The City Has a List. Maybe You do to?
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
|When I spoke with a Chamber of Commerce "Make it Monday" forum, I focused on economic development. We can all work to do that in a small way by buying locally for holiday gifts.|
Last Friday afternoon Anchorage legislators were invited to meet with the Mayor as he rolled out Anchorage's 2012 Legislative Program. The city's requests touch on planning, maintenance and public safety.
The only surprise for Midtown Anchorage was an intriguing proposal to move the Transit Center from downtown to midtown Anchorage. The mayor is asking for funds to begin an investigation for a new site, design and planning. Given that riders from all over the city often have to go downtown the change buses, this idea might turn out to have much merit.
Other highlights are:
- Inclusion of funds to purchase Waldron Lake Park so that it can remain a park, available for continuing use by a wide variety of local residents – including wildlife. At my request, the mayor affirmed his personal support for the purchase. I will be working hard to make sure that the Governor understands the value of the project and the broad support it enjoys. Thank you, Cheri Northon for your Facebook page and your enthusiastic efforts to "Save Waldron Lake".
- Funding to complete the north-end of the Port of Anchorage: This represents a significant reduction of scope against that proposed by Port Director, former Governor Sheffield. The requested $350 million is expected to be enough to allow existing shippers to continue services, and to construct wet and dry barge docks for new customers. The Mayor points out that future administrations may indeed request funding for the even larger port.
- Maintenance funds of about $17.5 million for work on existing libraries, museums, arenas and convention and art centers across the city.
New funds for Ship Creek access improvements, the South Anchorage Sports Facility, and preliminary planning and design for the University/Medical District "improved access". This last item is not without significant controversy in many parts of midtown.
If you would like to learn more on what is being requested by the city, you can view a PDF version of the program HERE.
And so begins the season of shopping...
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. I am personally thankful for my job, which I love, and for which I thank each of you.
Following Thanksgiving, however, begins the season of shopping. One of my constituents forwarded to me a message encouraging Americans to support American jobs by making the effort to purchase American made products, from American owned business. I'd like to expand that a little bit and suggest that we all consider buying Alaskan products from Alaskan owned businesses. It is true that the money we spend during the holidays can have a huge impact on our local economy - especially when focused on small businesses with local products.
Thanks for your commitment and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I'm Berta and I'm still listening,