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Around town for Monday, March 23

...Language class, 5:30-7 p.m., UAS, Egan Room 115. Hosted by The Learning Connection. Free.Assembly Committee of the Whole Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall Assembly Chambers.Mount Juneau Cribbage Club, 6 p.m., Rockwell Restaurant...
Assembly Meeting wrap-up: Giant whale statue to arrive in summer

The city is considering sludge solutions and the West Douglas road extension, but the big news out of Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night was that Juneau's long-awaited giant whale sculpture will arrive this summer.
City ponders Housing First funding sources

At the end of 2014, the City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole pledged to contribute $1.5 million to the Housing First Project. Now they're trying to find the money.
CBJ holds hope to sell lot for housing

The City and Borough of Juneau isn't ready to give up the downtown North Franklin Parking Lot unless it can be sure it will go towards housing. "The way the property is sitting right now, it's being inefficently used," Mayor Merrill Sanford said.
Cuts meet cuts as city, schools talk budget

The city and its school district came together for the first time Monday night at a Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss school budget planning for fiscal year 2016 and potential cuts due to funding uncertainty.
Alaska fisheries board opens 10-day meeting in Sitka

A 10-day meeting of the Alaska State Board of Fisheries has begun in Sitka.
Empire Editorial: Some Assembly members playing word games

About 59 percent of Juneau voters said "yes" to Proposition 1, enabling the creation of an empowered pool board to oversee Juneau's two pools, during the October 2014 municipal election.
Empowered pool board remains on starting block

While some may have thought they were near the finish line for deciding whether to create an empowered board for Juneau's pools, a flood of questions during Monday evening's City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting sent the issue to another committee instead.Months after voters gave the assembly the option to create an empowered board, the Assembly is looking at the option, but there are philosophical differences in how assembly members approach the potential for a board.
Juneau's future mapped out

After nearly a year of work, a draft of the final Juneau Economic Development Plan is ready for the public. The City and Borough of Juneau hired McDowell Group/Sheinberg Associates 11 months ago to design a plan for Juneau's economy over the next decade.
Juneau Assembly approves big hike in local tobacco taxes; e-cigarettes also covered

Following public comment by community members young and old at City Hall Monday night, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved a $2 per pack increase to the city tobacco excise tax.


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