Policing Charter and 2040 Update
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Minneapolis 2040

Many of our Ward 10 constituents have been engaged along with thousands of people across the city in the city’s Minneapolis 2040 plan, which will guide land use, the built and natural environment and infrastructure in our city for the next 20 years. Today, the City has released the final draft of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for consideration by the City Planning Commission and City Council. Council Members have not seen a full edited version of the staff’s new recommendation prior to this draft being released, though each of us has been engaged in discussions with staff who weighed our individual feedback along with citywide goals.

You can review the marked-up draft plan and share your thoughts with our office directly or at The interactive website provides opportunities to view either a marked-up or clean version of the plan segmented by topics. A clean version of the plan is available for download as a PDF document.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on October 29, and the City Council also plans hold a public hearing the week of November 12. The City Council is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting the plan as required to the Metropolitan Council by the end of the year. My office will also be hosting a Community Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th to have a final opportunity to engage with our constituents on details and specifics in the plan (details below).

In the Ward 10 office, we deeply appreciate the care and time so many of our constituents have taken to engage in this important work. In reviewing comments and talking with my constituents, I think there is a lot of agreement with the overall values of the draft plan’s intent to focus on race equity, environmental sustainability, safer streets and housing affordability. There are differing viewpoints on the specifics, often based on life circumstances and experiences. As we continue along the next few months of engagement and changes before the final plan is adopted, specific feedback is the most appreciated and easiest to follow up with and potentially bring forward for changes.

As we all dig into the revised draft and details, in addition to continuing to work with constituents and stakeholders on specific land use feedback, my main priorities as the plan continues to develop are:

  • Ensure that the plan reflects the reality of housing instability and displacement so many of our constituents face with rising housing costs. I am working to bring forward an inclusionary zoning ordinance forward this year and to support and develop renter protections.
  • We continue to hear strong support for increased street safety and increased transportation options. In addition to advocating for stronger race equity commitments in infrastructure investment, I am working with colleagues to build support for commitments that the city target transportation and other investments in growing neighborhoods -- those neighborhoods near transit where the draft plan proposes to continue to focus most of the city’s future growth.

  • Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and I will be working together with many colleagues to strengthen the race equity commitments in the plan as it continues to evolve.

Again, we appreciate all of your engagement and look forward to future discussions about this important work.

 Save the Dates:
Ward 10 Comprehensive Plan Meeting and Renters Assembly


We will be hosting a Community Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30-8:00 at the James Ballentine VFW. The purpose of this meeting is to give our Ward 10 residents a chance to weigh in on the City's 2040 draft Comprehensive Plan.

The Ward 10 Office will also be hosting a Renter's Assembly Meeting on Thursday, November 8th from 6:30-8:00 PM at Whittier Park. Watch for partner announcements and more details.

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Erazmus in my office at: or 612-673-2210

Hiawatha Encampment Update
During the past several weeks, the Mayor Frey and the City Council have been working together with many partners to serve and support those who are living unsheltered in our city who have gathered at the Hiawatha Encampment. This partnership between the city, Hennepin County, the state and community partners including the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) has identified the need for a temporary navigation center as Hennepin County and other partners work to connect individuals and families with emergency or longer-term shelter. This week, the Red Lake Nation came forward with land that the tribal council voted to make available for this use, which the City Council approved during an emergency City Council meeting on Wednesday.

While the majority of my constituents are not directly impacted, I believe the values of our community that I regularly hear from constituents would support providing city resources and support to serve the community who is currently living in tents prior to cold weather that is quickly approaching. This will likely be a significant investment and we will need to rely on the partnership and support of many partners, particularly Hennepin County which is the lead agency providing social services and shelter for our community.

