On Thursday dozens of law enforcement officers swarmed the Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City as part of a coordinated effort to disrupt the drug trade among the area’s homeless. “Operation Diversion” was a collaboration between Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and State officials.
No mother wants to hear her child speak the words “I want to die.” But for parents of children battling depression, that is a fear. And for me, it became a reality when one of my sons was struggling and needed help.
This week, the Salt Lake County Council did not throw support behind the current terms of the tax incentive to bring Facebook’s new data center to West Jordan. We voted unanimously to direct our representative to the “TEC Council” to vote no.
(The TEC Council is the 8 member board comprised of various taxing entities which ultimately decides whether to accept the deal to lure Facebook here through tax incentives)
How a little bug can do a lot of good in our broader Jordan River management plan.
As a Salt Lake County Council member I get to learn about many different, pressing issues for the county. Sometimes that entails learning a bit about weevils. Normally considered a nuisance, last Friday I learned the value these bugs/insects are bringing to our management of the Jordan River.
The Salt Lake County Council got a full briefing yesterday on the health of the county economy as well as the county budget. In a nutshell: our economy is strong and our budget is in good shape. This was part of our midyear budget review, which takes place in June of each year.
Salt Lake County is gathering information and citizen input regarding the Equestrian Park in South Jordan. This week, hundreds of passionate users and supporters turned out for the town hall Monday night that took place in the indoor arena. The event received a lot of coverage, including pieces in Fox13, KUTV, ABC4, and Deseret News.
Utah is now the first state to declare pornograhpy a public health crisis. Dozens of Utahns passionate about protecting children from the negative effects of pornography packed the Gold Room in the State Capitol Tuesday for the official bill signing. I watched as Governor Herbert introduced a slew of speakers, including SCR9 sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler, as well as advocates and researchers all echoing the same message: pornography is fundamentally damaging to a child’s development. I’m glad to live in the state that is taking the lead on this issue. I’ve been involved with the Utah Coalition Against Pornography since 2015, and I currently sit on their advisory board.