Thursday, December 6, 2007
Here is the breakdown:
Great Pinot Noir
Good food. Perfectly prepared, lacks substance and adventure.
I had the Salmon and the rest of my party had a variety of their extensive menu of steaks. Everyone seemed to agree-it was good, great even, but not mind blowing.
If you are in the mood to blow a lot of money and have steak in a great atmosphere this is the place for you.
The one thing that is for sure is that this place has horrible service. I had to give it a few chances before I came to this conclusion, but the last time I went(last weekend) was the absolute worst service I have ever received from any restaurant any time.
First of all the owner seemed to be having a really interesting phone call when we walked in and proceeded to ignore us for about 5 minutes until we began to get a little annoyed. Then once seated I asked for some tea(green) and was brought Jasmine(not a huge problem since I like both, but a mistake) Once we ordered our food I asked the waiter if I could have a smaller size of the soup I wanted(since I was ordering another entree and just wanted a side of the soup) he informed me that they could do a kid's size if I were indeed a kid, but since I was not they could not do that. I figured that he was simply trying to follow the rules and asked if he could please make sure that could not be accomplished. The owner then proceeded to tell me that it was simply impossible to order a side of that particular soup(even if I was in fact ordering it IN ADDITION TO another entree) she was rude, unprofessional and all around unhelpful.
So moving forward I ordered something else. My husband's orders came and mine lagged behind. It wasn't until the waiter asked if he wanted a box that I realized that he forgot my order. So I had tea(Jasmine) for dinner.
So if you want to receive bad service, for ok food check out Cafe Trang. Otherwise get takeout or go to one of the other amazing restaurants in our neighborhood.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
My lungs wonder too.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Council to consider park funding
By Derek P. Jensen
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 09/18/2007 02:42:23 AM MDT
All summer, Mickelle Weber and her neighbors would walk to Pioneer Park to barbecue and play bocce ball on Sundays.
The downtown loft dwellers had two goals: enjoy some time in the green grass and reclaim the park from the derelicts and drug pushers.
Now the Salt Lake City Council is poised to give them another outside outlet at Pioneer. And this one is sure to draw traffic - especially the four-legged kind.
A new dog park, enclosed by an iron fence, is the latest amenity greenlighted to help rehabilitate the drug-infested park space. Tonight the council is expected to approve $77,000 for the canine haven, meaning dog lovers can join the Farmers Market crowd after the snow melts next year.
"I'm really excited," said Weber, who praised city officials for heeding the request. "There are so many dogs in this area. People will use it on a daily basis."
That's the idea, notes City Councilman Carlton Christensen.
"I don't think it's the cure-all for Pioneer Park," he said Monday, "but it certainly has the potential to be a positive addition."
For much of the summer, confusion reigned over whether the city would fund the pooch park, planned for the southeast quadrant of Pioneer. Christensen says the interest always remained solid, but that officials were waiting for a lower construction bid.
Meantime, a collection of downtown residents known by the moniker "Parktivities" put pressure on City Hall.
"We did a lot of work, and I think it paid off," Weber added. "It's very dangerous for those of us who live around here to have that critical mass of illegal activity. The dog park will help."
So will the spate of other improvements, according to Dell Cook, the city's project manager.
The city plans to spruce up the park's four corner entrances, including adding some lighting and new benches. There also will be a new pathway that circles Pioneer Park - modeled after Liberty Park - which Cook hopes will draw joggers, skaters and other people looking for recreation at lunch or after work.
"Hopefully it will be more of a neighborhood place," he said. "Our goal is to have the project done before the Farmers Market begins next June."
Overall, the city has designated $420,530 for Pioneer Park upgrades as part of its capital-improvement budget.
To pay for the makeover, the city sacrificed more elaborate lighting that once was considered.
Christensen notes fewer trees will be removed than originally feared to complete the work - a plan that now has the endorsement of the Historic Landmark Commission.
Doling out the capital cash
After debating the merits of various projects, the Salt Lake City Council is ready to approve $7.9 million toward the city's 10-year capital-improvement plan. Some highlights include:
* $750,000 to purchase property in the southwest quadrant of the city for a future fire station.
* $420,530 for upgrades at Pioneer Park.
* $375,000 for Jordan River Parkway improvements.
* $62,000 for lighting at the Fairmont skate park.
* $50,000 for dog-park improvements at Herman Franks and Cottonwood parks.
* $3.1 million for streets.
* $375,000 for cost overruns.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
If you have a salt lake city address on your drivers license you are automatically registered to vote. To check your registration status, obtain a vote-by-mail ballot application or review your sample ballot, visit www.clerk.slco.org or call 468-3427
You can vote early at 2 different locations:
(make sure to bring a valid photo ID and 2 forms of forms that prove residency(like bills with your name and address on it)
Salt Lake City Govt. Center
2001 South State Street
South Building, Room S1100
Salt Lake City & County Building
451 South State Street Room 138
(ADA access on East side of building)
When: Weekdays between Aug 20-Sept 10
Otherwise you can vote on voting day
Mulit-Ethnic Senior Hi-Rise
120 S 200 W
Here are a few articles about the mayoral race as well as district 4 & 6 reps for city council(we are district 4)
Mayor Bunch Article
Nancy Saxton(district 4) here
District 6 here
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
While I am always trying something new here is a list of my staples at the market:
-Crumb Bros Bread-Herb baguette(get there early, they usually run out by 9:30)
-Rock Hill Creamery-Feta cheese. I can't resist this exceptional, yet small creamery's cheese. It is local, organic and amazing on the palate.
-Peaches(from almost anywhere)
-Salsa from the Salsa Kings
If you haven't made it to the market this year you are missing out! It is every Saturday from 8-1 at Pioneer Park. The market runs until the end of October. There are ATM's, restrooms and food vendors present. Leashed dogs are always welcome and there are pick up bags at several locations around the market.
We usually have breakfast at the market see many good friends and neighbors and just plain enjoy the vibrant community downtown!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Carlucci's Bakery is not only a gem in our neighborhood but a landmark in my heart. This little bakery is truly remarkable.
