Noticias
NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
We thank all of the East Phillips families, organizers, and supporters who have been advocating to designate Green Zones for the high-pollution, low-income neighborhoods of our city for the past three years.
Dear Neighbors,
The low-income, high-pollution areas of our city where my kids and many of yours are growing up deserve a better future. For the past three years, our office has partnered with you to nurture the Green Zones concept in our Climate Action Plan from words on a piece of paper to a full fledged City designation approved by our Health, Environment, and Community Engagement committee. As the mother of three boys who are growing up in East Phillips, I have never lost site of this vision. I've defended the future of our collective Green Zones dream fiercely and together we have built a powerful voice for mother earth and our people. 
I am proud to have led on this effort which rectifies decades of environmental racism against our communities. I invite you to come be a part of our final and full City Council vote for approval on this initiative on Friday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall.
En la lucha,
AROUND CITY HALL
PAID SICK AND SAFE TIME
The City of Minneapolis has drafted rules and guidance (under employer and employee resources) to explain the sick and safe time ordinance, which takes effect July 1. The rules and guidance are now available for public review and comment until May 1.
Guidance in the form of frequently asked questions communicates how City staff may interpret the meaning of the ordinance. The rules outline the procedures that the City will use in enforcement. Check them out and offer your feedback today.
PRESERVING NATURALLY OCCURRING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) refers to residential rental properties that maintain low rents without federal subsidy. It is the most common affordable housing in the U.S.and we are losing it at an alarming rate. As part of the 2017 budget I was happy to support $1.5 Million earmarked for preserving this affordable housing that is vital to the staying power of communities in the Ninth Ward. The NOAH Impact Fund, where we pool our resources with those from other sources, is the result of a partnership between Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and local foundations, banks, and state and local governments. Read more about these efforts.
COMP PLAN UPDATES
The Comprehensive Plan update is progressing into the next phase of engagement. Check out the info that the team has gathered so far, give specific feedback about how to meet our goals around equity and housing, and learn about the meeting in a box tool that community groups and individuals can use to bring together any size group to reflect on the future of the City and give feedback that will be incorporated into the final plan. 
STREET SWEEPING
Spring Street sweeping is in full swing, avoid a tow and help keep the gutters and river free of debris by following the online tracker tool and looking out for No Parking signs when you park on the street.
TEEN JOB FAIR
The Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair is a great way for teenagers 14 to 19 to connect with job-search resources and find out more about opportunities for volunteering, internships, training and employment. More than 40 businesses and organizations are expected to exhibit.
Teens should come dressed to impress and prepared to network with potential employers and distribute resumes. New to the event this year is an opportunity for teens to meet with a career coach and prepare for the job fair in the morning.

 Saturday, April 22
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!
It's that time of year y'all. The Avalon Theater, home of Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, is humming with the collective energy that will take physical form and culminate in our most beloved holiday, the 43rd Annual MayDay Parade and Festival!
MayDay comes together each year because of a mighty community effort - this means you. Help make MayDay happen by building puppets at a community workshop Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Donate an item from the Wish List or support Heart of the Beast with a one time or ongoing donation

In these times when we are called on to stand together to defend our shared values of radical love and resistance I look forward to this day of visionary art and community. 
See you in the Park! 
Sunday, May 7 
12:00 p.m 
Parade begins at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park.
3:00 p.m.
The Festival is open throughout the day.
Powderhorn Park 
COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS AVAILABLE
Farmer Brown of Waite House gives a commnity garden tour 
Have you always wanted to grow good food, beautify our neighborhood, and build community? Have you dreamed of growing vegetables for your own market stand or a hyper-local Southside salsa (processed at City Food studio, obviously)? There are City-owned vacant lots available now for both community and market gardens, and a handful are located right in the Ninth Ward. Get all the details and start the process online today! 
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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.
Updates & Events:
Stay current on the City's work to raise the wage by regularly visiting the City of Minneapolis' minimum wage landing page.
UPCOMING
LAKE STREET COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING
Join Lake Street Council to celebrate our vibrant local business community! The Annual Meeting brings together business leaders and stakeholders from throughout the Lake Street corridor. Enjoy mingling with others, hearing highlights from 2016, learning about 2017 goals, and meeting this year's Community Impact Award winners! Tickets
Thursday, April 20
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
EAST PHILLIPS IMPROVEMENT COALITION (EPIC) ANNUAL MEETING
Join East Phillips neighbors for a free breakfast, door prizes, and board elections at the EPIC annual meeting!
Saturday, April 22
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Phillips Park 
2399 17th Ave S
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
HERC? DAPL? Northern Metals? Please come and share what you think are the most pressing environmental issues facing Indigenous people, people of color, and low-income people in our city, state and region. The meeting discussion will focus on several topics including but not limited to, environmental justice concerns of communities in Minneapolis and surrounding areas.
April 25 - April 27
Public Comment Period:  Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis
SOUTHSIDE NEIGHBORHOODS 2020 CONVERSATION
Come meet your neighbors, eat a free dinner and discuss the future of neighborhood organizations!

Neighborhood organizations across the City are partnering with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission to host a series of community dialogues about the future of neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis. Make your voice heard!
Thursday, May 4
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
AbuBakar As Saddique Islamic Center  2824 13th Ave S
PHOTOGRAPHY, STORYTELLING, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Celebrated artists Wing Young Huie and Sarah White discuss their work as artists, how they explore and tell stories through their art, and how  they have used their art as a tool for social change. Wing will also lead the audience through a shortened version of his popular chalk talk program.
Thursday, May 18
7:00 p.m.
Global Rights for Women
120 South 6th St #400
CRIME & SAFETY NEWSLETTER
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!
UPDATES ON ROAD CLOSURES
Check out the City of Minneapolis traffic map to keep up to date on current road closures.
As the 35W Transit/Access project gets underway track the progress on the MNDOT website
OPPORTUNITIES
Corcoran Neighborhood is hiring a Community Development Manager
City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including Fire Cadets and a City Planner
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities is hiring a bi-lingual (preferably bi-cultural) Spanish coordinator  
CONTACT US
Call (612) 673-2209
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