Full disclosure warning; the topic of this post has previously been described as falling into the MEGO category. If you want to keep reading I obviously can’t stop you, but don’t later complain you weren’t warned…
I am sorry. I’m going to write more to explain why I’m sorry, not to seek forgiveness or proclaim some semblance of innocence, but to offer perspective on how we got to this point. None of it, however, will begin to excuse how we ended up with an election in disarray.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the fifth inning of Assembly insider baseball, though I was surprised at the weak performance of respondents. I guess Assembly goings-on are sufficiently uninteresting that many of you have lost track! But, without further ado, here’s the answers:
As faithful readers know, this coming Tuesday (April 3) features our municipal election. What some may not know is that, even though there are no Assembly seats at stake (“only” the mayor’s office, three school board seats and various ballot propositions are up for consideration), the Assembly will reorganize at our April 17 meeting.
It’s been a long time since our last edition of Assembly insider baseball, the quiz where random factoids test even the most ardent followers of matters municipal, but with spring training underway there’s no time like the present!
Welcome to yet another installment of what is sometimes referred to, not so fondly, as the “silly season,” the period preceding even relatively minor elections like Anchorage’s municipal contests. It’s a place where, all too often, hyperbole shines and facts whither. Nevertheless, we’ll ferret out a fact or two just to keep in practice.
Readers may have noted a recent article in the local paper discussing neighborhood concerns surrounding the realignment of Chester Creek near Muldoon and DeBarr roads. Unsurprisingly, this was the most time-intensive matter at our February 28 meeting.
Like most everything, life on the Anchorage Assembly has its ups and downs. For the most part I enjoy the work and appreciate the opportunity to serve my community. But every now and again I encounter one of those low spots that leave me shaking my head. Friday was one such day.
It was fascinating to read a recent article regarding funding for KABATA, the state-sanctioned organization committed to building a Knik Arm Crossing without regard for its effects – financial, traffic or otherwise – on Southcentral Alaska. Even those who might be expected to tout development at any cost, like the Anchorage Daily Planet, are casting doubts. But what’s most interesting to me is the dichotomy between various representatives of our governor.
In a pleasant surprise, I recently received the following e-mail:
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