Civic Buzz

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MINNEAPOLIS – WHAT’S NEXT?

Although Minneapolis has been growing, there has not been a concurrent growth in affordable housing stock. Between 2000 and 2014, the city is estimated to have lost 11,500 affordable units. Just to keep up with annual population growth production of affordable housing needs to at least triple. The Minneapolis City Council put $40 million in…

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Metropolitan Council, What’s Next?

In preparation for our consensus vote in February, Civic Buzz focuses on the Metropolitan Council and its governance model. Our special guest is Metropolitan Council member, Cara Letofsky, who represents the 8th District (the eastern part of Minneapolis). LWV members throughout the Metropolitan area are discussing consensus proposals from the Council of Metropolitan Leagues (CMAL), reviewing…

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No January Civic Buzz

Due to New Year’s Day falling on the first Tuesday in 2019, there will not be a Civic Buzz until February where we  where we will discuss the Metropolitan Council and its governance model with Metropolitan Council member, Cara Letofsky, who represents the 8th District (the eastern part of Minneapolis) in preparation for our consensus vote…

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Vulnerable Elders Face Scare Not Care

In 2017, the Star Tribune published a five-part special report, Left To Suffer. It stated that each year hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care facilities. These cases are seldom investigated and families of victims are left in the dark about what happened. The Minnesota State Department of Health (DOH)…

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NO CIVIC BUZZ GATHERING IN NOVEMBER

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH Due to Election Day, there will be no Civic Buzz gathering in November.  Please encourage the people in your life to get out and vote. To register to vote, learn about voting, find your polling place or see your ballot, go to www.sos.state.mn.us

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Hennepin County Governance 101 

How much do you know about how the Hennepin County government impacts our lives?  Get a primer on our county government from Linda Higgins, retiring Hennepin County Commissioner for District 2.  Hennepin County, the largest county in Minnesota by budget and population, is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, three of whom represent different parts of…

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Sexual Assault and Policing; Continuing the Conversation

Join us Tuesday, September 4th for the first Civic Buzz of the 2018-19 program year when our topic will be Sexual Assault and Policing – Continuing the Conversation. This important issue was brought to light by articles this summer in the Star Tribune series, Denied Justice: When Rape is Reported but Nothing Happens, focusing on victims of sexual…

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No Civic Buzz July or August

LWVMpls will continue the popular and informative Civic Buzz events this fall. Please use July and August to celebrate Independence Day,  Women’s Equality Day (August 26), and rest up for a very busy election season. We encourage our members and friends to volunteer to register voters, work for candidates of your choice and participate in…

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Looking for City Government Information?

Learn about a New Minneapolis Website:  LIMS The Legislative Information Management System (LIMS) was launched in September 2017 and provides the public with easy access to legislative action taking place in the City of Minneapolis. From reviewing actions that affect your neighborhood to analyzing a year’s worth of data, LIMS connects you to information without…

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Bonus Buzz: Minneapolis 2040

Minneapolis has just released a 20 year draft comprehensive plan affecting all its public policies from health, transportation, parks, jobs land use and housing. State law requires all metro area cities to produce comprehensive plans every ten years in order to achieve orderly and coordinated growth. Citizens have an opportunity to read the plan and…

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