It's not too early to prepare for 2020, Mexican art comes to downtown.
It's not too early to prepare for 2020, Mexican art comes to downtown.
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NEWS FROM THE NINTH WARD
Congratulations to the "Radical Playground" by Mary Anne Quiroz, Candida Gonzalez, Sergio Quiroz, Tomas Araya Biagetti, and Mateo Silva for being selected as the winners of the 2019 Creative City Challenge!
Their project will install the Mexican folk art and fantasty based alebrijes throughout The Commons plaza in downtown Minneapolis. You can read more about their project on the City's website.
Neighbors,
There's an important count down happening and it involves less than 365 days until our next Presidential Primary election. That's right - on March 3, 2020 Minnesotans will be able to cast their vote in the Presidential Primary and those who choose to Early Vote could cast their vote as early as January 2020!
In Minneapolis, the City (not the political parties) will be running the Presidential Primary election. This means that we get the unique opportunity and big responsibility to directly affect the voting systems that can increase voter turn out and expand voting access for low-income communities, people of color, Indigenous families, and new Americans.
The stakes are high for our Presidential election so our work must begin now to set the stage for wide participation. As such, I've begun to work with Council Member Jeremiah Ellison who is the Chair of our Elections Committee to ensure the City has a pro-active plan to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote will do so in 2020.
In the meantime, as we gear up to announce the City's specific plans on this front, I wanted to share a few tips on how you can learn more about and participate in the 2020 Presidential election now:
  • Watch the City's Elections Report. On Wednesday, March 27th at 10:00 a.m. the Elections Department will be giving the Council Elections Committee a report on the work that was done by the City on the 2018 election cycle. We will also discuss the City's preliminary plans for the work we need to do this year to ensure a successful January to March 2020 Presidential Primary election and general election. You can come to City Hall to hear the presentation and view the committee agenda on the City's website. If you can't come to City Hall you can livestream the discussion or watch it later on the City's YouTube channel.

  • Learn how the Presidential Primary election works. Luckily, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is on top of their game and they have already put together a Presidential Primary webpage to inform voters on the state process. Read about the details and share the information with your family and friends. You can share the link on social media by using: bit.ly/How-Presidential-Primary-Works.

  • Activate your network. It is not too early to start making voter engagement plans with your neighborhood association, your place of faith, or your grassroots group. Help be proactive in creating your action plan today to mobilize la gente to vote in the March 3rd, 2020 Presidential Primary!

  • Debate. Yes, Minnesota - debate. Talk to each other often and respectfully about the issues and candidates. Throw house parties and dream about the future of our nation and all the possibilities. We have a lot of really big ideas to accomplish like a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, debt-free college, and abolishing ICE. This problem solving will require our collective thinking and participation. Let's make it happen!
$15 MINIMUM WAGE STANDS!
In 2013, the people in our community started a sweeping movement for economic justice. Neighbors, organizers, and friends brought their voices together to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage for the working families in Minneapolis.
In 2014, during my beginning year as your elected City representative, I stood with our gente and was the first Council Member to publicly support a city-wide $15 minimum wage and to roll up my sleeves to give this community fight a City legislative life.
Today, our approved ordinance stands the test of time. I am thrilled that the Minnesota Court of Appeals has sided with low-wage workers to affirm that our state law does not pre-empt the City's ability to set a minimum wage.
This legacy ordinance would not have been passed without the powerful voice and dedicated organizing efforts of organizations like 15 Now, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en La Lucha (CTUL), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), and so many other grassroots efforts and community leaders who made the decision to stand up for this fight.
I am so proud of the work we've done with and for our community on this front and I thank all of the people and groups whose courage taking this task on has created a more fair and compassionate city.
Read more:
Join me for the kick-off celebration of ¡SOMOS!. This is the City of Minneapolis' first Latinx employee resource group and I'm thrilled to have been supporting the creation of this important racial equity group. We will provide a light breakfast and a program that includes a look at the state of Latinxs within the City organization. There will be cultural activities and special guests Mayor Jacob Frey and the City's first ever Latina City Coordinator Nuria-Rivera-Vandermyde.
The celebration will continue in the Council Chambers at 9:30 a.m. with an honorary City Council resolution to recognize ¡SOMOS!