I(and many of my friends and neighbors) eat there at least once if not twice a week.
When you walk in you are greeted by a warm, down to earth setting. Take a moment to browse over their menu on the wall(you order cafeteria style and then they bring it to you at your table) If you are like me you will find it hard to decide and then decide between two(or three) choices. To make things even harder they usually have a special-all of which so far I enjoy. After you decide on your meal you are then tempted by a case full of the most delectable pastries, desserts and cakes. All of them made fresh, many of them that day! I also very often get birthday cakes and cupcakes from Carluccis-always good, and it always is a hit! They also do wedding cakes!
The staff is warm, helpful and knowledgeable. There is inside and outdoor seating(that is btw dog friendly) and great food.
I highly recommend if visiting the city for the day or if you live here.
314 W Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1702
When I try to convince her otherwise she makes excuses, and I get the impression that she just doesn't want it in her neighborhood. I feel that she does not have the entire district's best interest at heart....we fall into 2nd place and while I wish it wasn't this way, I feel that we will have to fight her for any improvements in our neighborhood.
Also when asked to attend our activities or comment on the blog she responded that she has way too many emails to even consider blogging and that she would see about the activities(still waiting to see her and hear back from her in an email) so my question is: who's emails is she answering and which activities is she attending-not ours.
PS thanks to my dear friend who, through hours of debate and discussion(not all of which was voluntary) helped me to refine my opinions on each of the candidates
However, one candidate took the chanllenge and in turn made me think very, very hard about voting for him: Brian Doughty
He played a mean game(and won) of Bocce, and brought his dog along as well.
Later that night(1 am) I received an email from Brian thanking me for a great time. Also, he included his research for the park. I must say I was very impressed with his attention to our neighborhood AND his willingness to listen to us and then do some leg work on his own.
I'll say it again: I'm impressed.
The following is a letter I received from the project manager for the park restoration.....one more meeting and we are there! I am so proud of our neighborhood for fighting for what is best for US! Please, Please if you can attend this meeting with me I would love it(even if it is just to celebrate our victory) It will be held at 451 S State(City and County Building near the library) room 126 Sept 5th at 4 pm
I think this is a great victory for us, and also a lesson- If we open our mouths we will be heard....if we sit back and simply trust our elected officials to do what's best for us we will lose every time! It is time that we not back down! This is, afterall, the best place in the city to live, work and play.
Kudos to Dell Cook and Gwen Springmeyer for all of their hard work in this for us!
The meeting went well last night and the recommendation for funding the Dog Park and the other 4Corners (so all for corners will receive the designed improvements) was approved or agreed to by the council. The new lighting for around the park was not funded.
I think that the funding can be added to the project as it is awarded after the next Landmark meeting on Sept. 5th. I think that it would be a good idea if you come in force to the Landmarks Meeting at 4:00 pm on Sept. 5th.
I think that this will be the only hold up to moving forward with the project.
Thank you for your interest in this project – Dell Cook
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I won’t dig deep into Mike Vick, because I try not to swear that much here. Really, I don’t. But, for my Utah readers I want to issue the following
Tomorrow, up on the hill, in the first special session of the 2007 Legislative Session, there’s going to be a dumbass attempt, by insane Republicans, to pass the Animal Torture Bill, but, not to make it a felony until the second conviction.
1.) Michael Vick is a first time offender.
2.) I took animal husbandry in school, and, if you’re afraid of what this bill will do to you under the umbrella of “animal husbandry” then you’re doing it wrong and you need to go to jail.
If your legislator doesn’t vote to pass Henry’s Law (first time felony version) or if your legislator votes against Henry’s Law … I want you to file to run against them next year. If you can’t do that, I want you to give whatever you can, a donation, volunteer time, door-to-door work, whatever. to their opponent next year. At the very least, don’t vote for someone who thinks that animal torture is only worth a chuckle and a small fine.
I’m posting this at 7:00pm on Tuesday. CLICK HERE , ASAP, and visit the Utah Humane Society’s web page and send your legislator a quick, polite, email and let them know how you feel.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
From Pioneer Fort to Pioneer Park
Beehive History 22
After traveling many long weeks in wagons or pushing handcarts to their land of Zion, the Mormon pioneers first stopped at what became known as the Old Pioneer Fort--later Pioneer Park. There they met with others, rested, and learned of their ultimate destination before moving on to establish homes. Does this mean that Pioneer Park could be compared to Ellis Island? Perhaps it is not a national symbol, but it is important in the story of Mormon settlement. A Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) pamphlet proclaims: "What Plymouth is to New England, the Old Fort is to the Great West." The fort was a focal point of early Mormon activity, and the present park continues to reflect the city's patterns of growth.
The building of the fort began a week after the arrival of the first immigrants in July 1847. Following the Mormon pattern for colonization that consisted of central planning and collective labor, the settlers formed groups to work for the common good. For example, one group began farming 35 acres. Another located the site for a temple and laid out a city of 135 ten-acre blocks. Each block was divided into eight lots (1.25 acres each). One block was selected for a fort or stockade of log cabins. The pioneers would live inside the fort until they could build permanent structures on their city lots. A large group began to build log cabins and an adobe wall around the fort. Within a month there were 29 log houses 8 to 9 feet high, 16 feet long, and 14 feet wide. In the fall of 1848 two additional ten-acre blocks were added to the fort. There were 450 log cabins, and the adobe wall around the fort was complete.
Clara Decker Young, one of the first to move into the fort, was one of three women with the first group of pioneers. She felt relieved and satisfied when they reached their destination. The valley did not look so dreary to her as to the other women who felt desolate and lonely in the emptiness of the Great Basin with its lack of trees. Clara recalled the building of the houses within the fort and described "some crude contrivance for sawing lumber"--most likely a pit saw, commonly used to saw logs before sawmills were built. (It is a two-man operation using a large whipsaw with one man down in the pit and the other on top.) They made puncheon floors for the fort cabins of logs split in the middle and placed with the rounded sides down. Fireplaces for cooking and heating had chimneys of adobe brick (made in the adobe yard near the fort) and clay hearths.
