Minneapolis City Council Continues to Battle Over... Its Sailboat Logo?

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The debate rages on

An attempt to update Minneapolis' blue and white, two-sailboat logo into a more colorful, cleaner look with just one sailboat has become mired in the stormy seas of petty municipal bureaucracy.

To recap: The new logo sailed through two different committees in February, but it ran aground before its final approval at the full city council meeting two weeks ago. Council Member Alondra Cano said the sailboat wasn't fully representative of all Minneapolis, and Council Member Andrew Johnson said it was unprofessional and inconsistent to phase a logo with one less sailboat in, potentially leaving the city with two logos with a different number of sailboats for decades.

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The Sailboats Survive: Minneapolis City Council Can't Agree on New City Logo

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This logo was simply too controversial

A seemingly simple decision to update Minneapolis' outdated, two-sailboat logo to a cleaner, more colorful one-sailboat version ran aground the shoals of controversy last Friday.

City Council Member Andrew Johnson was concerned people would get confused because the city planned to phase the new design in as stuff got replaced, rather than change everything bearing the city's logo all at once. By phasing in the new logo, Minneapolis could be stuck with two slightly different logos for years, even decades!

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Minneapolis Looking to Ban City Investment in Oil Companies

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It would join 37 other progressive cities around the country

Later this month Minneapolis will officially ban itself from investing in oil companies and encourage other organizations to do the same.

The city doesn't have any investments in oil right now anyway, so the initiative is largely symbolic. It's the latest progressive cause to gain traction in a recently elected City Council that passed measures during the last year banning styrofoam at restaurants, requiring ear plugs at rock shows and renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Lisa Bender Addresses Trolls, Explains Vote to Demolish Nicole Curtis's Beloved Orth House

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After the mayor and Curtis trade barbs, Bender responds

Lisa Bender had her reasons for voting to allow the demolition of Uptown's Orth House at 2320 Colfax Ave. The city staff she relies on recommended it and two different judges ruled against efforts to trying to stop it, giving property owner Michael Crow every right to knock the fire-damaged building down.

The city council member's decision made her a passionate set of enemies in reality TV star Nicole Curtis, thousands of her fans from across the country, and longtime neighborhood residents in favor of preservation and wary of change.

In a short essay published on her personal Facebook page yesterday, Bender addressed the "aggressive, sometimes violent rhetoric" those opponents used in voicing their angst over the loss of the old house, and expanded on her reasons for allowing the demolition.

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Mayor Hodges Calls Out Nicole Curtis on Facebook for Inciting Her Army of Trolls

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Curtis holding her dog during a candlelight vigil she held for 2320 Colfax last summer

Nicole Curtis, a reality TV star with about 725,000 Facebook fans, doesn't like Minneapolis City Council member Lisa Bender.

Curtis blames Bender for allowing a 122-year-old house (2320 Colfax, a.k.a. the Orth House) in Bender's ward to be demolished. Occasionally Curtis, who owns a home in Bender's ward, posts online to tell her massive fan base about how Bender lied and collaborated with developers so the house could be destroyed.

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Finally Cable Competition in Minneapolis? CenturyLink and Comcast Battle at City Hall

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"They're going to throw enough grenades into this process to see what explodes in the hope that they can delay our entry into the market"

For the first time in the city's history Minneapolis is poised to have competition in the cable market.

CenturyLink has been moving along a plan to offer its Prism cable TV service as a direct competitor to Comcast (soon to be spun off into a company called GreatLand Connections), but its plans have hit a snag at City Hall.

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GreatLand Connections May Soon Be Your New Cable Overlord

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Soon you may be cursing out GreatLand instead of Comcast
The Comcast-Time Warner merger would force Comcast out of the Twin Cities, at least in name.

In order to appease federal regulators Comcast is proposing to spin off 2.5 million customers covering 11 states (including Minnesota) into a new company called GreatLand Connections. GreatLand would be the fifth-largest cable company in the US, according to ArsTechnica. It would use Charter, which is also involved in the merger, to manage its operations, so don't hold your breath hoping for better customer service.

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Linea Palmisano Defends Controversial Cuts to Racial Equity, Clean Energy

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Palmisano says the city is already doing plenty to move racial equity and energy efficiency initiatives forward

One of the Minneapolis City Council's staunchest supporters of budget cuts says she has an elderly widow in her ward who needs a part-time job to pay for her skyrocketing property taxes.

"Yesterday I received an email from a woman named Lenore who is in her 70s," said southwest Councilwoman Linea Palmisano on tpt's Almanac program Friday night.

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Minneapolis Slashes Funding for Clean Energy Partnership Before Celebrated Initiative is Launched

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Is Minneapolis serious about reducing energy use?

On Monday the Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 to cut funding in half for its new "Clean Energy Partnership" before the award-winning initiative was even launched.

The city sent out a press release yesterday trumpeting its selection as one of the White House's 16 "Climate Action Champions," in large part due to the planned partnership between the city and its two major utility companies. Now a movement to cut property taxes by a few dollars has left it on the chopping block.

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Minneapolis Saves Average Homeowner $3 After Marathon Budget Debate

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Minneapolis City Hall

Nothing encapsulates the unfathomable tedium of city government quite like a year-end budget meeting.

On Monday the Minneapolis City Council spent more than three hours picking at the mayor's proposed budget in a mostly fruitless attempt to tamp down property taxes. At the end of the meeting a package cutting $620,000 barely passed on a 7-6 vote, saving the city's average homeowner roughly $3 on his or her annual property tax bill.

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