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More good news in Mountain View

Friday, 01. April 2011 by Patrick Flynn

I recently received an e-mail with good news about the recently re-established Mountain View branch library.  Here ’tis:

Mountain View LEED Gold Award Celebration

Our newest branch has achieved LEED Gold status, one of the highest levels of green building design. Mayor Sullivan will unveil a special LEED plaque with help from Senator Begich. Followed by a tour of the building by architect Jason Gamache of McCool Carlson and Green. Cake, drinks and music provided.

Tuesday, April 19, 4 – 5 pm, Mountain View Branch.

Sadly, there’s an Assembly meeting that night so I won’t be able to attend but I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t seen this fabulous facility, or who just wants to learn more about sustainable construction practices, to drop by and enjoy the event!



Saluting Sharon

Thursday, 10. March 2011 by Patrick Flynn

Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting was a relatively tame affair, though we expect a busier agenda at our March 29 gathering.  The proceedings got off to a very nice start, however, when we took a few minutes to honor a community volunteer.


Change the date

Wednesday, 02. February 2011 by Patrick Flynn

The Downtown community council is a little different than the other councils in the downtown district in that many of the members aren’t residents but people who own property or work downtown.  Nothing wrong with that, of course, and that’s not really the reason for this post.


Liquor lobbying

Thursday, 20. January 2011 by Patrick Flynn

One of my former co-workers was known for several catch phrases including, “Sometimes ya gotta go backward before you can go forward.”  So, with your indulgence, today’s post begins with a little history (or you can read the longer version here).



Monday, 03. January 2011 by Patrick Flynn

The Assembly’s decision to lift the ban on fireworks from 9:30 pm to 1 am on New Year’s Eve generated more e-mail traffic than I’ve seen in a long time.  Dozens and dozens of residents throughout Anchorage have contacted me to register complaints, like:

South Anchorage scrum

Tuesday, 12. October 2010 by Patrick Flynn

The agenda for tonight’s Assembly meeting includes a normally mundane item, a conditional use permit (CUP) for a new package (liquor) store on Huffman Road, across from Carrs, in South Anchorage.  I say mundane, because city code requires every package store (and bar, and restaurant with a beer & wine license) to obtain a CUP that the Assembly reviews every two years.  Violations of a CUP are grounds for revocation of the liquor license and the conditions contained within CUPs define for the state Alcohol Beverage Control board our community’s expectations of operators.  But this application appears to be anything but mundane.


DID done, budget coming

Friday, 01. October 2010 by Patrick Flynn

The biggest issues at our September 28 Assembly meeting involved the Downtown Business Improvement District (DID); both the 2010 assessment for the existing DID and the continuation/expansion until 2020.  (See “Downtown dust-up” for more background.)  The former, as it typically does, passed unanimously while the latter passed 8-3 with dissent led by South Anchorage’s Chris Birch, and there’s an interesting story there.


Keeping busy

Wednesday, 22. September 2010 by Patrick Flynn

Because the Assembly formally meets about once every other two weeks (plus work sessions and committee meetings) some might wonder how we spend our time outside of those gatherings.  Here’s a sampler drawn from portions of my calendar:

More on the DID:


Odds & ends, more again

Sunday, 19. September 2010 by Patrick Flynn

Yes, I know, it’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been pretty busy, though, so here’s an update as to what’s been going on:

Next Port committee meeting:

It took a while to coordinate all the schedules but the Port committee is slated to re-convene on Thursday, October 14, at 9 am in City Hall, room 155.  For a preview of the agenda see my last post on this issue.


Downtown dust-up

Friday, 03. September 2010 by Patrick Flynn

This week’s Assembly meeting was pretty tame and ended early, but don’t expect the next two to follow the same pattern.  Why?  Because we’ll have public hearings on whether to renew the Downtown Improvement District (DID) on both September 14 & 28, with deliberations on the 28th.  Readers will be forgiven for asking, “what’s the DID, and why is this a big deal?” so a little background might help.




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