Ward 8 Update Newsletters October 21, 2016

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

October 21, 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!

 

 

City of Lakes

Help the City of Minneapolis plan for the future

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You can share your feedback with city planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s comprehensive plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan covers housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

We want to hear from you. Join us at one of these family-friendly, interactive open houses. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and food from local vendors.

5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.

5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
North Commons Park, 1801 James Ave. N.

Your city

We want Minneapolis to be a strong, growing, diverse and inclusive city. How can we do this and provide diverse housing options, sustainable jobs and a transportation system that works for everyone?

Your community

Your community should be safe, livable, healthy and sustainable. Do you have access to what you need on a daily basis?

Your voice

Your voice is important in shaping the future of Minneapolis. You know how you experience the city every day and what it takes to create a more equitable future for everyone. Help us build on what’s working and fix what isn’t.

Learn more at minneapolis2040.com and @MPLS2040 #MPLSBigIdeas on Facebook and Twitter.


Vote Early – it’s easy!!

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Where can you vote early?

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, starting October 24, 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 vote.minneapolismn.gov or call 311 or 612-673-3000.


Kids Voting Needs You!

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Kids Voting Minneapolis is a community-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to prepare Minneapolis' 50,000 K-12 students to be educated, informed voters.

To make this goal possible, Kids Voting Minneapolis relies on volunteers to offer students an authentic polling place voting experience. At Minneapolis polling places, volunteers hand out ballots, explain the voting process, and distribute I VOTED stickers.

How can you help?  Kids Voting needs volunteers on Election Day.  You can register here .


United Against Islamaphobia Town Hall on Nov. 2

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Minneapolis Council Members Warsame and Frey will host a town hall on Islamaphobia to enable an ongoing open dialogue, in a safe environment for debate, and promote a more informed understanding of Muslim culture.

United Against Islamophobia Panel

November 2, 6:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m.
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church: 2315 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Confirmed speakers include:

The Honorable Judge LaJune Lange (Ret.)

Lange is a senior fellow with the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. A retired State of Minnesota trial court judge, Lange is an expert on legal and constitutional standards for discrimination in state and federal courts.

Pastor Laurie Eaton

Pastor Eaton was called as pastor to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2009. She is an active leader in ISAIAH, a coalition of approximately 100 congregations committed to living out faith values in the public realm, seeking racial and economic equity in our state.

Imam Asad Zaman

Imam Asad Zaman is a distinguished leader in the education and non-profit sectors. He is the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota and a frequent speaker at Islamic conferences and Islam Awareness Weeks.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please rsvp to Zachary.Farley@Minneapolismn.gov.


Street sweeping begins: Please help our environment by NOT sweeping leaves into the streets

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Crews are preparing for the fall street sweeping across Minneapolis. Drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways.

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city Tuesday, Oct. 18. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 17, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweeping parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

You can look up when your street will be cleaned at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping.   

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall. Please do not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways, can cause safety hazards, and is against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.


No-interest financing opened up to all Minneapolis residents for recommended energy-efficiency upgrades

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The City of Minneapolis offers Minneapolis residents no-interest financing on energy-saving upgrades recommended by Home Energy Squad experts while funding lasts. Home Energy Squad visits bring energy efficiency experts to participants’ homes to install energy-saving materials and make recommendations on energy-saving upgrades. More than 9,000 households have already benefitted from the program.

At the home visit, a team of energy experts will evaluate energy-saving opportunities and install free materials to help property owners and renters start saving on the spot. They will install energy-saving materials such as door weatherstripping, a water heater blanket, high-efficiency lightbulbs, a programmable thermostat, and high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators. They also test homes for air leaks, inspect attic and wall insulation using an infrared camera, and safety-check heating systems and water heaters.

They may recommend energy upgrades such as insulation and/or air sealing based on the test results. For any recommended upgrades, participants will receive a personalized quote and an opportunity to schedule the work with a qualified contractor. All Minneapolis participants can get zero percent financing on those upgrades through the end of the year or while funding lasts.

Home Energy Squad visits

Home Energy Squad visits are $70, or free to income-qualified Minneapolis residents including renters.

Homeowners and renters can call 612-335-5874 or visit mncee.org/hes-mpls to schedule a visit and learn more about no-interest financing.


Public Works trainee program increases diversity, serves as new hiring pathway

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The Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program is helping the department change the face of its workforce to better reflect the community it serves. The first class of graduates in the trainee program included 64 percent employees of color and 21 percent women. All have now been hired as Public Works service workers for the City.

