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.


  • 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.



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:


Weekly Roundup: Mar 30-Apr 5

maple_EricDaymcCheck out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and Minneapolis!


Tuesday, April 24:No Pie Charts! Only Pies! General Membership Meeting: 
General Membership Meeting details here
General Membership Meeting, Pie Potluck & Board Elections
**Browse our Resource Fair from 5:30-6:30pm BEFORE the meeting to learn about services and organizations in our neighborhood!
Please bring a pie to share!
• Participate in board elections and receive committee updates
• Enjoy delicious pie while chatting with your favorite neighbors and making new friends
• Kids activity bags will be provided by LCC to help keep your little ones engaged

The LCC Resource Fair is a FREE community event for attendees!
–>For businesses and organizations wanting to take part in our Resource Fair: Sign-Up will begin March 27 and is open until 5pm on April 17. Click this link to register.
Space is Limited. Tables and chairs will be provided.
Registration fee for participating organizations are: $15/nonprofits OR $25/for-profits
Resource Fair event information:

Restorative Justice Fundraiser: A wine and beer tasting @ Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge 
Saturday, April 21 • 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • 5-7:30pm
Sample beer and wine, enjoy treats from local restaurants, bid on the silent auction, and listen to music. A guaranteed fun time in support of a good cause whether you choose to sample wine and beer or not! Tickets now available at Zipp’s Liquors (2618 E. Franklin), Welna II Hardware (2201 E. Franklin) and on-line: RJ fundraiser tickets
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
All proceeds benefit Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership
Sponsored by Zipps’s Liquors, Summit Brewing, Thrivent Financial, and Seward Co-op

For more information about SLRJP contact Michele Braley at or 612-338-6205 x108

Spring Birding Hike in the Mississippi River Gorge, hosted by the Longfellow Community Council
Saturday, May 5th 7am-10am, starting location TBA
This is a free event, but space is limited! Details and registration at
Questions? Contact


Longfellow Community Council has launched our new website! Check out our easier to navigate–>

Check out this week’s movies at the Trylon Cinema and Riverview Theater!

Longfellow Seward Healthy Seniors, In Need of Volunteers:
​Volunteers play an essential role in helping us meet the needs of seniors and their ability to live healthy, independent and socially connected lives. Ways people can volunteer include visiting, helping with chores, shopping, etc. For more information on volunteer opportunities and how to get involved, call our Volunteer & Service Coordinator at 612-729-5799, fill out the form at or e-mail us at

The public comment period on the Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap is open today, February 28th through Monday, April 30th Comments can be submitted to The Roadmap offers for your consideration, three different approaches to neighborhood funding, programming and support services. We also want your creative ideas about how we can improve upon our system of neighborhoods and the services NCR provides to the community. There will be many ways to engage and give input into Neighborhoods 2020. You can sign up for regular updates on our web-site.

Friday, March 30  

GOD JOHNSON & DEAD LARRY @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 8pm // Music 8:30pm  
21+ // $9 Advance // $12 Day of Show
God Johnson plays high energy rock shows for people to dance, party, and get a little crazy. Also we’ve done full on, note-for-note tributes to Bands/Albums such as “Sticky Fingers” by the Rolling Stones, “Stop Making Sense” by the Talking Heads, and Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”.
Dead Larry Dead Larry’s powerful blend of high energy rock, dance and funk shakes the foundation of modern music. From rock driven sea shanties to pulsating dance beats. From Beatle-esque harmonies to spine chilling screams. From shake-yo-booty funk jams to orchestral themes of space and time travel. Dead Larry is one thing: Original.

All-Night Horrorthon! @ Trylon Cinema
2820 E 33rd St • Starting at 7 p.m. and going all night long • Mar 30 – Mar 31
Help the Trylon continue to provide exciting and unique programming with our second annual All-Night Horrorthon fundraiser! Test your love of horror films, and get your friends to pledge donations as you descend into the world of madness and the macabre. We will present six classics from the 1960s-1990s.

Family Story Time for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers @ East Lake Library
2727 E Lake St. 10:15-10:45am
Baby Story Time for Toddlers @ East Lake Library
2727 E Lake St. 10:15-10:45am

She Rock She Rock Punk Jam ft Gully Boys @ Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave • 9pm • $5 suggested donation • Music starts at 9pm
She Rock She Rock is excited to bring back the Punk Jam! Come to jam on awesome punk tunes, support each other and rock out to our guest band: Gully Boys! Our jam set includes music from Bikini Kill, L7, Hole, Babes in Toyland and much more.
Find the full set list and charts here: We offer a very safe, supportive environment for folks with little or no stage experience and for those who are veterans of the music scene. This is a performance opportunity for women, gender nonconforming and trans folks of all ages and experience levels! Anyone interested in performing should email Sam Stahlmann ( to sign up prior to the jam. Also, any questions about our jam or song requests can be directed to this e-mail address. This event is all-ages and the audience is open to anyone!

