Our City's first African American Police Chief presents changes to policing
Our City's first African American Police Chief presents changes to policing
Immigrant owned restaurants in the Ninth Ward will be sharing a diverse sampling of their menu items at Moon Palace Books August 10. Visual art from local artist Cori Lynn will be on display (pictured above) and will help us examine the immigrant and refugee experience through both illustration and interviews with local restauranteurs. 
Dear Neighbors,
I wanted to take a moment to remind you to join us at any one of our upcoming Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee meetings to share your voice with our Committee's members.
At our meeting today on Wednesday, July 31st at 10:00 a.m. we will be joined by our City's first African American police leader, Chief Medaria Arradondo, who will give us a presentation about the concrete and tangible changes he has helped our Police Department achieve. Many of these accomplishments are transforming the way policing works in Minneapolis, from increasing the diversity of our officers to providing more holistic training for our peace officers so they can better serve our community. All together, these changes are institutionalizing the demands our community has made so we can cultivate a culture of respect, compassion, and accountability for our residents. You can learn more about today's meeting by accessing the Committee's agenda on the City's website or you join us for the discussion in person by coming to the Council Chambers. If you're watching from home, you can livestream the presentation by accessing the City's Minneapolis Council TV.
If you were not able to tune in to today's presentation, there are more opportunities for you to come share your voice with our Public Safety Committee and to gather information about the work we're leading on this topic. Feel free to save the date for our next Public Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. where we anticipate a presentation on how our officers are using their body worn cameras for greater accountability and transparency.
Lastly, please also consider tuning in to Mayor Jacob Frey's budget address on Thursday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. The address will take place in the Council Chambers in City Hall. This will be an opportunity to hear about the wide array of strategies that our Mayor is proposing to fund to create a more safe, peaceful, and loving community for everyone that calls Minneapolis home.
I look forward to seeing you at any one of our meetings so we can hear from you and work together on this year's budget process.
In an attempt to provide redress for systemic and historical racial disparities that exist in Minneapolis, the City Council has taken the first step in approving strategic goals presented by the city's first Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan (SREAP). The first four year phase of this plan will embed racial equity principles into all aspects of the city's work by increasing equitable outcomes in rental housing, business ownership, and youth community engagement. Specific goals in these issue areas are as follows:
  • Reducing involuntary displacement in rental housing for black, indigenous and people of color communities.
  • Increasing the number of Minneapolis-based businesses owned by black, indigenous and people of color; and increase businesses with black, indigenous and people of color ownership that are still in business after five years.
  • Increasing the number of black, indigenous and people of color ages 10 to 24 years living in higher violence areas of Minneapolis who participate in high quality youth programs. 
In addition delivering results in meaningful ways around these goals, the city will work to enhance standards through which it can objectively view racially disaggregated data in order to better inform decision making around equity in the city and budgetary needs. We look forward to seeing this work grow as actionable steps are developed to bring these important goals in fruition. 
Learn more about the plan on the City of Minneapolis' website.
Summer can be one of the hungreiest seasons for kids who may not be able to count on a school lunch. Funded by the USDA, administered by state agencies and in partnership with Second Harvet Heartland and community sites such as Powderhorn Park and Bancroft Elementary kids can access healthy food and fun with nieghbors and classmates.
For kids who are eligible for meals at no cost during the school year, families can easily find summer meals in their community by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877. Help spread the word! this is a great community resource for meals offered across our city. Learn more on the No Kid Hungry website.
This past Monday, workers and community members rallied in Council Chambers and in City Hall to raise awareness about wage theft. The City's forthcoming ordinance on this issue will strengthen the application of local laws for Minneapolis workers.
I am proud that we as a City are going up to bat for workers boldly on wage theft protections and I thank Council Member Linea Palmisano, Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, and Council Member Steve Fletcher for their work in leading this initiative. We as local government have an opportunity to set an example as the largest municipality in the state and our message is clear: we are serious about protecting workers and their hard earned money.
You can track the progess and process of this ordinance on the City's Legislative Information Management System (LIMS).
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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.
Applications are being accepted by the State of Minnesota to fill key roles on the opioid stewardship advisory council. It is this body's responsibility to provide recommendations and oversee the legally mandated  statewide effort to address  the opioid crisis. 
Importantly, this committee will provide oversight to funds housed in the state's "opioid stewardship account." The opioid stewardship account is funded through fees placed upon opioid manufacturers in the state of Minnesota under HF 400.
Passed in the 2019 legislative session and signed into law by the Governor this Spring, HF 400 not only establishes this council, but expands statewide treatment resources, better tools social services facing the brunt of the crisis, is charged with increasing public awareness around opioid addiction, and expands access and training for those who administer "opioid antagonist" drugs such as naloxone. 
Please click here if your background in health or past work with affected communities leaves you well qualified to represent one of the eleven positions offered. 
Tuesday, August 6th will be the 37th annual National Night Out. Last year, more than 1,600 individual block party events registered with the City! 
National Night Out is an opportunity to enjoy the summer while getting to know your neighbors better. Some blocks set up games, bouncy castles for kids, and encourage people to play their musical instruments. This is your night, enjoy it! 
Join us at Powderhorn Park for one of the most sought after summer events in South Minneapolis: the Powderhorn Art Fair! In its 28th year, the event will bring 200 and more artists plust 20 food vendors together to share in the talent and diversity of our rich arts community.
To learn more about the fair or sign up to be a volunteer click here.

Saturday, August 3
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 4
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Park, Mpls
NeDA, or the Neighborhood Development Alliance, will be offering the Workshop for First Home Buyers in Spanish. Participants must be present during both seesions in order to recieve the certification of completion that applys to most assistnce priograms for home buyers. The total cost is $40 per family. To register, call at 651-292-0131, or register online.

Saturday, August 17
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
481 Wabasha St., St. Paul  
Call (612) 673-2209
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