Anchorage residents packed the Anchorage Assembly Chambers on Sept. 28 with a large, enthusiastic crowd adamantly opposing a proposed citywide mask mandate pushed by the left-leaning majority of the Assembly. (Click here to read details of the mandate proposal).

There was no time to vote on the highly controversial plan with public testimony going until the midnight, and many more waiting to speak their mind. Public testimony resumes tonight at 6 p.m.

It is clear that many in Anchorage are vehemently against living under another mask mandate, one that forces business owners to boot patrons who are not properly masked. Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson is fighting the plan, as are conservative Assembly members Jamie Allard and Crystal Kennedy.

In the lead up to the meeting Bronson posted a one-minute video stating his opposition and urging residents to turn out to testify. The mayor reiterated his opposition during the Sept. 28 meeting. He said the proposal was based on “inconclusive science” and called it “bad policy” and an “unconstitutional infringement on the freedom guaranteed to every Anchorage citizen by our federal and state constitutions.”

Anchorage Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel

Assembly Meg Zaletel (who is up for a recall election on Oct. 26) introduced a modified version of the mandate that would have empowered residents to take neighbors and local business owners to administrative court for alleged violations of the mandate. She later pulled her version.

Bronson said he opposed the mandate because it “pits neighbor against neighbor, shop owner against customer and friend against friend.”

Tonight’s meeting (Sept. 29) begins at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library.


The public may submit written comments at There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony. It is on a first come basis. Click here for more information.

Massive crowd opposes Anchorage Assembly mask mandate plan – meeting continues tonight

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Mongo Likes Candy says:

    Quit playing nice with these tyrants, they don’t respect your niceties. They see it as weakness and don’t fear the public or recalls because they own the vote counting system.

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Meg Zaletel, looks like a a woman that needs to control people’s lives. (Nazi) She want communism so bad she’ll go to any links. Who in their right mind would impose neighbors, businesses or whoever to turn each other in. Where is the money going to go she collects, into her pockets? Isn’t our court system busy enough with criminals that can’t get tried in the proper amount of time? I still haven’t got my restitution hearing fir a 2016 robbery case. I doubt I’ll ever get one. The police let the robbers go instead of stopping the car even after the video showed the 3 people and car with plate number. It was a simple open and closed case. Let’s do the correct thing here. Let’s not force neighbors or businesses to turn each other in. Let’s NIT have another mandate on masks. People by now should be smart enough after over a year of forced wearing to know if they wear one they will stand a better chance to survive. It’s their choice not the city/mayor’s choice. We don’t need to play into the democratic agenda. Look at South Dakota. They on the west side of the big MO River didn’t have hardly any covid cases. They didn’t mandate ANY shout downs or MASKS. Their people were smart stayed away from one another and washed their hands. Only place S.D. had big numbers was at the meat packing plant. Do your own research.

    I say no mandates.

    p.s. if I could vote it would be to recall Zaletel!

  • Scott says:

    Let’s be honest with ourselves the assembly has already made up their mind and they’re not listening to testimony… They’re going to vote to pass the Mandate and we’re going to have to engage in mass non compliance… Plan on starting to report every single member of the leftist assembly every hour of every day for violations…. Muddy the water and report everything…. paralyze the system!!

  • vince says:

    The nooses are tightening against Americans. It is scary how H1N1 was used as a “beta” test for this current SCAMdemic.
    Don’t submit! There will not be another chance to stop this; your compliance is being funded with federal tax monies. You can’t out-bribe this, out-spend this, out-vote this. You can only fix this by show of force.
    “It divides the people against each other.” Lots of background info in this video that is analogous to our present contrived crisis.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    A mandate is not a law and therefore can not be tried in court. Mandates are more like a ticket. Which nobody will pay anyway

  • Andy says:

    Remember the names of these idiots, rot and destruction will always follow them wherever they go, they must always be blacklisted, never give up.

