4th Ward Report – September – Barbara Johnson

News and updates from the Fourth Ward Council Office

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

September 2015

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Open Streets/Harvest Fest on Lowry Sat, Sept. 26

Harvest Fest has once again teamed up with Open Streets Mpls to provide people a chance to explore urban streets in a safe, vehicle-free environment. Bike, skate, walk or dance your way down Lowry Avenue!Enjoy music, local artists, mingle, shop, play, and have a great time with family and neighbors all while promoting healthy living. This year’s festivities will be held on Lowry Avenue from Vincent to Emerson on Saturday, September 26, 12pm– 6pm. Celebrate fall and the Northside with this fun-filled annual event! www.openstreetsmpls.com


2016 Budget Process Underway

Mayor Betsy Hodges presented her 2016 recommended budget to the City Council Aug. 12. Council members will consider the budget from now through early December with final approval of the 2016 budget scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes:

·        $13 million in affordable housing, including investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $1 million flexible dollars to help create affordable housing options for large families, and targeted rental assistance for families leaving shelters.

·        $10 million for the City’s portion of the 10th Avenue bridge rehabilitation project.

·        $400,000 to accelerate Minneapolis’ conversion of City-owned streetlights to LED technology, which will save an estimated $113,400 a year – enough to have the conversion pay for itself in four years.

·        Funding to raise the sworn complement of police officers to 862.

·        Funding for 30 TechHire Initiative scholarships that would provide women and people of color with job training to meet the growing demand for employees with technology skills.

The City of Minneapolis has tentatively scheduled two public comment hearings on the proposed 2016 property tax levy and budget:

Nov. 18 at 6:05 p.m.
Room 317 of City Hall

Dec. 9 at 6:05 p.m.
Room 317 of City Hall

Watch the 2016 budget process live on TV or the City website

You can watch the mayor’s budget address and upcoming budget hearings on Minneapolis 79 (Comcast Cable channel 79) or on a smartphone, tablet or computer by visiting the City of Minneapolis website at www.minneapolismn.gov/tv/79.

Are You a Caregiver for a Loved One? Let Senior Community Services Help


A program of Senior Community Services – Senior Outreach & Caregiver Services – provides support to friends, spouses, and other family members who help an older adult remain at home.  The staff not only assists these caregivers in connecting with needed services and resources for their loved one, but gives support to them as well.  The licensed social workers can provide consultation, caregiver support groups, family meeting facilitation, and coaching to the caregiver.  For computer-savvy caregivers, the program also offers an online care team tool – CareNextion – to provide an efficient method of enlisting other family and friends in sharing the care.

For more information or to request service, call 612-770-7005 or visitwww.seniorcommunity.org

Play on Penn is Back!


September is the month of Play on Penn! Below is a list of scheduled outdoor events on and near Penn Avenue N. Save the dates and stay tuned for details and additions as we kick things off.

Play on Penn aims to create an attractive destination for community-building, and is an opportunity to demonstrate the future possibilities of the Penn Avenue Corridor. Play on Penn is presented by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition in conjunction with Penn Avenue Community Works, a collaboration between Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit, to support the Penn Avenue communities’ efforts to realize their vision for transportation access, economic opportunity and improved quality of life.


  • Collective Noise – Meat and Greet
  • 9/25, 6:00-9:00pm
  • NE corner of Lowry and Penn
  • Free Mini Portraits and Adult Coloring Tent
  • 9/24, 3:00-7:00pm
  • Camden Farmers Market, 4400 Osseo Rd
  • Anytime Fitness FREE Classes
  • 9/24, 10/1, 5:00-7:30pm
  • 2101 W Broadway (lot west of the Capri)
  • 9/24, 10/1, 5:00-7:30pm, 2101 W Broadway (in conjunction with Anytime Fitness)
  • 9/28, 9/30, 3:00-6:00pm Cleveland Park
  • FREE Art and Books for SALE
  • 9/28, 9/30, 3:00-6:00pm Cleveland Park
  • Melodee Strong’s Mural Extension @ Lowry
  • 9/26, 11:00am-5:00pm 10/3, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Lowry and Oliver Ave N
  • Northside Treasures Bazaar

Like Play on Penn on Facebook for updates!
Play on Penn is presented by the WBC in conjunction with Penn Avenue Community Works, a collaboration between Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit.

Upcoming Block Leader Training


One of the Minneapolis Police Department’s top goals is to increase organized blocks. Neighborhoods and block clubs work with our Crime Prevention Specialists to prevent and reduce crime. Get your block organized!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
MPD 4th Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Ave N (Ample parking across the street)

Help build Community one block at a time and develop a communication tool where people have the ability to contact each other. Neighbors who are informed are the strongest crime prevention tool for communities. Work with neighbors and MPD if there is a problem on the block.

RSVP appreciated so we have enough materials. You can RSVP by calling 612-673-2866

Join other leaders to develop skills for effectively working with your neighbors to prevent crime and build community.

North First: River Connect

Join your neighbors this fall for our 2015 North First: River Connect social event on Tuesday, September 26 at 6pm at The Capri Theater. This is a great opportunity to get to know other residents and neighborhood organizations and community, enjoy a delicious dinner, and hear some brief presentations about topics of interest to neighborhoods and residents. This month’s presentations will focus on the river.  For more information and to register visit http://northfirst.org/


Join Us for National Voter Registration Day


To celebrate both National Voter Registration Day and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Elections & Voter Services Division will be hosting a special event at Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. The program will be emceed by Third Ward Council Member Jacob Frey (Chair of the Elections & Rules Committee) with special guests Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and former Minneapolis Mayor and U.S. Representative Don Fraser, as well as entertainment by local talents featuring Robert Robinson.  “The primary tenants of the VRA deserve to be celebrated, but can also be expanded. On the 50th anniversary we have the opportunity to do both,” said Council Member Frey.

National Voter Registration Day is the largest one-day effort of the year to register voters.  It is a great opportunity for all Americans to make sure they are registered to vote so they can participate in upcoming elections.  In Minnesota, voters can register, update their registration, or check their registration status online at www.sos.state.mn.us.

Elections Division staff will be on-hand to provide informational packets to support community organizations wishing to conduct voter registration drives, to recruit election judges, and to provide information about the City’s new CORE (Charitable Organizations Recruitment for Elections) initiative.

Attendees are also encouraged to tour a special Voting Rights Act exhibit that will be on display throughout the historic Court House/City Hall through this fall.  The exhibit will focus on the history of the Voting Rights Act in Minneapolis and Minnesota, and will also include artifacts and information on the history of elections in the city.  More information can be found on at http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/

2nd Annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit


In partnership with the City of Minneapolis, the second annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit will take place September 24. The asterisk indicates an umbrella term for people who identify as transgender as well as people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. The focus of this year’s summit is the criminal justice system in the context of the trans* community.

The summit will take place during Visibili “T”- The Catalyst Series at Intermedia Art. This will be a six-week photography exhibition at the gallery that offers an in-depth look at the lives of Minneapolis’ trans* community.  The exhibition runs Sep. 17-Oct. 31.

Trans* Equity Summit
1:00-5:00p.m. Thursday Sept. 24, 2015
Intermedia Arts Gallery
2822 Lyndale Ave. South

Opening night reception
Intermedia Arts Gallery
2822 Lyndale Ave. South

More information is available at www.intermediaarts.org/VisibiliT. To date, attendance for the summit is filling up fast.  If you plan to attend, RSVP at Eventbrite.