A man who attended nearly every Anchorage Assembly meeting, including special meetings, has died, Must Read Alaska has learned.
Eugene Haberman testified on almost every item on the agenda, much to the annoyance of Anchorage Assembly members. But over the years, he had perfected the art of the 3-minute time limit, including the preamble that he always included:
“My name is Eugene Haberman. I follow the public process. When the public process is done appropriately, the decisions made by the governing body is more likely to be in the public interest.”
In June, Haberman was heading to Anchorage from his home in Wasilla to testify at an Assembly meeting. He was in a serious car accident, and was covered with blood and glass, as he described it. But his friends helped him get suited up and cover his wounds, and he made it to the meeting — but not in time for public testimony. The Assembly would not accept his testimony since he was late, and he wrote about the event in The People’s Paper.
At one point, the Assembly took up an ordinance designed to try to limit his participation.
With three minutes allowed for each public hearing item, Haberman’s participation in a meeting could stretch to 15 minutes, irritating members such as Christopher Constant, who once said, “While the public may come for a public hearing on a specific item, he (Haberman) comes and testifies on multiple items every single night — sometimes as many as 10 or 15 items,”
At a recent Assembly meeting, Haberman fainted and was attended to in the Assembly Chambers by a medic. He was 70 years old. He was said to have died a few days later at home; we are unable to confirm the time and place of his passing.
Haberman also attended many meetings of the Anchorage School Board and public meetings in the Mat-Su Valley, where he lived. He always dressed dapperly in a suit and tie to attend public meetings, and since the pandemic started, he was always seen in an N95 mask.
He was known as a kindly but persistent man who had lived in Alaska for more than 43 years. During the 1980s, he published a periodical called “Gay Alaska,” to promote the gay lifestyle in the 49th state. He also worked as a doorman for the Sheraton Hotel downtown in his earlier years.
At the Oct. 12 Assembly meeting he admonished the Assembly for allowing the crowd in the room to become unruly. But earlier this year, he was convicted for a misdemeanor charge of Cause Fear Of Injury in Palmer.
The cause of his death is not known by Must Read Alaska.