’m elected, I’ll never stop fighting for you.
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Winchester


Meet our featured volunteers, Arslay and Sumire! Both have been Community Organizers for our campaign and have been a huge help in reaching voters and engaging people in the political process. It is imperative that we get young people involved in the political process to create a vibrant democracy in Massachusetts.

Leland’s unique background in engineering and business development makes him the ideal candidate to best tackle the issues young people are most concerned with. Between work displacement by automation to stagnant wages as a result of the sharing economy, we have a serious problem on our hands, and Leland has what it takes to make sure that our economy benefits everyone and not just the profiteers at the top!
From the beginning this campaign has been driven by the massive outpouring of volunteer support that we have consistently seen from the district. I'd like to take this opportunity to profile two volunteers in particular who have helped us immensely!

Thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers, we are on track to knock every door in the district three times. You have also made it possible for us to have canvass teams and phone banks running every single day since we began in February this year. 

If you have not yet had a chance to volunteer, it's not too late! We are launching a massive Get Out The Vote effort and we need all hands on deck. Any time you can give helps!

As always, if you are unable to volunteer we greatly appreciate donations of any amount. 

Thank you all again and remember to vote on September 8th!
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester
Friends and Supporters,
I can’t thank you enough for your overwhelming response to my last email. Our opponent’s outside groups spent thousands lying about my record, and in response you sent thousands to counteract them. As your neighbor, I’m truly grateful. But we know they won’t stop at this.
There is a sacred bond between our community, our families, and our schools with which we entrust our children’s future. Our public schools make our neighborhoods stronger, and we should never let up in our fight to provide a quality education for today’s economy.
There are 17 days until Election Day.
Thank you for standing with me,
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester
Friends and Colleagues,

Growing up, my father sought to teach me that we can't have a government for the people,by the people, if we the people don't choose to participate; that Democracy ceases to exist if we don't have real choices to make during elections.

It was with that spirit that I left a successful career as an entrepreneur and start-up investor to run for City Council. It was with a spirit of collaboration and consensus-building that - together - we brought positive change to Cambridge. And it was with a spirit of aspiration that I decided to run for State Senate to spread our vision of resident-driven policy across the district and Commonwealth.

I hope you'll choose to join us in fighting for:
  • Modernizing Education - from Universal Pre-K, to computer science in K-12, to more affordable college;
  • Housing Affordability plans that value neighborhood priorities over developer profits;
  • Public Transportation that gets where you want to go, on time;
  • Investing in Ourselves by reducing waste, rethinking revenue, and balancing the budget to safeguard funding for seniors, kids, and those in need.
I don't care about headlines. I don't care about the establishment. I'm running for State Senate to work on legislation that will help you tackle the million little challenges you face in life every day.
We've had a massive team of inspired volunteers knocking doors and making calls all summer. With fall fast arriving, we're gearing up for the election in three weeks on THURSDAY September 8th. We're neck and neck in the polls, so please check out my website, stay engaged, and choose to participate in making a difference:

Thank you so much for all of your support!
This campaign would not be possible without you.
Leland Cheung
Democratic Candidate for State Senate:
Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester

Please vote THURSDAY, September 8th
Innovators, Apps, and Rooftops!

with Co-Hosts
 Greg Bialecki, David Chang, Wasim Chaudhuri, Brian Drewes,
Adam Berrey, Linda Bilmes, Tom Brush, Brian Costello, 
David Cutler, Julian Lewis, Erin McHugh-Saif, David Safaii, 
Vincent Yee, Emily Yu

Thursday, August 11
Felipe's Taqueria
21 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Join us on the rooftop at Felipe's Taqueria.
Appetizers will be provided and drinks will be available.

Tickets are $20 each, or you can buy four for $60 total.
You're invited to an upcoming campaign event celebrating the support of innovators and their abilities to affect positive change in our communities! Check out the invite below for more details. 

If you're unable to join us next week in Cambridge but you still want to help us power this campaign forward, please consider contributing whatever you can today to help make that possible.

Innovation helps drive our economy, but unfortunately not our legislature. From the threat of a software sales tax in 2013 to the failure of non-compete reform this year, it’s clear we need elected representation that understands how technology is changing the way we work.

