Happy New Year everyone. This week we want to kick things off by inviting you and your family to our pre-session constituent meeting, this Monday, January 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Little Italy Restaurant, 2300 East 88th Avenue. We will have a preview of the upcoming session and fill you in on the details of what we are working on to protect our economy and families in 2017. Questions are encouraged! Please speak up and let me know your ideas on how we can move our state forward because your opinion guides my decision-making process during the session. Food and soft drinks will be provided so mark your calendar and we will see you Monday evening.
Regarding the upcoming session, I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to serve as the House Minority Leader for the 30th Alaska Legislature. Leading a coalition of 17 legislators during these challenging times will be a tremendous responsibility but one that I truly look forward to.
Anchorage School District Update
This week, we had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Deena Paramo, the new superintendent of the Anchorage School District, to talk about priorities for the upcoming session and to share the thoughts and ideas we discussed during our recent visits to District 25’s neighborhood schools. Dr. Paramo brings substantial experience to our district and had encouraging ideas to improve student and staff outcomes and experiences. Most exciting perhaps were her concepts for expanding opportunities for college-level courses for high school students and a reinvigoration of the current programs for vocational and professional education.
We shared with her the concerns and ideas brought to our office regarding integration of Mt. Iliamna students into Kasuun Elementary classrooms, and needed upgrades to Abbott Loop Elementary. We also heard about the more global needs of ASD, and their hope to use existing resources to prevent the need for budget increases. Dr. Paramo has proven to be an efficient manager, both of personnel and finances, and we were so encouraged by her goal to better use the resources that ASD currently has, and practice budgeting restraint.
Our PTA’s are ready to continue working to make our schools the best they can possibly be.
Hanshew Middle School PTA – Monday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Service High PTA – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Trailside Elementary PTA – Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Abbott Loop Elementary PTA – Monday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m.
The Abbott Loop Community Council meeting will be held Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Abbott Loop Elementary School.
City Leaders will gather for an Anchorage Assembly meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Loussac Library. Here is a link to the agenda. http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1222&doctype=agenda
Service High athletics resume next week with both basketball teams and the hockey team getting back into action. The boy’s hockey team has back to back games next Friday and Saturday at Ben Boeke Arena against Juneau on Friday and the east High T-Birds on Saturday. The puck drops for both games at 4:30.
Meanwhile, the boys and girls basketball teams visit the West High Eagles. The ladies play Monday night at 6:00 and the boys games tips off on Tuesday night at 7:30. We will keep you up to date on as many Cougar teams as possible each week. If you have any information about the teams please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Along with Alaska State Troopers
An incredibly generous team of Alaska State Troopers invited our office to participate in a ride-along this week. To best represent those who serve our community, it is important to truly understand what a “day in the life” looks like, and to hear from our boots on the ground about their ideas and concerns. We will share our experience and thoughts next week!
Crime Reporting Guide
The Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Police Department released a guide for Anchorage residents on how to properly report a crime. This is really informative and we appreciate Community Liaison Jared James for making this available.
APD wants to hear from you. Residents reporting crimes, small or large, help us track what is happening in our city and enhance public safety.
To ensure our dispatchers can prioritize emergency calls, there are multiple ways to report crime and suspicious activity to the department.
Call 911 in an emergency, if your or someone else’s life is in danger, if there is a crime in progress, if someone needs serious medical attention, or if there is a fire.
Non-Emergency Line (907-786-8900 press 0):
The non-emergency line can be used when a crime has been committed but the suspect is no longer on the scene, if a person needs non-life threatening medical attention, or any situation where you believe an officer should respond but it is not an emergency. The non-emergency line is answered by 911 dispatchers, but it make take a little longer to get through while they are handling 911 calls. Please be patient.
For crimes where an officer will not be able to respond, but the department still wants to know the information, use the online reporting tool. Incidents eligible for online reporting are: suspected drug activity, fraud or identity theft, harassing phone calls, liquor violation, lost property, suspicious activity, shoplifts (for businesses only) IF there is no suspect information, theft (not including a theft of a firearm or vehicle), theft from vehicle, vandalism, and vehicle tampering. The online report forms can be found at www.muni.org/police.
Residents can call or email anonymous crime tips through Anchorage Crime Stoppers. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to the arrest of a wanted felon or solves a felony crime. To report a tip call 561-7867 or go online to anchoragecrimestoppers.com
The Anchorage Police Department takes reports of illegal camps in the Anchorage area. Find a camp reporting link on the muni.org homepage, the APD homepage, or through ANCWorks. A resident can report a camp anonymously and request status notifications. When reporting a camp, residents can drop a pin on a map, take a photo, or use their exact location. That report is placed on the APD Community Action Policing team’s workflow system to start to the cleanup process.
How Not To Report:
For a report to be official, it needs to be given to dispatch or reported online through the APD website www.muni.org/police The Anchorage Police Department cannot take reports of crime through social media channels such as, NextDoor, Facebook, Facebook messages, Twitter, and the ask APD email account. These channels are not monitored 24/7 and dispatchers cannot send an officer to respond unless something is properly reported.
Additional public safety information can be found at the APD website:https://www.muni.org/Departments/police/Pages/default.aspx
We have pre-filed three pieces of legislation for the upcoming session. While the session is still a few weeks away, we’ll be having conversations with stakeholders and colleagues, and gathering back-up information to get the bills ready for hearings this spring.
Public Safety Survivor Benefits: This bill has been an important piece of legislation that our office has worked on for many years now, along with families of fallen public safety officers and community advocates. We have worked hard to address concerns brought up in previous hearings, and believe the current draft of the bill will provide the best care for the families of those who have sacrificed everything to keep us safe. We will keep you posted as progress is made on this critical policy.
Dangerous Opioid Prevention: In an effort to help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic in Alaska, prosecutors have asked help in addressing the prevalence of an incredibly dangerous drug, U-47700, by adding it to our criminal schedule. The drug has nearly 8 times the potency of morphine, and when abused can cause serious overdose and death. While drugs and their chemistry are ever-changing and incredibly difficult to keep up with, this measure would be a tool available to those prosecuting and keeping dangerous dealers off of our streets.
“Blue Lives Matter” Bill: To help prevent the heinous murders of those who serve and protect our state, this bill would make the murder of public safety officers an automatic “Murder I” sentence, essentially an automatic life sentence. As a community, we need to show support to those we ask to run into danger, and show those who seek to cause them harm that there are no second chances. This will hopefully serve as a powerful agent of deterrence.
Ravens Roost Visit
If you’re looking for a warm, motivated, community-oriented neighborhood to join, you have to check out Raven’s Roost in District 25! Mary Miner and some of her fellow founders gave our office a tour of their growing community off of Abbott Road this week. They explained their philosophy of growing a tight-knit family of neighbors in the heart of South Anchorage, and showed us their modern units. Putting together an innovative development of this kind is no small feat, and we want to congratulate Mary and her team on their hard work and dedication! They’ve really created something special.
That is all for this week. Our Juneau office will be open on Monday so if you need to reach us for any reason just call our toll-free number at 888-269-3879. Our mailing address is 120 4th Street, Room 402, Juneau, AK 99801.