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Day in the Life: May 17

A pretty busy day inside and outside City Hall today. ...After a Department Heads meeting, I went to the meeting of the Midtown Community Works, the public-private group that works together on development, public safety and other initiatives to improve Midtown.

I gave an update, with Rick Collins of Ryan, on the Midtown Exchange project (If you want to see more there is an open house Thursday from 5-7). Work is going well but the real focus right now is the Global Marketplace, to make sure we can raise the money we need to make this the very special place it can be for visitors...but also a place that will create economic opportunity for merchants. 

From there I went to the Robbins Kaplan Miller Ciresi Foundation to report on the Agenda for Children and Youth.   This is a great foundation that gave us the seed money to start the project.

Next came the Open House at the First Precint...the downtown command.  A highlight here was to see how the public safety cameras are monitored from behind the front control desk.  From that desk the person can see a series of cameras around downtown and zoom in on activity that is creating a problem.  One of the important parts of the cameras is that it helps the police with evidence....so far, according to Inspector Rob Allen....every person who has been arreseted because of a crime seen on camera has pled guilty.  This will continue to be a good tool to keep repeat offenders off the street.

Next was a meeting with our lobbyist Gene Raneri about actions at the State Capital, then a meeting with a group of immigrants about police issues, followed by the first meeting of the new Latino advisory committee.

A couple internal meetings and then on to the Healthy City Awards, an evening to benefit the Medicine Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  The winners this year were V.J. Smith, founder of Mad Dads, and John Munger, founder of the City of Lake Loppet.  The money raised helped pay for two social workers at the clinic, which serves uninsured residents of Philips, including many immigrants.  Please remember this event for next year...It's a great cause.

May 17, 2005 in Day In The Life | Permalink


I am a volunteer with the campaign and was checking the site to see if there were any pictures from the recent parades or events, and I came upon all the great posts and comments. In response I say, Bravo, and keep them coming. And I would like you all who posted questions, or encouragement to come out for our next big parade, The Pride Parade, Sunday June 26th.
I know it may seem like you need all day like at the convention and it will be a chore. But I can testify that it is a blast, and all you need are a few hours and all the enthusiasm you can muster! We have all ages and circumstances. We need you to bring all your postivity, and all the pride you have in the Mayor and in Minneapolis and join us in the parade for one more blow out this summer! This is where we are making happen, on the front lines, shaking hands, interacting, talking with our fellow citizens alongside the Mayor. And being a part of that is truly thrilling. Feel free to contact me if you want to come or want further info, or you can contact Juanita at Rybak HQ. I hope to see some new faces on the 26th and any time you want to get involved.

Posted by: Tessa | Jun 22, 2005 6:01:08 PM

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