Ward 8 Update: Friday, Aug. 23rd, 2019

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

Join us for Building Bridges & Breaking Bread: 38th Street Bridge Pop-Up Community Feast & IZI on Wednesday, Sept. 11th from 5-8 pm


Please join us on Wednesday, September 11 from 4-8pm for Building Bridges, Breaking Bread! A free cross-cultural feast for neighbors on both sides of the 38th Street Bridge to come together in community.

This is our second year in a row hosting this event and we know this will be even more of a blast than last time!

What: A community feast and celebration, dinner will be served in abundance to allay any dietary concern from vegan to carnivore.
When: Wednesday, September 11th, 5 - 8pm, with dinner at 6pm
Where: On the E. 38th Street Bridge, between 1st Ave S and 3rd Ave S

Yes! This event is free.
Yes! Dinner is provided.
Yes! Children and youth are welcome.
Dress comfortably!

Join us for a sit-down dinner on the bridge, kid friendly activities and more! This is an opportunity for neighbors to meet and have intentional conversation around our unique stories and shared future - where all members of the community are empowered!

The conversation, facilitated by Marnita's Table, will furnish space for open dialogue and healing. A feast appropriate from vegan to carnivore will be provided by local community businesses. Information on which local businesses will be serving food is coming soon!

Thank you to our co-hosts and sponsors:

Public hearing on proposed renters’ protection ordinance Aug. 28


The public can comment on a proposed renters’ protection ordinance at a public hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, during the City Council’s Housing Policy & Development Committee meeting.

The proposed ordinance would cap security deposits at a maximum of one month’s rent and gives property owners two options for screening potential renters: use inclusive screening criteria outlined in the ordinance or conduct an individualized assessment. The inclusive screening criteria places limitations on consideration of criminal background, rental history – including eviction history – and prohibits use of a credit score. Additional summaries related to the Renter Protections Ordinance can be found here, under the supporting documents section of the page.

Ongoing discussions with renters, property owners, housing experts and other community stakeholders have shaped the policy proposal.

The proposed ordinance builds on a growing body of work City leaders have advanced to address the challenges facing renters. Minneapolis is a majority renter city with 89,000 households renting their homes. Renters are more likely than homeowners to have low incomes, and people of color are more likely than white people to be renters. Renters are vulnerable to challenging market conditions including low vacancy rates and limited affordable housing options.

Renters’ protection ordinance public hearing City Council’s Housing Policy & Development Committee 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28 Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

Adult entertainment ordinance strengthens protections for workers

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The City Council has strengthened an ordinance that improves working conditions in the adult entertainment field. Following concerns about physical safety and well-being involving unsanitary conditions, tripping hazards, wage theft and other issues, the ordinance requires worker protections including:

  • Standard cleaning procedures for the work environment and shared areas.
  • Seating made of cleanable material.
  • Rules posted for customer conduct.
  • Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination materials available.
  • Workers’ rights posted.
  • Workers given copies of their contracts.
  • Security cameras covering all areas where entertainers interact with customers.
  • Tripping hazards eliminated.
  • Managers and owners not accepting tips from entertainers.
  • No manager or security staff employed who have a criminal domestic violence-related offense conviction within five years.
  • No retaliation allowed against workers for reporting violations.

Staff developed this ordinance over two years with research on best practices, outreach to businesses and entertainers, and cooperation with the Sex Workers Outreach Project and the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC).

Find out more about the adult entertainment ordinance here.

Mayor Frey outlines vision for 2020 City budget


Mayor Jacob Frey presented his recommended 2020 City budget Aug. 15 – a budget that invests in the mayor’s top priorities of economic inclusion, affordable housing, public safety and police-community relations.

The City Council will begin reviewing the recommended $1.62 billion budget, hold a series of budget presentations in September and October, and vote on adopting the budget in December. The Board of Estimate and Taxation is scheduled to hold a public hearing to set the maximum property levy at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The recommended budget includes a 6.95% property tax levy increase for 2020. The City’s revenues come from a wide variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23% of the City’s budget.

Highlights of the recommended budget include:

  • Over $31 million of one-time and ongoing resources for affordable housing programs.
  • Funding for the Police Department to hire 14 new sworn officers: eight officers focused on neighborhood outreach, three officers for a new traffic unit and three investigators focused on domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.
  • A $1.35 million investment in new Cultural Districts across the city: areas targeted for an acceleration of economic development and affordable housing strategies in some of the most vibrant and culturally diverse areas in Minneapolis.

Visit the City’s budget website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.

New federal rule could affect some applications for permanent residency


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The federal government has issued an immigration agency rule that could affect the ability of some people to qualify for permanent resident, or "green card," status. This rule is commonly known as the public charge rule, and it expands the criteria and type of benefits that the government can point to in deciding whether to grant or deny green card applications for certain applicants. This rule is anticipated to take effect 60 days after publication.

