A review of pivotal moments during his three terms.
Created by smack21 on Aug 1, 2013
Last updated: 12/06/13 at 12:57 PM
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Rybak said the five-block Ryan Cos. proposal working its way through the city approval process will catalyze new development in the area.
“I always joke that the Metrodome was like a spaceship dropped into the neighborhood and everyone ran away from it,” he said. “This is going to be like a spaceship too, but instead everyone will be drawn to it out of curiosity.”
The agreement calls for the City of Minneapolis to pay $48.5 million, the Timberwolves and the Lynx to pay $43 million and AEG to pay $5.5 million.
Rybak announces his next position, noting that he'll also teach a "Mayor 101" class at the University of Minnesota.
“Improving education for all children is clearly the civil rights issue of our time, and there is almost no region in the country that has to close a wider gap than Minneapolis–Saint Paul,” he said.
Rybak marries the first couple at midnight Aug. 1, the moment the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect.
The mayor said he was "appalled and disgusted" by two Minneapolis police officers who allegedly got into a scuffle, used racial slurs and made derogatory comments about the Minneapolis Police Chief.
Rivera-Vandermyde is founding partner of Indigo Enterprises, a Minnesota-based consulting firm, and she previously worked for 10 years to reform healthcare delivery in the Puerto Rican correctional system.
Rybak imagines that it's 2025, the city's population is 450,000, streetcars are running, and North Minneapolis is booming.
Obama gave a speech and discussed gun violence in a private roundtable with people including Rybak, Police Chief Janee Harteau, Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and victims of the Accent Signage shooting.
The orchestra performed their Grammy-nominated Sibelius symphonies.
Rybak visited Washington as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns
The City Council quickly passed a 1.7 percent tax levy increase. More funding for police and fire services adds 10 new officers to the force.
Concerts are canceled as the musicians and board fail to reach an agreement on wages.
Upon learning of his dismissal, Accent Signage employee Andrew Engeldinger shot and killed five people before taking his own life.
The divided council approves the deal, which Rybak has strongly advocated. The city's contribution would add up to $678 million between 2013 and 2046.
Harteau joined the force in 1987 and rose through the ranks in narcotics, organized crime and license investigation units, becoming the Downtown 1st Precinct Inspector in 2006, deputy chief of patrol in 2009, and assistant chief in 2010.
North Minneapolis lost 11 percent of its population in the last decade, Rybak said.
“If the city wants to grow, the key will be North Minneapolis,” he said.
Hanson Willis previously served as Rybak's chief of staff.
Following Fire Chief Alex Jackson's retirement, Rybak nominated Fruetel, a firefighter for 31 years who most recently worked as an emergency preparedness training manager.
The budget included $150 million in street improvements over the next five years.
Rybak and Council President Barb Johnson released financing plans for three different "People's Stadiums" in Minneapolis. The site options were located near the Basilica, the Lyndale Farmers Market site or the Metrodome.
The nominee is Gregory Stubbs, who served as director of growth and resource management for Volusia County, Fla.
The new law allows breweries to sell pints of beer onsite. "We’re making it easier for Minnesota beer drinkers to drink Minnesota beer and create jobs here," Rybak said.
Violent crime dropped 15 percent from 2010 levels, a decline for the fifth year in a row.
The tornado devastated a section of North Minneapolis with high percentages of poverty and unemployment.
Rybak's hybrid vehicle for official travel was converted to a plug-in by Minneapolis startup ReGo Electric Conversions.
Rybak, the U.S. Attorney and Hennepin County Attorney announce "Project Minneapolis Exile," an effort to seek the toughest possible sentences for illegal gun trafficking.
Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced the launch of Thinc.Green, a plan to attract green manufacturing jobs to the region.
A Hennepin County District Court judge ruled that two closed pension funds must recover more than $52 million in overpayments of benefits improperly paid out since 2000.
The supplemental budget closed a $9 million budget gap caused by state cuts in local government aid.
Federal Neighborhood Stabilization funds help pay for the redevelopment of demolished or vacant properties, and the acquisition of foreclosed or abandoned properties.
With the city reeling from job losses and foreclosures, Rybak said he is focused on job placement programs and finding funding for community development.
Rybak bet Nagin that the Vikings would win the NFC championship, betting donated Electric Fetus CDs that represent the city's music scene. When the Vikings lost, Rybak planned to send Brother Ali's "Us," Mason Jennings' "Blood of Man," and Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 1, according to the Pioneer Press.
Rybak said the city had undergone much in his last term:
"We survived the collapse of a bridge and the collapse of an economy, and still delivered real results that have made thousands of lives better. Minneapolis is a great city that has proven that we can do great things in spite of a crisis — and sometimes because of one. Some critics will say that an economic crisis is no time to think big, no time to invest, no time to plan for the future. But we have proven them wrong before and it's time to do so again."
The U.S. Department of Justice modified a stimulus grant, allowing 13 rehires. The city's Department of Regulatory Services provided funding to hire two more officers working on animal control and problem properties.
The Minneapolis Police Department prepared to lay off 25 sworn officers and 31 non-sworn positions.
Property tax bills were set to increase 2.2 percent for the average homeowner, 4 percent less than expected thanks to a court ruling that decreased the city's pension obligations.
The City Council approves Rybak’s 2010 budget for the city, which trims about $100 million from the revised 2009 budget passed in February. The budget requires Minneapolis Police to lay off 25 worn officers and 31 other positions. It also reorganizes the Civil Rights Department’s Complaint Investigation Commission.
After investigating claims that Rybak’s just-completed campaign for a third term as mayor was really the start of his statewide run for governor, the state’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board fines his gubernatorial campaign $26,500, which must be repaid to his mayoral campaign.
The announcement everyone has been waiting for: In an e-mail to supporters, Rybak announces he’s filed paperwork to form the R.T. Rybak for Governor Committee.
Rybak nets 74 percent of first-choice votes for mayor in the first-ever Minneapolis election to use ranked-choice voting.
Rumors have been swirling for months already about the mayor’s aspirations for higher office when its reported Rybak has told a group of supporters at a suburban gathering he is “very likely” to run for governor.
Rybak, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan and the City Council gather to announce a record drop in violent crime citywide. They credit a focus on juvenile offenders.
Rybak’s bid for a third term as mayor wins endorsement at the Minneapolis DFL convention.
In a video posted online to YouTube and his campaign website, Rybak announces he will run for a third term as mayor of Minneapolis.
A citywide initiative focused on expanding access to sustainable, locally grown foods. Rybak reportedly is inspired to launch the initiative by his wife, Megan O’Hara, a local foods advocate.
The effects of a global economic crisis — soon to be known as the Great Recession — hit home. After adopting Rybak’s 2009 budget, the City Council unanimously votes to adopt a hiring freeze.
An 11–1 City Council vote creates the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission and Neighborhood Community Relations Department, which together will replace NRP, the 20-year program that funneled $290 million to neighborhoods. More than half of that money was invested in housing improvements.
The I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge opens after less than one year of construction and just 414 days after the bridge that previously spanned the river collapsed, killing 13 people.
Rybak was an early supporter of Barack Obama, who is nominated by the party for president. The Minneapolis mayor is co-chair of the Minnesota delegation.
Minneapolis hosts the quadrennial gathering of the GOP, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the party’s 2008 nominee for president, and Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s pick for vice president.