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Biskupski orders resignation of Salt Lake City's longtime UTA trustee

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  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 28, 2017 1:02 p.m.

    I haven't followed the UTA issues as closely as many but the notion of Mayor Biskupski removing someone for "lack of performance" is laughable based on her reign as Mayor which resembles a dumpster fire.

    Hoping we can force Mayor B to resign at the next Mayoral election.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2017 10:52 a.m.

    32% doesn't seem like much to me over 13 yrs. How much did the UTA service area population grow??

    Over that same 13 yrs. UTA bosses' salaries have grown and grown. Has he made ANY difference whatsoever regarding those salaries?

    I don't blame Mr. Bartholomew alone, but I've seen different "board" (all they are really is a rubber stamp for mgmt.)members come and go and UTA is STILL a big mess.

    Two of the most effective audits that could happen by the state auditor would be to audit the funds going to front runner, and determine how MUCH frontrunner is actually costing us in relation to buses and trax. I have a strong feeling that UTA is using any funding mechanism they can come up with to prop up frontrunner lest the public see it for the white elephant it is.
    The other audit that I would like to see is EXACTLY how much UTA spends "collecting" fares. In other words - they spend millions on the fare boxes, distributing bus passes, collecting fares from the kiosks, etc. I contend that if salaries were lowered to a reasonable level, combined with salary re-evaluations, UTA could implement free fares!

  • Fan Base Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    There have been some major blunders by UTA in the last 10 years. Hopefully the new appointee from the City will keep a close eye on things.

  • VikingZag College Station, TX
    April 28, 2017 9:53 a.m.

    Forced resignation? I thought resignation was a voluntary thing. It sounds more like she fired him. What if he chose not to resign, despite her antics?

  • Puzz the Fuzz Blane , ID
    April 28, 2017 9:52 a.m.

    Keith Bartholomew was the best professor I had at the U. The dude is really dynamic and knows transportation issues that we face in Utah. It is really difficult to get Utahans out of their cars, so 32% increase is not bad. People complain about poor air quality in Utah but the majority of us drive alone to work five days a week.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 28, 2017 9:25 a.m.

    The dude is a transportation expert and she cans him? He appears not to have been contaminated by all the other goings on, and the best thing is, that he's not a developer like all the others that have caused the UTA heartburn over the years.

    This is yet another example of Biskupski and her apparent lack of know how. Hopefully she's a one term mayor. So far I can't see one significant achievement as Mayor and many mis-steps.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    April 28, 2017 9:14 a.m.

    Sounds like Biskupski has been taking personnel management lesson from Vivian Lee.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    April 28, 2017 8:14 a.m.

    I am not against making changes, but the reasoning here lacks luster. What was the real reason for the change?

  • Adapting Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Ridiculous to get rid of one of the only people on the board who understands the complexity of transit. This guy teaches about transportation at the U and is nationally recognized for his work. Makes no sense to get rid of someone who understands that transportation is a metropolitan challenge, not just a SLC challenge. Once again, the mayor gets rid of competency in favor of incompetency. Scary.

  • itswhatithink West Jordan, UT
    April 28, 2017 7:09 a.m.

    I am curious who Mayor B has already selected for this plum of a post. PLEASE let that individual not have ties to land development or real estate!

  • caleby Bountiful, UT
    April 28, 2017 6:30 a.m.

    When I read this about 13 years being enough time to serve I thought of Orrin Hatch. Orrin Hatch--40 years of addiction and surprisingly wants another term. Part of the reason is that there is no person in the known universe that can replace him. Really?

  • winecracker Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2017 5:58 a.m.

    He should have left a long time ago. He's been part of the problem, not part of the solution. Bragging about 32% increase in ridership? With the money that has been spent over those 13 years, that is all the ridership has increased? He should be ashamed.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    April 28, 2017 5:38 a.m.

    Mayor Mayor Jackie Biskupski did the right thing and a good thing. Thank you Mayor Biskupski.

  • Tattoo Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2017 5:30 a.m.

    It may have been time, however our current mayor's untimely methodology and her mean spirited hatchet is just another example of her bad political posturing. Please bring Becker back.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2017 10:37 p.m.

    She's in over her head and needs to look like she is doing something - so blame someone, anyone

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 27, 2017 9:30 p.m.

    Borrowing a GOP phrase. "Drain The Swamp". I wish she had the authority to order more resignations.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    April 27, 2017 9:28 p.m.

    32% increase in ridership in 13 years... Oooh now that is impressive!

    Good job kid

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    April 27, 2017 9:08 p.m.

    Both Biskupski and the UTA board members seem to be incompetent and without a clear idea of what the heck they are doing or are supposed to be doing.

  • mightymite , 00
    April 27, 2017 9:04 p.m.

    While I dont disagree with this, there are a lot bigger fish to fry and dirty deeds to go after with UTA. My fear is these small sacrifices will appease the public and let the most corrupt off the hook. I hope a forensic audit is completed and a the guilty are held accountable for undue influence and misdeeds.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    April 27, 2017 9:01 p.m.

    I have served on a couple "Boards" as a volunteer on both a city and a state level and 13 years goes way beyond the length of term a person should serve. There's unfortunately at attitude that develops just like politicians that people think they are the ones with the best solutions or that no one is as capable as them, etc. Instead of providing a service it becomes an addicting source of power and control. Everyone would do well to serve 6 - 8 years at most, in my view. Do your professional thing, then let someone else have a turn. You'll be remembered for the good you accomplished as opposed to being the one who wouldn't ever relinquish their role.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 27, 2017 8:46 p.m.

    This guy being fired is not some career politician, or mega-rich developer looking for opportunities to benefit himself.

    Instead, he is "... an associate professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah who served 13 years on the UTA board..." with probably better knowledge and experience to help the UTA to continue to plan and run a pretty good transit system for the future.

    Now, let's see who Ms. Mayor appoints to replace him and what their qualifications are. I am betting that there will be little in the way of professional qualifications, but mostly political cronyism as with most other Biskupski appointments.

    While the UTA Board has some members who should be replaced to benefit Utahns, replacing the occupant of the Mayor's office would do a lot more good.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    April 27, 2017 6:10 p.m.

    I am not a fan of Biskupski's, but I do agree with this move 100%. The UTA is such a cesspool of over paid executives and "sweetheart" deals that I really wonder if they can ever clean it up. Money corrupts, and there is a lot of money where UTA is concerned.