  • Ralph says:

    7 Characteristics of a Psychopath;
    1. Pathological Lying and Manipulation
    2. Lack of Morality and Rule Breaking
    3. Lack of Empathy and Cold-Heartedness
    4. Narcissism and False Superiority Complex
    5. Gaslighting and Psychological Bullying
    6. Lack of Contrition and Self-Serving Victimhood
    (7). The “Situational” Sociopath or Psychopath
    Perhaps one of the most insidious forms of anti-social personality disorder is what may be termed “situational sociopathy or psychopathy,” where an individual extends cordiality, respect, and regard towards some, but exhibits inhumanity, harshness, and cruelty towards others. Targets of situational sociopathy or psychopathy are usually individuals or groups considered to be “other,” “lesser,” or “weaker,” and may be based on factors such as gender, class, race, sexual orientation, social standing, societal afflictions, etc

  • SJJR says:

    Some Alaskans feel the personal choices of others are selfish and need to be regulated. What’s really selfish is expecting others to surrender their libertys so you can enjoy a false sense of security.

  • RJA says:

    My comment to the assembly. Not that it’ll make a difference to them.
    My first statement is NO Mask Mandates! There has been enough of the forced mask mandates. I travel internationally quite extensively. Other countries are relaxing their requirements for masks, and other restrictions. Europe opened up without masks and showed zero large outbreaks, Japan is looking to relax their mandates as well per an AP News report. I am fed up with people that may have hidden agendas telling me what I need to do to be safe. How many millions of dollars are going to these institutions just by claiming a patient has Covid-19? Hospital space/ER issues? Probably because they fired health care workers because they didn’t want or need to be vaccinated, not bed space. There is no need for this cities government to inflict more restrictions on its citizens. We are well aware of the virus by now. Masks should be a personal choice, whether that be an individual or a business. A fully informed populace is fully capable of making life decisions and doing what is needed. Quit with the selective information you use to try and force your point of view. Allow all of the available information, and let the citizens decide for themselves how to respond. Having selected speakers be the last to speak on an issue to make counterpoints is just another way of proving that you truly do not listen to your constituents.

  • SJJR says:

     If your reading glasses fog up when you wear these type of masks, how is this type of mask going to stop a virus? They don’t, it’s just symbolic virtue signaling, or feelings. See – 

    Virus are 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size.  Masks being utilized don’t seal to your face, eyes exposed. No way to have a fit test with masks being utilized.  Required, particulate filter efficient against a 0.3 mm MMAD. See required mask – – See required filter –

  • Penny Johnson says:

    Hi WM, please edit your article to include the Ordinance# (2021-91?) for those who submit in writing for the record. The directions provided by the Muni to find the ord # are, as usual, difficult to follow. Thx!

  • John Galt says:

    So here’s the real question:
    Can the assembly make their decision regardless of what the constituents think?
    If the answer is yes, then although it feels good to voice your thoughts, nothing will happen. The tyrants can and will rule tyrannically and there’s nothing you can do.
    The only answer is to VOTE THEM OUT AT THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY!!

  • G Aleution says:

    I notice all those pontificating regarding the inherent symbolic altruism never say one word about actual Constitutional rights. The cognition regarding each other’s highly valued Constitutional rights can just be erased if the hive mind now wants everyone to wear a mask like bank robbers do. It is injurious and pitiful that the assembly persons have no regard for the US Constitution and people’s liberty and their will.

  • G Aleution says:

    Please do not refer to the assembly as a leader. Some of them are transforming into dictators. People do not study the US Constitution they have not learned to value their own rights or anyone else’s.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Yes I’m in powered to tell Meg where she can stick her mask mandates
    I’m in charge of myself not you, you little sheepy minion.
    Get a life stay home if your so afraid.
    I know people who got the shot and got covid and spread covid to there family. It’s 95+ survivable

  • G Aleution says:

    The Constitution does not say that in it’s clear language. It says the right to assemble of the public to give its instruction to its servants shall not be infringed. Three minutes is infringement. Security may not touch the public. Maxim of Law: “The belligerent man has his rights”. Why does it say that. BTW, the Jacobson case precedent was defeated by Roe V Wade which elevated “my body my choice” instead.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Don’t wear a mask.
    Get in people’s faces if they tell you to – make them remember your angry face when they go to bed at night.
    No more, “I’m only doing my job”. That’s what the nazi guards said.
    This attempt to control what I do, where I go, who I see for a flu bug that has a survival rate of 99.97% is abominable.
    Never have I felt more threatened by the State and their psycho useful idiots, than I do now.
    Sic Semper Tyrannis!

  • Andy says:

    There is a lot of resistance to the VAX/Wuhan Flu right now all through out the world and in many countries it is violent protests by the thousands, we are not alone in this, the local and national news is now censored so you will see nothing about these other countries, they are relying heavily on censorship and anything to distract you.

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