There are harsh realities to bear in mind with regard to leadership communication systems. Officials and groups serving at the pleasure of a weak mayor aren't free agents. This incumbent mayor is in a challenging situation in part because of the gaming of the system by her predecessor, who pulled out all the stops to conceal his intentions from the observing public. That got old and effectively ended his interest in higher office. The use of imagined muscle - if telling the police chief and the city attorney to lie low when members of the city council are the driving force behind a public forum - carries a high cost when the rationale for executive intervention is patently specious. Council Members have a right to due respect and they also have looong memories. Were I a member of the city council, I wouldn't get mad, I'd get even. Look down the road for six months or a year or two. Could it be that hell hath no fury like a group of council members scorned? The niceties of public utterances aside, a bunker mentality in city hall's executive suite truly invites further growth in adversarial thinking. To me, this is a "honey and vinegar" situation. The more the city's elite stonewalls oppositional thinking, the more likely oppositional leadership will find a persuasive vocabulary that chips away at the hold the city's elite presume to have over the electorate that anoints them election after election. "Honey" implies literal, not rhetorical, engagement. Staged events and a complaisant media may work in the short run, but as President Lincoln rightly said, "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time". Or words to that effect with which I heartily agree. "Vinegar" implies avoidance, disingenuous claptrap, and ultimately a reliance of brute force that all exacerbate, not ameliorate, civic tensions. The mayor assumes oppositional energies will be abusive, even violent. Her actions deny that most sacred of civic virtues, that of public trust. This is a two-way street, to be sure. Indulging in disruptive behavior and deliberate civil disobedience adds to an already inflammatory and IMHO largely justified distrust by all parties in the absence of serious dialogue. President Lyndon Johnson's famous "Come, let us reason together" lowered hackles far more adroitly because he knew his audience and was perfectly willing to squeeze their tender parts. Much more able than our recent Presidents in the realm of hardball politics. Where might a more confident executive find purchase than in the unscripted public dialogues she foolishly avoids? There are plenty of responsible leaders in our community capable of marshalling respectful alternatives to the wall of official silence being sustained by the ancien regime. Have a little faith, dear mayor. Brittle governance abuses and can be shown to destroy public trust. Shall that be your legacy as the city itself becomes more diverse? Fred Markus Phillips West
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Tony Hill Residential towers proposed for former Sheraton Ritz site Posted at 6:58am
Star Tribune reports that Opus is proposing residential towers for the former Sheraton Ritz Hotel site (block between Nicollet & Marquette, 3rd and 4th). http://www.startribune.com/housing/276402831.html In my humble opinion, these last two undeveloped blocks on Nicollet (including the Nicollet House site) should be reserved for something extraordinary. The Sheraton site is the last full square block available on the Mall. (The Nicollet House block is not square.) Before the Federal Reserve Bank was built on the block to the north, a Scandinavian cultural center incorporating a full-block footprint was proposed. Is any plan like that around now? Can't we have something of cultural significance that would abet our main library? The block faces the Cesar Pelli-designed library and is across from the bastardized Gunnar Birkerts-designed Federal Reserve Bank. Looming adjacent are three buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki for NWNL. It would be a great disappointment for this block to be filled with quotidian residential buildings that could go almost anywhere. RANT: The City has come forth with plan after plan positing a particular layout for downtown. These plans, if one should read them, specify where retail, offices, residential, and large-scale projects with a focus are supposed to go. But whenever a developer comes forward with a proposal for a particular parcel, the plan is ignored. Can we save this block for Amy Klobuchar's presidential library?
As a member of CUAPB I have been out collecting signatures on our petition to require police to carry liability insurance. I am an older white woman. My experience is that a great majority of people are interested in the project and sign the CfPP petition. I've not had a bad reception from people of color and in fact they often thank me for being out "doing the work". Anyone interested in helping us please come to our meeting on Saturdays at 1:30 pm at 4200 Cedar Avenue South. We have a lot of really interesting things going on and we get things done. You will see all different kinds of people at our meetings, some of them from communities of color.
