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More police officers will be patrolling downtown Anchorage late at night when the bars let out, starting this weekend. Officers will patrol in cars and on foot downtown overnight on the weekends.
The Anchorage Assembly has been crafting an ordinance that will overhaul the permitting process for taxicabs, limousines as well as chauffeurs and dispatch services and other vehicles for hire. Dozens from the industry testified on the issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting and virtually nobody liked it.
During last week’s regular Anchorage Assembly meeting dozens testified at the second public hearing on the 2014 Municipal budget. They were concerned about two things: bus fares and library services.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is overhauling the state’s public housing system. Effective April 1st, any family with one able-bodied adult in the household will see yearly rent increases. And after five years, the assistance will end and they’ll be responsible for paying their own rent. The changes will impact those renting public housing and those receiving voucher assistance to rent private units.
The cost of prep work on a new power plant that Municipal Light and Power is building is now double what it was budgeted at.Anchorage Assembly grilled the power company’s manager the about increased cost at Tuesday’s meeting of the Anchorage Assembly.
A decision on whether the Anchorage Assembly will accept money from the legislature to build a rec center with indoor tennis courts was put off at Tuesday’s regular assembly meeting. Dozens testified mostly in favor of building the facility.
Serious arson seems to be on the rise in Anchorage for 2013. In August, someone intentionally set several fires in a heavily wooded section of Russian Jack Springs Park. And in October a man was caught on surveillance tape setting the roof of a Mountain View pawn shop ablaze.
The Anchorage School District has long been struggling to get more students to graduate from high school, with only slight improvement. Last year, the rate of students graduating jumped three and half percentage points overall for ASD. Bartlett High School is leading the way.
The Alaska Alaska National Guard is responding to allegations of sexual assault within its ranks. Brigadier General Mike Bridges, the Commander of the Alaska National Guard says there have been nearly more than two dozen alleged cases of sexual assault since 2009.
The Anchorage Assembly voted to repeal a controversial labor law at their regular meeting Tuesday night, but Mayor Dan Sullivan used his veto power to over ride their decision.
This week social service providers held a town hall at Beans Cafe to discuss winter safety with Anchorage’s homeless community. Keeping warm and safe outdoors is more important this winter than ever because the city’s homeless shelter is going back to a rule that kicks people out if they’re not making progress toward finding permanent housing.
The Anchorage Police Department will soon be using new mapping software to track crime around the city in nearly real-time. The announcement comes in the wake of an annual FBI report that says serious crime was up last year in Anchorage in nearly every category.