Ward 8 Update Newsletters February 13, 2015

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

February 13, 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, Room 129

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



Minneapolis, City of Lakes

Early Mornings with Elizabeth: Friday Feb 27

Early AM

Mapping the Market for Sex Trafficking

Friday Feb 27, 7:30-9 am
Turtle Bread (in Pizza Biga), 4762 Chicago Ave S

We welcome this month Dr Lauren Martin, co-author of Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis, and Artika Roller, longtime advocate and expert on serving survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

Mapping the Market, for which researchers reviewed Minneapolis crime data and reports, reveals how the business of trafficking and sex exploitation is a highly organized criminal enterprise. Pimps and gangs use a laundry list of systemic brutality and control mechanisms.  Low income girls of color are most often the targets of these criminals.

Please join the conversation and learn how we can participate addressing sex trafficking and sexual exploitation happening around us.

Future of E 38th Street: Participate. Connect. Build.

2nd mtg

On the evening of February 4, over 75 neighbors gathered for our first meeting of four in the Future of E 38th Street Series:  History and Storytelling.  You can view photos and momentos from that event here and see all meeting materials on the Ward 8 website here. And, please keep sharing! #FutureOfE38th

Please join us for the next meeting on March 4, which focuses on development and opportunity!  Details are:

Second meeting:  Development and Opportunity
Wednesday, March 4, 6-8 pm
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street (2nd floor Banquet Center)

Join property owners and neighbors to talk about our visions for development and growth.  Featuring discussion of a senior housing concept at Sabathani, small business growth for Kente Circle at 38th Street and 4th Ave, and more.

Special Guests including Cindy Booker, Sabathani’s Executive Director; Larry Tucker, CEO of Kente Circle; and Mike Stebnitz, commercial real estate agent and developer.

Refreshments provided. All voices welcome!

Participate in discovering development opportunities along East 38 Street
Connect to the stories, history, and people of our community
Build solutions, develop collective action, and determine the vision that benefits our community

IT Department preparing to bring 33 positions in-house


In one of the most important actions in recent time, the City Council has approved a recommendation from staff to update its contract for IT services, change its primary vendor, and bring in-house 33 positions for providing desktop and help desk services.

One decade ago, Minneapolis made a determination it could be better served by outsourcing the vast majority of its IT services.  The resulting contract was one of the largest contracts for services by an outside vendor in the City of Minneapolis.  This February action by the City Council is the culmination of two years of work by the City’s IT Department to take a fresh and detailed look at the services needed by the city and how best to provide them.

Council Members and staff are enthusiastic about the recommendation to bring 33 positions back to the City. These positions will provide desktop support and help desk expertise and will be a pipeline for training and promotion to the broader range of IT jobs within the City.  Look for more information to come about these positions!  For more information about this recommendation, please review this presentation.

Clean Energy Partnership Seeks Applications for Energy Vision Advisory Committee


The newly formed Clean Energy Partnership is now accepting applications from the public to serve on the new Energy Vision Advisory Committee. This committee will play a critical role in shaping the partnership board’s work plan to help Minneapolis achieve clean energy goals, including reducing greenhouse gases, increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy, and making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone. The Energy Vision Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the board’s work plan and performance reports, and provide expertise or represent their Minneapolis communities.

A diverse committee is being sought that includes members from critical communities within the city, including seeking renters, students, energy and environmental justice advocates.

The Clean Energy Partnership is a first-of-its-kind City-utility collaboration that includes the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. The partnership is led by a joint City/utility board that reviews and approves work plans focused on helping the City achieve its energy goals. The board will collect community feedback through the Energy Vision Advisory Committee to aid in its decision-making.

Applications and more information are available on the Clean Energy Partnership’s website. Applications received by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, will be given priority. Preference for membership will be given to individuals who live in the city or have a history of working in the city.

More information about the Clean Energy Partnership is available at http://mplscleanenergypartnership.org.

City Financial Transparency Website Launched


The City of Minneapolis today launched a new financial transparency platform powered by OpenGov.com that provides residents and city officials unprecedented access to the City’s finances. Minneapolis is the largest city in the Midwest to launch an OpenGov platform. The powerful visualization software transforms volumes of raw financial data into actionable insight and information, enabling better analysis and understanding of the City’s budget. The platform can be accessed through the City’s website or directly at https://minneapolismn.opengov.com/.

Minneapolis residents and staff can now explore long-term budget trends and quickly drill down into specific financial detail in an intuitive, user-friendly format. Examples of questions you can ask and get answered are, “what did the City spend on capital improvement projects?” or “How has City spending on police changed over the past seven years?” You can share the information on social media.

This launch is part of the City’s commitment to and open data policy, and providing more information directly to the public without requiring a formal request. 

One Minneapolis Fund Grants Available

one mpls

The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals for One Minneapolis Fund grants, which can help community organizations with leadership development programs and community engagement activities.

A total of $182,000 is available from the One Minneapolis Fund in 2015, and community organizations may apply for up to $25,000 in funding for projects. To be eligible for funding from the program, an organization must be a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving residents of Minneapolis. Neighborhoods who receive Community Participation Program funding are not eligible to apply, however, they may partner with a community organization on a project in which the community organization serves as the applicant to the One Minneapolis Fund. In 2014, grantees including the Lake Street Council, Asian Media Access, and Youth Care.

You can find historical information about the One Minneapolis Fund and how to submit a proposal here. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on April 6, 2015.