The Anchorage Assembly convened its Wednesday night meeting with a packed agenda: budget testimony, confirmations and appointments, a comprehensive homelessness strategy, ordinances affecting plastic bags and rules for mayoral appointments.
But even though the body already dealt with an acrimonious public health measure requiring mask wearing in indoor public spaces, the issue has not gone away.
A battle between the Assembly’s majority and Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration, along with its conservative allies on the body and an outspoken group of public participants, dominated the meeting from the outset and led members to postpone its business to Thursday.
At issue is who has control over the Assembly’s public proceedings: members of the legislative branch or the executive and his administration.
Even before Wednesday’s meeting, which was moved back a day to accommodate the final day of voting in a special recall election, the Assembly signaled…