________________________________ From: Liz Oppenheimer <email obscured>> To: <email obscured> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 6:28 PM Subject: Re: [Mpls] Police Chief Harteau backs down. 1. I have my own concerns about giving (too much) weight and attention to CUAPB: I have seen and heard only White people promote it, its petition (which I have signed), and its suggestions. Until I see, hear, or learn directly from communities of color--or from their leadership*--communities that experience police misconduct at much higher rates than I and my White fellow residents--I am not inclined to back CUAPB's actions or visibility further. As members of a historically dominant/oppressor group, if we want to be in solidarity with our friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc who are part of a historically marginalized/oppressed group, let's look to where and how they are leading us in the struggle. 2. According to NOC members who were at the Cub, canvassing potential voters or supporting their staff, there were no "trespass orders" against them--at least, that is a question that I believe was asked and answered at the emergency meeting held a week ago. *Granted, no group is monolithic. Liz Oppenheimer About/contact Liz Oppenheimer: http://forums.e-democracy.org/p/3AitVsxhMwYmIVnBAA9Tv View full topic: http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/topic/2tvihmJXkrB6tO73DCu8Pt * Bullying - Special online deliberation event on Thu Oct 2 at 2-4 p.m. Central RSVP/request info: <email obscured> More: http://e-democracy.org/cga - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Post: <email obscured> or "Reply-to-All" to comment. Get digest or leave: Put "digest on" or "unsubscribe" in Subject (no quotes) Forum Home: http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Need help? http://e-democracy.org/support Test: http://bit.ly/edemabout Hosting: http://OnlineGroups.Net 1. Be civil! Please read the rules at http://e-democracy.org/rules. If you think a member is in violation, contact the forum manager at <email obscured> before continuing it on the list. 2. Don't feed the troll! Ignore obvious flame-bait.
Morgan Halaska TC Daily Planet Minneapolis | Minneapolis tweaks city code to allow gender neutral restrooms Posted at 2:34am
*Below are today's Daily Planet headlines relating specifically to Minneapolis. For all today's news, see www.tcdailyplanet.net <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/>. * *Minneapolis tweaks city code to allow gender neutral restroomshttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101806 <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101806>by Andy Birkey, The Colu.mn • At issue on Friday was an antiquated ordinance that forced businesses to label restrooms as either male or female. The council voted to strike that part of the city code on Friday, and Mayor Betsy Hodges signed the changes into law.New Beginnings: RAWI's 5th National Gathering with Miznahttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101783 <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101783>by Jessie Hausman, TC Daily Planet • September 18th through 20th brought the 5th National RAWI (Radius of Arab Writers, Inc.) Conference to Minneapolis. RAWI partnered with local nonprofit Mizna, an organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture through the publication of Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America and the production of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. The conference included panels often hosted by academic scholars of Arab American literature, and theater, writing workshops, and performances.*
1. I have my own concerns about giving (too much) weight and attention to CUAPB: I have seen and heard only White people promote it, its petition (which I have signed), and its suggestions. Until I see, hear, or learn directly from communities of color--or from their leadership*--communities that experience police misconduct at much higher rates than I and my White fellow residents--I am not inclined to back CUAPB's actions or visibility further. As members of a historically dominant/oppressor group, if we want to be in solidarity with our friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc who are part of a historically marginalized/oppressed group, let's look to where and how they are leading us in the struggle. 2. According to NOC members who were at the Cub, canvassing potential voters or supporting their staff, there were no "trespass orders" against them--at least, that is a question that I believe was asked and answered at the emergency meeting held a week ago. *Granted, no group is monolithic.
