June 26, 2013
Mornings with Elizabeth welcomes Minneapolis Legislators on Friday, June 28
Early Mornings with
Friday, June 28 7:30 -
Turtle Bread, 4762
Chicago Ave S
In the Pizza Biga Room
Legislative Update with Minneapolis Legislators: Accomplishments of 2013 Legislative Session and preview of
work left undone
Please join Minneapolis legislators Senator Scott Dibble,
Representative Susan Allen, and Senator Patricia Torres Ray for an interactive
review of the 2013 legislative session, including accomplishments and key
issues left for future work.
In 2013, the list of accomplishments is long, showing a
strong partnership between legislators and grassroots advocates for
change. From guaranteeing the freedom to
marry in Minnesota, to funding for homeless youth and sex trafficking victims,
to the Homeowner Bill of Rights, to setting a new solar energy standard, and
more – these changes happened due to the engagement of Minneapolis residents
and Minnesotans in shaping the future of our state.
Please come and join the conversation with our legislative
leaders on June 28!
A major development project has been proposed that is a once
in a lifetime opportunity for our community. The Seward Co-op seeks to
open a new food co-op across the street from Sabathani Community Center – a
proposal that would bring jobs, a vital business AND fresh healthy food to
Central-Bryant and the greater community. We look forward to a great
community conversation about this opportunity, as there are many steps ahead
for this large proposed project. I know our neighbors will be anxious to
Please save the date for an evening community meeting on
Tuesday, July 9 at Sabathani, 310 E 38th Street to learn more about
this proposed development and begin a community dialogue. We will provide
an update as soon as the meeting time is announced.
The proposed development location is the former home of the
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and has been for sale by the
church for many years; it is located on 38th Street, between 3rd
Avenue and Clinton, and is across the street from Sabathani Community
Center. The development location is wholly within the Bryant
neighborhood, and across the street from the Central neighborhood. The
proposed name of the Co-op is the “Friendship” store, in honor of the church
that had its home there.
Thank you to the Carrot Initiative, a grassroots group
devoted to bringing a full service grocer to the area, whose organizing work
and hands-on recruitment of responsible area grocers caught the attention of
the Seward Co-op and led to an ongoing partnership. Thank you to Greater
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the owner/seller of the property, which
has sought from the beginning to benefit the community with the sale of its
property. And thank you to community members who have laid the ground
work on food justice for our community over the past decades - including the
many neighbors who organized 15 years ago for a co-op at 38th St and 4th
Avenue, the pioneering work of Sabathani Community Center around urban
gardening, the healthy living focus of Southside Community Health, and so many
Most of all, thank you to the Seward Co-op for identifying a
match between its mission to expand community access to healthy food and the
opportunity in our community on E 38th Street. There are many steps
ahead, as this proposed project is in its very early stages – these steps
include property acquisition, rezoning, environmental assessments, and
obtaining financing. We look forward to the community conversation about
this development project.
For more information about the proposed development,
including some answers to frequently asked questions, check out these links:
On June 25, the City Council considered and
approved use of a funding tool for streetcars in the City of Minneapolis; I
voted “yes” to support use of this tool to help finance a local portion of a
streetcar line. The tool is called Value Capture and would devote
property taxes from select downtown properties to finance building a streetcar
line on Nicollet Avenue-Central. More information about the
proposed streetcar analysis on Nicollet Avenue-Central is available here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/nicollet-central/.
Value capture is an innovative tool, approved by the
legislature in 2013, allowing a public jurisdiction to direct public dollars to
public transit investments. It will take the increase in property value
from five projects about to be built in downtown Minneapolis, and direct those
funds to support for a streetcar line.
The City of Minneapolis has worked to methodically over
several years review streetcars, evaluate and approve appropriate potential
corridors for streetcars in Minneapolis, and investigate how to fund the
building and ongoing operation of streetcars.
Analysis has shown that streetcars can bring high value in
targeted locations. Streetcars are much less expensive than light rail lines
(LRT) to build and operate. In other cities, streetcars have been proven
to increase transit ridership (even in already high transit ridership areas),
and -- due to the permanency of rail -- also attract neighborhood scale
economic development opportunities which can increase the property tax
base. Streetcars are also friendlier to seniors and those with
accessibility needs, as there is sidewalk level boarding (walk on boarding,
rather than stairs as in current busses).
