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On Tuesday night the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly joined the City of Homer and other municipalities around the state and nation in coming out against corporate personhood in the form of the U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission.

Only one citizen came out in support of the Citizens United Case, a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns under the guise of free speech.

KPB Assembly recap: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jan 22, 2020
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At Tuesday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, Homer’s Gary Thomas was remembered with a commending resolution.

Introduced by Homer Assemblymember Willy Dunne, the resolution praised Thomas’ 40-years of service on the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and many other local causes and service area boards.

Fair Share Act seeks to bolster state revenues

Jan 15, 2020
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The deadline for collecting signatures to reset the state’s oil tax formula is less than a week away. Organizers say they already have the required 40,000 signatures to get on the ballot. As KBBI’s Jay Barrett reports, the Fair Share Act seeks to reverse declines in state revenue, even as oil prices have rebounded from their last slump.

Former Homer Rep. Paul Seaton is one of many signature-gatherers around the state supporting the initiative. He explains how the new tax regime would work if it is passed by voters.

City of Homer

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council passed a resolution opposing the repeal on the ban on personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Area. About 20 people offered public comment on the repeal. The resolution passed with only Councilmember Heath Smith voting against the resolution.

State of Alaska

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance held public meetings last week in  Ninilchik, at McNeil Canyon School, at the Anchor Point VFW and at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Alaska's Fair Share oil tax initiative announced on Thursday that they have collected the required 40,000 signatures to place their initiative on the ballot. The initiative aims to amend existing laws, most notably Senate Bill 21 A, to increase Alaskan's share of production revenues by increasing the gross tax rate and eliminating net tax credits.
Update:
This story has been updated to include initiative sponsor and attorney, Robin Brena.

City of Homer

The City of Homer issued an official statement on Thursday, announcing that the lawsuit brought by former Homer City Councilmember Thomas Stroozas against the City of Homer and Homer City Council was dismissed by Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday, December 18.

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On Monday December 9, Anchorage Superior Court denied former Homer City Councilmember Thomas Stroozas’ request that the court issue an injunction ordering the council to remove Storm Hansen-Cavasos from the Homer City Council pending resolution of his lawsuit.

Stroozas, represented by attorneys Thomas Amodio and Keri-Ann Baker, is suing the city and the city council asserting that Hansen-Cavasos was ineligible to run as a candidate because she did not meet Homer City Code's one-year residence requirement.

Borough recap: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dec 5, 2019
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Correction:
A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the councilmember who called for reconsideration of the material site ordinance. Councilmember Jesse Bjorkman called for reconsideration. 

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Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Alyse Galvin was in Homer on Saturday and Sunday. Galvin is running as an independent.

This is her second attempt to unseat Representative Don Young who commenced his 23rd term in 2018. In that election, Galvin got 47% of the vote.

She sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson after her appearance at KBay.
 

Homer City Council recap: November 25, 2019

Nov 27, 2019
City of Homer

The City of Homer held its first public hearing on the 2020 and 2021 budget Monday night and proposed a long list of changes, substitutions and corrections. The budgets, which totaled nearly $22 million for 2020 and 2021 prior to the council’s proposed amendments are the first attempt at approving a two-year budget process.

KBBI

Governor Mike Dunleavy was in Homer on Thursday to address the  Alaska State Home Builders Association at their conference at Land’s End Resort.  KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson was there and filed this report.

Homer City Council recap: October 14, 2019

Oct 15, 2019
City of Homer

In a marathon meeting Monday night that packed the council chambers, the Homer City Council unanimously certified the October municipal election results and seated Storm Hansen-Cavasos and Joey Evensen on the council.  Council members also officially called for an investigation into the eligibility of Hansen-Cavasos after numerous people came forward questioning her claim of residency in the City of Homer.

Kenai Peninsula Borough election results show 17.75 % of eligible voters voted in yesterday’s election.

Both propositions on the borough ballot failed.

On Prop 1. "Should the city move to a borough manager form of government?"
57 %  of borough voters cast a N0 vote.
43 %  voted Yes.    

Prop 2. would have raised the sales tax cap from $500 to $1000. It also failed
with No votes making  55 %  of the total
and Yes votes bringing in 45%.

City of Homer

On this two-part Coffee Table, first, you'll hear from incumbent candidates for Homer City Council, Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas. In the second half, guests are candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. The election is Tuesday, October 1.   Correction: In the on-air version of the show with guests Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, host Kathleen Gustafson incorrectly stated that Councilmember Shelly Erickson signed the 2017 petition to recall three Homer City Council members.

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