Ward 8 Update Newsletters - November 29, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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November 29, 2016


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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Minneapolis condemns violence and hate speech, expresses solidarity with Muslims and other targeted groups

anti hate

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden was proud to help craft a resolution approved Friday 18th of November 2016, with chief author Council Member Abdi Warsame, condemning violence and hate speech, and expressing solidarity with Muslims and all those targeted for their ethnicity, race or religion.

This is part of a national campaign against hate and Islamophobia.  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 through passing similar resolutions and signing an open letter of solidarity. You can read the letter here.

More than 3 million Muslims live in the United States today, and approximately 50,000 live in Minneapolis, making invaluable contributions to the economy, social and political life, and culture. 

The resolution:

  • Condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims, immigrants, and people of color.
  • Categorically rejects political tactics that use fear to manipulate voters or to gain power or influence.
  • Commits to pursuing a policy agenda that affirms civil and human rights, and ensures that those targeted on the basis of race, religion or immigration status can turn to government without fear of recrimination.
  • Reaffirms the value of a pluralistic society composed of multiple cultures and the inalienable right of all people to live and practice their faith without fear.

November declared Transgender Awareness Month


The City Council and Mayor Hodges declared November Transgender Awareness Month. The vote by council members came two days before the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice. 

For more than 20 years, the City and the State have explicitly protected the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming residents to be free from discrimination based on gender identity. In 1975, Minneapolis became the first city in the country to pass an ordinance preventing discrimination. Despite this, disparities still exist in virtually all areas including employment, healthcare, safety, housing and access to public spaces.  

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established to look at transgender disparities, engage the broader community and make policy recommendations for the City to improve the lives of transgender residents.

Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed every Nov. 20, came about after the 1998 murder of transgender and education advocate Rita Hester. Organizers report more than 2,200 murders of trans and gender non-conforming people in 68 countries across the world since 2008. 

More information: www.minneapolismn.gov/transgender

Standing with all members of our one Minneapolis, City reaffirms “sanctuary city” status


The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges adopted a resolution standing with all members of the one Minneapolis, rejecting the politics of division, bigotry, hate and fear. Key to the resolution was the City Council’s steadfast commitment to its values, including those reflected in an ordinance commonly referred to as a “sanctuary city” ordinance.  

It was a profound solemn moment as many Council Members made statements about their experiences and those of their constituents with acts of hate, and their commitment to defending the rights of all residents. You can read a Star Tribune article about this here.

For years, Minneapolis has codified in ordinance that our police officers will not do the work of the Federal government and ICE regarding immigration status. If police officers were to do the work of ICE it would harm our ability to keep people safe and solve crimes. Witnesses and victims of crimes won't come forward if they think our police officers will question or detain them about their immigration status. Our ordinance has helped us solve crime and keep communities safer. If our police were doing the work of ICE, Minneapolis would be less safe for everyone, regardless of immigration status.

Title 2, Chapter 19 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances states that “the city does not operate its programs for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws,” and that “[p]ublic safety officials shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented persons, or to verify immigration status, including but not limited to questioning any person or persons about their immigration status.”

“In his quest to scapegoat immigrants, Donald Trump has threatened cities’ Federal funding if we do not change this practice. I repeat: I will continue to stand by and fight for immigrants in Minneapolis regardless of President-elect Trump’s threats."

Attend St. Peters AME Church for a conversation on Black Internationalism, Trump and the Syrian Crisis on Dec. 4


When: Sunday, Dec. 4, 1pm
Where: St. Peters AME Church, 401 E 41st St.

Hear Bill Fletcher Jr., a longtime racial justice, labor and international activist, scholar and author, speak on black internationalism, Trump and the Syrian Crisis.

The talk will be skyped.

Comment on proposed 2017 City budget at Nov. 30 public hearing


On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the City Council plans to approve the City’s 2017 budget. Before that happens, there are two public comment hearings you can attend to share your thoughts about the proposed budget and property taxes.  You can also share comments online at the City’s website. 

The two public hearings are: 

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

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

If you can't attend the Nov. 30 or Dec. 7 hearings, you can submit comments on the proposed budget online. All comments submitted online by 3 p.m. Dec. 6 will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members.

There are lots of ways you can learn about the City’s proposed 2017 budget. You can see the proposed budget on the City website. 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. Hennepin County has also mailed out truth in taxation forms to all property owners, who can also look up their property tax information online.

The City Council held a series of budget hearings as part of the budget approval process. Back-to-back rebroadcasts of those hearings will be on Minneapolis 14 (Comcast channels 14 and 799, CenturyLink channel 14) every weekend until a few days before the budget is approved on Dec. 7. This gives everyone the opportunity to learn more about the budget proposal and its potential impact in advance of the two public hearings. A schedule of the weekend budget hearings “marathon” is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/minneapolis14schedule. All of the budget hearings can also be watched online at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/minneapolis14

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.

Police Conduct Oversight Commission Forum


The Community Outreach Committee of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission announces its first Peace Forum 2016! Help us build bridges between Law Enforcement and the Community it serves.

The PEACE FORUM will be a Community’s conversation with the PCOC, the Minneapolis Police Department, The Minneapolis Police Federation, and the City of Minneapolis focusing on our Community.

