It's definitely pothole season, call 311 to report potholes and get them in the queue to be repaired.
Dear Neighbors,

This past Wednesday night, a shooting took place at the Little Earth community which left six people injured. My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and to our entire Phillips neighborhood during this difficult time. We know that violence at this scale impacts victims as well as everyone around them.

The public details of the incident can be accessed on the Minneapolis Police Department website. I am thankful no one has passed away due to the injuries. Officers from the Third Precinct were already nearby and responded quickly, taking three suspects into custody and recovering a gun. Thank you to the witnesses who were very cooperative and to our Police Chief Arradondo who reached out to Little Earth leadership promptly after the shooting was reported. Deepest gratitude to Mayor Frey for reaching out to me to offer his help and support, we will surely call on him for next steps.

We will continue to share updates on our City of Minneapolis Ninth Ward webpage so check-back periodically to stay in the loop. Below I detail the immediate actions that are taking place to respond to this tragedy: 

- Inspector Sullivan has added an officer to the Little Earth Beat Team and they will remain in Little Earth on foot for continued presence and to support community outreach efforts.

- Our Police Chief Arradondo has authorized funds to extend the hours of the Little Earth Beat Team and increase the presence and visibility of law enforcement in the community.

- The Third Precinct Community Response Team (CRT) will have an enhanced uniformed presence in and around the community.

- The CRT will continue to focus on enforcement related to narcotics in Little Earth and the surrounding areas. Police Chief Arradondo has authorized additional funds to support the expansion of CRT activities.

- The MPD Gang Enforcement Team will be increasing their presence in and around Little Earth focusing on interrupting gang activity. 

- Minneapolis Park Police will be patrolling the Cedar Field Park.

- MPD has participated in a Public Safety meeting with Little Earth leadership to identify and collaborate on specific safety efforts stemming from this incident.

- $50,000 has been devoted to Collaborative Safety Strategies that funds new, innovative violence interruption strategies led by residents and families who live in the Little Earth community.
- Ongoing collaboration between Little Earth leadership, MPD, and the City Attorney’s Office to implement community-led safety strategies.  Funded by the Justice Department’s Community Based Crime Reduction Grant, this is a program that is beginning its launch phase. We will share more as soon as the Department of Justice approves the program budget.

Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and reach out to my office with any questions. You can also call the Minneapolis Police Department Tip Line anonymously at 612.692.8477(TIPS) to share any information that you think is relevant to help solve the current investigation.
Thank you,
Community feedback at the  Midtown Global Market
I have written before in this space about the comprehensive plan. The Metropolitan Council requires that all metro cities update their plans, which act as a 20-year guide for development in our city.  You can help by reviewing the draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.  Our planning staff put this draft together based on two years of community engagement with community, please take a look and make sure that your voice is incorporated to guide the values and priorities of our growth.
There are a number of events coming up where people will have the opportunity to interact with the staff and the report and ask questions or make suggestions. One of these meetings is happening in the Ninth Ward- I hope you can join us.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Recreation Center
If you can't make it, please consider attending another session, responding online, and signing up for email updates to learn about future opportunities.  
Our hard-working Public Works crews will be out starting this week sweeping the streets to prevent the winter debris from ending up in our waterways. Keep your eye out for no parking signs which will be on the boulevard 24 hours before any sweeping takes place and check the online tool to see when they will be on your block.


Photo credit: Minneapolis voter services
November seems far away but here at the City, where we ensure the fair and orderly administration of elections, we are already staffing up!
We are currently hiring two election judge trainers. These are temporary positions that run through December. You can apply today and please keep your eye out for many more positions in elections in the upcoming months. Multilingual applicants are especially encouraged to apply.
The 35W@94 (transit access) project is well under way. Our neighborhood is already being impacted by the closure of the 35th and 36th street ramps on 35W and the closure of the 38th Street bridge.
If you have any questions or concerns contact the project hotline at 612-284-6125 or email
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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.
DE-GENTRIFYING PORTLAND: a CURA 50th seminar series
Presented by Lisa Bates, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Portland State University

African American communities, enclosed and excluded by discrimination and disinvestment, are now being dismantled by gentrification in many of our cities. In the face of impending erasure, communities of color are organizing to demand not only mitigating anti-displacement policies, but de-gentrification and the right to stay in place.

How can we grapple with these issues of housing and neighborhood revitalization in our cities in ways that not only acknowledge historical legacies, but also engage present day planning practices? 
Panel discussion and reception to follow

Wednesday, May 9
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CURA: 301 19th Avenue South 
Pangea World Theater is proud to present Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras, featuring award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama.

Inspired by Luis Valdez’s legendary Teatro Campesino shows on flatbed trucks in the 70s that brought attention to the plight of migrant workers in California with performances in parks and union halls, award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama & his ArteFuturo Ensemble roll out the Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras crossing economic, geographic, and racial borders to challenge the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the country.

Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5
Intermedia Arts
Green Zones are a multi-sector effort aimed at remediating damage caused to people with low-incomes, indigenous people, and communities of color from decades of being overburdened by pollution and inequitable conditions. At the core of this initiative are the questions: How do we improve outcomes for residents’ health, wealth, employment, and education without displacing people? How will community organize itself to lead this work in collaboration with the city? How will Green Zones affect your current and future work? It will take all of us to respond. Please join this commnuity-led effort that complements the work we have been doing at the City 
Interpretation services, children's activities, and dinner available.
Thursday, May 3
HOPE Community 
511 East Franklin Ave.
6:00 p.m.
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including a Housing Stability Specialist. 
Take Action MN is hiring for several positions.
Metro Transit is hiring bus drivers.
The red cross is giving away smoke alarms- find out if you qualify today.
Call (612) 673-2209
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