Public Safety Work This Session
This year, the Legislature fell short of a full repeal of SB 91. Our office worked hard to share the comments and frustrations voiced to us by concerned citizens, along with polls, resolutions, and other documents which highlighted the overwhelming consensus that Alaskans want the dangerous changes made under SB 91 rolled back. Unfortunately, many colleagues were unable to support the full repeal. We are dedicated to implementing a full repeal of SB 91 and intend to keep the pressure up on this effort over the interim. Please continue to share your stories, experiences, thoughts and ideas on ways that we can make our city and state safer.
Thankfully, some big changes were made to our criminal laws that we believe will begin repairing Alaska’s criminal justice system. Those changes include the following: judges were given back the ability to hold dangerous offenders in custody before trial; sentences were raised for certain felonies; sentences were increased for repeat theft offenses; law enforcement officers were given back greater arrest capabilities; dangerous and synthetic drugs were added to our criminal schedule; and other reforms were passed this session. Our office fought hard for all these changes. We likewise acknowledge that more needs to be done to improve public safety, and make people feel secure in their communities. To learn more about particular bills that passed or changes we still believe must be made, please reach out! Your calls and emails are incredibly important to us.
Community Patrols – Get Involved!
One of our state’s greatest resources is the willingness of our neighbors to look out for one another. Community Patrols have been sprouting up all over the state, and specifically right here in Anchorage. We’ve talked about it in this blog before, but again extend our sincerest thanks to all of those who help volunteer for these Community Patrols in Anchorage and across Alaska. These engaged community members keep a watchful eye on our neighborhood streets, assist police officers, report suspicious activity, help citizens and support security at events. This year our office fought for and was successful in securing over $175,000.00 in funding for Community Patrols in Anchorage. Our office believes that this will help grow and support their very important efforts.
Additionally, patrols like District 25’s very own Abbott Loop Community Patrol, are always looking for more volunteers! Now that we’re back from Juneau, we have the privilege of joining as volunteers, and you can too by visiting: http://www.accpatrols.org/joinus.html. Rep. Millett recently attended Abbott Loop’s meeting, and they are eager to help new participants navigate the process of getting on board. You can also work with your Community Council to start a patrol if one doesn’t already exist in your neighborhood.
Seward Highway Project Construction Update!
The summer construction season is in full swing now. Crews are out on the roads working hard and pulling long days to improve our public roadways and transit systems. As has been the case for the past year, the Seward Highway from Dimond Boulevard to Dowling Road is undergoing considerable upgrades and work.
The latest report on the project status involves a considerable number of road closures and corresponding detours. Some of the closures, like the northbound Dowling off-ramp from the Seward Highway, will remain in effect till mid-June. Keep your eyes open for the speed limit signs and business access routes along Brayton and Homer Drive. For the full rundown, and map detailing all the closures and detours click here!
Next week on June 7th the Hillside Home and Landowners Organization (HALO) will meet to discuss issues related to the community and living in the Southeast Hillside area of our city. We encourage you to get involved if you have an interest in the general wellbeing of this part of town! HALO gathers for their meetings at the Holy Spirit Center, which is located at the corner of O’Malley Road and Hillside Drive. The meeting beings at 7 p.m.