Yesterday was an important election in the city of Minneapolis. In addition to electing 13 city council members and the mayor, Minneapolis residents weighed in on three important ballot measures.
- The “strong mayor” amendment passed.
- The public safety amendment was rejected.
- The rent control amendment passed.
We know that there have been many questions around what this means for the city and policing, and those will continue into the near future. At Meet Minneapolis, our efforts are focused on answering those questions for our staff, our partners and our clients.
Today, we are sending proactive communications to various stakeholders, including individually contacting each group that has asked questions or expressed concerns around public safety in Minneapolis. We have also updated the “Future of Public Safety in Minneapolis” information on our website.
In all of our communications, we are emphasizing that regardless of the outcome on the public safety charter amendment, Minneapolis officials and community members on both sides have spoken frequently that evolutions to public safety in the city need to continue, beyond the number of reforms that have already taken place.
We knew prior to the election that there would be changes to our Meet Minneapolis board due to the decision of some city council members to not seek re-election. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our council members for their service to the tourism and hospitality industry, especially during the last 18 months.
Sometimes leading a path forward means evaluating options and searching for other solutions. While our path forward may still present challenges, the goal of a more equitable and just city remains a bright light. We, and many others, will continue to strive for that future in our work every day and we thank you for your support and work to make this goal a reality.