• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 49s

Assembly votes to recognize Polynesian Flag Day, postpones AO-37 action

By KTVA Alaska 10:39 PM June 24, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

The Anchorage Assembly gathered for a full agenda Tuesday tonight. Members also made time to honor an Assembly member who made municipal history.

Everything from transportation and road construction, wetlands planning and bar break was discussed. The outcome of tonight’s Assembly meeting means a delay for a decision on controversial labor law AO-37 and a reason for Alaska’s Polynesian community to celebrate.

Here are the highlights:

  • Municipal leaders voted to recognize June 28 as Polynesian Flag Day, which is the most widely recognized Polynesian holiday in America … and now Anchorage.
  • Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston introduced an ordinance, which has been dubbed “AO-37 lite” to change the labor code. A public hearing on this ordinance will take place in late-July. If lawmakers can’t come to an agreement to address AO-37, the decision will be left to the public come November.
  • Municipal leaders also voted not to change the name of N Street to Mount Susitna Drive.
  • On the matter of bar break, no new bars applied for the Bar Safety Hour Permit, which allows a bar to remain open past 3 a.m. if they agree not to sell alcohol past that time. So far, only a few bars have signed up for this program, but Assembly members expect more to sign up once temperatures begins to drop and winter rolls in.
  • The Assembly took time out to recognize and honor Assembly Vice Chair Dick Traini, who at 15 years and counting is the longest-serving Assembly member in municipal history. To that, Traini says he’s just getting started. ”I’ll be around until they kick my dead body out of here because as long as you’re on this body, you can make an effective change for the citizens of Anchorage,” Traini said. “I’m here to change things and make this town work. I’ve done it successfully for 15 years. I intend to do it until they tell me I can’t do it anymore.” In his 15 years on the Anchorage Assembly, from Oct. 1, 1991, through today, Traini says he is most proud of his work in making drunk driving penalties more harsh and putting the indoor smoking ban in place.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Event honors those helping Anchorage youth

    by Eric Ruble on Jul 31, 0:22

    The Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions honored those who often go unrecognized in a ceremony at the Lakefront Hotel on Thursday. The celebration awarded individuals and organizations that have made an exceptional effort to help Anchorage’s youth. Recipients included the Boys and Girls Club of Alaska and United Way of Anchorage. One of the award recipients was […]

  • Weather

    Evening News Weather, July 30

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 30, 22:56

    The southcentral region is looking at partly cloudy skies overnight with sunny skies to start your Friday and on into the weekend. High pressure is building in the north Pacific region and as it does, conditions across the entire state will continue to see improving conditions over the weekend and into the next work week. The […]

  • Sports

    Chugiak bucks Juneau to advance to Legion championship

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 30, 22:49

    Eight weeks after Chugiak beat South in the high school baseball state title game, the Mustangs are looking for yet another first place finish after beating Juneau 12-5 in the American Legion State Tournament on Thursday. The Mustangs were in trouble early after Juneau followed up a 1-run first inning with three runs in the fourth […]

  • News

    Anchorage in Transition: Bill Falsey talks domestic violence and sexual assault

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 30, 22:21

    With the election of Anchorage’s new mayor, Ethan Berkowitz, comes a new administration. All this week during the 6 p.m. Evening News, KTVA be interviewing newly appointed department heads about their plans for the future of Anchorage. Thursday, we were joined by Bill Falsey, the new Municipal Attorney for Anchorage, who says his department has […]

  • News

    Kodiak boasts Alaska’s oldest standing building

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 30, 20:02

    High on a grassy knoll in Kodiak, a large white building with green trim sits, almost as if untouched by time. It’s the oldest building still standing in the state of Alaska. It was built by the Russian American Company in 1808, likely as a warehouse for furs, before being sold to the Alaska Commercial […]

  • News

    Anchorage teenagers hit the trails to make a difference

    by Makayla Clark on Jul 30, 20:01

    Over the past few weeks, teenagers involved with Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) have made an old trail in Kincaid Park more accessible. “The goal of the YEP program is to positively engage a new generation of diverse youth leaders with the environment and the Anchorage community through meaningful training, employment, and outdoor recreation,” their […]

  • Lifestyle

    Could boarding passes become a thing of the past?

    by Michael Casey / CBS News on Jul 30, 19:52

    Alaska Airlines is looking end one of the biggest headaches of travel, that frenzied search for the boarding pass. The airline is trialing a system in which customers can use fingerprints, instead of traditional boarding passes or government-issued IDs, to check bags, speed through security checkpoints and board a flight. “Our big picture dream is that […]

  • News

    Anchorage man arraigned for sexual assault at Mosquito Lake

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 30, 19:30

    An Anchorage man was arraigned on Thursday for a sexual assault near the University of Alaska Anchorage campus in April. Robert Gutierrez, 20, is charged with the April 8 rape of a woman who was not from Anchorage. She told campus police he offered her a place to stay for the night, but then “pushed […]