Join Congress Member Ilhan Omar at the Midtown Farmers Market!
Join Congress Member Ilhan Omar at the Midtown Farmers Market!
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NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
Guess who's coming to the Midtown Farmers Market tonight? That's right, our Congress Member Ilhan Omar will visit the Midtown Farmers Market today, August 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.! Join her at the Market at their Moon Palace Books site and catch up with Ilhan on the policy she's leading in the nation. Feel free to spread the word and find more details on the Facebook event.
Photo Credit to Conrad Zbikowski.
Neighbors,
This Thursday, August 15th Mayor Jacob Frey will be sharing the vision of his budget proposal with the public. This is an exciting time as the Council and residents get the change to dig into the details of how our City will invest in the future of Minneapolis. If you're interested in seeing the speech you can come down to City Hall and sit in room 315 to watch the Mayor deliver his address in the overflow room. If you can't be there in person, you can always catch the speech on the City's YouTube channel.
Once the Mayor completes his budget delivery, we begin the process of getting familiar with the specifics of his vision and will start discussing the details with our Council colleagues. At the same time, Department Directors will come before the Council to take our questions about how the budget will impact their work and the community will also get a chance to join two public hearings to share your thoughts on the budget. Please keep checking the City's calendar online to keep track of when these opportunities will take place. The public hearings on the budget typically happen in early December but we will keep you posted as the specific dates are confirmed.
Thursday, August 15
11:00 a.m.
City Council Chambers
You can also watch the livestream

Adelante,
PROTECTING LOW-WAGE WORKERS
I was proud the City Council gave unanimous approval to pass a wage theft ordinance to protect low-wage workers in Minneapolis. A big thank you to Council Member Linea Palmisano, Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, and Council Member Steve Fletcher who worked side-by-side with impacted workers and with the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha to craft and approve this city-wide policy. Many, many Latino workers and families are impacted by this issue and I am relieved that we can now provide further support to this community.
In order to help protect employees in Minneapolis, the City has adopted parts of the state’s new wage theft law into local ordinance. This ordinance will provide workers in Minneapolis with an additional avenue to recover unpaid wages through enforcement by the City’s Civil Rights Department. The ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Under the ordinance and state law, employers must adhere to a regularly scheduled payday and provide employees with pre-hire notices of employment, terms, conditions, and earnings statements at the end of each pay period. The wage theft prevention ordinance compliments other new City labor standards, including our minimum wage and sick and safe time ordinances.

For more information about the City's wage theft ordinance please visit the City's website on minimum wage.
ADDRESSING THE CONCENTRATION OF TOBACCO STORES
The City of Minneapolis is committed to improving the health of it's residents. One way that we have sought to achieve this is through better regulations on the sales of commercial tobacco. But after the ban on menthol, we began to see some unintended consequences unfold. Primarily, we began to notice a pattern that showed that stand alone commercial tobacco stores began to quickly proliferate the low-income, diverse areas of the city. The ban on menthol allowed for stand alone tobacco stores to sell menthol, so we began to see shops seize this opportunity and tracked a pattern that shows these shops began to concentrate in vulnerable areas of the city.
The City Council then enacted a moratorium on the licenses for these shops as we saw their numbers jump from 25 to 52. The moratorium will expire at the end of this month but not without having us consider the approval of an ordinace that sets spacing restrictions for tobacco shops within the city limits. You can read the draft ordinance on this effort on the City's website and tune in to the public hearing on the City's livestream page.
Please see the City's executive summary on this effort. For more information please contact the Ninth Ward Office at 612-673-2209.
GET READY TO VOTE!
With Minnesota leading the nation on our ability to be able to cast our vote first, please mark your calendars for Friday, January 17th, 2020 as the first day of absentee voting! This means this will be the first day when you can cast your vote in the Presidential Primary. This date is (roughly) only 158 days away, and many of us wish it was much closer.
With a presidential election fast approaching, it is important that we remain involved in our communities to help promote voter education and produce massive turnout. The 2020 election will allow you to vote for a President, all eight Congressional seats in Minnesota, one U.S. Senator, and all 201 seats of the Minnesota State Legislature from both the House and Senate.
Many are predicting 2020 to be the year with the highest election turnout in American history so let's be ready! In order to fire up your civic engagement engines, please take a look at the links below to access Minneapolis specific voting statistics provided by the City's Elections Department. Enjoy!
UPDATE ON EAST LAKE STREET CRIME AND SAFETY

