Friday, March 21 
Noon-1 pm (arrive at 11:30 – get lunch and meet your neighbors!) 


Butter Bakery Cafe, 3700 Nicollet

Please join us on Friday, March 21, for Lunchtime with Elizabeth.  We are excited to welcome representatives from the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy to discuss their work on Race, Climate, and Community Health. 



Executive Director Shalini Gupta and Dr. Cecilia Martinez will present their newly developed Environmental Justice Mapping Tool.  This tool, as described at www.ceed.org, provides visual comparisons of environmental risks across communities based on race and income and health sensitive populations. The Environmental Justice tool can be used by communities to understand their environmental risks, organize for clean air, land, and water, address environmental health disparities, and build climate resilient neighborhoods. 



We will also discuss proposed policy recommendations, such as “Green Zones” and other actions to eliminate racial disparities posed in part by environmental risks.  Green Zones, supported by the City of Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC), have been utilized in other cities and states and are a recommended policy initiative of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan.

Minneapolis’ Vision and Strategic Goals – Setting the Course for Our Future: 
A Special Event for Ward 8 and Ward 11 community members 

Friday, February 28, 7:30-9am
, Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S

Following the 2013 elections, the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor are setting our City’s Vision and Strategic Goals, a document that will guide budget, program, and policy direction and development for the next four years.

You can view the DRAFT Vision and Goals at www.minneapolismn.gov/citygoals. Online Public Comment: This draft is posted for public comment which will be open from February 19th thru March 14th. Written comments are encouraged and can be submitted to citygoals@minneapolismn.gov.  The Council will host a public hearing regarding the goals on March 5, at its Committee of the Whole, 10 am, at City Hall Council Chambers and will adopt final goals at its meeting March 26. 

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Some of you might ask, why should I give money to my neighborhood, they are all the same aren’t they? 

I want to assure you that all neighborhoods are not created equal.  Kingfield is special in part because KFNA has worked really hard for the last 20 years to engage amazing neighbors in their very own neighborhood.  The goal of doing this is to assist these residents in developing and sharing their own special talents and skills to solve both smaller, neighborhood-level concerns but also to pilot programs and projects that can be duplicated across the City. KFNA has helped develop programs and leaders in the areas of urban agriculture including farmers markets and community gardens, alternative energy including solar and geo-thermal education and installation, public art including tried and true methods to deter graffiti and build identity using exterior business murals and wrapped utility boxes, and much more including programs and projects focused on store-front development, street usage and traffic calming, recycling, race-based discussions and building connections to other neighborhoods and communities, and affordable housing.

KFNA uses your donations to support these programs and more.  Although KFNA is fortunate to receive some support from the City of Minneapolis for the outreach and long-range planning we do in the neighborhood, the City only provides about $50,000 annually, which is less than 50% of KFNA’s annual operating budget.  To continue to do all the work we do in Kingfield Neighborhood, we need your financial support as well.  Donations can be made here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Kingfield-Neighborhood-Association, where you can also read about all the fabulous prizes available to donors from KFNA’s amazing volunteer board members!

Sincerely—

Sarah Linnes-Robinson,

KFNA’s Executive Director

 

Presented by 8th Ward Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden

At the KFNA Board Meeting, Wednesday Nov. 13, 7 PM, MLK Park

Followed by KFNA Board business, community welcomed to both, or either segment.  Questions?  Contact info@kingfield.org

Friday, October 25th,

7:30am – 9:00am
Turtle Bread,

4762 Chicago Ave S

Please join your neighbors for a town hall discussion with Ward 8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. Elizabeth will share her thoughts on priorities and projects for Ward 8 and the City for the next four years, in the context of City Government that will have a new Mayor and up to seven new Council Members. Elizabeth will take your questions on any and all topics (and some of you have been asking for this opportunity!). Governing in a city means making important decisions with scarce resource — What are your ideas about what the City should prioritize in the next four years?

A planning application for a proposed restaurant to be called Crooked Pint at 40th Street/Lyndale Avenue has recently been submitted to the City by business owner Paul Dzubnar.  The City of Minneapolis staff report on the application will be available to the public on August 21, and is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission at their August 26 meeting beginning 4:30 pm, Room 317, City Hall, 350 S 5th Street.  The City’s CPC report can be found here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/meetings/planning/index.htm?timeRange=2013&sResults=10?
The planning application describes the land use proposal, and any requested variances, for the development. This proposal would build a new mixed-use building of 3,838 sq ft up to the corner of 40th St and Lyndale, over the existing surface parking lot.   The proposal would seek a variance for all parking requirements, reducing the off street parking from 14 spaces to zero.  A variance of the front yard setback from 20 ft to 3 ft is also sought for the first 40 ft north of the south property line.
Unlike prior proposals presented to the community, this proposal would not utilize the residential vacant property at 4008 Lyndale for a parking lot; without rezoning, which requires the approval of 2/3 of property owners within 100 ft of the project, that land cannot be used for parking.  Questions about the planning application should be directed to City Planner Hilary Dvorak at 673-2639 or Hilary.dvorak@minneapolismn.gov. Read more

On Thursday, August 1, at 10 am, the City Council will conduct a public hearing during its Committee of the Whole meeting on whether to authorize a ballot question on potential acquisition of utility (gas and electric).  The City Council would then vote at its August 15 Committee of the Whole meeting on whether to authorize the question for the ballot.

You can participate in the public hearing by appearing in person to speak, Aug 1, 10 am, at City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 317 (Council Chambers).  Speakers will be allowed up to 2 minutes for public comment.  As many people cannot attend in person, public hearing comments are also accepted at cityclerk@minneapolismn.gov.

Minneapolis’s utility franchise agreements with Xcel for electricity and CenterPoint for gas service expire at the end of 2014.  To date Minneapolis is aggressively exploring ways it can make progress toward its energy goals including for clean energy through the franchise agreements and outside of its energy franchise agreements.  Council Member Glidden fully supports these aggressive steps to move to clean energy and achieve other energy and environment-related goals.

State law currently limits Minneapolis’ authority over franchise agreements, which unlike contracts are not free negotiations between two parties; under state law, franchise agreement allow cities to negotiate about how much they are paid for the use of public right of way.  Minneapolis is seeking legislative changes to better allow progress toward our energy goals through our franchise agreements.

One of the options Minneapolis for its energy future is exploring municipal utility.  To date, Minneapolis has authorized a study that will provide information on how Minneapolis can meet its energy goals with its franchise agreements, including helping us understand what is involved in moving to municipal utility. The results of that study will be reported to the City Council in February of 2014.  Read more

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