Some Anchorage Assembly members got an earful on Thursday from residents who say the city isn't doing enough to address homelessness. The comments came during a monthly meeting of the Assembly's homelessness committee.
Much of the frustration was over crime, particularly theft, which many said has increased in their neighborhoods along with numbers of homeless people. Rogers Park resident Linda Chase pointed her finger squarely at Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and challenged Assembly members to stand up to him.
"It's ridiculous if this Assembly does not stand up and take a leadership position in safeguarding our community," Chase said. "You are supposed to be the leaders and you can't let a mayor whip us around with no solution."