Weekly Roundup: March 29-April 4

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Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and enjoy the sun!


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Complete Count Committee invite you to join leaders from nonprofit, business, civic, local government, and community organizations on April 1, 2019, for a kickoff celebration to mark the beginning of our year-long census complete count campaign, We Count. We will have food, fun and an opportunity to share our hopes for the 2020 census.

Participating in the census is one of the most powerful tools residents have for civic engagement. As leaders and activists, we must connect and collaborate to make sure everyone in our city – regardless of immigration status, age, or income level – is counted and fairly represented. This event will be an excellent opportunity to begin building relationships and sharing information to ensure a successful 2020 census complete count campaign.

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Complete Count Committee are excited about working collaboratively with community organizations, activists, business leaders, nonprofits and local government to ensure We Count every one of our residents. To learn more about what’s at stake, watch this short video produced by the Ford Foundation: https://youtu.be/pl4RO5EisCU Read more about the Complete Count Committee at Minneapolismn.gov/census

Focus on Local Business: 
Are you the owner or manager of a business in the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow neighborhoods? If so, you’re invited to take a moment to fill out this form. Longfellow Community Council is starting an on-going project to help draw focus to local businesses by spotlighting how unique and wonderful they are!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Longfellow Community Council (LCC) seeks approval of bylaw amendments and a plan modification to reallocate unfrozen Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds at the April 23, 2019 General Membership Meeting
Bylaws (additions are noted in bold)
Article VI.  Board of Directors, F. OFFICERS,
d). Only members of the new Board will have a vote in the election of officers. The election for President will be held first. Only members who have served for at least one year of a term will be eligible to serve as President.  In the event that no member interested in the position meets the eligibility requirement the full board will be responsible for resolving the issue.  This may be done by appointing an interim President, waiving the eligibility requirement or an alternative remedy.  
Reallocation of unfrozen NRP funds
In January 2019 the LCC Board of Directors approved the following:
Motion to approve the reallocation of a total of $345,971.64 ($172,985.82 in 2019 and $172,985.82 in 2020) to Phase II Administrative Support (Implementation and Administration 1.B.1.) from the following strategies:
1.  Home Improvement Program (Housing 7.A.1.) – $106,805.47 ($71,805.47 of Action Plan Funds and $35,000 of Program Income)
2.  Incentives for Sustainable Technologies (Housing 7.A.2.) – $70,000
3.  Housing Development Incentives (Housing 8.A.1.) – $79,667.35
4.  Commercial Revitalization Staff Support (Commercial Revitalization 10.A.1.) – $39,998.82
5.  Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Conditions (Commercial Revitalization 10.C.1.) – $18,500
6.  New and Existing Business Staff Support (Commercial Revitalization 11.A.1.) – $31,000
Background:  In February 2017, the Minneapolis City Council voted to restore $9,141,951.05 of frozen Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to Minneapolis neighborhood organizations.  Funds were required to be allocated in two-year cycles through the end of 2020.  In 2017, the LCC Board of Directors and the General Membership approved an allocation of $345,971.64 to be used to fund NRP program/project strategies in 2017 and 2018.  
The LCC general membership will vote the ratify the motion of the LCC Board of Directors.  The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD) require that Plan Modifications/financial actions greater than $25,000 require community notification and a community vote for approval.

Join the 2019-2020 LCC Board of Directors!
Residents and businesses of Greater Longfellow are invited to run for a seat on the LCC Board of Directors.  There are 11 open seats including one seat for a local business representative.  Joining the LCC Board is a great opportunity to volunteer in the community, join LCC committees and work with community members to develop projects, programs and activities to improve the community.  No experience is necessary to run for the board.  You must be at least 16 and willing to commit to up to 8 hours per month to participate in board and committee meetings and events.  Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month.  In order to run for a board seat all you need to do is attend the April 23rd General Membership meeting and have someone nominate your or nominate yourself.  We encourage people from all walks of life to run for a Board seat.  We value a diversity of opinion, background, economic status, culture, homeowners and renters.  For more information you can find the Board member job description here or you can call or email LCC’s Executive Director Melanie Majors at 612-722-4529 ext. 14 or melanie@longfellow.org