¡SOMOS! Launch
Friday, March 15, 2019
8:30 a.m.
City Hall Room 319

HONORING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

We got together for a quick photo to commemorate International Women's Day. From left to right Communications Director Greta Bergstrom, Council Member Linea Palmisano, City Attorney Susan Segal, Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel, Regulatory Services Interim Director Kim Keller, City Coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, Council President Lisa Bender, Council Member Alondra Cano, Mayor Jacob Frey's Chief of Staff Gia Vitali, Health Department Director Gretchen Musicant, Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, and Council Member Lisa Goodman.
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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.
WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS 
This past Sunday the City of Minneapolis declared a snow emergency, which meant that Winter Parking Restrictions were temporarily suspended. However, as of 8:00 a.m. today the City's Winter Parking Restrictions will resume. These restrictions will remain in effect until April 1st.
Read all about the Winter Parking Restrictions on the City's website and sign-up to receive the City's updates.
APPLY FOR THE VIOLENCE PREVENTION STEERING COMMITTEE
The Violence Prevention Steering Committee has openings, please consider applying to help guide the City's work to reduce violence in our communities. This Committee was created to provide expertise on violence prevention and to serve as a liaison between the community and the City. The City is looking for members who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of Minneapolis.
Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all seats are filled.
Apply: Visit the City's website to apply to serve on this Committee. 
APPLY FOR THE UPPER HARBORT TERMINAL COMMITTEE
The City Council has approved the concept plan for the 48-acre Upper Harbor Terminal development project along the Mississippi in North Minneapolis. The City and the Park Board are now seeking resident applicants to serve on the City's Upper Harbor Terminal Community Planning and Engagement Committee  (UHT CPEC) and on the Park's Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
Deadline: Applications are due by April 14 but mailed or delivered paper applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on April 12.
Apply: To apply to serve on the City's UPT CPEC visit the City's website.
To apply to serve on the Park Board CAC visit the Park's website.
NEIGHBORHOODS 2020
Over the next few years, the City's funding for neighborhood associations will change.
The current funding program for neighborhood associations is called the Community Participation Program. This program relies on the anticipated revenues from the Consolidated Redevelopment Finance District.
However, the revenues from the Consolidated Redevelopment Finance District will be discontinued after 2020. This change in funding sources provides an opportunity to plan the future of neighborhood associations.
As such, the City has launched the Neighborhoods 2020 initiative to seek resident input to further develop and improve upon the City of Minneapolis’ neighborhood based engagement structure. Please join one of these public comment community sessions to share your views on this topic:
*All sessions are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, March 13 (in Somali)   Cedar Riverside Opportunity Ctr.
505 15th Ave. S.

Friday, March 15 (in Spanish)      Waite House                               
2323 11th Ave. S.

Thursday, March 21 (in English)       Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

To submit your comments in other ways (email, text, mail), please visit the Neighborhoods 2020 website.
HOW TO DEAL WITH ICE & SNOW
We have received a record snowfall of 53 inches this February! City ordinances require that residents clear a path for City crews to be able to access your garbage, recycling, and organics carts within 48 hours after the snow stops falling. If City crews have to shovel out your cart, a fee of $30 per cart will be added to your utility bill.

Sidewalks need to be clear and free of snow and ice for everyone. Minneapolis ordinance requires that property owners shovel sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes. For all other properties, owners are given four daytime hours to clear the snow and ice on the sidewalks.

Ice dams mean that your house is not as energy efficient as it could be. Insulating your attic and stopping air leaks protects the environment and saves you money. There are resources available for you to address these home improvements from both CenterPoint and the City, including repair rebates and no interest loans.

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