Ward 8 Update Newsletters May 5, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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May 5, 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, Room 129

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

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The Future of E 38th St: Join the Conversation

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This Wednesday, May 6, from 6-8 pm, at Sabathani Community Center (2nd Floor Ballroom), we will host our final community meeting (for now!) on The Future of E 38th Street.  Check out the Facebook event page here

How can we participate together – with government, business, neighbors, and community organizations -- in building our future?

On May 6 we will bring our past conversations about History & Storytelling, Development & Opportunity, and Local, Community & Cooperative ownership to the next level and turn to action. 

We have 6 recommended topics, based on recommendations from our past 3 meetings, for neighbors to begin action plan creation ... and room for up to 4 more topics that can be suggested from the floor on May 6.

Here are the topics already highly recommended from past meetings:

·         Create a museum or archive of African American history. This could include designing a “museum in the streets” of historical markers and finding and collecting stories that reflect the African American history and leadership of our neighborhoods.

·         Develop a housing plan for the East 38th Street area that supports increased home ownership, affordability, renter’s rights, and prioritizes a racially and culturally diverse neighborhood

·         Start an investment coop for community development

·         Improve the public space: supporting walking, bicycling, transit, and connecting with neighbors and businesses. Partnership with the AARP and City of Minneapolis

·         Support high quality education of our young people, including community schools such as Green Central

·         Design a local entrepreneurs and job opportunity plan for our neighborhood that could include: preparing our community for employment opportunities at local businesses, including the Seward Coop; supporting home based and local businesses, including goals for participation by people of color; create a “big idea” project that provides employment, skills and training

Join us as we dig in deeper to set our work in motion on projects that neighbors have recommended for the Future of E 38th Street! 

Refreshments provided. All voices welcome!

We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Contact the Ward 8 City Council Office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

Corridor Co-hosts: Bryant Neighborhood Organization + Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization + Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder + St. Peter’s AME Church + 38th and Chicago Business Association + Sabathani Community Center + Arts on Chicago + Ward 8 City Council Office, City of Minneapolis + Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park Legacy Advisory Committee + Sabathani Seniors + AARP Sabathani Chapter + Palestine Lodge No 7


Council Proposal to Eliminate Lurking and Spitting misdemeanor ordinances

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My friends and colleagues Council Members Blong Yang and Cam Gordon have proposed to eliminate the lurking and spitting ordinances in Minneapolis.

I am highly supportive of eliminating these ordinances. I vocally supported a similar effort to eliminate lurking some years ago, in 2007. Lurking is a vague, subjective, and extremely rarely used ordinance that is, in my opinion, susceptible to improper use  The definition of lurking is: "No person, in any public or private place, shall lurk, lie in wait or be concealed with intent to commit any crime or unlawful act.”

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, complaints about lurking originate from white people in the City of Minneapolis about 60% of the time, while Black people end up being the suspects about 60% of the time. This data is one example of the propensity for this ordinance to have an unequal application and be subject to potentially arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement. It is the fault of policy makers if we permit this ordinance - which I personally believe is of questionable constitutionality - to remain on the books.

Spitting is an ordinance originally intended to address the spread of tuberculosis. Today, we do not criminalize public health efforts, although we do (and would) continue to criminalize intentional efforts to contaminate or infect someone through spitting at or near someone (an assault or attempted assault) or other similar crimes.


Neighbors share History and Storytelling at #FutureOfE38th

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We are excited to share a video of our February 4 community meeting, Future of E 38th Street: History and Storytelling. Thank you to AARP of Minnesota for the financial support to make this video possible! And thank you to the Intermedia Arts youth team for producing. Check out our Future of E 38th Street video here and please share!


Groundbreaking for new playground at Rev Dr Martin Luther King Park

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You are invited to join in the groundbreaking celebration for the new playground at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Wednesday, May 6 at noon (4055 Nicollet Ave. So.) The event will be held at the site of the current playground.

The playground will be the first in the state of Minnesota to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and African-American History. In collaboration with four local African-American artists and design consultants, the neighborhood and its stakeholders have designed a park that will inspire children, their parents, fellow neighbors and friends of the community.

Main elements of the new playground will include:

·         interpretive panels with historical information and QR code links to the African-American Registry website

·         a climbing structure replicating the Edmund Pettus Bridge

·         a climbable mountaintop

·         an educational staircase illustrating authors of African Heritage

·         a flag from the Red Hand Division WWI African-American regiment

·         themed children’s play to highlight African-American inventors, including our own Minnesotan, Frederick McKinley Jones.

You can learn more about the playground on the project webpage here.

The old playground will be completely removed and a new one installed. This special event will feature a brief program, official groundbreaking and light refreshments to follow.

Contact: Colleen O’Dell, MPRB Planning, codell@minneapolisparks.org, 612-230-6469

Español: 612-230-6573 | preguntas@minneapolisparks.org

Soomaali: 612-230-6574 | suaalo@minneapolisparks.org


Minneapolis adopts parental leave policy for city employees

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On Friday May 1, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to approve a paid parental leave policy. The measure gives City employees paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.  Council Member Glidden was proud to be part of a unanimous council that approved this important policy benefitting city workers. Special thanks to Council Member Andrew Johnson who advocated early on for this change. Our hope is that we will help motivate other employers to take similar steps in support of working parents!

Under the policy, a typical City employee who is eligible to receive sick days and works 40 hours a week will receive 120 hours of paid parental leave. The employee can be the biological parent, an adoptive parent or the spouse of a biological or adoptive parent.  The paid parental leave runs concurrently with other parental leave policies available under federal and State laws.

The United States is the only high income country – and one of only eight countries in the world –  that does not mandate paid leave for mothers of newborn children. The City’s paid parental leave will help employees balance career and family life, and will provide a safety net in cases when other kinds of leave have yet to be accumulated. The new policy will also help the City retain skilled employees, and reduce costs involved with rehiring and retraining replacement employees.


Minneapolis Ask for your input: Protected Bikeways

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We are excited to invite your input!  The Draft Protected Bikeway Update to the Bicycle Master Plan is available for public comment through May 17, 2015.  The plan is divided into short term projects in Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 - Tier 1 will include some project to be constructed in 2015.

Comments can be submitted through May 17, 2015 to protectedbikewaysmpls@minneapolismn.gov.

You can view the plan here.

What is a protected bikeway?

A protected bikeway is a bicycle facility that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic. Off-street trails are the most common type of protected bikeway; however, protected bikeways may also be located within street corridors and separated from traffic lanes through parked cars, curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters or other vertical feature. Two examples of existing protected bikeways in Minneapolis are shown below. 

Why do we need protected bikeways?

Minneapolis is a great city for bicycling. The bicycle network has been expanded significantly in recent years, and a lot of people are biking. However, not everyone feels comfortable and safe riding on a busy street, even with a bike lane. There are some parts of the city where potential bicycling demand is high, but where low-stress bikeway facilities such as trails, bike boulevards, and lower-traffic streets aren’t an option. To continue to grow bicycling in Minneapolis, we need to make more of the city easier to bike for more people.