Meet the candidate: Ron Alleva
Ron Alleva is a candidate for Assembly District 4 - Seat F - Midtown Anchorage in the 2019 Municipal Elections. If elected, he will serve a three-year term for the Assembly for the Municipality of Anchorage.
KTVA asked Alleva, as well as those running against him, to answer a few questions about his stance on key issues in the community as part of our election coverage this year. Each candidate was given an equal amount of time to respond to these questions and informed of the set publishing date.
Here are Alleva's answers to those questions.
Question 1 – An alcohol sales tax will appear on the April ballot to combat substance abuse, homelessness and to increase public safety. Do you agree with the tax? Why or why not?
I do not agree with the alcohol tax, but the voters can decide. The tax is unfair as alcohol is already taxed by the state and the money earned by it should be earmarked for those programs within the municipality.
Drugs are not the cause of alcohol problems. Public safety and police should not be funded by this tax. The tax is not a solution to the many health problems that occur in our community. If this is a cause and effect tax then why not tax soda/sugar drinks that cause obesity, heart problems, tooth decay etc.
Question 2 – Anchorage has experienced a growing problem with homelessness. What will be your approach to addressing these issues, and at what cost?
Homelessness is caused by long term enabling. The costs to address this are going unaccounted for. The homelessness coordinators salary package is $196,700; Beans café’s ex director is in the same six-digit range. Money is being misused, abused, and misallocated. Too much sanctimonious hypocrisy is occurring by the agencies proprietors to address the problem.
Too many homeless are taking advantage of generosity of our community and this includes the social agencies and their employees. I say cut off funding for Housing First. $300,000 per unit at John Thomas Building is too much for homeless/hopeless. We can do better!
Question 3 – Gov. Dunleavy announced $1.6B in budget cuts in February. As the budget process continues in Juneau, how will you respond to the state’s budget challenges?
If the governor’s budget cuts survive or pass, we are all in Big Trouble. The day the free lunch is over, everyone will feel the pinch and will have to ante up especially anyone who has been on the free ride train. All exemptions should be eliminated, and everyone will pay their fair share to make up for the cut back in services provided.
Question 4 – The governor’s budget will cut about $2.5M from the municipality’s budget and an estimated $146M from the Anchorage School District. How will you respond to these cuts locally?
A need for a source of additional revenues will be needed along with the cut backs. Another source of new revenue will be no more exemptions for non-profits and churches. The charge fee should be enacted to cover fire, police, ambulance and even road repairs. More public participation in costly clean ups and other beautification services should be supplemented by the public and criminal work release programs.
Some cuts in certain program areas of education could be made but it would focus on operations maintenance; not teachers or educational programs.
Question 5 – Eagle River, Chugiak and Peter’s Creek residents sustained damage during the Nov. 30 earthquake. Do you support annexing residents to be part of the building safety service area? Why or why not?
Yes, they should be annexed- as one part of the borough- all residents should be included in a safety zone. It is just common sense.
Question 6 – There is a need for affordable housing in the municipality. How will you foster this?
Affordable housing is always needed and the only thing to bring it would be a strong economy.
Meet the other candidates running for a spot on the Anchorage Assembly, in the order they're presented on the municipality website.
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