Hope you can make it out!

Leland Cheung
Innovators, Apps, and Rooftops!

with Co-Hosts
David Chang, former COO of Paypal
Wasim Chaudhuri, CEO of ReliSource
Brian Drewes, Co-Founder of ZERO vfx
Tom Brush, Co-Owner of Felipe's
David Safaii, CEO of Trilio Data
Vincent Yee, Manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance
David Cutler, Creative Business Developer at Eat Media
Brian Costello, Vice President at Monster
Adam Berrey, Executive Chairman at Curoverse
Julian Lewis, Commercial Advisor at ABG
Greg Bialecki, Executive Vice President at Redgate
Emily Yu, Counsel at BioMed Realty


Thursday, August 11
Felipe's Taqueria
21 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Join us on the rooftop at Felipe's Taqueria.
Appetizers will be provided and drinks will be available.

Tickets are $20 each, or you can buy four tickets for $60 total.

Come enjoy great food, great weather, and great company while learning about Leland Cheung's campaign for State Senate and discussing innovation and entrepreneurial investment in our communities!
                       Via Esther Zee Lee

Reserve Tickets Here!
From Friends of Leland Cheung:

华裔州议员候选人张礼能Leland Cheung将会在本周五于Winchester主办一次选民招待会,希望能与Winchester选区各位朋友们沟通一下意见与观点,听听大家的看法。时间是本周五7月8日晚上6:30,地点是汾阳阁餐厅,738 Main St, Winchester。请各位如果方便的话,将本条信息分享到各个组织平台,希望各位可以拨冗出席,加入我们的对话~ 请在Facebook上关注Leland Cheung,follow我们的更新与活动!



I hope you’re well, and enjoying summertime in Cambridge. It’s been a busy and exciting month here at City Hall, and I wanted to fill you in on everything we’ve been up to -- as well as what’s ahead. As always, please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas.
Wishing you and your family the very best!

Leland
Campaign Updates
As many of you know, my campaign for State Senate is rooted in what I've learned over six years on the City Council. We’re keeping busy in these warm summer months, continuing to reach out to the community and hear what issues are important to you! So far we've knocked on almost 20,000 doors, speaking to people from all over the district. We've received an overwhelmingly positive response - residents recognize that we need representation that understands the future, if we're to have any shot of making it work for us. To get involved, email Jake Saitman at jake@lelandcheung.com
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Leland Cheung secures union endorsements in 2nd Middlesex Democratic primary

Cambridge, MA- State Senate candidate and Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung has received endorsements from unions representing workers in the Second Middlesex District. These include the International Association of Firefighters Local 30 and Local 1564, the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer's Association, the Somerville Police Employees Association, the Medford Police Patrolmen's Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition, Ironworkers Local 7, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 17.

John Crowley, President of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer’s Association, described Cheung as “the best choice for intelligent, sensible and accessible representation” and as “a vocal supporter of issues which impact our association and those of other public safety unions.”

"The Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition is excited to join its member unions in Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville in endorsing Leland Cheung in the 2nd Middlesex Senate District Democratic Primary," said Harry MacGilvray, President of the Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition and the Medford Police Patrolmen's Association. "In Cambridge, Leland has shown he understands what it takes to keep our communities safe and the role our members play in doing just that."

John Frongillo Jr., President of The International Association of Firefighters Local 1564, announced the organization’s endorsement of Cheung, saying, “Leland has stood shoulder to shoulder with current and retired public employees and has fought tirelessly to protect their interests.”

Cheung said of the recent endorsements, “I am deeply gratified to have the support of so many local union. As State Senator, I look forward to being a powerful voice for the interests of working families both in the district and across the Commonwealth.” 

As City Councillor, Cheung has consistently served as an ally of organized labor. Cheung also serves as a member of the Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor Relations for the Massachusetts Municipal Organization.

Leland Cheung, State Senate candidate, releases donors’ numbers and names for May

Cambridge, MA - State Senate candidate Leland Cheung completed another strong month of fundraising. Cheung raised $19,515 in May, a 25% increase over April. Last month, Cheung asked Senator Jehlen to join him in disclosing donor names. She has refused, and continues to hide behind a, “comply with state regulations” safe haven.

