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Dear Neighbors,
The past few weeks have been hard for our communities. Many have long asserted the need for our City to address the issue of policing given that since 2013 we have painfully seen the wrongful deaths of Terrance Franklin, Jamar Clark, and most recently Justine Damond. My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims in these officer involved shootings. One life lost is one too many. As you know, my office works closely with our Third Precinct police officers to reduce crime and increase safety in our neighborhoods. Since the death of Ms. Damond I have received many calls from residents who are scared to call 911, afraid that officers may use force where it is not warranted. I want you to know that I am highly aware of your concerns. I hear your frustration, I can feel your sadness, and I'm taking action on this front. 
Since the tragic events which took Justine's life, I've been working with my colleagues and our police leadership to review our internal practices to address this case and to support meaningful efforts for police reform. A bulk of these initiatives will continue to move forward through our Public Safety and Civil Rights Committee. Just as important, given the recent resignation of Chief Janee Harteau, our new Chief of Police will soon begin the task of continuing to carry out the changes in policing that our communities are demanding.
I would like to invite you to be a part of the public hearing in which the Council will take up the Executive Committee's recommendation to approve Acting Chief Medaria Arradondo as the next leader to be appointed Chief of Police for the remainder of departing Chief Harteau's 17 month term. All members of the public are welcome to come and offer testimony about Arradondo's appointment, please join us:

Public Hearing
Wednesday, August 9
1:30 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers 
350 South 5th Street, Room 317

I would also like to invite you to join me and Acting Chief Arradondo in our neighborhood to hear more about his vision for policing in Minneapolis and to co-create solutions that help our communities move forward together:

Cafe con Alondra and Rondo 
Tuesday, August 29
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mercado Central,1515 East Lake Street

I look forward to seeing you and hearing your voice on these important issues,
What does it take to plow City streets? How does water get to your faucet? How are emergency calls handled? The City Academy gives residents a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Minneapolis City government functions and provides them an opportunity to meet City staff and leaders. Each session will focus on one aspect of City government such as public safety, public works, planning and development, and fire services. The program is free and open to all Minneapolis residents 18 years or older. People of culturally diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to participate.
The Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is making use of the City's Artist-designed utility box art program to celebrate the rich history of the Black community in the Central neighborhood and its sweet son Prince Rogers Nelson. CANDO has commissioned three artists to memorialize Prince on utility boxes and is inviting the community to meet them. 
Come meet artists Anthony Johnson, Tammy Ortegon and Juan Reed. Light refreshments will be served, and then head out on a walking tour of the boxes on 4th Avenue and Park Avenue.
Friday, August 11
6:30 p.m.
Meet at CANDO Community Space: 3715 Chicago Avenue
The City Council approved a citywide minimum wage increase on June 30, 2017 that requires large employers to pay Minneapolis workers $15 an hour in five years and gives small employers seven years to reach the target wage.
There will be a tiered phase-in period for small and large businesses. Large businesses are defined as having more than 100 employees and small businesses as 100 or fewer workers.
The schedule for implementation is as follows:


Large business: five years

Small business: seven years

Jan. 1, 2018


No increase

July 1, 2018



July 1, 2019



July 1, 2020



July 1, 2021



July 1, 2022



July 1, 2023

Jan. 1: $15 indexed to inflation

July 1: $14.50

July 1, 2024

$15 indexed to inflation

$15 indexed to inflation

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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.
Join New Native Theatre at the Gremlin Theatre for the Second Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival. The show will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights.
Wednesday, August 23 - Saturday August 26 @ 7:30 p.m. Special performance on Franklin Avenue Open Streets Sunday, August 27
Gremlin Theater 
550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul  
Patrick's Cabaret and Pangea World Theater's Lake Street Arts! invite Lake Street businesses, organizations, and residents to join the upcoming Lake Street Cultural Connect. These gatherings bring the people of Lake Street togehter around the same table to engage in conversation about the future and sustainability of Lake Street as a vibrant cultural and artistic corridor.  
Wednesday, August 16
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Church
2742 15th Avenue South 
Come learn about the plans for the rest of the 2017 construction season and an overall review of the 35W Transit Access project at this  open house style meeting. 
Thursday, August 17
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hope Community
611 East Franklin Avenue
Council Member Alondra Cano publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on the work we are doing to address crime and safety issues in our Ward. Check out the latest issue online and click here to sign up!
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