Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Mayor: Public Testimony On Proposed Sidewalk Ban More “Political Theater Than Political Action”
Mayor Sullivan doubts homeless protester will leave sidewalk even if they were to meet.
In this week’s View From City Hall, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan speaks about his proposed sidewalk ban, which was tabled, and whether he felt he was being attacked in Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting during the public discussion of his proposed ban.
On whether the city has enough affordable housing, Sullivan says Anchorage is not in the business of building affordable homes. Affordable housing will have to come from the state, he says.
Sullivan also explains why CH2M HILL won the municipal contract to streamline the city’s operations and how much he expects the contractor to save the municipality.
The mayor also talks about the potential ripple effects of the national debt ceiling debates and whether federal funding for municipal projects will be pulled.
Sullivan wants the state to pick up the tab for the senior citizen property tax exemption, which he says is costing the municipality, i.e. other property owners, more than $24 million every year.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail will be closed from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7.