Ward 8 Update Newsletters - March 20, 2017

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

March 20, 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

The Fight for Affordable Housing Includes Section 8


Council Members Glidden, Warsame and Goodman are authors of an ordinance amendment to prohibit Section 8 discrimination.  There are 58 jurisdictions nationwide that specifically prohibit source of income discrimination (inclusive of Section 8), or specifically reference Section 8, including 9 states and 49 counties or cities. Isn't it time that Minneapolis joined other cities and states already prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders?

We are thankful for the strong and growing list of organizations supporting this ordinance amendment, including African American Leadership Forum, African Immigrants Community Services, The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Alliance Housing Inc., Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, HOME Line, Isuroon, ISAIAH, InquilinXs UnidXs por Justicia, Jewish Community Action, Ka Joog, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Minneapolis Renters Coalition, MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), New American Development Center, Project for Pride in Living, St. Stephen's Human Services, Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) and Urban Homeworks.

The public hearing on this ordinance is Wednesday, March 22, 10:15 am, City Hall, Room 317, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis at a Joint meeting of the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee and the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Emergency Management Committee 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 welcome.  As well, written comments can be submitted to:  councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov, or Council Committee Coordinators, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN  55415.

In addition to the ordinance, the Minnesota Public Housing Authority and its new director Greg Russ have received a report titled Best Practices and Ways to Increase Resident Choice and Mobility, including many recommendations to improve program elements impacting property owners/landlords and residents.  Director Russ will present a response with priority actions and timeline for completion at the Council Committee Meeting on March 22.

You can view FAQ’s about the ordinance here, and a copy of ordinance language here.

As always, please contact me with your questions!


March 21 meeting: Neighbor input sought to evaluate 43rd and Nicollet Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Safety Meeting re: 43rd & Nicollet
Tuesday, March 21st, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
MLK Park, Arts & Crafts Room, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis

In January 2017 Minneapolis Public Works installed ballards (bumpouts) at the intersection of 43rd and Nicollet to help increase pedestrian safety at that intersection. Public Works is also evaluating a potential median design at this location. Please join us to provide your feedback on the existing bumpouts/ballards, as well as reviewing median design and other information from Public Works. Staff from Minneapolis Public Works, KFNA, and the Ward 8 City Council Office will be in attendance.

We the People and the 14th Amendment: March 26


Minnesota's Duty to Protect All Minnesotans: Equal Protection under the Law (14th Amendment) by We the People MN
Sunday, March 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th St, Minneapolis

The next Act of We The People MN is entitled “Act 7: Minnesota's Duty to Protect All Minnesotans: Equal Protection under the Law (14th Amendment)” and will be led by Myron Orfield. Myron has worked as a Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, the Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School, former Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota, as well served as a former member of the Minnesota House and Senate. Recently, he served on the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and as special consultant to the HUD’s Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. He will bring this expertise to this session as a facilitator of a panel of experts related to “fair” practices and policies related to housing, schools, and racial profiling.

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 be sure to join We the People MN.

Sabathani Community Showcase April 6


Witness the history and inspiring stories of civic leaders like Judge Pamela Alexander, Sharon Sayles Belton, and Wayne Glanton!  Students in our youth program will portray these leaders in their youth, telling about the influences that led them on their paths of achievement.

Each leader will join the student on stage to receive the Sabathani 2017 Leadership Award and share their thoughts about Sabathani’s history, mission, and vision as it relates to the social, political, economic, and educational environment of today.

Join us for a night of community fun, stories, remembering Prince, and more.

When: Thursday, April 6 at 6 PM
Where: Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St, the Auditorium
RSVP: Events@sabathani.org  / 612-821-2308

Think local: Participate in Minneapolis elections and Caucus in 2017


In 2017, Minneapolis will vote in November for Council Members for every Ward in the city (13), Mayor, Park Board Commissioners, and Board of Estimate and Taxation Commissioners.  You can find out more about city offices and elections here.

