Anchorage Assembly Votes Down Ordinance Banning Sitting on Downtown Sidewalks

Tuesday night the Anchorage Assembly shot down Mayor Dan Sullivan’s ordinance to outlaw sitting on the sidewalks downtown by a 9 to 1 vote. A move to put off a decision was shot down by one vote. Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston was absent.

All the people who showed up to speak about the ordinance opposed it. “This needs to go away,” was what two Assembly member said. The Mayor can try again with another ordinance.

He has still not met with protester John Martin III. Last night he said he had sent someone to offer help to Martin, and Martin declined, so the requirements Sullivan outlined at his press conference a week ago apparently still hold.

Martin is out of compliance with the state’s sex offender registry because he does not have a home to register.

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