Ward 8 Update Newsletters - August 31, 2017

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

August 31, 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

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City of Lakes

Public Swearing-in for Chief Medaria Arradondo, Sep. 8


What:  Public Swearing-in for Chief Medaria Arradondo
Where:  Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St.
When:  Fri, September 8, 2-4pm

The City Council approved Mayor Betsy Hodges’ nomination as the City’s police chief. Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo, who has served as acting chief since July 21, has now officially taken on that position.

Arradondo joined the MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct. He has served as a school resource officer and a northside beat officer. He also has internal affairs and property-crime investigation experience. Arradondo has served as 1st Precinct inspector, deputy chief and chief of staff.

Join us on Fri, Sep. 8th, for the historical swearing-in of Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo who is now the City’s first African American police chief.  A reception will follow in the gymnasium of Sabathani Community Center.

Fourth Annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit Sept. 28


Minneapolis is honored to host its fourth annual Trans*Equity Summit on September 28.  This year’s Trans*Equity Summit will focus on health and history, with breakout sessions on meeting healthcare needs, being an ally, health care laws, public policy and more. Community members and organizations interested in learning about and furthering transgender equity are encouraged to attend.

Trans* Equity Summit
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave. S.

The summit will include:

  • A keynote address by Monica Roberts, founding editor of TransGriot, a blog focusing on issues pertaining to transgender women of color.
  •  Findings of the U.S. Transgender Survey, presented by the National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • An opportunity to meet members of the City’s newly appointed advisory board, the Transgender Equity Council.

Hosted by the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the event is free and open to the public. Register and find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/TransEquity.

New sick and safe time options


Work in Minneapolis? Find out about new sick time options for healthy workers, healthy businesses and healthy communities.

Full-time workers, part-time workers, seasonal and temporary workers and paid interns who work in Minneapolis – who didn’t get sick time off before – may now be entitled to start earning sick time to take care of their own and their family’s needs related to treatment, recuperating or preventive care for medical health or mental health, illness or injury.

Victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking may use earned time off to seek law enforcement, counseling or other services for their physical safety.

Workers may use earned time off to care for family members when school or day care is closed for an emergency – like inclement weather.

Share this video to help get the word out.

To find out more, call 311 or visit sicktimeinfo.minneapolismn.gov. 

Minneapolis strengthens law on flavored tobacco


The City Council voted Aug. 4 to help protect young people’s health by restricting sales of all flavored tobacco products including menthol, mint and wintergreen to tobacco shops and off-sale liquor stores. The regulation on menthol, mint and wintergreen will take effect in August 2018. Sales of other flavored tobacco products have already been restricted to tobacco shops since 2016.

A large community coalition led the request for these changes in availability of menthol cigarettes, , which are to prevent youth tobacco use, lifelong addiction to nicotine, and the tobacco-related health disparities between white populations and people of color.

Menthol is a chemical compound extracted from the peppermint or corn mint plant or created synthetically. Because of its numbing qualities, menthol is used in medicines and tobacco products to relieve throat irritation and produce a cooling feeling. Nearly half (44 percent) of high school tobacco users use menthol products.  Over the years, there has also been evidence that tobacco companies marketed menthol tobacco to communities of color.  Menthol tobacco is easier to get addicted to because menthol increases nicotine absorption leading to a stronger addiction than non-menthol products.

Find more information about what Minneapolis is doing to protect young people from tobacco.

Minneapolis Convention Center awarded LEED green building certification


The Minneapolis Convention Center is now a LEED-certified building. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs in areas including energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Examples of ongoing notable sustainability initiatives at the convention center include offsetting energy use by 100 percent with solar and wind power, recycling 60 percent of waste in 2016, collecting 160 tons of organics for hog feed and composting, donating four tons of food per year and creating a pollinator garden that’s inviting for bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators.

To learn more about sustainability efforts at the Minneapolis Convention Center, visit the convention center's website.

Minneapolis launches interactive maps for self-guided public art tours


The City of Minneapolis has teamed up with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to produce six self-guided, interactive tours exploring public art. There are approximately 300 individual pieces of public art to visit in Minneapolis.

The interactive maps feature detailed information about each artwork and directions to the pieces. The maps also provide information on how long each tour will take for those who choose to bike, walk or drive.

To find out the number of artworks, featured artists and more, visit the Minneapolis Public Art Tour interactive website. Tour goers are encouraged to share their adventures using the hashtag #TourMplsArt.

Training offered for 911 careers


The City of Minneapolis and partners have developed a training program for careers in 911 telecommunications. Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey counties have partnered with HIRED and Hennepin County Technical College to offer the free course. Students will learn core competencies for 911 telecommunications, including communication procedures, critical documentation, concepts in emergency situations, medical and safety dispatching, assessment, legal aspects, cultural awareness, and stress management. Job shadowing opportunities are also available to gain workplace exposure. Job shadowing opportunities will also be available.

Graduates may then apply to Minneapolis, Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey counties to be evaluated as candidates.

Potential candidates can learn more at www.hired.org/training/911telecommunications.

Free Home Energy Squad Visits for Income Qualifying Households


A home energy squad visit is a great way to learn more about your home’s energy efficiency.  During the visit a team of trusted energy experts will:

  • Install energy savings materials (including LED lightbulbs, a programmable thermostat, door weather-stripping, a water heater blanket, and high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators).
  • Complete and insulation inspection.
  •  Safety check your home’s heating system and water heater.

The home energy squad will also connect you with resources to replace older, inefficient appliances and improve your home’s insulation.

This service is free to Xcel Energy customers who meet income guidelines.

Call the Home Energy Squad at 651-328-6221 for additional information and to schedule your visit today.  Limited time offer.