Drawing used in H. H. Bancroft's 1889 History of Utah.
The first homes were built along the east side of the fort for church leaders. The pioneers assumed that they had settled in a dry climate and used clay for plaster and piled dirt atop log and bark roofs. When the spring rains of 1848 came they caused considerable problems. The clay plaster could not stand exposure to rain and quickly melted. Historical accounts speak of the need to protect women and children indoors from the rain and mud with umbrellas while they were cooking and/or sleeping. Bread and other foods were gathered into the center of the rooms and protected with buffalo skins. Another serious problem plagued the fort dwellers--mice. One account says that frequently 50 or 60 had to be caught at night before the family could sleep.
Much of the furniture inside the homes was hand-made in Utah. Pioneer wagons carried few items of furniture. Bedsteads were built in a corner with the cabin walls forming two of the sides. Rails or poles formed the other two sides. Pegs were driven into the walls and the rails, and then heavy cord was wound tightly between the pegs to create a webbing on which to lay the mattress. Furniture often served several purposes. For example, a chest could be used as a table.
Community activities, including meetings of all kinds and even dances, were held in the fort's log cabins. The home of Heber C. Kimball, consisting of five rooms built on the east side of the fort in August 1847, was the site of most civic and legislative meetings. On December 9, 1848, some 50 leaders met there to consider petitioning Congress for a state or territorial government. The first elections were held in an adobe school constructed inside the fort. Public meetings were often held near the liberty pole in the center of the fort.
Seventeen-year-old Mary Jane Dilworth held the first school classes in October 1847 in a small tent outside the fort. In January 1848 Julian Moses began teaching school in his log house inside the fort. In November 1848 a school was completed just east of the northwest corner of the fort. In a letter to the Deseret News dated August 10, 1888, Oliver B. Huntington, who taught school from November 1848 through February 1849, told about the school and the fort. The houses were built as part of the fort wall with portholes for defense on the outside walls. Usually, a cabin had a six-light (pane) window opening to the inside of the fort. The roofs were made of poles or split logs laid close together and covered with bark. "Such was the general makeup of 'the first schoolroom,' with an immense quantity of dirt piled on the flat roof as probable protection from the rain," Huntington wrote. The 30-by-40-foot room where he taught had a hardened clay floor. The window opening was large enough for six panes of 8-by-10-inch glass, but glass and milled lumber for a sash were not available, and so thin cotton cloth that had been oiled was tacked to the primitive window frame. Writing tables, seats, and benches consisted of pieces of a wagon box laid on trestles, and a stove heated the school. The books on hand were inadequate for preparing pioneer children for life in the wilds, but education was still an important part of the early settlers' lives.
The building of the fort and the laying out of Salt Lake City probably gave the pioneers a sense of security and inspired feelings of accomplishment. Although the fort no longer remains, the significance of the site and the beginning of Mormon settlement in the West has not been overlooked or forgotten. For two decades the fort was a center of city activity. Then the site became a campground for newly arrived immigrants. After 1890 it was used as a playground, and on July 24, 1898, the location was dedicated as Pioneer Park--one of 5 city parks. By 1900 there would be 9 parks in Utah's capital city and a decade later 17.
The popularity of city parks was influenced by local and national trends. In 1906 women and men in Utah, like Progressives throughout the United States, embraced the ideals of the City Beautiful movement. They believed that the construction of parks and boulevards, combined with good urban planning, would improve the quality of life for city dwellers. In 1908 the Parks and Playgrounds Association was organized in an effort to improve existing playgrounds and open new facilities. In 1913 the Salt Lake City Commission created the Civic Planning and Art Commission to coordinate efforts to create a City Beautiful by proposing and implementing a 20-year plan to beautify Salt Lake City with boulevards, parks, playgrounds, street parking, and cleanup. In the 1920s a citywide beautification plan was adopted. These beautification efforts during the early 20th century were significant in the development of Salt Lake City. They also helped to keep Pioneer Park alive despite shifting population and land-use patterns during the 1920s-50s.
During 1948-55 city officials explored other uses for Pioneer Park, such as turning it into a larger complex that would include a golf course or even selling it because of financial problems. Commissioner L. C. Romney tried to justify these options by noting that "recreational use of the park has dropped off in recent years, largely because the surrounding area is industrialized." Still, many Utahns objected to any change in the park's status. The Sons of Utah Pioneers and Daughters of Utah Pioneers were the most vocal in opposing those plans. Gaylen S. Young, a grandson of Brigham Young, also protested the sale of Pioneer Park, pointing out that the city, when soliciting the property from his father in 1889, had promised to preserve it as a public park. Others joined the chorus of those opposed to changing the park. Utah State Historical Society executive secretary A. R. Mortensen told the Salt Lake Tribune:
Sure, it's down by the tracks on the so-called wrong side of town, but so what? Here's where it all began. The first settlement, the first houses, the first government, the first division of the city into its ecclesiastical wards, the reorganization of the First Presidency of the LDS Church, and a host of other firsts took place right here, not on the Temple Block, not on the old Eighth Ward Square, not on the old Union Square, but right here on the old Pioneer Square.
City officials heard and accepted the outcry against selling the property or changing the park to a golf course, and Pioneer Park has remained to this day a city park.
In 1955 the Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Foundation created an elaborate plan for Pioneer Park, including a reproduction of the old Salt Lake Theatre, a model of the first schoolhouse, a museum, a log wall, and replicas of the original log cabins. Nothing came of this plan, but the idea of a replica of the fort surfaced again in 1971 as one of several projects under consideration by state officials. They wanted to replace the deteriorating areas west of downtown Salt Lake City with new residential areas, shopping centers, a concert hall, and museums. The Old Pioneer Fort Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
In 1990 a Deseret News writer recounted the many attempts "to treat Pioneer Park as a monument to the founding of Utah and the settlement of the West," but fear of violence, real or perceived, kept many away from the park. Its location near facilities such as the bus station, the Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, and men's and women's shelters has made the park a natural congregating place for transients. Pioneer Park and its nearby amenities are known all over the country, drawing many vagrants to the city.
