Green Vision for Minneapolis - Viable Alternatives
Electoral Reform and Grassroots Democracy
First and foremost, our campaign is about effective government, starting with
election reform. As you may know, of the four pillars of the Green Party is
the value of Grassroots Democracy. Only when we have comprehensive democratic
reform - primarily electoral reform - will we actualize true Grassroots Democracy
at the municipal level where all interests are represented. With electoral reform,
including IRV and public financing of campaigns, a truly effective government
We are specifically advocating for:
Run-Off Voting) voting system while ensuring balanced geographical representation,
such as STV (Single Transferable Vote) or using a proportional representation
- Public financing for campaigns
- Giving the Mayor a voting seat on Council and make official spokesperson
for the city thereby steaming advocacy at Legislature and Congress.
- Amending the City
Charter to create at-large council seats (again using at least IRV), more
council seats in general (possibly 2-3 CMs per ward), and eliminate the Board
of Estimation and Taxation
- Advocate for a city manager position to over see constituent services (day-to-day
stuff like trash, street signs, etc), accountable to the public and the Council
(like the school Superintendent) as to free up the City Council to focus on
the future of Minneapolis via policy. This was recently advocated by both
the Star Tribune and the League of Women Voters, but we’re open to term
limits given that this position can often be perceived as a centralization
- Pass city resolution and lobby state Legislature to lower legal
age to run for City Council from 21 to 18.
Clean and Green Minneapolis & Ecological Wisdom
Secondly, our campaign is about championing a healthy environment. Minneapolis
Ward 3 has a unique set of ecological challenges - and communities from the
grassroots have sprung to meet these challenges. We will join them to protect
and improve the upper Mississippi River corridor from unwise development, as
well as hold polluters accountable for degrading our air and soil quality. We
will advocate for a more biker and pedestrian friendly city and advocate for
long-term, ecological and economically wise public transportation needs. Any
viable Green candidate will be an unwavering voice for Ecological Wisdom (another
Green Party value and pillar) and a sustainable, clean and green city! Our commitment
to the environment is what sets us apart above the rest of any political party.
We continue that proud tradition here in Ward 3.
We are specifically advocating for:
of Minneapolis Bikeways Master Plan, Northeast Quadrant (2001) by
authoring, advocating, and passing matching fund request to ensure 2010 completion
plan. This also includes the key component (where Council leadership is crucial
) of working with Canadian Pacific Railway on rerouting the limited use railroad
bridge over the Mississippi river to create path connection to the Northside.
- Protect and improve the upper Mississippi River corridor. One of
the most noticeable polluters along the upper Mississippi River in Minneapolis
has long been the GAF
Building Material Manufacturing Plant (a shingle plant) located at 50
Lowry Avenue North, near the west end of the Lowry Avenue bridge (in Ward
3). While other polluters along the river produce largest quantities of pollutants
(notably the Xcel coal plant), it is GAF that is often the main culprit in
producing bad odors that permeate the river corridor in North and Northeast.
Since late 2001, the City of Minneapolis has logged 47 complaints over these
odors. GAF’s actions seem to clearly violate MPCA guidelines and Minneapolis
ordinance 47.190. We will a.) Request (demand!) that the MPCA hold a public
information meeting regarding GAF, b.) request and facilitate a multi-neighborhood
group public information meeting with GAF in which public officials and regulators,
including CMs, would be required to attend, and c.) Work with GAF, neighborhood
organizations, and the Green Institute on viable alternatives to this manufacturing
- City Council member Dean Zimmermann's 68-station
sample PRT plan that shows a first application that could cover downtown,
a slice of Northeast (E. Hennepin) and some of south Minneapolis via the City
Council PRT resolution.
Social Justice, Nonviolence and Harm Reduction
Thirdly, our campaign is about our commitment to safe communities, which is
our commitment Social and Economic Justice - another Green Party value and one
of the four pillars. This includes a concrete commitment to community policing
and training, livable wage jobs, reforming our local drug policy and enforcement,
direct neighborhood funding (NRP), and many other quality of life issues.
are specifically advocating for:
- Restoring nobility and respect to our police department and the communities
they serve. a.) Incentives for community policing that include financial
benefits for officers who choose to live in the neighborhoods they serve.
b.) Restore two-officer teams for their safety, but tied with foot/bike patrol
policy. c.) Eliminate
Code 4 practices. d.) Increase conflict resolution training to better
community-police relations. e) Strengthen Civilian
Police Review Authority (proper funding and expedient appointments to
the Board) to hold reckless officers accountable. f.) Restore “To Serve
and Protect” on all marked squad cars.
- Reforming of our nation's draconian and failed drug policy at the municipal
level that includes but is not limited to: a.) Author and pass a harm
reduction statement - like the Frankfurt
resolutions - an outline for policy that calls for the de-penalization and
de-criminalization of drug users with a focus on treatment. Largely symbolic,
this resolution has been the beginning of real reform in other municipalities.
b.) De-criminalize the responsible personal use of cannabis by adults via
simular to Measure Z in Oakland. c.) Ordinance via the Council, not the
Charter, that provides a
legal framework for medicinal marijuana normalization in the city.
- Working with neighborhood bars in improving safety for their
customers and our neighbors. a.) Implement free, voluntary breathalyzers
machines in pubs. b.)Tax incentives for park and rides. c.) Public awareness
campaign for taxi service and park and rides to discourage dinking and driving
– let’s make it easy and fun to enjoy the NE night life while
eliminating the stress of driving! d.) Trash receptacles on corners of neighborhood
bars (like in Uptown).
Economic Justice – Fiscal and Mutual Responsibility
Respect for Diversity
Strengthen the Arts and enriching cultural life in Ward 3
We aim to enrich
the lives of local residents and visitors by integrating public art into planning,
services, and design infrastructures – with a special emphasis on existing
infrastructures. We will stimulate participation in and appreciation of the
arts by all city residents, particularly from residents in the Third Ward who
aren't quite familiar with their artist neighbors and the resources and quality
of life they provide to the neighborhoods. This means working closely with the
Arts Commission to enact the City
of Minneapolis Plan for Art and Culture, continuing to advocate for Art
in Public Places policies already enacted by the City Council (again, a
focus on existing infrastructure) with a non-traditional focus of commissioning
artists not necessarily for City capitol projects, but also for neighborhood-oriented
improvement projects and public art projects in general.
We are specifically advocating for:
- Ensure at least two 3rd Ward residents and arts advocates are appointed
to the 17
member Minneapolis Arts Commission (one artist, one advocate). Currently,
there is no NE Mpls representation.
- Author and pass ordnance to protect and encourage street musicians (“buskers”).
- Foster and encourage specific, Art in Public Places projects such as revisiting
and advocating for the "Central
Avenue of the Arts" project and the “Bridge that the Community
Other Minneapolis Issues
- Feminism and Gender Equality - The Greens are committed to full equal
civil rights for people of all sexual/affectional orientations and gender
identities. Author and pass resolution legally recognizing Commitment
Covenants between GLBT peoples, therefore allowing marriage licenses in
to be valid in Minneapolis.
- Whose Wireless City? – Build municipal owned networks to provide
service at rates below what big telecommunications companies charge.
- Advocate for Minneapolis Public Libraries to reinstate SE