Saturday, March 31

Daydream Retrievers at RC @ Riverview Cafe 
3753 42nd Ave S • 7pm
Daydream Retrievers stopping thru Minneapolis as a solo act for a night of beautiful music.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge 
3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6:30pm // Music 7pm
21+ // $15 Reserved Seats Tickets
An intimate, two set, seated concert for all art-rock lovers!
The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Minneapolis’ very own “Art-Rock Jazz Fusion” band, Saturday, March 31. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has been freakin’ minds since 2009. They stretch their own musical limits with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK.  “Sounds like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.” — Jay, GCO Superfan

Jillian Rae & Sarah Morris at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge 
3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 9pm // Music 9:30pm
21+ // $12 Advance // $15 Day of Show // $15 Reserved Seats (limited)
Jillian Rae: is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence.
Sarah Morris: Over the last five years, singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has earned a reputation for engaging performances, with a voice both clear and lush. Sarah hails from Minneapolis.
Laura Hugo: Minneapolis singer/songwriter originally from the Navajo reservation.

Sunday, April 1

Monday, April 2

Traveling Bookstore and Birchwood Cafe @ Birchwood Cafe 
3311 E 25th St • 9am
Stop by the traveling bookstore to explore our great selection of books and then stop in to enjoy the awesome food at Birchwood Cafe. Or nourish your body first and then come to the bookstore to nourish your soul

Conversation Circles for Adults @ East Lake Library
2727 E Lake St. • 5-7pm

Tuesday, April 3

Wednesday, April 4

Small Group Computer Help for Adults @ East Lake Library 
2727 E Lake St. 9:30-11am

Childcare Group Story Time for Babies, Preschoolers, & toddlers @ East Lake Library
2727 E Lake St. 10:15-10:45am

Willie Murphy – Free Music Wednesdays – (1st WED) @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge
3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6pm // Music 8pm 
21+ // Bent Paddle Brewing Happy Hour // 6-8pm ($1 OFF) // FREE
Willie Murphy has been writing, performing, recording and producing Blues/R&B music for over 30 years. His 1969 collaboration with folk/blues legend “Spider” John Koerner, “Running, Jumping, Standing Still,” is still acclaimed as an all-time folk/blues classic. Throughout the 70s and into the 80s, Willie and the Bees defined live R&B/soul music. The band was famous for their unique blending of blues, R&B, jazz, funk, reggae and rock into an electric and eclectic sound that still defies categorization to this day. #FreeMusicWednesdays

Minnehaha Academy Community Meeting about Phase 1: 9-12 North Campus Redevelopment @ Minnehaha Academy Lower School 
4200 W River Pkwy • 6-8:30pm 
Minnehaha Academy is hosting and Open House/Community Meeting for neighborhood residents and interested parties to learn more about their development plans, as well as address questions and concerns.
This will be the second opportunity to learn more abut this project, the first is at Longfellow Community Council’s NDTC Meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30pm in the Longfellow Park Building

Thursday, April 5

Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder & MPH, Alex Crankshaft Larson @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge 
3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7:30pm // Music 8pm
21+ // $7 Advance // $10 Day of Show // $5 Early Bird Tickets
Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder & MPH: Mark “Porkchop” Holder originally turned the blues on its head more than a decade ago as a founding member of punk/blues band Black Diamond Heavies. While he’s been tearing up juke joints, festivals and dive bars since then with his own fiery brand of the blues, it wasn’t until earlier this year that the Tennessee musician released his own debut solo album, Let It Slide, an acclaimed effort that No Depression described as, “…fire in a barrel.
Alex ‘Crankshaft’ Larson: Born into this world from gas station cassette tape collecting semi-truck drivers, Alex “Crankshaft” Larson was introduced to a wide variety of music as a pup. In 1996 he traded a combination oil/wood stove to his uncle for his first electric guitar and amp. Since then he’s been involved in many projects, including a band he started with his brother in 2001 called The Mojo Spleens. In April 2008, while self-employed as a contractor, he started practicing as a one-man band and was playing shows two months later. Larson self-produced and released two EPs and one album during the next three years.

Trivia! Parkway Pizza Longfellow!
4359 Minnehaha Ave • 7:30pm
Come play TRIVIA every Thursday at 7:30pm! Win Prizes! Happy Hour! The Best Pizza Ever!

Artist Talk with Zachary Betts @ The White Page 
3400 Cedar Ave S • 7pm
Join Zachary Betts at The White Page Thursday April 5th from 7-8:30pm for a conversation about his work. Zachary will be delving into his exhibition ‘Close Encounters’ which will be up through April 15.

One-Shot Comics: Skype w/ author of SHADE, the Changing GIRL @ Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm
This meeting of One-Shot Comics is one you won’t want to miss because we are going to be Skyping with Cecil Castellucci, the author of award-winning new comics series SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL. For this meeting we are reading vol. 1 & vol. 2 (more info below). As always, you can pick up copies of the books for 20% off at Moon Palace Books, thanks for supporting comics & your local independent bookstore!

Teen Fandom Club @ East Lake Library
2727 E Lake St. • 6-8pm

The South Minneapolis Chapter of Health Care for All Minnesota (HCAMN) @ St. Peder’s Lutheran Church
4600 E. 42nd St • 6:30–8pm
Our program will be a presentation by Anne C. Jones MA, BSN, RN on “Why are Health Care Costs in the U.S. So High and What Can We Do About It?”, followed by practice in answering questions and advocating for change in how we pay for health care in Minnesota and in the country. Please join us for information and action you can take in support of this important issue.