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March Newsletter


As the snow melts, thank you again for your patience during this record-breaking winter. I am so happy to share that the winter parking restrictions were lifted this morning.
I am also excited to share that our Renters First Policy passed last Friday at City Council. The policy, which I authored along with Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, will direct our city departments to prioritize the health, safety and stability of renters in our community when making decisions that impact rental properties. Our city is majority renter, and 80% of our housing in Ward 10 is renter-occupied so this is an important priority for our office. This policy will support the work of many city departments that are working to support renters in our community and is a part of many policy changes aimed at supporting renters, including:
  • Advance notice of sale ordinance by CM Schroeder and Goodman that provides more protections for tenants when an affordable rental building is sold
  • Amendments to the City’s Conduct on Licensed Premises ordinance by CM Cunningham that provide more tenant protections and resources for landlords to solve problems.
  • Energy disclosure ordinance by CM Gordon and Schroeder, requiring property owners to disclose energy use at time of rent for multifamily rental buildings so renters understand the true cost of their housing options
  • For the 2019 budget, I authored an amendment to expand legal services for low-income renters.
I am thankful to our Regulatory Services Department for embracing the Renters First Policy, and my constituents and renters across the city who are working so hard for this kind of change. Advancing renter protections will continue to be one of my main priorities for the term. Read more about the Renter-First Policy below.


Renters First

The Renter-First Policy guides City procedures, services, and programming related to housing inspections and code enforcement, including renter engagement and legal actions. The Policy prioritizes the dignity, stability, health, and safety of renters in regulatory and enforcement decision-making. This policy directs particular attention to rental property owners who consistently neglect or mismanage their properties.

Highlights include strengthening enforcement measures to ensure repair issues are addressed quickly while minimizing negative impacts on the renter; targeting inspections efforts toward properties in disrepair or with a high volume of renter complaints; and creating financial opportunities for property owners to maintain housing conditions and affordable housing without increasing rents. 

The City’s Regulatory Services Department has already been involved in renter-centric projects, including Hearing Tenants Voices, a three-year initiative that brings together community artists, housing inspectors and renters to build relationships and discuss the inspection process from all perspectives. The department also has new tenant navigators who work to ensure renters are partners in the inspection process and understand the City’s regulatory process.

Recycling Changes

Hold onto the Solid Waste & Recycling service guide you receive in the mail. The guides include information on all services provided by Solid Waste & Recycling, a list of accepted materials, and a collection schedule for the year. The guide also highlights two changes to the accepted recycling materials and new programs to prevent and clean up litter.
These materials are no longer accepted in recycling carts:
  • No. 6 plastics
  • Any black plastic
Changes in the international, national and local recycling markets have made it more important than ever to place only the accepted items in recycling carts. The guide includes information on why some of the items commonly found in recycling carts are not accepted, such as:
  • Paper coffee cups, plates and takeout containers
  • Plastic bags, bubble wrap and plastic film
  • Large plastic items
  • Metal pots, pans and scrap
  • Paper egg cartons, napkins and paper towels
Customers can learn more about what goes in their recycling carts by using the recycling guide, calling Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917, or visiting the website.

Neighborhoods 2020

The Neighborhoods 2020 process, is underway now and will inform the future of Minneapolis’ neighborhood groups. Folks can submit comments by March 31st  on a series of recommendations – covering programming, funding, and governance – that are rooted in several key goals, including ensuring organizations reflect the communities they serve, simplified participation for all, and fiscal responsibility. Public feedback will shape ongoing work on neighborhood guidelines that will be presented to the City Council later this year. 
Submit your thoughts to 


 Earth Hour - March 30th


The City of Minneapolis is planning on participating in Earth Hour again this year and encourages its residents and businesses to show their commitment to burning less fossil fuels by turning off their lights for an hour 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 30.
Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has grown into a global movement.

When we burn fossil fuels such as coal and gas, we pump more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This buildup creates a blanket effect, trapping in heat around the world. If nothing is done to halt this process, the planet we leave our children will be hotter with more violent weather, fewer species and disrupted systems such as food chains.

In 2015, 38 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis came from electricity. The City has set targets of reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025 (using 2006 as a baseline) and 80 percent by 2050. Emissions from citywide activities decreased 17.8 percent in 2015 from the 2006 baseline, exceeding the first reduction goal of 15 percent by 2015.

Reduce fossil fuel energy use every hour of the year
Residents and businesses are invited to join the City of Minneapolis in this important global initiative and encourage their families and friends to switch off their lights for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. Saturday March 30. Check out the actions people can take to benefit the planet beyond the hour.
The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, adopted in June 2013, provides a roadmap for reducing citywide carbon dioxide pollution. To learn more about Minneapolis’ sustainable policies and practices, visit

30 Days of Biking is fast approaching. 

30 Days of Biking began in 2010 with a commitment between friends, and it's grown to include thousands people around the world. Check out the website to get details of scheduled rides. Join your neighbors and the growing community of cyclists. 

$15 workshops: creating resilient yards


Unseasonable warmth, droughts and flooding rains are the new normal in Minnesota. A resilient yard meets these challenges head-on and protects the local ecosystem.


  • Planning Your Resilient Yard builds an understanding of resilience and how to support it in your yard using site planning, intentional plantings and more. The workshop includes one-on-one design assistance from Blue Thumb landscape designers and UMN Extension Master Gardeners — Hennepin County.
  • Turf Alternatives focuses on converting traditional lawns to low-input turf alternatives that support pollinators and clean water.
  • Healthy Soil digs into the world beneath our feet and reveals specific practices to build resilience from the ground up.
  • Scholarships are available on request. Space is limited.
  • The City of Minneapolis sponsors these workshops as part of its focus on the well-being of people and our environment.
For more information, dates and to register, go to or call 651-699-2426.


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.

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