News from Patrick Flynn

Happy holidays!

Happy one week ‘til solstice, when winter begins (unless you live in Alaska and it started back in October).  Tuesday’s meeting, on December 13, was the last Assembly assembly until January 17 so those afflicted with excess interest in local politics have no choice but to relax and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.  In an effort to tide you over, here are a few tidbits from the front lines.

First off, a big thank you to the legions of folks who expressed support for Anchorage’s Parks & Recreation department.  You made a huge difference in convincing eight Assembly members to approve a little extra funding for those worthy programs.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t also thank my colleague, Bill Starr, for his help.  He and I have very different political philosophies but I truly appreciate his commitment to the role the Assembly plays in setting municipal policy.  I believe our common ground on that subject pays dividends to our community.

On the topic of fireworks, expect another somewhat noisy New Year’s Eve.  While the added restrictions on their use will theoretically retard the explosion (sorry) of activity we saw last year, the genie doesn’t return to the bottle that quickly.  With a blanket prohibition slated to resume in 2012 it’ll be interesting to see if and how this discussion continues.

Library fans were very kind in their appreciation of the small increase in materials funding the Assembly added to the budget.  What most folks don’t know but I consider rather important is those incremental funds can be leveraged to obtain additional support from other sources – a rather impressive multiplier effect.  Best of luck to those working to stretch those dollars for the benefit of all library patrons.

Congratulations to backers of One Anchorage, who succeeded in placing a long-overdue amendment to Anchorage Equal Rights code on the April ballot.  The proposition closely mirrors the ordinance I authored a little over two years ago and respects the varying perspectives on sexual orientation.

Fans and critics of the Anchorage Port project will be well served to keep an eye on things during the holiday season.   It should be worth your time.

Finally, and most importantly, here’s to a healthy, happy, prosperous 2012 for you and yours.



This contribution was made on Wednesday, 14. December 2011 at 20:19 and was published under the category Other. You can follow comments on this entry through the RSS-Feed.

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  1. Have a wonderful Holiday. Wishing you an yours the very best. Thank you for all you do.

    Comment: Bob Cortez – 14. December 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Thanks for being so thoughtful, well informed, well organized and just a nice guy. Good health and happiness to you and your family.

    Comment: friend43 – 15. December 2011 @ 8:59 am

  3. Thanks for telling us the between the lines interplay, acknowledging all who help out. I always forward your blog posts to others, like us, who are gone from the meetings. Have a delicious Christmas and New years. know, we all appreciate your time and deeds…

    Comment: gary miller – 17. December 2011 @ 7:28 pm

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