With Covid as an available tool and emergency powers still in effect for Mayor Berkowitz, it occurs to me there is a powerful tool that the Mayor can wield to shut down testimony.
What if the Mayor shuts down in person testimony?
Covid fears have already been used to limit attendance.First it was 110 permitted in the chambers.Then 60.
I think the next logical move in this chess game, is for Mayor Berkowitz to shut down in person testimony by exerting his emergency powers and claiming we are spreading Covid. I really really hope I am wrong, but we know we have angered the Assembly and we know that we have been unexpectedly successful in disrupting their plan.
This is pretty important – let us have a backup plan.
Spread the word, far and wide, that folks need to sign up to testify by phone BUT show up in person. This will protect us from the machinations of our elected officials who are bound and determined to use the $22,500,000 dollars from the CARES act to illegally purchase these properties.
In person testimony is more effective and powerful than telephone testimony, without a doubt. And we have directly observed that if you aren’t on the right side of the testimony, you get a single shot at your telephone call (miss the call? Too bad, no testimony for you).
So – hit the ground today, get people signed up to testify by phone BUT to show up in person. We can protect our work from being outmaneuvered and shut down early.
Here is the information from the clerks office:If you wish to provide testimony on the phone, email Testimony@anchorageak.gov by 2:00 p.m. the day of the meeting with your Name, Phone Number, Agenda Item [AO 2020-58 and AO 2020-66] you wish to provide testimony and Subject Line: Phone Testimony.Please use today to knock on a few doors, ask people to read the flyer we mailed Friday / Saturday, and to think carefully about whether we want an Assembly that follows the Rule of Law and adheres to Title 21 regulations – or sneaky pete’s who redirect federal tax dollars that came from OUR pockets that were intended to help our small business owners and their employees not become homeless themselves during the lock downs.
Thank you very much