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     The Voter         LWV St. Louis Park        Newsletter: March 2020

March Unit Meeting : 3-19-20 7:00pm
Aquila Commoms 1st Floor - Community Room 3300 33rd St.

Movie: Dark Money - A Prize Winning Film about Campaign Finance

One of the greatest threats to American democracy is the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. This Sundance award-winner is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed.
 
LWV SLP - Board Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Board meets once a month usually on the first Thursday of the month and usually at a member's home.  This month we are meeting at  .  All members are welcome to attend.  Board meetings are a good opportunity to find out what's happening and where you can contribute your time and expertise.
If you are interested in serving on the Board, there are opportunities for you. Hope to see you at the March Board Meeting! 
If you are interested in serving on the Board, there are opportunities for you. Hope to see you at the March Board Meeting! 
 
Coaching SLP High School Students in Registering Voters
Two St. Louis Park high school students, Ruby Stillman and Gabe Kaplan are going to be registering voters at the school and looked to LWVSLP for information on the process.
Shelley Colvin and Eilseen Knisely meet with the students and shared their experiences.
 
Saturday, April 19, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
                 Annual Meeting

                           Social Time
                           Business Meeting
                           Lunch
                           Speaker
                           Details TBD
Summary of  
Up Coming Meetings
Our LWV SLP Facebook page has a printable calendar that shows . Check the FB calendar often for additions and deletions.
FB Calendar

Council 2020 LWV Minnesota

April 25, 2020 • Golden Valley, MN
Council is every other April, alternating with Convention. It is a time of networking and education. 

Registration Now Open 
https://www.lwvmn.org/council-2020
New Citizen Ceremonies
Voter Registration Opportunities  
Many people join League of Women Voters with the desire to encourage new voters and to register those voters. Citizenship Ceremonies provide an excellent opportunity for doing just that. Please consider volunteering for one of more of the opportunities in the box below by contacting Judy Stuthman, LWV MN at jastuthman@aol.com:
March 9: St. Paul RiverCenter (9:30am & 12:45pm)
April 6: 2600 Park Ave. Minneapolis (1:00pm)
April 9: St. Paul  RiverCenter (9:30am & 12:45pm)
May 4: St. Paul RiverCenter (9:30am & 12:45pm)
May 6: Minneapolis Gold Medal Park (9:00am)

 

CMAL Study

Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters Launches Study of Metro Area Counties

At its January 11, 2020, meeting delegates to the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters (CMAL), following a prioritization process, supported as its first priority a CMAL study on county government in the metro area.  CMAL last studied county government (and adopted its current position)  in 1975.  The study will enable review of the current position.

The CMAL Board set in motion a one-year study that will (in general) include the following elements:

• Comparison of county functions and methods
• Comparison of county governance (transparency, accountability, advisory bodies, etc.)
• Description of county interface with metropolitan government (Metro Council, etc.)

It will include an opportunity for all league members (not justCMAL delegates)in the metro area to interview county officials with a survey instrument provided for that purpose.  League members who interviewed city officials during CMAL’s 2019Metro Council governance study were very enthusiastic about that interview process.

The study will launch May 9, 2020, at the CMAL annual meeting.  Any metro area league member may participate on the study committee and/or conduct interviews.  If you are interested in participating, contact CMAL Chair Karen Schaffer at schafferka@gmail.com.

LWV Observer Corps  
The Observer Corp attends City Council and School Board meetings wearing the LWV button to identify themselves as a League member. Observers take notes and share their observations with the rest of the membership in the Voter, our monthly newsletter. If interested in participating in this interesting and informative activity, contact Judy Cook.
Judy Cook, Observer Corps Coordinator. 
 
 
Observer Reports
After observing a city council or a school board meeting, please send your notes to the Voter editor as close to the date of your observation as you can manage. Be sure to wear your LWV button when observing to clearly identify yourself as a LWV observer.
Open an email to Voter Editor to send your report

City Council Meeting – Feb. 3, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.  All members were present.  

 

PRESENTATIONS 

1. Human Rights Award presentation – The Chair of the HR Commission introduced Kristen Paul and Meghan Malone, Peter Hobart teachers who created the “Hope Speaks Project”.  The teachers created classes for adults in the community to talk about race to their children to help children understand and grow.  Four teachers were recognized in the award.   

