I hope everyone has a restful time with family and friends. I’m so grateful for my many blessings, including the opportunity to serve our area for two more years. I try to take time everyday to be thankful and also to think of those less fortunate. In the coming year, I hope to do more than ever to create positive change to improve the lives of our neighbors who are struggling. The opportunity to do this work is yet another blessing and I look forward to working with all of you on this shared goal.
Our Annual Restorative Justice Community Event Next Thursday!
Join Senator Begich and I for a community discussion on Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is a system that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and our communities. We emphasize on justice and repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior, while looking at things from a victim-centered approach. There are ways we can use the tools we have to better our neighborhoods, I hope you’ll join us on Thursday, November 29th from 6-8pm at the Mountain View Library for this important conversation.
Questions? Please call my office at (907) 269-0144 or email Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov
To RSVP, please click here.
Honoring Danielle Riha: Teacher of the Year
One of our amazing teachers from the district was recently honored with the Alaska Teacher of the Year award for 2019. Danielle Riha teaches seventh and eighth grade language arts, social studies, science, and math at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School just off Bragaw was surprised with an assembly and celebration for the award presentation. Riha has been an educator in the district for 11 years, spending those at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Before working in our neighborhood, Ms. Riha worked as an educator in Togiak, New Stuyahok, and for the Southwest Regional School District. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the secret assembly and am so proud of all the hard work Ms. Riha has done for our community, our students, and Alaska’s future.
Health Policy Class at UAA
Last month, I was invited to teach a class at UAA on Health Policy, I want to thank those who attended, we had great questions asked. This next generation of leaders are inspiring! Discussing HB 31 and our new victim centered approaches to testing our backlogged rape kits led to a lively discussion. I’m excited to soon see the work these students will do for our state!
Our October Fire Safety Week Lunch and Learn
Early last month, on Thursday, October 11th- from 12:30-1:30pm, Representative Harriet Drummond and I hosted a lunch and learn with the Alaska Community Action on Toxics at the Anchorage LIO as a part of 2018’s Fire Safety Week! Award-winning firefighter Adam Wood from the San Francisco Firehouse 7 and the Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, flew up to Anchorage for Fire Safety Week to speak on his successful efforts to convince San Francisco lawmakers to ban carcinogenic chemicals from furniture and children's products sold in San Francisco. As firefighter for 23 years, he is a leader in championing the No. 1 threat facing firefighters across the country – toxic chemicals.
Kirsten Swann Citation Presentation at the Mt. View Community Council
At our last Mountain View Community Council meeting, we were able to honor Kirsten Swann for the amazing work she’s done in the neighborhood! Kirsten has dedicated her writing skills for the past years to telling the stories of our Mountain View neighbors. The Mountain View Post, our local magazine and website, help show what makes Mountain View unique. We’re lucky to have her as a neighbor! Thank you Kirsten!
Upcoming Community Council Meetings
· Monday, December 10th, from 7-9pm at the Mt. View Boys and Girls Club for the Mt. View Community Council
· Wednesday, December 12th from 7-9pm at Williwaw Elementary for the Russian Jack Community Council
· Thursday, December 20th from 7-9pm at Airport Heights Elementary School for the Airport Heights Community Council
As always, if you have any questions about upcoming events or legislation I'm working on, please reach out. We love hearing from you! If you have ideas about legislation I should introduce, send an email!
Our Fall Constituent Meeting we held at the Mountain View Library had a great turnout, along with important information about public safety, an update on crime in our neighborhood from APD’s Captain Case, and much more! To watch the video of the conversation, please click here.