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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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Participatory Budgeting

The Ways and Means Committee received a staff report and is recommending approval of a new Participatory Budgeting Playbook.  The Playbook is intended to be used initially for Council approved budget allocations that are specific in scope that would benefit from additional public input.  The Playbook can continue to be utilized as the City's participatory budgeting evolves in scope.  The Playbook gives guidance on the PB process while allowing some flexibility to scale the process to the budget allocation to which it is being applied.  For instance, an allocation for a project within a defined area may be different than a city-wide project allocation.

 The main guidelines of the Playbook include: 
  1. The Council must have approved the budget allocation
  2. Use of PB can be proposed by a department to the department's home committee for approval or the Council can direct the use of PB to a budget allocation
  3. PB may be used only if there is adequate time to complete the process as described in the Playbook
  4. The process must meet the requirements for public participation events and number of participants
Public process as defined in the Playbook includes presentation of the project (project is defined as a budget allocation approved by the Council) to the community, gathering input from the community, prioritization by the participants of the participatory budgeting process with a recommendation to the City Council for approval and implementation.     If approved by the City Council, the Minneapolis Participatory Budgeting Playbook will be used for future PB processes.  In addition, a PB pilot project will be recommended for completion in 2018 after the 2018 budget is adopted. I believe that this might be an ideal to be used with the Collaborative Safety Initiatives that are likely to be approved in the budget. 

Racial Equity

 

This week the Council is set to make some significant changes to help make sure that our work for racial equity will be more transparent, accountable, thoughtful and institutionalized into the future. I have been working for months on this effort with Council Vice President Glidden who shares my determination to better embed racial equity into the City Council’s work now, before the beginning of the next term.
 
To help do this, we will be presenting 3 things to the City Council Committee on the Whole on Wednesday. The first is a new ordinance and will include a public hearing. The second and third are resolutions. If passed, these actions will make our office of Race and Equity more permanent, establish a Racial Equity Community Advisory group and create a Racial Equity Action Plan.

If you support these action please consider attending and speaking at the hearing at 10:00 this Wednesday in City Hall or sending in your comments to your Council Member and to councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov

Here are a few of the details:

  • First, the proposed ordinance will formally, and more permanently, establish a Division of Race and Equity within the City Coordinator’s Office. This was first created by a budget decision back in 2014. The new ordinance clarifies that value and purpose of that division and embeds it --- and the City’s commitment to racial equity ---- into ordinance. This will help the equity team to more actively engage with departments in setting goals and expectations around this important body of work. It should also help accelerate our efforts and progress around racial equity goals and create accountability mechanisms by ensuring regular reporting to policy makers.
  • Second, we will consider a resolution to establish a Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee, made up of at least 15 and no more than 19 members, to be selected with a priority on racial balance, appointed by the City Council and Mayor through the Open Appointments process with at least one member from each of the 13 wards, with one seat available to person appointed by the Minneapolis School Board and one by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The committee would advise the City Council, Mayor and City departments on City policies, practices and budget decisions related to addressing racism and racial inequities and promoting racial justice and racial equity in the City. In the short term it would advise the newly created Racial Equity Steering Committee on the creation and implementation of the Racial Equity Action Plan. It would also report at least annually to the City Council, and provide an annual evaluation report to the community on the City’s progress addressing racial inequities and closing racial disparities.
  • Thirdly, we will consider a resolution to establish a City Racial Equity Steering Committee consisting of City staff, including the City Coordinator, Director of Civil Rights, Director of Finance & Property Services, Health Commissioner, Director of Human Resources, Police Chief, Director of Public Works, a manager in the division of race and equity, two other staff representatives selected by the Racial Equity Coordinators, one City Council Member, and one person from the Mayor’s Office. This Steering Committee will work and support the Community Advisory Committee and draft a Racial Equity Action Plan to address racial equity in the City government that will be submitted to the Council for approval by June 2018.

You read the ordinance at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2017-01321 and the full resolutions here and here

 

Zero Waste

Following Transportation and Public Works committee’s unanimously recommendation I epect the full the Council to approve adoption the proposed Zero Waste Plan at its meeting on December 8. I consider this a major step towards a future with less waste, more recycling and composting, and fairer and more transparent waste service for everyone in Minneapolis, including renters and businesses. The plan and the proposed next step of having our staff come before the Council with a recommended implementation plan early next year. You can find out more here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/mayor/ZWM/index.htm.

 

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Last updated Dec 12, 2017

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