As streetcars are most appropriate only in targeted
locations, Minneapolis is also working to support expansions to existing bus
service and a new type of bus service called enhanced bus. Enhanced bus
investments will also provide a higher quality services for high ridership
corridors in the Twin Cities. Enhanced bus is being currently studied by
the Met Council along many major corridors in the City of Minneapolis.
The City of Minneapolis will move forward with streetcars
only if critical partners can support this investment. Metro Transit
has committed to be the operator of a streetcar system, but it
still must secure ongoing operating dollars. Funding will also be sought
from the federal government, the state, and the county taxing district
dedicated to transit investments. If these partnerships are not secured,
or if a final decision on transit for Nicollet-Central does not include
streetcars, Minneapolis will decertify the value capture district.
Currently, the city is reviewing an initial segment along
Nicollet, from Lake Street through downtown to 5th Avenue
NE, as potentially appropriate for streetcars.
For more information about the Nicollet-Central transit
alternatives study, which is examining both streetcars and enhanced bus, please
go to: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/nicollet-central/.
Beginning in June
2013, under the guidance of artist Greta McLain and in partnership with Minneapolis
Community Education, the Minneapolis Public Schools and Central Neighborhood
organizations, Green Central School youth and Central neighborhood residents
have been coming together to create a large scale mural (2000+ square feet!)
through a series of 10 community paint workshops.
With the main
project goals of providing a positive outlet for youth, combating graffiti and
training youth and residents in using art as a vehicle to address community
issues, the Central Identity Mural Project will be one of the first of its kind
and scale in Minneapolis. This high profile mural will reflect the history and
culture of the school and neighborhood and will promote a positive Central
Please click here
to check out Central Identify Mural Project website (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/504121575/central-identity-mural-project),
which includes a kick-starter campaign to help finalize funding for this public
art and large community engagement project. Go Central!!
Thank you to so community members who have helped each other,
assisted with tree clean-up on their blocks and in their neighborhoods, and who
have checked on vulnerable neighbors to ensure their safety. And while we
are thankful that there were no major personal injuries from the storm, the
challenges posed by lack of electricity for many days, home and garage and car
damage have been ongoing.
Possibly most concerning is the loss of our majestic and
beautiful canopy of trees throughout the neighborhoods – this is a huge loss to
our environment, our comfort, and our city’s history. I look forward to
working with neighbors, the City and the Park Board on a plan to begin
restoring and replanting our urban forest.
Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought
to the boulevard beginning July 1 through July 12 for properties affected by
the storm. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree
debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for
property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not
construction or other materials.
Here's how residents in the area can prepare downed trees
and branches for collection:
Move larger limbs, branches, and trunks to the boulevard
area in front of your house. Park Board crews will pick up and dispose of these
items at no charge.
Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the
boulevard are asked not to park vehicles near the debris, to help crews in the
removal process. “No parking” signs may be posted and enforced to facilitate
the cleanup operation.
Regular yard waste collection for smaller branches
Residents with small branches and pieces of brush can use
the regular weekly Solid Waste & Recycling yard waste collection service to
have them picked up. Crews will pick up bundles of brush and small branches
that are less than three inches in diameter and less than three feet long.
Here's how to get them ready for pickup:
Bundle them securely with twine or rope. Do not use wire.
Each bundle must be less than 3 feet long. Each bundle must weigh less than 40
Make sure to have the bundles of yard waste at your alley or
curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 a.m. on your garbage day.
Since there are so many downed trees in yards throughout the
city, many residents will be looking for a contractor to take care of the
problem. It’s important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed,
because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to
your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect
themselves and your property from damage.
A licensed contractor must submit a copy of a
written estimate to the property owner for approval prior to any work to be
performed. Licensed Tree Service contractors have marked vehicles and display a
City of Minneapolis license decal. Licensed Tree Service contractors maintain
insurance in the event of damage to your property, your neighbors’ property, or
if anyone is injured on the job site.