On October 5, 2016, I hand carried the following letter to the Cambridge City Clerk for delivery to the Cambridge City Council at its next meeting.
I tried to do the same to the new City Manager. Unfortunately he is not in office yet. The door to the City Manager suite has a blank for the name of the City Manager. Next to that name is the space for his top manager. Her name is there, and the title is changed to Acting City Manager.
I understand that the vote to hire Louis A. DePasquale as City Manager which occurred last Thursday, September 29, 2016, needs further action by the City Council to get City Manager Select Louis A. DePasquale in office. I guess I have to hold his copy until he takes office.
With regard to the attachments, if you would like to view my video on the destruction of hundreds of trees destroyed so far by Cambridge and the DCR, please check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.
The destruction plans for Magazine Beach were posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/charles-river-latest-magazine-beach.html.
In the last two days, I have taken considerable photos on the playing fields and the hill. I still need to shoot the swimming pool area later. I will match things up and commence with the photo accumulation which created the video.
Lies are the norm in the City of Cambridge on environmental matters. It is very difficult for bad people, with any semblance of credibility, to deny what is on the Internet for the destruction so far.
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October 5, 2016
City Manager Louis A DePasquale
City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
RE: Governmental Destruction on the Charles River
Gentlemen / Ladies:
I write individually and as Chair of Friends of the White Geese, a non profit organization recognized by the Attorney General since 2001. Our main purpose is to protect the environment and the wildlife of the Charles River. The principal threat is destructive government actions.
A bit over a year ago, City Manager Rossi bragged to a meeting in the Public Library that Cambridge was greatly improving the Charles River in the City of Cambridge.
There has been a pattern in which the things which are not communicated in environmental matters are too often more important than the things which are said.
Of relevance to the promises of “improvements” by City Manager Rossi are the following:
1. The enclosed video prepared by me on the Destruction of Memorial Drive, Charles River, City of Cambridge, January - February 2016 [ed: obvious typo, 2015, in original]. Cambridge / the Department of Conservation and Resources admit to destruction of 150 trees as part of this outrage. The plans, as detailed in the video, call for destruction of 100 or so more additional trees because of destruction shown in the destruction plans of the thick woods between the Grand Junction and the BU Boathouse.
I would be pleased to provide individual copies of this video for members of the Cambridge City Council, although I anticipate that members would prefer to simply review my identical publication of the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.
2. The City Council’s extended discussions on a vehicular / pedestrian highway following the Grand Junction with what appears to be a terminal route in the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese and associated animal abuse and environmental destruction. The City Council has accumulated a large file on this matter, keeping the Charles River impact as secret as possible.
3. The enclosed destruction plans presented by the DCR to the Cambridge Conservation Commission on September 26, 2016. I count destruction of an additional 42 trees, including
a. destruction of 9 trees at the playing fields,
b. destruction of 23 trees at the top of the hill west of the playing fields,
c. destruction of 9 trees in the swimming pool area, and
d. destruction of 1 tree in the western portion.
The destruction at the playing fields by itself would be outrageous. It is dwarfed by plans at the top of the hill and by the outrage already accomplished and planned between Magazine Beach and the Longfellow bridge. The hill plans include destruction of publicly usable parking.
I kept in contact with the City Council starting in September 2015 with emails three or more times a week. The emails included photographs showing trees Cambridge and the DCR were threatening east of the BU Bridge. That email communication package was extended to non incumbents in about October, and was extended to reports of destruction in January and February.
The City Council took action in January 2016 in the middle of the massive logging reported in the video. The City Council, in January, chastised and regulated circuses passing through the City of Cambridge for animal abuse. Whether this action was intended to be a response to the tree destruction, associated heartless animal abuse and related outrages by the DCR and Cambridge on the Charles River is difficult to ascertain.
City Manager Rossi has retired. City Manager DePasquale was only, to my knowledge, involved in financial matters.
In the 2000s, Mr. Rossi managed the first phase of destruction at Magazine Beach destruction. That resulted from a vote by the Cambridge City Council in December 1999. That vote, in turn, was preceded by the promise of City Manager Healy that Cambridge’s money would be seed money for much larger destruction.
Mr. Rossi also managed the destruction of 3.4 acres or more at Alewife, and, I believe, the destruction on the Cambridge Common as well by which the excellent grove at the Harvard Square entrance was destroyed.
OUTRAGES DWARFED BY TREE DESTRUCTION WHICH WOULD RENDER THE DCR UNFIT ON THEIR OWN.
The destruction of the 2000s had two key aspects which were created by flat out lies or lies of omission.
● The Starvation Wall
Flat out lies created the failed 16 foot high wall of introduced vegetation which blocks access between the Charles River and Magazine Beach.
The DCR promised a lawn to the river, but fine print in their goals includes an outrageous goal to kill or drive away all resident animals on the Charles River. The bizarre wall’s principal purpose is to starve the 35 year resident, and tourist attraction, the Charles River White Geese.