Here are links to the major political parties:  check out whether your party is hosting a precinct caucus or other meeting to endorse candidates for the 2017 city elections. These opportunities will occur starting as early as April 2017.

Minneapolis DFL
Minneapolis Green Party

Minneapolis Independence Party
Minneapolis Republican Party

City holds sick and safe time listening and information sessions


Starting in March, the City of Minneapolis will hold listening and information sessions for employees and employers on sick and safe time, in addition to presenting on request to neighborhood and business associations across the city.

Listening and information session with employees
6-7:30pm, Wednesday, March 22
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), 1101 W. Broadway Ave., Suite 100

Listening and information session with employees (presented in Spanish and English)
2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 26
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, 3715 Chicago Ave. S

Listening and information session with employers
9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30
Gandhi Mahal community room, 3009 27th Ave. S.

Listening and information session with employers
TBD, check website

Public questions and comments are welcome at sicktimeinfo@minneapolismn.gov. People can find more information and resources about the sick and safe time ordinance here.

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved the sick and safe time ordinance in May. It allows sick and safe time for most Minneapolis workers. Phased enforcement begins July 1. Currently, four out of 10 Minneapolis workers lack access to paid sick time.

Register by Fri. March 24 - Community Connections Conference


Register by March 24 for the sixth annual Community Connections Conference – Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity – at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday, April 1. The conference is free and kid friendly and includes a great lunch!  

Community Connections Conference
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1
(Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.)
Minneapolis Convention Center

The Community Connections Conference will feature an opportunity to participate in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s 20-year vision to direct the physical development of the city into the future. Find out what’s happened so far in the process and discuss with City staff and your neighbors how to grow the city in health, equity and opportunity. Learn more at minneapolis2040.com

There are dozens of fascinating learning sessions, focusing on such diverse issues as immigration, how to impact city policy, and the history of racial segregation in housing in Minneapolis.

Register, find out more and watch for updates here.

Save money on your property taxes, call to see if you qualify


A lot of Minneapolis property owners and renters could save money with state tax relief programs they might not know about. If you’re not already in a program for tax relief, check the lists below and call 311 to find out if you qualify for reduced property taxes or a refund this year. 

Several property tax relief programs exist for property owners and renters.

Call 311 if you are a homeowner and any of these apply to you:

  • Homeowner with household income less than $108,660.
  • Blind homeowner.
  • Disabled homeowner.
  • Disabled veteran homeowner (70 percent or more disabled).
  • Surviving spouse or primary caregiver of a disabled veteran (70 percent or more permanently disabled).
  • Surviving spouse of a service member who died while on active duty.
  • Homeowner 65 or older, household income $60,000 or less, owned and lived in the property 15 years or longer, no state or federal tax liens on property, debt cannot exceed 75 percent of assessor’s value.
  • Homeowner with a property tax increase at least 12 percent ($100 or more) from the previous year.

Call 311 if you are a renter and this applies to you:

  • Renter with 2016 household income less than $58,880.

If any of those apply to you, call 311 and an agent will help you find out if you qualify for property tax relief.

Apply for Fire Department cadet positions starting April 17


The Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD) is opening applications April 17 to further diversify its workforce to better reflect our community. The Fire Department protects life, property and the environment in emergencies. It also provides emergency medical services and community outreach, responds to hazardous materials calls, and performs rescues in confined spaces, collapsed structures and water.

Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license and be 18 or older. Preferred candidates have knowledge of Minneapolis neighborhoods and geography; participated in a City of Minneapolis or MFD program; speak and write in a second language; and demonstrate an ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultures and economic and ethnic backgrounds.  See full list of preferred candidate attributes with application materials.

Optional information sessions

Attendees can talk to Minneapolis Fire Department and Human Resources representatives and access exam information and requirements on the spot:

6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Firefighter’s Local 82 Union Hall, 1811 University Ave. NE

6-7:30 p.m., Monday, March 20, Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center, 515 15th Ave. S.

Find more information here or call 311. Apply for a cadet position April 17-28 at www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs.