Monday, March 18, 2013
The March 22, 2013 'Early Mornings with Elizabeth' event includes the city's directors of civil rights and employment equity.
Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who represents Ward 8 including the Kingfield neighborhood in Southwest, is hosting a discussion of racial equity in employment on March 22, 2013, from 7:30–9 a.m., at Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave. S. It's one of Glidden's "Early Mornings with Elizabeth" events and open to the anyone interested in the topic. Here is the description from Glidden's office: It’s been a little over two years since the Economic Policy Institute issued “Uneven Pain”, a policy brief identifying the Twin Cities as among the worst in the nation for black unemployment. Minneapolis is actively engaged and has several efforts underway to address racial equity in employment in Minneapolis and our metro region. …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Garrison Keillor will be interviewing author of book about the 1862 Dakota War.
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- James Sanna
Monday, September 24, 2012
Going to the opening discussion of this year’s One Minneapolis, One Read book about the bloody 1862 war that lead to Minnesota’s birth? The City of Minneapolis says, “Why not take a free bus?” Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, radio host Garrison Keillor will interview Diane Wilson, the author of Spirit Car: Journey into a Dakota Past," about her book. Metro Transit is offering all attendees a free bus pass to get to and from the event. The passes can be downloaded on the Metro Transit website. Wilson’s book chronicles her ancestors’ experiences in the Dakota War and after as they struggled to survive. Wilson's maternal great-great-grandparents took part in the war and were subsequently expelled to South Dakota …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Larger hike could come the following year.
Speaking before a standing room-only crowd at Minneapolis City Hall, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak pitched a 1.7 percent increase in the city's property tax rate for 2013. While many Minneapolitans have been feeling the pinch of—and complaining about—high property taxes for several years, Rybak called the increase "modest." "(A)t least 70 percent of Minneapolis homeowners should feel no increase—or will even feel a decrease—in the City portion of their property taxes next year," read a statement sent out by a Rybak spokesperson following the mayor's speech. "We'll have to see what this feels like" to homeowners, Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) told Patch, referring to the Truth in Taxation notices that are mailed to residents before…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Who says a city of liberals can't get rid of a little red tape?
Despite Minneapolis' reputation for "hipster chic" and for environmentally-conscious thinking, it's mighty hard to open up a second-hand store here. Those same regulations, says one city councilmember, are strangling businesses in their cribs. First, anyone wanting to start a new second-hand store must make sure they are at least 1,000 feet away from a laundry list of stores. Got a pawnshop nearby? Move on down the road. Find a currency exchange business (if they still exist outside of the airport) next door to your ideal location? Take a hike. And don't even think of opening up close to a clothing shelf at a church. That's right out. City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) doesn't like this too much. According to an email she sent …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Pro-forma final passage of deal expected on Friday.
Thursday afternoon, the Minneapolis City Council voted to approve its portion of a deal that sends nearly a half-billion dollars into a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Southwest Minneapolis' councilmembers were evenly split on the vote—Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) and Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) voted against, and John Quincy (Ward 12) and Meg Tuthill (Ward 10) voted to approve. Their positions had been known for some time, but Thursday's vote before the Council's Committee of the Whole was considered the final gate before city, state, and Vikings negotiators begin hammering out the nitty-gritty details in how the stadium gets built. Unless one supportive councilmember changes their mind at the last minute, Thursday's 7-6 vote is expected …
Friday, April 13, 2012
"Spirit Car: Journey Into a Dakota Past" will be the next One Minneapolis, One Read book.
It's Minnesota's own original sin. And on its sesquicentennial, Minneapolis is set to revisit the events of the 1862 Dakota War in the next installment of the city-wide One Minneapolis One Read project. 150 years ago, the territory's original Dakota inhabitants clashed with settlers and soldiers over food, land rights, and broken treaties. When it was all over, almost a thousand whites and Native Americans were dead and the Dakotas had been expelled from their ancestral land. At the end of the war, 38 Dakota men were executed at Fort Snelling for attacks on settlers. Friday morning, the Minneapolis City Council chose "Spirit Car: Journey into a Dakota Past," by local author Diane Wilson, as the next book in the reading series. Wilson's …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Kingfield Councilmember recognizes neighborhood leaders with awards.
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- James Sanna
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday morning, City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden honored several constituents for their leadership in the community. Longtime human rights activist Doris Christopher topped the list of recipients for her role in helping lead the Building bridges group and in bringing author and NPR reporter Michelle Noris to speak as part of One Minneapolis, One Read. The 83-year-old Central resident also got plaudits for organizing a monthly multi-cultural book club at the Hosmer Library. Business leader Evette McCarthy was awarded for her neighborhood leadership. One nominator described her as a “kind and thoughtful person who treats everyone with respect and when faced with challenging neighborhood concerns, handles them with dignity and grace.” …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Two specialists are slated for layoffs under the proposed budget.
Southwest Minneapolis might keep two of its most critical police resources, after all. Southwest’s City Councilmember Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) has proposed to fund the Crime Prevention Specialists with leftover money from the Police Department’s 2010-2011 contingency fund. The full council is expected to approve the amendment, passed Tuesday by the Council’s budget and taxes committee. Crime Prevention Specialists Amy Lavender and Chelsea Adams toil away in relative obscurity for the residents of the Fifth Precinct. Until, that is, a wave of crime hits, a mobile drug-dealing operation starts cruising a neighborhood, or a block’s rental house starts to become a problem property. At those moments, all the anonymous work the pair puts in comes …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden to host a forum for the two main candidates competing for Sen. Jeff Hayden's old seat.
7:30 a.m. might seem like a bit of an early hour for serious politicking. But that's what's in store for you if you want to trek down to Turtle Bread Company at 48th and Chicago tomorrow morning. Instead of her usual meet-and-greet with constituents, Kingfield's City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden is giving the floor over to Susan Allen and Nathan Blumenshine, the two candidates for now-state Sen. Jeff Hayden's former house seat. Allen won the DFL noda few weeks ago, while Blumenshine is running as an independent candidate—albeit a very progressive one—with a platform of "respect for all" as the best way through the political gridlock at the State Capitol. Check out our live-stream of the forum Friday morning!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Heave your voices heard on property taxes and plans to deal with school overcrowding.
From property tax hearings to a long-awaited vote related to overcrowded schools, this is shaping up as a busy week for big news. Here's what you'll see covered this week on Southwest Minneapolis Patch: Tell Councilmembers What's What What: Public hearing on the city's property tax levels and 2012 budget. Why I'm Watching: Regardless whether the city increases property taxes, your property taxes may well go up next year, thanks to more financial finger-wiggling by the state legislature this summer. The repeal of the Market Value Homestead Tax Credit changed the way the state gives tax relief to some property owners, shifting the burden onto properties worth more than $182,000 (MinnPost has a handy table summarizing the changes). But you …