New Data Privacy Principles -- The Heart of Minneapolis -- February 2019

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Data Privacy Principles Adopted by City Council

CM Fletcher presents Data Privacy Principles to the City Council Enterprise Committee

On Thursday, February 6, the City Council’s Enterprise Committee voted to approve citywide Data Privacy Principles for the first time, and they were approved by the full Council on Friday the 14th. This is something I started working on in 2018, and I want to thank City staff on our Information Governance Policy Committee for all of their hard work to get us to this point.

We’re becoming a smarter and more responsive city, and we’re using data to do it. Our residents and visitors deserve to know that we are responsible with their information and respect their privacy – while also keeping our government open and transparent. I have supported and encouraged the development of this set of Data Privacy Principles so that every city department has clear guidance to prioritize data privacy as they plan for the future.

The principles are as follows:

  • We value and prioritize your data privacy.
  • We do not collect data unless there is a reason to do so.
  • We do not keep data longer than we need to.
  • We strive to be transparent about when, why, and how we collect and use data on individuals.
  • We protect your data.
  • We want your data to be accurate.
  • We leverage our partnerships to support data privacy.
  • We educate the public about their rights.


TOMORROW: Join Me to Celebrate 2019 with the 3rd aWards!

3rd aWards

2019 3rd aWards

WHEN: Wednesday, February 19th from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

WHERE: The Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE

Last term, then-Council Member Jacob Frey presented the 3rd aWards to community leaders and organizations who stood out in the previous year, and I'm so excited to bring them back to celebrate 2019!

I will be presenting awards in the following categories:

  • Best New Local Business
  • Best Placemaking Initiative
  • Best Transportation Improvement
  • Best Public Realm Improvement
  • Affordable Housing Project of the Year
  • Community Initiative of the Year
  • Youth Leadership of the Year
  • Leader of the Year

RSVP and join us on Wednesday, February 19 to celebrate!


March 18: Good Morning Ward 3 with Housing Director Andrea Brennan


Good Morning Ward 3

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Kramarczuk's, 215 E. Hennepin Ave.

WITH: Andrea Brennan, Director of Housing Policy & Development

Our City recognizes that we have an affordable housing crisis, and we are moving aggressively to adopt policies and direct City funds to address it. On March 18, I'll be joined by Andrea Brennan, Director of Housing Policy and Development in the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED), for a conversation about our City's housing policies and programs. Join us to learn more about how we're working to make affordable housing available to more Minneapolis residents. 


Coffee With Your Council Member

Grab Coffee with Council Member Steve Fletcher

I hold regular open community office hours, normally at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, at a rotating neighborhood coffee shop in Ward 3 for constituents to drop by, ask questions, and raise any issues you see in the community. 

All are welcome! RSVP on Facebook or just show up. If you want to discuss a specific issue or project, email and we'll add you to the agenda.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for all the details on future scheduled events, or contact our office at 612-673-2203.


Reminder: New Ward 3 Social Media Accounts

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As part of a new Citywide social media policy adopted last year, each of the City Council ward offices now has separate social media accounts to communicate official City business and other information.

The official Ward 3 accounts are now at and at


Update on Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance

I've been working on a Freelance Workers Protection Ordinance with my colleagues, Council Members Cunningham and Palmisano, since last year alongside our Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance. We recently posted a revised draft and a handout to our legislative website. If you have feedback, please share it with us at

We continue to solicit engagement and feedback from freelancers, the City's Workplace Advisory Committee, and others on this ordinance, and we anticipate that it will come before the City Council's Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights, and Engagement Committee in March or April. 

If you work as an independent contractor in Minneapolis, please take our survey at

And finally, in case you missed it, MinnPost ran a great article in December about how our approach could establish a new model for protecting freelance work around the country. Check it out.


Mayoral Task Force On Off-Duty Police Work

Press conference on off-duty police work

On Wednesday, February 5, I joined Mayor Frey, Council Member Linea Palmisano, and Council Member Alondra Cano to announce the formation of a mayoral task force on off-duty police work. This is a critical issue for us to address for many reasons, and I want to thank my colleagues for their leadership in getting this started.