“I’m amazed at how many voters want new, innovative thinking on Beacon Hill. Most people we’ve met while knocking on doors in the district have no idea who their senator is. We can do a lot better” said Leland Cheung.

“Frankly, I think Senator Jehlen has become too comfortable up there. She claims to support Bernie Sanders’ core beliefs, which includes the idea that dark money plays too big a role in our political process, yet she continues to hide behind archaic regulations that prevent transparency.”

In addition to its fundraising success, Cheung’s campaign has secured numerous union endorsements and has knocked on more than 5,000 doors since announcing in March. He’s knocked on over 2,000 doors in the month of May alone.

Leland Cheung is currently a 4th term City Councilor in Cambridge who is running for the State Senate in the 2nd Middlesex District, which represents Cambridge, Medford, Somerville and Winchester. A list of his campaign donors can be found here.


Statement from Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung on MBTA Fiscal Control Board Vote on Green Line Extension
CAMBRIDGE, MA – “This has been a train wreck of mismanagement. There has been no call for legislative oversight of these projects and no discussion of going after contractors who exceed costs” said Cheung.

“Instead of asking neighbors to accept a scaled back project, we should ask contractors to accept scaled back profit.” Leland Cheung is a member of the Cambridge City Council and serves on the Transportation Committee which could vote whether to approve Cambridge’s $25 million commitment to the project later this week.
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It has been just over a month since I announced I was running for State Senate. Since then we’ve collected enough certified signatures to get on the ballot, held an amazing kickoff event and have been out talking with voters across the district. Your support and encouragement throughout the process has been tremendous and I couldn’t be more grateful!
That being said, I want to make sure you know about our next event:

Aeronaut Friends & Fundraiser
Thursday, May 13th, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St, Somerville

If you think you will be able to join us, you can RSVP here. If you can't make it but would still like to contribute you can do so here.

With the establishment throwing all of their resources behind our opponent, every contribution goes a long way towards helping us build a campaign to compete with Beacon Hill’s power brokers.

As always, anyone is welcome to the event- if you have a friend who you think might be interested in learning more about the campaign, forward them this email and invite them to join us.
I hope to see you at Aeronaut on the 13th, and thank you for your continued support!
Leland
Cheung Launches Field Operations, Reports Fundraising Ahead of Campaign Kickoff

Cambridge, MA - Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung’s campaign for State Senate continues to expand and garner support. Cheung has more than enough certified signatures to qualify for the ballot and launched field operations in Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, and Winchester over the weekend.

Cheung raised more than $25,000 in the month of March. “I’m very grateful for the tremendous support I’ve received from across the district,” Cheung said. “I look forward to building on this momentum by engaging with residents and sharing my innovative ideas for the district.”

Leland will meet with supporters at his campaign kickoff event and fundraiser this Thursday, April 7th, in Somerville. He invites members of the community to join him at Redbones BBQ, 55 Chester St. in Somerville from 6:00-8:30pm. Leland will be making remarks at 7:00pm.
Cheung Qualifies for State Senate Ballot, Announces Campaign Kickoff

Cambridge, MA - Leland Cheung, State Senate candidate for the Second Middlesex district, has submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, turning in over 500 signatures in Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, and Winchester.

“We had an amazing and positive response from all of the residents who helped us clear this threshold,” Cheung said.  “I’m eager to continue having conversations about my vision for the district and how our Commonwealth could help strengthen our communities.”

Cheung will hold a Kickoff event and fundraiser on April 7th in Somerville. The event will be held at the Redbones BBQ restaurant, 55 Chester St, Somerville, MA from 6:00-8:30PM with remarks at 7:00PM.


