Check out "Bright Side," an evening of meditation and yoga followed by a special DJ set by Ja'Mon Kimbrough at Modus Locus located at 3500 Bloomington Avenue South.

¡Saludos neighbors!
As the summer season begins so does the City's budget process. I am very excited that Mayor Jacob Frey is hosting a "budget 101" community discussion with Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) on Monday, June 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Powderhorn Park Rec Center.
I think this meeting is very valuable because within our local government structure, the budget creation authority rests within the Mayor's Office. At a later date, the City Council gets the chance to review, approve, or amend the budget. I can't think of any other time a proactive and unique opportunity like this has been presented to our community and I hope you can join this timely conversation to learn more about how the City establishes a budget to meet the needs of our residents and families.
During the event, you can expect to sit down with City staff to hear how our budget is crafted. A portion of the meeting will be spent having you develop your own budget based on your top priorities. You’ll also have the opportunity to consult directly with Mayor Frey and other City staff on your budget ideas and share your feedback.
If you plan to attend, please be sure to register online as space is limited. Your RSVP will help ensure there's enough printed material and support staff to provide adequate information for all meeting participants. Don't forget to bring a pen or pencil!
Nos vemos pronto,


Now more than ever it is crucial that we are protecting and growing natural habitats in the city that are homes and path ways for key pollinators like bees and butterflies. The City of Minneapolis is teaming up with the University of Minnesota's Flowers for Pollinators study to support the growth of pollinator habitats at four locations leased through the Minneapolis Garden Lease Program
The Garden Lease Program is something you can also take advantage of with your neighbors and local gardening group. This program offers one to five year leases on City owned lots for residents to grow and curate their own gardens, helping to connect residents with fresh produce, and to benefit local insect biodiversity. If you are interested please view the map of available lots near you, and consider applying as available space is running out!
Numbered below are just some plants to consider including in your garden to attract and benefit local pollinators like the rusty patched bumblebee, a local species critically in danger of extinction.
  1. Melampodium “Showstar” – gold flowers, up to 18” high
  2. Helenium “Dakota Gold” – yellow flowers, up to 12” high
  3. Salvia “Purple Fairy Tale” – purple flowers, up to 12” high
  4. Salvia “Summer Jewel Pink” – pink and white flowers, up to 24” high
  5. Zinnia “Envy” – pale green flowers, up to 20” high
A pioneering program called Stable Homes Stable Schools has launched to provide stable housing to Minneapolis Public Schools families at risk of and currently experiencing homelessness.

During the 2017 and 2018 school year, Minneapolis Public Schools identified 5,002 youth that experience homelessness. Of those, 3,069 were enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools — about 7% of all enrolled students in the district. Over the course of three years, the Stable Homes Stable Schools program will serve up to 320 families and 650 Minneapolis Public Schools students experiencing homelessness. Families of 150 elementary students are already enrolled in the program.

Stable Homes Stable Schools will provide rental assistance and personalized wrap-around services to work toward eliminating each family’s barriers to long-term housing stability. A Housing Stability Fund will provide one-time emergency funds to additional families of students at risk of homelessness.

Beginning this year, the Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative will be funded with $3.35 million from the City of Minneapolis and $1.4 million from Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The Pohlad Family Foundation is contributing $500,000 for the first two years of the Housing Stability Fund. The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will provide readiness services for each family in the program, along with ongoing life coaching and case management services.

Investing in stable housing for families and their young learners breaks the cycle of poverty, bringing long-term economic benefits to children, families, and communities. To learn more, go to the MPHA website

Schools in the Ninth Ward involved in the pilot: 
Green Central Park Community School, 3416 Fourth Ave. S.
Andersen United Community School, 1098 Andersen Lane.


The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating a string of seven home burglaries that occurred while the residents were present. These burglaries have occurred in the 3rd Precinct since April 22nd of this year. The burglaries all involved weapons (knives or guns) and have been reported in the Phillips West, Central, Ventura Village and Midtown Phillips neighborhoods.
The preliminary investigation indicates these burglaries are related, and may involve more than one suspect. No serious injuries have been reported, but investigators want residents to be made aware and to remind everyone to lock their doors and windows. 
MPD encourages community members to:
  • Talk to your neighbors about these incidents and ask them to be alert to suspicious activity. We need everyone’s help. Contact your block leader for support, or if you don’t have a block club or it has been inactive, now is the time to get it going. You can get more information about your block club by reaching the City's Crime Prevention Specialists. If you live in the Phillips neighborhoods you can reach Crime Prevention Specialist Kali Pliego via email at Kali (dot) Pliego (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.
  • Check your windows and doors even if you are home. Make sure they are locked. Basement and first level windows should have second reinforcement on them such as pinning or track fillers.
  • Make your home look occupied when you are not at home such as leaving your lights or a radio/television on.
Call 9-1-1 if you see anything suspicious, such as someone walking around houses on your block, or looking in windows. If you are a victim of burglary, report it immediately by calling 911. Inform the responding officers if you see something that may have been handled or left behind by the suspect (cigarette butt, pop can, etc.).
Anyone with information on these burglaries is encouraged to call Kali Pliego, Crime Prevention Specialist for the Phillips neighborhoods, at 612-673-3482 or email her at Kali (dot) Pliego (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is acquiring a new park! The "Cepro Site" is being transferred from Hennepin County to MPRB. This site has long operated as a green space adjacent to the Midtown Greenway between 10th and 11th Avenues South. Now it will be owned and operated by MPRB, with capital improvements coming soon.

MPRB is requesting serious ideas for a permanent name for this new park.  To enter your nomination, please fill out the online survey as completely as you can.  The naming process must follow adopted MPRB procedures, so many of the questions below are required for a nomination to be considered.

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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.
The City has produced its final framework for Neighborhoods 2020 with the larger goal of improving and updating our neighborhood engagement structure. You can read the final guidelines on the City's website.
Additionally, the City Council approved the following staff directions with the framework:
  • the City must conduct an enterprise-wide evaluation of community engagement efforts and develop a work plan and timeline for adopting a citywide community engagement policy.

  • staff will work with a consultant(s) to continue conversations with neighborhoods and the community on program guidelines for the Neighborhoods 2020 framework to ensure racial equity remains at the core of the work.
Stay current on updates at the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage
The East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC) is the neighborhood association for the East Phillips neighborhood. They are having a general membership meeting on June 13. There will be time included for community members to engage with local developer INGAUGE Engineering to ask questions about their proposed housing project at the empty lot located on 1626 E. Lake Street. Hope you can join the presentation!

Thursday, June 13th 

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

East Phillips Park
2307 17th Avenue South
The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) program, a part of the Division of Race and Equity in the City of Minneapolis, is still offering $1,000 and $5,000 grants to individuals and organizations respectively who provide licensed or culturally-based mental health and behavioral health services.
This deadline will remain open until June 10. To apply for funding, visit the ReCAST Connect website.
The South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition (SMPSC) meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at the Salvation Army on East Lake Street. Neighbors and residents are welcomed to attend this grassroots meeting to organize together and coordinate efforts that help improve safety and livability for South Minneapolis.

Wednesday, June 12th 
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1604 East Lake Street
The City continues to look for applicants to serve on the Violence Prevention Committee. This committee was created to help guide the City's work to reduce violence and to serve as a liaison between the community and the City. We encourage diverse residents, especially those with backgrounds from the Latino and American Indian community, to apply.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Apply: Visit the City's website to apply to serve on this Committee. 
The City of Minneapolis has serveral job openings, including Public Health Mental Health Counselor and Water Treatment Operator. You can apply for these positions on the City's Job website.
Call (612) 673-2209
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