Public Safety Meeting,
JBER F-22 Proposal & More
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I share your concerns about the recent criminal activity in Anchorage. We all have a right to feel safe in our homes, so in times like these it’s important we come together to better understand the problem and how we can participate in the solution.
Last year at my request, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on crime in Anchorage. Here’s what we heard were some of the major problems. First, for years, the number of police officers in Anchorage was allowed to greatly drop, well below the national standards. This meant that police were simply in a reactive mode - unable to go out and be proactive in their attempts to stop crime. Fortunately, the Mayor and Assembly are in the process of significantly increasing our police force to where it should be. But this will still take more time as we put new officers through our Police Academy.
Second, the Anti-Gang Task Force was abolished. We've always had gangs in Anchorage, but this Task Force helped keep them in check. Third, rehabilitation programs and programs for troubled kids were cut. Here is a link for more information.
The good news is that all these problems are fixable and the Mayor and Assembly are actively working to address these problems. In addition to the work of law enforcement, community engagement is the number one way we can prevent crime in our neighborhood.
Please join me for a Public Safety Town Hall & Resource Fair this Thursday to discuss how our East Anchorage community can work together to improve safety in our neighborhoods.
What: Public Safety Town Hall & Resource Fair
When: Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Begich Middle School, 7440 Creekside Center Dr.
Who: The Anchorage Police Department, Neighborhood Watch, Community Patrols, the Mayor’s Office, local community organizations, your local & state representatives and YOU!
East Anchorage has a proven track record of successful Community Patrols and active citizens making our neighborhoods safe. Now is the time to bring everyone into one room, talk about what works and make it happen – together.
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Nunaka Valley Community Patrol. Special thanks to Aaron Pascar and Keith Ferris for their incredible service to our community!
JBER F-22 Proposal & Noise Complaints
As some of you may know, there is a proposal to improve runway operations at JBER. As part of this proposal, the US Air Force must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to examine several factors of the proposal, including how air traffic impacts JBER’s off-base neighbors.
As a good neighbor, JBER wants to hear from you. Please see below for information on how you can learn more about the proposal, keep up-to-date, share your comments and more:
§ To learn more about the proposal, EIS and public involvement, visit: www.jberf22eis.com
§ Keep an eye out for public meetings in February or March to discuss the Draft EIS (stay tuned for info)
§ Submit any noise complaints and non-F22 specific comments to www.jberf22eis.com/involvement.aspx (Please note: these comments will not be immediately addressed, but instead aid the EIS team in understanding our community’s concerns)
For noise complaints you’d like addressed right now:
All noise complaints believed to be generated from JBER can be submitted by community members via phone [552-JETS (5387)] or email [email@example.com].
For a list of information you will need to provide in your complaint, click here and look under “Noise Complaints”: www.jber.af.mil/ContactUs.aspx
Incredible weather and fantastic turnout last weekend at our 6th annual Spirit of Muldoon Picnic!
The best part of my day is getting to talk with neighbors, old friends and new ones too.
Thanks to everyone for coming by and spending time! This is what our East Anchorage community is all about.
Let’s Meet for Coffee
Monthly coffee time is coming up again and I’d love to see you all there! This is a great chance to talk one-on-one or in small groups about your concerns and ideas – not to mention, the coffee’s on me!
I’ll be at the Denny’s on Debarr on Wednesday, October 5th from 7:00-8:00am to hear your thoughts.
As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas and suggestions. I’m here to represent you and appreciate your input!
Alaska State Senator
District H - Anchorage