CBJ Meetings, week of Nov. 18, 2019

Please check the CBJ website to see if there have been any last-minute additions, cancellations or changes.

Nov. 20
– Recreation Management Systems, 11 a.m., City Hall Room 224
– Title 49 Committee Meeting, Noon, Marine View Building Fourth Floor
– Bid opening, 2 p.m., Assembly Chambers
– Building Code Advisory Committee, 5 p.m., Juneau Fire Station
– Downtown Blueprint Steering Committee, 6 p.m., Assembly Chambers

Nov. 21
– Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project Planning Conference, 8 a.m., Assembly Chambers
– ADA Committee, 4 p.m., Downtown Library Large Meeting Room
– Sister Cities Committee Meeting, 5 p.m., Assembly Chambers
– Docks & Harbors Board Meeting, 5 p.m., Assembly Chambers
– Wetlands Review Board Meeting, 5:15 p.m., Mendenhall Library Large Meeting Room

Nov. 22
– Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project Planning Conference, 8 a.m., Assembly Chambers
– Board of Education Program Evaluation Committee Meeting, Noon, Juneau School District Glacier Conference Room

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CBJ meetings, week of Nov. 11, 2019

Please check the CBJ website to see if there have been any last-minute additions, cancellations or changes.

Nov. 11
– Veterans Day Holiday. All CBJ offices closed

Nov. 12
– Juneau Commission on Aging, 10:30 a.m., JEDC Conference Room
– Citation Hearings, 2 p.m., City Hall Room 224
– Board of Education Work Session, 4:30 p.m., JDHS Library
– All Hazards Preparedness Activity Committee-LEPC Subcommittee, 5 p.m., Suwanna Thai Cafe
– Docks & Harbors Board Strategic Retreat, 5 p.m., DIPAC
– Youth Activities Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Room 224
– Treadwell Arena Advisory Board, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Room 227
– Airport Board Regular Meeting, 6 p.m., Glacier Valley Fire Station Training Room
– Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6 p.m., Juneau-Douglas High School Library
– Regular Planning Commission Meeting, 7 p.m., Assembly Chambers

Nov. 13
– Hospital Board Finance Committee, 7 a.m., Bartlett Regional Hospital Admin. Boardroom
– Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee, 11:30 a.m., Mendenhall Library
– Hospital Board Quality Committee, 4:15 p.m., Bartlett Regional Hospital Admin. Boardroom
– Board of Education Student Government Meeting, 5 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School Library
– Docks & Harbors OPS/Planning Committee Meeting, 5 p.m., City Hall Room 224
– Douglas Advisory Board, 5:30 p.m., Douglas Library Meeting Room

Nov. 14
– Coordinated Entry Case Conferencing, 1 p.m., City Hall Room 224
– Bid Openings, 2 p.m.; Assembly Chambers
– Animal Hearing Board, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Room 224

Nov. 15
– Census Complete Count Committee, 11:30 a.m., Assembly Chambers
– Facilities Committee Meeting, Noon, JSD Offices Glacier Room
– ITG Meeting, 3:30 p.m., City Hall Room 224

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Recall! Fundraiser on Wednesday

The Recall! Dunleavy campaign will have a fundraiser from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the home of Dixie and Bob Weiss, 3220 Foster Ave..

Bring your donations as the Recall! campaign will need more help considering Dunleavy has been going on national airwaves to get monetary support.

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Alaska’s Fair Share campaign kicks off tonight!

Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share will hold a campaign kickoff event from 5:30-7 p.m. tonight at the Hangar Ballroom.

There will be opportunities to sign the ballot petition, meet with campaign leaders and talk more about what the ballot initiative will do for Alaska!

Who:

  • Robin Brena (Campaign Chair/ Alaska Oil & Gas Attorney)
  • Nate Graham (Communications Director)
  • Rep. Justin Parish
  • Ken Alper (Former Tax Division Director, Alaska Department of Revenue).

