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As vote on sales tax hike nears, Salt Lake City leaders say public support is ‘overwhelming’

SALT LAKE CITY — A week from Tuesday, the Salt Lake City Council is scheduled to consider implementing a half-penny sales tax hike for roads, transit, housing and police. So far, city leaders say the message from the public is clear: Vote ‘aye.’ "It’s been overwhelmingly supportive," City Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall told the Deseret News and KSL editorial boards on Monday. "And we take that public comment very seriously." In fact, Mendenhall said some residents have even encouraged council members to activate a bigger sales tax hike, even though legally that’s not an option. The 0.5 percent sales tax hike is permitted (pending City Council approval) thanks to a law the Utah Legislature passed in 2015 that provided the sales tax option to offset the impact of the relocated state prison. But city leaders say the tax hike could benefit the whole city, with roughly $33 million in new…

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Salt Lake City finding early support for 2 proposed tax hikes

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City resident Bob Barr said "it’s never in the interest" of government to represent its current constituents because it’s "a whole lot easier to get taxes from growth" than it is from tax hikes. So Barr spoke in favor of Salt Lake City’s two proposed tax increases on Tuesday, urging Salt Lake City to catch up on road repair and other underfunded issues — but to do it in a responsible way. "We need to get people who live here to pay the true cost of what it costs to live here," he said, though he pleaded with city officials not to waste the funds and to plan a more sustainable future for Utah’s capital. "We’ve grown enough," Barr said. "We need to start looking at ways to sustain what we have." Barr was one of a dozen residents who spoke at a public…

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Longtime Salt Lake County clerk being challenged by her own employee

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County’s longtime clerk, Sherrie Swensen, is gunning for an eighth term after nearly three decades in office, but an unexpected rival is challenging her. One of Swensen’s right-hand employees — Rozan Mitchell, the Salt Lake County elections director — is running against Swensen. And it’s not exactly being considered a friendly competition. "It’s been rocky," Mitchell admitted when discussing her decision to run against her boss in an interview last week. Swensen said she was "taken aback" when Mitchell told her she was going to run. "I guess I don’t know how I feel about it," Swensen said. "I have worked very well with her and I’ve trusted her, but again, it’s someone’s right to run and if that’s what she wants to do and that’s her goal, then so be it." The rivalry between Swensen and Mitchell is among some of the interesting…

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Weekend RoundUp: Adel Claims Salt Lake City Open Title

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Egypt’s World No.42 Yathreb Adel defeated Hong Kong’s World No.19 Joey Chan to lift the Wasatch Advisors Salt Lake City Open PSA W15 title over the weekend. 21-year-old Adel – who was the number eight seed at the tournament – claimed her eighth PSA World Tour title as she dispatched top seed Chan – who had not dropped a game en route to the final – in straight-games in 35 minutes. Elsewhere at the Malaysian Squash Tour V, Malaysia’s World No.76 Aifa Azman lifted her second successive PSA World Tour title as she defeated Hong Kong’s number two seed Vanessa Chu 3-1 in the final. Azman picked up the Malaysian Squash Tour IV title in her previous tournament and was on form again to see off Chu to lift her third PSA World Tour title. Meanwhile in the men’s event, 21-year-old Tayyab Aslam defeated top seed Mohd Syafig Kamal 3-1…

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Salt Lake City Doctors Open MDVIP-Affiliated Primary Care Practices

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MDVIP, the national leader in affordable personalized healthcare, announced today that two Salt Lake City internists, Stephen S. Aslami, M.D., and Margaret S. Lunt, M.D., have opened new MDVIP-affiliated primary care practices. Drs. Aslami and Lunt are both board certified in Internal Medicine and are associated with St. Mark’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. They join Kate Wilson, M.D., who opened her affiliated practice at the same location in 2011, as well as four other MDVIP affiliates across Salt Lake and Summit counties, to deliver a better healthcare experience with an emphasis on health prevention, not just the treatment of illness. Stephen S. Aslami, M.D., an internist in Salt Lake City, Utah, joins the MDVIP network to deliver personalized primary care. “I believe the foundation of good healthcare is a strong doctor-patient relationship,” said Dr. Aslami. “Joining MDVIP allows me to spend…

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6 months later: Operation Rio Grande helping change lives, leaders say

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SALT LAKE CITY — Six months ago, Rich Deprez wasn’t homeless or staying at the downtown homeless shelter — but he said he would regularly go to the Rio Grande neighborhood in search of heroin. Deprez, 36, nervously paused before telling his story at a news conference Monday, alongside state leaders Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, House Speaker Greg Hughes, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and others. “I’m sorry, this is nerve-wracking,” he said. Cox put his hand on Deprez’s shoulder before he continued. Deprez said he came to Utah from Florida to work as a carpenter on the Provo City Center Temple and give his family — his wife and five daughters — a better life. But Deprez, who called himself a “recovering addict,” said he “relapsed” one night when he had “one too many drinks” while watching the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor boxing match at a downtown bar…

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Commentary: Salt Lake City needs to support and protect walkability

Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Person with vibram boots treads carefully along the icy sidewalk through Hidden Hollow Natural Area Friday Dec. 30. The snow has apparently not been removed since the major storm nearly a week ago making walking dangerous. When it snows, Salt Lake City Code 14.20.070 requires that you: Clear snow and ice from City sidewalks adjacent to your property within twenty-four (24) hours after the end of the storm. Make a minimum 42-inch wide path, or if the sidewalk is less than 42 inches wide, clear the full width. Clear the full length of the sidewalk, including from corners and curb ramps. Ice must be removed to bare pavement, or made as level as possible and treated with ice melt, sand or similar material. Do not move snow into the street or onto other sidewalks. Over the last few years, Salt Lake City has…

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How The Salt Lake City Real Estate Market Has Changed

The Salt Lake City real estate market has gone through many changes over the last decade. If you’re thinking about buying or selling property in this area, you should take a closer look at the market and the transitions that it has gone through. The Value Of Homes Is Going Up The value of many Salt Lake City homes decreased during the real estate crash. Now, however, the market is in recovery. Many Salt Lake City homes have been increasing in value. If you are currently buying, you may struggle to find a home in your price range. However, you can expect that the value of the home you buy will increase. This is also a great time to sell a Salt Lake City home. New Properties Are Being Built Even though there are a lot of older homes in Salt Lake City, new homes are being built all the…

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Want To Travel To Salt Lake City

Paying a bunch of money to go to Salt Lake City isn’t something you should have to put up with. It’s better to find good airfare prices or to take a bus there for a good price. As long as you make sure you’re weighing your options, paying too much will be out of the question. Airlines are the first thing you may want to look at if you have a little money to spend. They tend to have different places you can fly with that charge different prices. The cheaper ones, of course, don’t have as much in the way of services they offer when you fly. For instance, one type of flight may not give you any food at all while another has a menu and drinks you can have. Seek out reviews on the different places you can fly with to see what suits you and what…

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Top Things To See In Salt Lake City

As you likely already know, Salt Lake City was founded by people fleeing angry mobs and oppression due to their religious faith. They are known as Mormons, and follow The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, and were subjected to discrimination and other problems within their communities. They founded their community which eventually grew to become what is now known as Salt Lake City. Due to this historical aspect there is a lot centered around their faith to see and do, but it certainly is not limited to that. The city is very diverse and encompasses cultures from all over the country and world. If you are visiting for pleasure or business and have some free time you will find some great places to see in the list below. The most common attraction is the Temple Square, which is owned by the Mormon Church. Here you can find…