I'll be covering tonight's Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) annual meeting, putting things in context for our readers.
There are 43 attendees. If enough candidates declare for the neighborhood association board, creating a contested election, the voting will happen online after this meeting.
All attendees have been asked not to record this city-funded public meeting, which was my cue to hit the record button. There are several elected officials on the speaker list.
President Mary Pattock says one of their accomplishments this year, in the face of the 2040 plan: working with Lisa Goodman to preserve the existing "ratio of single family (52%) with rental housing (48%)." (I think by "rental" they mean apartments)
I'm not sure how they can say they locked down that ratio. I think Goodman must have told them mission accomplished and they took her word for it.
Anti racism books have been purchased and placed into the neighborhood's little free libraries.
There are 9 candidates for 7 positions. Pattock says, "You can be an agent of change in challenging times... a leader in our community."
They are "particularly interested in people who are renters" (just as long as we can hold the line on that ratio).
President Pattock sidetracked a minute trying to engage in conversation with the background noise from what sounds like someone's television.
Former MN Supreme Court Justice Alan Page is here talking about his proposal for a constitutional amendment to guarantee a "quality public education" in Minnesota.
Page cites these stats on the racial achievement gap, while emphasizing the numbers for whites aren't great either.
Page: "One of the complaints that we've got about our provision is that it's really just a trojan horse for privatizing public education. Nothing could be further from the truth... this is about nothing other than public education."
Page says the original plan was to get this constitutional amendment on the ballot this year. Pandemic forced them to put the effort on hold until the 2022 election.
A skeptical-seeming Senator Scott Dibble is here in the zoom, and is asked to comment. Says he joined the conversation halfway through, and this is the first presentation he's had on it, so he's "not qualified to evaluate." He's glad to hear hat Page is open to some changes.
Rep. Frank Hornstein: "My concern is equity and support for public education." He's interested in hearing more and "having a robust discussion" in the 2021 session. Characterizes reaction to the Page plan as both "bipartisan support and bipartisan opposition."
President Pattock says "we hit the jackpot" with the number of elected officials who could join us today. Dibble, Hornstein, Lisa Goodman, Marion Greene, Jono Cowgill. (imagine all their faces arrayed across the display on a slot machine and all the coins that would drop out)
Goodman speaking about public safety: "I don't want to underestimate the level of violence that's happening right now." She just got a phone call from Don Samuels. Says what's happening in Southwest's 5th precinct is nothing compared to other parts of the city.
Goodman addressing concern about that story about Trump recruiting an army of poll watchers: "You do not need to be concerned about violence at polling places." She doesn't anticipate the need for law enforcement presence at polling places.
Hornstein is double-zooming right now, as the legislature is in special session. Says there may be a bus rapid transit situation that he has to leave this meeting to go attend to.
Hornstein says the $1.3 billion dollar bonding bill is a "great bill." But they need a handful of Republican votes in the House to pass it. Says the $55 million in BRT funding is "very important for the rebuilding and revitalization of Minneapolis."
Pattock, pondering the pandemic: there may be "less interest in building certain kinds of buildings in certain places." Are transportation planners paying attention or are they just going ahead with business as usual? (axe-grinding alert: CIDNA famous for fighting SW light rail)
Hornstein: 40% of those riding transit right now are front line workers, people who work in grocery stores. This affects all aspects of transportation. We may not need to throw money at big wide multi-lane expensive freeways.
Mary Pattock just said something so weird that I'm going to have to consult the recording after the meeting to make sure I'm not taking it out of context.
Pattock asking Park Board President Jono Cowgill about bike lanes vs. trees on Kings Highway. Can bike lanes coexist with trees? "The scientists are saying that it cannot be done."
Jono: "I'm firmly pro tree."
Jono Cowgill: There's a fair concern that we don't want to lose mature trees. We're not at the point in the process where that's clear. Having a detailed design is the only point at which we could see any conflicts with trees. Reaffirms his commitment to city's tree canopy.
If you think about it, every parking spot in the city could be a tree if people would stop being pro other things.
CIDNA's 2020 annual meeting is over. Much like Rep Frank Hornstein, I had important business to attend to during this meeting, but Aldi closes at 8 pm (unlike the state legislature) so I can't pick up the large bucket of ice cream I need to recover from this meeting.
This is a reference to southwest light rail: "as we talk about institutional racism and inequity, there's nothing more institutional than building hard metal lines into some neighborhoods and not into others."
Normally I would interpret this to mean you should put transit where transit riders are (a debate happening about the Blue Line extension bypassing N Mpls). But because CIDNA as an organization has only ever conceived of themselves as victims of a transit project, it blew my mind
Ward 7 Council Member updating CIDNA on the public safety situation, says a friend in the 38th and Chicago area sent her a picture of two young men with guns denying access to the alley and telling her, "We own the alley now."
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