Registration has now opened for Transition Longfellow’s Veggie Basics class, which begins April 13 and is held for 4 Saturdays in April/May. Pre-registration is required.  Registration and information can be found here: http://www.transitionlongfellow.org/veggie-growing-basics-class

Deadline to Appeal Property Tax Assessment’s is April 30
Beginning in March, the City of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office sends out valuation notices to inform property owners of the assessor’s estimated market value of each property.
If you have questions or you would like to appeal your property value, you may contact the City of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office to discuss your concerns or follow the steps on the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization (LBAE) website listed below.
City Assessors Office
City of Lakes Building
309 2nd Avenue South, Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Call 311 or (612) 673-3000
LBAE Website: http://minneapolismn.gov/assessor/marketvalues/LBAE/index.htm
longfellow.org/2019/03/22/deadline-to-appeal-property-tax-assessments-is-april-30th/

Belle’s ToolBox, 3400 42nd Ave South • (612) 799-1482
Spring Has Sprung! Well, not quite, but we are happy to report that our Front Door has!
An ice heave at the entry has finally given way to the brute force of two Marks in the neighborhood :0)
So we are returning to our previous hours of operation:
Tu Wed Th Fri 10am-12
Tu Wed Th 2-4pm
Third Saturday of Month 10am-12
If you haven’t had the thrill of a visit to Belle’s ToolBox, come on in!
If you are an old friend – We Can’t Wait to See You and Yours!!!
Spring is JUST around the corner,,,
and so is the ToolBox

Chard Your Yard w/ Transition Longfellow: Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for Chard Your Yard, the Longfellow raised bed garden installation program. We’ve installed 183 raised beds in the past 6 years. With your help, we’ll install 24 more in 2019. The planning team writes a funding request and presents it to LCC, our neighborhood association, and then seeks volunteers, secures supplies, develops the routes, and delivers the program. Approximately one meeting a month from February through May. SIGN UP HERE.

This week’s movies at the Trylon Cinema and Riverview Theater!

 


Friday, March 29

Launch of Mike Corrao’s Gut Text @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm
Join us for the launch of Gut Text by Mike Corrao.
You are holding a living organism. Gut Text feels fear, pain, and desire. Within, you will follow four distinct personas as they form on the page, each seeking to transcend the limitations of their existence as they speak to you directly. In his newest release, Mike Corrao has created a challenging and unsettling exploration of identity, and the ways we see it manifest in the physical world.
Each persona carries with it a similar desire, but a different means of striving towards it. Slowly, the text begins to move, begins to change, correct its mistakes, and adjust to its restrictive ontology. Gut Text is not only alive, it is growing and learning. Witness the text creating itself, a parthenogenetic conception.
Mike Corrao is the author of Man, Oh Man (Orson’s Publishing). Along with earning a Best of the Net nomination, Mike’s work has been featured in publications such as Entropy, Always Crashing, Collagist, and The Portland Review. He lives in Minneapolis where he earned his B.A. in film and English literature at the University of Minnesota. Gut Text is Mike’s second novel. Learn more at www.mikecorrao.com
https://www.moonpalacebooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=5613

Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations – “Live At The Hook” Release Party @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7pm • Music 7:30pm • 21+ $9 Advance • $12 Day of Show
Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations return for the Twin Cities release of their new album Live at The Hook.  A founding member of the critically-acclaimed progressive roots outfit Moreland and Arbuckle, vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle and his band The Damnations recorded the album last October at the Hook & Ladder.
Hurricane Harold with The Doug Otto Experience plus Marc Gartman of LazyLightning420 and Too Many Banjos are also performing.

SLC Live at the Riverview @ Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Ave S • 7:30-10pm
Join us for acoustic Americana at the Riverview Cafe. Delicious food and beverages are available for purchase.

Closet Witch/Please Stop!/Speedweed @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 21+ • $5-10 sliding scale • Doors 9pm • Music 9:45pm
The second of two shows in one night!
Closet Witch – returns to Minneapolis from SE Iowa on their way to TND Fest in Fargo. https://closetwitch.bandcamp.com/
Please Stop! – SE Minnesota Punk https://pleasestoprocks.bandcamp.com/
Speedweed – https://speedweedmusic.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, March 30

Yoga w/Dallas at Powderhorn Park Community Ctr. • 9:30am
This accessible class is designed to help students discover their personal practice in a supportive space. Rather than expecting students to conform to arbitrary shapes, my goal is to create opportunities for students to feel more relaxed and confident in their bodies, regardless of experience or physical mobility. Expect a class with dynamic sequencing, some mindfulness practice, and messaging that celebrates who you already are. All are welcome.

