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Council Member Andrew Johnson

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10/10 - Milkweed for Monarchs Workshop
10/10 - Minneapolis Energy Fair
10/12 - Creative City Road Map Loop Back
10/27 - LCC Membership Meeting & Resource Fair


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Updates from Andrew

As many of you already know, former Ward 12 Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy was involved in an accident several weeks ago which left her in critical condition. We are happy to report that she is making progress in her recovery and is now able to speak and showing signs of improvement every day. You can wish her and her family well and receive progress updates via her CaringBridge webpage. We're all rooting for Sandy and hoping for a full recovery.

We have seen burglary numbers in the 3rd Precinct increase over the past few weeks. While burglaries are still down over 16% compared to last year, this uptick has been concerning and I ask everyone to be extra vigilant for suspicious activity on your block and to take basic safety measures to prevent crime.

I am currently listening to businesses and workers as they share their thoughts on proposed regulations to strengthen workers rights. The key proposals would require all employers in Minneapolis to provide a small amount of earned sick time to help combat the spread of illness in our city and would also put some standards in place around scheduling to make it easier for workers to coordinate multiple jobs, attend school, arrange childcare, and overall make ends meet. It is most important for me to hear from those who would be directly affected by such legislation. If you are a worker who has been impacted by scheduling problems or lack of sick pay, or if you are a business owner with employees, please share your thoughts with me on this proposal. I have already attended listening sessions and reached out to a number of local businesses for their thoughts, and I am happy to be at the table (having owned a small business) to ensure any regulations are workable and overall advance the interests of businesses, workers, and our community.

I hope you all enjoy Fall and all the beautiful colors it brings,

Groundwater issue halts golf improvements
On September 15, at a meeting originally intended for public feedback on potential golf course design proposals, Parks Commissioner Steffanie Musich and Assistant Parks Superintendent of Planning, Michael Schroder, shared stark news regarding groundwater at Hiawatha Golf Course. The initial information, collected as part of a consultant report expected to be submitted to the City in November, suggested that there are over 270 million gallons of groundwater being pumped into Lake Hiawatha from the golf course each year. The golf course is authorized by state permits from the DNR to pull 38.5 million gallons of water annually from its ponds and backup well, but only to water the course. The Park Board plans to meet with state officials to get a better understanding of how its pumps are affecting the environment. The Park Board will plan another round of public meetings once it knows its options.  
Street sweeping: avoid getting towed
Starting on October 19th, residents should look for signs marking out the areas designated for street sweeping. Signs are usually posted 24-hours in advance before a street is swept.

This comprehensive street sweep will take about four weeks to complete. Residents can use the Street Lookup tool on the city’s website to see when the sweeps will be in their neighborhood. For all other questions, and to see helpful videos about street sweeping in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, visit the city’s Street Sweeping Homepage.
Openings on city boards and commissions
Applications are currently being accepted for a number of open board and commission positions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members serve an important role with the city, provide valuable insights, shape key policy decisions, and provide community-based input into how the city provides services.The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Note that applications will be reviewed beginning October 23, but positions are open until filled. There are openings on 11 City boards and commissions, listed online.

The City of Minneapolis has more than 50 volunteer-based boards, commissions and advisory committees that advise the City on issues and help with policy development and administration of services. Boards and commissions fall into a handful of categories: appeal boards, development boards, general advisory boards, and special service districts, which are defined areas within the city where special services are rendered. Appointments to board and commissions are made twice a year  - in the spring and fall.
Minneapolis Energy Fair on October 10
On Saturday, October 10, residents can attend the Minneapolis Energy Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is a family friendly event where attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for money-saving energy programs, see presentations about ways to make homes more energy efficient, and learn about options for going solar. There will be a complementary continental breakfast for visitors along with LED lightbulbs. The energy fair is sponsored by NRG Energy with Meet Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy.
Give input on Creative City Road Map
The City of Minneapolis is looking for input on the Creative City Road Map, a ten-year vision of the City's arts, culture, and the creative economy. The City's artistic and cultural resources generate an estimated $269 million annually. The city has invested tens of millions of dollars into an arts community that is rapidly growing and changing. The Creative City Roap Map planning process aims to look at the present creative identity of Minneapolis and vision a future where all residents can access and benefit from its creative economy. 
Free tech support
On October 22, residents can bring in their computer or laptop that is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, and get free tech support. Fix-It Tech, a free community technology education event is taking place at TAKODA Institute of Higher Education, 1845 East Franklin Avenue from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers at the event will teach repair skills, answer questions, and technical advice about the devices that are brought in. Help is available first come, first served, labor is free, and parts are available to purchase. Participants should bring their laptop and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will also help with smartphones and tablets as there is time available. Fix-It Tech workshops were developed by the City of Minneapolis Information Technology department, after 2014 Community Technology survey results showed that residents are not very comfortable troubleshooting computer problems, installing software or backing up files, or protecting themselves online.  

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