Ward 8 Update: Friday, July 12th, 2019

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

38th St. Public Safety Meeting on Monday, July 15th at 5 pm

When: Monday, July 15th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Sabathani Community Center, Rm, 216, 2nd floor

In June the community experienced a shooting and then a homicide near 38th and 3rd Ave and 37th and 3rd Ave respectively. There are additional public safety concerns and patterns along the corridor that we would like to discuss and generate ideas to promote safety along the corridor.

Join Ward 8 Council Member Andrea Jenkins, Chief of Minneapolis Police Department Medaria Arradondo, MPD 3rd Precinct Inspector Michael Sullivan, MPD 5th Precinct Inspector Amelia Huffman, Crime Prevention Specialists, neighbors and business owners for a meeting to address crime and public safety concerns along 38th Street.

We hope you can join us on July 15th.

City celebrates first Minneapolis Black Business Week


The City of Minneapolis is celebrating the first ever Minneapolis Black Business Week July 19-27. The City and partner organizations will be hosting events to highlight and support black-owned businesses throughout the city.

Black Business Week has something for everyone. The week will kick off with a panel discussion and celebration July 19 at Mama Sheila’s, 3744 Bloomington Ave., hosted by City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Mayor Jacob Frey. Throughout the week there will be additional opportunities to learn and network, from a conversation about diversity and inclusion in tech with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, to the contracting-focused Let’s Do Business!, to networking for Black Women Makers, to a free Ask an Expert advice clinic and more.

You can also sign up for a morning workout with Mayor Frey at WeRow MSP, enjoy movie night at the Commons, and from July 25-27, visit the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl for open galleries, a fashion show, musical performances and more. Creative entrepreneurs can also visit the Creative Minneapolis Business Resource Fair at FLOW on West Broadway.

Throughout the week, share your experience on social media using the hashtag #MplsBlackBizWeek. Add pictures from events, livestream, post about your favorite black owned businesses and encourage others to check out new places to shop, dine, workout and more. 

See MinneapolisBlackBusinessWeek.com for details on events or to register your business in our online directory. 

If you are a black business owner, you can sign up to have your business highlighted inthe City's online directory, learn about business trends, discover what it takes to become a vendor with the City, expand your professional network, and more. 

Join us Friday, July 19th for Afternoons with Andrea: Celebrating Black Business Week!


Join Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Co-host Mayor Jacob Frey for Afternoons with Andrea: Celebrating Minneapolis Black Business Week!

When: Friday, July 19th, 12-1:30pm
Where: Mama Sheila’s 3744 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Connect with business leaders to hear about their unique experiences including highlights, challenges, growth and perspective on opening, operating and expanding business in Minneapolis. We will also hear from City staff with expertise in the areas of procurement and economic development.

We hope you will join us for this panel discussion on July 19!

Monday, July 22nd Let's Do Business! Minneapolis Black Business Week event at Sabathani Community Center


When: Monday, July 22, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Join Mayor Jacob Frey at this Black Business Week sponsored event hosted by the City of Minneapolis! Get connected with resources for minority-owned businesses, learn about upcoming purchasing opportunities at the City, and network with entrepreneurs and business leaders from major companies around the Twin Cities.

Questions about this event? Please contact civilrights@minneapolismn.gov.

Notice of E. 42nd St. Restriping Project


Our office is pleased to share that 42nd Street, from Portland Ave to 17th Ave S, will be re-striped for the addition of bike lanes. This project extends existing bike lanes on 42nd St, brings us a step closer to our multi-modal transit goals, and will help ease longtime concerns for neighborhood safety due to speeding vehicles and misuse of parking lanes as traffic lanes.

Public Works crews, in late June, filled potholes along this stretch in preparation for re-striping.

The work is currently scheduled for the week of July 29 (weather permitting) and will take 1-2 days to re-stripe and the bike messages will be installed shortly thereafter.

