A 'kinder, gentler' Met Council?

Updated: Mar 9, 2019

Jessica Lee writes in MinnPost on March 7 that "Walz appointees promise kinder, gentler Met Council." Kinder and gentler than what?

Lee writes, "Looming in the backdrop of the leadership shift is a longstanding question about the regional body: If, or to what extent, the new members and Walz can placate those who, for years, have criticized the Met Council’s authority, because of its power and role in long-range policy planning despite it not being an elected body. Several Walz appointees are stressing their past elected offices, either as suburban mayors or city council members, and work in diverse communities, which they say can improve the Met Council’s reputation at the Capitol — and in their districts."

Lee provides a history of the 50-year-old body and introduces the members selected to represent Minneapolis:

Abdirahman Muse (District 8 - NE and SE)

Robert Lilligren (District 7 - north and south-central plus Robbinsdale)

Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson (District 6 - SW plus first-tier suburbs)

One of the biggest tasks immediately on the agenda? "The new members – who represent districts of roughly the same population – are inheriting several massive transportation projects from their predecessors. ... The council will also soon give final say on nearly 200 comprehensive plans from the countries [sic], cities and townships. 'That’s one of the things they’re going to have to start voting on right away,'  said Slawik, a former state legislator before her last job as mayor of Maplewood." [emphasis added]

The full article is HERE. Below is a map of Districts 6, 7, and 8.

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