Elise Morton Sept 27 - Protest for bird safe glass and energy efficient glass on new Vikings stadium Posted at 2:32pm, Sep 22
It’s estimated that approximately ½ billion birds are killed by window collisions in North America every year. The Minnesota Vikings stadium, currently under construction, is a $1.024 billion dollar project, nearly half of which is public money. Featured in the building design is 200,000 ft2 of glass, equivalent to over three football fields. For less than 0.1% of the cost of the stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) could have opted for an energy efficient and bird-safe type of glass; thereby creating a win-win-win situation in which there are countless fewer bird deaths, an unobstructed view for stadium goers, and fewer Minnesota taxpayer dollars spent on heating and cooling the building. Despite over 76,000 public signatures, a unanimous resolution by the Minneapolis City Council, and the efforts of multiple scientists and conservation experts urging the use of bird safe and energy efficient glass in the stadium, MSFA squeezed in their order for an alternative highly reflective and completely transparent glass, evading the 2012 Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) program requirements and completely ignoring statutes o the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We find this unacceptable and in complete opposition to the values representative of this state and city. The purpose of this gathering is to make it abundantly clear to MSFA and Governor Dayton that this is not representative of the people of Minneapolis. If Dayton wants to stay true to his word in calling this a people's stadium, he must demand that it's built to be both energy efficient and safe for our nation's birds. Join us on Saturday, September 27th at 1:00pm and help make this message clear. Additionally, call Gov. Dayton's office (651-201-3400) and Michele Kelm-Helgen with MSFA (612-335-3316; <email obscured>) and let them know this is an important issue that will not go away. It’s not too late - the glass must be changed NOW! Where: The corner of S. 4th Street and Chicago Avenue (next to the Downtown East Light Rail Station) When: Saturday, September 27th at 1:00pm For more information visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487947608136639/ Web: http://audubonchapterofminneapolis.org/ Email: <email obscured> Twitter: @MNlovesbirds
Morgan Halaska TC Daily Planet Minneapolis | Unsafe and unseen—Minnesota's ghost bikers Posted at 2:48am, Sep 22
*Below are today's Daily Planet headlines relating specifically to Minneapolis. For all today's news, see www.tcdailyplanet.net <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/>. * *Unsafe and unseen—Minnesota's ghost bikershttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101784 <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101784>by Tony Randgaard, Community Voices • The Twin Cities are regarded as America’s litmus for bicycling. Minneapolis has been rated the number one bicycling city, while Bicycling Times lauded “the nation’s finest network of off street bicycle trails”. Against that rosy backdrop, a rather disturbing and dangerous metamorphosis is emerging when darkness falls. No, the twilight isn’t bringing out vampires, but similar swift, stealthy apparitions are darting and careening across the city. From Hiawatha to Hennepin, from Snelling to Lake Street, bicyclists are taking advantage of a state without sufficient safety regulations nor enforcement, spinning from dusk to dawn without lights or helmets.Minneapolis Park Board, along with City, addresses inequitieshttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101714 <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101714>by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges since her election nearly a year ago has made racial equity a cornerstone of her administration. The City Council earlier this summer approved her agenda, calling for all city departments to reduce racial disparities. Does this also include the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB), which historically has struggled with diversity issues both internally and externally?Report: Minneapolis sex trafficking violent, organizedhttp://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101668 <http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101668>by Ethan Nelson, The Minnesota Daily • A new University of Minnesota report examining Minneapolis’ violent sex trafficking business could aid police officers in squashing the trade. The study, released last week by the University’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, found that juvenile, female sex trafficking in the city operates under a brutal business model that relies on violence and manipulation. Local police officers say they’ll use the information to improve how they deal with victims and offenders.*
also just an FYI, the high rate of arrest can also be attributed to the fact the TC Police are more aggressive here than in many cities...studies have been done in times past that show how black males are more easily arrested on a Friday only to be dismissed in court Monday mornings...local folks have been meeting in communities over past weeks to address this problem as it is coming to a head...can u say "institutional racism" at best..... On Friday, September 12, 2014 7:47 PM, Bob Carney Jr. <email obscured>> wrote: Of course this is a MINNEAPOLS issue because we're paying big bucks to build a new Stadium for the Vikings. Here's the link to a NY Times article -- showing the Vikings lead all NFL teams in the number of player arrests (44, twice the average for all teams) over the last 14 years. The article suggests "team culture" could be one factor. Of course the Wilfs were held in New Jersey to be de facto criminals -- civil racketeers -- in one lawsuit. Here's a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/13/upshot/what-the-numbers-show-about-nfl-player-arrests.html?action=click&contentCollection=Pro%20Football®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article&abt=0002&abg=1 Here's a section of the article on possible cause-and-effect relationships: "The data don’t tell us anything about why these patterns are so persistent, but there are two possibilities that seem to stand out. First, there could be club