Ward 8 Update from Andrea Jenkins

 Message from Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins

Happy Labor Day,

I hope that folks are healthy and well in these challenging and uncertain times. It seems that every day we hear more disturbing stories about unarmed Black men and women being killed by sworn officers of the state. These tragic events are deeply traumatizing and continues to stoke the unrest that we see in our City and cities throughout the country. Earlier this week there were a rash of robberies, car thefts and muggings near and around the area of 48th and Chicago, and throughout the 8th Ward. These criminal behaviors are abhorrent and will not be tolerated. The police were able to arrest 3 of the perpetrators and are actively investigating the rest. I have been in communication with the Inspectors from the 3rd and 5th Precincts and they are adjusting their strategies to address these rising concerns.

The intersection at 38th and Chicago continues to be a fluid and challenging situation. The city leaders continue to be in dialogue with community representatives. We have created a website for folks to keep up with the latest development and to provide feedback. http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/minneapolisforward/38thandChicago.

What we do know is that justice is an issue here and I am committed to helping the community realize justice while at the same time working towards re-opening access at this intersection. I recognize for many this is taking longer than people anticipated, but we must recognize that the issues of injustice, white supremacy, redlining and criminalization didn’t happen overnight, they developed over years, decades and centuries, and so consequently the solutions will take time to overcome them.

Lastly, in addition to the coronavirus pandemic and the global uprisings, we have a significant and persistent housing crisis. The city is committed to working with Hennepin County, The State of Minnesota and philanthropy and corporate partners to address this pernicious issue. Next week, I will be joining Hennepin County Commissioner Greene at MLK Park to talk with the inhabitants there as well as neighbors from the surrounding area. Once that date and time is set, we will communicate it broadly to residents of the Kingfield Neighborhood to join us.

Stay safe everyone, please limit your holiday celebrations to outdoor, socially distance and masked up activities. We must slow the spread of this disease.

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Minneapolis City offices closed Labor Day

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Minneapolis City government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day.

There will be no City of Minneapolis garbage and recycling pickup Sept. 7. Households’ garbage and recycling pickups scheduled for Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 will occur one day later (Tuesday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 12) than their normal schedules. In addition, Minneapolis 311 services and the Public Works Transfer Station will be closed.

The City’s parking meters will not be enforced during the holiday, but all other parking restrictions in the city remain in effect and are subject to enforcement, including Park Board meters along Minneapolis parkways, University of Minnesota parking meters and those of private organizations who operate their own meters. Always read the information posted on the meter to be certain.

The office closures do not affect 911, Minneapolis police and fire emergency services. City offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Seventh annual Minneapolis Trans Equity Summit goes virtual; Register for free online sessions Sept. 13-15

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When: Sunday, Sept 13 – Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020

What: 7th Annual (Virtual) Minneapolis Trans Equity Summit – Claiming Our Power for Change: Caring for Community

In this moment of deep pain and radical possibility, Minneapolis has been centered – globally – as a place from which potential new futures can be born. Organizers, healers and artists are redefining community, connection, and the expansiveness of their own power. As always, trans and gender non-conforming folks are leading, and it is with this knowledge that we offer this year’s Summit. The 7th annual Trans Equity Summit will hold space for community care, for collective witnessing, and for trans/GNC folks to find or further assert their place and power in this moment.

The Summit is free and open to the public, and we encourage anyone interested in furthering trans equity to attend. This is an event for trans/GNC community members to connect to resources and each other, and for potential allies to learn more about issues impacting trans/GNC community and how to integrate community visions through an equity lens.

Programming 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. daily, via Microsoft Teams and Slack. Programming will include a keynote by CeCe McDonald, breakout sessions, performances, a job and resource fair, and healing justice offerings.

Please register here: 7thtransequitysummit.eventbrite.com

For ASL interpretation and all other reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please note your needs in the registration form below or contact Track Trachtenberg at track.trachtenberg@minneapolismn.gov or 612-394-0714. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Minneapolis City Council welcomes Ward 6 Council Member Jamal Osman

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The City welcomes new Ward 6 Council Member Jamal Osman. As a refugee and from time spent in public housing after arriving in Minnesota, Osman learned empathy and the importance of community. He became a longtime advocate for change and social justice.