What: Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share Campaign Kickoff/ Signature gathering event

When: 5:30-7 p.m. tonight.

Where: The Hangar Ballroom

About: The Fair Share Act will:

  • Only apply to oil fields that produce 40,000 barrels of oil a day and have produced over 400 million barrels of total oil.
  • Repeal the per barrel tax credit on Alaska’s largest and most profitable oil fields. This will bring in an estimated $1 billion in additional revenue for Alaska.
  • Permit Alaskans to know the revenues, costs, and profits for each of the legacy oil fields.
  •  Only permit costs related to our largest and most profitable legacy fields to be deducted from our share from those fields.

“The modern Alaska that we see today was built by Alaska receiving a fair share of its oil revenue. The University of Alaska system, The Alaska Marine Highway, Power Cost Equalization (PCE), and even the Permanent Fund would not exist without Alaska receiving a fair share” – Robin Brena (Chair- Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share)

Please contact Nate Graham with any questions. 253-905-0975 or Nate.Graham.ak@gmail.com

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Democratic Picnic on Saturday! Please Join Us!!

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As we look forward to our annual Tongass Democrats picnic on July 20, we are
looking for volunteers for the following: ice chests (and ice), one or more vehicles
to haul materials to or from our storage locker, assist in set-up or take-down,
staffing the welcome table, or working the grill. Please e-mail Bruce Botelho if
you are willing to help out with one or more of the tasks above.  
brucembotelho@gmail.com.

We’ll be supplying hamburgers, hotdogs and condiments.   Please bring a side
dish (e.g. salad, finger food, dessert) if you are able.

A friendly reminder that we do not have a meeting this month. We will see you at the IBEW Hall on August 1st! We will once again be hosting debate watch parties for the upcoming Presidential Democratic Debates later this month. So stay
tuned for events and we’ll see you there!

We hope you can join us, and if you can’t, think about becoming a monthly
donor! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tongassdems

Thanks for all your support,
Edric Carrillo
Chair, Tongass Democrats
House Districts 33 & 34/Senate District Q
Tongassdemocrats@gmail.com 
 
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Tongass Dem’s Summer Events

Because the 4th of July holiday falls on our regular meeting day, we have canceled our monthly meeting in July. Please join us for our next regular meeting on Thursday, August 1st at 5:15 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 813 W. 12th Street, Juneau.

The Tongass Democrats are hosting two debate watch parties:

  • Join us at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Wednesday, June 26th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. for pizza, snacks, and good company as we watch the first round of candidates square off. All ages are welcome. Look for us in the conference room to your left as you enter the library. The first group of candidates includes Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), Senator Cory Booker (NJ), Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX), former Rep. John Delaney (MD), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), Governor Jay Inslee (WA), former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, and Mayor Bill de Blasio (NYC).
  • Join us downtown at TK Maguire’s (the bar) at the Ramada Juneau (formerly the Prospector Hotel), 375 Whittier Street, on Thursday, June 27th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome, 21+. No host bar, and food is available to order. The second round of candidates includes former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), Senator Kamala Harris (CA), Senator Michael Bennet (CO), Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend (IN), Governor John Hickenlooper (CO), Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA), author Marianne Williamson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

We are also planning our annual summer picnic! This year’s picnic will be held a little earlier than usual–July 20th at Sandy Beach, Shelter No. 1 (the nearest to the parking lot), from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Tongass Dems will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share! This is always a fun time of political speeches and fellowship. Please join us!

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Testify Tuesday Against Draconian Price Increases for Pioneer Homes!

Please consider testifying on Tuesday against substantial rate increases for our Pioneers Homes proposed by Republican Governor Dunleavy. The Dunleavy administration can raise rates through the regulation process and does not need legislative approval. The director of the division of Pioneer Homes says they are moving ahead with their proposal. Perhaps if they hear from enough of us they will back off these draconian price increases!

https://www.facebook.com/events/662365027568052/

As stated in the link above, posted by Rep. Ivy Spohnholz and Rep. Zack Fields:

“If you or your loved ones will be impacted by the substantial rate increases proposed by the Department of Health & Social Services, please testify on May 28th between 1 pm and 4 pm at any Pioneer Home.