culture. The top management of a franchise may send a message to personnel scouts and coaches that they are either more or less tolerant of signing players who have had legal problems in the past. (One might imagine that the personal style of the coach could play a role as well, but coaches tend not to have long tenures in the modern N.F.L.; no coach has led his team continuously for the entirety of the time covered by this arrest data, though the Patriots’ Bill Belichick misses that honor by only a few weeks, having been hired in late January 2000)." "Second, there is geography. Different cities have different patterns of living and different approaches to law enforcement. Perhaps players for the Jets and the Giants (both with persistently low arrest rates) are at less risk of arrest for D.U.I. because people are less likely to need to drive themselves to nightclubs in Manhattan. Or perhaps in some cities, young African-American men driving expensive cars attract more police attention than in others." "Regardless of the reasons, a handful of franchises have persistently higher numbers of players who end up being arrested, and may want to learn from their rivals in other cities as to why." bobagain East Harriet Farmstead "candidate-journalist" -- next candidacy TBA -- "writer-wing republican"
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It's still a matter of hiding from the public. It's even worse that the Mayor suggested? insisted? demanded? that the Chief be conspicuous by her absence. More than just unfortunate. But it does display that bunker mentality which makes any interaction between the police and the populace, (and the MAYOR and the populace) an iffy proposition at best. There are significant issues in Phillips, as there always are. It's been an immigrant neighborhood forever. In the past, it was a neighborhood which built the city. It's where pioneers are buried. It's where the history of hospitals as we know them are. It was the home of Honeywell, one of the businesses that put Minneapolis on the map. Of course a newly minted Mayor is not going to respect that. I doubt she even knows it. The Mayor, if indeed she put the kibosh on the Chief's appearance,has been a complete dunderhead. It's very unfortunate that the Chief has to take the blame for it. It seems to me that the bean brains are again--or still--at the helm. Wonderful!
Council Member Cano wrote this on her Facebook page: "The Mayor had been in communication with the Chief about this forum over a month and a half ago when I made the initial request to have this community dialogue. A little over two weeks ago the Chief brought to my attention that the Mayor was not supportive of this forum." So is it possible that Chief Harteau came up with an utterly lame excuse for not attending this forum because her boss, Mayor Hodges, told her or encouraged her not to attend? Chuck Turchick Phillips
I did a feature several years ago on the city-owned locomotive that has switched rail cars for years at the Upper Harbor Terminal: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-106701748.html Steve Brandt Star Tribune
Two attitudes/mindsets that can often lead to problems in police officer-citizen interactions are a lack of respect and an over-reaction to perceived "threats." I think Chief Harteau's absence at this event unfortunately was an example of both of those characteristics.
I attended the meeting and I just wanted to note that I beleive there was absolutely no public safety risk, and no indication whatsoever that there would have been had representatives been there from the Minneapolis Police Department or the City Attorneys Office. It was civil and respectful with some heated comments made in an orderly manner during a well-planned and well-run meeting. Everyone seemed to be focused on getting a better understanding of the problem and on working to find and implement solutions. The panelists provided good information and the individuals who spoke were generally respectful and often articulate and insightful. Many people, including the moderator, all 3 panelist and the 3 City Council Members stayed an extra hour to listen, ask questions and share ideas. People were energized and many wondered how to stay involved to keep working on the issues raised. I was sorry I came late and missed the youth performance but I was glad to see tabling by outfront and leafleting by CUAPB. CUAPB provided a written list of 31 ideas for reforms, some of which I hope to act on in the months ahead. I left feeling inspired and better educated about a variety of community perspectives and experiences. As a Minneapolis City Council Member serving in 2014 I am deeply concerned about how much the City of Minneapolis is, perhaps unwittingly, an active participant in a New Jim Crow system that is undermining our highest hopes and aspirations for ourselves and our future. To see some of how I think we should turn the anger and frustration so many of us are feeling about this into determination and reforms see my blog here http://secondward.blogspot.com/2014/09/using-ferguson-to-help-fix-minneapolis.html. In peace and cooperation, Cam Gordon Seward
> From: <email obscured> > Subject: Re: [Mpls] Police Chief Harteau backs down. > To: <email obscured> > Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 03:29:04 +1200 > > Thanks to Chuck Turchick for doing such a thorough job in identifying police issues. This should give the police department something to chew on in seeking better community relations. > William McGaughey > Harrison, Minneapolis > About/contact Bill McGaughey: http://forums.e-democracy.org/p/williammcgaughey > > View full topic: > http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/topic/2pzfyQnIQ3Iv7wY5UFapB6 > > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > Post: <email obscured> or "Reply-to-All" to comment. > Get digest or leave: Put "digest on" or "unsubscribe" in Subject (no quotes) > Forum Home: http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > Need help? http://e-democracy.org/support Test: http://bit.ly/edemabout Hosting: http://OnlineGroups.Net > > > 1. Be civil! Please read the rules at http://e-democracy.org/rules. > If you think a member is in violation, contact the forum manager at > <email obscured> before continuing it on the list. > > 2. Don't feed the troll! Ignore obvious flame-bait.
