The pollution that we spew into the atmosphere each day isn't floating away to whatever sorry place it usually goes. And again, like clockwork, the Wasatch Front's visibly filthy air signals the annual meeting of the Utah State Legislature. This year is as good a time to get engaged in politics as any, and anyone can get a first-rate schooling on the ins and outs of the session with a forum sponsored by the American Association of University Women of Utah and the League of Women Voters. Continue this thread of civic engagement by attending a meeting and presentation by the group Utah Against Police Brutality, and finish it off by reviewing the redevelopment plans for a chunk of Salt Lake's west side, where big plans are afoot.
Legislative Nuts & Bolts
Saturday, Jan. 10
At this legislative forum, citizens will have the opportunity to hear from, and question, Democrats like Sen. Jim Dabakis and Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, and Republicans like Sen. Daniel Thatcher and Rep. Dana Layton. The lawmakers will discuss the nuts and bolts of the upcoming legislative session and highlight prominent bills.
Girl Scouts of Utah Building, 445 E. 4500 South, Salt Lake City, Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, free, LWVUtah.org
Utah Against Police Brutality
Wednesday, Jan. 14
The group Utah Against Police Brutality is hosting a meeting/workshop that will feature a discussion on anti-oppression. The group has staged protests, including one on New Year's Eve that drew around 60 people. But for those less interested in picketing and more into chatting about the issues surrounding police and the use of force, this event could be your cup of tea.
Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Jan. 14, 6-9 p.m., Facebook.com/UtahAgainstPoliceBrutality
Salt Lake City Planning Commission
Wednesday, Jan. 14
The rough edges of Salt Lake City's west-side warehouse districts are scheduled to go under the sledgehammer of redevelopment. One project the city's Redevelopment Agency is looking to press forward on involves the Beehive Brick Building at 244 S. 500 West. City planners intend to remake the building into two separate lots to accommodate commercial and residential development, known as the Beehive Arts Center Subdivision. If this sounds good to you, put your body in a seat and tell the commission about it. Same goes for those who hate it.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, Room 326, 5:30 p.m., SLCGov.com