Saturday, August 25, 2007

Carluccis-great place- even a couple times a week

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.

Carlucci's Bakery
(801) 366-4484
314 W Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1702

Nancy Saxton,,,,,seems like more of the same

Don't get me wrong I think Nancy is well spoken, experienced and gets what she wants....however what she wants and what I want are very different. The biggest and best example of this is her view on how to deal with the "drug and illegal activity problem" in our neighborhood. She believes that we should leave it in one area(read:here in our front yard) and it will be easier to "manage" She believes that the drug problem is finite(and truly believe that it is, on the micro level infinite) My biggest question is: if it is easier to manage then why is it still here?
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

Luke Garrott-An advocate for us even though he lives on the E side

I must say Luke Garrott has been with us from the beginning. Although never attending an activity he has attended a meeting and has also been very frequent on my blog. From our conversations, he is motivated to do the right thing for our ENTIRE district, not just the E side. I appreciate his willingness to listen to our problems AND offer meaningful suggestions.

Brian Doughty-Stepping it up for our neighborhood

I have invited all of the elected and yet to be elected officials in Salt Lake City to our activities(namely Bocce and BBQ) and not one(with the exception of Gwen from the Mayors office-she is not elected, but we still appreciated seeing her)
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.

Dog Park Update!

The following is a letter I received from the project manager for the park 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

This is kind of embarrasing for Utah -help change it here.

ULTIMATUM - Dear Legislator, vote for Henry’s Bill, first time felony, or else

Posted in August 21st, 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 challenge demand.

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.

2752-vick.jpgI want you to consider:

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.

Here’s the challenge demand:

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

A Breif History of our Park-thanks to Brian Doughty and Julie Osborne

From Pioneer Fort to Pioneer Park

Julie Osborne
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.

Pioneer  Fort drawing

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.

Pioneer Fort Beehive and Lion Houses

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

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Salt Lake Urbanite: So.....who are you voting for in District 4??

Salt Lake Urbanite: So.....who are you voting for in District 4??

So.....who are you voting for in District 4??

Brian Doughty
Luke Garrot
Nancy Saxton

And Why?

Luke has made several comments on the blog and Brian promised to.....Nancy refused("I'm not a blogger) holds up hands to refuse printed flyer for blog

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Dog Park Update! (Our small triumph with the city council)

Last night was the city council meeting. About 10 of us attended to show our support and make statements to the city council about the dog park in Pioneer Park.
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

Yum! Big City Pizza-good eats in the neighborhood.

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
801.333.SOUP (7687)

Exciting Tuesday at Pioneer Park!

Hey Everyone!
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: 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."
Margaret Mead

Thursday, August 9, 2007

So....who am I voting for?

I went to the forum last night hoping to know who I am planning to endorse for Salt Lake City Mayor. While I feel like I know who I do not want to be in, I am still torn between 2.5 candidates.

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

Politic 20 debate for SLC Mayor: questions and answers

I am the only candidate who:

Ralph Becker:
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

JP Hughes:
Non Profit
wants to be involved, loves democracy, loves other candidates, new face

John Renteria:
address issues for minority

Keith Christensen:
strong civic background, doesn't make a living as a politician:desisions are based on public sector, strong experience managerial

Jenny Wilson:
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:

JP Hughes:
immunization records/funding
work together with people

John Renteria:
Non profit radio
migration workers program
small business owner(bar and grill)
franchise owner

Keith Christensen
farm boy
law school
real estate, water law
business 1)retail
real estate sector
donated time to public service

Jenny Wilson
Olympic games
property development at Sundance
Sundance catalog
environmental advocate
worked with Mit Romney SLOC

Ralph Becker
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 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

John: justified

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


Ralph Becker:
head to website, has enough experience, model of a green city, built on historic neighborhoods.

JP Hughes:
experience, his gift to community is his experience.

encourage minorities to get involved in political issues.
focus on the west side

Keith Christensen:
long term business owner, Olympic trustee, lots of experience, make salt lake a safe and livable city

Jenny Wilson:
progressive credentials, go to website.

Lunch with Gpa

Today I had lunch with my grandfather who was diagnosed with Lung Cancer 7 months ago. At the time he was given 6 months to live(he is very proud to have proven the doctors wrong)

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

I will be what's on your mind?

Hey Everyone, I will be attending this event as a member of the 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~!



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, 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

Sunday, August 5, 2007

This article has stuff that is news to me!

Now, I consider myself an activist in the area of the park renovation and even I was surprised by some of the remarks in this article....since when was a child splash park or an ice arena part of the plan(not to mention that we have both of those amenities within walking distance already)
Thanks again to my news source!

Park plans move forward

By Deborah Ramsay
Deseret Morning News
Plans for $1.3 million in renovations for Pioneer Park easily won final approval Wednesday from Salt Lake City's Historical Landmark Commission after a public hearing.
Image (Deseret Morning News Graphic)
Deseret Morning News Graphic
The committee unanimously approved the proposal, with one exception to the plan. Members expressed concern about approving the decision to remove some of the old trees until they had read over the options included in an e-mail from Bill Rutherford, the city's urban forester. The committee will vote on the landscaping issue at their next meeting in September.
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.

"These are great plans," said DeGroote. "But there isn't any indication of what was here. This is our Walden Pond, our Bunker Hill. It's vital to the historical record of Salt Lake City."
The committee agreed that the historical significance of the park was critical to consider but believed the stage-one proposal requested only minimal surface changes and noted that the proposal included funding for a monitor on site during all work to handle any archaeological artifacts they might discover during the construction.
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."


Another Article on PP

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

Response from City Council Reguarding Dog Park

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!

Ms. Weber,

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 if you have additional questions or concerns.

Cindy Lou Rockwood
District Four and Seven Constituent Liaison