It was powerful to join the workers and leaders of UNITE HERE Local 17 to honor May 1st as International Workers Day. More than 6,000 hotel workers belong to this union and 2,000 are represented under contracts that expire this year. You can Keep up to date on UNITE HERE Local 17's events and actions on their Facebook page.
It's no secret that many low-income and diverse families are facing the unfair pressure of being able to keep and find an affordable place to call home in our city.
Just last week beloved members of our neighborhoods came to City Hall to remind us about this too often lived reality. Small children, mothers, organizers, students, and concerned Minneapolis voters showed up in the Council Chambers to seek elected officials' support and attention.
I was thankful to my colleagues Council Member Cam Gordon and Council Member Jeremiah Ellison for offering to meet with me and our residents on this very important issue. Their committment to help us resolve this pressing matter is extremely valuable and helps me feel confident that the City will do everything in its power to stabilize our neighborhood, prevent displacement of vulnerable residents, and stand up for long-term affordable housing options in our community.
As I vigorously work with City Staff on this front, my hope is to have something concrete for my Council colleagues to consider in the coming days so we can firmly say - our neighbors are here to stay.

If you would like to help ensure that residents in our community are able to stay in their homes and not be displaced due to negligent housing conditions or gentrification, please join Inquilinxs Unidxs. They are a local grassroots organizing group empowering low-income folks and communities of color to have a right to the city.
En la lucha,


Last Friday, the City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement between current owners of 18 apartment buildings previously owned by landlord Steve Frenz. The most important protections built into this settlement, covering 490 total units across these buildings, are in line with tenant protections in the 2040 Comp Plan. Some of those include: 
  • rent caps 
  • just cause eviction language
  • 65% of the units maintained at 60% AMI for ten years
  • lease agreements with required practices around repairs and maintenance for six months
The City will be hosting a community listening and information session tonight for all those renters affected, details below. If you are not impacted renter and just want to learn more, please do not hesitate to attend! 
Wednesday, May 8
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis
To read more about the City's commitments to renters, please visit the City's Housing webpage


On April 30th the City of Minneapolis' Small Business Office teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to host an open house for the East Lake Street business owners to provide construction updates on the 35W Transit Access Station. East Lake Street is one of our city's most culturally diverse business corridors so ensuring we provide accessible information to our multilingual entreprenuers is important. We had great turn out and we thank our City Staff in the Small Business Office and MnDOT for providing culturally appropriate outreach, translation resources, and support to make this event a success.
There was a robust conversation around what is being done, the project schedule for 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown, the B-line Transit project and I-35W & Lake St Station updates (concepts pictured above), as well as the reconstruction on East Lake Street from Blaisdell to 5th Avenue, scheduled for construction in 2020. We  discussed how local business owners can be best serviced by the City and other government partners as construction continues. Lake Street transit updates between Blaisdell and 5th Avenue will include:
  • full sidewalk and street reconstruction
  • utility replacements
  • new streetscaping and landscaping (this will include ornamental street lighting equipped with banner attachments) 
  • ornamental street furniture, including benches, bike racks, and trash receptacles
  • bus shelters
You can learn more about the transit updates taking place on 35@94 at the MnDOT website, and see the concepts for the Blaisedell to 5th Avenue redesign at the Hennepin County website


Live along Lake Street and want to share your smart-photography skills to a wider audience? Consider posting photos of Lake Street on instagram, twitter or facebook with one of the simple hashtags #MyLakeStreet or @VisitLakeStreet to enter the contest. The first place winner will receive $100 in gift certificates to Lake Street businesses and the other finalists will receive $25 gift vouchers to the Midtown Global Market.
Photos will be included in a forthcoming Lake Street calendar for 2020. Contest ends May 24, so make sure you post soon!
Named Best Art Gallery of 2019 by the City Pages, Modus Locus is a flex-use space in South Minneapolis in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood that hosts gallery shows, workshops, and events. 
On display now through May 14 is South High’s 3rd annual Spring Art Show, featuring photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, and more by students from all four years.
For more information about upcoming classes and events visit the Modus Locus website and follow them on social media @ModusLocus.
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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.
In the wake of last week's events, I send my deep condolences to the Damond and Ruszczyk families for the unimaginable loss of one of their loved ones. This pain is shared across our city as many grapple with the re-traumatizing impact that officer involved shootings have had on our communities.
We know that many hearts still weigh heavily. In order to help our communities heal and support one another the City of Minneapolis has made some trauma related resources available to families and residents. You can read more about these services and access them at
The Minnesota cold weather rule, a protection for those with difficulty paying gas bills between the dates of October 15 and April 15, has ended for the season. 
If you have a cold weather rule payment plan in place, make sure you contact CenterPoint Energy to check that your connection is not interrupted.
Use CenterPoint Energy's online options to set up payment arrangements and have service lines reconnected.
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 Neighborhood Development Alliance, or NeDa, will be offering first-time home buyer workshops in Spanish.
Participants must be present for all three sessions listed below to receive a certificate of completion needed to apply for most home-buyer assistance programs. The fee is $40 per family. Register by calling 651-292-0131 or visit NeDA's website.

May 14, 15 and 16

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

481 Wabasha St. S.,St. Paul


Please join the South Minneapolis Public Safety Coalition (SMPSC) for their monthly meeting to discuss public safety issues affecting residents in the Lake Street area. 
The meeting will take place at the Lake Street Council office inside of the US Bank building on East Lake Street, across from the Midtown Global Market. The SMPSC meeting will take place in the basement conference room.

Wednesday, May 8th 
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

919 E. Lake Street, Mpls

Centro Tyrone Guzman is hiring for various positions. Consider applying for one of the job opportunities they are offering.
Call (612) 673-2209
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