Wizard Marks TC Daily Planet Minnneapolis | SuperValu announces closure; City moves to redevelop Nicollet / more Posted at 5:36pm, Sep 20
Let's see: Supervalue (Jerry Sullivan) buys Rainbow at 27th and Lake and it will close on November 9. Then it also closes Supervalue at Lake and Nicollet. Cub buys Rainbow at Emerson and Lagoon and turns it into a Cub. Net result: Lake Street is down two grocery stores. What remains is two Cub (One of which, at 27th is not clean), Aldi's, Lunds, crap "food" at KMart, almost crap/frozen at Target. Oh, not to slight them, fresh, but pricey, food at Global Market in Midtown. Coborn's and Lund's deliver--for a price. Considering that Lake is a major commercial street and there are umpteen hundreds of people who shop there--many because they don't have a car, so are using MCTC with both toddlers and groceries, very tough. Back in the day when 27th was still the SOOLine Rail yard, we had very poor grocery outlets. Applebarums was a disaster, their produce was believed to have been presented at their suburban stores, then, when it didn't sell, moved to their ghetto stores. I could believe it. Worse, they had vermin infestation. I wonder, are we devolving into that? Or worse?
Thanks to Chuck Turchick for doing such a thorough job in identifying police issues. This should give the police department something to chew on in seeking better community relations.
After being stood up by the Chief last night, this morning I brought my comments and questions intended for the Chief to her office. She wasn't there, so I ended up meeting with her administrative assistant, Mary Rainville. Here is my version of what was said. Ms. Rainville has had access to it for only since 1:00 p.m., so maybe she has some additions or corrections that I haven't received yet: Dear Ms. Rainville, Thank you for being so generous with your time in listening to my comments and questions for Chief Harteau that I was intending to ask at last night's "Community Listening Session." From the best of my memory, here is what was said in our 25-minute meeting. If you have any additions or corrections, please let me know. 1. Credibility of oversight process regarding allegations of police misconduct. I suggested that if we want to avoid something like what happened in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown that we need an oversight process for dealing with allegations of misconduct that is both fair to officers and complainants. But we also need credibility in that process, and that it was important that that credibility be present in particular segments of the community, those most affected and those most likely to respond as people did in Ferguson. And I think the Chief has done some things that has reduced the credibility in whatever oversight process we now have in Minneapolis. Specifically: a. High-level police presence at Police Conduct Oversight Commission meetings. I pointed out that there was always a deputy chief in attendance at the entire meeting of the CRA board, but other than one officer who gave a presentation and then stayed for the whole meeting, no high-level member of the MPD has ever attended an entire PCOC meeting. I said that one of Council Member Samuels's rationales for proposing the overhaul of the CRA was to have more dialogue between the civilian oversight body and the MPD, but in this respect, the new process was turning out to be less interaction. You suggested something about not wanting to appear like the MPD was interfering in the PCOC, and I responded that in CRA meetings, the deputy chief participated only when called on regarding practices within the MPD, availability of certain MPD materials, etc., which was a frequent occurrence at CRA meetings. He did not otherwise participate in their discussions. What went on in the closed sessions, where the Chief's responses to individual sustained cases were being discussed, is a different matter, of which I know nothing. I also pointed out that I have made this comment to the PCOC as well. b. Chief's Citizens' Advisory Council. I said I thought the meetings should be open to the public. I said it was probably formed earlier -- and you pointed out it was established by Chief Dolan -- but when it received publicity at the time of the high-profile MPD incidents in the summer of 2013, having it continue to meet in secret was a bad policy. I said I had read that the Chief said this was because the council members themselves had said they wanted the meetings to be closed, so that they could be more open and honest. I said that secret meetings in the name of openness and honesty sounded strange to me. I also said that I had written the Chief, asking for five minutes to address the council -- of which she is a co-chair -- about the wisdom of having closed meetings, and though I've heard back from the Chief on other issues (e.g., my suggestion that she meet with Mike Quinn, which she said she was going to do), I didn't get a response to this request. I also suggested that the PCOC was the official body representing the community on issues of police policy, and that if the Chief wanted to continue meeting in secret with the Citizens' Advisory Council, she ought to invite the PCOC to have representation on the council. This is especially true given that one of the four council committees deals with accountability. You responded that the PCOC should ask for this, and I replied that certainly not all of the groups represented on the Chief's