Quick update: less than 24 hours after pulling papers, we delivered more than enough signatures to Winchester, Medford, Somerville, and Cambridge to guarantee our spot on the ballot!
Thank you for all of your kind words of support since the announcement! Please help keep the momentum going:

Click here to VOLUNTEER
and here to DONATE.
Leland Cheung

I wanted to share some exciting news with you: I’m running for State Senate.
Our extended community of the Second Middlesex district, including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Winchester, is an amazing place to live. We simultaneously enjoy a long, rich history and also represent the future, both economically and culturally. It's why my wife and I decided to settle down and raise our children here.
For all that's great about our community, we still face incredible challenges - a Green Line the state is threatening to let fall off the tracks, a housing market that’s pricing people out, persistent delay in the expansion of early education, an innovation economy that remains inaccessible to many, an environment in peril, and a government that all too often puts the interests of big business over those of small families like ours.
We have an opportunity to join together and demand that our government make the choices necessary, and take action now, to address those challenges head on. That’s why I’m running for State Senate and asking for your support.
We’re going to win this campaign in the field; people are going to be shocked see me personally at their door and in awe of how visible we are. But the Beacon Hill establishment is not going to be behind us. If you can chip in today, it would go a long way in helping us launch this campaign.
As always, I want to hear from you - if you have any concerns, if there is an issue you think I should know about, or if you want to help out with the race let me know at leland@lelandcheung.com or call me on my cell at (617) 444-9080. I hope that you will stand with me in this race and thank you in advance for all of your support.
Leland Cheung
Candidate for State Senate
CTE Leland Cheung · 157 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
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For my annual birthday fundraiser happening this upcoming Super Tuesday, March 1st, join us before or after you vote to celebrate and/or commiserate!

March 1st, 5:30pm
Changsho restaurant - 1712 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA.

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Early Ed Troddles On

Monday the City Council appropriated $150,000 to support two new Early Ed positions, following the recommendations of the Early Childhood Task Force. I took the opportunity to reiterate my profound frustration at our lack of tangible progress towards Universal Pre-K. After almost two years of work, the task force reported back to the Council with a plan to create a plan that could take another three years. That adds up to almost 2,500 kids we've failed to deliver for.

Even more frustrating: nothing the task force has proposed is wrong or oppositional. It's clearly important for us to think about expanded infrastructure, staffing, actionable metrics, collaboration with community based programs, and etc. However, with the science clear that Universal Pre-K is one of the most effective tools in closing the achievement gap, the task force's proposals are just too thoughtfully slow.

Critics of my criticism have said we need to get it right. To them I retort that Cambridge already knows how to get it right.

The fact is we already have successful Pre-K, J-K, and Preschool Programs up and running. They're wildly popular with long wait lists. Families want to live in Cambridge to take advantage of them. They employ dedicated teachers and administrative staff that know how to deliver a high quality Early Ed experience. What we need to do is build upon that success, expand the programs, and offer a seat in one of our Early Ed programs to every parent who wants it. We could contract with existing private providers to subsidize seats for low-income families. We could drop trailers in parking lots, or rent store fronts like Wildflower is doing, to temporarily solve the space issue until proper facilities can be built.

We could easily, for short money, take action now. We could enroll kids in Early Ed, and THEN go about the studious work of implementing the task force's recommendations to optimize and improve the programs. The establishment isn't my friend on this, but I won't be happy with anything short of putting kids in seats.

City Council opposes statewide cuts to solar programs

Last night the Council adopted an Order that reaffirmed our support for an approach to energy sourcing that includes solar. The City Council voted to pass along our opposition to House Bill 3854, which would cut reimbursement rates and eliminate solar incentive programs in the state. As Cambridge strives to become a net zero emissions community, incentive programs are an important tool in helping citizens to install and adopt solar energy.
The City Council hopes, by joining our voices with many citizens and other elected officials of the Commonwealth, that HB 3854 will be voted down and that our state legislators will renew important incentive programs that allows for us to invest more in solar energy generation.

Broadband Task Force Continues Their Work

Cambridge's Broadband Task Force has scheduled an extra meeting on March 2nd at 6 PM in City Hall. The task force meets to discuss the important work of improving the City's broadband infrastructure and service. I first asked for municipal broadband back in 2013 and have continued to push for better solutions time and time again.

Hopefully, the newly scheduled meeting will bring more clarity to the City's options as well as allow for us with the information necessary to make responsible decisions in pursuit of better internet for the City. For an update on the process, I encourage everyone to read task force member Saul Tannenbaum's excellent update on the "Three Options for Cambridge Broadband"

If you have any questions, or need more information, please let me know!