35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Update


More about this project

To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at: mndot.gov/35w94

Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, visit metrotransit.org/35W.

Stay connected

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org/ or dial 5-1-1. 

Change For You(th) Proposals due July 15, voting begin July 23rd


The Division of Race and Equity’s ReCAST Minneapolis program set aside $100,000 to support community-based projects centered on addressing the needs of youth across Minneapolis. Building upon the success of its 2018 Resilience 365 participatory budgeting project, the Division collaborated with the Youth Coordinating Board’s Youth Congress to design this year's effort.

Projects funded through this effort must meet the goals set by the Trauma Troopers, a team of youth researchers with whom the Division contracted to conduct interviews and focus groups with over fifty youth (ages 14-24) from North and South Minneapolis. Youth serving organizations can submit project/event proposals that occur in North, South, & Cedar Riverside neighborhoods until July 15th.

To address the gaps in youth-centered, trauma-informed services, youth from the Minneapolis Youth Congress teamed up with ReCAST to develop this participatory budgeting process. Youth will be provided an opportunity to vote on how ReCAST funding can support projects that address trauma within the youth community as well as show youth how the City of Minneapolis supports community decision-making around vital issues. Please email ReCASTMinneapolisInfo@minneapolismn.gov for more information or if you have any questions.

Application window

Applications can be submitted online from June 30 through July 15.

Voting process and instructions

Online voting will be available July 21 through July 27. Paper ballots will be available at voting stations in North Minneapolis, Cedar Riverside and South Minneapolis from July 23 through July 26. Voting participants will be given a packet detailing each project’s objective, activity, and a description of the organization. Voters will be asked to select up to two projects in each category as well as fill out a voluntary demographic section.

In-person voting locations

  • Tuesday, July 23, 3-6 p.m. at Brian Coyle (420 15th Ave S)
  • Wednesday, July 24, 3:30-6 p.m. at the Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall)
  • Thursday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. at East Lake Street Library (2727 E Lake St.)
  • Friday, July 26, 1-5 p.m. at North Regional Library (1315 Lowry Ave N)

Important information for voters

  • Youth do not need an ID to vote on these projects/events
  • The voting opportunity is only open to youth ages 13-24 who live or work in designated ReCAST Minneapolis neighborhoods
  • Youth are only allowed to vote one time

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery Northside Oral History Project Exhibit Now Open!


A new oral history project examines the North Side community through first-hand accounts of longtime residents. Specifically focused on the area around Penn and Plymouth avenues, the project shares the accounts of elders who have lived there from the 1960s to today.

The Northside Oral History Project, created by the City of Minneapolis’ Division of Race & Equity, is on display at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery, 1256 Penn Ave. N., through Oct. 1. The project is funded through a grant from Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST).

The exhibit showcases nine stories and shares them through video and audio. Topics covered include gentrification, the 1980s, the war on drugs and affordable housing.

New hands-free law takes effect Aug. 1


Beginning Aug. 1, Minnesota law requires drivers to put down their phones and go hands-free while driving. At no time may a driver hold a phone in their hand unless it’s to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties.

The law allows drivers over 18 to use their cell phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts or get direction, but only using voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. Under this law, there is no change for drivers under 18. All previous restrictions will stay as currently enacted.

Drivers can use a cell phone if tucked into a headscarf, wrap or hijab if the phone is securely situated to remain hands-free and not blocking the driver’s vision in any way. Smart watches are also considered an electronic communications device under the hands-free law and can be used only as a conventional watch to check the time when driving.

With the passage of the hands-free cell phone law, Minnesota joins 18 other states, along with Washington, D.C. to enact laws regarding hands-free use while driving. Distracted driving, including those involving cell phone use, are responsible for one-fourth of crashes and one-fifth of fatalities. Data from several states that currently have enacted hand-free laws show a 15% decrease in traffic fatalities.

Additional information and resources are available on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Hands-Free and the Minnesota Safety Council’s Hands-Free Resources pages.

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