Mayor Bronson unveils directives on gun rights, economy, shrinking Anchorage government, COVID-19 rules

Mayor Bronson unveils directives on gun rights, economy, shrinking Anchorage government, COVID-19 rules

Dave Bronson speaks before he is inaugurated mayor of Anchorage in a ceremony at the Marriott Anchorage Downtown on July 1, 2021. (Marc Lester / ADN) Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson announced a set of four mayoral directives hours after taking office Thursday, signaling his administration’s immediate priorities: economic recovery, streamlining city services, easing COVID-19 restrictions and declaring the city a “Second Amendment sanctuary municipality.” Each directive outlines a new city policy or gives direction to his administration and the city to work toward his priorities. Bronson said he will sign the directives Thursday afternoon. He also said he’ll soon request $15 million from the Assembly to build his proposed 400-person homeless shelter and “navigation center” in East Anchorage. “Our agenda will focus on the big things, the big things that are facing the city — homelessness, safe streets, the Port (of Alaska) in particular,” Bronson said. • The first directive is focused on protecting “the rights of all citizens to keep and bear arms.” The directive says that Anchorage “shall stand as a Sanctuary jurisdiction.” • The second directive is focused on “Anchorage economic recovery and diversification” and declares that the city “shall aggressively pursue economic revitalization, expansion and diversification.” It outlines the establishment of an advisory committee, chaired by the executive director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority, to “develop a blueprint to achieve a vibrant local economy.” Bronson earlier this week announced his appointment of Mike Robbins, a Republican House District 26 chairman and one of his […]

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