council are on it because they requested representation. Surely the Chief made such outreach efforts on her own too. I suggested the Chief could even ask the other council members if it would be okay for the PCOC to be represented, and then invite the PCOC. I also said I had suggested to the PCOC that they request such representation, but now I was going at it from the other end. c. Meeting with Communities United Against Police Brutality. I said I had seen on the MPD Facebook page that the Chief is constantly out in the community, meeting with all sorts of groups and attending all sorts of events. But if the Chief wants to have credibility on the issue of police accountability with the segments of the community where that credibility maybe is most crucial, I suggested that for the last 15 years, the most credible community group on this issue was CUAPB. I said I am not a member of that group, and maybe they would turn down such an invitation, but if the Chief wants credibility on the issue of police accountability, she ought to request a meeting with that group to discuss their concerns and ideas. 3. Common courtesy in police interactions. I said that I didn't believe police brutality was rampant in the community -- though, of course, I'm white and older -- but from the 120 case synopses and 33 more extended case summaries that the PCOC has received from the Office of Police Conduct Review, it seemed that a former temporary investigator of the CRA had it exactly right. His name was Dan Miller, he had previously worked for police departments in Burnsville, Madison, Wisconsin, and Effingham, Illinois, as well as the FBI, and I had a 20-minute conversation with him when I ran into him as he was leaving City Hall with a box of his materials when his temporary employment with the CRA had ended. [The date of this conversation was January 6, 2012.] I read you my notes from that conversation, which boiled down to Mr. Miller saying that many of the cases that he saw at the CRA dealt with a lack of common courtesy, that "he was especially vehement that officers ought to be able to withstand language and insults thrown their way," that the upper levels of the MPD knew this was going on, and that the MPD had a reputation among other police departments and "is known to tolerate abusive behavior." You pointed out that people who interact with police, frequently in tense situations, commonly make such allegations, and that the MPD has millions of citizen contacts and relatively few complaints given the huge number of interactions. I said -- probably earlier in this exchange -- that I had read police work is not as life threatening as some people believe, that it wasn't in the top ten occupations for dying from work, but that police officers are constantly going into very stressful situations, and that police work does cause heightened stress among officers. I said I did believe there were probably some overly aggressive officers -- what others might call "thumpers" -- and that they might well serve a function in police enforcement, much like "enforcers" in hockey, and that maybe the police department didn't really want to get rid of them. You said that in any large group, there would no doubt be some officers like this, and I suggested that in an agency that has the legal authority to use lethal force, this has to be a particular concern. 4. Recruitment of former military as police officers. I said I had seen a June 3, 2014, WCCO-TV report about the MPD actively and vigorously recruiting former military -- especially those who had served in the front lines -- to become police officers, and that 9 out of 19 of a group of recent recruits were former military. I said I hadn't heard anyone express concerns about this, and I suggested that the ability to take orders and to shoot was hardly enough for police work. In fact, I suggested, maybe there are some things about military personnel that make them unfit for police work. In particular, I mentioned that those in the military, in that they fight wars, of necessity had to adopt an "us vs. them" mentality, the opposite of what might be needed in police work. The military might be much more likely than we'd want to see among police officers to shoot first and ask questions later. I also pointed out that there have been studies showing that domestic violence is greater among returning vets, and also greater among police officers than in the general population, so maybe this policy exacerbates a problem with these two groups of people. So I said maybe this aggressive recruitment policy should be thought through more carefully. 5. Chief's absence at last night's meeting. I said I had seen an email of what the Coalition for Critical Change was suggesting -- wear red, bring signs, and ask questions -- and I had read the MPR article about what they had found on Facebook pages regarding people's intentions, and it didn't sound all that threatening to me. I also pointed out that a former MPD sergeant, Lisa Clemons (sp?) said last night that the Chief had 700 uniformed officers she could call on for protection. You responded that it was done for "public safety" reasons, that you didn't know how many City Council members were there last night but that the threatened actions were directed at the police department, so if the Chief showed up with force, she would be criticized for that too. I replied that if I were in law enforcement and people had directed threats toward the Chief, that