Ward 8 Update Newsletters - October 10, 2017

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

October 10, 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

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

Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Mexico - A Call to Action!

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Dear Friends,

When disaster hits it is imperative that we take responsive measures to provide support to our friends in crises.  In recent weeks Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, leaving destruction including a destroyed power grid, mass flooding and hundreds of thousands of people without running water or gas in their aftermath.  Record breaking earthquakes devastated Mexico City and southern parts of Mexico. The stories of loss and displacement are heartbreaking.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by recent hurricanes and natural disasters, and we have a call to action.  In the absence of a robust response from the Trump administration, it is critical that organizations, municipalities and grass roots organizers stand in solidarity with the great people affected by these crises.  I have joined New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and several other State, City and County legislators in calling for the Federal Government to act immediately to deploy additional resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, lengthen the Jones Act suspension period, and expand the “local match” waiver for FEMA funds.  Read the entire letter here.

Additionally, donations to support recovery efforts are needed.  Support for frontline Puerto Rican Communities in the Recovery from Hurricane Maria can be made to the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund housed at The Center for Popular Democracy.  Donate here.

Support for the survivors of the most powerful earthquakes in Mexico’s history can be made to the Gofundme Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund: MN; Oxfam Mexico; and Mexican Red Cross (Cruz Roja Mexicana).

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City Council passes resolution supporting DACA

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The City Council approved a resolution reaffirming the City’s support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Trump administration recently called for the end of the DACA program and gave Congress six months to pass legislation to determine the fate of roughly 800,000 people with DACA status. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security established DACA under the Obama administration in 2012, which allows undocumented youths who came to the country as children to apply for temporary permission to stay in the U.S.

The City of Minneapolis was the first in the country to declare support for DACA in 2012. The resolution notes that Minnesota is home to 6,300 people with DACA status, often referred to as Dreamers. It also cited a study by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Affairs estimating that Minnesota’s DACA participants pay nearly $7 million annually in taxes. The program has enabled more than 70 percent of participants to find a new job.

“The City of Minneapolis is strongly committed to continuing the work of enacting policies and programs to welcome members of all communities, including creating a legal defense fund to support immigrants and refugees in our city,” the resolution notes. 


Minimum wage rules and FAQs, public comment period open through Nov. 17

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The City of Minneapolis has drafted minimum wage frequently asked questions and rules documents to provide guidance on the general rights and responsibilities of employers and employees for the City’s minimum wage ordinance. The FAQs and rules are now available for public review and comment through Nov. 17.

The City’s Municipal Minimum Wage Ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. There will be a tiered phase-in period for small and large businesses. Large businesses that employ more than 100 workers will be required to pay employees a minimum of $10 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Small businesses with 100 or fewer employees will be required to pay workers at least $10.25 beginning July 1, 2018.

Large businesses have until July 1, 2022 to reach a minimum wage of $15 an hour and small businesses have until July 1, 2024 to reach $15 an hour.

Public comments about the clarity and substance of information in the FAQs and rules documents can be emailed to minwage@minneapolismn.gov through Nov. 17. Questions about the frequently asked questions should include “FAQs” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the rules should include “rules” in the subject line of the email. Feedback can also be submitted in person at Minneapolis City Hall, Room 239, 350 S. Fifth St.

Find more information and resources at the City’s new minimum wage website: minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov.


Get ready for the Nov. 7 election

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The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 7 municipal election, which will be the city’s third election to use ranked-choice voting. Sample ballots are now available, and voters can go to the elections webpages to see how their ballots will look in November.

There are three ways voters can cast their ballots: by mail, in person at the Early Vote Center and in person at their polling places on Election Day.

Sample ballots available now
You can see exactly what the ballot in your precinct will look like. Just go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot, and a link there will take you to a Minnesota Secretary of State webpage where you can get your sample ballot.

In the mayor’s race, 16 candidates will appear on the ballot.  All City Council offices will also be on the ballot. Each ballot across the city will also feature two other citywide contests: one for two at-large seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and one for three at-large seats on the Park and Recreation Board. Every voter will also have a chance to select a representative for one of the six Park and Recreation Board districts.

Early voting is underway – request a ballot now
Early voting has now begun. This can be done in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St., at the corner of Third Ave. S. and Third St. S., one block from City Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours including weekends in the final days before Election Day.

To vote early by mail, voters may request an absentee ballot.  Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee for absentee ballot applications in multiple languages that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information.

Oct. 17 is the deadline to pre-register to vote
Registering to vote is fast and easy. If it’s been more than four years since you last voted, or you’ve moved or changed your name since you last registered, you’ll also need to re-register.

Oct. 17 is the deadline for pre-registering in 2017. Voter registrations can be submitted anytime.

In addition to submitting voter registration applications by mail or in person to elections offices, voters have the option to register or update their registrations online. To pre-register, start the process at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register.

