Anchorage Update
 May 2012

Mayor's Education Summit Capstone Approaches     

Next week Phase III of my Education Summit will take place with a two-day Capstone Summit.  Participants from the November 2011 Summit and representatives from the  Community Conversations will reconvene on June 6 and 7 to review citizen comments from the Community Conversations and finalize recommendations for several high-leverage reforms and develop an action plan to move them forward. 


Citizen comments from the Community Conversations have been compiled into The Future of K-12 Education in Anchorage: Report on Community Conversations.  The report will allow Capstone participants to better understand the community's priorities and trade-offs it is willing to make as choices are faced in how to best achieve improved student performance.


The Capstone Summit will be open to the public to observe the event. Get more information about the Education Summit and the full agenda for the Capstone Summit at


Read my recent Compass Piece in the Anchorage Daily News: Status Quo Not Option for Anchorage Schools.  


Mayor Sullivan with Sergeant Jim Bucher at Anchorage Police Department's Annual Police Shield Award Ceremony on May 11.  Click on the photo above to read about the 8 officers that were honored this year.

City to Continue Summer Crack Down on Illegal Camping and Pushes Anchorage to Change for the Better


It is summer in Alaska, and unfortunately this means a resurgence in illegal camping activities and panhandling. The Anchorage Police Department's Community Action Policing (CAP) Unit teams are back in neighborhoods and parks to focus on enforcing the illegal camping ordinance. We also want to remind citizens about the Change for the Better Campaign. Change for the Better  is an educational program that seeks to deter panhandling through public awareness that Anchorage panhandlers are better served when individuals give money directly to the social service agencies that provide food, clothing, shelter, and other living necessities to those in need.


To help in this effort please report illegal campsites to the APD at 907-786-8900. Or visit our website to print Change for the Better posters for your home or business.


The Alaska Veterans Motorcycle Club came in for a photo with the Mayor and the bronze Fallen Warriors statue that will soon be the centerpiece of the Anchorage Veterans Memorial.

Parks & Rec Hosts Festival of Flowers   


Enjoy a fun filled festival with live music, art fair, master gardeners, garden tours and flower power gardening sale! Don't miss out on this one day celebration at the Festival of Flowers combined with the first Live After Five Concert of the summer in Downtown Anchorage on Friday, June 1st from Noon to 8:00pm in Town Square.


Proceeds from the Festival of Flowers will be used to build the Flower Endowment Fund for the municipal greenhouse annual flower budget.


Want to help fund Flowers in Anchorage?  You can by:  

  • Purchasing flower baskets during the Festival of Flowers, June 1;
  • Foster-A-Flower program allows citizens or business to sponsor a downtown hanging basket.

All purchases benefiting the Flower Endowment Fund are tax deductible.

Mayor Sullivan, Carol Comeau and a representative from ConocoPhillips planting a tree at Cuddy Midtown Park in celebration of Arbor Day.

APD Chief Mew Receives Patriot Award


Anchorage Police Department (APD) Chief Mark Mew was awarded the Patriot Award on May 16th by the Employment Services of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Chief Mew accepted the award with great humility and acknowledged the APD as being instrumental in helping him receive the Patriot Award. The Patriot Award is a certificate of recognition given to employers who exhibit leadership and favor policies that support service for the guard and reserve. Chief Mew was nominated by APD Officer Chris Simmons for the award.  


Mayor Sullivan with his brand new People Mover Smart Card. People Mover is introducing new fareboxes on June 11. Click on the photo to learn more about the fareboxes.

MOA receives $2.4M to Replace Aging Bus Maintenance Facility Roof


On Monday May 14, Mayor Dan Sullivan welcomed U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari to Anchorage. Porcari presented the Municipality with a $2.4 million check from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  to replace the 30-year-old roof of the People Mover bus maintenance facility. The new roof will improve the facility's overall energy efficiency and lead to savings on heating fuel costs. Read more... 


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Issue: 38
Cindy Holdal Just
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In This Issue
Capstone Summit
APD Shield Award Ceremony
Illegal Camping & Panhandling
Festival of Flowers
Patriot Award for APD Chief
People Mover Fareboxes
New Roof for Bus Barn

Mayor's Calendar


June 1 

VFW's 67th Annual  Convention  

Festival of Flowers


 June 2 

 June 4 


Chamber's Military Appreciation Luncheon 

 June 5 

Assembly Meeting 

 June 6 & 7  

 June 7  

Congressional Medal of Honor Program and Reception 

 June 8 

Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games Opening Ceremony

 June 9 

Wolverine Park Fix-It 


 National Get Outdoors Day


 June 12 

Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Opening Game vs. Anchorage Bucs  

June 14 

Flag Day 


Hatch Renewable Power's Open House & Ribbon Cutting


 June 15-17

Fairview Old and New School Reunion Weekend 


June 16

Mayor's Birthday

 Woodsong Park Fix-It 


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