January 2019 Legislative Update

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.

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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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