Around Cambridge

Diaper Drive for Cambridge Infants - Feb 22nd to March 22nd, Taylor Square Fire House. The Caucus of Women Legislators is organizing this Diaper Drive to help families in need of clean diapers which are critical for healthy development. Stop by Cambridge Fire Department's Taylor Square Firehouse, located at 113 Garden Street, to drop off unopened disposable diapers and/or baby wipes to help infants and families in need. Diapers will be distributed by the non-profit Cradles to Crayons to local organizations that service families across the Commonwealth.

Firefighter Civil Service Exam Informational Session - The City of Cambridge is currently recruiting applicants to take the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Open Competitive Municipal Service Written Examination for Firefighters to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016. More information is available via this PDF.

Thanks

As always, contact me directly if you have any questions at leland@lelandcheung.com.
I hope to see everyone around town in the near future.

Leland

Birthday Celebration - March 1st

In celebration of growing another year wiser, join us on
March 1st, 5:30pm at Changsho restaurant - 1712 Mass Ave, Cambridge

RSVP here or on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/693193810784357/

Donations optional but always appreciated!

Participatory Budgeting Results

In case you missed it, the results of the FY17 participatory budgeting competition are in. Back in 2013 when I brought this idea to Cambridge I never imagined the process and participation would be so successful! It's especially interesting to see such widespread interest in alternative modes of transportation this year. The following 7 projects won $600,000 in FY17 funding:
  1. Cambridge Prepared Food Rescue Freezer Van ($48,000)
  2. Separate Bike Lanes from Traffic ($50,000)
  3. 5 Water Bottle Refill Stations ($40,000)
  4. Make Massachusetts Avenue Safer for Bikers ($70,000)
  5. Shape Up Our Squares! ($40,000)
  6. Faster, Better #1 Bus for Cambridge ($250,000)
  7. New Chairs for Cambridge Public Schools! ($102,000)
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For a complete breakdown of voting results, please click here

New City Council Meetings Portal is Live!

Recently, the City Clerk's Office premiered the City's new legislative management tool. You know I've been pushing for more government transparency and easy accessibility since I joined the Council. I've been working with our City Clerk on this for a long time now, and the new features are too plentiful to enumerate. So please check them out for yourself here.

Later in the year, other City Boards and Commissions will begin using the tool, which should even further expand Cambridge's transparency and allow for greater citizen participation in the City's government.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas v. U.S.

Last summer I lead the City Council in supporting an Amicus brief in the Texas v. U.S. case. Cambridge joined eighty other cities and towns across America in support of the President's Executive actions on immigration. The organizing coalition, Cities for Action, released the following statement upon hearing that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Obama administration's appeal:
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to review the Texas v. United States case, which will hopefully create a pathway for implementation of the President's executive actions on immigration. The wheels of justice have been stuck in neutral for hundreds of thousands of immigrant families for far too long. Cities and counties are where immigrants live, and it is our residents, communities, and economies that will reap the benefits from these policies. Cities and counties are united, and we will fight for immigration reform in the courtroom, in Congress, and in our communities. As this legal challenge moves forward, our voices will continue to be heard."As the son of immigrants, I'm delighted to see Cambridge continue to share its collective perspective, and lead the national dialogue, on addressing the extra challenges many of our families face.

City Premieres Commonwealth Connect

Cambridge has just announced that we are joining the Commonwealth Connect program!

When I first worked with our IT department to introduce a mobile app - allowing you to report everything from potholes to informational requests - we wound up developing our own app called iReport. The underlying technology to Commonwealth Connect (SeeClickFix) didn't quite fit with Cambridge's back end infrastructure. My office has continued to monitor SeeClickFix, respond to issues, and translate them into our system ... but it was always a bit of a kludge. Well, no more!

Using all the lessons we've learned from our in house pilot, we now have a better, easier way for you to connect to Cambridge from your phone. Download it now at www.cambridgema.gov/CommonwealthConnect

Help Cambridge win the $5 Million National Energy Prize! 