Policing is a public responsibility and a public good. We need to make sure that all of our police work is overseen in public, with transparency, and we need to make sure that we are paying for the cost of public safety equitably.

We’ve come to rely on off-duty heavily in our downtown entertainment district, so making sure we understand this before we make changes is important, because we need to get it right.

If you have thoughts about how the City regulates this type of police work, I encourage you to contact my office.


SURVEY: How Should the City Focus Our Violence Prevention Efforts?

Please take this survey by March 31 to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities! It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community.

If you’d like to use the survey in an alternative format or a different language, email


Early Vote Center Now Open for Presidential Primary

Presidential Primary is March 3rd

Early voting has begun in Minneapolis for the presidential primary! Any voter can vote early and no specific reason is required.

Voters in the city can vote at the Early Vote Center from now through Monday, March 2 (the day before the March 3 primary).


Minneapolis Early Vote Center -- 980 E. Hennepin Ave.

  • 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday through March 1
  • 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. on Monday, March 2
  • The center is also open on Saturday, February 22 and February 29

Hennepin County Government Center -- 300 S. Sixth St, Skyway Level

  • 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday


Applications to vote early by mail are available at Please allow enough time to complete the process by mail; it can take longer than seven days.

Got other questions? For all election information, go to!


Closed Captions Now Available for City of Minneapolis Broadcasts

City of Minneapolis broadcasts now have closed captions as a public service to make the City’s meetings and programs more accessible to residents. Viewers can use any external device including TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets.

The service allows for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents and residents learning English to watch the City’s decision-making process live, which supports City goals of transparency, equity and participation.

The automated captioning system from Link Electronics is a closed caption system the City is using for its two government access channels.

Television broadcasts are at SD channel 14 and HD channels 799 and 859 on Comcast, and SD channel 8001 and HD channel 8501 on CenturyLink. Viewers can find the live streams and replayed broadcasts of all meetings at and toggle captions on or off with the “CC” button on the video player.


“Topping off” Ceremony Marks Public Service Building Construction Milestone


The Public Service Building under construction had its final steel beam installed – known as “topping off,” a major milestone in construction. The topping off ceremony is a tradition for construction crews. The beam, painted white, was signed by workers and City representatives. It was then hoisted into place at the top of the building carrying an American flag and evergreen tree.

The Public Service Building will consolidate City employees from several buildings to offer better service to the public, a more effective workplace for employees and a smaller real estate footprint for the City.

Construction of the Public Service Building is moving forward rapidly. As of early December:

  • Crews have completed about 18 months of work at the construction site.
  • Construction craft workers have been put in about 150,000 hours to prepare the site, set up equipment, pour concrete, erect steel and more. Female construction craft workers performed 17,000 of those hours.
  • About 2.4 million pounds of rebar have gone into the project.
  • About 5.6 million pounds of steel have gone into the project.


Minneapolis Homes For Sale Now Get Energy Efficiency “Score”

Prospective homebuyers will now have information on a house’s energy efficiency before they decide to buy it – like knowing the miles per gallon of a car. Sellers have a Truth in Sale of Housing evaluation, and that document now includes an energy disclosure report showing the home’s “energy score.” The higher the score, the more efficient and resilient to weather extremes the property is.

The energy disclosure report helps buyers and sellers determine what energy efficiency improvements they can make to lower their energy use and reduce carbon emissions. The energy score includes information on four important components that affect a home’s energy efficiency: wall insulation, attic insulation, heating system and windows. The report provides clear, simple recommendations for improving these areas, the costs and benefits of different choices, and information about resources to help. Homeowners can typically save 30% on their energy use by insulating the attic and walls.

An energy efficient home is more comfortable and healthy and has lower total housing costs than an inefficient home.