Be sure to sign up to testify before 2:30pm to testify in person. If you can’t attend in person you may call in to 1-888-227-5857 during the hearing or you can submit written testimony to alaskapioneerhomes@alaska.gov by June 28th.

Spread the word to your friends and loved ones!

Live testimony will be taken at all Pioneer Homes:

Anchorage Pioneer Home, 923 W 11th Ave., Anchorage
Fairbanks Pioneer Home, 2221 Eagan Ave., Fairbanks
Juneau Pioneer Home, 4675 Glacier Hwy., Juneau
Ketchikan Pioneer Home, 141 Bryant St., Ketchikan
Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home, 250 E Fireweed Ave., Palmer
Sitka Pioneer Home, 120 Katlian St., Sitka…”

Please schedule time to go to the Pioneer Home and testify in person, or call in during the hearing.

According to an April 10, 2019 story by the Associated Press: [https://www.apnews.com/e7ae1a413d594e06b7fe55c648febb18]

“…The current, lowest-cost option, including housing, food, emergency help and events, costs $2,588 per month. It would rise to $3,623 monthly under the proposal.

The highest current level of care costs $6,795 per month. Under the state proposal, the most comprehensive level would cost $15,000 per month, though [director of the division of Pioneer Homes] Lasley has said Pioneer Homes typically don’t have many residents who would fall under that proposed new tier.

He said he saw that tier as filling a need in the community for such care and serving individuals with complex behaviors, such as combativeness or tendencies toward self-harm or wandering.

Under the state proposal, tiers in between, which range from limited assistance to 24-hour services, would range from $6,569 to $13,333 per month. The current middle tier costs $4,692 monthly….”

Anyone who has relatives or friends in the Pioneer Homes knows that most residents are in the higher tiers. The new tier mentioned is for residents who need even more care than provided in Tier III. Most current residents are advanced Alzheimer’s or other dementia patients.

The levels of care are spelled out in a November 2018 report by the Alaska Pioneer Homes Advisory Board:

“Level I: Provision of housing, meals, emergency assistance, and opportunities for recreation. Level I services do not include staff assistance with activities of daily living, medication administration, or health-related services, although the Pioneer Home pharmacy may supply prescribed medications.

Level II: Provision of housing, meals, emergency assistance, and, as stated in the resident’s assisted living plan, staff assistance, including assistance with activities of daily living, medication administration, recreation, and health-related services; assistance provided by a staff member includes supervision, reminders, and hands-on assistance, with the resident performing the majority of the effort; during the night shift, the resident is independent in performing activities of daily living and capable of self-supervision.

Level III: Provision of housing, meals, emergency assistance, and, as stated in the resident’s assisted living plan, staff assistance, including assistance with activities of daily living, medication administration, recreation, and health-related services; assistance provided by a staff member includes hands-on assistance, with the staff member performing the majority of the effort; the resident may receive assistance throughout a 24-hour day….”

In Juneau there are 5 residents in Level I care, 11 residents in Level II care, and 32 residents in Level III care. In Sitka there are 7 residents in Level I care, 24 residents in Level II care, and 34 residents in Level III care. In Ketchikan there is 1 resident in Level I care, 12 residents in Level II care, and 33 residents in Level III care.

There is much more information contained in the Advisory Board report. See the report (link provided below) for the numbers of residents in Anchorage, Palmer, and Fairbanks, as well as information about needed upgrades to the homes, and staffing issues.

http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Documents/docs/201811advisoryboard_report.pdf

Please make every effort to testify on this important bill. Because the Dunleavy administration can raise rates through the regulation process, we need to let them know in no uncertain terms, that we, as constituents, want reasonable Pioneer Home rates for our most vulnerable residents. Hope to see you there or hear you on the phone.