World Team Project Minneapolis Ladies Salsa Team Fundraiser! @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 8pm • Cost: $10 per person • Cash Only (Exact change is appreciated) • Additional donations are welcome!
We invite you to come out and and enjoy an evening of fabulous Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and more and to support our World Team Project Ladies Salsa Team! ALL proceeds from the social will go toward costumes, shoes and travel expenses. These ladies have been working hard to get this beautiful routine together and soon will get to share it with the world!
Contact us for more info at Bailaconpasion.com or at 703.402.3645 or 772.233.6914 • ¡ Hablamos Español! Vamos a Bailar!

Collabaret @ Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio, 2731 E 25th St • 7:30pm
After receiving an abundance of love and positivity from our audience after the first Collabaret we’ve decided to keep it going! Come see us on March 30th for a night of performance and the opportunity to buy unique pieces from local artists.

Christine Hoberg, The Nunnery (US), Kate Malanaphy, and Greta Ruth at Moon Palace Books (March 30, 2019) @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7:30am
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/37584529-christine-hoberg-at-moon-palace-books

Mid West Music Fest Pre-Party with The Bad Man, Eleganza, RLGDPPL @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • Doors/Music 7pm • 21+ • $9 Advance • $12 Day of Show
The Bad Man: Named a Best New Band of 2017 by First Avenue, City Pages Picked to Click in 2018, and fronted by one of the Twin Cities’ “most dynamic and devilish rock ‘n’ roll frontmen” (per Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune), The Bad Man is no stranger to fun. Known for their unpredictable and adrenaline-fueled performances, the band delivers a danceable, rowdy rock sound driven by guitar, saxophone, and a back-alley bounce. “Bum a ride, see ’em live, they’re worth the cover charge.”
Eleganza!: formed by Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band, The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records), is a 3-guitar ROCK AND ROLL attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate, Jeff Johnson, and ex-Ol’ Yeller’s Greg McAloon. Also on board is the legendary Tony Zaccardi of Romantica & Kruddler on bass, and his longtime partner in crime Tim Baumgart (Wizards Are Real/Big Ditch Road/Kruddler) on drums.
Real Good People: (stylized as RLGDPPL) is a rhythm and blues rooted rock band out of Minneapolis. Like Joe Cocker? Us too. Spoon? Ditto. Bill Withers? Yep. Broken Bells? Uh huh. The Meters? Let’s get bunk beds! We play good time moving music that’s loose and colorful and we aim to be familiar but always fresh.

Sunday, March 31

Winery tour and tasting @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • 1pm
Take a tour of the basement winery and production facility at Urban Forage with co-owner and winemaker, Jeff. Taste a sampling of our offerings on tap, as well as samples of ciders and wines in production. Stay afterward in the taproom for an informal question and answer session. Must be 21+ 

NLR 30 Days of Biking Kickoff Ride @ The Fix Studio & Cafe,3725 Minnehaha Ave • 10:30am
Please join Northern Lights Racing for a FTW (Femme/Trans/Women/Non-Binary) led no-drop group ride to kickoff the start of the 30 Days of Biking. The ride will be a social slow roll, starting at The Fix Studio & Cafe and ending at the official 30 Days of Biking: 2019 MSP Kickoff Party at Red Stag Supperclub!
We’ll start to gather at The Fix at 10:30am, roll out around 11 am. We should arrive at the party just before noon.
Don’t forget to reserve your tickets to the kickoff party! The party is free, with an option to buy a $5 Spoke Card and Raffle Ticket: https://www.facebook.com/events/1974129432624555/
All fitness levels, ages, and genders are welcome on this ride.  You do not need to pledge 30 Days of Biking to ride to the kickoff with us, but we encourage everyone to give it a try!
*Please note that this is a ride to the kickoff party, and you will be responsible for getting your own way home*

A Magical Story Time @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S • 11am
It is our mission with this story time to promote children’s books that shine a spotlight on a wide array of racial and cultural identities, genders, orientations, experiences and abilities. We want to create a space that places a special emphasis on promoting self love, empathy and a greater understanding of the strange, magical world we inhabit. There is serious deficit in children’s books that depict protagonists who are a people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ or any combination of the above. That is why Madeline and Sam’s Magical Story Time seeks out books that do just that. Positive representation in books is crucial to a child’s development of a positive self image. It can be absolutely life affirming for a child to see a protagonist who reflects them accomplishing anything they set their mind to. It is also crucial in developing empathy for a child to experience diversity at a young age.
This story time will not only be educational, but spectacularly fun! Before each reading we will have one minute wiggle parties and coloring pages that correlate with that weeks books.

