August 14, 2013
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Anchorage, AK 99501
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
What a summer it has been! I hope you are enjoying the heat and taking advantage of these long days.
Recently, I had the honor of speaking at the opening ceremony for the new community Garden at Bragaw near the Glenn Hwy. It’s a project I’ve been working on with the local community councils for years. Just about all the plots at the garden have been rented and it’s looking great. Come by and see how the land is being transformed. The garden was built on an area that had fallen into disrepair.
Speaking at the opening ceremony for the new Garden at Bragaw
Strengthening Our Neighborhoods
Last week, I participated in the annual National Night Out gathering. This event promotes community involvement in crime prevention and builds neighborhood camaraderie. It sends a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
To learn more about how you can help make your neighborhood safer, contact Aaron Pascar at 333-6119 or Keith Ferris at 726-7044 or email email@example.com. Aaron and Keith are both with the Nunaka Valley Community Patrol.
National Night Out is a great opportunity to greet friends from throughout East Anchorage
- Don’t miss the upcoming Book Party in the Park on August 15 from 4–7 pm. There will be food, family fun, entertainment, and of course, free books for children. The party will be held in Garden Art Park at 3350 Commercial Drive in Mt. View.
- The Municipality of Anchorage is holding an open house on Monday, August 26th, from 6-7:30 pm at the College Gate Elementary School library to discuss design of the sidewalk and transit boarding area adjacent to Checkmate Drive from Tudor Road to Emmanuel Drive. The Municipality will also be improving roadway lighting from Tudor to the cul-de-sac near College Gate Elementary. For more info, contact Lori Schanche at 343-8368 SchancheLE@muni.org.
- A public open house for the Northern Access to U-Med Project (formerly known as the Bragaw Extension) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, from 6-8 pm at East High School. For more info on the project, visit www.umednorthernaccess.com. For info about the meeting, contact Rachel Steer at 562-2000.
- Learn about upcoming pedestrian improvements in Nunaka Valley, Thursday, August 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nunaka Valley Elementary School library. We will discuss how the $800,000 we secured for this project will be spent.
- Mark your calendar! The Annual Spirit of Muldoon Picnic and community celebration will take place on Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Debarr and Muldoon roads (the old Alaska greenhouse property). We will have a BBQ, informational booths, games and door prizes. Join me, other elected representatives and members of the Northeast Community Council.
I was pleased to be able to serve at this year’s Military Appreciation Day picnic.
Be a Big Brother or Big Sister
Everyone remembers someone special - a neighbor, teacher, relative or friend - who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic into our lives. Maybe it was someone who taught you to throw a baseball or ride a bike, or maybe it was someone who helped you make the right decision when you needed direction. You can be that person for a child today!
To learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, click here, email Jacenda.Fletcher@bbbsak.org or call 433-4600.
Reducing Prison Costs and Improving Public Safety
Alaska has one of the fastest growing prison populations in the country. The cost is staggering. As a state, we spend more than $330 million annually on corrections. And the cost keeps growing. In fact, if we continue to grow our prison population as it is growing, we will need another $250 million prison in the next 4 years.
Sadly, our costly system is not that effective. About 2/3 of inmates released from prison return within 3 years, according to the Alaska Judicial Council. What can we do to improve public safety, rehabilitate more offenders, and reduce costs?
Recently I participated in a legislative hearing to discuss possible solutions. We heard from a variety of experts, including a legislator from Texas, which has made great progress in this area. He urged us to expand treatment and diversion programs and increase use of parole for low-risk offenders, among other changes.
I am committed to finding ways to improve our criminal justice system and am interested in any ideas you have. Please email me with your thoughts.
Please be safe, while you enjoy this exciting time of year. Feel free to call my office at 269-0120 if you have any questions. And don’t forget – you can always follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Alaska State Senator
District J - Anchorage