George believes that every neighborhood should be safe, clean, and connected. Children and families should not fear walking to school, visiting downtown, riding their bikes to the neighborhood park, or enjoying the trail system. No part of our city should look or feel neglected. We can do better. By bringing together individuals, law enforcement, civil society organizations, faith-based partners, and the business sector, Anchorage can become one of the safest, cleanest, and most connected cities in America.
I- A Safe Anchorage For Every Resident (SAFER)
- Maintain full staffing of APD necessary for continued implementation of the successful community policing model.
- Continue to embed mental health workers into APD operations to address the rising mental health contacts adequately.
- Reduce the strain on law enforcement by expanding community-led violence and crime intervention strategies. (Green dot Anchorage)
- Invest in crime reduction through environmental design and placemaking initiatives to end graffiti vandalism as we know it. (Graffiti busting)
- Work with the State of Alaska to expand crime prevention, restorative justice models, and reentry programs.
- Targeting of property crimes and human trafficking.
- Support continuous training, professional development, and certification for officers.
- Strengthen APD’s recruitment base from the Anchorage School District and UAA to deepen the department’s cultural responsiveness.
II- Tackling Homelessness
- Reset the core values of unhoused services to dignity, respect, and independence.
- Implement a door-to-door transportation program for shelter, assisted, and supportive housing clients.
- Create a public-private daily dignity jobs program with wrap-around supports to help people work and get off the streets.
- Expand the independence plus scattered-site model of services to increase accountability. Large capacity facilities cost more, are less accountable, and increase negative activity on surrounding streets.
- Close the data gap to effectively eliminate the revolving door, manage resources, and improve accountability.
- Use the alcohol sales tax’s dedicated resources to address mental and behavioral health services, including substance abuse.
- Never pit community members against the unhoused through bad policy design and faulty implementation.
III – Safe, Clean, Connected Neighborhoods
- Expansion of city-wide cleanup and adopt-a-site programs to encourage residents to regularly volunteer.
- Focus on pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle safety.
- Prioritize a safe and reliable public transportation system.
- End graffiti vandalism as we know it through the Anchorage Artway Program. (Hyder Street)
- Relaunch the downtown facade improvement program and the City of Lights initiative.
- Connect daily dignity jobs program to neighborhood cleanups and revitalization projects.
- Anchorage is a leader in inclusive playgrounds it is important to continue investing in parks and trails. Prioritize public-private maintenance partnerships.
- Invest in community sports infrastructure to strengthen youth resiliency and positive prevention opportunities.
IV – Emergency Preparedness
- Maintain the highest level of readiness across all municipal departments.
- Prioritize equity and cultural responsiveness in emergency planning, communications, and operations.
- Deepen community-based response networks through the Federation of Community Councils.
- Improve wildfire mitigation, including strengthening the Firewise Home Assessment Program.