The following article by Joe Soucheray was published in the Pioneer Press on June 23, 2015.
Joe Soucheray: If We’re Going to Rename Lake Calhoun, Where Does It All End?
Removing the Confederate flag, as it might be flown adjacent to the state Capitol in Columbia, S.C., is not at all problematic and does not at all attempt to be a sanitization of anything, much less our shared American history. We have a flag. The American flag serves South Carolina as it does Minnesota or any other state.
Calls to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol in Columbia have intensified since it was discovered that the latest devil in our midst, Dylann Storm Roof, featured a Confederate flag license plate and other Confederate flag paraphernalia, the likes of which Walmart will stop selling. If that was our only flag, the implications of its removal would be complicated and highly suspicious of rewriting history.
But it is an adjunct flag, superfluous, mindful only of a divide.
We have a flag. Problem solved.
Now, as a result of the same evil force who shot up the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the spire of which is seen from everywhere in Charleston, local activists want to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. That is a problem.
The following item was posted on Next Door by Sally Rousse of Bryn Mawr.
There’s still hope for a better, safer SWLRT: Write or call City Council members THIS WEEK.
I attending the hearing at City Hall this past week and even though the subcommittee voted (3 of 5) in favor of forwarding the project to the entire City Council for municipal consent vote, one former “yes” became an abstainer. If his vote could change to a full “no” and there are 3 more who switch to “no”, municipal consent will be denied. SWLRT needs full municipal support from all five cities along the corridor. Denying consent will send a message to the FTA and the legislature and Hennepin County that the dangers of co-locating crude-oil-carrying freight along the 1.5 mile pinch point within the vulnerable Chain of Lakes where there is already contaminated soil and dewatering predicted alongside LRT will not be tolerated. Today, yet another derailment and fire in South Dakota. (see article way below)
Please, take the time to write or call each and every one of the 13 council members NOW, before next friday, September 25th, when the final vote occurs. Even if all you say is “please deny municipal consent, vote no.”
Here are two more well-crafted letters regarding the Crown project by major stakeholders. Both are dated August 27, 2015.
Attached is the 34-page document from Dept. of Interior to FERC which includes an excellent abstract of available historical data on St. Anthony Falls prepared by the Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District.
4:30 P.M. CLOSED SESSION for Discussion Regarding Proposed Workers Compensation Settlement and Proposed Settlement Agreement for 22 on the River
5:00 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at Park Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road, just north of Broadway Pizza. Visitors to Park Board meetings can find at the back of the meeting room the agenda book with all the printed materials for the meeting
5:30 P.M. OPEN TIME. Speakers can call 612-230-6400 before 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign up or they can sign up at the Board meeting prior to the start of “Open Time”
Listed below are some agenda items of interest:
The following article by Janet Moore was published in the September 16, 2015 edition of the Star Tribune.
Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hopkins Approve Scaled-back SWLRT Plans
PHOTO: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER
The Kenilworth Trail alongside a current freight train track that has been a proposed route for the Southwest Corridor light-rail line.
The scaled-down plans move through second approvals.
Three cities along the Southwest light-rail line have approved scaled-back plans for the controversial $1.77 billion transit project this week.
The public hearings and council votes were prompted by changes to the 14 ½-mile line, which will connect downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie beginning in 2020. Adjustments were necessary because the project’s budget ballooned last spring, prompting $250 million in cuts to get the line back on track.
State law requires that Hennepin County and the cities along the line — Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie — approve the changes and hold public hearings, after undergoing a similar process last year.
To continue reading, click on the link to the StarTribune
The following commentary by Chris Johnson was posted on the Minneapolis Issues List
(firstname.lastname@example.org) on September 17, 2015. Chris Johnson is a Fulton resident and a Co-founder of Park Watch.
Regarding the SWLRT Minneapolis Municipal Consent Hearing
From what I’ve read, it appears the fix is in for Minneapolis giving Municipal Consent. Minneapolis CMs have even said as much. How does that happen? If they’re worried about safety or any of the myriad of other problems with the Kenilworth route, why not withhold Consent? Is the fear of retribution by suburbs that great?
The following notice has been issued by the Park Board.
Reminder: CAC Meetings for Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Calhoun-Harriet Master Plan and Improvements will be meeting twice before the end of September:
Both meetings will be held in the Centrum Room of the Jones Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.
There will be an Open House at the Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave. S, Thursday evening, October 1 to review the material from both September CAC meetings.
Learn more about the project on our website.