Representative Genevieve Mina

Alaska State Legislature House District 19 (East Anchorage) E-Newsletter

Proudly serving Airport Heights, Mountain View, and Russian Jack

February 9, 2024

  

Hi friends and neighbors!


I’m back in Anchorage this weekend for our constituent event this Saturday, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow 4:30-6PM at the Mountain View Library. I’ve met with multiple constituents over the past few weeks to talk about education, seniors, childcare, workforce development, and more. The most prominent theme? The need for our state to invest in Alaskans in the long term.


Today, I’m spending time touring and meeting with several community partners who are doing the work to support Alaskans. I visited Russian Jack Elementary School and met with Volunteers of America (VOA) Alaska and health care stakeholders to discuss the expansion of access to behavioral health in schools. We also met with Narcotic Drug Treatment Center (NDTC) which has provided medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for fifty years. NDTC is looking to expand their services in district to address our current fentanyl crisis.


If you have any thoughts about the issues facing our state, including SNAP, schools, snow, and more - please come to our House District 19 event tomorrow! If you can’t make it, my team is here to listen to you.

Sincerely,

House District 19 Issues Survey


Whether it's education, the PFD, snow plowing, public assistance, or the economy, I want to know what you care about most.


Please complete this short 5-10 minute survey so that I can best serve you. You may choose to keep your responses anonymous, however there is an option to provide your contact information and/or indicate which neighborhood you live in at the end of the survey.

Complete the district survey!

Legislative Update


We haven't seen any movement on education funding. But, I have been glad to see many school district administrators, teachers, and education advocates coming to the Capitol to keep pressing on the needs of our students. In terms of the budget, the House Health and Social Services Finance Subcommittee has started their hearings, and the House Transportation Finance Subcommittee will start next week.


In the Senate, one incredible accomplishment is the passage of SB 88, which is Sen. Giessel's defined benefits bill. Public safety officers, teachers, AARP and more have pushed for SB 88 to address the vacancies we see across state departments. I'm looking forward to supporting SB 88 as it moves through the House.

State of the State Reaction


Rep. Andy Josephson and I sat down with Senator Löki Tobin to discuss Dunleavy's State of the State Address on her show, The Empty Office Podcast.


Although the governor spoke to new resource development opportunities in Alaska, I was disappointed in the lack of focus on our people. Investing in Alaska means investing in our kids and a strong retirement system.


Listen to the full podcast here.

SNAP Application Online


We are pleased to share that the Division of Public Assistance has launched a new online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application! This platform is designed to streamline the application process, making it easier, faster, and more accessible for Alaskans to apply for food assistance benefits.


The application has been developed with ease of use in mind, ensuring that it is straightforward for everyone to navigate. It is secure and confidential, and you can access the online application at any time, providing flexibility to apply when it's most convenient for you. You can also start your application and come back to finish it later, saving your progress as you go.


We encourage all eligible Alaskans in need of food assistance to utilize this new online application system. The Alaska Division of Public Assistance has been making efforts to improve access to essential services and ensuring that every Alaskan has the support they need. If you need assistance with your benefits, please reach out to my office any time. 

People Mover Service Updates

Effective January 22, 2024, PeopleMover implemented city-wide service and route changes based on a nearly 7-month month public review and feedback process. Read on to learn more about modifications that directly impact House District 19.


ROUTE 20 MOUNTAIN VIEW / U MED


Route 20 will remain on Bragaw street between Debarr and Penland Parkway. It will no longer travel on Northway Drive. (Route 31 will now service Northway Drive).

 

This will improve on-time performance and get riders to their destinations faster. Additionally, it removed a turn that bus operators have identified as a safety concern at Penland Parkway.


ROUTE 31 NORTHEAST (Combing Routes 21 Mountain View and 31 Northeast)


Route 21 ​will be combined with Route 31. Service is shifted from Bragaw Street to Northway Drive between Penland Parkway and San Jeronimo Drive. The route still operates in a counterclockwise direction west of Pine Street​. Service will be discontinued on 4th Avenue, 7th Avenue, and Klevin Street between Bragaw and Pine Streets. The route will begin and end at the Muldoon and Debarr Stop (#1084​) instead of Northway Mall. This will provide direct service between Muldoon and Mountain View. 

