Senator Berta Gardner

November 10, 2015

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I’m back in Anchorage! Here’s what’s happening around town:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Anchorage Police Dept. is Now Hiring

Anchorage Assembly Meeting Tonight at 5 pm at ZJ Loussac Public Library, rm. 108

Real quick, and my apologies for the late notice!  Anchorage Assembly is meeting tonight at 5pm at the Loussac Library at 3600 Denali in room 108.  See the meeting agenda here.  Some topics of interest include:

  • The City purchase of Waldron Lake off of Tudor Road in Campbell Park
  • The criminalization of Spice,
  • Raising fines and fees for traffic violations and cell phone use while driving (including texting) and
  • The city budget. 

It’s a large agenda where those items I just mentioned may be discussed later in the evening (maybe around 7 or 8pm).  Assembly member Dick Traini says “bring your PJ’s and your popcorn because we’re going to be here for a while.”  The meeting will likely adjourn just before midnight.

Anchorage Police Department is hiring!

To qualify you need a High School Diploma, to be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid driver’s license. Anchorage PD prefers in-state and local applicants since you know your city, and neighborhoods.
For more information you can visit  You can also call the APD Recruitment Team at 907-786-8811 or email  Out-of-state applicants are accepted.  The officer academy will begin in late Spring of 2016 and the application period is open right now.

If the police force is not for you but you’d like to help reduce crime in your area and be more active in your community, there are several other options.

One is the The Anchorage Police Department Citizen Police Academy program.  This is free to all Municipality of Anchorage citizens and is geared towards improving citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the Anchorage Police Department within our community.

The course requires a thirteen week commitment.  You must be at least eighteen years of age, pass a background investigation check, and reside within the Municipality of Anchorage.  Citizen Academy participants meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30PM and Saturday afternoons from 12-4PM.  Participants are able to participate in ride-alongs (available to anyone, not just citizen academy attendees).  The Academy takes place at the Anchorage Police Training Center at 3760 West Dimond Blvd at the corner of Jewel Lake & Dimond (where I hear there is a great shooting range).

Additionally, members at the University Area Community Council were looking for more participation in their neighborhood Crime Watch.  This is a Crime Prevention Program of the Anchorage Police Department.  The APD website states that this “is one of the most effective and least costly ways of reducing and/or preventing residential property crimes.  It is a citizen involvement, neighborhood and community based effort designed to assist citizens and the police in reducing crime and increasing an overall sense of peace, safety and security in the neighborhood. The program’s success is hinged on improving communications between neighbors and achieving and sustaining an appropriate level of neighbor involvement to a point where the neighbors realize a reduction and/or achieves prevention of burglaries and other property crimes.”

For more info you can visit their website:  or call 786-8585 or email

For more information about University Area Neighborhood Watch specifically, please contact the University Area Community Council Chairman, Jacob Gondek, or by phone at 350-3444.

Anchorage Parks Foundation Signage & Wayfinding Plan

The Anchorage Parks Foundation is trying to improve signage and wayfinding for our local trails in Anchorage.  A lot of people live in Anchorage because of our amazing trail systems.  The Parks Foundation wants to increase usability and community pride of their local trail systems.  They hired a group of local artists to create some trail system icons for conveying community location and are color coded to convey trail connectivity.  They want to hear from the public about any comments or suggestions you may have about this.  I think it’s a really neat idea.

Please take a minute to check out your neighborhood icon and if you have any comments you can send an email to

They hired a group of local artists to create some trail system icons for conveying community location and are color coded to convey trail connectivity.
For a larger view of the image and more information, please feel free to visit

If you are aware of neighborhood and/or community initiatives that you’d like me to share, please don’t hesitate to bring them to my attention.

I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.

signed: Berta

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