I am so pleased to welcome Margarita Ortega as the new Ninth Ward Policy Aide. Margarita is pictured above with me and Senior Policy Aide Aisha Gomez in front of one of the beautiful works of art that makes our community so vibrant - the mural in the Green Central School cafeteria by Goodspace murals
Photo by Sam Gould
Dear Neighbors,
Welcome to 2017! 
During what has been a difficult time for our country I want us to acknowledge and celebrate all that we have accomplished together this year, including:
  • Passed Paid Sick and Safe time so that Minneapolis families don't have to choose between their health or a paycheck.  
  • Completed a minimum wage study and took steps towards a Citywide minimum wage policy.
  • Voted to let the people have a say on the minimum wage and police insurance issues; although we were not successful in these efforts I was proud to stand with you.
  • Adopted a complete streets policy that prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. 
  • Supported the work of the Minneapolis Green Zones Workgroup which is developing a Green Zones policy recommendation for the City Council to consider in 2017.
  • Launched MPLS 2040, the City's comprehensive plan that serves as the legal guide for development over the next 20 years, at the Global Market. Pangea World Theater and Lake Street Arts! are working to bring diverse communities in South Minneapolis into this process through a National Endowment of the Arts grant and partnership with the City of Minneapolis that my office helped to secure.
  • Approved the Cooperative Agreement between the City and County to break ground on the new Hennepin County facility and future home of the Midtown Farmers Market at Hiawatha and East Lake Street setting us on course to add local and diverse business presence on East Lake Street and hundreds of mixed income housing units.
  • Took steps toward improving the pedestrian and bicycle experience at the intersection of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue. 
  • Brought together many neighbors, MPD, and other partners to work on Crime and Safety including commercial sexual exploitation. This includes our work with the City Attorney's office to develop a pre-charge diversion program for women victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Secured resources in the Mayor's budget to support community organizations in doing direct street outreach to women in commercial sexual exploitation as well as additional officers to expand the Beat officer program. 
  • Supported innovative violence prevention programs, including securing $250,000 for anti-violence efforts in Little Earth and East Phillips.
  • Continued to support anti-gentrification efforts by supporting affordable housing investments, including preserving existing affordable housing, advocating for renters rights, and leading discussions about alternative economic models designed to root wealth in low-income communities and communities of color. This will also bear fruit as we approve our infill housing program for long-term affordable housing options in South Minneapolis.
  • Passed a 20 year plan to improve our Parks and Streets. I am proud that I was able to advocate for the inclusion of specific racial equity criteria for the funding that will bring more than $1 Million in investment in the Ninth Ward parks that would not have otherwise been allocated.
  • Stood with the water protectors at Standing Rock, passing a resolution of support and using the budget process to examine the possibility of divesting from the banks that support pipelines.

In the face of disturbing normalization of division and hate at the national level, our work together in community takes on a new urgency.  In this new year, our resistance must grow stronger and our communities must grow closer.I am so proud to work with you and for you on all of these issues and so many others that are important to us.
As always, please reach out to our office with your feedback, ideas, and comments,
Check out my appearannce on KFAI's Truth to Tell diiscussing sanctuary as a moral committment and a practical strategy in these times.
I hope you can join me at this community conversation hosted by our friends at the Abubakar-As-Siddique Islamic Center. All are welcome!
Thursday, January 19
5:30 p.m.
Abubakar-As-Siddique Islamic Center
2824 13th Avenue South 
After the daytime events on Inauguration Day, come join community members and organizations from all around the Twin Cities as we gather to recognize and explore the incredible strength, resourcefulness, creativity, and resilience of a connected, collaborative community. 

This family-friendly festival of solidarity will be happening both inside the two-story Las Mojarras building and outside. You read that right: part of the January 20th festival will be outside. Despite the cold, we will be keeping warm with hot food and drinks, street heaters and the warmth of fellow community members. 
Inside there'll be plenty of opportunities to find more warmth and fulfillment with music, theatrical performances, powerful stories, community resources, and opportunities to learn and become connected with initiatives that will help support a more fair, just and sustainable life for all.
As a connected and collaborative community, there's nothing we cannot accomplish. See you there!
Friday, January 20
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Las Mojarras Restaurante
1507 East Lake Street
The East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC) is seeking community members to join the board. EPIC is the official neighborhood organization for East Phillips and they provide important opportunities for community engagement and connection to all residents. As a board member you would help make decisions about the direction of the the organization and identify programming needed in the community. If you're interested please check out the 2016 EPIC Board Member Nomination Forms.
Beyond Repair & Eastlake Craft Brewery are collaborating towards an on-going platform to democratically fund neighbor devised and implemented projects for the Ninth Ward that energize creative strategies supporting well-being and personal freedom against racism, xenophobia and misogyny. 

Join us on at the brewery. Tell your friends. Drink some delicious beer. Propose a project. Win some money. Do some good with it. Come back next time and tell us what's what. 
Friday, January 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Eastlake Craft Brewery
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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:
City staff are moving forward with a plan to develop a citywide minimum wage. As you know I strongly support a $15 minimum wage with no penalty for tipped workers and an implementation schedule that protects our beloved local business community. 
A number of community conversations with workers and businesses that will inform the development of this policy have been planned. Check them out on the City website and plan to participate. 
Read the recently released minimum wage study.
Stay connected with local efforts to raise the wage by following 15 Now Minnesota, NOC, and CTUL.
The topic of this first community meeting will be youth issues/opportunities in Central. This means that we are inviting several neighborhood groups to present their programs and have a short discussion with community members and CANDO board members. Afterwords we will have breakout Taskforce meetings at which those who want to continue the discussion can do so. 
Tuesday, January 17
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
CANDO space
3715 Chicago Avenue South 
Join with community the day before the Presidential inauguration in the Capitol rotunda to lift up a new vision for our state. Our Minnesota: A Shared Vision for an Equitable State. This document is the product of bringing together community members to discuss what needs to happen to close the gaps, build wealth and make our state a great place for people of color to thrive. Performances, speakers, and more!
Thursday, January 19
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
MN State Capitol Rotunda
City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
LatinoLEAD is hiring an Executive Director
Call (612) 673-2209
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