Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a happy New Year!

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.

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Require Mandatory Jail Time for Car Thieves

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.

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Picking up the pieces from Friday’s earthquake

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.

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A happy Thanksgiving and safe winter travel tips

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.

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Fall Happenings Around the Neighborhood

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.

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