 

Councilwoman Muhammed added that families of color have conversations all the time with children but that white families should discuss it as well.  Muhammed received the award in 2019.

 

2. SWLRT project – Jim Alexander, Project Director, Met Council and Sam O’Connell, Communications Manager, gave updates on the project.  A video was shown the sites under construction and a projection of the final stations in SLP.  The video and weekly updates are available on www.swlrt.org.  

 

The line will have 14.5 miles of track, 16 stations, 29 bridges and 4 tunnels.  It’s a $2 Billion project, the largest ever created in Minnesota and is scheduled to open in 2023.  

 

3. Recognition of donations – Minnesota Waterworks Association was recognized.  

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS - None

 

RESOLUTIONS, ORDINANCES, MOTIONS AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

1. 2020 Pavement Management Project in Fern Hill - A motion was made to adopt the resolution, approving plans for sidewalks, sewer line repair, and narrowing streets.  

 

Proposed sidewalks on Basswood Road were dropped from the project but addition of sidewalks on other streets in the area will proceed to support pedestrian safety.   It was also explained that narrowing streets helps reduce water runoff.   

 

Also, Council Woman Rog stated that Council will not make exceptions to plans based on loud dissent.  Opinions stated at Public Hearings are always taken into consideration before decisions are made.  

 

The project was unanimously approved.  

 

Barb Person

Observer  

 

City Council Meeting – January 21, 2020

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.  All members were present.  

 

PRESENTATIONS 

1. League of MN Cities – Officers from the League spoke thanking the Mayor and Council for their support and success at the Legislature regarding issues all around the state.  Local and elected officials represent The League in cities nationwide.  
2. Historical Society - Three members of the Society presented the Council members with their newly published book, “Places in the Park”.  The book preserves and highlights the history of St. Louis Park.  Copies are $20.  To sign up for their bimonthly newsletter RE-ECHO, go to 
www.slphistory.org.  

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. 2020 Pavement Management Project in Fern Hill

The project includes new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, sewers, water main replacements, all considered to be public improvements.  The street width will be decreased to 28 feet.  New trees will be added where possible and a only two trees that interfere with sidewalks will be removed.  The project will start in May and finish in Nov. 2020.  

 

Eighteen people stood to protest this project.  Most residents live on Basswood Street and asked the Council not to change their street.  There were many reasons they objected to sidewalks and the change in street width.

 

The Council will make a decision on this project at the Feb. 3rdCouncil meeting. 

 

2. Parkway Residences and Alley Vacation.

The project includes four sites for a new Planned Unit Development (PUD) located south of the Parkway 25 Residence.  The low density buildings currently on the site will be redeveloped to high density housing.  Current residents will be relocated.  

 

This new development requires eliminating an alley on 31st St. West between Inglewood & Glenhurst Avenues.   No one spoke to this issue.

 

RESOLUTIONS, ORDINANCES, MOTIONS AND DISCUSSION ITEMS

1. Four motions were submitted for adoptions concerning the Parkway Residences Redevelopment Project.  All four were passed unanimously by the Council.  
2. Holy Family Academy Expansion, 5925 W. Lake Street between Alabama and Zarthan Avenues.  

The project director showed a map of the new addition to the school.

 

Two additional items were listed on the agenda, but this observer left the meeting at 9:00 p.m.  

 

Barb Person

Observer  


 
Issues Watch
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Take Note of Action Opportunity on this issue
Neither the Minnesota Constitution no the U. S. Constitution explicitly guarantees equal rights are held by all citizens without regard to gender or sexual orientation.
 
 
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LWV SLP Board
President:  Open
Vice President: Debbie Blake 
Secretary: Betty Shaw
Treasurer: Barb Person
Observer Corps Coord.: Judy Cook
CMAL Rep: Shelley Colvin, Elaine Savick

West Metro LWV Rep: Barb Person
Membership: Eilseen Knisely
Voter Service: Open (Eilseen temporarily--can YOU help?)
Communications & Publications: Shelley Colvin, Laurie Lykken,
Barb Person, Sylvia O'Brien
Publicity: Judy Cook
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LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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