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Phillips/Powderhorn
Nokomis
Riverside
November 2013
 
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The work is almost done. The ArtiCulture mosaic sculpture will be unveiled on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Seward fire station on Franklin Avenue to kick off Day One of the Seward Winter Frolic.

 

A novel approach to increased police
accountability

High profile cases of police misconduct have crowded the news over the past few years. This is not surprising; the City of Minneapolis has paid out roughly $20 million over the last seven years for police brutality and misconduct claims.

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How did they kill Terrance Franklin?

The 228-page police report of the killing of Terrance Franklin has contradictions and inconsistencies that should have set off alarms for Police Chief Janee Harteau, Mayor Rybak, County Attorney Mike Freeman and Minneapolis City Council Chair of the Public Safety Committee Don Samuels. There are clear and arrogant admissions of the use of excessive force. There are serious questions as to whether Terrance Franklin was in control of a weapon or was simply executed. An analysis of the police report is available on the Southside Pride website. Go to this link.

Former Minneapolis police chief and author of “Expert Witness,” a catalog of 20 years of testifying against police misconduct, Tony Bouza reacts to my analysis and summary:

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Vikings referendum denied

On Nov. 13, Judge Phillip D. Bush signed an order dismissing the Petition for a Writ of Mandamus in Mann vs. Minneapolis City Council that would have required a citywide referendum on whether the city should contribute more than $150 million to the construction of a new Vikings stadium.

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Regular Features: The hungry insurgent is looking for food entrepreneurs


In order to make our food systems more local and more resilient, we can take one of two different approaches. We can work with governments and committees, attacking the restrictions on local food production and providing broad incentives. Along these lines, we can support City Council candidates who want to diminish obstacles to raising chickens or selling produce grown in the city or who would allow higher dimensions on hoop houses (temporary greenhouses). We might serve on the Food Council, part of the city’s Homegrown Minneapolis initiative. Or it might mean working with the Food Resource Hubs of Gardening Matters, attempting to establish an infrastructure for providing low-cost seeds and starter plants to our local neighborhoods. These are the sorts of efforts I outlined in last month’s column.

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Young and black and dealing crack

A key component to the plague of crack cocaine is a complicated one. Black teens and young adults, by far mostly male, are on a conveyor belt to incarceration. Because they are black and because they sell crack. One observation is, well, if they weren’t breaking the law they wouldn’t go to jail, pure and simple. There’s no denying that, yes, if they didn’t engage in criminal activity, cops wouldn’t arrest them and cops wouldn’t lock them up. It is not, however, pure and simple.

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Tony’s latest for the holidays

Tony Bouza’s latest book, “Expert Witness—Breaking the Policemen’s Blue Code of Silence,” should be required reading for all police officers in command positions. It should also be a required textbook for police training programs.

For the layperson, this book is an eye-opener into the serious problem of the extent and nature of the misconduct of our local “protectors.” One gets the impression that these violations of citizens’ rights are widespread.

The reader comes away with several serious concerns. How can the public be made aware of the seriousness of this situation and then exert political influence on our elected officials to take action to minimize, if not eliminate, such misconduct.

And, most worrisome, how do we change the culture that appears to be universal of our men and women in blue? Subsumed in that question is how do we recruit individuals that will not, as a result of their education and personal value system, buy into that culture?

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HOW TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING

Count your blessings instead
of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of
your losses.
Count your joys instead of
your woes;
Count your friends instead
of your foes.
Count your smiles instead
of your tears;
Count your courage instead
of your fears.
Count your full years instead
of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead
of your mean.
Count your health instead of
your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

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Regular Features: Queen of Cuisine


World Champs

World Street Kitchen is a playground for the Wadi brothers, owners of the esteemed, James Beard Award-nominated Saffron in the Warehouse District. There the intriguing Mediterranean menu (with emphasis on the swell eats of Palestine, where the bros grew up) is served in sit-down restaurant style. Lovely.
But boys just gotta have fun! So they launched a mega-popular food truck...

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Regular Features: Raina's Wellness - A SAD Winter

Winter is quickly creeping upon us. The chilling cold, frosty mornings are enough to make most of us want to stay under the covers, especially with the threat of snow looming. A few extra taps on the snooze button, fuzzy slippers and a cup of hot chocolate are usually enough motivation to get out of bed and face the winter tundra. However, for some people the winter blues are much more serious. The chronic fatigue, sadness and urge to sleep and eat are symptoms of a serious medical condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of seasonal depression that most often begins in October or November and continues until March or April. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 4-6% of Americans suffer from SAD. Individuals living in higher latitudes such as Minnesota are more likely to have SAD due to fewer hours of sunlight.

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Neighborhood elder honors the time he is given

Phillips/Powderhorn resident Walter Ortmann turns 102 on Dec. 3. He is a steady, serious, kind man who is keenly interested in everything and everyone around him. I first met him 14 years ago when I started playing piano at First Church of God, 35th Avenue and 32nd Street. Sometimes, before the offerings, Walter would give entertaining talks encouraging people to part with their money for the good of the church.

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Minneapolis elections 2013 – how did we do?

Dave and Barb Tilsen and five other friends joined me at the Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub for an election post-mortem and to await the arrival of the Andrew Johnson campaign’s post-election gathering. We were all antsy until about 8:30, when results began to come in on our smartphones. (We tried to get the bar to tune the TV to the news, but it didn’t matter, even the TV can’t keep up with mobile interwebs.)

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November

 

Riverside Community Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From Council Member Cam Gordon
The Council’s Community Development Committee has voted to apply for $635,000 in grant funds for environmental investigation and cleanup for Phase III of the Seward Commons development. The granting agencies are the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program, the Metropolitan Council’s Tax base Revitalization Account Grant Program and the Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund. The old Tri-State building at 34th Ave. S. and 25th St. E. is moving to a public auction. The underlying zoning of the building is residential, and it may have lost its nonconforming rights as an industrial building. Future use of the building may require rezoning to a low-density “office residence” district. My office has been in contact with Seward Redesign, and it sounds like there are several people interested in turning this building into something that benefits the broader neighborhood and fits in well with the uses along 25th St. E.

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Riverside Religious Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Zumba Gold
Seniors, no matter your age or fitness level, join the party with low-impact, easy- to-follow dance routines designed especially for you. Move to Latin-inspired music in a fun, encouraging atmosphere; no dance experience necessary. Shake it at your own pace Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 5728 Cedar Ave. S. Suggested donation of $5 for a six-week session starting Dec. 4.

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