Focused on housing and mental health, he has worked with Common Bond Communities, in the Social Services department and served on the board of Phillips Community Clinic. Through Resident Services, he worked to ensure those living in affordable and public housing have access to a full range of services to feel supported and safe. Osman is a certified mental health trainer who regularly trains youths and adults to recognize and destigmatize mental health issues in the community.

Osman and his wife, Ilo, live in Cedar Riverside with their five children.

FEMA approves temporary $300/week benefits with unemployment to be administered by the State

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The State of Minnesota has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide a temporary additional $300 per week to Minnesotans receiving unemployment benefits. To be eligible for the Lost Wages Assistance program, an applicant must have a weekly unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and must be unemployed due to COVID-19.

Those currently receiving unemployment benefits do not need to reapply or do anything other than complete their weekly benefits request to receive the additional $300 a week. State of Minnesota Unemployment Insurance will review all payment requests and automatically pay applicants who are eligible for the lost wages assistance.

The State anticipates the program will last between five to eight weeks. Applicants can visit https://www.uimn.org/lwa for more information.

Free COVID-19 testing events and flu shots coming up

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The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests and flu shots in Minneapolis communities. All are welcome.

Free COVID-19 tests and flu shots focused on the north Minneapolis community Noon-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12 Shiloh Temple, 1201 W. Broadway Ave. N. Register onsite. The flu shots are covered by insurance. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card for the flu shot. If you don’t have insurance, the flu shot is free.

Free COVID-19 tests focused on the East African community Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 26 Abubakar As-Sadique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Ave. S. Register onsite.

You can expect to get your test results in about two days.


The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

Testing for other communities

Free COVID-19 tests focused on the Cedar-Riverside community hosted by Pillsbury United 1-4 p.m. Fridays starting Sept. 11 Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over.

If you are unable to attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Informational Wage Theft Video now available in spanish

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You can watch and share the full video here.

The City has adopted part of the state’s new Wage Theft law into local ordinance, providing another avenue to employees for recovery of unpaid wages. The ordinance took effect on January 1st, 2020.

The City’s wage theft prevention ordinance additionally requires employers in Minneapolis to provide sick and safe time accrual and use balances on all earnings statements, and distribute a Minneapolis labor poster to all new hires.

If you experience any potential or suspected instances of wage theft or wage/hour/payroll issues you can contact the City’s Civil Rights department – Labor Standard Enforcement Division for assistance via text at (612) 673-3012. Questions or consultations are also accepted. Staff will follow-up within 24 to 48 hours by text or phone call (if preferred).

The Minnesota Wage Theft Law and the Minneapolis Wage Theft Ordinance together protect employers and employees. Follow news coverage here or share this employer video  (en español) or employee video on social media to spread awareness today.

You can apply now to get your ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election

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Want to make sure your ballot will be returned on time to count for the general election on Nov. 3?

Apply now and get your ballot right when early voting opens. Ballots will be mailed out starting Sept. 18. This will ensure plenty of time to receive your ballot, vote and then return your ballot using the postage-paid envelope.

Apply on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

Learn more about how the City is working to ensure a safe election season during the pandemic.

City begins a 45-day public review period for upcoming zoning changes related to Minneapolis 2040

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The City has launched the 45-day comment period for the public to review draft built form regulations that will regulate the scale of new buildings and additions throughout Minneapolis. The regulations are critical to achieving the goals of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the City Council in 2018. The plan will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents can benefit. Under consideration now are technical aspects of Minneapolis 2040 implementation.

Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 Built Form Districts that will guide the development of new regulations, which will govern issues such as: building height, floor area ratio (FAR), lot sizes and setbacks from property lines, among other things. The new built form regulations will resolve some of the major conflicts between Minneapolis 2040 and the City’s current zoning regulations. They are also intended to provide more predictability for the scale of new buildings and additions in different areas in the city, including neighborhoods, downtown, production/employment areas and areas served by high-frequency transit.

Minneapolis 2040 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, following over two years of community engagement. The plan guides growth and change with 14 key goals, including eliminating racial disparities, promoting climate change resiliency, and increasing access to jobs and housing.

As required by state law, the City has been working on changing its zoning rules to match the development guidelines that the City Council already approved with Minneapolis 2040. This technical process will take several years and will include updating the zoning classification of every property in the city to match Minneapolis 2040. The first set of zoning changes will focus on technical aspects of the built form standards, proposed for adoption later this year.

How to comment on the draft regulations

The deadline for written comments on the draft built form regulations is Oct. 19. Submit comments online.

