Ward 8 Update Enewsletters - February 22, 2017

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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February 22, 2017


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

Early Mornings with Elizabeth: Make your voice heard – at the 2017 State Legislative Session!


Fri, Feb. 24, 7:30-9 am
Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet Ave

State legislators, community organizers, and engaged residents have been active at the Capitol this session, protecting Minnesota from harmful policy and working for positive change. The State Capitol has seen hundreds of residents turn out to testify against state bills, including one that would try to remove local control of cities to pass sick time ordinances and other workplace benefits, and another that imposes severe penalties on those who choose to exercise their first amendment rights to protest.

We hope you can join us for an energizing session with Minneapolis legislators and community organizers, including Senator Jeff Hayden, Representative Frank Hornstein, Wintana Melekin, the Civic and Political Engagement Director for Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), and Chris Conry, Strategic Campaigns Director for TakeActionMN. 

We will open with a welcome from activist business owner Daniel Swenson-Klatt, of Butter Bakery Café, who has testified and organized at the Capitol on issues he believes in, including the importance of improving working conditions for all.

Please join us February 24 for an opportunity to meet neighbors and organize!

KFNA Annual Meeting tonight, Feb 22


Kingfield Neighborhood Association Annual Potluck and Board Election
Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:00 PM potluck and 7:00 PM meeting
The Aliveness Project
The Aliveness Project 2nd Floor Community Room, 3808 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

The annual KFNA board elections are approaching, and on Wednesday, February 22nd, nominations for board members will be taken from the floor at the meeting. For more information in the weeks leading up to this meeting, please contact KFNA Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson at sarah@kingfield.org or 612.823.5980.

Some folks have already decided they want to run for the board of Directors: read their Bios at the FB event page. Also, all Kingfield neighbors will be asked to vote on amending the KFNA by-laws, but most importantly, the KFNA annual meeting is a time for neighbors to come together and celebrate Kingfield!

Please bring a dish to share! The Aliveness Project is handicapped accessible, and kids are welcome!

Proposed Bylaw Change in Section 4D related to Vacancies Among Directors
...A Director appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term of his or her predecessor and until his or her successor shall be elected and qualified or may be appointed to serve a 2nd year if the term remaining is shorter than six (6) months.

We the People series: The Right to Privacy and Due Process (4th Amendment)


Act 5: Sharing Your Private Thoughts in Our Public World: The Right to Privacy and Due Process (4th Amendment), a Community Conversation organized by We the People MN
Sunday, February 26th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Check-in begins at 12:30 PM)
Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th St, Minneapolis

This conversation will focus on the 4th Amendment and the limits and our freedoms to the right to privacy and due process. This Act will be led by Jerry Wilhelm who recently retired as a 24-year veteran of the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Minnesota. Join the FB event page to learn more and let us know you are coming, and to be sure you get the suggested reading list, released about one week before the session.

Who are We The People MN? We are a group of individuals who believe in a future for this country and our communities that is pluralistic, multicultural, just, and equitable. We see a dangerous flouting of the protective ideals of the Constitution, and are committed to protecting and promoting it and the principles it is based on. To do this we feel we need to understand it better!

You, too, can join the group and the conversation. All are welcome!

Citizens League Transit Study Committee Releases Recommendations


From September to December 2016, the Citizens League convened a study committee to review the current transit funding system and work to identify new funding scenario options.

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden was a member of the diverse and bipartisan 21-member study committee which was chaired by Peter Bell, former Met Council Chair.  Ann Lenczewski, former Minnesota House of Representative and Chair of the Tax Committee, served as the committee’s vice-chair.

The study was precipitated by lawmakers’ inability to pass a comprehensive transportation package during the 2016 legislative session and for several years prior to that. 

Some of the Citizens League transit funding recommendations include:

  • Create two tiers of taxation in the metro area where the taxing lines could follow density of service. This proposal would tax more where the majority of the use is and less from those areas where there is not as much transit. It may have the potential to garner bipartisan support.
  • State dedicates transportation-related General Fund revenue (e.g., motor vehicles lease sales tax, rental tax) to transit, with no reduction in General Fund base appropriation for transit.
  • State funds Metro Mobility through a line item in the base General Fund appropriation for Metropolitan Council.
  • State dedicates a portion of General Fund surplus to transit for operations.

Minneapolis residents Ethan Fawley, Director of the Minneaplis Bicycle Coalition, and Kenya McKnight, an appointed member of the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board, also participated on the study committee, as well as Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.  Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Policy Director Peter Wagenius also provided support and input that ended up influencing the final report.

You can see a full copy of the report, and membership of the study committee, here.

Taylor Hayden Memorial Fund to End Gun Violence


Please join Senator Jeff Hayden and his family at this event establishing a memorial fund to end fund violence in honor of Senator Hayden's sister, Taylor Hayden.  Also this week, Senator Hayden introduces a gun violence prevention bill at the State Legislature.

Visit the FB event page.

Protecting Choice in Housing: Prohibiting Discrimination Against Section 8 Voucher Holders and More!


Tuesday, February 28, 6:00-7:30pm
Optional networking time, 7:30-8:00 pm
UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave North

Light refreshments and childcare available. 

Join us for this important discussion. Affordable and safe housing choices are increasingly limited in our current rental market. For families participating in the Section 8 voucher program, that challenge is increased ten-fold, with many landlords publicly refusing to accept Section 8 voucher holders.

After a year of exploring Section 8 program improvement needs, Council Members Elizabeth Glidden and Abdi Warsame are moving forward with an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders, an incentive fund for landlords serving Section 8 voucher holders, and support for many changes recommended to the Section 8 program.  Reports on inspections improvements and best practices changes for the Section 8 program have been prepared for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) and the City of Minneapolis. 

Please attend to hear details about the proposed ordinance and other recommended improvements to the Section 8 program — and give your feedback.  Our need for equity and improvements that benefit the Section 8 program is urgent! 

Event Hosted by the City Council Offices of Elizabeth Glidden and Abdi Warsame, with support from Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), HOME-Line and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.