Ward 10 is home to two permanent shelters (St. Stevens and Simpson) and many supportive housing facilities which I and many constituents have supported and welcomed, and home to many people who work in social service and public service, including teachers, social workers, nurses, shelter outreach staff who do amazing work each day and who have shared support for sheltering and supporting those who are experiencing homelessness in our city. In fact, stories and concerns from my constituents led me to revise our zoning code restrictions on the locations of shelters last term to allow for more locations.
  • I am committed to honoring a mutually-agreed upon timeline for any transitions for this encampment and housing by community organizations including MUID and funding partners including Hennepin County, the state, and community partners.
  • I am very concerned about the details of any temporary or permanent shelter, and while I support taking an urgent approach I also want to make sure we are creating shelter that is humane, habitable and supported.
  • I am looking forward to having a more detailed plan and budget that is informed by best practices in emergency shelter in coordination with our partners.
  • I want to thank the community members and staff who have shown tremendous leadership. We do not expect business as usual and the full force of the city enterprise is behind this. We recognize that homelessless is not a new problem, that our native american community has been underserved for too long, and that we need to step up now to do more, and that the problem is not confined only to those families and individuals living in tents on Hiawatha avenue. These are systemic, community-wide problems and we need to approach them that way.
  • I want to acknowledge the leadership of my colleagues Council Members Alondra Cano, Abdi Warsame and Cam Gordon whose wards are most involved for all of their leadership and collaboration with council colleagues and the Mayor.
  • I feel compelled to be clear that while we have enormous support and verbal commitments for help from Hennepin County and the state that no entity, including the city, has approved any funding for the capital or operating costs of temporary or permanent shelter that would be an alternative to tents.
  • It is important to me that we all not lose sight of longer term, sustainable investments as we consider opportunities and options for shelter. I support temporary shelter but again am looking forward to more financial and other details as we respond with urgency and with care.
I want to thank all of our city staff who have been working tirelessly on this: our MPD staff who are regularly at the camp building relationships and serving the community, our health department which coordinated facilities like sanitation and handwashing stations, our City Coordinator, Finance Director, CPED Director and Public Works Director and their staff who have been working together to respond to all the needs including looking for sites for a temporary navigation center, identifying funding sources, working with nonprofit partners on details, and coordinating with Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota, tribal councils and community organizations. We have asked our staff to come back to the Housing Policy and Development Committee with more of these details on October 24.

Make your Voting Plan for the November 6 election!

Following the high turnout this primary election, Minneapolis election officials expect a very busy Election Day. Voters can save time by planning ahead for the Nov. 6 election.Are you registered to vote?

While voters can register at the polls, being registered before Election Day makes voting faster. Voters can check the status of their registrations at Anyone who has moved to a new address or had a name change since last registering will need to re-register. Anyone who hasn’t voted in the past four years must also re-register before voting.

People can preregister online or fill out and mail in a registration application available at government offices and the elections website. Preregistration ends 21 days before the Nov. 6 election, so applications must be submitted by Oct. 16.

Voters who miss the preregistration deadline can still register at the polls and vote on Election Day. In Minnesota, individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. They will need to allow extra time at the polls to register. See the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

Early voting begins Sept. 21
Starting Sept. 21, people can vote early by mail or in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third Street. Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed.

Early in-person voting at the Early Vote Center is convenient. It especially helps voters who need special accommodations, such as language support, that the extra time, attention and onsite resources of early in-person voting afford more readily than the polls might on the day of the election.

People who mail in a filled-out absentee ballot must allow enough time for delivery; it can take longer than seven days. Absentee ballot applications are available at

What’s on the ballot?
Minneapolis voters will cast ballots for the following races:
  • U.S. Senator.
  • U.S. Senator, special election.
  • U.S. Representative (District 5).
  • Governor/lieutenant governor.
  • Attorney general.
  • Minnesota State representative.
  • County commissioner (districts 2, 3 and 4).
  • County sheriff

U.S. Census 2020: Now Hiring

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring throughout Hennepin County to support the 2020 census. The U.S. census creates hundreds of jobs every 10 years in Minnesota. If you or someone you know is looking for a job and wants to make a positive impact on Minneapolis, please encourage them to apply at the Census Bureau's online job portal:

An accurate count of the state's population is crucial for all of us in Minneapolis. U.S. census information determines the political and financial resources available to our communities. U.S. census data determines how many residents live in Minneapolis, which in turn determines funding for public programs such as:
  • Public schools.
  • Health care.
  • Transportation.
2020 census data will also determine how many people will represent you in Washington, D.C., the state capitol and in Minneapolis City Hall. Government, nonprofits and businesses also use U.S. census data to make good public policy decisions.

Fifth Annual Minneapolis Trans Equity Summit Oct. 4    

The fifth annual Minneapolis Trans Equity Summit will take place Thursday, Oct. 4. Building on four years of national leadership on trans equity, the City of Minneapolis is focusing this year on health and wellness. Community members and organizations interested in furthering transgender equity are encouraged to attend.

Trans Equity Summit
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
Hennepin Theater Trust, 900 Hennepin Ave.

The summit will include breakout sessions on the services available in Minnesota, overcoming barriers to care and strategies for mental health resiliency.

The keynote address will be from Minnesota native Kye Allums, who in 2010 became the first openly transgender college athlete in NCAA Division I sports.


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
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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: Monday - Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8am – 4:30pm

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.

Contact the Ward 10 Office

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Lisa Bender
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D'Ana Pennington
Council Policy Aide

Tina Erazmus
Council Associate

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