Under an umbrella of accountability, we will listen and discuss the subjects of Community Policing, neighborhood participation, Implicit Bias, as well as training and recruitment goals within the MPD. The goal is to bring forward solutions to end the distrust between the community and the MPD. Recommendations will come directly from the community.

The panel participants include: members of the MPD, Lt. Bob Kroll of the Police Federation, City Council Member Linea Palmisano, Vice-Chair of the PCOC Jennifer Singleton, members of the Clergy and community activists.

The tone is civil and honest. The main action is to listen. All the questions to panelists will come from the community and the PCOC will ask for feedback directly from the community.

Tuesday, November 29
Doors open at 6:00pm
Discussion starts at 6:30pm to 8:30 pm
Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis 55406

City recognizes commercial buildings for reducing climate change pollution


The City of Minneapolis has awarded large commercial buildings for making great strides in energy efficiency. 

Building Energy Performance awards

  • Business category: Shriners Hospital for Children – Twin Cities. To keep costs in check for its patients, the hospital recently converted common area and parking garage lighting to LEDs, resulting in a 19 percent drop in energy use.
  • Community category: Lake Harriet Community School Lower Campus. Early maintenance and recalibrating machinery to run only when the building spaces are occupied led to a steep decline in energy use.
  • Hospitality category: Days Hotel. Days Hotel staff from housekeeping to building maintenance looks out for wasted energy when spaces are unoccupied, resulting in an impressively low energy use intensity of 57 kbtu per square foot.

Challenge leaders

  • Greatest reduction in energy use intensity: Calhoun Square. This urban shopping center managed by The Ackerberg Group has seen a significant reduction in energy use intensity due in large part to lighting retrofits in the parking garage and common areas. Management has seen cost savings on all of the electrical systems, and the public elevator is cooler due to the LED lighting.
  • Greatest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: Royalston Maintenance Facility. As a City-owned building, Royalston benefits from policies for City buildings that guide building heating, cooling and lighting system operation to turn on when buildings are occupied but turn off or run at lower levels when buildings are unoccupied. The management team at Royalston uses sound operational practices that led to a drop in energy use intensity along with a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Individual category

Most valuable building operator: Todd Snyder. A senior engineer at Marquette Plaza with Base Management, Snyder was heavily involved in the building achieving LEED platinum status in 2011 and recertification in 2016. He actively monitors its daily energy use to maintain its Energy Star score of 95.

The Building Energy Challenge

The City recognizes the progress of buildings participating in the Minneapolis Building Energy Challenge, which seeks to get tenants, managers and owners of large commercial buildings to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions by 15 percent (from the 2014 level) by 2020. All buildings that are subject to the benchmarking ordinance may participate in the challenge and are eligible for milestone awards.

Find out more about the Building Energy Challenge here

City approves more than $9 million in affordable housing investments: Sabathani Senior Housing Gets Funded


In November, the City approved $7.9 million in direct investment and $1.2 million in 10-year federal tax credits to create or preserve 686 units of affordable multifamily rental housing in 10 projects located throughout the city. These investments are the result of awards from the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs for 2016. Together, these investments will leverage more than $150 million in additional private and public resources.  Minneapolis is the only city in the State of Minnesota that provides this type of regular direct subsidy to support creation of affordable housing units.

Renters represent three out of four households in Minneapolis that are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. 

The Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) program and the Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program provide up front equity and gap financing to assist with the production and preservation of decent, safe and affordable multifamily rental housing. New this year is the Family Housing Initiative, dedicated funding to assist in financing the production of new affordable housing opportunities for extremely low income families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. 

As part of this action, the City Council awarded $1,250,000 for the Sabathani Senior Housing project, which will create 50 units for low income seniors.  This funding award, along with other grant applications, will allow Sabathani to begin construction of this affordable housing project for seniors.  You can find out more about Sabathani’s senior housing project here, including design drawings and a timeline of project development work. 

Public Hearing December 13 for Tilsenbilt Homes Historic District


The City has been working on a historic designation study for the Tilsenbilt Homes, a group of 50 plus homes in the Bryant, Regina and Field neighborhoods that are one of the first FHA-backed residential housing developments in the nation to be marketed to buyers of all races. 

On January 19, 2016, the HPC placed the Tilsenbilt Homes Historic District under interim protection and called for a designation study to be conducted. On March 8, 2016 and June 21, 2016, the HPC placed additional properties under interim protection as part of the district and called for their inclusion in the ongoing designation study. The HPC will now consider the adoption of the designation study and design guidelines for the district.  You can view the designation study and design guildelines hereCPED has also prepared a FAQ document which addresses some of the most common inquiries regarding the draft design guidelines.

The Heritage Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Heritage Preservation Commission. After hearing from the public, the Heritage Preservation Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit the city meeting page for the agenda with staff reports. 

If you would like to submit comments, you can make them verbally at the meeting or submit them in writing to: 

Andrew Frenz, Zoning Inspector, (612) 673-3790, Andrew.Frenz@Minneapolismn.gov.

The Minneapolis City Council will make final decisions about the Tilsenbilt Historic District.  The HPC action will be forwarded to the Zoning & Planning Committee, with tentative date of January 5, and full Council meeting January 13.  We will provide updates with any changes to these dates.