Anchorage doing what needs to be done.

Courtesy of KTVA:

Many Anchorage residents who are among the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus have a new place to stay warm while also practicing social distancing.

They boarded People Mover buses Saturday for a short ride from Bean’s Cafe to the Sullivan Arena and Ben Boeke Indoor Ice Arena.

The arenas have been set up as temporary emergency homeless shelters during the COVID-19 crisis. The move came as local shelter did not meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that people have at least 6 feet of space between each other to help reduce the chances of getting COVID-19.

Bean’s Cafe has moved its operations to the Sullivan until the end of the crisis.

“It’s very bittersweet for us. We don’t know what the future’s going to look like; this is a temporary move,” said Bean’s Cafe Executive Director Lisa Sauder. “We know our community needs increased capacity. We need more resources. One of the best things I think that has come out of this has been the partnerships and trying to get people housed and out of emergency shelter.”

Single men stay at Sullivan Arena, while women and couples stay at Boeke.

I am relatively pleased with what the governor is doing up here in Alaska though I think he could do more,

However Mayor Berkowitz of Anchorage is really proving he was the right man for the job. 

Berkowitz does not wait for direction from the governor or the federal government, he simply does what needs to be done well ahead of the rest of the nation. 

Back on 2008, Ethan Berkowitz challenged Don Young for his congressional seat, I think when all of this dust settles that he would have a real good shot of taking him out in the 2022 election cycle. 

He’s got my vote.