One reason I love my job as the editor of Southwest Voices is I get to report on street art and vegetarian hoagies. On Saturday I walked around the LynLake area and visited with many street artists as they painted murals for the LynLake Street Art Series.
I met Ewok, a major influencer in street art (no big deal!). He got his start in Minneapolis in the 90s when he moved up here for school from the Milwaukee area. For the young kids out there looking for a purpose, he said to grab on to whatever you love doing in high school and find a way to survive doing that (For a 9th grade project, I pretended to be a MTV VJ reporting on the crises in Tibet, so I think I ended up where I need to be).
I also ran into Jessica Turtle who now lives near Franconia but previously did a lot of street art in the Twin Cites. She was zoned out listening to music as she painted in the hot sun.
After talking with a group of artists working on a loon mural, I walked down to Chicago's Very Own and ate *the best* Beyond Steak (veggie) hoagy. I am sure the carnivore versions are just as delicious. Check them out the next time you are in the area.
If you checked out the LynLake Street Art series this weekend, shoot us a note and let us know what you discovered!
At the Hennepin County board meeting last week, a public defender spoke with the board members about jury pool diversity. Read Josh Martin's meeting recap to learn how utilizing tax records may help. Josh also explained the purpose of county boards.
Monday Meeting Review
Minneapolis City Council and committees
The Policy & Government Oversight committee meets today at 1:30 p.m. Rachel Moran, law professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School, and Abigail Cerra, lawyer and former chair of the Police Conduct and Oversight Commission, will present to the committee on police accountability and public access to misconduct records.
The Planning Commission meets at 4:30 p.m. today. On the agenda is a public hearing about a development at 3554 Girard Ave. S that was approved via the 2040 Plan but, due to a recent court ruling, may be delayed. Therefore, city staff is asking for the hearing to be delayed until the next commission meeting on Aug. 1, in hopes of an update from the court.
The Committee of the Whole meets at 1:30 on Tuesday.
The full City Council meets on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
You can access the meetings on City Council TV or the City's YouTube channel.
Tomorrow the following Hennepin County committees meet: Administration, Libraries & Budget, Health and Human Services, Law, Safety & Justice, Public Works, and Housing and Development. Agendas and details can be found here.
Hennepin County meetings can be watched live via Microsoft Teams and meetings recordings are also made available.
The Met Council's Committee of the Whole meeting for this week is cancelled. A host of committees are meeting this week including the Green Line Disadvantaged Business Enterprise & Workforce Advisory Committee.
Agenda links include a YouTube video that goes live for each meeting.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board & Minneapolis Public Schools School Board
No meetings until August.
LINK ROUNDUP 🔗
Wedge LIVE! talked with Minneapolis Parks Commissioner Tom Olsen at Hidden Beach on Cedar Lake about planned improvements to the beach area and "beach politics" in the neighborhood. (Wedge LIVE!)
Did you lose your keys near 35th and Emerson? (NextDoor)
Calling all gardeners/bee and butterfly lovers: The Interagency Pollinator Protection Team is a great name for a superhero group and also a real organization that is creating an action plan to protect bees and butterflies. They want your input on what you think works! (Minnesota Environmental Quality Board)
A local Redditor is looking for a pharmacy recommendation.(Reddit)
COMMUNITY RESOURCES ✊
There is a heat advisory in effect now until tomorrow at 6 pm. Stay cool indoors at a place with air conditioning or at a local wading pool. And check on your neighbors. Hennepin County has a map of cooling places that you can share with others, too.
The Lyndale 4-3 conversion pilot construction is now underway. The conversion includes resurfacing and restriping Lyndale from Franklin Ave. to 31st Street, so practice patience as you travel down Lyndale. We will update you again when the construction is complete.
The State of Minnesota has a resource page about monkeypox that includes information on testing and reporting cases. The page is technically for health professionals, but it's always good to see how they are talking about contagious viruses.