On the evening of Sunday, August 4th, police officers responded to shots fired near the intersection of East Lake Street and 4th Avenue South. Upon arriving they found a 32 year old man laying on the ground. The victim was immediately transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with a reported gunshot wound to the chest. We are glad he survived his injuries.
The Minneapolis Police Department reported that following bar close, patrons went outside and shots were fired. Evidence was located at the scene and officers canvassed, strong efforts were made to coordinate on information gathering and the suspect was arrested. Charges will be determined as investigators gather evidence and assess other potential victims, including those who were threatened with weapon but not injured. Thank you to MPD and our investigators team on the ground who worked dilligently to reduce the level of gun violence in our neighborhoods.

We know these incidents can cause trauma and fear in our community. MPD's Crime Prevention Specialist can be available to help you, your block, and your business take proper precautions to address crime and safety issues in your community. You can reach Karen Notsch via phone at (612) 673-2856 or via email at Karen (dot) Notsch (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.


If you’re interested in working with other community members and Lake Street stakeholders to reduce crime and improve safety in your area, you can join the monthly South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition meetings. This month's meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Adult Learning (Transition Plus Cafeteria) located at 2015 East Lake Street. To find out more about the South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition please contact Tabitha Montgomery at tabitha (at) ppna )dot) org.

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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.
CHICAGO AVE BUS PILOT AND LAKE STREET
Due to 35W construction at Lake Street, the Chicago Avenue bus pilot program will likely go into effect at the end of the month. This lane shift commits a lane of traffic on Chicago Avenue between 28th Street and the Midtown Transit Station to the Route 5 bus. 
This delay is due to the City's need to address traffic needs at 35W and Lake Street. 
Starting August 19th, the westbound Route 21 bus will divert from 4th Avenue to 28th Street and return to service along Lake at Blaisdell Avenue. This is to accommodate eastbound bus traffic and traffic flow on Lake Street as construction at 35W progresses.
If you have questions about this project or if you want to share feedback on it, please contact City of Minneapolis Staff member Allan Klugman at 612-673-2743 or via email at Allan (dot) Klugman (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.
ACRO CATS!
The Amazing Acro-Cats are a troupe of touring performing house cats who perform a one-of-a-kind show featuring talented domesticated house cats that roll on balls, ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and much more. 

The show is about 90 minutes long, two hours long if you participate in the meet and greet right after the show. We hope you can attend to support In the Heart of the Beast Theater and these talented kitties! Learn more and get tickets in The Heart of the Beast's website.

Thursday, August 15th 
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, August 16th
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.

Saturday, August 17th 
3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 18th
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

Heart of the Beast Theatre
1500 East Lake Street
 35W AND LOCAL CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
  • The intersections of Bloomington Ave. and 22nd St. and 27th St. from, August 1 to August 31, will be closed to north/south traffic. 

  • There will be lane shifts on E. Lake S. at the intersection of 15th Ave. S. at E. Lake St. from August 5 to August 17, maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. Limited crossing on Lake St. is due to a large gas main replacement for Centerpoint’s 2019 Beltline Project.

  • Bloomington will be open between 22nd and 27th St. East/West to traffic on 22nd and 27th St. and will remain open. The city is replacing hydrants,  replacing ped ramps, and installing medians.
"CLEAR THE SHELTER DAY" CONNECTS FREE CATS WITH HOMES
The City is very excited to announce that we will be doing a special “Clear the Shelter Day” free cat adoption promotion on Thursday, August 15 to help find homes for more of our furry feline friends who are currently in residence at Animal Care and Control. 
Thursday, August15
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Animal Care and Control
212 17th Ave. N.
SHARE YOUR VOICE WITH THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Every other Wednesday the Council's Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee meets in City Hall to review the work the City is doing to improve safety and reduce crime in Minneapolis.
As part of the Committee's work, there is a thirty minute public comment period at the beginning of each meeting dedicated to hearing from residents about the issues impacting them. Please feel free to join us on any one of those Wednesdays to share your thoughts and bring your voice to City Hall. You can view a list of all the upcoming Public Safety meetings on the City's online calendar
Wednesday, August 14
10:00 a.m. 
City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street
OPPORTUNITIES
Please consider applying or sharing these employment opportunities:
Keep checking the City of Minneapolis' jobs website as many opportunities get posted there regularly.
CONTACT US
Call (612) 673-2209
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