Plans for the revitalization of Pioneer Park and the west side of Salt Lake City's downtown area seem to resurface about every 20 years. In the mid-1990s actual progress has been made to return portions of this industrialized area to residential use. Condominiums, apartments, and hotels have replaced weed-strewn vacant lots and deteriorating buildings. The city's efforts to keep the park free from drugs and violence continue, and new activities such as the farmers' market on summer weekends are attracting families to the area.
The place where people first came when arriving in Utah to find a new home was the area now called Pioneer Park. Something about this site continues to draw to it people who are seeking to find their way. Perhaps the efforts to regain the use of the park as a wholesome and safe place to congregate will reach fruition in the near future.
Drawing by architect Edward O. Anderson for Nicholas G. Morgan's book, The Old Fort (1964). Heber C. Kimball's cabin is in the left foreground. Note: though based on research, the fort layout is conjectural
The Beehive and Lion houses on South Temple of Salt Lake City were homes of Brigham Young
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
After about 5 comments the city council assured us that they HAD in fact supported and funded the dog park-they claimed that it was news to them that the dog park had been pulled. Now tonight we will have the chance to grill Dell Cook(Project manager for the project) at 6pm at the greek ortodox church community center(300 W about 250 s tonight! Also each of the candidates for the district 4 seat(our district) will be speaking and answering questions from US!
Please plan to attend if you live in the district and you have any interest in the park or having a say in the future of our neighborhood!
We will be walking over as a group tonight-meet at the uffens pig at 5:45.
Thanks to everyone that showed up last night! You guys rock-we most certainly made our voice heard and got the ball rolling in the right direction.
Monday, August 13, 2007
After the famed(and next door neighbor) Big City Soup emerges Big City Pizza!
Featuring homemade and oh so yummy Pizza, this place is a great lunch or quick dinner option.
Open 11-9 monday thru saturday slices range from $2.50 on up! Always featuring a slice of the day that is sure to please, it is best if you have time to wait for them to make you a fresh slice(old pizza, no matter how well prepared is never good)
Outdoor seating and a friendly, helpful staff make this one of my favorite places to take friends. It is usually CROWDED at lunch so prepare!
235 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
I have two reminders for Parktivites!
First, as many of you know our petitions for our DOG PARK(off leash dog area) have gone around to each of your buildings in preparation for the City Council meeting. If any of you are interested in actually attending the meeting it is open to the public and starts tomorrow at 7 pm
It is at the City County Building 451 S State Street Rm 315. If you would like to carpool we will be meeting at Uffens Market Place(336 W 300 S) at 6:30.
You can come and listen and show your support, or if you would like to really help you can read a statement(it can be provided by me or you are welcome to write your own) The requirements are that it be no longer than 1 minute 50 seconds long. This message must be positive, non threatening, and supportive of our cause.
I have several already written if you feel that you would like to contribute but do not have time to prepare a statement.
If you cannot attend tomorrow but you still want to show your support you can come to the actual meeting where they will vote at: Day Riverside Library 1525 W 1000 N August 21st starting at 3:00 pm We will be carpooling on this one as well. Meet at Uffens at 2:30.
Also if you haven't already if you would like to send an email to: email@example.com this email just needs to contain the words "I would like to have an off leash dog area in Pioneer Park Now!"
We really want to slam dunk this issue so we can be sure we will have it by next year!
Tomorrow is the first Yoga with Dallas at 7 am in the park! Start your morning in the beautiful park! All levels are welcome! Even if you have never attempted Yoga before this is a great time to start! Remember every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 am Bring your own Mat(donations of $5 are appreciated).
Thanks for your support! If we don't care about the park who will?
"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I spoke with Jenny Wilson, Keith Christensen, and Ralph Becker(my 2.5 choices)
The first question I asked is if they would be willing to sign my petition for the dog park in Pioneer Park. Keith Christensen and Ralph Becker signed right away and spoke to me candidly and knowledgeably about the park and our neighborhood. When I got to Jenny Wilson she refused to sign. She said that she had to do more research on the subject. I can understand her hesitation, however it shows that she is not current on this issue(even though a member of Parktivites had already spoken to her about our concerns a month or so ago) She also gave me the very distinct impression that she was not talking with me but spewing lines at me(she seemed tired in her defense) Both Keith and Ralph spoke with me at length about anything that I brought up and seemed excited to support our cause(the park and our neighborhood)
I am kind of sad, truthfully I went in really rooting for Jenny. (she still has hope, she is my .5 of the 2.5 choices)I have heard wonderful things about her, she seems really well educated, spoken and connected. She is also a fighter(I could tell from her stances in the city council) however when it came down to it I got the feeling that she would come into office without knowledge of our neighborhood, which is at a very pivotal point right now and the right leadership in the mayors office is key.
So now I need to decide between Ralph and Keith. For me, I feel that these two are focused on issues that are most important to me, they know me, my causes.
Especially on the issue of our beautiful park Keith Christensen fought long and hard to make the park a destination for the city by changing it to Pioneer square and surrounding it with restaurants and life. He put his reputation on the line and in the end didn't get his way, but I was inspired by his vision.
Ralph is a bit quieter but has the right ideas and background-he is also passionate about a long term vision of Salt Lake City.
So now it is up to them to convince me.
If you have a comment please feel free to send them!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
What do we want to accomplish as a city?
How do we get there?
Salt Lake city a great place to live and an all American city
wants to be involved, loves democracy, loves other candidates, new face
address issues for minority
strong civic background, doesn't make a living as a politician:desisions are based on public sector, strong experience managerial
changed a diaper today
passed nepotism laws
gay and lesbian support
limit campaign contributions
drug treatment more funding
48 million in open spaces
What would your experience outside of politics do to help you in your job as Mayor:
work together with people
Non profit radio
migration workers program
small business owner(bar and grill)
real estate, water law
real estate sector
donated time to public service
property development at Sundance
worked with Mit Romney SLOC
store clerk, janitor, law enforcement, environmental lawyer, teach part time at U of U
Since the LDS church is located in SLC, how would religious views affect u decision
John Renteria: none
Keith Chris: personal, it would not affect, no place in city hall for religious bias!
