Ward 8 Update Newsletters - October 4, 2016

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

October 4, 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

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!

 

 

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City Minimum Wage

Moves Forward

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A major step in discussions of a city minimum wage is happening this week.  Last year the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for a study evaluating the impact of raising the minimum wage at the City and regional levels. The study is complete and will be presented this Wednesday, 10 am, at the Committee of the Whole, a Council Committee I chair.  You can view the key findings of the study here and all study materials here.

The City Coordinator will also present a draft engagement plan for working with stakeholders on a city minimum wage policy.  You can view this proposal here.

I have been a vocal and public supporter of a city minimum wage and pledge to continue to engage our broader community in this discussion, including with affected workers and small business owners. Thank you to Ward 8 constituents who have continued to contact me by phone, email, and in person to confirm their support for raising the wage in the City of Minneapolis. 

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Open Letter Against Hate and Anti-Muslim Bigotry

As a board member of the national group Local Progress, a membership organization for progressive local elected officials, I am proud to stand with over 530 elected officials from all over the United States that are taking a public stand against hate and anti-Muslim Bigotry.

These public officials include many of my fellow Minneapolis City Council Members and Council Members from St Paul, who signed on to an open letter to our constituents and to the American people. It is a powerful statement of solidarity with the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities across the nation. You can read the letter here.

The letter states, “As elected officials from across the country and leaders in our communities, we stand against hate crimes, against school bullying, against workplace discrimination, against closing our borders on the basis of religion, and against hate.  In standing with Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian communities we are proud to join with US military veterans organizing under the hashtag #VetsVsHate, faith leaders organizing under the hashtag #RootedinLove, and civil rights leaders organizing under the hashtags #SolidarityIS and #EndHate.

… The 2016 electoral season has featured dangerous levels of xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and racist rhetoric, as well as a devastating rise in hate crimes. This rhetoric and violence is not only a threat to our communities, but it also strikes directly against the most cherished and basic rights guaranteed by our nation’s Constitution: liberty, due process, freedom of religion, and equality under law. We write this open letter to stand with the Muslims, Arabs, South Asians, and Sikhs across the United States as they endure threats, harassment, violence, and inexcusable political rhetoric. Our message is unmistakable: we thank you for serving your communities and we are proud to have you beside us as full and equal members of the American family.” 

Please share this letter and your own message against hate and anti- Muslim bigotry.   


Blaisdell Protected Bike Lanes Installed!

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In September 2016, protected bicycle lanes were installed on Blaisdell, from 29th Street to 40th Street.  

Why protected bicycle lanes?  The City of Minneapolis adopted a city-wide protected bicycle lane plan in 2015 as an update to its full bicycle master plan, which works to create a connected system of bicycle lanes and infrastructure throughout the city.  Protected bicycle lanes provide a safe ride for bicyclists by separating the bicycle lanes from traffic, more comfortable for casual bicycle riders; bollards are used to create separation on Blaisdell Avenue.  Blaisdell was analyzed along with other streets and found to present a good early opportunity for installing this portion of the citywide protected bicycle lane plan. 

Residents have been patient as the Blaisdell protected bicycle lanes have been installed, with many contacting the Ward 8 office to voice support for the finished product.  Details such as no parking signs in left turn lanes are now installed, helping with traffic during approximately one hour of evening “rush hour” traffic.  You can view the project page here.


Hosmer Library Celebrates 100 Years

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Hosmer Library Centennial Celebration
Saturday, October 15, 1–4 p.m.

Join us at the library to celebrate 100 years of service to the community!
All are welcome – Todos son bienvenidos – Dhamaantiin so dhawaada

Hennepin County Hosmer Library
347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis, MN 55408

1:30 p.m.   Hear from elected and library officials
2 p.m.   Enjoy a World Music Concert with The Carluster Crumplebee Orchestra
1-4 p.m.   Try a creative activity with Hosmer’s Teen Tech Squad

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hosmer Library.

Learn more about the history of Hosmer Library on Tumblr and Wikipedia.
www.hclib.org/hosmer


Target Market ordinance creates more opportunities for small businesses to compete for city contracts

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The City Council has approved a new Target Market Program that will increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for contracts with the City of Minneapolis.  Council Member Glidden was proud to serve as chief author of this ordinance, as well as providing policy leadership for other supplier diversity efforts for the city.

