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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
September 5, 2017
In this issue:
• Fourth Special Session
• Back to School Safety
• Thank You for Attending Ice Cream
in the Park
• Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

For many, Labor Day represents the end of the summer and the return to school. We can also remember the origins of the holiday, the history of the labor movement, and the strength and diversity of our nation’s workers.

Governor Calls Legislature into Fourth Special Session of 2017

Last week, Governor Walker called the legislature back to Juneau on October 23 for a fourth special session focused on revenue. Until then, the Governor will work with the House and Senate to narrow the focus on the revenue option to consider. In an announcement, Governor Walker said, “Alaskans deserve predictability and stability so we can plan for the future. Revenue stability is a critical component to building a Stronger Alaska economy. We cannot continue to draw down on savings to pay for services. We cannot continue to rely on the volatility of oil prices to fund classrooms, roads and troopers."

The Alaska House Majority Coalition is prepared to finish the work necessary to approve a responsible action plan that includes new revenue to fill the budget gap. I am hopeful that the Senate will work with the House to negotiate a comprehensive plan. As we prepare for the fourth special session, I remain committed to a responsible action plan that puts Alaska first!

Back to School Safety

A big welcome back to the teachers, staff, students, and families that are starting the new school year!  With the school season in full swing, please be aware and exercise a little extra care and caution on the roads: watch for school buses, keep an eye out for speed limits in school zones, buckle up, and put away your cell phones.

Let’s all keep the following tips in mind to make sure children and drivers co-exist safely on the road:

Sharing the Road with School Buses

  • If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car
  • When approaching, turning, or following a school bus you should:
    SLOW DOWN as soon as you see the flashing amber lights
    STOP at least 30 ' from the bus when the red lights are flashing
  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas

Sharing the Road with Young Bicyclists

  • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
  • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
  • If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
  • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling and be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods

Students Can Take Precautions Too!

Child Safety Tips

Thank You for Attending Ice Cream in the Park Events

When we’re not in Juneau, we make it a priority to meet with constituents and listen to what matters to you. While the legislature may not be in session, Alaska still faces great financial challenges. Hearing from West Anchorage constituents is always a priority. Thank you to our friends and neighbors who attended Ice Cream in the Park!

Rep. Claman speaking with constituents in Turnagain.
Rep. Claman speaking with constituents in Turnagain.

Rep. Claman speaking with constituents at Balto Seppala Park.
Rep. Claman speaking with constituents at Balto Seppala Park.

Rep. Claman speaking with constituents at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park.
Rep. Claman speaking with constituents at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park.

Rep. Claman at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park.
Rep. Claman at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park.

Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Fish Creek Festival 2017

Join your community in a family friendly event to celebrate Fish Creek and the community that loves it. Live music, food trucks, art, community, and duct tape and tarp parade! Consider riding your bike or walking to this event.

When: Saturday, September 9th from 3:00pm – 9:00pm 
Where: Woodland Park, 3508 Iowa St.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.








Jewel Lake Park Fix-ItJewel Lake Park Fix-It

The Jewel Lake Park raingarden needs a makeover! Help plant trees and shrubs to improve park drainage. Tools and lunch provided for all volunteers. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty.

When: Saturday, September 9th from 10:30am-1:00pm
Where: 4342 W 88th Avenue

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

Fish Creek Waterways Clean-Up

Join the Alaska Center, Anchorage Waterways Council, and Girl Scouts in this trail and creek clean-up.
When: Saturday, September 9th from 10:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Meet at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park (3907 E Turnagain Blvd)

Community Councils

Spenard Community Council
When: Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 pm
Where: Spenard Recreation Center
Facebook event page

Turnagain Community Council
When: Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 pm
Where: West/Romig Career Technology Center, Room 252 **New location**
Facebook event page

Sand Lake Community Council
When: Monday, September 11th at 6:30 pm
Where: Sand Lake Elementary School, Library Room
Facebook event page

As always, please let us know if you have any question or concerns.


signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Contact the Governor

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1700
Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 269-7450 F (907) 269-7461
EMAIL: Governor Bill Walker


State Info (907) 269-5111

Serving the Anchorage Neighborhoods of
Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain

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