Pop Culture Trivia w/ Kevin & Uncle Dude! @ Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave S • 10pm
WCCO TV Viewer’s Choice Top 3 Bar Trivia Night! Free to play with great prizes including a $50 gift card for 1st place on down to the fabled “Dinner & a Show” for 4th place! Round 2 is the “Perfect Shot” round, your chance at a FREE SHOT!

Ballroom Dance Nights in March @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm • Admission:  $12 for all

The Return of Vector 9 @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • Doors 7 pm • Show 7:30 pm
New Venue, same flavor, Vector 9 Variety Show @ Du Nord Craft Spirits
Music by: Riverdog • Rabeca • Surprise headliners TBA
Comedy by: Jodie Maruska • Khadijah Cooper
Feature film: “Object Permanence” by Maret Polzine
and your hosts, Devohn Bland & Xochi de la Luna will interview guests and perform comedy sketches

Monday, April 1

4th Scottish singalong, pre-Minnesota Tartan Week @ Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St • 6:30pm
No kidding. Proximity to National Tartan Day brings a change of pace, with songs of Scottish origin from 17th to 20th Centuries, and earlier and later certainly welcome as well. Instruments, song sheets, and dance are invited, along with all comers taking turns in leading songs.

JOIN US FOR THE APRIL CIVIC BUZZ REVERSING THE LEGACY OF RACIAL INEQUITY – Minneapolis’ Racial Equity Policy @ Black Forest Inn, 26th and Nicollet Ave So, Banquet Room
5:30 pm            Networking & Equity Activity
6:15-7:30 pm    Speaker & Discussion
“In my class and place, I did not recognize myself as a racist because I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness by members of my group, never in invisible systems conferring unsought racial dominance on my group by birth.” Peggy McIntosh
While Minneapolis holds a reputation for being a progressive city, it also has a legacy of racism and racial inequity. But what exactly is racial inequity? How does it create social advantages and disparities in policies and programs we interact with every day? What is the city doing to not only address it, but also undo the harm caused by it? Join us for this important discussion.
Our speaker will be Joy Marsh Stephens, Director, Minneapolis Race and Equity Division. She will discuss the history of racism and racial inequity in Minneapolis. League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Civic Buzz is presented on the first Tuesday of the month at the Black Forest Inn. Thank you to our neighborhood sponsor, the Whittier Alliance. These meetings are free and open to the public.

The Ophelias, Gully Boys, the Florists, Adelyn Rose @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • Cover $10 • All Ages • Doors 8:30pm • 9pm
Gully Boys – three emo/soulful/flower ladies trying to make Tom Klemond proud. https://gullyboys.bandcamp.com/releases
The Ophelias are your Cincinnati all-girl moth music
New album “Almost” out NOW!!! Post/Share/Stream now! https://jnr.ln
The Florists are three friendly people (Jo Kellen, Jared Hemming, Luke Michaels) from Minneapolis. They play noisy pop songs about kitchens, seraphim, and the way you comb your hair.
Adelyn Rose – Indie Rock from Eau Claire, WI www.adelynrose.bandcamp.com

 

Tuesday, April 2

Live Yo Best Black Life. | Podcast & Gathering. Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm
www.BlackTableArts.com
The idea is simple – black joy and conversation. The most important topics in our communities that dig deep and require love. How do we grow a (Black)mosphere? Join us at Moon Palace books for a dialogue with artists, organizers and healers. Live Yo Best Black Life is a monthly podcast and community gathering brought to you by Black Table Arts. Public. All ages.