if the Chief was absent, maybe that anger would be re-directed toward other public officials who were in attendance, viz., the three City Council members and the PCOC member, but no visible police presence was evident at all. When I asked if City Attorney Susan Segal, who though scheduled also did not attend, had likewise been threatened, you said you didn't know. At one point in the discussion regarding the Chief's decision not to attend the listening session, you also seemed to indicate -- and with great emotion -- that the incident at Cub Foods weighed into the Chief's concerns. You expressed considerable irritation that a group would target a private business about what you said were legitimately issued trespass notices. I said I didn't know anything about this situation. It did seem to me, though, that it was the Neighborhoods Organizing for Change group that caused the greatest concerns for the Chief. [6. Internal Affairs Unit statistics. One concern I did not raise was that in 2008, the Police Executive Research Forum had done an outside audit of the MPD's Internal Affairs Unit. And in their report, they had complimented the IAU for being in compliance with some police department accrediting organization's standards by issuing annual reports. But if you look at the MPD's website, since 2008, no annual reports appear. In 2009 and 2010, there are summary statistics -- which I found to be the most valuable parts of the more extensive previous annual reports anyhow -- but since 2010, nothing. I have written Commander Granger twice about this, but have gotten no response. I do realize that complaints filed by citizens now all go to the OPCR, but data on internally filed complaints, which the IAU did previously release, have not been available since 2010.] Again, thank you for meeting with me, and if you have additions or corrections, please let me know. I'm getting old, and my memory ain't what it used to be. Also, please know that my comments were coming only from me, not representative of other people's concerns. Yours, Chuck Turchick Phillips
> > During an outdoor Town Meeting in July in northeast Minneapolis, State Rep. Frank Hornstein and others detailed issues with trains hauling highly explosive crude oil and the dangers they present to communities -- also called Blast Zones and "Bomb Trains" by some. During that one-hour meeting alone, four very long trains hauling crude oil passed through the site of the town meeting. Minneapolis has large expanses of Blast Zone. > > As a result of that meeting, Minneapolis residents have partnered with neighbors from St. Paul, Fridley and other metro cities plus MN350.org to seek changes that better protect our communities. The federal government has proposed some changes to rail cars hauling crude. Public comments on the proposed regulations are due Sept. 30. To help people understand the issues and the proposed regulations, a Community Meeting and Comment-Writing Session will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 -- this time in St. Paul at the Historic Como Street Car Station, 1224 Lexington Parkway N. (Details in attachment.) Featured guest speaker will be Dave Riehle, a retired locomotive engineer and past local chair of United Transportation Union Local 650, who shared some pretty stunning information at the July town meeting. He'll be giving us a look at what the proposed federal regulations do and do not do to keep us safe. Laptops will be set up at the meeting for people to send their comments on the spot. The attached flyer outlines other methods of commenting, as well as some of the key talking points, if you are unable to attend the meeting. It sounds like a good contingent of St. Paul-area elected officials will be attending, so hopefully we'll have a good turnout from Minneapolis as well. > > Sierra Club and ForestEthics have already filed suit against the feds over this issue, noting that Bakken crude should be prohibited entirely from being transported via the older model of rail cars that are most often used for this right now, known as DOT-111s, and that communities along these rail routes are at risk.
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Terrell Brown Gmail - Member email-delivery problems (action required) Posted at 3:09am, Sep 20
If you are using gmail for your Minneapolis issues email and your emails suddenly stop, the cause is gmail. Gmail has been bouncing posts for reasons known only to them. They do this 3 times within a certain time period and our system deactivates you. So if you want to make sure you get your Minneapolis Issues mail or if you want to post to the list, you might want to /_consider using a service other than gmail_/. There are other free ones out there. At this point this problem appears to be unique to gmail. Below, is an example. Terrell Brown Forum Manager Disabled email: Jesse Lickel Minneapolis Issues Forum: E-Democracy.org E-Democracy.org <http://gsedem/> Dear Terrell Brown, There is a problem with the email address of xxx <http://forums.e-democracy.org/p/jesselickel1>, who is a member of your group Minneapolis Issues Forum <http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls>. Posts from your group to the email address of the member <email obscured>| have been repeatedly returned by the provider of the address. Because of this, the email address has been *disabled* ― so xxx will no longer be able to post to the group, nor can the member receive posts from the group.
