Anchorage Mayor David Bronson issues veto of emergency order. Assembly sets special meeting

Anchorage Mayor David Bronson issues veto of emergency order. Assembly sets special meeting

I should have titled this, “Collision Course.”

After pro-Bronson supporters encouraged by members of his administration and Anchorage Assembly Member Jamie Allard failed to drag their “People’s Filibuster” on for a month, a defeated Mayor Bronson issued a press release this afternoon announcing that he had issued his veto of the emergency order passed last evening by the Anchorage Assembly.

Members associated with the pro-Bronson Save Anchorage Facebook group descended on a series of recently held Assembly meetings in an attempt to filibuster a vote on the proposed mask mandate AO 2021-91. Mayor Bronson’s supporters were seen wearing Holocaust imagery, with one supporter insulting Assembly Member Christopher Constant with a gay slur.

Over the weekend, Assembly Member Kameron Perez-Verdia issued a statement in support of the proposed mask mandate and signaled support for an emergency order. In the hours after Perez-Verdia released his statement in support of AO 2021-91, members of the โ€œSave Anchorageโ€ group assailed Perez-Verdiaโ€™s Facebook page, accusing him of being a tyrant, dictator, snake, liar, and a sack of shit.

Yesterday, Assembly Member Austin Quinn-Davidson said that as of shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly had received 1,323 emails opposed to the proposed mask ordinance and 2,399 emails in support.

The emergency order passed by a 9-2 vote last evening likely indicates that a veto-proof majority exists. Today, in a press release, it was announced that a Special Meeting has been scheduled for 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in the Assembly Chambers at Loussac Library to address the Mayorโ€™s veto of Emergency Ordinance No. EO 2021-3.