Ward 8 Update Newsletters July 22, 2016

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

July 22, 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

Join Council Members for a Community Forum July 27, 2016


Community Forum with Council Members Cano, Glidden, and Gordon

Tuesday, July 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
Plaza Verde, 1516 East Lake Street

On the heels of the Orlando massacre and the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, our community comes together to grieve the beloved Philando Castile and the loss of the precious life of a two-year-old baby in north Minneapolis. With the tragic killing of five Dallas police officers and attacks against peaceful protestors, the status quo is unsustainable.

We are compelled to build community to better understand the challenges we face and to strategize collectively about police reform. Please join Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, Council Member Cam Gordon and Council Member Alondra Cano as they host an open space for residents across our city to share their thoughts and feelings about the recent events in our society and identify ways we can all help create a loving and unified community.

Join Sabathani Tuesday July 26 to plan a new playground!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Sabthani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street

On Friday, September 16, 2016, volunteers from Sabthani Community Center and Target will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day.  The project is in partnership with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.  There will be a project kick-off meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.  The meeting will be led by the KaBOOM! Project Manager and will include a portion for both children and adults.

4:30-5:30pm Children’s Design Session
5:30-8:30pm Adults’ Planning Meeting

RSVP to confirm your attendance: Catherine Nelson, 612-821-2313 at cnelson@sabathani.org; or Patricia Anderson, 612-821-2315 at panderson@sabathani.org.

Fire Explorer Program Open House July 27


Reminder: Vote August 9 in the

Primary Election!


Creeping up fast, don’t forget to VOTE in the August 9 primary election.  Seats on the ballot include U.S. Representative for the 5th congressional District, State Senator, and judicial seats.  You can look at a sample ballot for your precinct at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters.

Absentee voting for the Aug. 9 primary began Friday, June 24. You can vote early (by absentee ballot) by mail or in person. In-person absentee voting just a few feet away from City Hall, in the Community Services Building, 217 S. Third St., with entry on Third Street. The new location has better security and allow a more ordered process for voters. Voting is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the help of the elections website voters’ section at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters.

Tilsenbilt Homes Historic Designation Study: Available for Public comment


Residents and the neighborhood associations for Bryant and Field-Regina-Northrop have been working with city staff on the local historic designation project for the Tilsenbilt Homes. 

The Tilsenbilt homes, a group of over 50 homes located on 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues in the Bryant and Regina neighborhoods, were constructed in the 1950’s by the Tilsen Homes Company with the help of realtor and philanthropist Archie Givens Sr.  The Tilsenbilt Homes are believed to be one of the first federally-supported residential housing development in the United States that was open to homebuyers of all races.

The DRAFT historic designation report and DRAFT design guidelines for the homes are now available for comment through August 23.  You can read the reports here

Please call or email Andrew Frenz, at Andrew.Frenz@minneapolismn.gov, or 612-673-3790, with comments or to request a paper copy of the draft study and design guidelines via US Mail. 

Welcome to New Police

Precinct Leadership

Inspector Catherine Johnson (Left) and Inspector Kathy Waite (Right)

Chief Janeé Harteau has made recent leadership changes in each of the City’s five police precincts. The executive movement is part of a coordinated effort to ensure today’s departmental leaders continue to grow for future assignments.

In the Third Precinct, which includes Central, Bryant, Bancroft, and Field-Regina-Northrop, we thank Inspector Michael Sullivan for his work at the 3rd precinct and welcome new Inspector Catherine Johnson.  Inspector Sullivan will take a new assignment leading the 1st precinct which covers Downtown Minneapolis.  In the Fifth Precinct, which includes Lyndale and Kingfield, we thank Inspector Todd Loining, who is moving to the 2nd precinct, and welcome Inspector Kathy Waite

We look forward to getting to know these new leaders for south Minneapolis police precincts and thank Inspectors Loining and Sullivan for their service and partnership.

Sabathani Celebrates 50 years!


On July 22, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council recognized Sabathani Community Center with a Resolution honoring Sabathani’s 50 years of service to community.  Read the resolution here.

Minneapolis Council Adopts Equity Hiring Reforms


On Friday, July 22, the Council unanimously adopted a charter change, authored by Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, repealing outdated hiring rules from the City Charter.  Specifically, the Council voted to replace the “Rule of 3,” a requirement that only the first three applicants can be certified for the eligibility register, with a provision allowing the Council to establish modern procedures by ordinance.  Under the old rules, the City would use civil service testing procedures to determine candidate scores; only the top three scoring candidates would be referred to the hiring authority to be considered for a job. 

The “Rule of 3” was established before Human Resources was even a profession.  Concerns with the “Rule of 3” include that relying exclusively on testing may have the impact of artificially reducing the pool of competitive and diverse candidates, as it favors candidates that “test well.”  Candidates also may feel the selection process is unfair when they are excluded from hiring or promotion consideration by mere points or even fractions of points.  Only a few public jurisdictions today in Minnesota rely on rules as restrictive as the “Rule of 3,”  as it detracts from an ability to build a qualified workforce that is more inclusive and diverse.  You can read more about the Rule of 3 here. Approval of this significant item is part of overall work to advance equity goals in hiring and all City functions.

The City Council is also poised to adopt aggressive hiring goals that better reflect our desire to hire a workforce reflective of the communities we serve.  The new goals are that our City workforce will be 41% people of color by 2022, and 45% female by the same year.  The Council received a detailed report on current workforce composition, the need to set yearly goals for hiring, and the need to also focus on retaining employees of color and women.  You can review the presentation here