Learn about the proposed regulations and ask questions at an online open house hosted by City staff.

The public comment period closes Oct. 19 with a public hearing before the Minneapolis City Planning Commission, which will forward a recommendation to the City Council. The Council is expected to vote on built form regulations in November. Learn more about draft built form regulations and sign up for updates at minneapolis2040.com.

Census deadline approaching fast – make sure you and your household get counted!

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There are less than 30 days left to get counted in the 2020 Census. Have you completed the census yet?

The data that is obtained by the census allows the federal government to determine where to allocate resources for things like schools, parks, roads and much more. Our communities deserve the proper funding for resources that we rely on including programs and services like SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP and Head Start.

Unfortunately, there are still neighborhoods in our city that are currently undercounted. An undercount in any of our communities could have devastating and long-lasting impacts for our future. Because the census comes only once every 10 years, it’s important that we all get counted now.

Don’t wait. Complete the census for you and for everyone in your household including all children and all relatives that live with you. Our voices matter, our communities matter and we count. Visit My2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 and get counted before the Sept. 30 deadline.

MN Housing’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program opens to help with housing expenses

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has opened to cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, or other housing-related costs. This program will help keep folks in their homes and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state.

People in Minnesota interested in applying for assistance can call the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline at 651-291-0211, 211unitedway.org or texting “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For questions regarding the application process, check the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program frequently asked questions.

Translated surveys now available for input on Non-Emergency Crime and Mental Health Crisis Calls to 911; Surveys close Sept. 8

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The primary purpose of the surveys is to gain insight from individuals who have experience calling 911 for either a mental health crisis or non-emergency crime calls. With Minneapolis being a diverse city, it is important to provide opportunities for all residents voices to be heard, and this is why we have translated the surveys into three other languages: Somali, Spanish, and Hmong. Please share with friends, family, neighbors, or colleague who may find these translated surveys more accessible. The surveys will be closing on Wednesday, Sept. 8th.

Mental Health Crisis Calls

We are redesigning the way mental health 911 calls are handled. We want to hear from residents about your experiences & uplift your voices to make real change in our communities. Please share your thoughts by completing a 10 min survey.

Spanish: Estamos rediseñando la manera en que las llamadas de salud mental son atendidas.  Queremos escuchar acerca de las experiencias de los residentes y hacer que sus voces sean parte de un cambio real en nuestras comunidades.  Por favor comparte tus ideas completando una encuesta de 10 minutos https://tinyurl.com/y3wll3s4

Somali: Waxaan dib-u-habayn ku wadnaa sidii wax looga bedelilahaa marka 911ka loo soo woco xaalad la xiriirta xanuunka dhimirka. Waxaan jecelahay inaan maqalo waxa fikirkaagu yahay iyo dhamaan bulshada codkeeda si isbedel dhab loo helo. Fadlan nagu caawi inaad firkadaada helo adigoo buuxinaya war qaadkan https://tinyurl.com/y3r5r5ve

Hmong: Peb tabtom txhimkho txoj kev pabcuam cov neeg hu 911 thov kev pab lawm txoj kev nyuaj siab ntxhov ntsws. Peb xav hnov pejxeem cov tswvyim thiab pab txhawb koj lub suab los mus txhimkho peb lub zejzog.  Thov siv 10 vib nati qhia koj lub tswvyim rau hauv daim ntawv nug https://tinyurl.com/yyo3regr

Non-Emergency Crime Calls

Have you had items stolen, property damaged, or a traffic issue? We are redesigning the way 911 calls about non-emergency crimes are handled. Please share your thoughts by completing a 5 min survey.

Spanish: ¿Te han robado, tu propiedad ha sido dañada o has tenido problemas de tráfico? Estamos rediseñando la manera en que las llamadas que no son de emergencia son atendidas. Por favor comparte tus ideas completando una encuesta de 5 minutos https://tinyurl.com/yypz4fzv

Somali: Wax ma lagaa xaday, makusoo gaadhay waxyeello hanti, ama dhib xagga gaadiidka ah? Dib-u-habayn ayaan ku wadnaa sida looga jawaabo telefoonada 911-ka ee aan ahayn dembiyada culus. Fadlan nala qaybso fikradaada adoo buuxinaya war qaadkan 5 daqiiqadood https://tinyurl.com/y667f6hn

