Statement From Jeff Santos On Cambridge City Council Race Loss

[Nov. 8, 2017] To my supporters, friends, and those who took time to vote for my campaign:
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your effort in trying to elect me City Councilor in Cambridge.
I thank those who volunteered, who supported me financially, who gave words of encouragement and most of all fought with me to bring out the issues that matter most to working class voters of Cambridge.
I want to also say, for the hundreds if not thousands of people that I met on the streets of Cambridge I learned a lot about your issues and the problems that affect you and me every day. For that I will always be thankful.
I will continue to fight on the air and across the Commonwealth and the nation for a better America, one that leaves no citizen behind.


- Jeff Santos

The Jeff Santos Show Broadcasting LIVE From The Midwest Grill 1-4pm ET, Sunday November 5! With Governor Mike Dukakis (In-Person) & The Rev. Jesse Jackson!

If you're in Cambridge on Sunday the 5th, come on down to the Midwest Grill, meet Jeff, and watch the show. We'll be broadcasting live from the Midwest Grill at 1124 Cambridge Street in Inman Square, Cambridge from 1-4pm ET!

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis will be live in person with Jeff for the entire hour from 2-3pm ET. Jeff will also be speaking with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, sociologist Elaine Cleeton, and Tony Cabral, Massachusetts State Rep. from New Bedford.

We'd love to see YOU there!... If you can't make it in person, you can stream the show live online from 1-4pm by clicking HERE.

Read Jeff's Guest Column In The Cambridge Chronicle: "Cambridge Can Be National Leader In Rent-to-Own"

Posted Oct 24, 2017

My name is Jeff Santos, candidate for City Council and a resident of East Cambridge. There is an opportunity for Cambridge to lead the region, and perhaps the country, in affordable housing. We can make the MIT area the model for “rent to own.” The proposed 1,400 units at Volpe/MIT present a unique opportunity for the citizens of Cambridge who want to stay in Cambridge long term but cannot afford the current market prices for a single-family home or a condo.

Building off the new affordable housing standards of 20 percent for rental units, I am proposing that one floor (12 units) would be a subset of the affordable housing, with a one-bedroom apartment renting for $2,000 a month (the average price for a one-bedroom today in Cambridge), or $2,500 for a two-bedroom. If the tenants pass their credit check, pay their rent on time and are good citizens of the building, they should be able to own that unit in year two and pay a mortgage at the same price as their first year of rent.

If this plan is enacted it will do three things:

1. It will allow working-class and middle-class citizens of Cambridge to stay in Cambridge, and open the door for others who want to build mixed-use or rental units in the city to understand that they have to contribute to the middle class of the city.

2. The city of Cambridge will add more individuals to the property tax rolls.

3. The owners of the building (MIT) will be looked at in a positive light as contributing to reducing the economic gap between the very wealthy and those who struggle every day to pay rent.

Cambridge can become a national leader in rent-to-own, and open the door for millions of people who are trying to find a way to just get by whether it be in an apartment or condo.

If MIT and its team decide to fight this idea, they will be missing a golden opportunity to be pioneers lauded as taking a leading role in the community -- a role in which others can follow. If developers would like to come to Cambridge they should understand they can make a sizeable profit but they cannot contribute to the economic divide in this city and other metropolitan areas.

If I am elected, Cambridge will be a city that leaves no citizen behind regardless of how much money they have in their bank account.

Jeff Santos, a Third Street resident, is a nationally syndicated talk host who is currently a candidate for Cambridge City Council.

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Hey! Did YOU know Jeff's running for Cambridge (Massachusetts) City Council?... He's doing his regular Sunday broadcasts, including a number of live, remote broadcasts around Cambridge in October and November. Stop in and say hi during the broadcast!... [On Sunday, October 22, 2017, the Jeff Santos Show will be broadcasting live from 730 Tavern in Central Square, with a meet and greet from 4-6pm ET after the show!]
We're streaming the show live on Sundays 1-4pm ET HERE AND you can listen to podcasts HERE, as always! [If you have a favorite contributor, plug their name in the search bar to find them, or scroll down the lists of podcasts!] "Like" us and stay in touch with the show on facebook and follow Jeff on Twitter. You can write to Jeff at jeff@revolutionboston.com! If you'd like to find out more about Jeff's campaign for Cambridge City Council, go to SantosforCityCouncil.com!

Click HERE to stream the show live...

If you missed the live show, no worries! After 4pm Eastern on Sundays, you can listen to a replay of the most recent Jeff Santos Show episode, which will repeat in the stream until Jeff goes live again!

Plus...you can listen to FREE Podcasts any time, on your own time, HERE!

Jeff Santos Show 10/22/17

GUESTS FOR SUNDAY October 22, 2017: TODAY... Live from 730 Tavern In Central Square Cambridge! Jerry Austin, Herb Boyd, Robert Kraig, Rand Wilson of Our Revolution & Marina Lin Of The Harvard Graduate Student Union Which Is Organizing With UAW!... Excited to be broadcasting LIVE from the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts at the 730 Tavern in Central Square!... Talking with a slew of our favorite regular contributors!... It would be great to see YOU!... Stop in and say hi!... Bernie Sanders is coming to Boston on Monday and will be joining Our Revolution-endorsed candidates (including Jeff Santos!) for local elections in Cambridge and Somerville for a big rally at the ONCE Ballroom!... What do YOU think the future of the Democratic Party will be?... Do YOU think Our Revolution is changing the party from within?...Join The Conversation!

