Bender Bulletin September 2019
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Thanks for checking out the Ward 10 Bulletin—we're sharing recent news and upcoming events from across the ward and city. 
City Council Adopts Renter Ordinance

On Friday, City Council approved the fair chance housing access ordinance that I authored with Ward 5 Council Member Jeremiah Ellison. This ordinance ensures that the 52% of Minneapolis residents who rent their homes are not exploited with excessive move-in costs and have a fair chance to access housing. Currently, if you have a good steady job, a solid rental history but have a 20 year old felony or a 5 year old eviction, you can be automatically disqualified from housing in our city. That isn’t fair. There is also no cap on what a property owner can charge for a security deposit. The ordinance will 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 limit consideration of criminal background and rental history, including eviction history, and prohibits use of a credit score as the basis for denying someone housing.
The effective date for the ordinance is June 1, 2020 except for property owners with 15 dwelling units or fewer. The effective date for those property owners is Dec. 1, 2020. 
I am grateful to the renters, advocates, property owners, city staff and my council colleagues who participated in the community forums, shared ideas, and conducted policy research over the last year—all of which shaped this ordinance and advanced the conversation on how we can address our city's housing crisis. We have so much more work to do to support housing access and stability, and this ordinance is just a part of this City Council’s growing body of work to address our housing challenges, which includes a number of policy changes, investments in affordable housing and funding for legal protections.

You can read more about the ordinance, a summary of its contents, and supporting data here
2020 Budget Presentations are Underway
Last week, the City Council began receiving budget presentations on the Mayor’s recommended 2020 budget. The Mayor's proposed budget is $1.62 billion with a property tax levy increase of 6.95%. Budget presentations from each city department will continue over the next few months, followed by public hearings at City Hall:
November 7, 9:30am
December 4, 6:05pm
December 11, 6:05pm *Final Public Hearing and Budget Adoption*
You can learn more about the budget process and read the budget at
Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Buses

The City’s second bus-only lane was installed earlier this month to help improve transit service in Ward 10 along one of Minneapolis’ busiest corridors, on Hennepin Avenue between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue. During rush hour, buses make up only 4% of all traffic in this corridor, but carry half of the people traveling along the street -- often crawling at just six miles an hour.

If you pass through the area now, you’ll find red pavement and clear markings that allow buses to bypass traffic going north during the morning rush hour and south in the evening.  During all other times, the lanes can be used for car parking as before. While Metro Transit oversees the operations of our transit system our Public Works team is thinking creatively about ways to modify our City infrastructure to better support transit.
The first bus-only lane was installed on southbound Chicago Avenue from East 28th Street to the Chicago/Lake Transit Center, and there will be another bus lane pilot between Franklin Avenue and Lake Street on Nicollet Avenue later this year. This initiative is supported by the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge. The City of Minneapolis is one of 25 cities participating in the challenge, a two-year acceleration program that provides new resources for cities to tackle carbon reduction goals.
Open Boards and Commissions

Several board and commission positions are open for appointments this fall. And with dozens of opportunities covering a wide variety of topics, your experience and perspective may be just what we need to strengthen our work. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis.

City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage theft prevention and a ban on a hazardous chemical in dry cleaning. Board and commission members help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights.

Apply through the open position pages linked below and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting Positions are open until filled with application review beginning Oct. 18. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate.
Upcoming Events
Open Streets on Nicollet Ave September 22 

The 2019 Open Streets Minneapolis season is still underway, but planning has begun for next year’s festivities and organizers are looking for future route ideas. If there’s a section of road network you’d like to see opened to pedestrians and cyclists for a day, submit your idea here. Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis events have transformed major corridors into car-free places to give people an opportunity to enjoy the street on foot, bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, or rollerskates. These events help us see our community in a new way. Check it out for yourself when Open Streets comes to Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and West 46th Street on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sixth annual Minneapolis Trans Equity Summit Sept. 26

The sixth annual Minneapolis Trans Equity Summit takes place Thursday, Sept. 26.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the theme for this year’s summit, hosted by the City of Minneapolis, is “shifting the narrative.” The event will highlight silenced histories and envision the futures of trans and gender non-conforming communities.

The summit is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in furthering transgender equity is encouraged to attend. This is an event for trans and gender non-conforming community members to connect to resources and each other, and for potential allies to learn more about issues affecting the communities.
Trans Equity Summit
9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26
Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place
Register and find more information here.

Join in the Welcoming Week celebration at Powderhorn Park Sept. 20
Join in the Welcoming Week celebration Friday, Sept. 20, at Powderhorn Park hosted by the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with Wellstone International High School and Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County.
Welcoming Week is a national celebration focused on creating meaningful opportunities for community members, whether immigrant, refugee or native-born, to come together, learn from one another and demonstrate that we are stronger when we are a welcoming community.
The event will feature live performances by several artists; soccer; free food from Southeast Asian, Latin and East African vendors; and organizations including the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights, the Volunteer Lawyers Network, CAPI-USA, ACLU, City of Minneapolis 311 and Elections & Voter Services and more.
Welcoming Week celebration
2-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20
Powderhorn Park, 3400 S. 15th Ave.
RSVPs encouraged at


Check out the upcoming City of Minneapolis public meetings and hearings as well as Ward 10 neighborhood associations events!City of Minneapolis Meetings Neighborhood Associations
You can use Minneapolis 311 by phone website, smartphone app, or by email at to find out information, access services, and report issues.

311 Phone Hours
Weekdays: 7am – 7pm

About Lisa

Lisa Bender was reelected to serve her second term as  the 10th Ward City Council Member in November 2017. She was also elected to serve as City Council President by a unanimous vote of her fellow council members. Lisa lives in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood with her husband Ryan and two daughters.

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