A terrible decision by Chief Harteau. It shows a complete lack of confidence by the Chief in this group 's abiility to sponsor a civil community meeting with her in attendance. If the chief of police allows herself to be intimidated in this manner how can she turn around and ask an average citizen to demonstrate courage in a time of adversity? Dennis Hill St. Paul Lisa McDonald <email obscured>> wrote: >Coudn't agree more. During my years as a council member I had several meetings on contentious issues where folks wanted to rip my head off. > >Guess what? It goes with the turf and it is why both elected and administrative city officials make the kinds of salaries they do.
> >Lisa McDonald >East Harriet > >> Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:40:22 -0500 >> From: <email obscured> >> To: <email obscured> >> Subject: Re: [Mpls] Police Chief Harteau backs down. >> >> On 9/19/2014 11:51 AM, Constance Sullivan wrote: >> > Does being Minneapolis Chief of Police mean that a person has to be a >> > masochist? Set oneself up as a target for--minimally-insults and >> > vituperation and shouting non-conversations? >> >> Definitely. comes with territory. Part of the job of a powerful and visible high level public official in a purported democracy is to be answerable to the public, including possibly facing criticism, even some anger. Some criticism may be unfair and some anger may be expressed in a way that his unproductive or socially inappropriate. It is reasonable to expect such a public official to withstand some hostitlity in a public forum, because there will undoubtedly be many more people with substantive comments or criticism. plus what constitutes insults or vituperation is subjective. One person's insults may be another's substantive criticism. It is totally unacceptable for someone in Harteau's position to completely shun the public and reneg on a commitment because she might not like what some people have to say, the way they express it, or even because there is a reason to believe that one or a few people may act inappropriately. And this all demonstrates the chief's pathetic n > on >> -relationship with a large part of the community she is supposed to serve that she cannot even speak with them - and is now reinforced rather than improved by her avoidance. >> > >Lisa McDonald > >About/contact Lisa McDonald: http://forums.e-democracy.org/p/lisamcdonald > >View full topic: > http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/topic/593UVHMXKcp61rLStFp5ag > >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > Post: <email obscured> or "Reply-to-All" to comment. > Get digest or leave: Put "digest on" or "unsubscribe" in Subject (no quotes) > Forum Home: http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - >Need help? http://e-democracy.org/support Test: http://bit.ly/edemabout Hosting: http://OnlineGroups.Net > > >1. Be civil! Please read the rules at http://e-democracy.org/rules. > If you think a member is in violation, contact the forum manager at > <email obscured> before continuing it on the list. > >2. Don't feed the troll! Ignore obvious flame-bait.
Andrea Parrott TC Daily Planet Minnneapolis | SuperValu announces closure; City moves to redevelop Nicollet / more Posted at 11:03pm, Sep 19
Below are today's Daily Planet headlines relating specifically to Minneapolis. For all today's news, see www.tcdailyplanet.net. SuperValu announces closure; City moves to redevelop Nicollet http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101749 by Stephanie Fox, TC Daily Planet • Last week, the signs announcing that Sullivan’s SuperValu at Lake and Nicollet was closing were small so many people didn’t notice. But by Sunday, word spread that everything was 50 percent off and people were grabbing anything they could. “It’s a controlled riot,” a security guard joked. Bus stop amenities shorten wait http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101671 by Jessie Bekker, The Minnesota Daily • While some students say they’re content with the Twin Cities bus system, many commuters associate waiting time at stops with unhappiness and unpredictability, according to a recent University study. The research, which examined perceived waiting time at bus stations, will inform local transit authorities as they create and redesign bus stops. Feral cats in the city: A primer http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/101760 by Megan Nash, Northeaster • What started as Don Waalen-Radzevicius spotting a few feral cats living under his front deck has now turned into caretaking of an entire colony of around 16 felines. When Northeast Minneapolis resident Waalen-Radzevicius heard that the feral cats were going to most likely be trapped and destroyed, he decided to contact a local organization called Pet Project Rescue. The people at the organization helped him to figure out how to trap the feral cats and bring them in to be spayed or neutered.