Wednesday, April 3

Restorative Justice 101 Training Restorative Justice 101: Training for Practice in Everyday Life RJ 101
The Restorative Justice 101 Training is co-sponsored by Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice and the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.
Early Tuition: $150 • Standard Tuition: $180 • Optional CEs/CLEs: $35
RJ 101 teaches the principles, philosophies, and practices of Restorative Justice via lecture and experiential education methodologies for empowering our communities. Professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypersons are welcome to attend.

RJ 101 Training Objectives:
Learn the history and philosophy and principles of restorative justice and restorative practices.
Examine the neuroscience of restorative justice.
Apply a restorative lens to work with those who have been harmed, those who have harmed, and the community.
Experience a simulated interactive restorative justice conference.
Explore applications for restorative justice practices at home, work, school, and in the community.

100% of RJ 101 Training graduates rated this training “Very Good” and “Excellent.”
100% increased their understanding and knowledge of Restorative Justice and how to apply it to everyday life.
100% indicated they would recommend this training to others. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475729912566181/

Free Music Wednesdays – Tommy Bentz Band @ Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6pm • Music 7pm • 21+
“Spring Residency” – Every 1st Wednesday in Spring
FREE
The Tommy Bentz Band is based in Western Wisconsin, and extensively tours regionally in the US and bi-annually to the UK. The Tommy Bentz is a fantastic power trio that has been in existence for over 15 years, jamming in the style of “the Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison”. Tommy leads the band as the singer/songwriter/guitarist whose professional soloing chops radiate throughout the band’s performance. A standout slide player, Tommy has often been touted as one of the best in the Midwest. His seemingly effortless style ranges from strident and thick “Clapton-esque” lines and tone to satisfyingly classic rock ‘n roll. Tommy grew up enthralled with the guitarists in the Allman Brothers Band and the great British blues rockers — Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and, especially, Cream-era Eric Clapton. Tommy focuses this power into a tight, focused wall of sound with his amazingly talented trio of musicians. Jason McLean’s melodic and groovy bass lines and harmony vocals combine perfectly with Alex Burgess’s rock-solid, musical percussion talents and spot-on background vocals. The band combines all of their years of musical performance into a tight, energized, soulful, live musical package like none other you’ve heard before.
#FreeMusicWednesdays

Thursday, April 4

The Healing Meditation Series: Self-Love & Relationships @ Awakenings – Gifts and Guidance for the Soul, 4165 Minnehaha Ave S • 7pm • Bert Allen from 2guysintheknow- Psychic Medium and Healing Services will lead a guided healing meditation focused on increasing self-love and enriching relationships. Just show up! The evening will begin promptly at 7pm – no late attendees will be admitted.

Ruah Swennerfelt reads from Rising to the Challenge @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 4-5pm
Ruah Swennerfelt, activist, homesteader, blogger, and author will share about her book, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith. The book is the result of a decade of experience with the movement, numerous interviews of people in Europe, Palestine, Brazil, and the U.S. The aim of Transition is to help individuals be the catalyst in their communities for an historic push to make the places where they live more resilient, healthier and bursting with strong local livelihoods, while reducing their ecological footprint.

Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Recommendations & LCC Response


March 2019

 

To:       Ward 12 Council Member Andrew Johnson, Ward 9 Council Member Alondra Cano and Ward 2 Council Member Cam Gordon

CC:       David Rubedor, Steven Gallagher

From:  Jeff Fisher, Longfellow Community Council President

RE:       Neighborhoods 2020 Draft Recommendations

Dear Council Members,

The Longfellow Community Council (LCC) Board of Directors has reviewed the draft Neighborhoods 2020 Recommendations and we are requesting that you do not approve them in their current form. Instead, we ask that you continue funding Neighborhood Organizations (NOs) at the current level and follow existing CPP program guidelines until a revised plan can be created through intentional coordination with existing Minneapolis NOs. In doing so, you would be honoring the commitment made by the Minneapolis City Council when adopting the International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2 )Spectrum of Community Participation, which emphasizes “partnering with the public in each aspect of the decision, including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.”  We make this request for the following reasons:

Community Engagement (45-day comment period)

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) is recommending immense policy/guideline changes that will heavily impact NOs, community members and businesses if approved.  A 45-day comment period is not sufficient time to inform, educate and seek input from residents on the Neighborhoods 2020 recommendations. NOs can notify residents of the recommendations and provide them with a link to the City’s website, but that does not allow for residents to have face-to-face contact or have their questions answered directly. To do that requires NOs to set up community meetings which involves setting a date, finding a location, securing speakers and facilitators, marketing the event and developing an agenda. It is not possible to meaningfully engage residents in such a short window of time.

