Lawless: 19 hours before a mysterious Assembly meeting, and still no documents available

The Liberal leadership of the Anchorage Assembly is keeping a lid on the subject of its special meeting on Monday. All the description says is that this is about the Covid policy. The meeting takes place in a small conference room at City Hall, clearly an effort to eliminate audience participation. And the meeting does not take place during the lunch hour, but at 1 p.m., when many members of the public cannot attend.

As of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, no documents associated with the meeting were posted on the municipality’s website. This is unusual.

The ordinance would relate to the compulsory wearing of the mask during the meetings of the Assembly. It may also have something to do with vaccines or Covid-related work rules for municipal employees. But the Assembly does not tell the public what it is doing.

The main item on the agenda is: Introduction of Assembly orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic and appointments and confirmations of leaders.

The leadership of the assembly can also propose an ordinance which obliges the mayor to propose his appointees for confirmation within a certain period of time. Library manager Judy Eledge has not had to go through a confirmation process with the Assembly, whose Liberal majority is clearly hostile to her, since she does not have a librarianship degree. There are also no documents related to this proposed ordinance.

The agenda can be viewed here.

The note from City Clerk Barb Jones states that: This is not a subject of public hearing.

More than 250 people attended the Covid policy listening session offered by MP Jamie Allard and Mayor Dave Bronson on Saturday in Loussac’s largest library. Clearly, those Anchorage residents who have a choice of vaccine won’t fit into the City Hall conference room, which only has a few seats for the public.

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