Minneapolis Business at Site of George Floyd Killing Threatens to Sue City over ‘Autonomous Zone’

The owner of a grocery store at the site of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis, Minn., has threatened to sue the mayor and city council over the establishment of an “autonomous zone” that the owner says is hurting businesses in the area, KTSP News reported on Thursday.

a person standing in front of a store: A local resident stands in front of a makeshift memorial honoring George Floyd, at the spot where he was taken into custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1, 2020.

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A local resident stands in front of a makeshift memorial honoring George Floyd, at the spot where he was taken into custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1, 2020.

Employees of the Cup Foods grocery store called police in May after Floyd allegedly attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill during a purchase. The officers who responded have now been indicted for causing Floyd’s death. The killing sparked massive riots in the city during which arsonists destroyed businesses as well as the city’s third police precinct.


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City seeks input on rival development proposals for long-vacant property

Residents in and around Encanto have an opportunity to provide input on two redevelopment proposals for a vacant lot that’s poised to become a catalyst for economic and employment opportunities in southeastern San Diego.

The city launched an online open house this week to showcase two proposals for the Valencia Business Park: a healthcare center or a renewable energy business hub. Community members can weigh in on concepts through Oct. 14.

The 4.3-acre lot along Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue has been vacant for more than 20 years. City leaders anticipate that developing the land will create economic opportunities for the area, which is a federally designated promise zone.

“It will have an economic impact no matter what project is chosen, but it will also have an impact of pride for the surrounding areas,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe, who represents the neighborhood.

The two proposals differ in the vision

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Cap Times Idea Fest: The economic downturn is hitting Madison Latinos hard. Here’s what the city can do. | Neighborhoods

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Eugenia Podestá, senior director of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship at Vital Voices Global Partnership and co-owner of Synergy Coworking is seen here at Synergy Coworking in 2017. 

Ramon Ortiz, vice chair of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, said the pandemic has “peeled back the veneer of civilized society,” highlighting disparities across the country. In Wisconsin, where Hispanic and Asian or Asian American residents are among the fastest-growing populations, he said, those fighting for equality must understand the backdrop for their struggle. 

Wisconsin “has one of the greatest racial disparities between Black and white,” Ortiz said. “It has yet to even grapple with that, let alone try to address the complexity of Latinos and Asians within this new milieu of race and politics.”

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Ramon Ortiz, shown here in a 2016 file photo, is

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City of San Diego hosting virtual open house for 2 Encanto business park proposals

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The City of San Diego began a virtual open house Monday to solicit public input for two potential uses for a vacant lot in the Encanto community.

The city is asking the public to consider two redevelopment proposals for the Valencia Business Park located at Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue.

Located in the federally designated San Diego Promise Zone, the Valencia Business Park has been vacant for more than 20 years. According to the city, the community-focused redevelopment is moving forward and expected to create at least 72 full-time jobs.

“For years, the vision for Southeastern San Diego has included activating the Imperial Avenue Corridor and development of the Valencia Business Park property,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe. “We are energized to take another crucial step in this process and get vital input from our community on this redevelopment, as we see this vision come to

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