Minneapolis & Mexico come together through Sister Cities, arts, & culture.
Minneapolis & Mexico come together through Sister Cities, arts, & culture.
I am deeply thankful to Mayor Jacob Frey for officially inviting the Mayor of Cuernavaca to visit Minneapolis, thereby allowing our city to build stronger relationships with the people of Mexico. Much gratitude to my colleagues for approving a resolution donating two fire trucks to our Mexican Sister City.

Dear Neighbors,

It has been a privilege and deep honor to strengthen our Sister City relationship with Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. It's hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago we welcomed Cuernavaca City Mayor Antonio Villalobos, Cuernavaca City Council Member Cesar Salgado, Cuernavaca City Attorney Marisol Becerra, Emiliano Zapata's grandson Mr. Manuel Manrique Zapata, and a full delegation of eight members to Minneapolis.
The road to re-energizing and deepening Minneapolis' relationship with Mexico has not been easy, but with the full support of Mayor Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis City Council, and Fire Chief Fruetel we are moving it forward. I want to be sure to thank the many organizations who mobilized to help us host this significant group from Mexico as this productive exchange would not have been possible without the Minneapolis-Cuernavaca Sister City Association, Meet Minneapolis, Cine Latino, the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum and School of Public Health, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP, the Minnesota Vikings, the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), Mercado Central, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Next year we anticipate being able to help our Sister City to receive the two fire trucks donated by the Minneapolis Fire Department and to welcome four Mexican master artists for a residency program to help strengthen Minnesota's ability to uplift and support Mexican folk and traditional art forms.
Stay tuned!


Increasing access to affordable housing is vital for the communities of the Ninth Ward. This is why the City is providing incentives for property owners to keep their rents affordable, especially in the context of a tight housing market with rising rent prices. 
The City of Minneapolis' 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program offers property owners a lower property tax rate if they commit to keeping 20% of their rental units, per building, affordable to households making 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). This commitment to ten years of affordability makes the owner eligible for ten years of 4d property tax rates on said buildings, a 40% tax rate reduction on the units involved in the program. 
To make sure renters are not vulnerable to landlords with poor rental histories, this opportunity is available only to Tier One and Tier Two rental license holders with no rental housing license revocations or outstanding housing orders. In turn, Tier Three landlords, or those with the most obvious histories of poor management or practice, are not eligible. 
For more information on how to get involved with this program, please see the City of Minneapolis 4D website.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 8, 2020. Property owners are encouraged to apply early. Learn how to apply here


On November first, the City installed eight needle drop boxes in the Ninth and Sixth Wards to encourage everyone to dispose of needles in a safe and sanitary way. This pilot program is a response to constituents' concerns on public health relating to the dangers that are posed by needle refuse that accumulates along city streets, sidewalks, in vacant lots, and in private yards.
Since their installment, over 500 needles have been removed from these eight drop boxes, with a majority of them coming from the location at 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue. The City will be installing two more boxes by the end of November as existing locations are assessed, needle numbers are processed, and the overall effectiveness of installation locations are reviewed.
Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation, the contractor employed by the City to service the boxes, is able to report on the number of syringes collected as the boxes are emptied and cleaned. 
To learn more about this pilot or to learn what other resources are available to reduce the negative impact of opioid abuse, please visit the City's Health Department website.



Pictured above (from left to right) are Doña Raquel Villanueva, Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, and local artist Monica Vega standing in front of a Mexican traditional altar Monica created for Día de los Muertos for the 100 years of rememberance of the life and legacy of Emiliano Zapata.

Given that the Mexican community makes up Minnesota's largest immigrant group, we were thrilled that part of our Sister City exchange with Cuernavaca, Morelos, included elevating the role and impact of Mexican arts and culture in Minnesota. I am so thankful for the collaborators who worked tirelessly to launch the Día de de los Muertos event titled "Las Flores de Zapata" to honor the life and legacy of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. The standing room only event allowed us to celebrate, uplift, and center the voice of Mexican artists, businesses, and history in Minneapolis who enrich our community every day.
Thank you to local artist Monica Vega, the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival's Cine Latino, the Minnesota Vikings, the Minneapolis-Cuernavaca Sister City Association, the City's Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, and Meet Minneapolis for working with us around the clock to bring our community together through Mexican art, tradition, food, culture, history, and powerful voices for change and social justice. This event was a special evening for many, leaving lasting friendships and partnerships that will continue to grow and bear fruits for the people of our neighborhoods and in Mexico.
The success of this overflowing community event featuring prominent Mexican artists like Monica Vega, filmmaker Francesco Taboada, and cultural icons like Don Manuel Manrique Zapata has given us the momentum to keep nurturing the lifeline between Mexican folk and traditional master artists and local Minneapolis artists. Using what we learned from launching the Las Flores de Zapata collaboration, the City and its partners will continue to work with Morelos, Mexico and the Minnesota State Arts Board to host an artist in residence program in the fall of 2020. The artist in residence program will feature four Mexican master artists who specialize in folk and traditional artforms and pair them up with local Minnesota artists who display a deep connection and committment to keeping these Mexican traditions alive in our local community.
Next year's Minnesota State Arts Board support to fortify the presence of traditional Mexican arts and culture in Minnesota will add to local efforts that fight off the displacement of Latinx families and strengthen the Latinx roots in our neighborhoods, such as the City's work to establish a Cultural District along East Lake Street. I am fully energized and inspired by this unique and proactive line of work, I invite you to stay closely connected to how these efforts unfold by contacting me directly at alondra (dot) cano (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov. Let's stay in touch about our future!

