Stone Arch Discussion February 8th with Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando. The Commissioner is Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopement Authority Chair and shares that experience with us as we discuss affordable housing and homelessness and how we're tackling these issues as a community at the County level. Hennepin County is the second largest public entity in Minnesota and district 2, represented by Commissioner Fernando, includes the west side of Plymouth and I-494 all the way east through Northeast Minneapolis. The diverse district offers many challenges and opportunities and gives us insight into housing issues at every end fo the spectrum. Come join us at Wilde Cafe from 8:30-10 Saturday morning the 8th for hot coffee and hot takes with our new Commissioner, who is also on the Rail Authority and vice chair of Public Safety. Can't wait to see you there.
We welcome Senator Kari Dziedzic at our Stone Arch Discussion January 11th at 8:30 AM for a Legislative preview. The Senator serves on Taxes, Public Safety and Housing Finance Committees. Join us Saturday morning for a conversation about what is possible, what a bonding bill might look like and what Minneapolis could use. Get in line early at Wilde Cafe for your coffee so that we can conven at 8:30 in the morning sharp. Given the new year stick around after 10 and catch up with events of the past month.
Get ready in the coming months as well. Februar we host our local County Commissioner Irene Fernando, and in March Minneapolis Budget Director Micah Intermill. We'll have lots of time to check up on Minnesota and how we're doing.
See you Saturday the 11th.
Dear Stone Arch, I’m afraid we won’t be meeting Saturday December 14th. We will host Senator Kari Dziedzic January 11th and Commissioner Irene Fernando February 8th. We have a jump start on March and April and invitations are extended into Summer. December 14th on the other hand was tough. Lots of responses, lots of people who want to join us for a Saturday morning, but this Saturday seems to be the Saturday that everyone had plans. You’ll find me Saturday working the Holiday Market at Tattersall Distilling and if we don’t see you before hand, Happy New Year.
See you January 11th.
Second term Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioner-At-Large Meg Forney is our oldest Minneapolis elected seated official. With over four decades of hands-on park engagement, she possesses abundant park institutional knowledge. With six new members elected to the nine member Minneapolis Park Board in 2018, she can place her perspective on the board’s governance in a historical context.
October 12th Stone Arch Discussion with Phyllis Kahn
Former Representative Phyllis Kahn joins our Stone Arch Discussion for a conversation about getting more scientists involved in politics. Dr. Kahn spent 44 years on the Minnesota Legislature and has a Ph.D. in biophysics and a MPA from Harvard. She has been the chief author of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (controlling smoking in public places), the computer crime and computer virus laws, and legislation on nuclear safety, radioactive waste disposal, field tests of genetically modified crops and infectious waste disposal. She also authored laws to require gender equity in athletics and laws prohibiting discrimination based on age or disability. She has been instrumental in obtaining funding for parks, trails, historic preservation, art-enhancement of State buildings, and the expansion of community and urban forests.
Join us at Wilde Cafe Saturday from 8:30 to 10:00 AM for a meaningful conversation about science and politics and why we need more scientists engaged in the realm of policy. This is open to the public, all we ask is that you buy your coffee or tea from a friendly barista at Wilde Cafe before joining is.
September Stone Arch Forum Cancelled
Sorry for the last-minute warning, but due to an unforseen scheduling conflict we have had to cancel the Stone Arch Forum for Satruday, September 14.
July Stone Arch: Representative Jamie Long
July 13, 8:30-10:00 AM
Wilde Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis
Rep. Jamie Long, author of the 100% clean energy bill (among others) has been invited to join us for the July Stone Arch discussion.
As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.
Addressing Sources of Greenhouses Gases, Water Pollution, and Harm to Health - Think Again Brooklyns
How Do We Resolve the Serious Environmental
and Health Problems Caused by CAFO's in MN?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social 6:30 p.m. - Program
City Council Chambers
5200 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Sonya Eayrs will speak on the extensive harm done by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s), also often referred to as industrial or factory farms. She will suggest on how we can best correct the serious problems which factory farms are causing.
Sonya is a family lawyer and citizen activist who is active in getting the word out on how industrial farming increases greenhouse gas emissions in our state, pollutes rivers, lakes, and ground water, and harms the health of people who live in the vicinity of the farms. She lives in Maple Grove, and her parents live in Dodge County surrounded by 11 industrial farms within a three mile radius, some as close as a half mile. The following graph reveals MN as one of the top three states in the number of CAFO’s:
Listen to the farmers of Newberg Township in Karst County movingly explain the widespread harmful impact CAFO’s, which they are fighting to keep out of their county, would have on their lives. What would this mean? "What it meant is that it would change the life of everyone around here forever. . . What has been really interesting is the near unanimous opposition to it." Watch the 6 minute video.
It is easy to see that traditional farm families that live in the vicinity of CAFO's are severely harmed by the industrialized farms. What might not be as immediately obvious is that CAFO's are greatly contributing to MN's climate change through their production of greenhouse gases (GHG's) and to serious declines in MN's water resources, both quantity and quality. While using clean energy for electricity has contributed to a 15% reduction in greenhouse gases, CAFO's have increased GHG's in MN by 10% leaving a net reduction of only 5%. While MN plans to reduce GHG's due to fossil fuel sources of electricity to zero by 2050, what plans should MN have to reduce GHG's and water pollution from CAFO's? Bring your ideas.
What Does NW Suburbs' Water Future Look Like?
How Can Residents Preserve Water for Future Generations?
Jon Watson, Pubic Utilities Superintendent for the City of Brooklyn Park, will describe the source and quality of water in Brooklyn Park and nearby suburbs, explain what affects water quality and the treatment process for Brooklyn Park's water, and suggest what we can do to improve and maintain the quality of our water.
Jon Watson has worked for the City of Brooklyn Park for over 25 years. Twenty of them were as the Public Utilities Superindendent and Engineer.
As usual, the forum will include a question and answer session.