Guests Today Include:

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

- Marena Lin, a graduate student in Climate Science at Harvard University in Cambridge and member of the Harvard Graduate Students Union - UAW Organizing Committee. The Harvard Graduate Students HGSU-UAW will be "a union for the student workers who teach and do research at Harvard University". Marena is here to discuss the drive to unionize Harvard Graduate students and what they need to do to win the right to participate in collective bargaining with the University.

- Jerry Austin, award-winning political consultant and Campaign Manager for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign. Part of the long-running Strategy Session on the Jeff Santos Show!.

- Herb Boyd, journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "New York Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.

- Rand Wilson, SEIU Local 888 "Union Hell Raiser," former Bernie Sanders delegate, and member of Labor For Bernie. Rand is involved with Our Revolution Somerville and helped coordinate the event tomorrow at the ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, when Senator Bernie Sanders will come to town to greet supporters and introduce the 19 Cambridge and Somerville candidates for City Council and School Committee who have been endorsed by Our Revolution. Your host Jeff Santos is one of the Cambridge City Council candidates who has been recognized and endorsed by Our Revolution!

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 10/15/17

GUESTS FOR SUNDAY October 15, 2017: Live from the Midwest Grill In Cambridge!...Author Thomas Frank! Jerry Austin, Mark Taylor-Canfield, Robert Kraig, Larry Korb & More!... Great to have author Thomas Frank on the show again, to talk about the future of the Democratic Party!... Is it time to go left? or will it be the centrist dems?... Talking with a slew of our favorite regular contributors!... It would be great to hear from YOU!... What do YOU think the Democrats should do?... Are YOU concerned about the cost of your health care premiums going up?... Do YOU think we're heading for new military conflicts?... Do YOU believe in Sanctuary Cities?... Join The Conversation!

Guests Today Include:

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

- Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

- Mark Taylor-Canfield is a Seattle-based journalist whose work appears in: Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Capitol Hill Times, Truthout, Op-ed News, Oximity,Free Speech Radio News (Pacifica),Democracy Watch News.

- Jerry Austin, award-winning political consultant and Campaign Manager for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign. Part of the long-running Strategy Session on the Jeff Santos Show!.

- Roberto and Sarah Jimenez, Boston Paulist Center members just back form EL Salvador. We'll be talking about the concept of Sanctuary Cities with the Jimenez's and about their recent trip to El Salvador and their work there.

- Thomas Frank is an American journalist and historian, and author of the 2004 book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 10/8/17

GUESTS FOR SUNDAY October 8, 2017: Pollster David Paleologos!... Regulars Herb Boyd & Robert Kraig!... The Return Of The Badass Teachers!... And Sociologist Elaine Cleeton Checks In As She Faces A Battle For Her Life Against Cancer!... We'll look at the latest polling data around the country with Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos and continue the political (and societal) analysis with Robert Kraig and Herb Boyd!... It's been a while since we heard from the Badass Teachers so it's great to have Marla Kilfoyle on with us again today!... Sociology Professor Elaine Cleeton has been away from the show as she fights cancer, but she's doing well today, and will tell us how prayer and positive thinking is making a difference in her healing process!... Join The Conversation!

- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

- Long-time Teacher Tuesday contributor Marla Kilfoyle, a New York state teacher and General Manager of the Badass Teachers Association.

- Elaine Cleeton, Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY Geneseo, where she specializes in women's health; social welfare; and, race, class and gender relations.

- Herb Boyd, journalist, educator, author, and activist based in New York. His articles appear regularly in the "New York Amsterdam News", and have won him three 1st-place awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He teaches black studies at the City College of New York and the College of New Rochelle.

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 10/1/17

GUESTS FOR SUNDAY October 1, 2017: Regular Contributors Kraig, Korb & Taylor-Canfield!...Economist Peter Temin From MIT!... And Mary Havlicek Cornacchia Of The Striking Tufts Nurses!... Join The Conversation!

- Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

- Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

- Mark Taylor-Canfield is a Seattle-based journalist whose work appears in: Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Capitol Hill Times, Truthout, Op-ed News, Oximity,Free Speech Radio News (Pacifica),Democracy Watch News.

- Peter Temin, MIT Economist specializing in Economic History.

- Mary Havlicek Cornacchia, Registered Nurse at Tufts Medical Center and co-chair and activist for the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

And Listener Calls!

Jeff Santos Show 9/17/17

GUESTS FOR SUNDAY September 17, 2017: Talking Massachusetts politics with progressive state Senate candidate Paul Feeney, a mover and shaker for the labor movement in the Bay State. Paul introduced Senator Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic Convention!... Talking about how the Trump Immigration policy is impacting citizens on the ground in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts!... AND... Always great to have author Thomas Frank on the show!... Joe Williams in D.C. will round out the show with some national news analysis from the nation's capital!... Join The Conversation!

Guests On The Show Today:

- Paul Feeney, candidate for Massachusetts State Senate in Norfolk and Bristol County.

- Bob Massie, candidate for Massachusetts Governor in 2018.

- Manny Lusardi, Liaison For Immigrant Affairs at Cambridge (MA) office of the Vice-Mayor.

- Ben Echevarria, Executive Director of The Welcome Project based in Somerville, Massachusetts. The mission of the Welcome Project is to "[build] the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions."

- Thomas Frank is an American journalist and historian, and author of the 2004 book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.

And YOUR Calls!... at 772-925-8206!... Join The Conversation!

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