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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


November 9, 2018

In this issue:

•  General Election Results

•  Alaska Criminal Justice Commission Releases Annual Report

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918 that marked the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars.

On Monday, please join me in recognizing the brave men and women who have served our country. Thank you to all veterans and active duty military for your service.


General Election Results

On Tuesday, West Anchorage voters re-elected me to represent House District 21. I am honored and humbled by your confidence in allowing me to continue working as your Representative in Juneau!

My campaign was focused on the positive message of working together to find common ground. I spoke with friends and neighbors throughout the district about the many challenges we face as a state and finding solutions that serve all Alaskans. We must focus on the future of Alaska—addressing the issues today and not leaving them for the next generation of Alaskans.

Thank you to everyone who voted in this important election. Now that the election is over, the work of begins anew. I'm looking forward to continuing my service to West Anchorage!


Alaska Criminal Justice Commission Releases Annual Report

Last week, the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) released its 2018 Annual Report. This is the fourth report the ACJC has published since the Legislature created the Commission.

In 2014, the Legislature established the ACJC to make recommendations for justice reinvestment, to improve public safety outcomes, and to increase the efficiency of the criminal justice system. Accordingly, the Commission made recommendations focused on helping Alaska direct its criminal justice resources where they are needed most: (1) prioritizing prison beds for serious and violent offenders, (2) curbing corrections costs, (3) improving reformation and rehabilitation opportunities for non-violent offenders and those with alcohol and substance abuse disorders, and (4) reinvesting state resources into programs that help reduce recidivism and prevent crime. The Commission is required by law to monitor the implementation of criminal justice reform and report annually to the Legislature. As described in detail in the 2018 Annual Report, Alaska is making progress in each of the four areas.

The newest report shows that Alaska is achieving its goals. Arrest rates and prison admissions are up thanks to increases in prosecutors and police. People convicted of violent crimes now make up a greater share of the prison population. There are more people in prison for drug dealing and fewer addicts in prison for simple drug possession. The Department of Corrections is focusing more attention on dangerous individuals and we have already reinvested $40 million in reentry services, violence prevention, pretrial enforcement, and substance abuse treatment.

To read the report, visit: http://www.ajc.state.ak.us/sites/default/files/imported/acjc/acjc_annual_report_2018.pdf.

The Anchorage Daily News also published my opinion piece on the report. Click the image below to read:



Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Community Councils

Sand Lake Community Council 
When: Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 PM 
Where: Sand Lake Elementary School, Library Room 
Facebook event page


2018 Anchorage Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide experiential education for creators, executors, and innovators. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

When: Friday, November 9th – Sunday, November 11th
List of Events and Times
Where: 4th Avenue Marketplace, 333 W 4th Ave.


Click here for more information and tickets or visit the Facebook event page to RSVP. Military and student discounts available. Email anchorage@startupweekend.org for discount codes.


Southcentral Foundation Veterans Day Breakfast

In recognition of Veterans Day, all veterans are invited to join SCF Leadership for an appreciation celebration. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, November 13th from 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Southcentral Foundation Administration Building, 4501 Diplomacy Dr.

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

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919


State Capitol Bldg. Rm 118
Juneau, Alaska 99801


Contact the Governor

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

State Info (907) 269-5111

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