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A Historic New Year

Historic districts & running women

By Eric S. Peterson
Posted // January 5,2012 -

The new year may still be fresh, but it’s never too late to start making history. This week, check out a hearing on proposed changes to Salt Lake City’s historic-district designation process. Later, you won’t want to miss the chance to register for an upcoming workshop on getting women involved in local and state government.

Local Historic District Hearing
Thursday, Jan. 5

Salt Lake City is getting closer to changing the way its citizens can initiate protections for historic districts. Among some of the proposed changes are new rules on who can initiate petitions for a historic district. The new process would, for example, allow the mayor, a majority of city council members or 40 percent of property owners in a district to start the petition process. The process would also change the requirements for designation—allowing the city council to approve a designation by a two-thirds majority vote even if more than half the property owners disagree with the decision. Come out and speak up so that you’re more than just a footnote in your city’s decision-making process.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, Jan. 5 & 11, 5:30 p.m.,

Real Women Run
Saturday, Jan. 14

Let’s face it: Utah politics are in dire need of a woman’s touch—and, for that matter, perspective and voice. This free conference will help women learn the basics of getting politically involved. A keynote address by Katie Groke Ellis, Rocky Mountain regional director of the White House Project, will explore why women don’t run for office and how to get past that. Later, get inspired from a panel of local female politicos ranging from former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini to Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love. Work sessions will cover subjects like running a campaign, raising funds and understanding Utah’s caucus and convention system. Register now to reserve a spot and receive a free lunch.
Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus, 9750 S. 300 West, Sandy, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.,

Twitter: @EricSPeterson

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Posted // January 9,2012 at 13:05 "Utah politics are in dire need of a woman’s touch", this is EXACTLY what's wrong with politics, we say we need more women, more homosexuals, more minorities in politics, but what about good leaders? A diverse leadership does not make a great one, a well organized body with people who know what they are doing makes a good government, something we severely lack today. Todays electorial system reminds me of American Idol, where we elect our leaders based on how well we like them as a person, a celeberity if you will. A democracy means "the people have decided" but we just get to choose between a select few who are not (in my opinion) even remotely qualified for public service of any kind because we are told that those are our options, when really there are some excellent businessmen out there who could make some REALISTIC, EFFECTIVE changes. Stop making politics a game and start making some real changes.


Posted // January 10,2012 at 08:16 - Well said. I couldn't agree more.