News from Ward 5 (January 19, 2024)

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January 19, 2024

Your New St Paul City Council!

2024 Council Inauguration group stage photo

Greetings from your new City Council representative -- Hwa Jeong Kim! I am an organizer, Korean American, nonprofit executive director, and graduate of Hamline University in Saint Paul. I am a proud North End resident who was first inspired to get involved through volunteering at the Rice Street branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. I later went on to serve as part of the North End Neighborhood Organization, the Saint Paul Planning Commission and its zoning committee. From 2018 to 2021, I was the Legislative Aide for Ward 5. 

I have spent the last several years working to elect diverse, progressive candidates to offices throughout Saint Paul, and have been serving as the executive director of Minnesota Voice, a nonprofit focused on voting rights, voting access, civic engagement, and education.

I am proud to be serving as the new Council Vice President. I will also be a Council representative for the Dispatch Policy Committee, Metropolitan Transportation Advisory Board, League of MN Cities, Joint Property Tax Advisory Committee, and Audit Committee.

Lastly, I am happy to share that I'll be continuing the great Ward 5 tradition of Lake Laps! Reach out to the Ward 5 Office to schedule a time to chat while we walk or roll together around Lake Como.

City of Saint Paul 2024 Supplier Fair

supplier fair

Join in the City of Saint Paul Supplier Fair! This event is an opportunity for prospective vendors to attend workshops and learn about government contracting.

Wednesday, January 24 | 10am - 1pm | El Rio Vista Recreation Center (179 Robie Street East Saint Paul, MN 55107) | Register for the Supplier Fair here

Opportunity for Public Comment: Rulemaking Engagement Survey

office of cannabis management

The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is seeking input through their survey on cannabis industry licensing and social equity considerations. This input will be used in drafting rules for the new cannabis industry in Minnesota. As part of the first phase of rulemaking engagement, OCM will gather input through surveys on a variety of topics as the agency begins drafting rules to ensure the rulemaking process is accessible to the widest possible range of community members, advocates, and partners who want to help shape how the rules are drafted.

The deadline to provide input is Jan. 26, 2024 for this survey. The next survey will be available Jan. 29-Feb. 11, 2024 on Laboratory standards; edible products standards.

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Inclusive Hiring Connections Summit

Inclusive Hiring Event

Employers! Register now for Ramsey County's Inclusive Hiring Connections Summit and get ahead of your hiring goals.

Ramsey County Inclusive Hiring Connections Summit
Wednesday, January 24th, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
Metro Square Conference Center, 121 7th Place E, St. Paul

This FREE event aims to help local businesses and organizations learn about, connect to, and access workforce tools and resources. Find new talent pipelines and discover tools for implementing innovative and effective hiring practices to increase diversity and inclusiveness in your organization. Complimentary lunch and parking voucher are included.

Winter Warming Spaces

winter warming spaces

Ramsey County winter warming spaces for those experiencing homelessness. Locations will be open every night from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. through the end of March 2024.

The free shuttle service will run from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day. Ramsey County housing services and support staff will also be answering calls and emails from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. to help refer people to available warming spaces or extra shelter beds.

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Schedule a Lake Lap!

Let's talk while we walk around Lake Como! Reach out to the Ward 5 office to schedule a lap.

Right Track Youth Jobs Application - OPEN

Right Track 2024

Right Track provides paid summer internships for Saint Paul youth ages 14-21 who are from cost burdened households or have a barrier to employment. Right Track internships begin in June and run 6 to 9 weeks, depending on the position. Apply for Right Track online through February 29, 2024.

Dock and Paddle Opening Celebration

Dock and Paddle Opening

Opening Celebration this weekend: 
Dock and Paddle is now an official Starbucks 'We Proudly Serve' location with a full Starbucks beverage menu. From coffee, cappuccino, and espresso drinks, to frappuccinos and refreshers. Receive a free pastry with the purchase of any Starbucks beverage this weekend (Jan 19-21). 

Dock & Paddle also offers a Happy Hour Special Fridays 3pm-Close: Buy one drink, get one free next time you visit.

Winter Hours: Open Fri-Sun, 11am-7pm @ Como Lakeside Pavilion

Energy Assistance

energy assistance

Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program helps to pay those energy and water bills. You may apply online or in person.

You can also apply through the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW) website. The CAPRW site lists the St. Paul location, hours, and phone number to call for questions.

Winter Parks & Rec Programs

Snowy Owl

Natural Resources 

Ice Rinks

Visit the ice rinks webpage for a list of locations and hours. Most ice rinks are now open! Sites may host hockey games, practices, broomball, or other activities on the rinks, so please contact the recreation center to confirm open skating hours.

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