Council Member Alondra Cano welcomed a discussion about the much needed improvements for the intersection at East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue. Pictured above at the permanent home of the Midtown Farmers Market we thank County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, the City of Minneapolis' new Public Works Director Robin Hutcheson and Cororan Neighborhood Organization for co-hosting this event and helping to lead the conversation. 
Dear Neighbors,
It is budget season! This means that Mayor Hodges has submitted her proposed budget for 2017 and delivered her budget address which highlighted new investments that she is proposing. The entire proposed budget has been posted online.
The next step is for each Department in the City to present their proposed budget to the City Council budget subcommittee, you can find the whole schedule for these presentations on the City website. There will be public hearings in November and December after which the City Council will modify and vote to adopt a final budget. 
If you have questions about your property tax liability please consult the City webiste or contact our office.
I encourage you to let me know what you think about the proposed budget. I will be sharing more information and my thoughts as we move through the process. 
Dear friends - I wanted to be sure you did not miss out on this opportunity to keep growing the movement to raise the wage. As you know, thousands and thousands of Minneapolis residents agree that the rent can't wait and that we have to raise the minimum wage to help our working families be able to afford basic necessities - from school supplies, to food on the table and helping women get out of poverty.
The City of Minneapolis has tentatively scheduled a presentation on the City study we commissioned for Wednesday, October 5th during our Committee of the Whole meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. As soon as we have more details about the confirmed date and time we will let you know, but for now, please put a hold on your calendars so you can be sure to join us for this significant study release and report by the researchers who put the study together. Onwards!
Join us! Roof Depot Re-Development Tour
My office continues to advance the struggle to grow our city equitable. As many of you recall, our Ninth Ward office was staunchly opposed to the further concentration of industrial uses in the East Phillips community - a community that has one of the city's highest numbers of people of color, immigrant families, Indigenous residents and also one of the most environmentally polluted neighborhoods. The City Council voted to approve the establishment of the City's wateryard and maintenance facility in East Phillips. But we're not giving up. The Transit Oriented Development future of East Phillips is one that needs to be guided by the community. Phillips neighbors have already shared their vision of a green jobs facility with biking amenities and urban food centers. We need to continue to find a way forward for this dream but we can only do this with you.
On Thursday we will host a tour of the seven acre Roof Depot site with City staff and the design team who has been hired by the City to come up with a building concept. Please join us to provide feedback, ask questions and voice your opinion on the City's planned re-development plans. You can also use this opportunity to continue to build on the Green Zones future and green jobs campaign that many area residents want to see come to fruition. We will meet at the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility in the second floor meeting room and then walk over to the Roof Depot building. There will also be a van ride to accommodate those who cannot walk to the site. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 29
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Hiawatha Maintenance Facility
1901 E 26th St, Minneapolis
Minnesotans have a chance to be the first in the nation to cast a ballot in this year's general election when in-person early voting starts on Friday, September 23. Minneapolis voters can go to any of the four Early Vote Centers located around the city to cast their ballot early, starting on this day.
If you don't live in Minneapolis, visit to find where you can go to vote early by in-person absentee ballot. 
All four Early Vote Centers will be open:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third St.
North Minneapolis, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. in the Urban League building
South Minneapolis: 1860 E. 28th St. in the Roof Depot building
Northeast Minneapolis: 2516 Central Ave. NE. in the Water Bar building
The Central Neighborhood is hosting a fair for neighbors to get informed and connect to programs, community non-profits, social justice campaigns, new development projects, the Green Central Park re-design plan and much more.

Bring the kids to play games and win prizes, ride the BMX / Skate ramp, be creative with a quilting project, screen-printing, dancing and poetry activities. Eat great barbecue and veggies from their community gardeners. Buy some great crafts and vintage treasures at the flea market.

To donate prizes, lead an activity, or to volunteer you can reach Eduardo at
Saturday, September 24
12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Green Central Park Elementary
Photo credit Joe Bursky, Creative Commons
Calling all water protectors! Join Susan Raffo and Ellen Hinchcliffe as they host  an evening of poetry, song, dance and story to raise money for the Sacred Stone Camp and Indigenous resistance against the Dakota Access fracked crude oil pipeline. Funds will also help Indigenous Roots' efforts to send a group of youth to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
Artists featured include Sharon Day, Marcie Rendon, Maryanne and Sergio Quiroz, Irna Landrum, Mankwe Ndosi, Aurora Levins Morales, Coya White Hat-Artichoker and more. Join these artivists as they help raise the much needed money, awareness and energy for this Indigenous-led resistance and vision.
Sunday, September 25 
Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Pangea World Theater, 711 E. Lake Street

Donate to the Youth standing in solidarity with Standing Rock.
Learn more about the international movement to protect our waters.
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
Updates & Events:
SAVE THE DATE! The research team hired by the City of Minneapolis to do a study on the impacts of a $12 and a $15 minimum wage at both the city and regional level are tentatively scheduled to present on their findings in two weeks.
Wed., October 5 at 10:00 a.m. during Committee of the Whole.
We will send you an update on the confirmed date and time of the study presentation as soon as possible.
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota
Twin Cities youth want to travel to Standing Rock to show their support against the Dakota Access pipeline. Youth will meet with high school students from the Standing Rock reservation High School and volunteer throughout the weekend to give the main volunteers a break.

Funds raised will go towards renting a charter bus, supplies for the youth and donations for Standing Rock.
Friday, September 23
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S.
Join hundreds of environmental justice advocates and scientists from all over the country at the Environmental Justice, Science, and Democracy Forum. This evening will offer a unique opportunity to join leading voices nationwide to explore ways community groups and scientists can forge positive relationships to tackle pressing environmental justice issues. 

Free event and open to the public! Space is limited, please RSVP
Thursday, September 22
6:00 p.m. 
The Lake Street Council is hosting a workshop for individuals who are interested in exploring options for leadership on boards and committees. Share your passions and ideas. Consider applying for boards and commissions that match your interests with upcoming opportunities on any of the City of Minneapolis' Boards and Commissions
Tuesday, September 27
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Urban Ventures, 2924 S. 4th Ave.
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for Election Judges and for a Director of Long Range Planning.
Banyan is hiring for a Physical Education Specialist.
Achieve Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director.
Call (612) 673-2209
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