Big News for Ward 10: CM Bender elected City Council President


It’s been a busy time for our ward 10 office as we continue to address the day-to-day needs of our ward and begin an exciting new four-year term. At the City Council’s organizational meeting on January 8, Council Member Bender was unanimously elected to serve as the President of the Minneapolis City Council. The last time a Council Member from Ward 10 served in this role was in the 1960s!

At the organizational meeting, the Council also elected CM Andrea Jenkins as the Vice President and CMs Andrew Johnson and Cam Gordon as the Majority Leader and Minority Leader. CM Bender looks forward to working with this leadership team, Mayor Jacob Frey and all of the council members to get a lot done this term.

As our office worked to set up the city council’s structure for this term, our goal was to empower each of the city’s elected leaders to deliver results for their wards and on issues that are a priority for them.

We are excited that CM Gordon will be chairing an important new Housing Policy and Development committee, focused on proactively addressing our city’s growing challenges with housing affordability and stability. CM Andrew Johnson chairs the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, CM Alondra Cano is chairing the Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee, CM Abdi Warsame will chair the Ways and Means committee, CM Kevin Reich the Transportation and Public Works Committee, CM Lisa Goodman the Economic Development and Regulatory Services Committee and CM Linea Palmisano the Audit and Enterprise committees, as well as the Budget committee at year-end. Each of these incumbent council members will draw on their experience and expertise in these important city functions and many are already planning ambitious policy agendas.

Our five amazing new council members were also each positioned to lead on important topics: CM Andrea Jenkins chairs a Race Equity Subcommittee and our Committee of the Whole, CM Jeremy Schroeder chairs the Zoning and Planning Committee, CM Phillipe Cunningham chairs the Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee, CM Jeremiah Ellison chairs Elections and serves as Vice Chair of the Housing and Economic Development and Regulatory Services committees, and CM Steve Fletcher is Vice Chair of the important Ways and Means and Public Safety committees.

We spent many hours in conversations with each of these new and returning colleagues to build a council structure that enables us to work well together as a team of 13 policy makers and get the most done for all of you, our constituents. We look forward to sharing more about all of the work ahead as this term gets underway!

Our Office’s Top Priorities

Our office is excited to build on all of the work we accomplished together with you over the past four years and welcome your ideas for how to focus our time and energy. We plan to ensure follow-through on many successes from last term, including:
  • Roll out of earned safe and sick time and the $15 minimum wage
  • Our $800 million investment in neighborhood parks and streets, following race equity and complete streets policies
  • Establishment of a new Office of Race Equity and of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
  • Significant progress on criminal justice reform, violence prevention and police reform
  • The start of important work to ensure affordable and stable housing in all Minneapolis neighborhoods
  • The nation’s first Clean Energy Partnership and progress to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions
This term, our work will include:
  • Leading and supporting an amazing team of elected officials on the City Council
  • Continuing to support and advocate for progressive budget investments that support race equity, affordable housing, transportation options and environmental justice
  • Making more significant progress on housing affordability and stability, including stronger protections for renters, inclusionary zoning, investments in naturally-occurring affordable housing, and the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan that supports housing options in all Minneapolis neighborhoods
  • Working with partners to build more support for our city’s local transit network, including streetcar, bus rapid transit and local bus service, and supporting our Vision Zero initiative to eliminate pedestrian and bicycle deaths
  • Developing stronger supports for small and locally-owned businesses in Minneapolis, including banking reform, to build wealth and prosperity in all of our communities, closing economic race equity gaps
  • Continuing to invest in long-term work like violence prevention, restorative justice and  environmental justice to ensure health and well-being in every corner of our city
  • Working together with constituents to address the day-to-day needs of our ward, supporting new and existing businesses, responding to constituent questions and supporting the many people and organizations that make our neighborhoods so special
  • Working to build bridges in the dynamic neighborhoods of Ward 10, where people have many different life experiences, opinions and ideas that help shape our community.

New Term - Familiar Team

The Ward 10 office is looking forward to working on many exciting projects this term and providing excellent constituent service. We welcome your feedback and involvement. If you have an idea and need our support or you have feedback on our current priorities, we want to hear from you! 

You can always get in touch with us at 612-673-2210 or email us:
Council Membert Lisa Bender: lisa.bender@minneapolismn.
Senior Advisor Ron Harris: ron.harris@minnea 
sociate Tina Erazmus:

You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @lisabendermpls and on Facebook: Lisa Bender - Minneapolis City Council Ward 10  

Neighborhood Updates

Beers with Bender: March 7, 5:30-7pm
Join Council President Bender and the Ward 10 team for a casual happy hour at 5:30 on March 7 at LynLake Brewery. This will be a fun chance to say hello, meet or check in with us, and share your ideas.

Neighborhood Updates
This City Council cycle, there were two development proposals in front of the Zoning and Planning Committee. The first was an expansion to plans that were already approved for Rex 26, a mixed-use commercial and apartment building at 26th and Lyndale. The Z&P committee agreed with the Planning Commission on this proposal and denied an application to expand the project slightly in size.

The other is the Sons of Norway proposal to build a mixed-use office, commercial and residential apartment building on the site which currently has a surface parking lot and the existing Sons of Norway office building. This proposal was approved by the Z&P committee (an appeal was denied), also in agreement with the actions of the City Planning Commission. One of the central questions in this discussion was the rezoning of about an acre of the large site from R4 zoning, which would allow only 38 units of housing to be built, to R6 zoning. The plans approved by the City Planning Commission and the Z&P committee both included a larger building on Lake Street and a shorter building going south to 31st Street, where plans called for a shorter building.

At the Z&P meeting, CM Bender stated: ““I can’t in good conscience as an elected official of the city of Minneapolis force a developer to build multi-million dollar homes in this location.”

Both of these items will be considered at the City Council meeting on Friday. You can read more about the Zoning and Planning meeting in press coverage from MinnPost or view the meeting on the city's Youtube channel.

Chilly Chili Fest
Council Member Bender will join the CARAG community at one of Ward 10’s most fun events: the annual Chilly Chili Fest. Come stop by!! Sunday, February 25, 2018 Annual fundraiser features delicious chili, a silent auction, and door prizes. 

February 25, 6:30 PM  - 8:30 PM
Bryant Square Park 3101 Bryant Avenue South 

Whittier Annual Meeting
The Whittier Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday March 28th from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Whittier International School. Stay tuned for more details.

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