Ward 8 Update Newsletters May 20, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

May 20, 2015


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Early Mornings with Elizabeth!


Friday, May 29, 7:30 - 9am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up: Where do we go from here?

Please join Elizabeth for a special 2015 Legislative session wrap-up co-hosted by Council Member John Quincy of Ward 11.  We will be joined by Representative Jim Davnie, Representative Ray Dehn, and Representative Frank Hornstein, as well as Jovita Yolis of the organizing group Mesa Latina.  Additional speakers are invited and not yet confirmed.

We will talk about the issues left unresolved this legislative session – including Restore the Vote campaign and critical funding for transportation - and the path forward, as well as successes and challenges.  We will also explore the role of “insiders," such as legislators and lobbyists, and “outsiders," grassroots organizing champions and resident activists. 

We hope to see you for this important conversation!

Free coffee courtesy of Turtle Bread

Questions?  Contact the Ward 8 Office at (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.

Field Regina Northrop celebrates 50 years as a neighborhood!

FRNNG 50th anniversary

This year, Field Regina Northrop is commemorating 50 years as a neighborhood.  The annual spring neighborhood parade and gathering will be replaced this year with an all-day extravaganza at McRae Park for neighbors and friends of all ages. Events kick off on the McRae field on May 30th at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day and into the night, closing with a special reception at Turtle Bread Company.

Family Fun in the Park 11 am - 2:30 pm
Beer Garden 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Turtle Bread Reception 6 - 9 pm (RSVP only, limit 100 people)

More information available at:

CenturyLink Granted franchise in Minneapolis - why I voted “no"


On Friday May 15, 2015, the City Council granted a cable franchise to CenturyLink, providing for the first time in 40 years competition in cable market providers to Minneapolis businesses and residents. Minneapolis has had a “non-exclusive” franchise with Comcast for many years, but no company to date has sought to enter the Minneapolis market.

While I agree that competition is a very good thing and appreciate having more options than one cable provider, I was unable to support the franchise agreement proposed and voted “no.

I voted “no” because I value, in addition, to competition, a goal and reasonable benchmarks for our franchise provider to expand service to all areas of our city. The franchise agreement approved provides that CenturyLink will provide service to only 15% of our city; Minneapolis is unable to enforce expanded service beyond 15% of the city until CenturyLink receives more than half of Comcast’s market share, a benchmark so high it may never be met.

As the first city in Minnesota to approve a franchise with CenturyLink, with many others considering franchise agreements as well, I had hoped that we would not set the bar so low for expectations of service from CenturyLink. My hope, however, is that CenturyLink - despite our weak franchise agreement - will exceed our expectations and see the business benefit in expanding service to all areas of our city. CenturyLink Granted Cable Franchise.

Pop-up Art at 38th and Chicago

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The 38th and Chicago Business Association is partnering with local artists to activate spaces on the Chicago Ave corridor.  Artists David Pisa and The Powderhorn Kitchen (Jess Hirsch and Ginny Sims) have created a slew of events that invites the public to participate in their interactive art projects. 

You have THREE opportunities to experience great art and great fun:  
Thursday, June 4, 7-9 pm
Thursday, June 11, 7-9 pm
Saturday, June 13, 11 am-4 pm

Local puzzle artist David Pisa creates a free, one-room treasure hunt full of original, hands-on puzzles. Play casually, or compete to be the first to solve all the challenges -- a mix of fun and tricky games and teasers. Stop by anytime during the dates and times listed above to play with the puzzles.

3741 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis (former Four Points Body Gallery)

The Experimental Kitchen School is a project to explore new ways to think about cooking and the tools of the kitchen. Powderhorn Kitchen will host 3 events: Fermentation 101 (6/4), Chopstick Carving (6/11), and Kraut Dining (6/13), a celebratory dinner with handmade chopsticks and sauerkraut. First come, first serve.

For more information email info@38thChicago.com or go to the Facebook event page here.

Open Streets 2015 - get ready to ride!

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Open Streets - where a significant length of a busy street is closed to automobile traffic for an afternoon or day - are so popular in Minneapolis, we keep adding more.  Get ready for eight events this year, that are more fun than ever.

Kick off open streets season at Lyndale Open Streets, June 7, 2015 11:00am.  Street closed from 22nd Ave to 42nd Ave along Lyndale Ave S. 

The first Open Streets Minneapolis event was held on Lyndale Avenue South in 2011 and drew more than 5,000 participants. Since then, it’s expanded to many regions throughout town and each event draws thousands of people.  

For more information on this year’s events, visit www.openstreetsmpls.com. To learn more about bicycling in Minneapolis, visit the City’s bicycling website at www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles

Organics Recycling


Organics Drop Off site opens at Rev Dr Martin Luther King Park

Due to interest in organics recycling, Martin Luther King Park has been designated an organics site, in advance of city organics collection implementation which will begin in 2016 for neighborhoods surrounding the park.

To participate, residents must sign up online or by calling 311. Within a day of signing up, residents will be sent a welcome email with instructions, and then they can drop off organics at that park location.

You can find more information, and sign up, here

The MLK drop-off opened on May 12.  For the first several weeks, the drop-off will only be open on Tuesday events (4-7p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9a.m.-12p.m.).  A volunteer will be on site to gather information from participants and answer any questions.  To sign up to volunteer, send an email to Kellie at kellie.kish@minneaolismn.gov. gh

Sign up for organics recycling

Soon, Minneapolis residents will be able to save organics for the City to collect for composting. The organics recycling carts will be distributed only to customers who opt in. More than 10,000 households have already signed up. The carts will be distributed in two phases: about a quarter of households will have service available in August 2015 and the rest in spring 2016. Once you get your cart, you can start filling it with organics in a compostable bag.

If you’re a Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling customer, you can request a cart by emailing swrcustomer@minneapolismn.gov – make sure to include your address – or call 612-673-2917.

For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/organics. You can also watch and share this great video about Organics recycling.