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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
Sounds like Biskupski has been taking personnel management lesson from Vivian
I am not against making changes, but the reasoning here lacks luster. What was
the real reason for the change?
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
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!
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?
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.
Mayor Mayor Jackie Biskupski did the right thing and a good thing. Thank you
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.
She's in over her head and needs to look like she is doing something - so
blame someone, anyone
Borrowing a GOP phrase. "Drain The Swamp". I wish she had the authority
to order more resignations.
32% increase in ridership in 13 years... Oooh now that is impressive!Good job kid
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.
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
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.
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.
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.