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Police Involved Shooting


On Friday, Minneapolis Police officers responded to a call from a woman asking for help with a man named Travis Jordan because she was afraid he would hurt himself. Mr. Jordan was shot by police after he came out of his home with a knife and died later that afternoon. 

Along with community members in the 4th Ward who have now experienced two officer-involved deaths this year and along with many across the city, I am frustrated and saddened by this news. While we have implemented many changes to our police department, including de-escalation training and racial implicit bias training and investments in mental health co-responders, there is much more work to do. This should not be a regular occurrence in our community.

I am grateful for the leadership of Chief Arradondo and the many city staff within MPD and other departments who have worked very hard to change policies, culture and practices within the department. I know the work will not be done until this does not happen again.

Our city mourns along with the family of Travis Jordan and the other victims of police-involved shootings in Minneapolis and across the country.

New ordinances and funding to support renters!

 

At our last City Council meeting, the City Council adopted two ordinance changes to support renters as well as an expansion of the 4d tax credit program to preserve affordable housing.

The first ordinance will require Advanced Notice of Sale to the city and to tenants before apartments with five units or more are sold to a new owner. The new ordinance requires landlords to notify residents of plans to sell a property through written notice to tenants and postings in buildings’ common areas. Then, after a sale happens, tenant protects – including relocation assistance -- will be in effect for 90 days. This should make an important difference in Ward 10 where many tenants have been displaced as buildings change hands.

The second is an update to the City's "Conduct on Licensed Premise" ordinance to change the way the City works with landlords and renters when complaints are made to provide more protections for tenants and resources for landlords to resolve problems and minimize displacement and evictions.

Highlights of the amendments to the City’s Conduct on Licensed Premises ordinance include:

  • A violation of the ordinance cannot stem from 911 calls reporting domestic violence, domestic abuse, a health-related emergency or any other similar tenant assistance response.
  • When a Minneapolis Police Department crime prevention specialist determines that an incident at a rental property requires City intervention after reviewing a police report, a letter is sent to both the landlord and the tenant about what needs to be done to resolve the problem issues.
  • A new interdisciplinary panel convened by the City’s Regulatory Services Department will review the issues and help determine a community-centered approach that encourages landlords and tenants to resolve problems with a goal of discouraging unnecessary tenant displacement

The last item is that City Council approved an expansion of program assisting property owners in securing tax incentives to preserve affordable housing.

The City Council also approved expanding a strategy to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing in Minneapolis by helping property owners obtain property tax reductions for agreeing to keep a portion of rental units affordable.

The expanded Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program follows on the heels of a successful 4d pilot program the City that launched in May. As part of the pilot, property owners committed to preserving 207 units of affordable housing through 10-year affordability commitments.

The expanded 4d program has the potential to preserve 700 or more additional units of naturally occurring affordable housing in 2019. Applications for the expanded program will be available early next year. Property owners or anyone with questions can contact the program manager  Dean Porter-Nelson via email or at 612-673-5237.

Participants in the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program agree to keep a minimum of 20 percent of units per building affordable to households making 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) for 10 years. The qualifying units are eligible for a 40 percent reduction in property taxes. Property owners of all buildings or tax parcels with two or more units are eligible to participate.

In addition to reduced property taxes, program participants benefit from payment of the first year State of Minnesota application fee for certification of the 4d property tax classification; a $100 grant per affordable unit (capped at $1,000 per property); free or low-cost energy assessments; and City cost sharing for solar energy installations and energy efficiency improvements.

The Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program is one of several strategies the City is deploying to address stop displacement of renters and preserve affordable housing in Minneapolis.
Public hearing on final draft of Minneapolis 2040

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14
City Hall, Room 317

 

Comments on the City’s draft Comprehensive Plan, which will guide the city’s development over the next 20 years, can also be made online

The Comprehensive Plan is based on 14 goals adopted by the City Council, including reducing disparities, providing access to affordable housing and living-wage jobs, creating a sustainable community, and remaining a healthy and diverse economic center. The final draft of the plan is the product of a two-year engagement process and integrates more than 10,000 public comments collected during a robust, four-month community engagement period.

The City Council will vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting the plan to the Metropolitan Council. The Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires municipalities in the Twin Cities area to provide the Metropolitan Council with updated comprehensive plans every 10 years. It must be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, that sets the direction for the region’s growth and development.

Ward 10 Renters' Assembly

Our office hears frequently from constituents who rent their homes that they are having trouble finding housing, ensuring their homes are safe and healthy, and staying in their homes in the face of rising rents and displacements. We also know Ward 10 is home to many folks who own small rental properties and who are invested in our community and in the goal of stabilizing housing for all of our neighbors.

Please join us to discuss and gather feedback on ideas to make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of renters. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

WHEN November 27th 6:30pm – 8:00pm
WHERE Whittier Park 425 W 26th Street, Mpls 55405

SPEAKERS Council President Lisa Bender Council Member Jeramiah Ellison 
CO-HOST LHENA,Whittier, South Uptown

 
Budget Hearings and Adoption
 
Beginning the week after Thanksgiving, the City Council will receive public testimony and have the opportunity to propose changes to the Mayor's proposed budget. To get involved, you can review the proposed budget and see the public hearing schedule online. Everyone is welcome to come testify at City Hall or contact our office with questions or feedback.

Calendars

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 minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov 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

Lisa Bender
Council President
Email

D'Ana Pennington
Council Policy Aide
Email
612-673-2210

Tina Erazmus
Council Associate
Email
612-673-2210

 
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