The next meeting of the Assembly’s Port committee will take place on Tuesday, August 10, from 10 am to noon at City Hall in the first floor conference room (suite 155). The agenda will be as follows:
1. Updated project schedule:
a. Port/ICRC/MARAD update on project timeline and projected effects on Port users.
b. Army Corps of Engineers comments related to dredging.
c. Port user comments.
2. Review and discussion of project budget distributed at June 10 meeting.
3. Synopsis of port-related discussions at the recent joint work session of the Anchorage & Mat-Su Assemblies (this item may go first).
We begin today’s post with a word that nicely summarizes the administration’s continued efforts to warp Anchorage’s ethics code; pettifoggery. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:
pet·ti·fog·ger, nounEtymology: probably from petty + obsolete English fogger pettifoggerDate: 15761 : a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable2 : one given to quibbling over trifles— pet·ti·fog·ging, adjective or noun— pet·ti·fog·gery, noun
While getting North Slope natural gas isn’t really within the purview of the Anchorage Assembly, ensuring our community has sufficient gas for heating homes and keeping the lights on is important to all of us. In that spirit I offer a guest commentary, in the form of a letter to the president of the newly-created Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Dan Fauske, from local financial consultant David Gottstein:
For only the second time during my tenure on the Assembly, this afternoon we conducted a joint work session with our colleagues on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. The meeting, which was open to the public, occurred at a very nice B&B off Fairview Loop Road (just a little southeast of Wasilla). And, since a neighbor called today to say he couldn’t make the meeting but was interested in a report of the proceedings, here’s a quick synopsis of what we discussed:
Many years ago a friend observed parallels between the legislative process and elephants mating; most of the activity occurs above the average person’s head, there’s a great deal of blaring and other noise, and it generally takes 22 months to produce tangible results. I suppose it was his way of explaining the difficulties of governance (and I apologize if any elephants are offended by the comparison).
It’s hard to decide on the most appropriate response to a recent column authored by Jim Minnery, president of the Alaska Family Council. Minnery, a hard-right field marshal in the never-ending culture wars that consume far more energy than their lack of appreciable societal change merits, evokes Billy Joel’s song “Honesty” in complaining his political opponents are (surprise) employing rhetoric they feel will most effectively make their case regarding ballot measure 2. This from the guy whose acolytes employed, shall we say, somewhat inaccurate rhetoric during last summer’s equal rights debate.
Visitors to Anchorage often comment on the remarkable array of public facilities our community enjoys. Be it parks, the airport or venues like the Dena’ina Convention Center and Sullivan Arena, I don’t know of any similarly sized city that enjoys such a terrific collection of public opportunities. But, to paraphrase an old saying, with great opportunity comes the potential for great conflict.
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