Additionally, the Neighborhoods 2020 timeline does not provide City staff adequate time to compile and thoroughly analyze public input on the recommendations, in order to make changes before presenting a final draft to council for approval in April.

Draft Recommendations

Major issues with the recommendations include but are not limited to the following:

Process and Implementation

  • NCR did not have any direct interface with NO staff or board members collectively, in order to gain knowledge of the needs of NOs to be successful.
  • An explanation was not given for the decision to eliminate the work group recommendations for funding, governance structure and a city-wide engagement plan. By failing to provide this explanation, staff have not fulfilled the IAP2 commitment to provide feedback on how public input influenced their decisions.
  • NCR would be a funder, manager and evaluator of NOs, however the department does not have the capacity or expertise to fulfill these roles. This oversight also conflicts with the reality that NOs are independent nonprofit organizations and are managed by their Board of Directors.

Funding

  • Without including funding recommendations for respondents to consider, such as the source and allocation formula, it is not possible to assess the feasibility or impact of the program. A draft budget should have been prepared before the recommendations were sent out for review.
  • The recommendations do not include plans for increased staff and funding capacity, which would be necessary to fulfill the increased outreach requirements outlined in the recommendations. Ultimately, the changes to priorities could lead to some organizations being required to lay off staff whose roles are unrelated to accomplishing new goals, even if these positions were created in response to a request made by the community.
  • The recommendations would weaken NOs that rely on part-time staff or, solely on volunteers. These organization lack the capacity to do the initial work required to pool services and partner with larger organizations. Neighborhood organizations are part of a system that should be preserved and enhanced regardless of size.
  • The recommendations provide no objective criteria to measure program success to obtain additional funding.
  • NOs provide an essential service that has likely saved the City of Minneapolis more money than the original investment made over 25 years ago. Funding was used for parks, schools, demolition of blighted buildings, police programs, home improvement loan, libraries etc.  It would be beneficial to conduct a benefit analysis that would inform any future funding formula.

Diversity/Representation and Outreach

  • Using board diversity to measure success is a short-sighted approach. By holding organizations accountable for achieving reflective board representation you ignore the systemic and cultural barriers to serving on such bodies.
  • A voluntary survey is not a reliable method of tracking board diversity. Requiring board members to complete a demographic survey would deter some community members from joining, especially when asking about personal information such as income and disability status.
  • The focus should be on accountability around the robust engagement outreach plan included in the recommendations, to ensure that neighborhoods prioritize identifying and addressing the unique needs of underrepresented groups, regardless of who serves on their board.

Insufficient Details

  • Full consideration of the recommendations is not possible because they lack vital details related to implementation, funding, governance and NCR structure.
  • The recommendations do not include a timeline for base funding, funding proposal submission deadlines, notification of funding awards, implementation of a new program or time allowed for NOs to change organizational structures i.e., bylaws and board membership.
  • No information has been provided regarding the timeline or process for developing the technical details of the program if the framework is approved by the Minneapolis City Council.

For over 25 years, independent nonprofit neighborhood organizations have continually worked to identify and address the priorities of residents in their respective communities. The Neighborhood system serves as a connective tissue between residents, City staff and elected officials, while also managing the needs, priorities and challenges faced by Minneapolis neighborhoods.

The proposed Neighborhoods 2020 recommendations fail to recognize neighborhood organizations historic commitment to community engagement, their unique ability to develop close relationships with residents and businesses, and to bring people together to strengthen our communities. In their current state, the overarching recommendations will disable our ability to continue to do this effectively.

We appreciate the intent of the recommendations and ultimately share some of the outcome goals however, there is too much to be resolved in such a short amount of time.  Thank you in advance for your consideration of our request.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Fisher

LCC Board President


2020 is a critical time for the City of Minneapolis and neighborhood organizations.  Funding for Longfellow Community Council (LCC) and 70 other neighborhood organizations is not guaranteed.  The City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD) has prepared recommendations for the way neighborhood organizations are structured and managed.

We encourage anyone and everyone that lives in this community to attend our upcoming informational community meeting or comment on these plans: