Reflecting on a great first year at City Hall

Jeremy schroeder

jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov

(612) 673-2211

Greetings, Ward 11!

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I hope the holiday season has been treating you well. It’s a great time of year for reflection, and I’d like to share with you some of the work that has made me most proud over the past year. I couldn’t have accomplished all of this without working in partnership with the community, and I thank you for your ideas, input, and support in 2018.

I can’t wait to see all that we’re able to get done together in the new year.


Sustainability

100% Renewable Electricity

Minneapolis committed this year to a future with 100% renewable electricity, a pledge I was proud to co-author and will continue to work to make a reality. At a time of serious climate consequences and inaction at the federal level, it’s more important than ever for local governments to step up and do what’s necessary to protect the future of our planet – for us and for our children. This ambitious goal represents our values and ensures Minneapolis is accountable to doing its part on climate action in the coming years. I look forward to sharing more about our specific strategies for achieving this in the new year.

Green Bonds

The City of Minneapolis, for the first time ever, is using green bonds – a financing mechanism that supports environmental, social, and sustainable objectives. I worked with colleagues and City staff to pursue this tool, which will finance portions of two public LEED Gold facilities -- the new consolidated Public Service Building and the East Side Storage and Maintenance Facility, a state-of-the-art recycling and waste facility. This affirms our city’s position as a sustainable development leader, and strengthens the market for financing tools that align with a cleaner, greener future.

Clean Energy Partnership

Minneapolis is fortunate to have a first-of-its-kind Clean Energy Partnership between the City and the utilities that serve residents, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. I sit on the Partnership board, which charts the course for how these partners work together to achieve the City’s clean energy goals. This year, we’ve taken the landmark step of pushing ahead with the development of a new inclusive financing mechanism to allow more people to access energy efficiency improvements. We’ve also started a workforce development initiative to ensure that Minneapolis communities benefit from anticipated growth in our clean energy economy. I’m looking forward to seeing this work develop, and helping Ward 11 residents and businesses reach their clean energy potential.

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Housing

Historic Investment Approved for 2019

Our 2019 budget, passed late this year, includes a landmark $40 million to support affordable housing programs citywide. Minneapolis’ housing market is in the grips of an affordability crisis, and this funding will strengthen important programs and services needed now more than ever. It is critical that we stabilize housing costs -- for seniors who want to remain in their homes, for young folks grappling with rising rents, and everyone in between. I look forward to continuing work I started this year to evaluate funding options going forward, to ensure we have dedicated resources we need to provide safe and stable housing for all Minneapolis residents.

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Minneapolis 2040

The City Council passed an amended Minneapolis 2040 plan, which sets a high-level guideline for our growth and development in coming decades. While much of the attention on this plan has focused on the addition of more housing options, it also sets our framework for everything from stormwater management to supporting seniors. I introduced several amendments to the plan, focused on lifting up our aging community, strengthening sustainability, preserving what makes our neighborhoods great today, and encouraging the City to deepen its community engagement strategies.

Advance Notice of Sale

The Advance Notice of Sale measure, which I co-authored, requires owners of certain multifamily properties to give the City a 60-day heads up if they plan to put a property up for sale. This provision is designed to support the market buyers who want to keep these units affordable, helping to prevent displacement and keep rising rents in check. Tenants as well as buyers interested in keeping those units affordable have historically lacked time and resources to do so. Or, worse yet, they've been unaware that these sales are happening. This ordinance will help to change that, and also includes protections for tenants.

Domestic Violence Protections

I’m proud to have brought forward an ordinance to close a significant gap in the City’s efforts to protect survivors of domestic violence. Among other things, this measure brings the City into conformity with state law by, for the first time, explicitly prohibiting landlords from evicting residents based on 911 calls related to domestic violence. The City’s Office of Police Conduct Review found that these folks have not always been protected. Closing this loophole now means more of our neighbors, including those who are most vulnerable, can stay safe and maintain an all-important sense of home.

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Visiting Cambridge with MPHA

I joined the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority in Cambridge, MA to understand ways to leverage sustainability and other tools to improve housing quality and reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Learning from other communities helps us shape a holistic housing strategy (including public housing) that is good for our people, our economy, and our environment.


Equity

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Seniors

I’m excited to be laying the groundwork for deeper partnership between the Ward 11 office and the incredible community organizations that serve our seniors. The aging community has unique needs, and it’s important that the City is doing what it can to support seniors in getting the resources they need. I made sure this is reflected in our Minneapolis 2040 plan in a number of areas, including through amendments to strengthen support for aging in place and multigenerational housing as well as to hold the City accountable for effective engagement with seniors.

Race Equity Training

In partnership with Council Vice President Jenkins and City staff, I helped to develop a race equity training for City Council members with the hope that it will help us better serve all residents of Minneapolis. The multipart training is designed to emphasize the ways race shapes our life circumstances and the roles elected leaders play. This initiative is the first of its kind for Minneapolis elected officials.

Food Access

An ordinance I drafted this year enables the Twin Cities Mobile Market to serve our Ward 11 community. This valuable community resource visits Bossen Terrace Apartments every other Wednesday to provide fresh and healthy food to our neighbors. My ordinance expanded areas the Mobile Market can serve, therefore expanding communities' access to healthy food they may not otherwise have. I look forward to building on this work in the new year as the newest member of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council.

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Community Engagement

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Bossen Community-Building

With the help of Ward 11 interns and community partners, I’ve worked extensively this past year to make connections with the Bossen community. This includes co-sponsoring the Bossen Residents Party, which brought out about 200 neighbors to get to know each other better. I brought Mayor Jacob Frey down to attend the first-annual championship of the Latinx Soccer League – a group started by neighbors that serves 400+ participants. We also toured the Bossen Neighborhood with the mayor and spoke to neighbors directly about the issues facing them. I’m also working with property owners, residents, and the Minneapolis Police Department to implement new public safety strategies in the area.

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Working with Ward 11

When I took office, I committed to you that I would be accessible and accountable to our community. To work for you, I need to work with you. I’m grateful that I’ve had the privilege of connecting with so many of you, individually and at dozens of community events, and look forward to keeping these conversations going in the new year. I will continue to host regular Community Conversations where any Ward 11 resident can drop in with ideas or questions, as well as attending neighborhood meetings and events. You are always welcome to reach out to me via email at jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov or by phone at 612-673-2211.


See you in 2019!

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