Rep. Scott Kawasaki

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Sept 20 Constituent Town Hall in Fairbanks

Dear Neighbors,

Good to Be Home!

After nearly 6 full months in Juneau this year, it’s great to be home in the district and see many of you around town. Here’s a quick update about my upcoming constituent meeting, the municipal election on October 3, and other entertaining events around town.

Mark Your Calendar: Constituent Town Hall on September 20

Reps. Kawasaki & Guttenberg Honoring 50 years of the Fairbanks Native Association
Reps. Kawasaki & Guttenberg Honoring 50 years of the Fairbanks Native Association

On Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, I am hosting a public Town Hall meeting at the Noel Wien Auditorium (1215 Cowles St). I will discuss the legislative session, the October Special Session on new revenue, the budget deficit, public safety, schools and issues raised by President Trump. Refreshments will be provided.

Please bring your questions, concerns and ideas. Part of being an effective lawmaker is to have an ongoing dialogue with you – this is your state, your town and your community. I hope to see you there!

Increased Crime in 2016

The state released the annual 2016 Uniform Crime Annual Report this week. Robberies increased by 11 percent, burglaries increased by 15 percent, theft increased by 16 percent and motor vehicle thefts increased by 50 percent over the last year. Reported rape incidents increased nearly 17 percent since the 2015 analysis. However, homicides decreased by 12 percent in 2016.

I encourage neighbors to be on the lookout for each other and consider safety precautions such as implementing a neighborhood watch or volunteer for Volunteers in Policing.

Rep. Kawasaki and local Fairbanks Police
Rep. Kawasaki and local Fairbanks Police

This increase in the state’s reported crime rates coincides with state budget cuts to public safety and community assistance. In 2014-2016, legislative leadership cut 9% from Public Safety budget, which resulted in the closure of nine Alaska State Trooper Stations, the loss of 38 Alaska State Trooper positions and fewer prosecutors. With other budget cuts to local government, police departments are being asked to do more with fewer resources as the opioid epidemic has risen in Alaska.

This year I was made chairman of this important budget in the House and I voted for a budget that did not make further cuts to trooper personnel. However, this simply is not enough to enhance public safety or to improve morale among law enforcement officials that put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.

Public safety continues to be a top priority for me and I look forward to working with you, neighbors and law enforcement community in working toward innovative solutions in the upcoming session.

Upcoming Municipal Election: Election Day is October 3!

Tuesday, October 3, is Election Day for the City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole and Fairbanks North Star Borough. Early Voting begins on Monday, September 18, at the Borough building (1000 Pioneer Road) where polls are open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. You can also vote at Fairbanks City Hall or North Pole City Hall for your local City and Borough ballots.

Below are some upcoming forums to introduce you to candidates. You can find more information about ballot propositions and who’s on your local ballots online here.

Tuesday, September 12 (TONIGHT) at 6:30pm: Interior Taxpayers’ Association Local Candidate Forum will be held in the Fairbanks North Star Borough Chambers at 100 Pioneer Road in Fairbanks.

Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30pm: FNSB Assembly Seats D, E, H Candidate Forum will take place in the Carlson Center Pioneer Room at 2010 2nd Ave in Fairbanks.

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00pm: The Young Professionals Council is hosting a candidate forum for the FNSB School Board. The location is still to be determined, check back at the link here for more details.

Other Upcoming Events in Fairbanks

Saturday the 16th is the last day at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market!
Saturday the 16th is the last day at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market!

Now that kids are back in school (remember to slow down while driving!), lots of great events are coming up later this month:

Saturday, September 16, 7am-5pm
55th Annual Equinox Marathon Starts at the UAF Patty Center and winds through town (Link)

Saturday, September 15, 5pm
Lathrop High School Homecoming Football Game vs. Wasilla at Lathrop High School

Monday, September 18, 3:00-4:30pm
Constitution Day Celebration at the Wood Center Ballroom at UAF (Link)

Friday, September 22, 5:00-9:00pm
Calypso Farms Benefit Dinner & Auction at Friends Church (1485 30th Avenue) (Link)

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24
Fairbanks Startup Weekend at the Hub (410 2nd Ave) (Link)

As always, please feel free to drop me a line by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, telephone or even snail mail at the contact info below. I look forward to seeing you around town!

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks

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As your Representative,
I am here to listen and help. Contact me anytime.

Rep.Scott.Kawasaki@akleg.gov
 
www.RepScottKawasaki.com
 
IN JUNEAU:
Phone: (907) 465-3466
FAX: (907) 465-2937
State Capitol Building
Juneau, AK 99801

IN FAIRBANKS:
Phone: (907) 456-7423
1292 Sadler Way
(AlaskaUSA Credit Building)
Fairbanks, AK 99701
 
Toll Free: (866) 465-3466

Voice your opinions!
Here are some ways to let your voice be heard regarding issues important to you.

Write a Letter to the Editor - submit up to a 350 word letter to the Fairbanks News Miner via their website:
http://newsminer.com

Contact the Governor
Governor Walker's Fairbanks office may be reached at 451-2920, or e-mail him. You can also visit the state website at alaska.gov

Contact your
Congressional Delegation

Senator Dan Sullivan
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 328
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-0261 or Email

Congressman Don Young
100 Cushman St., #307
Key Bank Building
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 456-0210 or Email

Senator Lisa Murkowski
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 329
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-456-0233 or Email