Jenny Wilson: LDS until young adult(brave to admit) none
Ralph Becker: provide for values: golden rule: separation of church and state very important
JP Hughes: Mormon big time big history buff, loves his religion but would not let it affect his policy
Do you support equal rights for gay and lesbian couples:
Keith Christensen: Yes, compared to civil rights movement
Jenny Wilson: Yes, initiated health care rights for same sex couples
Ralph Becker: Yes, Full equal rights for all. Likes Rocky's stand. Extend benefits, domestic partnerships, hate crime laws
JP Hughes: Yes, no excuse for treating anyone any differently.
John Reneria: Yes,
How do you feel about school vouchers:
Jenny Wilson: appose very strongly more money for public schools, smaller class sizes, educational advocate
Ralph Becker: Apposed, education advocate, will work to defeat
JP Hughes: Not sure: read Freakanomics, supports school vouchers because of autistic grandson
John Renteria: appose
Keith Christenson: wish it would go away, thinks it is a bad law,
Money and Politics:
Jenny Wilson: open, campaign contributions
Keith Christensen: open
Ralph Becker: open, honesty, gifts, junkets are revolting
Other Guy: running a shoestring budget, put your money where your mouth is
JP Hughes: limits and grants, put limits and give everyone the same amount, money limits the amount of trust in system
Second Amendment rights:
Jenny Wilson: supported preventing concealed weapons in public places, increase level of training for a permit, background permit
Keith Christensen: doesn't support concealing weapons, reasonable restraint-no churches, campuses, etc
John Renteria: not in public places
JP Hughes: supports concealed weapons, not in public places
Ralph Becker: thinks system for concealed weapons is ineffective-no public places
Should not be able to purchase a gun without a permit(which is the case right now)
Most innovative idea for transforming Salt Lake City:
Keith Christenson: ownership of citizens, manage the city's people well, the most livable city in America by: education, crime reduction, environment, public transit, reinvest money into city.
john: people to elect him....because he is a "minority" address politically disenfranchised(a true democrat) revitalize downtown, transform west side
JP Hughes: Put the homeless in homes
Ralph Becker: growing a great American city: engage the city, bolster public education, model green city, bike paths, neighborhoods as centers.
Jenny Wilson: creative industries, small companies, technology companies, dynamic night life.
inspired by Richard Florida, downtown rising
Individual Question: Jenny Wilson: Washington DC, and NY trip was paid for by campaign funds....is this a double standard?
Jenny Wilson: No....listed reasons how this was a legitimate campaign expense
Keith Christensen: campaign fund usage is personal, does not choose to use personal funds for any trips
Commented on how sad it is that our system of voting needs this much money
JP Hughes: justified
Ralph Becker: justified, commented on campaign expense, that we need to change the rules so the campaign is not run by money
If built, should the sky bridge be a public space:
John Renteria: has a problem with city creek, but also feels that sky bridge needs to have access to main street. feels that the Church is the only one that will benefit
JP Hughes: of course, approves of sky bridge
Ralph Becker: does not support sky bridge, as a planner does not think they work, since it is going to happen, keep it public
Jenny Wilson: likes sky bridge idea since it is LEEDS certified
Keith Christensen: doesn't support since Rocky doesn't. It is not a no brainer, listen to both sides. Has studied bridges, thinks it would work.
How can we create a city where people can do most of the things they need to do without a car?
JP Hughes: thinks it would be hard however, thinks it is important through public transit and bikes
Ralph Becker: segregated bike ways, promote public transit, bolster bus system, bolster community centers(like 9th and 9th and 15th and 15th) makes it so people can walk everywhere. Neighborhood businesses
Jenny Wilson: public transport, helped it out. Has a goal in 10 years to be able to live without a car.
Keith Christensen: look long term, little and big things: free passes to public transit to high school students. East West transit .
John Renteria: doesn't think there is a problem except that people don't use the services that are already provided
What kinds of programs, if any, would you support the homeless:
Ralph Becker: thanks to those that go before. We need to provide shelter to those who need it. We save money if we help people.
Jenny Wilson: Housing first.
Keith Christensen: 10 year housing plan within 60 days of being in office
John: city in partnership with other programs, housing, jobs, health insurance, community centers, shelters, identify problems with each person,
JP Hughes: housing, free clinics, creativity, work together.
How would you improve downtown:
Jenny Wilson: creative, culture, expanding cultural experiences. Independant film center, creative industries, small business is key,
Ralph Becker: downtown should be 27/7 town, a gathering place. Bring creatives, green space, transportation
JP Hughes: a place of gathering for all, support downtown by mainstreet.
John: creative development, fill main street "what the hell is going on with main street?"
Liquor laws relaxed.
Keith Christensen: supports downtown rising
head to website, has enough experience, model of a green city, built on historic neighborhoods.
experience, his gift to community is his experience.
encourage minorities to get involved in political issues.
focus on the west side
long term business owner, Olympic trustee, lots of experience, make salt lake a safe and livable city
progressive credentials, go to website.
Lunch was great. I was completely in the moment, enjoying time with my grandfather when the topic of his disease came up and all of the bills that he has. He began the saga with the phrase "Well I like Bush, but on health care he really screwed up." I agreed with him, but was intrigued that he was brave enough, it seemed to me, to admit in this age of sagging poll numbers that he liked Bush.
