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NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
Alondra celebrates being honored with the 2015 Social Justice Award by the Minnesota Women's Consortium with Iris Altamirano, Gloria Contraras Edin, and Senator Melisa Lopez Franzen
MIDTOWN FARMERS MARKET DEVELOPMENT
Dear Neighbors,
As I mentioned in my 2015 recap, the development of the site at 2225 East Lake Street, the home of the Midtown Farmers Market, has been a top priority during my first year in office. From the time I was sworn in I have been meeting consistently with Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County, and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) to develop a shared vision for this project.
Hennepin County plans to purchase and lead redevelopment of the 6.5 acre property, currently owned by Minneapolis Public Schools. The first phase of construction, slated to begin this year, would build a Hennepin County Family Service Center and County offices, new retail, new housing, and new streets and parking. Two or three additional phases of construction would build a public plaza for the Midtown Farmers Market and other public uses, and additional housing and parking.
In some ways I am coming into this process late; neighbors in the Corcoran community have been working for more than a decade to develop the plan for this site that we are now seeing come to fruition. It has been my honor to join the Corcoran Neighborhood and many deeply engaged community residents over the past year in robust discussions about accessibility, business development, racial equity, and sustainability.
There are many ways for you to participate in the discussion about the future of this site which is so important for all of our Southside communities. I hope that you can join me next week for a community open house with opportunities to view architectural images, followed by a formal presentation and Q and A. At this meeting you will also learn about opportunities to participate in approval decisions by the City of Minneapolis. 
Take the survey online or provide your comments at the meeting. This input will be compiled and shared with the CNO Board as it develops a  position to take on the project and the Minneapolis Planning Commission as it considers granting approvals for the project.
Thursday, February 5
6:30 p.m.
2225 East Lake Street
See you there,
2015 COOPERATIVE HOME SOLAR DEADLINES ARE CLOSE
In 2014, Twin Cities homeowners joined together in Minnesota's first cooperative solar leasing program, using the Made in Minnesota incentive to finance solar on their homes for little or no money down and monthly payments less than the energy savings. The program was developed as part of Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF), a cooperative of Twin Cities community members based in South Minneapolis working together to cut energy costs through home energy efficiency and local clean energy.
With the 2015 deadlines for the Made in Minnesota incentive fast approaching (2/28), homeowners have just a few weeks to join this round of the cooperative bulk buying program. This year, residents can choose options of loans, leasing, or direct purchase if they are awarded the state incentive. Residents interested in going solar affordably in 2015 should contact the co-op via email or by calling (651) 808-2242 by  February 13th. You can also learn more about the program on the CEF website.
Renters and those whose roofs are not good for solar will have further opportunities to participate in community solar gardens across the Twin Cities later this year. Community solar gardens will allow many energy users to subscribe to a large solar array on a big building or field, cutting costs, and making it easy to participate, even without your own roof. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
HEALTHY LEGACY/LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FORUM: ADVANCING RACIAL AND HEALTH EQUITY PRE-CRADLE TO K
Join the Healthy Legacy Coalition, the League of Women Voters, Voices of East African Women Mayor Betsy Hodges, Representative Karen Clark, Dr. Rose Brewer, and many community members for a conversation about the  impacts of environemental toxics and health disparities on chldren pre-cradle to K. Dinner provided.
Thursday, February 7
5:30 -9:00 p.m.
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD,
MIGIZI COMMUNICATIONS!
Migizi Communications' mission is to advance a message of success, well-being, and justice for the American Indian community. Since 1977, Migizi has served Native communities in Minneapolis through youth development programming, and communications and media training and assistance. Migizi also contributes to community leadership and policy initiatives that further their mission. They are the newest tenant at Plaza Verde and I am thrilled to welcome them to the Ninth Ward.
CURBSIDE COMPOSTING IS COMING

