Ward 8 Update Newsletters - December 21, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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December 21, 2015


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



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City Council Adopts 2016 Budget


On Dec. 9, the City Council unanimously approved the 2016 City budget. The $1.2 billion budget includes a 3.4 percent increase in the overall property-tax levy. Just a few highlights of the 2016 budget include:

·         $13 million in affordable housing. This includes investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund: $1 million in flexible spending to help create affordable housing options for large families.

·         $305,000 for additional and accelerated training for Minneapolis Police officers in implicit bias, procedural justice and crisis intervention; $140,000 for municipal criminal-justice reform including tripling the City’s investment in restorative justice; $1 million for officer-worn body camera technology.

·         $350,000 for 30 TechHire Initiative scholarships that will give women and people of color job training to meet employers’ growing demand for a workforce educated in technology skills. 

·         $200,000 in funding for the Minneapolis Fire Department to implement innovative new programs to get youths and high school students of diverse backgrounds into pipelines that become jobs in the emergency medical technician and firefighter fields.

Ongoing funding for the first-in-the-nation Clean Energy Partnership that will expand its ability to execute the 2016 work plan and meet goals to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis.

National Initiative for Building Community

Trust and Justice


Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of six pilot sites of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice for employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation.

You can read about the National Initiative here.  The National Initiative staff has conducted two site visits to Minneapolis, and will continue a series of visits in 2016.  Partners as varied as the Minneapolis NAACP and the US Attorney’s Office have expressed support for the National Initiative’s work.  

On December 9, 2015, the City Council received a report on the National Initiative’s proposed implementation plan for the Minneapolis Police Department and provided opportunity for public comment.  You can review the Implementation Plan here and all materials presented to the Council here.  The Minneapolis Police Department will implement training on implicit bias in 2016, as recommended by the National Initiative; will receive analysis by the National Initiative of its policies and procedures; and will share police data on arrests, stops, use of force, and other measures for the purpose of analysis by the National Initiative and creation of a national database on these measures.

The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is designed to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. It also aims to advance the public and scholarly understandings of the issues contributing to those relationships. In September 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice has awarded the National Network for Safe Communities, through John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a three-year, $4.75 million grant to launch a National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.  The National Initiative is led by Professor David Kennedy, with Dr. Tracie Keesee as Project Manager, and John Jay College President Jeremy Travis, Professor Tracey Meares and Dr. Tom Tyler of Yale Law School, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA, and Dr. Nancy La Vigne and Dr. Jocelyn Fontaine of the Urban Institute are principal partners.

The National Initiative will highlight three areas that hold great promise for concrete, rapid progress:

·         Reconciliation facilitates frank conversations between communities and law enforcement that allow them to address historic tensions, grievances, and misconceptions between them and reset relationships. 

·         Procedural justice focuses on how the characteristics of law enforcement interactions with the public shape the public’s views of the police, their willingness to obey the law, and actual crime rates.  

·         Implicit bias focuses on how largely unconscious psychological processes can shape authorities’ actions and lead to racially disparate outcomes even where actual racism is not present. 

Ward 8 seeks Public Health Advisory

Committee (PHAC) Applicants


The Public Health Advisory Committee advises the City Council and the Health Department on policy matters affecting the health of Minneapolis residents and to serve as liaisons between the City and the community in addressing health concerns. In this role, PHAC shall make every effort to ensure that the concerns addressed and represented reflect the diverse viewpoints and interests of the Minneapolis community as a whole. PHAC meeting records, agendas, minutes, and presentations can be found at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/phac/index.htm.

Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in City Hall, room 132. Meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. There is no compensation for attending the meetings.

There is a vacancy for the Ward 8 seat beginning January 2016.  Interested residents should submit application materials by January 15, 2016.

The committee has 20 voting members composed of 14 residents (live or work in Minneapolis) and 6 other representatives. The resident members are selected by having each of the 13 City Council members appoint one resident of their respective wards, with one resident representative appointed by the Mayor. The 6 remaining representatives are appointed by City Council and represent the following organizations: the Minneapolis Public Schools-Health Related Services; Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health; the University of Minnesota School of Public Health; up to 3 At-Large appointees to be recommended by the PHAC to ensure that committee membership reflects the diverse interests and perspectives of the Minneapolis community.

