Working for a Minneapolis where each of us has the freedom and opportunity to reach our individual potentials while caring for one another, improving our environment and promoting social well-being.
Focused not only on our immediate needs, but also on the future we want for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.
Dedicated to using the values of Social and Economic Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Community Based Economics, and Respect for Diversity to guide his work.
For the latest news from Cam Gordon, see the Second Ward e-Update.
The Second Ward occupies the Eastern-Central part of Minneapolis and straddles the East and West banks of the iconic Mississippi River gorge. It includes a diverse mix of residential, institutional, industrial and commercial land uses with some of the highest density housing outside of downtown, flourishing low density residential neighborhoods, thriving and underutilized industrial areas and major commercial corridors like University Ave and East Lake Street. It is also home to several significant institutions including the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. For more information about the people and places of Ward 2, see our Ward 2 Planning Department Profile and our Regulatory Services 2016 Report.
Adult Entertainment Regulation Ordinance
I have finalized a draft for public review of the adult entertainment ordinance amendments I have been working on for the last year. It uses information gathered from two studies and several inspections that found unsafe, unsanitary and exploitative conditions in Minneapolis adult entertainment businesses. The studies included surveys of entertainers working in the establishments and meetings with worker representatives. The ordinance is an effort to protect the safety of workers and prevent them from being subjected to exploitation, discrimination or abuse. I have crafted ordinance changes in cooperation with entertainers to include stronger financial, health and safety protections. There will be a public hearing on this matter at the Public Health, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee at 1:30 on August 12 in the Council Chambers. You can find an overview of the issue and new standards here and the ordinance draft here.
Proposal to Add 400 Police Officers.
I was surprised to learn last week that our Police Chief is advocating for four hundred new police officers in Minneapolis. I was not surprised that the Chief wanted more officers. This has been the norm among all of the Chiefs I have worked with in City Hall over the past 12 years. But I did find the number alarming, especially since he was not requesting it last year and crime rates and other factors don’t seem to indicate a need that is that great. I believe that we need to think more carefully about such large investments and how we can use our resources not only to manage problems but also to prevent them. For my full statement regarding my reaction to the this proposal go here.
Ward 2 Neighborhoods
Ward 2 Neighborhoods
Last updated Sep 13, 2019