Ward 8 Update Newsletters November 4, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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November 4, 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

 

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Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

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City of Lakes

Working Families: Earned Safe and Sick Time Proposal Moves Forward

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In April 2015, Mayor Hodges proposed a Working Families agenda in Minneapolis that included addressing wage theft and lack of access by workers - primarily low income workers - to paid sick leave and predictable schedules.  The Council approved a Resolution in April that asked a staff work group to develop policy proposals addressing these topics by the end of 2015.

On Friday October 23, the Council moved forward with efforts to develop an earned safe and sick time ordinance, with Council President Barb Johnson adding herself as a lead author of this proposal along with myself, Council Members Lisa Bender and Andrew Johnson.  To date, 19 cities and 4 states have adopted paid sick time or earned sick leave laws, ensuring employees in those locations are not faced with the difficult decision of going to work sick or staying home without pay.  

A recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research on paid sick time in Minneapolis states that 42% of workers lack access to paid sick leave and low income and part time workers are even less likely to be covered.  

The Council also unanimously approved the Workplace Regulations Partnership, a working group that will be asked to develop policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off.  The working group will include representatives from employee groups, including specifically low-wage workers, organized labor, large and small employers, immigrant-owned businesses; and business groups and associations.  The Council will approve appointments to the Workplace Regulations Partnership November 18, and the group will be asked to deliver recommendations to the Council by the end of February 2016.

Also on Friday October 23, the Council formally removed future consideration of “fair scheduling," a policy proposal to set minimum standards for scheduling practices in Minneapolis.  While I agree conversation of scheduling policy needed a pause and fresh start, including new process and new ideas for policy solutions, I did not agree with my colleagues that we should remove any further consideration of how to address the workplace problems of unpredictable and last minute scheduling.  These are important issues primarily faced by low wage workers, and the majority of that group is people of color and women.  I am committed to working on issues like our need for predictable scheduling, paid sick leave, and better solutions for wage theft in order to improve economic conditions for all residents in our city.

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Nominations now accepted for positions on Workplace Regulations Partnership: Nominations Due Monday, Nov. 9

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Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the City’s Workplace Regulations Partnership that the Mayor and City Council will appoint later this month. The Minneapolis City Council established the Workplace Regulations Partnership Oct. 30 as a working group specifically tasked with developing policy recommendations related to earned sick time and paid time off.

The partnership group will consist of 15 individuals, with representation balanced between the following stakeholder groups:

  • Representatives of employees, specifically low-wage employees
  • Representatives of organized labor
  • Representatives of employers, including large and small employers, immigrant-owned businesses
  • Representatives of business groups and associations

To be considered, individuals need to submit to the City Clerk’s office – cityclerk@minneapolismn.gov – no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 their full name, home address, phone number, email address and which stakeholder group they would represent if appointed.  Nominations may also include a cover letter explaining:

  • Their interest in joining the working group.
  • Summary of their background (education, experience, skills, etc.) – this could be in the form of a resume
  • Why they believe their background will be relevant and beneficial to the efforts and goals of the Workplace Regulations Partnership.

Appointments to this partnership will be presented to the Committee of the Whole Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The partnership group is directed to engage the community in the development of its recommended policy proposals through focus groups, listening sessions, and similar practices and may consult subject-matter experts in the course of its study.

The partnership group is to report its final policy proposals on earned sick time and paid time off to the Committee of the Whole by no later than February 24, 2016.


Community Meeting on City Investment in Housing: November 16

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A community meeting on November 16 will give residents an opportunity to provide input and feedback about City of Minneapolis housing investments for ownership and low density rental. The meeting hosts will share the outcomes of City investments made over the last seven years to address foreclosure, abandonment, and vacancy issues in neighborhoods.  The neighborhoods that received the most investment and were most effected are: Folwell, Jordan, Hawthorne, Willard-Hay, Near North, Harrison, Central, Powderhorn Park, and Bryant.

The City performed a study in order to evaluate the impact of our historic investments and strategically plan for how to focus our future investments in housing. The housing type included in the study is predominantly investments in single family ownership and low density rental housing of 8 units or less.

We invite you to participate in this important conversation:

Monday, November 16: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave. S.
http://minneapolishomes16.eventbrite.com


Enter Your Ideas in the Bubble Up Contest by November 7

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Got a great imaginative idea to make things better in your neighborhood? Pillsbury House +Theatre wants YOU to submit your suggestions and we’ll help make them a reality!