Hmong: Koj cov khoom vaj khoom tsev puas raug nyiag, koj lub vaj lub tsev puas raug tsoo, los yog koj puas muaj kev tsis txau siab rau kev khiav tseg?  Peb tabtom txhimkho txoj kev pabcuam cov neeg hus 911 hais txog cov  teebmeem tsis muaj kev kubntxov phomsij lub sijhawm tabsim ntawv.  Thov siv 5 vib nati qhia koj lub tswvyim rau hauv daim ntawv nug https://tinyurl.com/y6fyqdd6

Learn about the Whittier/Lyndale Bikeway by watching the Aug. 27th Virtual Project Open House

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On August 27, 2020, Public Works held a virtual Open House to share information about the Whittier/Lyndale bikeway project which includes portions of 1st Avenue S, 28th Street, and Blaisdell Avenue S. Staff presented on the draft project layout and held a question and answer section from attendees. You can view the presentation here.

In 2021, the Minneapolis Public Works Department will enhance the bike connections between several neighborhoods in South Minneapolis and downtown. The project will improve existing bikeways on portions of 1st Avenue South, Blaisdell Avenue South, and 28th Street. Proposed enhancements include a two-way bikeway with curb and bollard protection and crossing improvements for pedestrians.

In early 2020, Public Works presented the project and received comments at neighborhood associations along the project corridor. These conversations, and comments received from an online survey, are summarized here:

Initial Outreach Summary


The goal of the project is to create a low-stress bikeway that meets the City’s All Ages and Abilities standard. Such a bikeway will:

  • Enhance comfort and predictability of all users
  • Support existing and future bicycle demand
  • Improve bicycle network connectivity

The project will also look for opportunities to improve pedestrian safety along the corridors.

Existing conditions

Public Works has collected detailed information on existing pedestrian, bicycle and vehicles uses along the project corridor. See this information in the document below.

Whittier/Lyndale Bikeway Existing Conditions


Mike Samuelson, Transportation Planner, 612-709-3130 or mike.samuelson@minneapolismn.gov

Nathan Kemmer, Project Engineer, 612-673-3274 or nathan.kemmer@minneapolismn.gov

Give your input on the proposed Phelps Basketball Court Mural in person or online!

Project Backboard, Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Ryan Saunders, and Streeter Custom Builder are teaming together to propose working with a local artist to transform the current outdoor basketball court at Phelps Field Park (39th & Chicago Ave So) into a large-scale art piece honoring this community’s rich heritage and vibrancy. We are partnering with Southside Boys & Girls Club and hope to complete it by summer of next year (2021).

We’d like to know what you think. Please share your thoughts by either stopping by the Phelps Basketball Court Project Booth at the last ReImagine 38th St. event hosted by the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) this Saturday, Sept. 5th from 11 am to 5 pm. You can also weigh in online using this survey: www.bit.ly/PhelpsMural2020.

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September is National Preparedness Month; resources available to help plan for unexpected emergencies

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National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

The City of Minneapolis encourages residents to set aside some time this month to use FEMA’s weekly themes and learn about ways to prepare for weather emergencies and other disasters that could occur at home and work and in their communities. Families preparing before an emergency with a focus on children’s understanding can help save lives and increase the community’s resilience.

FEMA’s weekly focuses in National Preparedness Month 2020: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today

Week 1 Sept. 1-5: Make a plan

Week 2 Sept. 6-12: Build a kit

Week 3 Sept. 13-19: Prepare for disasters

Week 4 Sept. 20-26: Teach young people about preparedness

Find information on these weekly themes and more at Ready.gov/september.


Watch and share FEMA’s preparedness videos.


Residents can prepare for a disaster today by downloading the FEMA app for real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, ways to share notifications with loved ones, emergency shelter information and more.

Find more information about emergency preparedness from the Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management.

Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

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  • Wear masks when in public. 10-50% of virus carriers are asymptomatic, so they don’t even know they’re sick. Wearing masks helps control the virus and has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces with groups of people, where the virus can linger in the air for long periods of time.
  • Get tested if you have cold or flu-like symptomsFind testing locations.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others who aren’t in your household.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Do not go to “COVID parties” – Young adults face a real risk of significant illness and complications. They can also pass the virus along to family members and other people in the community.

Donate homemade face masks at Minneapolis fire stations for Mask Drive Mondays

Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday for Mask Drive Mondays. The City’s Health Department continues to get requests from the community for help securing masks and the donations make a big difference in meeting those needs.

Visit us at minneapolismn.gov/ward8

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Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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