The City of Minneapolis passed this requirement, as recommended in Minneapolis’ Climate Action Plan, to help the City make progress toward its community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Homeowners and real estate agents can contact an energy advisor free at 651-328-6225 or with questions about the energy disclosure report, recommendations on trusted contractors to complete energy improvements, utility rebates and assistance, and competitive financing such as low-interest or no-interest loans.

Find more information on the energy disclosure report including a sample here. Find more information about Truth in Sale of Housing here.


Minneapolis Food Inspection Reports Now Online

Anyone interested in Minneapolis food inspection reports can now find them online. The food inspection lookup tool can sort information by business name or address, location, inspection date, and business category (restaurant, grocery or institution). People can look up reports on individual businesses or collect bulk health inspection data from the past three years. The City is posting this public information online to improve transparency of City data.

What happens in a health inspection?

The main job of a health inspector is to make sure a business is serving safe food. Health inspectors check how food is received, stored, prepared and cooked. They also check that food safety rules are followed to keep consumers safe from foodborne illnesses. Some food safety rules are about:

  • Using the correct times and temperatures for cooking, reheating or cooling food.
  • Washing hands correctly.
  • Avoiding cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.

Practices that do not meet Minnesota or Minneapolis food rules are reported as violations.


A healthy business can follow correct procedures to safely handle food and still have room for improvement. Even the best businesses can have violations.

A health inspection report begins with a score of 100. Violation points are subtracted from 100 to determine the final score for the inspection. Priority 1 violations are the most serious violations and remove the most points; they can cause food to be unsafe. Examples: not cooking or cooling food to the correct temperature or employees not washing their hands correctly. Priority 2 violations are for conditions that control food safety risks such as a business without a thermometer or a hand sink without soap. Priority 3 violations relate to general cleanliness and maintenance including broken equipment or dirty floors.


City’s Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance Now In Effect

Workers in Minneapolis have an additional avenue to recover unpaid wages. The City adopted parts of the State’s new wage theft law into local ordinance earlier this year to allow the City to enforce it in Minneapolis. Under the ordinance, employers must do the following:

  • Provide employees with written pre-hire notices of certain employment terms; notices must be signed by employees.
  • Adhere to a regularly scheduled payday.
  • Provide earnings statements at the end of each pay period.
  • Provide notice of benefits under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance on pre-hire notices and earnings statements.

Wage theft is underpayment or failure to pay all wages earned. National estimates of wage theft unreported to authorities translate to tens of millions of dollars annually in Minneapolis. The ordinance complements other new municipal labor standards, including the City’s minimum wage and sick and safe time ordinances.

A sample prehire notice, FAQs, notice posters informing employees of Minneapolis labor and employment rights and additional resources are available at Employees are encouraged to report violations online or call 311.


City Settles with Pizza Hut, Potbelly to Pay Workers $53,000 Owed Under Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

The City of Minneapolis has settled with two fast food restaurants to pay workers $53,425 for violations of the City’s sick and safe time ordinance.

Investigations by the City’s Labor Standards Enforcement Division found apparent violations of the ordinance at Pizza Hut, 1101 Hennepin Ave., and Potbelly in the IDS Center, 80 S. Eighth St., after discovering no employees at either restaurant were paid for sick leave time in 2019.

Muy Pizza Minnesota LLC has agreed to pay 43 former and current employees $33,630 under terms of its settlement with the City. Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC has agreed to pay 57 former and current employees $19,795.

Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers with six or more workers are required to provide time off at a minimum threshold of at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with five or fewer workers must also provide sick time, but it may be unpaid. The goal of the ordinance is to protect public health and prevent workers from being penalized because of illness or a need to care for a sick family member.

The City’s Labor Standards Enforcement Division also oversees the City’s minimum wage ordinance. It enforces the new Minneapolis wage theft prevention ordinance, which took effect Jan. 1 and allows the City to enforce the State law and recover unpaid wages for workers in Minneapolis.

In 2019, 1,847 workers gained access to sick and safe time benefits and the Minneapolis minimum wage through City labor standards investigations. Learn more at


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