The Pillsbury House +Theater has just created a Bubble Up GoFund and we want you to use it!  All you have to do to be considered is fill out a form with your idea (50 words or less) and your contact information (name, address, email, phone number) and drop it into the Bubble Up box located at the Pillsbury House +Theatre front desk or via email to info@pillsburyhousetheatre.org.

To be considered you have to live or work in one of these four neighborhoods (Central, Bancroft, Powderhorn, Bryant) and your idea must address these things:

·         Be creative/artistic in some way

·         Engage the diversity of people within the four neighborhoods including the rich diversity of age, ability and disability, race and ethnicity

·         Positively affect the community

·         Be something that you wouldn’t ordinarily have the ability to do

 Ideas to receive support will be selected by a committee associated with the Pillsbury House +Theatre. Recipients will be notified via email. EntryDeadline: Saturday, November 7, 2015. All entries receive a free gift!!

For more information about this project, contact Chris Harrison,Communications Specialist at 612-787-3622 or via email at harrisonc@puc-mn.org.


A Night on 48th Returns November 7th: Support Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group!

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The 7th annual Night on 48th is coming up fast! This Satruday November 7th join FRNNG (Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group) for this great evening of great food, music, and fundraising for the neighborhood. The event is hosted at Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave, from 7-9pm.  The proceeds from this year's silent auction and wine raffle all go right back to the neighborhood. Tickets are $15 each and can be bought online or at the door if there is space available. Learn more and buy tickets on the FRNNG webpage.


2015 collection of compostable yard waste bags and bundled brush

ends the week of Nov. 16

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Your garbage day in the week of Nov. 16 is the last 2015 collection for leaves, brush and other yard trimmings. Yard waste must be in compostable bags – paper (Kraft) or compostable plastic – or unbagged in a reusable container approximately 33 gallons in size and at least 26 inches high with sturdy handles. Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided containers. Set all yard waste next to your garbage cart by 6 a.m.

Leaves

  • less than 40 pounds

Brush

  • bundles less than 40 pounds
  • less than three feet long
  • branch size less than three inches in diameter
  • must be bundled with string (no tape)

 For information about all of our services, see www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste. If you have questions about leaf and brush pickup, call 673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Other options include dropping off yard waste at a compost facility or composting yard waste at home and using the nutrient-rich compost for gardens and lawns. 

Remember – don’t rake leaves into the street; it’s against the law and makes our lakes smell bad.


Lyndale Community School Receives Safe Routes to School Grant

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The City of Minneapolis will be improving three intersections near Lyndale School, making it easier for students to walk or bike to school. The improvements are funded by a State of Minnesota Safe Routes to School grant, with some additional funding by the City. The improvements are expected to include a pedestrian flasher, curb extension, and durable crosswalks at Blaisdell Ave S and 34th St W, and another pedestrian flasher at Pleasant Ave S and 36th St W. Pedestrian ramps will be upgraded at these two intersections and at Pleasant Ave S and 35th St W.

City staff took feedback on these proposed improvements at the July 27th LNA meeting, and then shared these comments with the State funding committee. An additional curb extension at Pleasant Ave S and 35th St W is expected to be included in the project based on this feedback. This additional curb extension will make student walkers more visible to drivers and will help them see around parked vehicles. It will also shorten the crossing distance for these students.

Altogether, these improvements will help the daily Lyndale Walking School Bus group, their weekly Bus Stop and Walk group, and other students walking or biking to school independently. Final design is expected to take place this winter and the improvements are expected to be installed next summer, 2016.


City Provides Guidance on how to Purchase a City Lot

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The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department has created a draft program manual to more clearly define steps to purchase buildings and lots through its Vacant Housing Recycling Program. Although the VHRP has existed for over 20 years, a recent pilot initiative to proactively market vacant buildings through the program resulted in new interest from a variety of developers and residents, many who are purchasing property through a government entity for the first time. Providing clear guidance regarding process and expectations is expected to improve the program’s accessibility.

The manual is intended to guide disposition of both vacant lots and vacant buildings that are sold for their appraised value by the City of Minneapolis. Both a list and map of property marketed by the City of Minneapolis is available on our website. Currently only vacant lots are being marketed; a new list of vacant buildings will be marketed in late October or early November of 2015. The list will be sent out to the VHRP listserv, please sign up to stay informed about the program.

Written comments regarding the program manual may be submitted to Roxanne.Kimball@minneapolismn.gov through November 23, 2015.