#BlongNBetsysFortress: Minneapolis Residents Show Up to Defeat $605K Payday for 4th Pct

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Minneapolis, MN – On December 9, 2015, with about two hours notice, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges and Northside city council member Blong Yang floated a vague proposal to throw $605,000 at upgrading the formerly besieged 4th Precinct facility.

Over a hundred community members packed the City Council meeting and eventually forced the planned amendment to be shelved:

Minneapolis residents called out this diversion of resources as better being utilized to bolster sustainable economic development on the Northside.

This chunk of change accompanied a major increase in the city property tax levy hitting apartments particularly hard according to a Star Tribune article. As of 9:41pm the headline included the word “angry” to describe activists however they pulled that word from the page moments ago.

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During the meeting, the voting for the $605,000 proposal was seemingly segmented into two pieces; the first segment, for $305,000, was geared towards “implicit bias” training and garnered “Yes” votes by every member of the Minneapolis City Council except Alondra Cano:

https://twitter.com/mnnoc/status/674796095315140609

The meeting extended four hours before the plans of the $605,000 amendment were scrapped. The hashtag #BlongNBetsysFortress trended both locally and nationally.

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