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Camp Berkowitz moves to Valley of the Moon Park

The cleanup of the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage took place mid-day on Friday, with most of the protest-campers and their debris gone by early afternoon. Only about 20 protesters remained.

But the protest encampment of able-bodied young men moved to Valley of the Moon Park, signs and all.

[Read: Camp Berkowitz and the “nothing to report’ mayor]

Protesters were angry about leaving the Park Strip and were verbal about a photographer documenting the exodus.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Doesn’t make any difference which ‘public park’ the lefties move to. The park still belongs to the citizens who bought and paid for it, including the right to use the park with no threats, crime, drugs or garbage piles involved to disturb their peace. I’m pretty sure political maneuvers/endeavors were not part of the ‘intended use plan’. Does no one ever wonder how much or what the squatters contribute to the establishment and/or maintenance of the public parks? Just more cost heaped upon the backs of the citizens who continue to pay taxes to support these parks. If the squatters are a little more out of sight, you can bet their ‘illicit’ activities will be more prevalent. Anyone doubting this, take a stroll through the ‘park’, especially in the evening hours. The new “awakening” should tell Anchorage citizens the truth about leftist/dim policies in the fair city. Take Anchorage back at the polls or face ever worsening conditions in the ‘new Anchorage/Alaska order’.

  • What’s next Mr. Mayor? You gave your NOD to do this kind of protest…..how about a NOD to other citizens that would like to voice out their thoughts for the BEST OF AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • The bums will always lose, Lebowski! Do you hear me?

  • THE COWARDLY LIB MAYOR IS TO BLAME IF ANY CHILDREN OR ADULTS GET HURT OR KILLED BY DANGEROUS DRUNK OR DRUGGED HOMELESS SQUATTERS!

  • SERIOUS QUESTION!
    I SAW THIS LAST NIGHT AT TUDOR RD & OLD SEWARD!
    SOMEONE WAS STANDING SLUMPED OVER ON THE SIDEWALK LIKE THEY WERE SLEEPING STANDING UP LIKE A HORSE!
    IS THAT HEROIN USE?

  • If these ‘yahoos’ are soo concerned about the homeless, why don’t they take the initiative to adopt one, or many, of them themselves? Demonstrate your true compassion and take on the personal responsibility yourself? Show us how and the path forward in solving this dilemma.
    Hey(?), you might even be able to apply for a Federal Grant and/or get a special Tax Deduction while doing so. You might even get a special award and/or recognition, inflating your self-esteem.

    • You are asking something that has some shades of a genuine question, but is also drenched in contempt. A version of this question was a serious point of discussion at the Park Strip when I visited.

      Some “yahoos,” at great expense of resources, time, and alteration to their own lives, do provide meals and space in their homes as a place to sleep. However, adopting adults is not a real thing, and there’s definitely not an easy, legal way to set up your own home as a shelter. You’d have get yourself and your kitchen certified by the health department, every person who chose this path would have to learn anew how to set ground rules and begin to build out a network of services for those that they shelter. And the grants, tax, deductions, and “special awards” you mention don’t exist.

      A homeless shelter, on the other hand, can establish best practices, efficiently and effectively distribute food and care, and have well-established best practices in order to direct those that it serves to appropriate care while keeping everyone safe. Time and money spent on efficient, centralized systems tends to go way further, dollar for dollar and minute for minute.

      Just like it would be very generous but catastrophically inefficient for “yahoos” to go door to door delivering bottles of water to everyone, every day, instead of having faucets, your plan might have to be a very sad last resort if homeless shelters shutter.

      If you’re looking for a reason besides compassion to take care of those experiencing homelessness, consider that healthier Alaskans with a place to sleep are going to cost society less with fewer ER visits and chronic health issues, and are more likely to return to work and contribute to the economy.

  • New park. Same poop!

  • I’m on vacation in Arizona and just recently heard of this. I plan on buying an air horn and driving makes you think walking through their Camp late at night and disrupting their sleep patterns just as much as they’re disrupting the recreational activities of alaskans and Anchorage residents who simply wants to enjoy their summer. I plan on having a lot of fun with it although I assume I will have to carry for safety

    • So you look forward to getting back, and then bringing a gun as you violate the noise ordinance and wake up neighbors, while you try to start a late-night confrontation? Please don’t!!!

    • I had a thought of standing out on Ingra Street with an air horn during Ron Alleva’s most recent auction. I had a conflicting commitment that afternoon, but it was tempting.

  • Why are we still being forced to pay Nancy Burke? Fire her.

    • I dunno what the local media has said about her position. I do know that the media outlets in Fairbanks who reported on Mike Sanders stated that his position was a requirement for the City of Fairbanks receiving certain federal grants. I would assume that the same applies in this case.

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