Below are excerpts from Councilman Cam Gordon’s August 2013 newsletter. To get the full update go here.
Hunger Action Month. The Council has adopted a resolution declaring September, 2013 “Hunger Action Month” in Minneapolis. Food banks and social service agencies across the country will host numerous events in the month of September to focus attention on engaging communities in efforts to end hunger at the local level. Please do your part by donating food to local food shelves. Find out more about Hunger Action Month at this website and about volunteer opportunities in and near Minneapolis here.
Low-cost Trees. The City is offering about 500 low-cost trees to Minneapolis homeowners who lost trees on their properties during the June 21 severe storm. Ordering will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 9, and end Sept. 20 (earlier if the trees sell out first). To order a tree or to get more information, visit www.treetrust.org.
Vote November 5. The City has launched the new website to help voters get ready for this fall’s election. At vote.minneapolismn.gov, voters can learn what they need to know about how to register to vote, find their polling place, and many other elections topics. The website also helps folks learn how to vote using ranked-choice voting, and they can see how ballots are counted. There is an interactive demonstration ballot that voters can use to learn how to mark a ranked-choice ballot and see how the ballot-counting works. The City’s 311 mobile application has also been updated to help voters this year. Users of the 311 app for iPhones and Android devices can now easily access the election’s Your Vote guide with quick links to key election-related information, including how to register to vote, finding your polling place, and how to absentee vote. The mobile app is available in the app stores for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices by searching “Minneapolis 311.”At vote.minneapolismn.gov you can check your registration status, download a voter registration application, find out where to vote or if you cannot get to your polling place on Election Day, fill out an application for an absentee ballot. The third and final step to voting is completing your ballot. The website also has helpful resources to learn how ranked-choice voting works.
Platform to Employment. The City’s Employment and Training Program and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) have partnered with The WorkPlace, a Connecticut based workforce development organization, to launch Platform to Employment (P2E), a new program that provides a pathway to employment for long-term unemployed workers aged 50 and above and veterans aged 30 and below. Minneapolis will be the sixth city to launch the program with a cohort of 24 participants. Those interested in the program can apply at the Platform to Employment website, www.platformtoemployment.com and click on the Minneapolis Platform to Employment Application button on the homepage. Information is also available at the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center located at 1200 Plymouth Avenue, Minneapolis or by calling 612.520.3500.
Longfellow Market. The City has approved all of the land use applications necessary for the Longfellow Market at the corner of 39th Ave S and Lake Street, including rezoning from C1 to C2, adding a Transitional Parking overlay to a parcel at 3013 38th Ave S, and vacating part of an alley. I’m hopeful that this project will go forward and be successful, adding a full-service grocery store to this vital intersection and helping revitalize Lake Street as a commercial corridor.