I was happy to vote for a budget that included funding for curbside organics recycling. Now it's time to start putting the program into place! Residents now have a black cart for garbage and a blue one for recycling; organics will be collected in green carts. Any organics from the home can be put in the green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage. Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April. But people don’t have to wait; any Minneapolis Solid Waste customer can sign up now via email or by calling 612-673-2917. Service will be available to 25 percent of customers in August, and the rest will roll out in spring 2016. The early sign-up gives the City time to order carts and plan the routes. 
Read more:
STEP UP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
STEP-UP is currently accepting applications from youth ages 14-21 for summer 2015 internship placement! Step-up focuses on providing employment training and opportunities to young people who face the greatest barriers to employment including youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities. 
Check out the City's website for more info and to apply online. The deadline to apply is February 18, 2015.
COMMUNITY INDICATORS
There’s a new project to help gauge how well the City of Minneapolis is doing at achieving its goals, and you can be a part of it. From now until Feb. 6, share your thoughts and vote on other peoples' ideas onlineCity staff will use the information from you and others to develop measures for the most popular themes within each of the five City goals.
The way it works, you and others comment on what the City goals mean to you. For the City goal of “living well,” for example, you can tell the City what that means to you. Does it mean having connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets?
Because the online engagement tool uses crowdsourcing technology, the information within the tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users. Log in often to submit new ideas and vote on new information. It’s quick and easy to participate, and you can spend as much or as little time within the tool as you want.
SOCIAL JUSTICE MUSIC FOR KIDS
Jayanthi Kyle is a vocal artist specializing in arrivals, departures, and other struggles and celebrations in life. Come bring the  family to the Lowry Cafe where she will be leading kids in social justice music. Sponsored by Ancestry Books. 
February 7th
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Read a profile of Jayanthi by Ninth Ward artist Junauda Petrus:
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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.
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UPCOMING
PHOENIX OF PHILLIPS YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AND POETRY READING
Come to the launch of the Phoenix of Phillips--a new literary magazine, and the opening night of a youth photography project "We Are Midtown Phillips". See beautiful photos done by youth ages 7-18 and hear readings from the magazine. This is a project of the Semilla Project at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The photo show will be up the month of February!

Thursday, January 29
6:00 p.m.
CHICKEN SUMMIT
Back yard chicken raisers will meet to discuss upcoming rule change process for back yard chicken licenses and care standards. This will allow people who raise chickens to be a part of the conversation with city hall about pricing for licensing, care standards for birds, and ways that Minneapolis Animal Care and Control interacts with the public.
Thursday, January 29
6:30 -8:30 p.m.
CLAUDIA RANKINE READING
Claudia Rankine will be reading from  National Book award Finalist Citizen: An American Lyric. Citizen was published by local Graywolf Press and Ancestry will be there selling books! 
Friday, January 30
7:30 p.m.
15 NOW ACTION MEETING
15 Now is preparing a major campaign for $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. With Neighborhoods Organization for Change, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), and others we’re planning to hold a big community forum in February to promote $15/hour minimum wage and prepare for a major week of action in April for “$15 and a Union.” This your chance to get involved! 
Saturday, January 31
2:00 p.m. 
POWDERHORN ART SLED RALLY
Behold the one of a kind spectacle that is the annual Powderhorn Art Sled Rally. All ages work with a cadre of artists to make and adapt sleds and sled-like art objects and then send them down the hill. Bundle up and enjoy the amazingly creative crafts and clever emcees at this popular event.
Saturday, January 31
2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Park West Slope
LOVE YOURSELF:
A SELF-CARE SAMPLER
Join us at the Exchange for an afternoon of health and healing! Come and sample free 30-minute fitness classes every hour on the hour by Out in the Backyard Instructors and hands-on healing by local practitioners.

Check out the Facebook invitation for more info and to RSVP.
Sunday, February 8
1:00- 6:00 p.m.
CTUL PANCAKE BRUNCH AND SILENT AUCTION
A Fundraiser to help workers organize for fair wages through CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha). 
CTUL is a non-profit organization of workers who are actively committed to improve low-wage work conditions, fight for fair wages, and gain basic respect and a strong voice throughout Twin Cities workplaces. Since 2007, CTUL has successfully recovered over $1.2 million in back wages, reinstated hundreds of unjustly fired workers and pressured 26 companies into changing corporate policies impacting the lives of over 3,300 low-wage workers. I hope you can join us.

Sunday, February 15 
11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
OPPORTUNITIES
The Immigrant law Center of Minnesota is hiring a bilingual Staff Attorney 
The City of Minneapolis is now accepting applications for the Urban Scholar summer internship program for college students
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is hiring an Operations Director and a Communications Coordinator.
Full Cycle is hiring a Shop Manager.
The Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is hiring a Community Leadership Organizer.
The city of Minneapolis Sustainability office is hiring a Program Coordinator 
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