This month the City Council's Budget Committee is reviewing departments' proposed 2021 budgets, with the City Council scheduled to vote on budget adoption December 9. Throughout the next two weeks there are three opportunities to weigh in on the Mayor's proposed budget. These allocations drive city priorities, departments and programs, and we welcome your input.  
Public hearings on the proposed 2021 City budget:
Monday, November 16
10:00 a.m. tp 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.

Transforming Public Safety Survey

What does public safety look like for you? You can now share your ideas about what a new model of public safety could look like for our city. You can take the survey in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong or Oromo.

Complete the survey by November 20th for the first phase of survey results. Input provided after that date may continue to be used for future engagement phases.

The City is committed to a year long process of community engagement on this topic. This survey is one of the first steps in that process. Results from the survey will be used to help create recommendations for the City to consider their next steps on this issue.

This survey includes some questions similar to other recent City surveys. That includes questions about alternative responses to mental health crises and non-emergency crimes. Any input you already provided on those surveys is valued and will still be used as planned.

Truth and Reconciliation

The City Council has approved a resolution establishing a truth and reconciliation process for our community. The ultimate objective of this process is to begin implementing specific solutions to specific harms that created and perpetuate racial disparities with a prioritized focus on healing with historically Black American descendants of slavery and American Indian/Indigenous communities.

The resolution notes that Minnesota and Minneapolis have some of the most severe racial inequities in the country. African Americans make up 31% and American Indians make up 8% of the incarcerated population but only 7% and 1%, respectively, of the statewide population. The Minneapolis median household income for white families is $68,000 compared to $30,000 for African American families.

The resolution calls for the establishment of a working group that will explore the creation of the truth and reconciliation process and study the meaning of reconciliation, research different models of truth and reconciliation commissions, and understand the impact that such a process might have on the City of Minneapolis and its residents.

Truth and reconciliation processes have taken place all over the world, including in South Africa after the end of Apartheid and in Sierra Leone after the end of an 11-year civil war.

Next steps:

The City’s Division of Race & Equity will lead the effort in collaboration with other City leaders to explore the formation of a truth and reconciliation process. Key work will include consulting with local and national truth and reconciliation experts, people skilled in conflict resolution and other stakeholders from the community. Additionally, the work will involve developing the organizational capacity and framework required for a City-led process and recommending an approach for establishing a truth and reconciliation commission. A report back on the proposed truth and reconciliation process and commission framework is due to the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee in January 2021.

This latest action follows another resolution passed by the City Council in July declaring racism a public health emergency in the City of Minneapolis. City leaders committed to a series of action steps to dedicate more resources to racial equity work.

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The City of Minneapolis has launched the new DataSource resource to provide open and responsive data around Public Health, Community Safety, Elections, Housing and Development, and COVID-19. Over 40 dashboards allow residents to visually and intuitively filter and navigate continuously updated data sets, in order to answer questions and gain insight on City work and trends. These dashboards include use of force and crime statistics, outdoor air quality, city workforce demographics, and vacant and condemned properties. Broad and innovative approaches to examining our data allows for policy makers to make more informed policy decisions, and provides greater transparency to the public.

New COVID-19 Restrictions Begin Nov. 13th

To address a severe spike in COVID-19 cases and community spread statewide, Governor Walz is calling for greater mitigation measures to go into effect this Friday, November 13. These restrictions look to three primary causes of community transmission, those of which younger adults are contributing to at a much higher rate: large receptions (such as weddings and funerals), social gatherings among families and friends, and patronage of bars and restaurants. 71% of outbreaks can be traced to these three specific areas. 
Click on the images above to see how these new guidelines may impact you or your business, and go to the Stay Safe MN website to learn more

Spanish/English COVID-19 Hotline

HACER is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health to launch a COVID-19 hotline. This program is a statewide effort to provide accurate and culturally relevant information to Latinx communities in Minnesota regarding COVID-19. This service is available in Spanish and English.
Call 651-304-6145 if you or anyone in your community has questions or concerns about:
  • where to get tested
  • what to do while you wait for your results 
  • how to manage if you've tested positive
Program coordinators and hotline specialists are trained to best understand the needs of the Latinx community around the state as they relate to COVID-19 and will offer resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, and other local organizations. 

Free COVID-19 Tests and Flu Shots

The City of Minneapolis is offering free coronavirus tests. You can also get your flu shot. All are welcome. You do not need insurance for the test and the flu shot will be administred for free.
East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second St. NE
Saturday, November 14
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S.
Every Monday and Friday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St.
Every Monday through Friday
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
This fall and winter we will be dealing with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, so it’s even more important than ever to get a flu shot. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and front-line health care workers and emergency responders.
Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment.
You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days.
Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests and flu shots on the City website.

Minneapolis breaks voter turnout record in 2020 election

More than 237,000 ballots were cast in Minneapolis, breaking the city’s record for an election turnout. A record number of voters also cast early ballots, largely to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While the final turnout number for the city may still change, an estimated, unofficial total of 237,689 ballots were cast in this election, including more than 170,000 absentee ballots. That means 80.6% of registered voters in Minneapolis participated in this election.

In comparison, a total of 219,832 ballots were cast in Minneapolis in the 2016 presidential election, which was the previous record. Of those, 60,538 ballots were cast early. Mail ballots postmarked on or by Nov. 3 and received through Nov. 10 will continue to increase the overall ballot totals. A court decision on Thursday gave the City direction to segregate mail ballots received after Nov. 3 but did not direct to the City to leave these ballots uncounted.

Partial, unofficial election results can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

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