News from Patrick Flynn

Odds & ends, again

I was out of town most of the preceding week and monitoring voice- and e-mail from the road.  Here’s a sampling of what I learned from those communications:

  • With Rosemary Shinohara calling me about Assembly issues I knew something must be afoot.  Sure enough, Don Hunter, whose coverage of municipal issues dates back to my tenure as an ankle-biter, recently took a buyout and to leave the Anchorage Daily News.
  • One of the privileges of chairing the Assembly is oversight of the Ombudsman‘s office.  This small, hard-working group does a tremendous job helping Anchorage residents navigate through their local government but, occasionally, are unable to address certain concerns.  Then they call whomever the chair happens to be.  Fascinating stuff.
  • At least one of my neighbors is more than a little ticked off that my colleague, Bill Starr, is apparently willing to torpedo Anchorage’s bond rating in an effort to “get” Mark Begich.  I have to confess that my colleague’s behavior did recall an infamous quote referencing Ben Tre, “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it…”
  • The Regulatory Commission of Alaska finally approved “net metering” regulations, which will help those generating their own power sell any excess back to their local electrical provider, thereby reducing their overall utility costs.  Check your federal tax credits folks, it may finally be time to put solar panels on your roof!

There were quite a few more messages, including a significant number regarding the anniversary of my appearance on this planet (only a few snide ones), but I’ll stop at that.



This contribution was made on Saturday, 30. January 2010 at 04:05 and was published under the category Other. You can follow comments on this entry through the RSS-Feed.

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  1. I had thought that the bond rating drop was due to increases in the prices of bond insurance (precipitated by the AIG failure, no doubt). It’s hard to see how this could be construed as a dig at Begich. If bond insurance prices don’t allow us to at least break even vis-a-vis interest rates, there is clearly no reason to purchase any bond insurance. I think there is consensus on this issue?

    While bonds are intrinsically simple instruments, the market issues surrounding them are considerably more complex.

    Comment: Anonymous – 31. January 2010 @ 6:00 pm


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