Several states, including the State of Minnesota, have joined a lawsuit in federal court in Washington state to prevent this rule from taking effect. 

Not affected

People who are not affected by the public charge rule include U.S. citizens, applicants for U.S. citizenship, people who are applying for or who hold asylum or refugee status, Special Immigrant Juveniles, people with temporary protected status, people under the protection of the Violence Against Women Act, people with U or T visas, or people with green cards based upon these classifications.

Free legal help

You can get free legal information and advice on public benefits and public charge, either by phone or through a presentation in your community, by contacting Mid Minnesota Legal Aid at 1-800-292-4150. Additional information about the subject of public charge can be found at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and Protecting Immigrant Families.

Get free immunizations for your kids before school starts


Minneapolis is encouraging people to get their children caught up on immunizations before school starts, and to help it’s offering free immunizations. No need for appointments or insurance. This will catch your child up on all school-required immunizations including the “MMR” immunization: safe and effective protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

Measles can be dangerous, and it’s contagious

Measles can be dangerous – especially for babies and young children. About one in five people who get measles will be hospitalized. Measles can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and even death. Measles spreads easily through coughing and sneezing, and the germs can stick around in a room, a car, etc. for hours after a sick person has left. This year so far, 1,164 measles cases have been confirmed in the United States – the most since 1992.

Free immunizations

Davis Service Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
  • Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.
  • 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

For South Minneapolis residents there is free transportation from the New Families Center, 3345 Chicago Ave. S. (enter at 34th and Chicago) to the Davis Service Center. Find a shuttle schedule here.

The immunizations are provided by NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools. The City of Minneapolis is covering any costs for the immunizations at these events.

More low-cost or free immunizations

People who can’t make it to one of the free immunizations or their regular doctor may qualify for free or low-cost immunizations with these providers:

  • Community University Health Care Center: 612-301-3433.
  • Hennepin County Public Health: 612-543-5555.
  • Indian Health Board: 612-721-9800.
  • Native American Community Clinic: 612-872-8086.
  • Neighborhood Healthsource: 612-588-9411.
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center: 612-543-2500.
  • People’s Center Health Services: 612-332-4973.
  • Southside Community Health Services: 612-827-7181.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/immunize or call 311.

U.S. Census Bureau knocking on doors for census pre-work


U.S. Census Bureau field workers are in our neighborhoods now through October verifying addresses. Field workers will try to knock on every door to make sure the Census Bureau’s address list is accurate and complete ahead of the 2020 census. Check out a video produced by the Census Bureau to explain this door-to-door work. Communities must be fully counted to fully benefit from political representation and valuable funding over the next 10 years.

While address canvassing is a normal part of the census process, we understand an unexpected knock on the door by a federal government worker could create anxiety for some community members. There is no reason to be alarmed by legitimate census field personnel. Census workers participating in address canvassing will only ask for information about addresses – not people.

The U.S. Census Bureau recommends verifying the field workers as legitimate census field workers and not employees of any other government agency:

  • Census field workers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
  • Census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
  • If you have questions, you can call 800-923-8282 or 312-579-1500 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

We are providing this information to help put Minneapolis residents at ease about the federal U.S. Census Bureau work occurring in our neighborhoods.

Again, if you have questions regarding the U.S. Census Bureau’s address canvassing operation, you can contact the Census Bureau at 1-800-923-8282.

Learn more at 2020census.gov.

35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Project Updates

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15th St. between 4th Ave. and Portland Ave. reopens Aug. 23

Crews are almost complete with the utility work on 15th St. and we are happy to share that 15th St. between 4th Ave. and Portland Ave. in downtown Minneapolis will be open by Fri, Aug. 23.

Lake St. lane reduction begins Aug. 26

Beginning Mon, Aug. 26, Lake St will be reduced to one general traffic lane in each direction along with an eastbound bus-only lane between Nicollet Ave. and 2nd Ave. S. through spring 2020.  Crews need the lane reductions to construct the falsework that will support the new transit bridge during construction. Pedestrians will still be able to walk along Lake St. using the north sidewalk.

Beginning Sun, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. we will need to close Lake St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. to complete the striping.

NB I-35W ramp to 31st St. closures Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 3-5

In early September, we’re going to begin reconstruction on 31st St. between 1st Ave. S and 2nd Ave. S. We are planning on keeping the ramp from NB I-35W to 31st St. open during the reconstruction work, but to do so, we need to build a temporary ramp connection. To build the ramp connection safely, we need to have multiple daytime closures on Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 3-5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NB I-35W to 3rd St. ramp closure postponed

This closure will happen later. The ramp will remain open next week.

*All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

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

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, visit: mvta.com

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Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415


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