Upon further investigating I found that my grandfather would have voted(if he voted) for Bush because he "liked the guy" he said "I couldn't stand Gore....he is an arrogant Son of a .......) " When I pressed further for what lead him to this conclusion he stated that he saw him(gore) on tv and concluded that Bush was down to earth and all around a great guy. I was aghast! I asked if my grandfather had done any research on either of the candidates lives prior to being a candidate and he responded that he didn't. He then proceeded to tell me that he not only agrees with the war in Iraq but he feels that the president had more information than all of us so we should trust him. And finally, after an hour of conversation he admitted to me that there is nothing that any of us can do to change the fate of our country. At this I was completely flabbergasted! He mentioned to me that he believed(and I'm not saying that he is wrong) that because of the electoral college our votes don't count anyway. He then concluded "they have us right where they want us-there's not a damn thing any of us can do about it"
I wondered just how many people in our state and country feel this way. Could this be why more people in America vote on American Idol than for our president?
Or is it because they don't feel that it matters to them? or is it because you have to leave your house, wait in a line and vote for our elected officials, or is it really, in the end because they truly believe that their vote doesn't count?
We stopped talking about politics after that(you know the old saying; things never to talk about: money politics and religion) but his words still echo in my mind:
"they have us right where they want us-there's not a damn thing any of us can do about it"
Monday, August 6, 2007
Hey Everyone, I will be attending this event as a member of the press....you can either email me your questions or submit them via politic 2.0's method. I will post as many questions and answers as I can type!
Thanks to my "political source" for the heads up on this one~!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE & MEDIA ADVISORY
Salt Lake City Mayoral Hopefuls to Debate via Web
Politic2.0 Encourages People to Submit, Vote on Questions for Candidates
August 7, 2007
Salt Lake City, UT – The campaigns of Jenny Wilson, Ralph Becker, Keith Christensen, and JP Hughes have confirmed their participation in a Salt Lake City mayoral debate to be streamed live on the Internet, hosted by Politic2.0.
The web-based forum, called “ConventionNEXT”, will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2007, from 7:45 to 9:15 PM at the Salt Lake City Public Library’s main auditorium, located at 210 East 400 South in downtown Salt Lake City.
Before and during the event, Politic2.0 encourages residents of Salt Lake City to register at www.politic20.com, submit questions for one or all the candidates, and vote on which questions should be asked. The moderator, Matt Moon (Chief Political Officer at Politic2.0), will relay the questions that receive the highest score from online participants. During and after the event, those in the auditorium and those logged in from their own home or work computer will be able to comment on the event and evaluate the candidates' responses, and the candidates can review the responses and comments of the public.
The primary election for the Salt Lake City mayoral race will be held on Tuesday, September 11 and the general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.
“ConventionNEXT is a bold, new way of connecting voters with candidates in political forums, and will be a system improved over the one used for the CNN/You Tube Democratic Presidential Primary Debate,” said Moon. “While producers at CNN ended up deciding the one-percent of the over thirty-thousand questions submitted via YouTube that were asked, this forum will allow users to choose and moderate which questions will be asked. Our ConventionNEXT gives the power and responsibility of directing the conversation back to the consumer, further democratizing the political process.”
Moon also explained that the creation of Politic2.0 in April 2007 was based on the overall frustration of citizens on many levels. “People have become increasingly disillusioned with politicians and traditional media outlets when it comes to getting substantive information about the issues,” Moon described. “They have also been frustrated because more people use the Internet to find political information, yet find that the information they want is hard to locate, disorganized, and biased. Along with ConventionNEXT, Politic2.0 will be rolling out other web-based interactive initiatives that will connect citizens across the political spectrum to the world of politics and policy.”
If your publication, news station, talk show, or other media organization would like to receive a press pass to the event or to interview an employee of Politic 2.0, please call Matt Moon, Chief Political Officer, at (907) 830-5122 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Thanks again to my news source!
Park plans move forward
Deseret Morning News
The improvements will affect the outer edge of the park. A walking surface will be built around the park similar to the new walkway around Liberty Park.
The east side of Pioneer Park will have new entry plazas, and all four corners will have new benches. Additional power and access will be available for the farmers market vendors, reducing the mess and frustration vendors now experience. About 60 trees will planted to replace the trees removed, if the committee approves that step.
Dell Cook, the project manager, has been working on the project since its inception almost five years ago.
"This is just stage one of phase 1," said Cook, referring to renovations. "The base bid (for stage one) was all the City Council felt like we could afford. Alternate items like the lighting, the two west-entry plazas and the dog park can be put back in when and if the City Council approves more funding for the park renovations."
Cook was confident that once the committee read the e-mail on landscaping and considered the recommendation from Rutherford, they would also approve the removal of the trees. The tree removal is needed to provide access for police and vendors to the farmers market.
During the public hearing, Salt Lake resident Michael DeGroote expressed concern about disturbing the ground at Pioneer Park without first trying to discover and document the possible historic sites of wells, cabins and other structures associated with the first fort built at the location.
Some residents were disappointed that the dog park was not currently being funded.
"We would love to have a dog park on the west side (of the city)," said Amanda Moore. "It's one of the quickest ways to activate a park and reduce crime."
The bids have been received for the work, and the low bid has been determined. Cook plans to award the contract next month and hopes the landscaping issue will be resolved without causing the contractor any construction delays. Work will begin in mid-October, after the farmers market season ends. The renovations are scheduled for completion before the 2008 farmers market begins.
Subsequent plans for the park include a green area, history gardens, a children's water play area and an ice sheet.
"They are the frosting on the cake that isn't even baked yet," said Cook. "Phase two isn't even on the radar."
|Thanks to my "news source" for keeping an eye out for media coverage of the Park.|
Here is the latest.
Old trees delay Pioneer face-lift
|Landmarks panel wants to see if the poplars can be saved|
|By Rosemary Winters|
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune
|Article Last Updated:08/02/2007 12:54:46 AM MDT|
|Renovation of Pioneer Park will have to wait until Salt Lake City's Historic Landmark Commission signs off on the removal of 30 old trees.|
The commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the $1.4 million project - save for the lost trees. They asked to see a report prepared by Urban Forester Bill Rutherford before deciding whether the trees should be removed.
During the meeting, Rutherford said he supported taking out the trees, including 16 aging poplars that pose a safety hazard because their limbs are prone to break. Another 14 need to go to make way for a wide boardwalk planned to ring the park's interior edge.
