Important Public Safety Meeting Tomorrow at 1 pm and upcoming opportunities for civic participation
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
An Invitation to a House Finance Budget Subcommittee Hearing
We’ve been talking about neighborhood crime and how to address the crime. I think by now many have heard about Senate Bill 54, a measure that has passed the Senate and now awaits action in the House, which will make some changes to Senate Bill 91, including allowing judges to use jail time in sentencing for first time C-felonies, changes in misdemeanor penalties, and violations of conditions of release. This bill addresses sentencing for both first time and repeat offenders.
We must acknowledge that crime rates were trending upwards several years before SB91 went into effect. In order to address the issues with crime in our neighborhoods, we must talk about the correlation crime has with our economy and the health of our community. In order to begin the conversation of healing and rehabilitation, we must first deal with our statewide fiscal problems. Ensuring that we have a stable budget and steady revenue is key in the fight towards ending our opioid epidemic and crime patterns close to home.
For more information about how our budget, or lack thereof, has impacted how much we can do regarding crime in our state, please join me at the House Finance budget subcommittee hearing tomorrow, Thursday, October 5th, from 1pm-5pm. For those in Anchorage, you can attend in person, as well as live stream it at your convenience.
House Finance Budget Subcommittee Hearing:
Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 1500 W. Benson Blvd. 2nd Floor Conference Room
Thursday, October 5th, 1pm-5pm
Live stream it here: http://akl.tv
Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) accepting comments on draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) is currently accepting comments on the draft 2018-19 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the draft 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Criteria.
30 DAY PUBLIC REVIEW & COMMENT OPPORTUNITY
HOW TO PROVIDE COMMENTS:
State of Reform Conference: Policy Leadership - Democrats
Yesterday, October 3rd, Senator Bill Wielechowski, Representative Sam Kito, and myself were given the opportunity to discuss health care, which we can all agree is unlike any other in the nation. We participated alongside 135 health organizations to exchange ideas and thoughts on how to better care for our community. The State of Reform’s annual Health Policy Conference helped connect dots between the experts, speakers, health industry, health professionals and policy makers who are all fighting for quality care for our loved ones. The theme of my remarks were that we need to get back to evidence based policy and not allow policies to be ideologically driven. Allowing ideologically driven policies has resulted in poor outcomes and wasted state dollars. Every dollar that is spent needs to be spent on a program that we know will work.
Upcoming Community Council Meetings:
I wanted to take the time to send out a friendly reminder for the upcoming October Community Council meetings. The councils are back in full swing and attendance in September was great! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy getting to catch up with neighbors at the monthly meetings. Please consider attending! The Mountain View Community Council will be meeting next Monday, October 9th at 7pm inside the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. The Russian Jack Community Council will be meeting at 6:30 pm inside Wonder Park Elementary School on Wednesday, October 11th. The Airport Heights October Community Council Meeting is still two weeks away, on Thursday, October 19th, at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, starting at 7pm.
P.S. Special session is just a couple weeks away. Please get in touch with your thoughts on Senate Bill 54, related to crime issues, or the proposal by Governor Walker for a head tax.