April 27th, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Things are moving along quickly and we are getting close to adjournment of the 30th Alaska Legislature. I look forward to being home and visiting with many of you again soon. Below please find a quick update of what’s happening here, and a reminder of events happening in Anchorage this weekend.  Next week we will include an update on personal legislation and other important bills. 


Operating & Capital Budgets


The House and Senate conference committee on the operating budget is continuing to work out differences between the two versions of the operating budgets, including funding the House put in for important public safety needs like hiring additional prosecutors and investigators.  The capital budget is being heard in the Senate and will be in the House early next week.  While still a pretty bare bones capital budget I was pleased to see funding including for testing our backlog of untested rape kits.  This is a key public safety issue that we are working to address through House Bill 31 as part of an ongoing reform effort ( 



Upcoming Events




April 28 - Community Volunteer Day

April 28-May 5 - Free Dump Days


The Mountain View community clean-up

has been volunteer run since 1989


April 28: Community Volunteer Day

Join us from 11AM-3PM at the Boys and Girls Club (315 Price St.) to help clean our streets and parks. Free lunch & prizes for volunteers!


April 28 & May 5: Free dump days

Solid Waste Services will accept free loads at the Anchorage Regional landfill from 8am to 5pm on April 28th and May 5th (Central transfer station will be closed).


Large Item Pick Up, NEW RULES 2018:

If you have large items you cannot get to the landfill, you can place items on the curb and mark with orange tape. Items must be on curb by the night of May 1 (Tuesday). Drivers will make one pass through the neighborhood. If your item isn't picked up by May 5, you are responsible for disposing of it.




Family Affair & Youth Summit at Clark Middle School


Black Panther actress Janeshia Adams-Ginyard jumps out of the big screen into our backyard to empower youth to manifest success in school and in life, overcome obstacles and build mental toughness at the free Family Affair – Youth Summit Explosion on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Clark Middle School from 9-2 PM as one act of “Love for Humanity: MLK’s 50 Acts of Service or Kindness Campaign.”


This Family Affair – Youth Summit Explosion consists of over 50 booths offering financial, educational, economics, health information and more. There will also be a Housing Information/Mini Housing Fair in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and a Health Fair. Attendees are welcome to tour the MLK Gallery to view an exhibit and hear recitals from the Clark Informers. The 90% by 2020 Grad Station will be on hand where youth can dress in cap and gowns for photos that will inspire them to stay in school and graduate! The opening official program is from 9-10 AM with guest remarks and comments and the closing is from 1-2 PM with comments, entertainment and remarks by Janeshia Adams-Ginyard. Entertainment and food also accompany this program. There's something for the entire family - it truly is a “Family Affair – Youth Summit Explosion!”


2018 North By North Festival

This weekend at the Anchorage Museum, there’ll be presentations on local government and sustainable development goals, startups and investors across Alaska, climate action, and more! With speakers coming from all over the world, it should be an informational blast! For a full itinerary for this weekend’s activities, please click here. If you can make it, you definitely should! The North by North Festival captures the spirit of Alaska and the Arctic, while addressing the challenges we face and exploring opportunities.  The Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center is the largest museum in the state and one of our most visited attractions, if you haven’t gotten the chance to go, this weekend is a great chance!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas! I love hearing from you!

All my best,

signed: Geran Tarr
Representative Geran Tarr

P.S. Is there a bill you’ve been following this session?  Give us a call and we can give you an update and how you can weigh in before it’s too late!  


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