The city plans to plant 68 new trees, mostly ash that can thrive on less water than poplars.
Project manager Dell Cook hoped the commission's ruling won't delay construction, which is scheduled to begin in October after Saturday Downtown Farmers Market closes.
Other park improvements - including benches, two entry plazas and an electrical power upgrade to accommodate the market - are expected to be done before the market return in June.
Although the landmark commission does not control funding for the cash-strapped project, Wednesday's hearing provided a forum to speak out about a now-shelved amenity: a dog park.
Two residents voiced support for an off-leash area at Pioneer.
Amanda Moore, who lives in the Fairpark neighborhood, said an influx of dog walkers would provide the park, often a haven for drug addicts, a safer environment.
"We would love to have [another] dog park on the west side" of the city, she told the commission.
The off-leash area was supposed to be part of this initial face-lift. But Cook said in an interview that the $1.4 million available will not stretch far enough for the $73,00s0 pooch playground - or for new lighting - unless the City Council allocates more funds or if he doesn't have to dive into all the contingency funds built into the budget.
The City Council could fill the gap when it reviews its capital-improvements budget, according to the council's policy analyst Jennifer Bruno. That meeting is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 21.
From 1847 through 1848, the park site was home to the first Mormon pioneer settlement, known simply as "Old Fort."
Esther Hunter, a member of the Historic Landmark Commission, expressed disappointment that educational features planned for Pioneer Park, including a heritage garden, are not part of the present renovation.
Salt Lake City resident Michael DeGroote encouraged the commission to conduct archaeological research at the site to see if the location of any of the fort's original structures can be found.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The following is the response I received last night in reaction to all of your letters and calls. Great Job everyone! We need to make sure we follow thorough and attend the meeting(read letter) and get our petitions signed!
Thank you for your phone calls and email messages this morning. Council Member Saxton is aware of your concern and appreciates the interest your group has in the funding of Pioneer Park redevelopment. Council Staff, Jennifer Bruno, has verified that the City Council has not determined that the dog park will not be funded. The funds currently available for the redevelopment fall short of covering the costs of all the items presented in the original redevelopment plans. Therefore, the City Council will access all items and decide which to involve, based on funding available. It should be noted that the dog park component has been very highly regarded as a key priority in past discussions.
The Council will discuss the funding options, the list of presented options, and possible additional funds on August 21 at the District One Outreach Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Day-Riverside Library (1525 West 1000 North) beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Thank you again for your comments. Please contact the City Council office at 535-7600 or email@example.com if you have additional questions or concerns.Cindy Lou Rockwood
District Four and Seven Constituent Liaison
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
My name is Mickelle Weber and I live in District 4 in Salt Lake City.
I have been spearheading our neighborhood actively promoting the inclusion of our dog park in Phase 1 of the Pioneer Park renovation.
I am outraged and completely appalled by the news in the Salt Lake Tribune 7/31 that funds for the Dog Park have not been approved. We, as a neighborhood have done everything reasonable, within our power, to let the council know of our wishes for this much needed improvement to come to light. As a neighborhood of lofts, condos and apartments you may assume that we are not dog owners. This would be a mistake on your part. If fact our dog to owner ratio would most certainly compete with any suburban neighborhood in our state. The plan for a dog park to be included asap in Pioneer Park has been fought for, pleaded for and is definitely a need and not only a want. In our efforts to reclaim our park from years of illegal activity and an overall bad rap we have formed a group called Parktivites( www.slurbanite.blogspot.com) that is committed to sponsoring and planning daily, weekly, monthly activities in the park year round. At each of our functions dogs are a big part. We believe that a dog park would not only help bring more and more legal and healthy activity to the park but according to a study by The Trust for Public Land:
"...dogs in Seattle have even helped
reclaim some parks from illegal users: in 1995, when police reported a high volume of
unlawful alcohol, drug and sexual activity in three particular parks, the park department
converted them to pilot off-leash areas and criminal activity soon evaporated."
Also in the same report:
"There's no doubt that off-leash areas are good for dogs and their owners. The dogs can
run and cavort; the humans can stand or sit, talk or read, watch and provide comfort, if
necessary. It's pretty similar to a children's playground and just about as much fun, even
for non-dog owning passers-by who often stand at the fence and enjoy all the activity.
The more enterprising sites even have playground-like props and accoutrements - sprinklers,
fake fire hydrants, wading pools, bridges, tunnels and more - often in bright, primary
colors (even though dogs are largely color-blind). When dogs run off excess energy
they become less aggressive. When people socialize they often strengthen their community."
Please do not ignore our pleas, letters, emails, and petitions any longer. We have been told repeatedly that our dog park WOULD BE included in Phase 1 and to find out in a small article in the paper that we have been misled is pretty upsetting. As our neighborhood is growing exponentially(slated and sold out building projects will at least double the amount of residents living in immediate area surrounding the park) your attention to not only the dog park, but to Pioneer Park's renovation in general, will be carefully watched and will matter in the not too distant future not only to you personally in the polls, but also to the greater good for our city.
I appreciate your attention to this matter. And look forward to hearing your thoughts and also your reasoning for not including this in phase 1 budgeting. I hope that you will do the right thing and vote to include funding for our dog park in the upcoming capital-improvements budget meeting,which our neighborhood Parktivites group will most certainly be attending.
SL City Resident
|One||Carlton J. Christensen |
Van Turner, Chair
|Three||K. Eric Jergensen |
|Five||Jill Remington Love, Vice Chair |
David L. Buhler
I am writing to give you another side to the story on your article today about Pioneer Park's renovation from the resident's point of view.
I must say that your story came as a shock and a disappointment to me. After 8 months of being poo-pooed by each representative I have come in contact with(with the exception of the mayor's office) being told that there is nothing else I can do, the dog park is a sure thing, and not to worry about it, I am livid that this has come out in the paper. After there was such an outcry for this very much needed resource in our park. Our neighborhood has signed petitions, attended meetings, appealed to our representatives in any way we could and yet even after the area businesses, residents, Mayor and even the local media have drawn attention to our need for a dog park-we are yet again left wondering if it is actually our best interest that they have at heart.
