Panhandlers are growing in numbers for many reasons, not the least of which is the ease with which they can get money here in Anchorage. We are a generous city filled with generous individuals; however, it is important to consider that donations to reputable non-profits are more effective than handouts.
It is important to stress that individuals SHOULD NOT feel bad about NOT giving money directly to panhandlers. In fact, it is illegal in Anchorage to lure panhandlers into the roadway because it is dangerous.
Real change – not spare change – is the best way to help panhandlers.
2014 STATE OF THE CITY
Every year, Mayor Sullivan presents his State of the City Address. The presentation is designed to update residents on the status of our beautiful community and highlight the results of the investments that have been made over the last several years. In addition, the presentation covers important topics such as public safety and property tax relief.
Mayor Sullivan’s State of the City Address is available to view as a PDF or you can watch a video of the presentation.
OCTOBER IS CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH
Mayor Sullivan has proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month. As our nation becomes increasingly reliant on information systems to provide critical outreach and services, internet users face increasing threat of malicious cyber attack and significant financial and personal privacy losses.
Mayor Sullivan encourages all local residents to learn more about cyber security and to use best practices in their homes, schools and workplaces. More information on cyber security can be found at www.dhs.gov/cyber or http://www.staysafeonline.org/.
MAYOR SULLIVAN VETOES AO-74 AND AO-80
Mayor Sullivan issued a message regarding his decision on Assembly Ordinance (AO) 2014-80 (S1); an ordinance amending the Responsible Labor Act (AO-37). Mayor Sullivan also addressed AO 2014-74; an ordinance which would repeal the Responsible Labor Act.
View the Mayor's video address here: http://youtu.be/lklOgiWxAuc
For additional information on the Responsible Labor Act, AO-74 and AO-80 visit: http://www.muni.org/Departments/Mayor/Pages/AO37.aspx
Best Practices in Teacher Preparation
Two weeks ago, Education Matters, Inc. the non-profit that is implementing my Education Summit recommendations, held a symposium in Anchorage on best practices in teacher preparation.
The videos from the event are available at vimeo.com/channels/teachers
To view reports and previous event videos, visit the Education Matters, Inc website anchorage-education.com
2014 MOA BONDS, Request: $32.7 Million
Proposition 2: Area wide Safety and Public Transportation Capital Improvement Bonds
Proposition 3: Area wide Facilities Capital Improvement Project Bonds
Proposition 4: Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area Capital Improvement Bonds
Proposition 5: Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area Road and Storm Drainage Bonds
Proposition 6: Anchorage Fire Service Area Fire Protections
Proposition 7: Anchorage Metropolitan Police Service Area
see proposition details
BAYLESS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
It is with great sadness that the Anchorage Fire Department announces the on duty death of Senior Captain Jeff Bayless, age 51.
The procession for Captain Jeffery Bayless is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The remembrance service is scheduled to being at 2:00p.m.
The Great Alaskan Earthquake
The 50th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake is March 27th
Earthquakes can strike suddenly without warning at any time of the day or night and at any time of the year. Research shows that most injuries during an earthquake are a result of people being hit by falling objects and shattered glass, rather than from collapsed buildings. Injuries can be avoided if people take following appropriate steps:
STANDARD & POOR’S ASSIGNS HIGHEST RATING TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE
MUNCIPALITY NOW RATED AAA BY S&P
Mayor Dan Sullivan is pleased to announce that the rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has raised the Municipality’s general obligation rating from AA+ to AAA, the highest rating possible by S&P. This rating reaffirms S&P’s confidence in the city’s financial management and its economic outlook.
Property Tax Relief Community Dialogues
I have a question for you: How do we pay for the services that we depend on?
2013 Property Tax Relief Community Dialogues
- Wednesday, Nov. 13 - Bayshore Club House at 5:45 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 14 - Embassy Suites at 5:45 p.m.
Register / Space is Limited