What Transparency? | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

What Transparency? 

Pin It
Favorite
news_hitsmisses1-3.jpg
news_hitsmisses1-1.jpg

What Transparency?
Has Mother never told you: You don't do something just because someone tells you to. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski didn't get the memo—you know, the memo that says she, a public servant, should be open with information unless there is a legal reason to keep it under wraps. But Biskupski, when asked by the City Council to give it up, said she'd promised Utah Transit Authority CEO Jerry Benson not to tell. Tell what? The newest design for the airport extension of Trax. That's right—a design. There is nothing in law that forbids officials from talking about designs of anything—not even costs. Benson was kind of shocked, according to reports from The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. Big misunderstanding, he said. He just didn't want her saying that UTA preferred one design over another. Biskupski said she wanted the UTA trustees to be "looped in" first. Right. That's the unelected board of trustees that has seen nothing but trouble with secrecy over the years.

news_hitsmisses1-2.jpg

Air Shmair
Soup. It's not for drinking anymore. That's what you're breathing along the Wasatch Front, and now not even the business scions are happy about it, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Thirty of them, including Zions Bank and Mark Miller car dealership, are pleading with Gov. Gary Herbert to grow a pair, although they didn't say it quite like that. Utah is about to miss an EPA deadline for small particulate pollution, but maybe the EPA under Scott Pruitt doesn't care. Businesses, people who breathe—they do. Deseret News ran a story about new research that could be key to our winter inversions, and Rocky Mountain Power gave solar companies a pass on onerous fees until 2035. So it looks like some residents of the state are working to clean up the air. If Utah is truly expecting this population boom by 2020, Herbert should be looking out for his now-murky legacy.

news_hitsmisses1-1.jpg

Smells Fishy
The desert tortoise is almost a poster-reptile for the anti-environmentalist movement. But who knew that cutthroat trout could be just as controversial? Fish managers are worried that the nonnative rainbow trout is moving the cutthroat inextricably toward extinction. And you know what that means—an endangered species. Many native fish are already federally protected, and that may be why Utah fish managers are about to kill off rainbow trout and restock the waters with the cutthroat. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on the plan, but barely touched on the controversy.

Pin It
Favorite

More by Katharine Biele

  • Gullible Utahns

    Utahns get a dose of fake news; get to know the state's "dirty lobbyist" and the LDS church's fight against medical marijuana.
    • May 23, 2018
  • Citizen Revolt: May 24

    Take action with the future of our Great Salt Lake!
    • May 23, 2018
  • Ballot Madness

    The push back against the ballot initiatives; the war on golf and the state of Washington takes up the fight against coal.
    • May 16, 2018
  • More »

Latest in Hits & Misses

  • Gullible Utahns

    Utahns get a dose of fake news; get to know the state's "dirty lobbyist" and the LDS church's fight against medical marijuana.
    • May 23, 2018
  • Ballot Madness

    The push back against the ballot initiatives; the war on golf and the state of Washington takes up the fight against coal.
    • May 16, 2018
  • Nutritional Non-value

    New Farm Bill would bring cuts to rural communities; Utahns Against Hunger is on their side, though, and the story of the Boston Marathon's No. 2 finisher.
    • May 9, 2018
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Hearing Protection, Sex Ed, Public Lands

    We certainly don't want our hunters hassled, especially in the rain, and that is good reason to loosen Utah's already liberal gun laws.
    • Jan 11, 2017
  • Release the Records

    A public records battle reaches the state's Supreme Court; more Energy Solutions malarkey and who exactly is donating to the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation?
    • Mar 21, 2018

© 2018 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation