Mark Bunker, now as city councilman, confronts issues with Scientology on day one - 2020-03-31
Mark Bunker was relieved yesterday to finally get the results back on his COVID-19 test — it was negative — because he had a big day of "orientation" as a new city councilman in Clearwater, Florida. He tells that he was pretty excited to be let into his new office, and to receive a city laptop and city iPhone.
And already, on his first day, he was dealing with a question about the Church of Scientology, the issue that had defined his historic campaign.
For several days, many observers had been pointing out that although the people of Clearwater had finally left the beaches and were generally observing a stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic, it appeared to be business as usual at the Flag Land Base, Scientology's "spiritual mecca," where Sea Org workers were still being transported in crowded buses from facility to facility, and without any personal protection such as masks or gloves.