This election uses ranked-choice voting
Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections in Minneapolis.

More information on ranked-choice voting is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv.

Get elections info at vote.minneapolismn.gov


Public Works trainee program increases diversity, serves as new hiring pathway

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The Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program is helping the department change the face of its workforce to better reflect the community it serves. Public Works is hiring for service worker 1 positions and for service worker 1 trainee positions. See the required qualifications and experience here.

New trainee program begins soon
Public Works is accepting applications throughout October for the next trainee program. The program offers adults a chance at on-the-job training to meet the qualifications for the Public Works service worker 1 position. Trainees perform manual labor to support construction and maintenance work while also learning the fundamentals of the construction industry and how to drive and operate Public Works equipment. Through the course of the program, they earn their Class B commercial driver’s licenses.

Spread the word
Please help spread the word about these opportunities with folks in your network. Share this flyer, and encourage prospective applicants to attend one of several information sessions in October.

Public Works Service Worker 1 Trainee Program information sessions

3-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.

5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16
Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18 
Waite House - Pillsbury United Communities, 2323 11th Ave. S.

3-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19
Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway

5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25
Emerge, 1834 Emerson Ave. N.

Attendees will be able to talk to Public Works representatives and apply for a position on the spot.

Applicants don’t have to attend an information session; they can also apply online at www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs.


Apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

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A number of board and commission positions are open for City Council and mayor appointments this spring. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. 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. Translation services are available upon request to ensure all residents have the ability to participate.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 20. The positions are open until filled. There are 119 open positions on 17 City boards and commissions:

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

About boards, commissions and advisory committees

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards, and special service districts, which are defined areas within the city where special services are rendered.

Appointments to boards and commissions are made twice a year in the spring and fall.


South Minneapolis African American History Harvest, Oct. 28

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What: African American History Harvest - Minneapolis Southside
When: Sat., October 28, 10am - 2pm
Where: St. Peters AME Church, 401 E 41st St.

Share your stories and help record and preserve the rich history of the black community on Minneapolis' Southside. African Americans who lived, worked, attended school, church or social clubs on the Southside in the Central, Bryant or Regina neighborhoods are encouraged to bring items to the event and tell your story. 

Please bring your documents, photographs, artifacts, family heirlooms, or personal objects. A digital photograph will be taken of your item. We do not keep your items. Share a story about what these items say about you, your family or your community. The photographs and interviews will be digitized, transcribed and collected for a project to be publicly displayed. 

The event is hosted by Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. It is free and open to the public.  Visit the Facebook event here.


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Support the Desegregation of Hale & Field Schools 45 Year Celebration event, Nov. 9

In September 1971, Hale and Field Community Schools were paired by the Minneapolis Public School District to provide a demonstration project in quality integrated education. The success of the pairing can be attributed to the activism of community leaders, parents and school staff who believed in desegregating our schools and neighborhood. 

Please join us on Thursday, November 9 from 6-8 pm at Field Community School, 4645 4th Ave S, as we recognize these leaders and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of our school’s landmark pairing.

This memorable event will feature video interviews with the community leaders who spearheaded the pairing, a panel discussion about past and present barriers to equitable education, guest speakers who helped get the Hale-Field partnership started, and choir and jazz music by past and current Hale and Field students. This event would not be possible without donations and the support of volunteers. 

Please consider donating your time, talents, or money to this historic event:

  • To make a financial donation, visit www.frnng.org/halefield1971 or send a check to Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG), 1620 E 46th Street, Mpls, MN 55407. 
    Sponsors that donate $100 or more will be recognized in the Program Sponsor List and the Close To Home FRNNG Newsletter in December.
  • To volunteer your time and talent, contact FRNNG education committee chair, Terry Mazig at education@frnng.org

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities 23rd Annual Kickoff to Rebuild Community Celebration

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On October 3rd, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, in partnership with Sankofa at St. Peters AME Church committee, hosted the 23rd Annual Kickoff to Rebuild Community Celebration, a Super Bowl LII Sanctioned Event.  Rebuilding Together focused on working with members of the community who met regularly over the course of several weeks to plan for this great Community Resource Fair and Peace Poles project event!

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and hundreds of Community Volunteers came together to support Tilsenbilt homeowners and near neighbors with home repairs.  The Tilsenbilt Homes are a group of 52 homes in the Bryant, Regina and Field neighborhoods, built in the 1950’s, that are one of the first federally supported residential housing developments in the nation to be marketed to buyers of all races.  In early 2017 the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution approving the Tilsenbilt Homes Historic District Landmark for homeowners who opted to participate.

A big thank you to Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and involved community members and volunteers for making this event and opportunity possible!


Find information on the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project

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Find information on closures related to the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, a four-year reconstruction project of I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis. The project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the project area with better access to the Lake Street business district and transit service on I-35W and Lake Street. Work is expected to be complete in fall 2021.

More information