Anchorage Update
  May / 2011


Mayor Dan Sullivan

With the snow essentially gone and temperatures finally reaching springtime levels, it's time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful city of Anchorage. As usual, there's a lot of activity in our city this month. Road improvement projects are getting underway, we've launched a new program designed to help the homeless get the help they need, and numerous MOA departments are tweeting and facebooking in an effort to keep citizens up-to-date and informed about city business. As always, please feel free to contact the mayor's office at with comments or suggestions, or follow me on facebook or twitter


Construction season is back: please travel safely during Alaska's "fourth season." 


The old joke is that Alaska has four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and construction season. Road projects are a good sign that we're taking care of our current roadways while expanding the existing network, so the orange cones and construction crews can be a welcome sight. That said, it can also be an inconvenience for drivers who frequently travel a certain route. The city is aware of this fact and diligent in getting the word out to the public. Be sure to check frequently for updates on where and when traffic may be delayed or rerouted. In addition, the @ANCroads twitter account frequently sends updates to its followers. And remember, the short-term frustration is certainly worth the long-term investment in improved, well-maintained roads and safety.

Ribbon cutting
Chief Bushue and Chief Hall look on as Mayor Sullivan cuts the ribbon at the new AFD Training Center.

MOA departments using social media to improve communication with the public


Want to stay up-to-date on the latest news coming from across the Municipality of Anchorage? Many MOA departments host facebook and twitter accounts, allowing friends and followers to stay current on city-related news. Here's a partial list of MOA social media accounts to follow:

Mayor's Office: Dan Sullivan, Mayor of Anchorage; @MayorSullivan

Anchorage Library: Anchorage Public Library; @ANCLibrary

Anchorage Police Dept.: @APDInfo

Anchorage Fire Dept.: @AFDinfo

Muni Road Conditions: @ANCRoads

Office of Emergency Management: Anchorage Office of Emergency Management

Parks and Recreation: Anchorage Parks and Recreation; @ancgreenparks

People Mover: Anchorage People Mover; @AnchPeopleMove  


Click here to see a full list.

Walk For Hope
Mayor Sullivan and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell cut the ribbon at the Walk & Roll for Hope.

I/M test on its way out, but repeal process takes time


In May 2010, the Anchorage Assembly approved my ordinance to repeal the Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance program (IM). In order to terminate the program, federal regulations required the Municipality to revise its portion of the current State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality.


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Mayor Sullivan with a few of Anchroage's newest firefighter recruits.

Property Taxes: up or down this year?


City tax bills should begin arriving in local mailboxes any day now. While no one looks forward to writing a check to the government, I hope citizens will take some comfort in my administration's effort to limit tax increases. Property taxes to be collected for both the Anchorage School District and Municipality will rise 1.2 percent even though we came in $12 million below the Tax Cap. 


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Peggy Stout
Mayor Sullivan presents Peggy Stout with the Ron Hammett Award for community service during the Older Alaskans celebration.

Change for the Better campaign aims to help the homeless by supporting local charities

The Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Coalition on Homelessness, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., and several community partners recently relaunched a campaign designed to deter panhandling.

Change For the Better
Mayor Sullivan and a group of sign wavers educate Anchorage about alternative ways to help the homeless.

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Internships at the Mayor's Office


A limited number of summer internships are available in the Mayor's Office. Please call 343-7100 or email for more information.

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Mayor's Calendar

  • May 13
    Mary Louise Rasmuson's 100th Birthday Dinner
  • May 14
    Hospice of Anchorage's "Heroes of Healthcare" Charity Event
  • May 16
    Arbor Day & Tree City USA Recognition Event
  • May 20
    Bike to Work Day
  • May 23
    JetBlue's inaugural flight to Anchorage
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