Ward 8 Update Newsletters - March 10, 2017

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

March 10, 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

Sign up for lottery to buy a $25 tree March 13-20

city trees

Thanks to overwhelming popularity, the City’s $25 trees program will operate by lottery this year. Any Minneapolis property owners can enter the lottery between March 13 and 20. Lottery entrants will hear back by March 22. About 1,000 property owners will be able to order a $25 five- to eight-foot tree.

Fifteen varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

Trees must be picked up May 20, 21 or 22 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers will be on hand to help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.

Enter the lottery at www.treetrust.org.

How the public can get data from the City: info session March 16


In its ongoing work to increase transparency in government, the City of Minneapolis is hosting a session to show how to request public data from the City.  The session will take place on National Freedom of Information Day.

Information session on requesting public data
Thursday, March 16, 4:30-6 pm
Room 319, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

Staff from the City Clerk’s Office will walk attendees through the process for making data requests and discuss changes to that process under consideration. Staff would also like to hear from the people who make data requests about how the data requesting process works for them.

Minneapolis’s Commercial Building Benchmarking report: More Transparency and Decreased Energy Usage


A new analysis of energy use for 417 public and commercial buildings in Minneapolis finds a huge potential for energy savings. The report reveals that they have the combined potential to save $27 million per year on energy costs by increasing their energy efficiency to reduce consumption by 15 percent. They would also avoid more than 108,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

The City of Minneapolis’ new report analyzed the 2015 energy use of 264 commercial and 153 public properties that submitted data to the City as required by the building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinance. (Building owners had until June 2016 to submit data.) The buildings in the report include 107 million square feet of floor space and account for more than 8.1 million mmbtu (million British thermal units) of total energy use, which is the equivalent use of about 102,000 households or roughly 60 percent of the households in the city.

Find more information here.

Apply for openings: Minneapolis Boards and Commissions


A number of board and commission positions are open for City Council and mayor appointments this spring. 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. Translation and interpreting services are available upon request to ensure all residents have the ability to participate.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 14 unless otherwise marked. The positions are open until filled. There are 89 open positions on 15 City boards and commissions.

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

Participate! Section 8 Public Hearing March 22

sec 8

Please join us - for over a year we have worked on an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against Section 8 housing choice voucher holders. Please show your support for this and other reforms discussed at the March 22 City Council meeting.

What? A Joint meeting of the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee and the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Emergency Management Committee

When? Wednesday, March 22, 10:15 am, City Hall, Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis

For the purpose of considering:

1) inspections and best practices recommendations on the Section 8 program;
2) an incentive fund for landlords participating in the section 8 program;
3) conducting a public hearing on the amendment to the civil rights ordinance to include Section 8 as a form of public assistance discrimination

Your participation and testimony at the public hearing is very much welcome.

Written comments can be submitted to: councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov, or Council Committee Coordinators, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 5541

Please also contact your Council Member to express your support. You can locate your council member here and use an address finder tool.

You can review the ordinance here:

You can review best practices reports here:

Black History and its Influence on the E 38th Street Community


In 2016, Deebaa Sirdar of the Ward 8 office designed a beautiful brochure to accompany a history walk of featuring South Minneapolis Black history sites and community leaders, which was led by Louis Moore and Greg McMoore. This is just a piece of community led work to lift up the stories and legacy of African American residents and talk more directly as well about our history of race and racism in Minneapolis.

Mark Benishek from our city's IT department took Deebaa's work and created this beautiful story map, that can easily be viewed on phone, tablet or computer. Check it out here and pass it around - we are proud to share!!!

Pleading the 5th and A Fair Trial for All by We the People MN


When:  Sunday, March 12th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th St, Minneapolis

The next Act of We The People MN will be held Sunday March 12, 1-3 PM, at Solomon's Porch. This community conversation will focus on the 5th, 6th, and 13th Amendments and will be led by Abou Amara with special guests from ISAIAH discussing the governmental orders impact on immigrant communities, and also Bill Weld, Office of the State Public Defender, discussing the impact of underfunded public defenders role in contributing to disparities in outcomes which exacerbates the issues that contribute to mass incarceration.

These bi-weekly Community Conversations centered on the US Constitution are led by local citizen experts as part of “We the People... A Community Conversation to Understand the U.S. Constitution, in 10 Acts”. For information on the other Acts visit the link below and be sure to join: We the People MN