October 9, 2015 eNews

Notice of Public Hearing

Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. or thereafter
Place: Armatage Recreational Center

Purpose: To gather public opinion and solicit comments regarding the application from Kwans for an On Sale Wine with Strong Beer Class E license. If approved, they intend to operate a full service restaurant with 34 seats inside and 20 seats outside.

Applicant’s Name (Legal Entity): Kwans Chinese Cuisine on Penn
DBA/Trade Name: Kwans
Current License(s): Restaurant
Requested License(s): On Sale Wine with Strong Beer Class E

Nature of Entertainment: A Class E license allows for prerecorded background music and karaoke.  The applicant intends on offering background music only with no outdoor speakers.

Off Street Parking: The Zoning Department requires four off-street parking spots.  Applicant has met this requirement.

You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing. Please send comments to Inspector Julie Casey at 612-673-3905.

Information in Other Languages:  Para asistencia 612-673-2700. Rau kev pab 612-673-2800. Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

2015 Minneapolis Energy Fair

Learn how to save money and help the environment at the inaugural Minneapolis Energy Fair sponsored by NRG Energy. This family friendly event will feature a variety of presenters highlighting ways to make your home energy efficient with the opportunity to learn more about solar options for your home.

Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Center for Energy and Environment, and Clean Energy Resource Team representatives will be on site to answer questions and provide information on signing up for money saving programs.

  • Kid’s activities
  • Xcel Energy sponsored free LED lightbulbs
  • Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy sponsored free Home Energy Squad Visits
  • Grand prize giveaway
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions and Parking
Questions? Contact Michael Rainville, 612-767-8074.


The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Minneapolis City Council,and the Minneapolis Mayor are pleased to present the 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. This contest is open to all Minneapolis students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. All submissions are due by November 16th, 2015.

The contest winners will receive a gift card to be awarded at a ceremony before the Minneapolis City Council in January 2016.

First Place $ 300.00
Second Place $ 200.00
Third Place $ 100.00


Working Families Agenda Update

Things continue to move at a fast pace on the Working Families Agenda (WFA). The City Council has set November 4th as a public hearing date for the WFA. The two principal authors of the policy framework, Council Members Elizabeth Glidden (Ward 8) and Lisa Bender (Ward 10) and they announced revisions to the proposal based on feedback they have received. Mayor Betsy Hodges issued a press release supporting these revisions.

While the Mayor and Council Members Bender and Glidden assert there is growing consensus for these revisions the Southwest Business Association has heard no consensus for these revisions in the many meetings its board members and staff have attended or input we have received from you. Instead, we continue to hear from the small business community that the implementation of the proposal, even with the revisions, has serious implications for their business operations, cost structure and their employees.

It continues to be very important for businesses to write in and share with the council what doesn’t work in the policy and why. Please send your comments to workingfamilies@minneapolismn.gov

Thank you to the Minneapolis Chamber and Workforce Fairness Coalition for translating the proposed policy documents into additional languages.

Continue to speak up! The deadline for comments is Friday, October 16th.


Volunteer coaches for winter youth sports needed

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Youth Volleyball program begins in October and we are seeking volunteer coaches at recreation centers in Minneapolis.

We are also seeking coaches for winter sports programs (basketball, hockey, and wrestling) that begin in November/December.

  • Athletes range from 6-18 years old
  • Teams practice 1-2 times per week
  • Games are scheduled 1-2 nights a week and/or Saturdays
  • MPRB will provide orientation for all new coaches

Contact Nicole at 612-499-9258 or email recvolunteers@minneapolisparks.org for more information about coaching and other volunteer opportunities.

Can’t coach this Winter? We’ll need coaches for Gymnastics, Baseball, Softball, T-ball, and Track and Field this spring, too.

Animal Welfare in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) is proposing ordinance changes to better reflect best practices for animal welfare, and the changing needs of the community. MACC is hosting three upcoming meetings to collect feedback from the public on the proposed changes. The dates and times are:

October 21, 6:30-8:30pm at East Phillips Park
2399 17th Ave. S. – Spanish interpreter will be present
October 22, 6:30-8:30pm at Fairview Park
621 29th Ave. N. – Hmong interpreter will be present
November 2, 6:30 – 8:00pm at Fuller Park
4800 Grand Ave. S.

Highlights of the proposed changes

For Community:

  • Better defines the City’s role and expands protections to all animals, not just domestic or companion
  • Increases transparency and accountability through enhanced record keeping
  • Includes expanded definitions and clarifies the City’s scope of authority

For Owners, Shelters and Rescue Organizations:

  • Simplifies application process and streamlines notification requirements
  • Introduces expected standards of care for all animal owners, shelters and partner rescue organizations
  • Adds specific protocols to be considered in case of euthanasia, including creation and use of a rescue partner registry
The purpose of the changes are to ensure that our values and vision for being leaders in animal protection laws are mirrored in our code and respond to the changing world of animal welfare and the needs/demands of our community. We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings and hearing what you think.

Request this information in flyer form in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.