I’m back in Juneau and though the House is not yet organized (that means we have not agreed on leadership or committee chairs), I am encouraged by the act of consensus shown last week. We elected Rep. Neal Foster (Nome) to serve as our Speaker Pro Tem which then allowed us to swear in Rep. Sharon Jackson, the new member from Eagle River. This example of compromise is the first step towards completing the organization of the House.Read more
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! May this special time be spent with family and friends, and celebrated in good health and good spirits.
I also want to wish you a happy New Year! I am looking forward to a positive year, and a productive legislative session.
Anchorage – Today, Representative-elect Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) announced they would pre-file legislation for the upcoming 31st Alaska State Legislature to address the significant increase in vehicle theft across Alaska. Last year the rate of vehicle theft spiked by nearly 40 percent compared to 2016. The pre-filed legislation will require mandatory minimum jail time of at least 120 days for vehicle theft, with lengthier sentences for aggravating factors.Read more
Last Friday’s earthquake shook our community. Continuing aftershocks have kept nerves on edge. I am incredibly thankful that there does not appear to be serious injury or death caused by the earthquake. Also, the outpouring of help by our friends and neighbors showed our community’s strength, resilience and kindness. I feel blessed to be part of such a community.Read more
While the official start of winter is still nearly a month away, we all know that winter starts much earlier than that here in Anchorage. With Thanksgiving coming up and the holidays not far away, I wanted to share with you some information on traveling safely during the holidays and winter months.Read more
I hope this newsletter finds you well. Fall is fully upon us, the kids are back to school, the leaves are falling (or have already fallen) and I hope the bears go to their dens soon.
As I’ve said before, the #1 issue I hear from neighbors is public safety. Crime has affected us all, making us feel less safe in our homes, businesses, neighborhoods and community. Because of the failed implementation of SB91, I voted in 2017 to repeal the bill. Unfortunately, those in favor of full repeal did not prevail.Read more
Just a quick reminder of tomorrow’s East Anchorage Town Hall picnic. Drop by to hear from your East Anchorage delegation and let us know what matters to you and your family. The event is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26th, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet (1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln). I hope to see you there; we’re buying the pizza!Read more
I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the beginnings of a hopefully long and sunny summer. I have been enjoying talking with folks as I see them in the neighborhood and at community events, and hearing their issues, concerns and ideas. Please know that I am always available to listen to you and work with you to find solutions to any problems you may have.Read more