Minneapolis Connects August Newsletter

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

August 9, 2018

City Academy for Youth

Fire Dept City Academy 2015 Circle

Calling all youth leaders of Minneapolis: Have you wondered where your tax money goes, how to rent or buy a home, or how to work at the City? Register for the 2018 City Academy today!

The City of Minneapolis invites you to bring your questions and meet your local government with City Academy for Youth.

Participants will learn about City government, finances, mental health, affordable housing and Minneapolis’s youth employment opportunities from presentations by the Health Department, 911, Police, Community Planning and Economic Development and Civil Rights. The series will conclude with a meet-and-greet with local elected leaders.

City Academy For Youth Topics 2018

City Academy will take place in City Hall and run from:

  • August 20-24, 12-2:30 p.m.

Participants will receive:

  • Lunch
  • Free bus tokens
  • An interpreter in Spanish, Somali or Hmong upon request

The first day of City Academy for Youth will be Monday, August 20, 2018. View updates and sign up on the City Academy webpage: Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/CityAcademy.

Learn about engaging with Native American, African American, immigrant & refugee communities and more.

2017 Learning Lab Students at Round Tables Discussing Engagement Strategies

Neighborhood organizations, City of Minneapolis staff and City community partners are invited join NCR in a free series of 8 learning labs covering topics relating to effective community engagement.

The next series runs from September 12 – October 31 in the mornings, and September 20 – November 8 in the evenings.  The sessions will cover:

  • Effectively Planning for Community Engagement 
  • East African Community and Effective Engagement
  • African American Community and Effective Engagement
  • Latino Community and Effective Engagement
  • American Indian Community and Effective Engagement
  • Southeast Asian Community and Effective Engagement
  • Disability Awareness
  • Considerations for Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Communities

You can view the schedule and enroll today at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/learninglabs

Email ncr@minneapolimn.gov or call 612-673-3737 if you have additional questions or difficulty registering.

One Minneapolis Fund now accepting applications

Immigrant Women's Network CAPI 2017 (One Minneapolis Fund Recipient)

Cultural and community nonprofit organizations, you're invited to apply for funding for leadership development projects in Minneapolis through the One Minneapolis Fund. Find the Request for Proposals on the City of Minneapolis Procurement website here.

Apply by October 10 in one of two categories to receive part of the $182,000 available:

  1. Projects seeking up to $15,000 that prepare Minneapolis residents from underrepresented groups to serve on City boards and commissions or on one of Minneapolis’s 70 neighborhood organization boards.
  2. Projects seeking up to $25,000 that connect diverse residents to the City and engage communities, beyond neighborhood borders, from target audiences.

City-designated neighborhood organizations receiving CPP funding are ineligible to apply directly, but may partner with other organizations on eligible projects. Read more...

Pictured: CAPI USA's One Minneapolis Fund project from 2015, Immigrant Women's Network

Neighborhoods 2020 Update

Work Groups 2020 Orientation at ESNS photo for newsletter

During the week of August 1, Neighborhoods 2020 work groups began their biweekly meetings, and NCR's Neighborhoods 2020 project lead established office hours at locations all around the City to answer questions about work groups' progress. All work group meetings and office hours are open to the public. 

You can now view the work group and office hours calendar and stay up to date on locations and materials on the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage: Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020

Pictured: June 2020 Work Group Orientation

City Council approves move to amend City Charter language regarding Police Department

The City Council approved language for a proposed ballot question to amend the Minneapolis City Charter related to the authority over the Minneapolis Police Department. City Council also approved sending that language to the Charter Commission for consideration as required by State law. 

The Charter Commission has up to 150 days to take up the matter. When it does, commissioners have three courses of action: approve the proposal, reject that proposal or offer a substitute proposal. Their recommendation then goes back to the City Council for a vote.

Once the City Council receives the Charter Commission’s recommendation, the City Council has until August 24 to submit the final ballot language onto the November 6 general election ballot.

The ballot language approved by the City Council reads as follows:

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove from the Mayor complete power over the establishment, maintenance, and command of the police department, and to provide instead that such power over the police department be shared between the Mayor and City Council, as provided for other charter departments?

