Capitol Brief by Senator Bill Wielechowski

Keeping In Touch

Representing Muldoon, Russian Jack, JBER, Reflection Lake,
University Area, College Gate, Nunaka Valley, Wonder Park

June 24, 2016
 
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Senator
Bill Wielechowski

716 W 4th Suite 409
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.269.0120
fax  269.0122

sen.bill.wielechowski@
akleg.gov

State Capitol, Rm 419
Juneau, AK 99801
800.550.2435
907.465.2435
FAX: 907.465.6615

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Governor Walker's Anchorage office may be reached at 269-7450, or e-mail him at gov.alaska.gov

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Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

A SMALL WIN IN THE FIGHT FOR LOW GAS PRICES

For years I and others have been fighting to prevent gasoline price gouging in Alaska. Again last fall, when Alaska's gasoline prices became the highest in the nation, I called on the Attorney General to investigate. Immediately, prices began to plummet more than $1 per gallon - three times the national rate.

KTUU News Link: “Lawmaker calls for investigation into high Alaska gas prices”
KTUU News Link: “Lawmaker calls for investigation into

high Alaska gas prices”

The problem we have in Alaska is we have very few refineries, and therefore no free market. In fact, after the closure of Flint Hills refinery in North Pole, Tesoro now controls virtually 100% of the gasoline refining market. So when Tesoro announced its intention to buy nearly all the gasoline storage capacity in Anchorage from Flint Hills, I knew this had the potential to make a bad situation for consumers even worse.

That's why last January I called on the Attorney General to investigate this proposed purchase for potential anti-trust issues. This week the Attorney General concluded his investigation and is requiring Tesoro to sell one of its storage terminals. While not a complete solution to the problem of high gas prices in Alaska, this is good news for consumers because it helps create a little more of a free market. With increased free market competition coming with a new entrant in the gas storage market, this should help somewhat.

I still believe more needs to be done long term to solve the problem of high gasoline prices in Alaska, but this is a good start.

MULDOON FARMERS MARKET – OPENING DAY!

While you and your family are enjoying this great summer, make sure to join us at our new, local farmer’s market, right here in Muldoon!  Opening Day is this Saturday, June 25th!

Muldoon Farmers Market

We had a great first season last year, and it’s shaping up to be even better in 2016! The Muldoon Farmer’s Market features locally grown, caught and made food, goods, arts and crafts.

Market Organizers, Opening Day Summer 2015
Market Organizers, Opening Day Summer 2015

Every Saturday, 9:30am – 2:30pm
June 25th – September 10th
Begich Middle School (7440 Creekside Center Dr.)
http://www.muldoonfarmersmarket.org

Hope to see you at our Market by the Mountains!

TOWN HALL EVENING PICNIC

It’s been a long legislative session, and unfortunately, it’s not over yet.  I know people have questions and concerns, and I really want a chance to get together and connect.

Please join me, along with Rep. Ivy Spohnholz and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux next Wednesday for an evening picnic

Please join me, along with Rep. Ivy Spohnholz and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux next Wednesday for an evening picnic:

Wednesday, June 29th
6:00pm – 7:30pm
North Russian Jack Park
(under the pavilion near the Polar Bear Park)

Bring your ideas, concerns and questions about the session, and we’ll be ready to answer them.  Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.

NEW SKATE PARK COMING SOON

I’m pleased to announce that after first proposing a skate park for Northeast Anchorage in 2012, years of advocacy, and coordinating with the Anchorage Park Foundation, Parks & Rec Department and local community members, Russian Jack Springs Park is finally getting a new skate park! 

I’d like to thank all who have worked on this project and encourage everyone to check out the proposed design for the Loretta French Skate Park

For history and timeline information, click HERE

ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for August 27th, 11am – 2pm.  Hope to see you there!

Breaking ground at the new Russian Jack skate park, June 16, 2016 
Breaking ground at the new Russian Jack skate park, June 16, 2016
 

PROTECTING MULDOON PARK FUNDS

As many of you know, my colleagues and I have fought long and hard alongside East Anchorage neighbors for years to establish a Muldoon Town Square Park at Muldoon & Debarr.  I’ve been dedicated to supporting this project and am excited we’ll be seeing progress on it soon.

I’ve also been very vocal in my opposition to the Muldoon medians, given the number of constituents and business owners I’ve heard from that disagree with the median locations.  It’s no secret to the Department of Transportation (DOT) that Muldoon residents don’t want more medians.

So, imagine my surprise when I found out the DOT requested the use of Muldoon Park Strip funds to add more medians to Muldoon Road, just south of Debarr Road.

Needless to say, I am working with Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Assemblyman Pete Petersen to ensure grant funds for the Muldoon Town Square Park are protected.  We have informed the Anchorage Parks Department that the grant in question may not be used for medians, and have issued an official letter to DOT Commissioner Mark Luiken

I promise to keep working on this until the issue is resolved, and look forward to enjoying our new park with friends and neighbors soon!

Support Muldoon

LET’S MEET FOR COFFEE

I’d like to hear your thoughts on the issues, what’s important to you and any ideas you might have to share.  Come by to chat and have a cup of coffee on me!

•  WHEN:  Every 1st Wednesday of the Month, July – December 2016, 7:00am – 8:00am

•  WHERE:  Denny’s, 3850 Debarr Road

Coffee and a chat with Senator Wielechowski

As always, I’m here to represent you and always appreciate your input!

Warmly,

[signed]

Bill Wielechowski
Alaska State Senator
District H - Anchorage

http://senatorbill.org