Ward 8 Update Newsletters September 8, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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September 8, 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

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2nd Annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit


In partnership with the City of Minneapolis, the second annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit will take place Sep. 24th. The asterisk indicates an umbrella term for people who identify as transgender as well as people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. The focus of this year’s summit is the criminal justice system in the context of the trans* community.

The summit will take place during Visibili “T”- The Catalyst Series at Intermedia Art. This will be a six-week photography exhibition at the gallery that offers an in-depth look at the lives of Minneapolis’ trans* community.  The exhibition runs Sep. 17-Oct. 31.

Trans* Equity Summit
1:00-5:00p.m. Thursday Sept. 24, 2015
Intermedia Arts Gallery
2822 Lyndale Ave. South

Opening night reception
6:00 – 9:00p.m.
Intermedia Arts Gallery
2822 Lyndale Ave. South

More information is available at www.intermediaarts.org/VisibiliT. To date, attendance for the summit is filling up fast.  If you plan to attend, RSVP at Eventbrite. 

Working Families Agenda


The Minneapolis City Council is working on a proposal for two ordinances that will impact employers and workers in Minneapolis.  Mayor Hodges first described these proposals and her support for them in her April 2015 State of the City Speech.  The two proposals are for an earned safe and sick time policy and a fair scheduling policy, as well as seeking to address wage theft through good enforcement mechanisms.

Draft policy proposals are now being shared with workers and businesses and the City is seeking your feedback.  

You can see a full outline of the policy proposals for earned sick and safe time here.

If you have comments please share them at workingfamilies@minneapolismn.gov.

Nicollet Open Streets Sunday Sept 20!


Nicollet Open Streets returns on Sunday, September 20th! From Lake Street to 46th street, from 11 AM to 5 PM, Nicollet Avenue will be closed to motorized transportation. It’s a celebration for our street, with activities, music, food, and more! If you drive to the event, feel free to park in Kmart’s parking lot because as a Nicollet Open Streets Neighborhood Sponsor, they are providing free parking. Then put on your walking shoes and see what’s great about the Kingfield and Lyndale neighborhoods from a different perspective.

Live, local music will be rocking down the street all day thanks to Nicollet Open Streets’ four Music Sponsors: Five Watts Coffee (hosted next door at Nighthawks), Butter Bakery Café, Roadrunner Records, and the Driftwood Char Bar! 

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.

Home Energy 101 Workshop: Sept 17


Want to beef up your home energy know-how before winter? In September, the nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment will host a free Home Energy 101 workshop tailored to new homeowners in Minneapolis. We know there are many questions that come with owning a home. Come mingle with other new homeowners, hear about their home improvement projects and challenges, and learn how to stay warm at home this winter without breaking the bank. 

FREE Home Energy 101 Workshop 
Thursday, September 17, 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Lecture Room 
3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 

One opportunity participants will hear about is Home Energy Squad Enhanced, a home visit energy program offered by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis. Through Home Energy Squad Enhanced, two energy consultants will evaluate your home's energy use with a blower door air-tightness test and an infrared heat scan, install free energy-saving materials, and provide you with a customized "Energy Fitness Plan" that includes a quote for any recommended insulation or air sealing improvements. These customized energy visits are available to new Minneapolis homeowners at a reduced rate of $70. 

To RSVP for this free workshop contact Stacy at 612-244-2429 or sbootscamp@mncee.org. Or, to schedule a Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit call 612-335-5874. More information on Home Energy Squad Enhanced at www.mncee.org/hes-mpls.

Seward Co-op Friendship Store Updates

seward coop

Save the date and join neighbors on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m., at the Seward Community Co-op Friendship Store, at 317 East 38th St., for its annual owner meeting and ribbon cutting. The ceremony will begin with refreshments, followed by speakers and the announcement of the Seward Co-op Board of Directors election results, ending with the opening of the Friendship Store.  More information to come at www.seward.coop.

Jobs Updates from Seward Co-op
Introducing Friendship Store Managers.  Seward Co-op is introducing the management team of the Friendship store, with detailed bios of each member of this team available here.  This talented group of leaders brings a wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds to the co-op.

General Hiring Updates: Hiring a staff that represents the diversity of the neighborhoods in which the Friendship store is located has been a stated priority for Seward. With approximately two-thirds of the hiring at the Friendship store complete, 62% of Friendship staff (38 employees) identify as People of Color. In the spring of 2014, the co-op set hiring goals to be a more inclusive workplace. Its organization-wide goal is a staff that is, at a minimum, comprised of 32 percent Persons of Color by 2019. As of August 2015, 113 of 363 Seward Co-op staff, or 31% of total staff, identify themselves as People of Color.

Public Meeting: Re-decking of 38th Street Bridge


Re-decking of 38th Street Bridge in 2017/18
Community Meeting: Improvements Proposed for the 38th Street Bridge
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 pm
CANDO community meeting space, 3736 Chicago Ave S
Meeting coordinated by the City of Minneapolis and MnDOT

MnDOT is planning to re-deck the 38th Street Bridge in coordination with the construction of the 35W Transit Access project and related freeway improvements.  As part of the re-deck project, there is an opportunity to improve the pedestrian facilities and plan for a future bicycle facility.  This meeting will share the project with the community and seek input from neighbors.

