Los Ocampo, one of South Minneapolis' favorite taquerias, is open again! You can find them at the corner of East Lake Street and 15th Avenue South, and they will still be open until 4:00 a.m. Hope you can swing by and enjoy.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as Chair of the Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee I am partnering with resilient survivors of sexual assault, Mayor Jacob Frey, our Police Department, and my colleagues on the City Council to acknowledge the harm our systems have inflicted upon the people who have experienced sexual assault and to double down on the work needed to fix our processes to center the voice of survivors.
I hope you can join us on Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. as our Public Safety Committee welcomes the community to come testify on the importance of taking action to better support and address the experiences of survivors of sexual assault. The public comment period will be followed by a presentation from the Minneapolis Police Department on the improvements they have made to MPD's Sex Crimes Unit. The Public Safety Committee will then take up the issue of approving a resolution honoring survivors.

Wednesday, April 17
10:00 a.m.
Public Safety Committee, City Hall
For more information see the Facebook event

I look forward to standing with you to support survivors in our community to break the silence,
The Midtown Farmers Market will be at the Moon Palace Books plaza located at 3032 Minnehaha Avenue for the 2019 and 2020 seasons! Join me for the market's Opening Day on Saturday May 4th in support of our local food movement, small business owners, and the Southside community that has organized to create this beautiful public market.
The Corcoran Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Midtown Farmers Market, is also rolling out their new Try It! Program to encourage local and emerging entrepreneurs who identify as low income, people of color, women, trans, femme or gender non-binary, to seek out vendor space if it is the right fit for their business.
Midtown Farmers Market Opening Day
Saturday, May 4
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Guest article by Margaret King, former director of housing programs for the nonprofit DESC who helped design and run Seattle's Navigation Center for those experiencing homelessness. In October 2018, Margaret was contracted by the City of Minneapolis to help set up the Minneapolis Navigation Center. For regular updates, please keep visiting the Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment website.
"The temporary Navigation Center launched on December 2018 with 175 guests, all individuals moving from the Franklin-Hiawatha homeless encampment. The initial launch period, which was late December to late January, was very hectic for everyone, especially as the original census was about 40% higher than anticipated. The staff from all partner agencies have done truly extraordinary work to stand up a large and complex project in very short order. It is a testament to our community coming together in service of a shared mission.
There are currently 90 guests living at the Center. Of the 85 who have exited, 44 have moved into permanent housing and 41 have exited, for various reasons, but remain homeless.
Every guest at the Navigation Center has an active case manager or “navigator,” working intensively with them to identify personal goals and make plans. Most of these plans are around securing permanent housing, but inpatient addiction treatment has also been a frequent destination for folks. In a couple of cases individuals needed nursing home level of care, and those transitions were made.
Calls to police and fire for emergency response have been steadily trending downward, as have overdoses.
There is a variety of culturally focused programs and activities happening regularly at the Center.  There are various groups around art, healing, and crafts.  There is daily smudging of all the Center spaces, as well as frequent one on one spiritual support to Center guests by American Indian spiritual practitioners.
The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) received a grant from the Bush Foundation to convene a series of gatherings aimed at centering American Indian voices and seeking grassroots solutions to the issues facing the Indigenous community, especially the challenges of unsheltered homelessness and addiction. This effort is called WiiDooKaaDiiWag, which means “They Help Each Other” in Ojibwe, or THEO for short. THEO has used the Navigation Center as a place to hold these convenings and in doing so has been able to center the voices of Navigation Center guests in these important discussions.
The program is slated to close on May 31.  The Simpson Housing staff operating the Center will work with these individuals in the early part of May to identify an acceptable alternative shelter to transition to.  Service relationships they have established with outreach workers from organizations like St. Stephens, MIWRC and AICDC will continue after the Center closes."
Last week I co-authored a resolution with Council Member Andrew Johnson and supported by all of our Council Colleagues with the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota and members of the Tibetan community in the Twin Cities to declare March 31st 2019 as "Day of Kindness and Compassion." 
This date marks the 60th anniversary that the Dalai Lama arrived in India following his exile from Tibet and the first wave of the Tibetan Diaspora.
We also approved a vision, mission and values statement as a part of the Strategic and Racial Equity Plan. This city-wide policy makes us a more compassionate city and  enfranchises communities of color who experience structural barriers to employment, housing, safety and capital creation.
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.
On April 8 the City started the collection of leaves, brush, and other yard trimmings. Please place your yard waste in the alley or at curbs next to your garbage carts by 6:00 a.m. on garbage day.
Yard waste is not allowed in City-provided garbage carts, nor in City-provided recycling or organics collection carts.
For more information visit the City's Solid Waste website.
Join me in giving today to help In the Heart of the Beast's goal to raise $50,000 to support the MayDay Parade. Your donation will ensure the needed resources are available to cover the costs of organizing this year’s MayDay festivities. A portion of the funds will help envision the future of the MayDay Parade and Festival.
To make your contribution visit HOTB's crowd funding webpage.
Consider applying to help guide the City's work to reduce violence in our communities. The Violence Prevention 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 who reflect impacted communities to apply.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply: Visit the City's website to apply to serve on this Committee. 

Mayor Frey's Multi-Jurisdictional Opioid Task Force first convened in April 2018. Charged with "developing a coordinated plan to reduce opioid abuse, dependence, and overdose in Minneapolis and to address treatment and recovery strategies that are culturally-specific and evidence-based," my office participated in the launch of this much needed effort.

Recommendations delivered by the task force include cultural competency and bias training for those working with people suffering from opioid addiction, increased community services and workforce expansion in addiction, along with many other important strategies.
To keep connected to this work please check the Mayor's website.

StarTribune Article: Minneapolis Unveils Strategies Tackling Opiods.
Vision Zero is the City's commitment to zero traffic deaths in our city streets by 2027. To help end traffic fatalities and severe injuries, the City has hosted workshops to collect input to inform this project and the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan. 
Your voice will help inform the process to make our streets a safer place.

Community Workshop
Thursday, April 11                  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Longfellow Recreation Center 3435 36th Ave. S.
Online Open House
Tuesday, April 30                   
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.        On the City's Facebook Page
The City of Minneapolis is seeking funding proposals for the 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program to renovate, rehabilitate and convert buildings for use as emergency shelters for people who are homeless and to deliver essential case management services. 
Deadline: Proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Application information can be found on the City's Request for Proposal website, click on "Housing Development."
Call (612) 673-2209
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