Jim Dabakis: Salt Lake’s West Side dissed again? Tax increase and the prison?

The Mayor worked to get a tax increase if prison goes to West Side–should the revenue go to build up the long neglected West Side? The Salt Lake City Airport site for the new prison is wrong. Dead wrong. The proposed site is near I-80 and 7200 West. The Prison Relocation Commission is looking for a 500 acre patch, the airport location has about 4,000 acres from which to choose. In March of 1853, Governor Young established a territorial prison. On the outskirts–of civilization. That area today contains Sugarhouse Park. By the 1951, the city had engulfed…

Registration now open for World Congress of Families IX [UPH Wire]

This October, an amazing slate of speakers and entertainment — including The Piano Guys and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — will come together to inform, energize and uplift an international gathering in Salt Lake City. The World Congress of Families (WCF IX) is the world’s premier gathering of family scholars, religious leaders, parliamentarians and advocates uniting to strengthen the family. Registration is now open to the public: click here! Plenary speakers will include: •Nick Vujicic, Australia, who was born without limbs and is an internationally renowned motivational speaker. •Catholic Archbishop…

Bernick and Schott on Politics – Episode #235 [video]

The Utah GOP continues their efforts to find a way around SB54. Will they eventually give in? Also, Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative leaders go to Washington, D.C. to negotiate with the feds on Medicaid expansion. Do they have enough time to meet their self-imposed July 31 deadline? Also, Salt Lake City residents don’t like the new high-tech parking meters in the city, but they give high marks to the city’s police department. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics.

BUZZ: Could Jim Dabakis be getting out of the race for Salt Lake City mayor? [UPDATED]

UPDATED 4.15.2015 at 3 PM to reflect Dabakis withdrawal from the race for Salt Lake City Mayor and endorsement of Jackie Biskupski to replace Ralph Becker in City Hall. In a Facebook post this morning, Jim Dabakis announced that he would meet with Jackie Biskupski later today, indicating that it was possible that only one of them would remain in the race for Salt Lake City mayor. By 3 pm,  Biskupski had posted on Facebook a picture of her and Dabakis together, noting that he had endorsed her for Salt…

Must We “Celebrate Everyone’s Parade?” Statement from Police Officer Who Asked For Alt Assignment In Utah Pride Parade

In my duties as a police officer, I have been called upon to protect events I disagree with, including several LGBT rallies. I never felt that my personal or religious beliefs “exempted” me from serving or protecting anyone’s First Amendment rights or safety. I love and respect them as fellow children of God; however, I should never be forced to personally celebrate any messages. That is my right. It is unquestionably my duty as a police officer to protect everyone’s right to hold a parade or other event, but is…

Support Religious Liberty: Stand Up to the ‘No Compromise’ Approach to Nondiscrimination

By Derek Monson Supporters of a “no compromise” approach to LGBT nondiscrimination argue that we already have sufficient protections for religious liberty. They cite the First Amendment and Utah’s majority-Mormon population to bolster their case. Unfortunately, their argument is undermined by the realities of “no compromise” approaches to nondiscrimination law. The facts and details of the experience of a Salt Lake City police officer and his role at the Salt Lake pride parade in 2014 are a case in point. This officer arranged, as is common police practice, a swap…

Rep. Anderson on HB 160, Cyclists, and Drive-Thru Use

Earlier this year, the City of Salt Lake passed an ordinance that required all businesses with a drive-thru window to allow cyclists access to the window if the window is open but the lobby is closed. It also required any new businesses or remodeled businesses with drive-thru windows to allow pedestrians the same privilege. While this sounds like a simple initiative to make Salt Lake City more bike and pedestrian friendly, it created significant problems for business owners.  Being required to allow cyclists and pedestrians in an area that has…

LDS Church Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination News Conference [Video]

One unique aspect of Utah’s political mix is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as LDS or more commonly as the Mormons). More than 50% of Salt Lake Valley is Mormon, and 60% of the rest of the state also claims affiliation with the faith. With such a large population of Mormons in the state, the faith holds some degree of influence on politics, usually passively, but occasionally, such as during the Proposition 8 campaign in California, the LDS Church takes a more active role. This morning,…