Recorded Presentations

Did you miss presentations given during our monthly meetings or as part of our Sunday Series? Watch the recording instead.

Affordable Housing

Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo talks with the Como Community Council board about the county’s proposed HRA levy, which would raise $11 million a year dedicated to creating and maintaining affordable housing in Saint Paul and the suburbs. (May 18, 2021)

Wildlife in the City

Adam Robbins, natural resources supervisor for Parks and Recreation, explains how the city decides whether to interfere with nature, the federal and local laws it must follow, and what residents should and should not do if coming face to face with wild creatures. (May 5, 2021).

D10 2021 Annual Report

Como Community Council staff and board members talk about what we accomplished (or didn’t) in the past year — and what we’re working on for the next year. (April 2021)

Jumping Worms

In a presentation to District 10’s Environment Committee, Ryan Hueffmeier, a researcher in the University of Minnesota’s Jumping Worm’s Project, explains the threats jumping worms pose to Minnesota gardens, forests, and soils; how to find jumping worms; how to distinguish them from other earthworms; what to do if you do find them; how to prevent them from spreading; and how to report them to researchers. Here is additional information from from the U of M Extension on precautions to take when swapping plants, and advice on identifying and eliminating jumping worms from your property. (April 14, 2021)

Xcel Energy's Integrated Resources Plan

Annie Levenson-Falk, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, discusses Xcel’s plans for generating electricity for the next 15 years, and proposes an alternative that CUB believes will use more renewables, rely less on fossil fuels, and save customers money. (March 10, 2021)

Housing Stability

Saint Paul Ward 4 Councilmember Mitra Jalali discusses city and county efforts to provide more housing stability. Her conversation with District 10’s Anti-Racism Work Group covers the funding, policy, and political hurdles to reducing homelessness, creating more housing for a wider range of people, and preserving affordable housing; some of the innovative affordable housing options under consideration (and the challenges to making them happen); what’s necessary to change the hearts and minds of residents in communities such as Como to accept and advocate for a larger range of housing options; and the complexities that affect decisions by unhoused residents and the professionals trying to find appropriate indoor homes for them. (Jan. 27, 2021)

Rethinking I-94

Debbie Meister from Neighborhoods First gives the Como Community Council board an overview of how community organizations are attempting to influence MnDOT’s priorities and decisions along the I-94 corridor in Saint Paul. (Nov. 17, 2020)

October 2020 Anti-Racism Work Group Sunday Series

Mapping Prejudice
November 8, 2020
Rachel Neiwert)

Our Justice System & Race Equity
October 25, 2020
Richard McLemore II

Equity in Community
October 11, 2020 Lissa Jones-Lofgren

Redefinition of "family"

 Planner Michael Wade gives the Como Community Council’s Land Use Committee a presentation and answers questions about proposals to redefine “family” in the city zoning code. Any revision would change how many related adults and unrelated adults could legally constitute a household in Saint Paul. The intent, in theory, is to better accommodate multi-generational families, extended families, and families sharing living space in order to afford housing. (Nov. 4, 2020)

Unhoused residents

Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo gives the Como Community Council board an extensive overview of the county’s efforts to find housing for residents living on the streets. Those efforts include housing residents at Bethesda Hospital and at hotels such as the Best Western in Bandana Square. (Oct. 20, 2020)