 

With many stores at Northway Mall closed, People Mover has found that Route 21 isn’t as helpful as it once was.​


Please note that many stops along Route 20 and Route 31 have been discontinued. 

 

Want to be more involved in the next public review process? Want live service updates? Sign up for People Mover’s mailing list! Don’t forget to download the new mStop app for live transit updates!

See the below image to see some of the discontinued stops on Routes 20 and 31.

Park Improvement Updates


ICYMI: The Municipality of Anchorage has received $620,000 in federal funds to improve Russian Jack Springs Park through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program, a grant program administered by the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. This money will provide singletrack mountain biking trail, a sledding hill, and other park amenities.


In addition to the federal funds received through the Department of the Interior, we have the opportunity to further upgrade our local parks through municipal means. The municipal election on April 2, 2024 will include a ballot measure to approve $4,350,000 worth of general obligation bonds that will be used to better parks, trails, and recreational facilities in Anchorage. $950,000 of that total has been earmarked for two projects in our community: Russian Jack Springs Park Safety & ADA Improvement and Mountain View Parks Improvements & Safety Enhancements. Last November, Senator Dunbar and I wrote a letter of support in favor of not only the aforementioned projects, but other line items within the G.O. bond, including inclusive playground development and improved downtown wayfinding



Check out the Anchorage Municipal Planning and Zoning Commission’s Russian Jack Springs Park Master Plan to read about the long-term vision for the park.

Community Council Meetings


Airport Heights Community Council

Hybrid meeting every third Thursday at 7:00PM.

7:00PM Thursday, February 15th

Airport Heights Elementary School Library (1510 Alder Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508)

Click here for Zoom (Passcode: 499153)

Click here for more information


Mountain View Community Council

Hybrid meeting every fourth Wednesday at 6:00PM.

6:00PM Wednesday, February 28th

Mountain View Library (120 Bragaw St, Anchorage, AK 99508)

Click here for Zoom (Passcode: 955872)

Click here for more information


Russian Jack Community Council

Hybrid meeting every second Wednesday at 6:30PM.

6:30PM Wednesday, February 14th

Zion Lutheran Church (2100 Boniface Parkway, Anchorage, Alaska 99504)

Click here for Zoom

Click here for more information

Community Events and Resources

 

Mountain Viewing Football Party

2:00 pm Sunday, February 11th at Mountain View Library

Join the Mountain View Community Council in a potluck and festivities while watching the football game of the year!


Bettye Davis African American Summit

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, February 10th at East High School

This year's theme is “Marching Until Equity, Equality and Justice is Won!”


If you were in the Buy Nothing Rogers Park/UMed/Fairview/Airport Hts/Mt. View Facebook group, the group has split up into more neighborhood-focused, geographically smaller groups. To join your new Buy Nothing Facebook group, click on your cross streets and click on the associated link to request to join. 

 

Want to be more involved in your community? Have strong leadership and interpersonal skills? The Federation of Community Councils is hiring their first-ever Executive Director. Find out more and apply here.

 

The Anchorage Park Foundation is pleased to offer two new grant opportunities. The Community Challenge Grant provides funding for projects that improve Anchorage parks, trails, greenbelts, and recreation centers. The Neighborhood Forest Grant provides funding for projects that restore, reforest, and sustain urban forest on public or private land - projects must benefit underserved areas in north Anchorage. The deadline for both grants is March 20, 2024.

 

The Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators is pleased to offer annual scholarships to qualifying Alaskan students going into fields of study or vocation related to the maritime industry and environment. Applications are due March 25, 2024.

Representative Genevieve Mina

House District 19


rep.genevieve.mina@akleg.gov

(907) 465-3424



Session: Alaska State Capitol, Room 420,

Juneau, Alaska 99801


Interim: Anchorage Legislative Office, Room 218,

1500 Benson Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Katy Giorgio

Legislative Aide

katy.giorgio@akleg.gov

(907) 465-4926

Remington Purnell

Legislative Aide

remington.purnell@akleg.gov

(907) 465-4926


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