Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
January 18, 2019
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week, I took the Oath of Office and am honored to start my third term representing House District 21. We face many challenges as a state, and over the next 90 days, the Legislature will make decisions that will have an impact for many years to come. We must focus on the future of Alaska by finding solutions that serve all Alaskans—addressing the issues today and not leaving them for the next generation.
TOMORROW: Start of Session Constituent Meeting
Please join me tomorrow, Saturday, January 19 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office for our Start of Session Constituent Meeting. Food and drinks will be served!
For more information and to RSVP, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/545774559266013/.
Tools to Stay Informed
This legislative session will be busy as we work to address issues, including the state’s ongoing financial challenges. We will strive to keep you informed as we move forward. For weekly updates on legislation and constituent issues, you can check out past e-newsletters on my website. As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email me at Rep.Matt.Claman@akleg.gov.
Below are some additional resources for staying up-to-date and engaged:
Address: 1500 W. Benson Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99503
Meet Our Staff
We welcome back two returning staffers to our office: Lizzie Kubitz and Ceri Godinez. Lizzie is our Chief of Staff and this is her fourth session with the Legislature. She is a graduate of West Anchorage High School and received degrees in Politics and American Studies from Willamette University. Ceri joins us again for the second year. Originally from California, she graduated from Yale with a degree in Film and Media Studies and made the move to Alaska.
When you call, write, or email my office, Lizzie and Ceri will be available and happy to assist you.
Sharp Decline in Anchorage Vehicle Thefts
This week, the Anchorage Daily News reported that vehicle thefts in Anchorage have been in decline for over a year. According to the article, “vehicle thefts hit an 18-month low in October, with 189 reports. That’s down from a high of 370 in January 2018 and the fewest since May 2017, when 179 vehicles were reported stolen.” The Anchorage Police Department credits aggressive law enforcement and federal help as contributing factors.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
Spenard Jazz Fest Series
When: See the detailed schedule of events for more information.
Where: The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café, 3956 Spenard Rd.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page. Suggested donation is $5.00.
Anchorage Climate Action Plan Vision Workshop
You’re invited to join the Anchorage Climate Action Plan team, NAACP Anchorage Branch, and The Alaska Center for an exciting community event on January 22nd at the Mountain View Neighborhood Library. Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will kick off the event with a brief talk, and then participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and feedback on the Anchorage Climate Action Plan. Community organizations will also share energy efficiency resources and other information. Children of all ages are welcome.
Free pizza will be provided for participants, and we will provide childcare and interpretation as needed. Please email ClimateActionPlan@anchorageak.gov or call 343-7170 to request an interpreter or other accommodations at least 72 hours in advance.
When: Tuesday, January 22 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: Mountain View Neighborhood Library, 120 Bragaw St.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.