Ward 8 Update: Nov 16 News

News of the 8th Ward

November 16, 2012

Airport Alert! Your Input Needed by November 19!

On Monday, Nov 19, the Metropolitan Airports Commission will vote on whether to support the immediate implementation of RNAV, the proposed navigation system for the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.  In the alternative, the MAC could vote to allow more time for analysis of impacts from RNAV.

Implementation of RNAV could have serious impacts on our neighborhoods, with new paths for airplane arrivals and departures and the potential for increased airport traffic.  The MAC’s process has not provided enough time or information for the public to completely understand the impact of these changes, including how they differ from existing flight paths and the extent of noise impacts from these changes.

I encourage you to sign the online petition at http://www.stopmspflightpath.com/ or contact the MAC directly at www.metroairports.org with your opinions.

The City of Minneapolis has been making the case for our neighborhoods directly to MAC by specifically requesting ore time and opportunity for community input; A more rigorous environmental review which includes analysis of both RNAV and the Long Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP); A delay in implementation of these changes, at least for flight-paths over Minneapolis.

Minneapolis is also in touch with our federal officials including Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Congressman Ellison - we encourage you to contact them as well with your concerns.


Congratulations Minneapolis Legislators


On Tuesday, November 6, voters in Minnesota elected a majority of DFL legislators in the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate.  Since that date, legislators have selected leadership positions and several Minneapolis legislators have been selected by their peers for critical leadership roles.

Please  join me in congratulating Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate Jeff Hayden, Transportation and Public Safety Finance Committee Chair Senator Scott Dibble, and Education Committee Chair Senator Patricia Torres Ray. 

In the Minnesota House of Representatives, six Minneapolis legislators have been selected as committee chairs, including Rep Jim Davnie as Property Taxes Chair, Rep Frank Hornstein as Transportation Finance Chair, Rep Karen Clark as Housing Finance and Policy Chair, and Rep Jean Wagenius as Chair of Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance.  Congratulations to all of our Minneapolis legislators!


Early Mornings with Elizabeth Features Senator Hayden and Speaker Thissen Nov 30

Please join Elizabeth on Friday, November 30, 7:30-9 am, at Turtle Bread (4762 Chicago Avenue) to hear from our new Speaker of the House, Paul Thissen, and Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Jeff Hayden.  We will hear about the City’s legislative priorities and how our DFL legislators are prioritizing issues for the 2013 legislative session.  Come ask questions and get informed! 


Arts on Chicago: Celebration of Great Art Projects Saturday, December 1

What do a poetry mobile, a storytelling tour, yarn graffiti, and Little Free Libraries have in common?  They are four of the TWENTY (count ‘em, 20!) art projects that will implemented in 2013 along Chicago Avenue from 32nd to 42nd St.  Arts on Chicago is a grant funded project of Pillsbury House + Theater.

You are invited to a community launch of these projects on Saturday, December 1, 7pm, at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3749 Chicago.  After an initial presentation by artists of these 20 projects, we will walk across the tree to The Third Place, a gallery space owned by Wing Young Huie, for community conversation and fun!

Everyone welcome – please pass the word!


Public Hearings Let You Share Thoughts About 2013 Budget

In December, the City Council will approve a 2013 budget for the City of Minneapolis. You can share your thoughts about it by attending one of two public hearings before a final budget is approved.  The Mayor has proposed a 1.7% property tax increase, adding firefighters and police officers, and recommends a reorganization of the Regulatory Services department.

Public hearings on tax levy and 2012 City budget

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:05 pm, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:05 pm, City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317

For more information on the Mayor’s recommended 2013 budget, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/budget.


Resolution on Minnesota Orchestra Discourages Lockout, Encourages Continued Negotiations


On Friday, November 2, Council Member Elizabeth Glidden co-authored a resolution regarding the Minnesota Orchestra lockout.

The resolution, which was passed unanimously by 13 council members, encourages the Orchestra and its musicians to continue negotiations and resolution of their labor dispute.  The resolution also states that the “City of Minneapolis discourages ‘lockout’ as a means to resolve the existing labor dispute.”  Mayor Rybak joined the City Council at its November 2nd meeting, speaking in support of the resolution.

The Minnesota Orchestra, along with its musicians, has been an amazing cultural and economic asset for our state for over 100 years.  Please join Minneapolis in encouraging the swiftest possible resolution to this labor dispute, which may permanently damage the reputation and artistic quality of the Minnesota Orchestra if it continues.