Cambridge is in a competition to reduce its municipal energy use over the course of 2016 as part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. While the City is tackling big projects like municipal aggregation and community solar, you can do your part to help reduce:

- Lower your thermostat a few degrees during the winter months. I know its cold, but do you really need to be a toasty 70 or 72 degrees? Drop it down to the 60s and wear that new sweater you got for the holidays! My mother (from Canada) used to open the windows in the middle of winter and tell us to put on a jacket, so I know it's possible!
- Turn the lights off. During daylight hours, try to keep your lights off. At night, be sure to turn lights off when exiting rooms.
- Avoid allowing electronics and other gear to passively siphon energy. Turn off surge protectors and unplug devices when you aren't using them. They still passively use energy even when "off"!

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You can also (and should) take advantage of a FREE energy assessment: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment. Not only can your energy assessment help save the planet, it can also help you figure out how to save bundles of money on your bills!

Around Cambridge

Water Drop for Flint, Michigan - Saturday, February 20th, 9am - 1pmat the Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility. As we all have seen recently, resident of Flint, Michigan are going through hardships that challenge their health and well being. On Saturday we ask that you drop off cases of bottled water at Cambridge's Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility, located at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. These cases will be loaded into a truck, kindly donated by the Teamsters Local 25, and delivered to the people of Flint. This event is being organized by State Rep. Marjorie Decker.

Diaper Drive for Cambridge Infants - Feb 22nd to March 22nd, Taylor Square Fire House. The Caucus of Women Legislators is organizing this Diaper Drive to help families in need of clean diapers which are critical for healthy development. Stop by Cambridge Fire Department's Taylor Square Firehouse, located at 113 Garden Street, to drop off unopened disposable diapers and/or baby wipes to help infants and families in need. Diapers will be distributed by the non-profit Cradles to Crayons to local organizations that service families across the Commonwealth.

Thanks

As always, contact me directly if you have any questions at leland@lelandcheung.com.
I hope to see everyone around town in the near future.

Leland
CTE Leland Cheung · 157 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
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Hiring for Character and Competence Seminar

Wednesday, February 23, 2016

9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M

Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Presented by Michael Bissanti

Your team is your biggest asset. They represent your brand and have a big impact on the success of your business. Yet many small business owners and managers often hire "anybody" and not the "right" body. In this seminar, we will look at how to use the vision you have for your business as your guide to making great hires. If you are interested in putting together a great team of service oriented people join us to discuss the importance of hiring for character and competence. 

Please join us for this interactive and engaging seminar. Register by contacting Rona Abrahams at 617-349-4637 or via email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov

This workshop is free of charge.
Bring Your Own Bag - Additional Information Sessions

The Cambridge Public Works Department is hosting two more information sessions to prepare business owners before the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance goes into effect on March 31, 2016.

BYOB Info Session for Restaurants: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 9:30 A.M.

BYOB Info Session for Other Retail/Service Establishments: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.

Both info sessions are taking place at Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch, 449 Broadway. If you are interested in attending one of these info sessions, please RSVP to Michael Orr at morr@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4815. 


Apply to the Forward Fund

The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority's (CRA) Forward Fund (the Fund) is a micro-grant program intended to reinvest development funds generated in the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Area to fund pilot projects by non-profit organizations, community groups, and small businesses across the City of Cambridge. The Fund supports specific innovative civic improvement projects and creative physical interventions that better Cambridge's built environment for the benefit of all the city's residents, workers, and visitors. 

The CRA will distribute up to $80,000 for 2016. The CRA reserves the right to allocate funding flexibly depending on the quality of applications received.

For more information on this fund, including how to apply, click here. Applications are due by Friday, March 11, 2016. 
Work Site Wellness Opportunity 

The Massachusetts Working on Wellness Program (MAWOW) supports employers as they implement work site wellness initiatives. The program provides employers with seed funding, training and technical assistance. All Massachusetts employers can apply.  However, preference will be given to businesses/organizations located in Mass in Motion Communities, such as Cambridge, and to businesses that employ 200 or fewer employees and industries that employ low wage workers. 
Please contact Shioban at Shioban.Torres@MassMail.State.MA.US if you would like any additional information.