Qualified small businesses will have the ability to bid alongside other small businesses for City contracts up to $100,000 instead of competing against larger companies. The program will launch Jan. 1, 2017. 

While the program is race and gender neutral, it is part of the City’s larger efforts to increase supplier diversity as most of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color are part of the small business community in the Twin Cities.  Efforts to target outreach and technical support from the City to businesses owned by people of color and women, simplifying the process for applying City business, and creating accessible lists of small and underutilized businesses, are part of this work to transform how the City does business.

You can find out more about City procurement opportunities, including sign-up for email updates, here.


Vote Early! By mail or at early voting locations in Minneapolis

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Are you ready to participate in this election?  Any voter can now vote early by mail or in person at one of four locations around the city.

For those who want to vote on Election Day, pre-registering is an easy way to stay out of the registration line. All individuals whose registration applications are received by elections officials by 5 p.m. Oct. 18 will be pre-registered for the Nov. 8 general election. Online registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 18. You do NOT need to pre-register to vote on election day.

Where can you vote early?  

Early voting (absentee voting) began Sept. 23. Any voter may vote early. Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. During the final two weeks before the election, these hours will be extended and include weekend times. You can get more information at vote.minneapolismn.gov.

In-person locations are:

  • Downtown Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St.
  • North Early Vote Center, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., in the Minneapolis Urban League building.
  • South Early Vote Center, 1860 E. 28th St., in the Roof Depot building
  • Northeast Early Vote Center, 2516 Central Ave. NE in the Water Bar building.

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


City awarded $5 million grant to promote resiliency in communities

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The City of Minneapolis has received a five-year, $5 million federal grant to help promote resiliency and racial equity among communities that have faced trauma due to civil unrest connected to law enforcement issues.

Minneapolis was among eight cities in the country to receive the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The City will be awarded $1 million annually for up to five years when it demonstrates progress toward program goals.

The grant will be used to create a ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma) program in Minneapolis. The program will help build the capacity of community partners working with high risk families facing stress from traumatic events. It will also bolster the City’s efforts to train staff members who are the first point of contact for the community and help coordinate and align the work of the City and community organizations.

The program will build on the City’s work as part of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, an initiative of the U.S. Justice Department. The goal is to improve procedural justice, which is the way law enforcement interactions with the public shape perceptions of police, willingness to obey laws and crime rates. The other focus areas include reducing implicit bias — the automatic assumptions people make about groups of people — and reconciling with communities that have had historic tensions with law enforcement.


Apply for openings on the Workplace Advisory Committee

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Applications are now being accepted for the 16-member Workplace Advisory Committee, a panel that will advise City leaders on workplace issues. The committee will include a cross-section of employee and business stakeholders from the community. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 14.

More information, and information on how to apply for the committee, is available here.

The creation of the Workplace Advisory Committee follows the City Council’s recent adoption of the Minneapolis 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. For more information on the Safe and Sick Time ordinance, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo.


City offers FREE home energy efficiency visits & 0% financing

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For a limited time, the City of Minneapolis is offering free Home Energy Squad visits for income-qualified residents, including renters. All Minneapolis residents are eligible for a $70 home visit -- and to qualify for a FREE visit, your home must have an income of less than $48,100 for one person, $54,950 for two people, $61,850 for three people, or up to $90,650 for eight people. During a Home Energy Squad visit, a team of energy experts evaluates energy saving opportunities in your home and installs free materials to help you start saving on the spot, including door weather stripping, a water heater blanket, high-efficiency light bulbs and water fixtures, and a programmable thermostat.

Your visit may also include a test to measure your home for air leaks; an insulation inspection using an infrared camera; a safety check of your home’s heating system and water heater; and an “energy fitness plan” with a list of energy-saving priorities and financing information. For any recommended upgrades, participants will receive a personalized quote and an opportunity to schedule the work with a qualified contractor. And if the Home Energy Squad recommends insulation or air sealing, ALL Minneapolis residents also get special access to 0% financing to complete the work, thanks to an exclusive partnership with the City of Minneapolis. 

This is a limited-time offer, so don’t wait to schedule your visit! Call Beth today at 612-335-5874 or visit mncee.org/hes-mpls