National Farmers Market Week August 4-11

Farmers Market produce

The City of Minneapolis passed a resolution recognizing August 5-11 as Farmers Market Week in Minneapolis. August is a time of abundant local produce at the markets, and many markets are hosting fun family activities. 

The City has an online interactive map that makes it easy to find farmers markets all over the city.

Farmers markets serve as important sources of healthy food for residents, economic engines for local farmers and food producers, and vital community gathering spaces in Minneapolis. 

City settles with McDonald’s to pay workers $20,000 owed under minimum wage ordinance.

Minimum Wage Schedule 2018

The City of Minneapolis has entered into an agreement with a McDonald’s franchise at 210 E. Lake St. to ensure workers are paid more than $20,000 in back wages and penalties owed under the City’s minimum wage ordinance after being alerted to the problem by community partners.

The Civil Rights Department will conduct a training for managers at the fast food restaurant, including a separate round table discussion with owners, managers and workers, creating a mediated, open space for all to discuss workplace concerns. 

Violations of the minimum wage ordinance can be reported online, by calling 311 or in person at City Hall, Room 239.

To view the current minimum wage, dates when the wage will increase and other information about the minimum wage ordinance, visit minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov, call 311 or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov.

Early voting now open, including Saturdays, for August 14 primary election

The primary election is on August 14, 2018, and early voting has opened!

What’s on the ballot?

Minneapolis voters will cast ballots for the following primary races:

  • U.S. senator.
  • U.S. senator, special election.
  • United States representative (District 5).
  • Governor/lieutenant governor.
  • Attorney general.
  • Minnesota State representative (Districts 59A, 59B, 60B, 62A and 62B).
  • County commissioner (Districts 2 and 4).
  • County sheriff.
  • Minneapolis School Board at-large members (two seats).

Early voting is easy

Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed. Early in-person voting is convenient. You can also vote early (by absentee ballot) by mail. Absentee ballot applications are available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee and may be submitted anytime throughout the year.

Saturday hours for the Early Vote Center begin August 4 to vote in the primary election. For hours and answers to other questions, visit vote.minneapolismn.govRead more...

Eat Street Food, Music & Arts Festival

Eat Street Food, Music and Art Festival 2018

The Whittier Alliance Neighborhood Organization is organizing the inaugural Eat Street Food, Music, & Arts Festival, the ultimate celebration of the Whittier neighborhood. The festival will take place Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 1-9pm, on Nicollet Avenue between 25th - 27th Streets. 

Live music, performances, international fare, and activities from the neighborhood’s many arts and cultural organizations will collectively reflect and celebrate who and what Whittier is at its heart.

This event is funded in part by the City of Minneapolis’ Great Streets Program, and all proceeds will directly benefit Whittier Alliance, in their efforts to produce this Festival annually. For more event details including vendor, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities, visit EatStreetFest.com, the Eat Street Food, Music, & Arts 2018 Facebook page, or contact the Whittier Alliance. Read more...

For Neighborhoods

Become an NCEC commissioner!

If you are passionate about good government and effective engagement, consider serving on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). We are currently seeking a commissioner to represent the following neighborhoods by August 31: 

  • Armatage
  • Cedar-Isles-Dean 
  • East Harriet Farmstead 
  • Tangletown 
  • Fulton 
  • Kenny 
  • Linden Hills 
  • Lynnhurst
  • West Calhoun
  • Windom

Board diversity surveys coming this fall

We strive to have members on neighborhood and appointed boards and commissions that reflect the demographics of the people in our city. If you serve on the board of a Minneapolis neighborhood organization or on an appointed advisory board or commission, NCR will request that you complete a short diversity survey this fall to help us measure our progress. You can view the results of the 2016 surveys here.

Litter Be Gone

Ready to rid your neighborhood of litter? Litter Be Gone, a city-wide week of litter cleanup events from September 17 to 22, 2018 is being organized with neighborhood associations with support from the Alliance for Sustainability and City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Division as part of the Minneapolis Clean City Initiative.

Learn about how your neighborhood can get involved at www.litterbegone.org.

Can neighborhoods get involved in elections? 

View NCR's answers to frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do during election season.

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      Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

      Director, David Rubedor 
      Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
      105 5th Avenue South
      Minneapolis, MN 55401
      (612) 673-3737