Salt Lake City Council

Local Government
5:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New Salt Lake City Council Members Sworn In

Four Salt Lake City Council members were sworn in today. Three are new and one is beginning a second term. The newcomer’s ambitions range from air quality and economic development to civility.

District 1 Councilman-elect James Rogers says as a new member of the Salt Lake City Council, he’s focused on rehabilitating neglected residential, community and commercial areas in his district, pointing to his work overseeing the renovation of a commercial office space just west of Capitol Hill. 

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Local Government
12:28 am
Wed December 11, 2013

City Pays Tribute to Outgoing Council Members

Salt Lake City employees and elected officials said goodbye last night to three members of the Salt Lake City Council. Carlton Christensen, Jill Remington Love and Soren Simonson have served on the council for a combined 36 years. 

District 7 Councilman Soren Simonson was elected to the Salt Lake City council in 2005. A city planner by trade, colleagues and constituents praised his creative vision and accessibility. Sugar House resident Scott Workman thanked Simonson for ensuring the neighborhood’s annual fireworks show would go on back in 2010, when funding fell short.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Mayor Becker Vetoes SLC Budget

Less than 24 hours after the Salt Lake City Council voted five to two,  passing  a two hundred million dollar budget that includes an eight million dollar tax increase, Mayor Ralph Becker vetoed the entire proposal.  When the Mayor presented his own budget proposal to the council earlier this year, he told members that the city had saved enough money over his six years in office, city services could remain at current levels without raising more revenue.   Before he signed the budget veto, Becker said that the council should allow for a year-long discussion to examine a property tax increas

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Business & Labor
9:02 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Okays Property Tax Increase

The Salt Lake City Council approved the city’s $200 million budget yesterday, which includes an $8 million property-tax hike.  The council approved the increase despite Mayor Ralph Becker’s objections. 

Outgoing Councilwoman Jill Remington Love says the city has had to make tough budget decisions in the past few years. Because of a weak economy, rising health care costs and retirement, it’s now dealing with a dire structural deficit. 

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Politics
11:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Gives Nod to Property Tax Hike

The Salt Lake City Council gave preliminary approval to a $7 million tax increase last night despite opposition from Mayor Ralph Becker.  Members of the council say overdue maintenance can no longer be ignored. 

Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle Lamalfa says while Mayor Becker’s budget proposal was lean and balanced it left out a few key items.

“What was not included in the budget was, and what has been missing for a very long time is ordinary maintenance of our roads, of our sidewalks, of our parks," Lamalfa says.

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Business & Labor
11:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Okays 1100 East Streetcar Route

Councilman Charlie Luke talks to residents who are upset over the council's decision to adopt the 1300 east streetcar alignment.

In a four-to-three decision the Salt Lake City council adopted the Sugar House Streetcar alignment recommended by a consulting firm the city hired to study the project. In other words, the second phase of the streetcar will be routed north on 1100 east despite fierce opposition. But members of the council who favor that route say it’s in the best interest of the city as a whole to move forward.

Sugar House resident Mark Unruh says he doesn’t understand the council’s decision.

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-KUER News Pod
12:22 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 20, 2013

The Salt Lake City Council can’t decide on a final destination for the Sugarhouse Streetcar, Salt Lake City and County reach an agreement for a new performing arts center, and thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spill into Willard Bay Park.

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Public Safety
5:35 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Salt Lake Reconsiders Snow Removal Ordinance

Tonia Torrence

The Salt Lake City Council is reconsidering an ordinance which penalizes residents if they fail to clear snow and ice off their sidewalks.  The Council discussed the issue at their meeting Tuesday after several council members received warnings that their own walkways were not sufficiently clear. 

Tonia Torrence came back from a trip in early January to find a citation in her mailbox.  She had been fined 50 dollars for not clearing her sidewalk of snow and ice.

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-KUER News Pod
3:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday January 9, 2013

Members of the Salt Lake City Council pick a new council chair, a small Utah town is considering an ordinance recommending gun ownership, and a group that tries to help families fleeing polygamy is raising money to buy a big house.

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KUER Local News
12:19 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Salt Lake City Moves Forward with Incubator Kitchen

The Salt Lake City Council last night approved funding for a catering kitchen at The Leonardo.  The council also set aside some additional money for a potential incubator kitchen, which may or may not be located in the Leonardo. 

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KUER Local News
10:54 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Salt Lake City Council Chair Looks Back on 2012

In 2012, Salt Lake City moved forward with a new Broadway style theater, outlined a plan to guide the historic preservation process and revamped downtown parking to name a few highlights. Outgoing Salt Lake City Council Chair Soren Simonson says it’s been a year of “progress.”

Simonson says he thinks the most notable initiative was the adoption of a historic preservation plan, which includes more incentives for preservation, rather than strict regulations.

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KUER Local News
5:32 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Salt Lake City Considers Funding for Incubator Kitchen

It’s been branded as a way to help refugees in Salt Lake City establish a foundation for a restaurant business and inspire diverse fare, but it’s also a way to boost the local economy. The Salt Lake City council tonight will consider providing some start-up funds for the construction of what’s known as an “incubator kitchen” downtown at The Leonardo.  

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Politics
4:26 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Salt Lake City Council Close to Decision on Metered Parking

On-street parking in downtown Salt Lake City may no longer be free after 6:00 p.m., on Saturdays, and during the December Holiday season.  A straw poll of the City Council suggests there is support for these changes - as well as higher rates.

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