Ward 8 Update Newsletters March 9, 2016

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

March 9, 2016


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, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Lunch with Elizabeth

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter:

Learning from Movement Leaders


Friday, March 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CANDO (Central Neighborhood) Community Space, 3736 Chicago Ave S

Join us for an intimate discussion with Lena K. Gardner and Dr. Josie Johnson to learn about the impetus for their leadership journeys and mechanisms they have used for inspiring change.

Lena K. Gardner, Development Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship, is a leader in the faith community as well as a social justice champion. Lena is a co-founding member of the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter.  She has helped organize a host of demonstrations and vigils following the police-involved shooting deaths of unarmed Black people around the country, including that of Minneapolis resident Jamar Clark. Lena is also a talented writer whose work reflects the call for justice by black leaders and community members.

Dr. Josie Johnson, an educator and leader in the Civil Rights movement, has worked tirelessly to affect legislative change related to fair housing and employment opportunities.  Her impressive political background ranges from community organizer to mayoral aide to presidential campaign manager and so much more.  Dr. Johnson is a leader in education and has sustained an ongoing relationship with the University of Minnesota, where they have established the annual Josie Robinson Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award in her honor.

Please join us as we celebrate local black history makers and discuss issues pertinent to the social and political advancement of the Black community. 

Please note: Bring your own lunch - drinks and cookies provided.  

Nearby options include:  

Smoke in the Pit, 3733 Chicago Ave S
Blue Ox, 3740 Chicago Ave S
Cafe Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave S
Seward Friendship Store deli, 317 E 38th St
Tiny Diner, 1024 E 38th St

Ward 8 Office staff visit 311


In early March, the Ward 8 staff of Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, Council Aide Sara Lopez, and Council Associate Deebaa Sirdar visited the 311 operations center to learn more about the work of the 311 call agents.  311 staff are some of the most knowledgeable about City operations, as they field questions every day about every issue that touches the city, from elections to housing inspections to starting your business and more.

The 311 call center is located on the 3rd floor of the 3rd Police Precinct.  Ward 8 staff were able to listen to incoming calls and experience “a day in the life” of a 311 call operator.  Fun fact:  Because 311 call agents have some of the best customer service training in the City, some City departments, including MPD, send staff for specialized customer service training to 311.  Thank you to 311 call agents and supervisors for their great work on behalf of the City!  You can always reach 311 via the city website as well.

Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance:

Public Hearing March 21

plastic bag

The City of Minneapolis is considering a ban on plastic bags. The ordinance change is being sponsored by Council Member Cam Gordon and Council Member Abdi Warsame and will encourage consumers to bring their own bags when shopping. 

The ban will be targeted on single-use plastic bags and there will be a proposed fee of $.05 on paper bags. There are some exceptions – reusable plastic bags over 4mil in thickness, produce bags without handles, dry-cleaner, newspaper and door-hanger bags, pet waste bags, and bags without handles used to safeguard public health and safety during transport of prepared take-out foods and prepared liquids.  More information, when available, can be found here

There is a public hearing on the proposed ordinance scheduled for Monday, March 21 at 1:30pm in Room 317 of City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, during the Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee meeting. If you are unable to attend the public hearing, but would like to share comments, please email councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov and put “Plastic Bags” in the subject line. 

Police Body Cams: Draft policy released


In February the Council approved authorizing a contract with Taser International for the purchase of body worn camera equipment and for providing a video storage solution, in an amount not to exceed $4,000,000, through March 14, 2021.  A motion passed to direct the Police Department staff to return to the Public Safety Committee on March 2, to present a plan for community engagement and outreach on the proposed body-worn camera policy, and also to return to the Committee no later than April 6, 2016, to present the final proposed body-worn camera policy. 

The plan is to ultimately have all patrol and SWAT officers equipped with cameras, totaling approximately 600 sworn officers.  Implementation will begin in the First Police Precinct (Downtown) with full implementation to all precincts completed by the end of October.  Two civilian staff members are being added to aid in records management for the video produced by officers wearing body cameras.  Each camera costs approximately $400, while data storage costs for each individual officer will range between $80 and $100 per month.

MPD Body Camera Policy. The Police Department has released a preliminary draft of its body camera policy, which you can review here. It will be reviewed in the weeks ahead and a final policy published in May. To share ideas, concerns or comments about the draft policy, please attend one of the soon-to-be-announced meetings and/or send an email to police@minneapolismn.gov, with “Body Camera Policy” in the subject line. You can learn more about the MPD’s body camera proposal at www.insidempd.com/bodycams.  The MPD will soon release dates and times for community meetings to discuss the proposed body cam policy, so look for more news in the future.