 

 

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Join the Protest–Stop the Bans National Day of Action

A demonstration will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21st, at noon at the courtyard in front of the Dimond Courthouse, to protest abortion ban legislation that has been introduced in 15 states. This is a national day of action and demonstrations will be held in all 50 states.The Juneau demonstration is being organized by Samantha Cox and Alyson Currey. Currey is the legislative liaison for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii. Cox is a local pro-choice advocate. Bring a sign of your own or get a pre-printed sign at the rally from Planned Parenthood.

Although the bill introduced in the Alaska Legislature by Rep. Eastman has no chance of passing (thank you Rep. Ivy Spohnholz!), we must be vigilant! As Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank stated in his op/ed column today, “…[Trump] rewarded pro-life advocates for their support with two new justices, vetted by the conservative Federalist Society, and likely an antiabortion majority on the high court. Now, pro-lifers are predictably testing to see how far they can go in reversing Roe v Wade….”

We must demonstrate that we will not go back, and we stand strong against attempts to gut Roe v. Wade. I hope to see you there!

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Save the Date: May 2nd, An Evening with Former Rep. Les Gara

In lieu of the Tongass Democrats’ regular monthly meeting, we will be holding an evening with former Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage). Rep. Gara served in the Alaska Legislature from 2002 until 2018, and was a great champion of children, most notably an advocate for foster care.

Rep. Gara wishes to thank the Tongass Democrats for their support over the years. When he left last year he was unsure whether he would run again, so he didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. In turn, the Tongass Democrats wish to thank Rep. Gara for his incredible work over the years.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 2nd. We will meet at NEA Alaska’s conference room at 201 Main Street instead of our usual IBEW meeting place. The event will take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will feature a light dinner and beverages. Donations to the Tongass Democrats will be gratefully accepted.


Here is your legislative schedule for the rest of this week.

http://w3.akleg.gov/index.php?tab2=type%3DAll%26com%3D%26startDate%3D04%2F25%2F2019%26endDate%3D04%2F27%2F2019%26chamber%3D#tab2

Of interest may be:

–A presentation tomorrow, Thursday, at noon on the importance of computer science in Alaska’s Schools, sponsored by Reps. Drummond and Story, Capitol room 106.

–A group of bills relating to the Alaska Permanent Fund (HB 139, HB 132, HJR 6, HJR 18) in House State Affairs, Gruenberg Room 120, Thursday at 3 p.m.

–A Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee presentation on nuclear microreactors in Alaska, Thursday, 3:30 pm., Beltz Room 105, including Michael Pawlowski, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.

–Senate Finance will be working on the operating budget and the mental health budget on Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. in Senate Finance room 532.

 

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Committee Schedules and More!

Here is your committee schedule for this week:

https://w3.akleg.gov/index.php?tab2=type%3DAll%26com%3D%26startDate%3D4%2F16%2F2019%26endDate%3D04%2F20%2F2019%26chamber%3D#tab2

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST:

CLEAN UP DAY: This coming Saturday, April 20th, is Litter Free Clean Up Day in Juneau. The Tongass Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. at the Department of Labor parking lot (near the Douglas Bridge and the whale statute). Please join us! Bring heavy duty gloves and wear appropriate footwear and outerwear. We clean the highway section from DOL to the Prospector Hotel. Many hands make light work!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

An evening with NPR’s journalist Lakshmi Singh. The event is Tuesday, April 23rd at the JACC. Cost is $25. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4189795

Don’t forget the Young Democrats Convention coming up on May 11 in Fairbanks. For further information check out:  https://www.facebook.com/alaskayoungdemocrats/

DONATE! We are constantly working to build reserves for the next election cycle. If you would like to see reasonable people elected to the Alaska Legislature you can donate via the Tongass Democrats at P.O. Box 240961, Douglas, Alaska 99824.

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