The missing portion of a recording of the Sept. 13 Anchorage Assembly meeting has evidently been found and restored to the public record.
Late on the night of Sept. 13, the final two public participants in the Assembly meeting were people who had stayed through the several-hour meeting to give final public testimony. Each was allotted three minutes. For reasons explained as “technical glitches,” those remarks were edited out of the YouTube. Must Read Alaska was able to contact one of the testifiers and get a fairly close transcript of her comments, which were critical of the Assembly.
On Sept 21, that section of the recording suddenly reappeared on the Assembly’s YouTube channel without explanation. However, the prior meeting recording, which was over 5 hours and 45 minutes, is now edited down to 5 hours and 7 minutes, with no explanation as to what other portions of the meeting were edited out. At least the final comments from the public, and the final comments from Assembly members have been restored.
The Assembly does not broadcast all of its meetings. Whenever there is something that occurs out of order, such as an “actual disturbance,” as defined by the chair, Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance has the recording stopped so the public cannot see what is going on in the Assembly Chambers. The recording, which is broadcast live on YouTube, is reposted the morning after the meeting, but members of the public have become critical that some portions of the meeting appear to have been edited out.