Spread the word: New trainee program begins soon

Public Works is hiring throughout October for the next trainee program. The program offers adults a chance at on-the-job training to meet the qualifications for the Public Works service worker 1 position. Trainees perform manual labor to support construction and maintenance work while also learning the fundamentals of the construction industry and how to drive and operate Public Works equipment. Through the course of the program, they earn their Class B commercial driver’s licenses.

Please help spread the word about these opportunities with people in your network. Share this flyer, and encourage prospective applicants to attend one of several information sessions in October. Attendees will be able to talk to Public Works representatives and apply for a position on the spot.

Dates, times and locations of the information sessions include:

4-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20
UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

2-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.

10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 24
Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

2-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24
Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd.

2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25
Currie Maintenance Facility, 1200 Currie Ave.

Applicants don’t have to attend an information session; they can apply directly online at www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs.


Apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

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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.

Some positions have deadlines of Friday, October 21.  Other positions are open until filled.

Capital Long Range Improvement Committee (CLIC) :  There is an opening available to Ward 8 residents for this committee, which will be open until filled.  This committee was created to make recommendations to the City Council and Mayor on the five-year capital improvement program

Visit the City’s website for a list of appointment opportunities, position descriptions and the applications.

Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance

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.  

City staff are continuing to work on implementation plans, including developing check list to assist employers with implementation, sample posters, and other materials. You can keep updated on the Safe and Sick Time ordinance, and access all materials, at www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo.


2017 budget process underway, searchable budget info available online

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The Mayor presented her proposed 2017 Budget to the City Council August 10. Council members will consider the budget from now through early December with final approval of the 2017 budget scheduled for Wednesday, Dec.7, 2016.  The Mayor’s budget proposes a 5.5 percent increase in the levy for 2017.  The Mayor and City Council already anticipated a property-tax increase of 4.9 percent in 2017 when they passed a landmark, 20-year agreement to fund the infrastructure and operations of neighborhood parks and City streets earlier this year. The Mayor’s budget includes new spending in several areas, with the majority of new spending for public safety.

Visit the City’s website to see the mayor's proposed budget and for other budget information. The proposed budget is also posted on the City’s Financial Transparency website, which provides an interactive search feature to access particular parts of the budget.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes:

  • $1.3 million for 15 new sworn police officers, which includes 12 for community policing and three for a police/mental health co-responder pilot program.
  • Nearly $1 million for community-based strategies to improve public safety, including $500,000 for community-driven public safety strategies in two locations with high levels of youth violence.
  • More than $1 million annually for a new, ongoing community service officer class to build more capacity for a proven, effective pathway into the police department for people of color.
  • $400,000 for five additional full-time sworn firefighters, which will allow the Minneapolis Fire Department to better serve residents and reduce overtime dollars.
  • A total of $14.5 million in affordable housing development, including a naturally occurring affordable housing strategy, the Family Housing Initiative, and additions to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

 

The City of Minneapolis has tentatively scheduled two public comment hearings on the proposed 2017 property tax levy and budget:

6:05 p.m. Nov. 30
Room 317, City Hall

6:05 p.m. Dec. 7
Room 317, City Hall

The City Council final vote on budget is scheduled for December 7, after the public hearing.

Watch the 2017 budget process live on TV or the City website

You can watch the mayor’s budget address and upcoming budget hearings on Minneapolis 14 (Comcast channels 14 and 799, CenturyLink channel 14) or on a smartphone, tablet or computer by visiting the City of Minneapolis website at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/Minneapolis14.


Office of Police Conduct Review unveils new data portal; current metrics, mapping and data from officer profile cards now available online

The Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR), which reviews every officer complaint made with the City of Minneapolis, now has an open data portal where anyone can find public data on police conduct cases.

The portal features seven dashboards, including an interactive map of allegations of police misconduct, demographic information linked to allegations, case processing decisions made by the joint supervisors and disciplinary outcomes.

OPCR staff collaborated with data scientists in the City’s Information Technology Department to create an online data portal that’s interactive and easy to use. The data covers complaints filed from 2013 to the present and is updated every two weeks.

Along with the OPCR data dashboards, the Minneapolis Police Department and OPCR have worked together to release a system to search for officer complaint histories. One can type an officer’s name into the three search fields and locate records from OPCR, MPD’s Internal Affairs Unit, and the former Civilian Review Authority. If discipline occurred, this information will be included along with the allegation leading to the discipline, providing as much officer information as is possible per the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Since these officer profile cards are the most frequently requested data from the OPCR, this fills an immediate public need.