If you have questions please contact Public Works Transportation Planning and Programming Director Jenifer Hager at Jenifer.Hager@minneapolismn.gov or via 311.

Central Fair 2015

central fair

Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) hosts this year's FREE Central Neighborhood Fair from 1-4 pm on Saturday September 19th at the new DreamsLand outdoor community space at 3306 Columbus Ave. S. The theme of this year's fair is "Healthy Equitable Community.”  At the fair CANDO will be highlighting all the hard work that has been taking place in Central to make sure that all people have access to healthy food, healthcare, quality jobs and housing. CANDO will be using the on-site grill to share healthy food with neighbors. So please bring something to share. There will be yard games and music for all to enjoy!

Todos están invitados a la feria del Barrio de Central el 19 de Septiembre de 1-4 de la tarde en el espacio comunitario DreamsLand (Tierra de los Sueños) ubicado en 3306 Columbus Ave. S. El tema de este año sera "Comunidad Saludable y Equitativa"  Ven a aprender sobre el gran trabajo que su barrio esta realizando para ayudar a nuestros vecinos a acceder comida mas saludable, asistencia medica, buenos trabajos, y vivienda. Durante este evento tendremos también una parrilla para compartir comida sana, juegos, y música para divertirnos juntos.

For more information on the fair, visit their Facebook event page.

Help shape our city— apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions


Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. 

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 23. However, the positions are open until filled. Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications. 

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards, and special service districts, which are defined areas within the city where special services are rendered. 

Minneapolis takes action to protect bee population


The City of Minneapolis has taken significant action to protect the sharply declining bee population. A new resolution commits the City to planting more pollinator forage and decreasing pesticide use on land that it owns and manages through Public Works, Community Planning and Economic Development, Property Services and the Convention Center.

The resolution also urges all Minneapolis property owners, residents, businesses, institutions and neighborhoods to become more pollinator friendly by adopting practices including:

·         Committing to not use pesticides, including systemic insecticides, on their properties.
·         Avoiding planting flowering plants that are treated with systemic insecticides.
·         Discontinuing the sale of pesticides and plants that are treated with systemic insecticides.
·         Planting more pollinator forage on their properties and using organic or chemical-free lawn and landscaping practices.

Pollinators are a necessary component of a healthy ecosystem and food system, providing pollination of plants needed to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits. Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of an ongoing loss of habitat coupled with a simultaneous large-scale expansion of pesticide use by homeowners, landscapers, property managers and farmers. 

Minneapolis now sharing historic images, archives online


Historic images and archives from the City of Minneapolis – some dating back to the 1800s - are now available for online viewing. The Minneapolis City Clerk’s Office, with the assistance of the Urban Scholars summer internship program, has digitized many historic images and materials from the Minneapolis Archives collections and posted them for public viewing on a new Minneapolis Archives Flickr page. The page will contain a variety of images, video, documents and reports, some going back centuries, which highlight the history of Minneapolis and city government. The page will be updated regularly with new images and archives as the Clerk’s Office continues to assess and digitize its archival holdings.

Visitors to the page are encouraged to comment and add any historical knowledge they may have related to the images to better identify the materials posted and provide any historical context.

2016 City budget process underway


Mayor Betsy Hodges presented her 2016 recommended budget to the City Council Aug. 12. Council members will consider the budget from now through early December with final approval of the 2016 budget scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes: 

$13 million in affordable housing, including investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $1 million flexible dollars to help create affordable housing options for large families, and targeted rental assistance for families leaving shelters.

$10 million for the City’s portion of the 10th Avenue bridge rehabilitation project.

$400,000 to accelerate Minneapolis’ conversion of City-owned streetlights to LED technology, which will save an estimated $113,400 a year – enough to have the conversion pay for itself in four years.

Funding to raise the sworn complement of police officers to 862. 

Funding for 30 TechHire Initiative scholarships that would provide women and people of color with job training to meet the growing demand for employees with technology skills. 

The City of Minneapolis has tentatively scheduled two public comment hearings on the proposed 2016 property tax levy and budget:

Nov. 18 at 6:05 p.m., in Room 317 of City Hall
Dec. 9 at 6:05 p.m., in Room 317 of City Hall
Watch the 2016 budget process live on TV or the City website

You can watch the mayor’s budget address and upcoming budget hearings on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast Cable channel 79) or on a smartphone, tablet or computer by visiting the City of Minneapolis website at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79

Renters: what does “home” mean to you?


This summer the City of Minneapolis Innovation Team has been busy examining the broad issues of racial and placed-based disparities within Minneapolis, getting to know the City, and digging into its first priority area: reducing racial and placed-based housing disparities in Minneapolis. 

As part of that effort, the “i-team” wants to hear from people who rent their homes. Minneapolis renters are encouraged to share their thoughts about “home” by tweeting @CityMinneapolis using the #HomeIsThePlace hashtag.