Ward 8 Update Newsletters - September 2, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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September 2, 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

A Short Note from Elizabeth

The Minnesota Supreme Court has finally provided an answer on what are proper questions for a charter amendment in Minneapolis. This means there will not be a question about minimum wage on the ballot. The real story, however, has been that many residents are engaged and more supportive than ever before of raising wages at the city level. This people power helped ensure that nine city council members supported a motion earlier this month that directed City staff to begin the work to engage with stakeholders and create a wage policy for the City of Minneapolis.

Thank you for your continued questions and feedback to me on this and other issues.  As always, you can reach me at (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov.


Orange Line and Lake Street Transit Station Funding Update


Recently, we asked for your help to ensure County Commissioners serving on the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) knew how important a transit station at Lake Street and bus rapid transit along 35W (the Orange Line) is to you.  As part of these efforts, we participated in a press conference with residents and small business owners from Lyndale and Central neighborhoods as well as environment, transit, and racial equity advocates; as well, many residents, business owners, and organizations attended CTIB’s meeting on August 17 to show support for the Orange Line.  Antoine Martineau, Executive Director of CANDO, gave powerful public remarks at the CTIB meeting, pointing out historical trauma to neighborhood from freeway construction and need for residents to have good access to jobs and a respectable accessible transit station.

On August 17, CTIB committed $37.5 million to the Orange Line which will keep the project on track and allow it to seek a federal grant by a critical September 2 deadline. Thank you to County Commissioners from Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties for continuing their support of Orange line funding. Stay tuned for more updates – the project still requires state bonding dollars which we will continue to seek in the next legislative session. 

Minneapolis Resolution in support of the Indigenous resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline


On Wednesday, August 31, the Intergovernmental Relations Committee unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Indigenous resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Full approval by the City Council is expected this Friday.  You can read the resolution here.

Council Member Glidden was proud to be an author of this resolution, as Minneapolis is home to the highest concentration of urban American Indian families in the United States and is the birthplace of the American Indian Movement.

Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance

and a Workplace Advisory Committee


Earlier in 2016, the Minneapolis City Council passed a safe and sick time ordinance which will take effect July 1, 2017. Employers with six or more employees will be required to provide up to 48 hours of paid sick and safe time annually to workers.  

You can find more information on the Safe and Sick Time ordinance at to www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo

To provide advice on implementation of the safe and sick ordinance, as well as addressing other workplace challenges, the City Council approved a resolution creating a new Workplace Advisory Committee charged with advising city policymakers on workplace-related issues.

The 16-member committee will include a cross-section of business and worker stakeholders. It will advise city leaders on workplace initiatives, provide recommendations on community outreach, monitor implementation of workplace policies, and offer suggestions on ways to improve policies to better serve businesses and workers. 

Committee members will be selected through an open-appointment process for two-year terms. Watch for more information on open positions for this important group.

Seward Coop Friendship Store: A Mural Conversation


Community gathering September 2, noon-1
Seward Coop Friendship Store Classroom, 317 E 38th St

Seward Coop invites you to a community update on the Seward Co-op Friendship Store mural. In the summer of 2015 Seward Co-op requested proposals for original pieces of artwork for the Friendship store. Mural artists were asked to honor the history of the site and its cultural impact while celebrating the communities that have made the neighborhoods around the Friendship store home. Local artist Gustavo Lira has begun work on the Seward Co-op Friendship store exterior mural and is ready to share updates and receive feedback from neighbors and co-op staff. Light refreshments will be provided.

Election judges needed, judges with a second language especially needed


Election judges are needed for the general election Nov. 8 to serve voters in local polling places. Election judges are paid $13.30 per hour for their service, which includes training. Serving as an election judge provides an opportunity to learn about the election process and is an important service to our community. Judges who are fluent in a second language are especially needed to provide additional language support in the polling place, including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Lao, Vietnamese, Russian and American Sign Language. 

Selection and placement of judges is based on qualifications of applicants and party balance within the precinct. Preference will be given to those willing to serve a full day in a precinct with a vacancy.

For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Volunteer for Bicyclist & Pedestrian Counts

September 13-15, 2016


Minneapolis Public Works is gearing up to conduct its 10th annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Count, and you can help! Volunteers are needed to count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at many locations around the city. The main days for counting will be September 13-15. All count shifts are from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Public Works is also teaming up with Hennepin County this year, offering new counting locations outside of Minneapolis in first-ring suburbs. More information on this is available when you sign up.

Minneapolis and Hennepin County conduct bicyclist and pedestrian counts in order to understand the impact of non-motorized traffic on streets, sidewalks, and trails. Accurate counts allow us to plan and build for bicyclists and pedestrians, while tracking what’s successful and what should be done differently.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these counts, register online or contact Kurt Wayne at kurt.wayne@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5011.

Clean Energy Partnership now taking applications for Energy Vision Advisory Committee - Due September 12


The Clean Energy Partnership is now accepting applications from the public to serve on the Energy Vision Advisory Committee (EVAC). This committee plays a critical role in shaping the partnership’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. EVAC members provide feedback on the partnership’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. You can see the full list of interest groups at www.mplscleanenergypartnership.org.  

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 collects 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 at http://mplscleanenergypartnership.org. Applications received by 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, 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.

City of Minneapolis Hosts 3rd Annual Trans*Equity Summit September 22


The 3rd annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit, hosted by the City of Minneapolis in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, will take place Thursday, September 22 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis. Please register for the event here.

The theme for this year's Summit is employment, with sessions covering topics of interest to employers, employees, and community members interested in learning about and furthering transgender equity. All are encouraged to attend.

The Summit will include a keynote address by Crispin Torres, a community educator for Lambda Legal Midwest, an opening panel, breakout sessions, and an opportunity to share back. 

Following the Summit there will be a reception and a 7 p.m. performance by Tona Brown, an acclaimed transgender violinist and mezzo-soprano. Both events are free and open to the public, but registration for the evening performance by Tona Brown is required due to limited space.

In conjunction with the Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit, Twin Cities Pride, Lambda Legal, Intermedia Arts and RARE Productions will host the Trans* Job Fair on Sept 23, from 10-3 pm, featuring some of the Twin Cities top employers. You can find out more here.

Nicollet Open Streets Sep. 18!


Nicollet Open Streets
Sunday, September 18th, 11:00 AM - 5:00PM
Nicollet Avenue (between Lake St & 46th St), Minneapolis

It’s almost time to put on your walking shoes and see what’s great about Nicollet Avenue from a different perspective! The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA), Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA), & Whittier Alliance are excited to partner to bring their neighborhoods together on Sunday September 18 to enjoy Nicollet Open Streets for the 3rd year! Enjoy our main street by ped or pedal from 11 - 5 PM between Kmart and 46th Street.

Open Streets are one-day events organized in collaboration with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition that are focused around healthy living, sustainable transportation, local businesses, and community connections. For this one afternoon, Nicollet Avenue will be closed to all motorized traffic (cars and buses) and the street will be open for biking, walking, dancing, yoga, jump roping, art making, frolicking, and more!

Can you help at Open Street?  The event relies on a large number of volunteers to make it fun for everyone.  Sign up for volunteer opportunities here.