More information and application materials can be found at: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings/WCMS1P-147374

Public Art pops up on Nicollet Avenue

pop up art
Photo by Marjorie Pitz

Nicollet Avenue was selected for installation of public art as part of the reconstruction project completed from Lake to 40th Street.  The benches pictured are in front of Butter Bakery Cafe at 3700 Nicollet.  Thank you to local artists Ben Janssens and Marjorie Pitz who created these vibrant benches and other eye catching installations.  Be on the alert for more public art to come!

Minneapolis Fire Department stresses importance of fire prevention this holiday season


Cooking, heating and candles are at the center of most winter holiday celebrations, and they’re also the top three causes of home fires. Alcohol can compound the fire risk. 

The Minneapolis Fire Department wants everyone to make safe choices this holiday season. Here are some tips to make your celebration safer:

Have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home

Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home and one carbon monoxide alarm within 10 feet of every bedroom. Folks should test their alarms every month and replace the batteries twice a year. 

Look when you cook

Most house fires start in the kitchen, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. The Minneapolis Fire Department encourages you to follow these simple rules whenever you’re cooking: 

  • Stay in the kitchen when using the stovetop. If you have to leave, turn the burners off until you return.
  • Stay awake and in the house while using the oven. If you have to leave the house, turn off the oven until you return.     

Practice safe heating

It’s important to keep your furnace in good working condition, have it inspected annually, and replace the furnace filters every month. If you have to use a space heater, follow these guidelines: 

  • Use space heaters only in occupied rooms. 
  • Keep heaters at least three feet from any combustible materials – including furniture, walls, drapes and bedding. 
  • Never use space heaters while sleeping. 

Applications now accepted for STEP-UP summer youth employment program

Step Up

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer interns. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2016 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 5, 2016, to complete an application online.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. This includes youths from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youths of color, youths from recent immigrant families, and youths with disabilities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP also offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that help interns integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.

Prior to being placed in their internships, youths receive work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that prepares them for a professional work environment. Returning interns receive advanced training that helps them deepen their professional skills. Throughout their internships, they gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP.

Since the program was launched in 2004, it has provided more than 21,000 internship opportunities. In 2015, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 200 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The 2015 class held 91 percent youths of color, 40 percent youths from recent immigrant families, and 12 percent youths with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. Representing 38 different languages from around the world, 30 percent of the class spoke fluently in languages besides English.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP or to access the online STEP-UP application, visit the City of Minneapolis website.

You can find these and future reports at www.minneapolismn.gov/citygoalresults.

Minneapolis Visitor Information opens on Nicollet Mall


Minneapolis has a new visitor center and store at the corner of Nicollet Mall and Fifth Street Downtown (505 Nicollet). At Minneapolis Visitor Information, people can shop for unique, locally made items and learn more about the city. Commuters and transit riders can also be served, as Move Minneapolis (formerly the Commuter Connection) is part of the facility.  Also, the Mary Tyler Moore statue removed for Nicollet Mall reconstruction will be on display there for the duration of the street redesign. 

The hours of operation are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Have fun with selfies and photos with the statue, and post with the hashtag #MaryInMpls. The statue will also be visible from outside the Nicollet and Fifth Street windows. 

Minneapolis Visitor Information is a partnership with Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association, and CenterPoint Energy. Located at 505 Nicollet, directly across Fifth Street from the Nicollet METRO stop, the center and store are on the street-level corner of the CenterPoint Energy building, which was formerly part of Gaviidae Common. 

A City That Works: Minneapolis Water Plant


The Minneapolis Water Plant produces up to 60 million gallons of water every day. Water quality expert Andy Weyer makes sure that water tastes great and remains among the best in the nation. He helps perform thousands of tests on Minneapolis water each week, including tests on the water’s taste and smell. If you use Minneapolis water, his expertise and public service make a difference in your life every day. 

Watch a short video about Weyer’s job with the City of Minneapolis.