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Cam Gordon

Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.

Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.

 

Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.

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Current Projects
 

Adult Entertainment Regulation Ordinance

 

I have finalized a draft for public review of the adult entertainment ordinance amendments I have been working on for the last year. It uses information gathered from two studies and several inspections that found unsafe, unsanitary and exploitative conditions in Minneapolis adult entertainment businesses. The studies included surveys of entertainers working in the establishments and meetings with worker representatives. The ordinance is an effort to protect the safety of workers and prevent them from being subjected to exploitation, discrimination or abuse. I have crafted ordinance changes in cooperation with entertainers to include stronger financial, health and safety protections. On June 7 I will be meeting with establishment owners and managers to get their input before proceeding with setting a public hearing for some time in July. You can find an overview of the issue and new standards here and the ordinance draft here.

 

Neighborhoods 2020 Framework 

 

On May 17, on a 7 to 5 vote, the Council passed a shortened and amended Neighborhoods 2020 framework resolution authored by me and Council Member Jenkins. The approved resolution removed details and focused on funding, minimum standards and the creation of an expanded NRP Policy Board to provide oversight and policy guidance for all neighborhood organization work.  The new Policy Board will include 8 neighborhood representatives.  The minimum standards include basic bylaw requirements, a voluntary Neighborhood Election Day, term limits for board members and the requirement that organizations create a Diversity Action Plan that aims for a board membership that better reflects the diversity of the neighborhood. The Council also passed two staff directions: one that directs staff to  work with a consultant to complete a resident-led process to develop program guidelines, and the other for the City Coordinator to lead development of an enterprise-wide community engagement process.  For more information see https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2019-00515  

According to the approved framework community engagement funding will be provided in 3-year cycles to neighborhood and community organizations. Of the total amount allocated, 75% will be available to Minneapolis neighborhood organizations and 25% will be set aside for community-based organizations. The neighborhood organization funding will be divided into 3 categories: base funding (50%), impact funding (25%) and discretionary funding (25%). The framework, however, now includes the 3 amendments that I was successfully able to get incorporated into the plan. The first sets the minimum neighborhood base funding allocation at $25,000.  The second removes restrictions on the use of discretionary funding and opens its use to any project unique to the neighborhood or acre.  The third stipulates that, “Community-Based Organizations that receive funding from this program must partner with a neighborhood organization. Preference will be given to projects that work directly in collaboration with neighborhood organizations to accomplish neighborhood goals, including diversity goals. The requirement to partner with neighborhood organizations may be waived by the City Coordinator if the Coordinator determines that a suitable neighborhood organization cannot be found, and that the funding will support work that meets our City’s racial equity goals.”

 

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Last updated Jun 6, 2019

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