Pictured above, a close up of one of the three ofrendas that Monica Vega created with traditional Mexican food, candles, and ceramics to highlight the role of Emiliano Zapata in our current life. Photo credit Pierre Ware.

Pictured above from (left to right), filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone, Minnesota artist Monica Vega, grandson of Emiliano Zapata Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, and Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano at the Las Flores de Zapata post-film panel discussion organized at the Weisman Art Museum. Photo credit Pierre Ware.

Welcome to our #MplsVotes newsletter segment. This is where you can get the latest City of Minneapolis information regarding the 2020 Presidential Nominating Primary (PNP), the March 3 caucus, and the General Election in November of 2020.
Why can I vote on Friday, January 17, 2020? Minnesota's absentee voting, or early voting, laws allow Minnesota voters to cast their Presidential preference vote before March 3, most commonly referred to as Super Tuesday. This means Minnesota voters will be able to shape the Presidential Nominating Primary before Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.There are two ways you can cast your ballot in the Presidential Nominating Primary, in person or by mail.
The City's Early Vote Center will be open on Friday, January 17, 2020 for the Presidential Nominating Primary. Be sure to visit the City's Early Vote Center website to learn how you can vote in person (either at the City or at Hennepin County) or by mail.
Voting in the Presidential Nominating Primary is only one of the many times that voters will be able to cast a ballot in 2020. Next year, in addition to the general election in November, Minnesota voters will have the opportunity to participate in one caucus and two primaries. The Party Caucuses will take place on February 25, 2020. The Presidential Nominating Primary will happen on March 3, 2020 and the State Primary on August 11, 2020.

Summary of Key Election Dates
Voting Begins for Presidential Nominating Primary - Friday, January 17, 2020.
Party Caucuses - Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Presidential Primary - Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
State Primary - Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For more information on all things related to the elections happening in 2020, including finding your polling place, visit the City's Elections and Voter Services website.
To find out more about Minnesota's process for the Presidential Nominating Primary, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
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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.
With winter fast approaching, we want to make sure you are as informed as possible on winter parking rules to avoid ticketing and towing.
Download the app to know where you can park on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of a snow emergency. 
Sign up for email or text alerts or call the automated hotline at 612-348-SNOW. 
See the following informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong on snow emergency rules.
Share these resources with neighbors and community, help share the info so that folks don't get towed!
The City of Minneapolis is spreading awareness about DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program, implemented by the Obama administration, defers the removal of people who entered the U.S. without authorization as children under the age of 18.

In Minnesota more than 5,000 people currently hold DACA status, contributing $28.5 million in taxes every year with an annual spending power of $212.2 million. The Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Bloomington area is home to approximately 4,200 active DACA recipients.

A Supreme Court decision is expected in the Summer of 2020 in response to the current administration's removal of DACA protections, and we want to make sure people have the ability to share their stories as recipients of DACA. Having access to the resources they need to navigate the possibly changing federal legal landscape:

• DACA recipients should consult with an attorney for advice on filing renewal applications before a decision is issued by the Supreme Court.

• Partner organizations that work with the City of Minneapolis to provide information about DACA renewal eligibility are Volunteer Lawyers Network 612-752-6677 and Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota 651-641-1011.

• DACA recipients who cannot afford to pay the $495 renewal fee and are citizens of Mexico may contact the Mexican Consulate to find out if they qualify for assistance. Contact the Mexican Consulate for more information.

Twenty-two staff members will be hired to assist in processing thousands of vote-by-mail ballots and serve thousands more in-person early voters during 2020 for the Presidential Nomination Primary in March, the State Primary in August, and General Election in November. The City is seeking individuals with excellent customer service and computer skills, with a preference for those who speak Spanish, Hmong, Oromo, and Somali.

One individual will be hired to assist with the administrative functions for our division including responding to public inquiries, assisting voters, candidate filing, support for other EVS programs, and general clerical duties. The City is looking for candidates with excellent customer services skills and interest for public service.

These postings will close on November 25. To apply, visit the City's jobs website.
Metro Transit is hiring bus drivers.
Keep checking the City of Minneapolis' jobs website and the MN Council of Nonprofits to see current job postings and opportunities. 
Call (612) 673-2209
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