Cam­bridge Mayor blog to re­main miss­ing link

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

A LINK to Town of Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shannon’s blog will not be re­in­stated on the Town’s web­site.

The link to the may­oral blog, which pub­lishes ac­counts of lo­cal events and is­sues from Ms Shannon’s point of view, was al­lowed in Novem­ber 2015 but taken off a month later af­ter com­plaints were lodged by other elected mem­bers.

At the May 24 coun­cil meet­ing, it was re­vealed the na­ture of the com­plaints in­cluded con­cerns about ref­er­ences made on the blog to how var­i­ous coun­cil­lors voted on cer­tain items to be “se­lec­tive”.

Ms Shannon pre­sented a mo­tion to have the link put back on the web­site, promis­ing to “rein in” the amount of commentary on the blog.

Coun­cil­lor Pauline O’Con­nor said she was sat­is­fied res­i­dents re­ceived in­for­ma­tion they needed with­out the blog.

“We have a weekly e-news, ad­e­quate web­site and in­for­ma­tion from the coun­cil,” she said.

Coun­cil­lor An­dres Tim­mer­ma­nis saw the blog as a step to­ward com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and trans­parency, but Cr Corinne MacRae was con­cerned Ms Shannon would not be able to re­sist in­clud­ing her per­sonal views.

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