We will keep fighting for what we see as not only a necessity in our neighborhood, but for the good of our dogs and our city.
Since you have taken an interest in this issue I would invite you to visit our blog on the park at www.slurbanite.blogspot.com
Thank You for your time,
Salt Lake City Resident
This article, in the paper this morning, makes me angry, but I am not going to be defeated or ignored--I hope you will do the same--
After four years of planning, a Pioneer Park makeover finally could begin in October.
The renovation won't include a stage, new restrooms or a dog park - elements pushed by Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson - but it will include wide sidewalks for shoppers at the Downtown Farmers Market, 58 new trees (minus 16 old ones), two new entry plazas and a handful of benches.
Plans for this first phase need only the final approval of the Salt Lake City Historic Landmark Commission on Wednesday before the city can hire a contractor.
Dell Cook, the city's project manager, expects construction to be done before the 2008 Farmers Market opens next June.
About 8,000 people attend the popular market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Right now, the Farmers Market tramples the grass to mud," Cook said. But a broad, new pathway is planned to ring the park's interior, providing space for farmers' carts - and for walkers and in-line skaters.
"That will facilitate less wear and tear on the park," Cook said. "It will help activate the park and make it a more friendly place for everybody every day."
Although a $73,000 dog park - lined by an iron fence - was supposed to be part of this first phase, Cook said money budgeted by the City Council won't stretch far enough. About $1.4 million, including a $500,000 federal grant, is currently available.
Still, the council's policy analyst, Jennifer Bruno, said more money could be added for a dog park when the council reviews its capital-improvements budget later this month.
Tony Caputo, who owns Tony Caputo's Market & Deli across the street from Pioneer Park, hopes the dog park is created.
"It puts legitimate use in the park seven days a week - not just on Saturdays. We need to get new people in that park," he said. "The crime there is not as bad as it was when we moved in [nine years ago], but it's certainly not a lot better."
Save for the Saturday Farmers Market and Friday night concerts, the problem-plagued park is frequently a hangout for hobos and drug addicts.
Bob Farrington, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, which organizes the Farmers Market, applauded the upgrades, but wished for future improvements
"We're glad to see attention placed on Pioneer Park," he said. "Our biggest things we have on our wish list are additional [electrical] power and bigger and better restrooms," which aren't included in this phase.
Salt Lake City Councilwoman Jill Remington Love expects the dog park and new restrooms to be funded - eventually. But the council probably will not endorse the more "elaborate" improvements proposed by the mayor, including a concessions building with an attached stage for outdoor concerts.
"We have some other outdoor venues in Library Square and the Gallivan Center that we're not 100 percent convinced we want to compete with ourselves on," she said. But "we all want it to be a park that is a nice amenity to our downtown."
Monday, July 30, 2007
Mary Gordon, owner of Jade Market(see previous Review-it is a fabulous little market) has provided food, plates, and a place for us to advertise in her store and in her advertising mailer-
If anyone else is interested in helping to sponsor this or any other event on our calendar we would love to hear from you!
Contact Mickelle by commenting on this page!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I'll admit it I was pretty naive about the health care "problem" when I went to see this film. I thought we had it bad but since we are in fact, the most powerful, rich, and supposedly most advanced society on the planet I thought we must have it better than everyone else! Sure in my short life I had fought my fair share of battles, had to pay money when I had been told it would be covered, had to battle about this or that, but I thought that maybe it was me, perhaps I was just disorganized, bad at communicating, confused etc. To add to that my parents have also had more than their fair share of difficulties through the years with them and to top it all off my grandfather was told to swich from his county firefighters insurance to Humana because it would be hands down better for him-a few months later he found out that he has Lung Cancer and his treatment is not covered. He had now stopped chemo and radiation because he doesn't want to leave his kids with the debt when he goes. Let's just say I thought it ran in the family, that we all just had to learn more and be more careful.
Now, I know what you are going to say: "Mickelle Michael Moore is bad-he lies, he uses other's pain for profit, he doesn't offer solutions-he just stirs up trouble" Even if any of this is true, and I'm not willing to say that he isn't/doesn't, I went to see the movie after hearing an interview featuring Michael on his new movie. It peaked my interest-you mean-maybe it wasn't me, my family that have this problem?
The movie was at the very least educational and at the best eye opening. My assumption that we had it better than the rest of the world was quickly replaced with: When do we move? I do realize that the movie may have been a dramatization of the worst and best possible scenarios from each side, however, ANYTHING would be better, in my opinion, for our country than companies profiting from us being sick!
This being said I would love to encourage any of you that have not seen it to go and form your own opinion-prove me wrong and convince me to stay in America, I don't care just HAVE AN OPINION!
111 East 300 South Salt Lake City, UT (801) 321-0310
Yet another amazing part of my neighborhood! One of the only places I can think of(besides my couch) where I can drink a cup of coffee and watch a movie! Movie tickets for cheap and screenings for the little ones make this a great family activity and gives you a break from the "big box" movies
No but seriously, this is a truly wonderful part of our city! You can view all of the best from the independent film world year round! Wanna see what's playing? click here
and the independent film world will be open to you :) Now you can be cooler than your friends!
It showed the areas in which Utopia would be installed and there was a big gaping hole in the center-to my dismay and surprise it was my city that was being left out! Read the article and tell me what you think!
UTOPIA, an effort of 14 Utah cities, was formed more than five years ago for some of the cities to create a larger, faster, broadband fiber-optic network to help current businesses expand and attract others to the area. Some cities didn't have Internet cable access and welcomed the network.
Croquet set provided just bring yourself and a friend(and as always dog's always invited)
Also, even if you aren't into croquet there are many other ways you can use the park and be part of our fight to reclaim our park.
Even if you would just like to come and talk with your neighbors, lounge, play basketball, volleyball, frisby, read, bring your labtop and surf! It's up to you!
We need your support and activism to keep the momentum we have going!