Register now for

Community Connections Conference


Think big about the future of Minneapolis with neighbors, community members, nonprofit organizations, business leaders, members of Minneapolis’ design community, developers and City officials. Free to all participants, registration has opened for the fourth annual Community Connections Conference.

Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 2
Minneapolis Convention Center

The conference features three tracks: 

Your city: The Community Connections Conference will kick off Minneapolis 2040, a three-year planning process for the City’s Comprehensive Plan - the City’s 20-year vision to direct the physical development of the city into the future. 

Your neighborhood: The current neighborhood structure of the Community Participation Program is set to end in 2020. This is an opportunity for neighborhood organization staff, board members and residents to help plan for the future of neighborhood organizations and their roles in communities beyond 2020.

Your voice: Community engagement plays a crucial role in shaping City policy. This track will focus on ways residents can connect with City leaders, find out how to serve on City boards and commissions, and engage with all communities.

Find out more at www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/conf

2016 City budget posted


The City’s adopted 2016 budget is now available online. The budget is also posted on the City’s financial transparency website, which provides an interactive search feature to access particular parts of the budget. 

Visitors to the Minneapolis platform can access the City’s recently approved 2016 budget, compare it to previous years dating to 2008 and instantly view revenues and expenses by fund, department and expense type on interactive graphs.  

Helping businesses improve our air quality


The City of Minneapolis is partnering with businesses to improve air quality for residents and workers. Learn about the City of Minneapolis’ Green Business Cost Share program by watching this video.

Business owners can find out more about the program here: Green Business Cost Share.

Free women-only information technology

program offered to Minneapolis residents


Women interested in careers in information technology can take a free class as part of the Minneapolis TechHire initiative. IT-Ready trains and certifies information technology workers and helps place them in their first paid IT positions. Applications are due March 25. Only women who are Minneapolis residents are eligible.

The eight-week class runs from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. every weekday from April 11 to June 3. The students will receive:

  • Free tuition, books and learning materials.
  • More than 200 hours of classroom and hands-on training.
  • Qualification for a local, six-month, paid, on-the-job work experience.
  • Certification vouchers.

Learn more at www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/metp/TechHire

IT-Ready is offered free of charge to help unemployed and under-employed women enter the IT field. Run by the Creating IT Futures Foundation, IT-Ready is hosted by EMERGE Career & Technology Center on the North Side of Minneapolis and funded by the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training, The Minneapolis Foundation Community Action Funds, North Star Fund, the Paul and Mary Reyelts Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Women’s Endowment Fund, a designated fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation.

Introducing the City’s Placemaking Hub!


What is the Placemaking Hub? It is a one-stop-shop for public realm enhancement tools. It aggregates the tools available through the Public Art Program, Public Works and Urban Design. 

You can check out the Placemaking Hub here.

Interested in the bike rack cost share program?  Community gardens?  Find out about parklets?  The Hub directs you to the program website where specific processes, procedures and permitting necessary for communities and neighborhoods to enhance their streets and public spaces can be found.

Help Shape Our City - Apply for Openings on Minneapolis Boards and Commissions


Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 29. Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications.

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards, and special service districts, which are defined areas within the city where special services are rendered. Appointments to board and commissions are made twice a year — in the spring and fall.

Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair


The 2016 Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair will be held: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Downtown Minneapolis.

This is a great opportunity for young people (14-19 years) to connect with employers and organizations that are offering jobs, internships, career education, job readiness training, and volunteer positions for teens. The teens will also be able to attend workshops to learn about how to get a job. Each year, approximately 600-700 teens (many with parents) attend the job fair.

Find out more by visiting the Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair website.

Property Tax Notices


Recently, property valuation notices were mailed to property owners. Those notices include information advising property owners of their rights to appeal their estimated market value (EMV) and/or property classification, both of which form the basis of property taxes levied against property in the city.

If you believe that your valuation is not accurate, you may file appeals with the Office of City Clerk. Information on how to appeal is available here or call 311.  Many of those who filed appeals with the City in 2015 saw some decrease in their valuation.

Also, a new email address has been created this year to expedite communications about property appeals; that email address is marketvalueappeal@minneapolismn.gov.

City Jobs - check out the opportunities


For every election, Minneapolis relies upon seasonal staffers. Some start months before an election to help the core Elections staff with the planning and preparations needed. As an election draws nearer, the number of seasonal staffers needed grows.

Recruitment for the 2016 election season is already getting underway, with employment opportunities available in areas including:

  • Absentee voting
  • Warehouse
  • Voter outreach & education
  • Election judge management
  • Office support

Check out seasonal elections jobs here

Don’t forget to check with the City for full-time permanent jobs as well.  You can view all of the City’s job openings here.


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