John Florez: Do city governments really listen to the people?

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  • saltclair Cottonwood Heights, 00
    May 8, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    My nearby city of Cottonwood Heights (incorporated 2005) does not allow ADUs. I've asked the city repeatedly (online and in-person), and I've been told it's not legal. That law is not being enforced, the city ordinance officer has said he will bring the question to the city council, so I guess our city is next to grapple with this.
    People who moved into single-family-zoned neighborhoods have a right to expect that the city will enforce the law. Mothers-in-law and grown kids can live in your home without changing the law. That's already legal. But build a home and advertise a basement rental on Facebook / CraigsList? That is not legal in single-family zoned areas.
    Insurance companies can deny a claim to homeowners not in compliance with zoning. Mortgage holders can call in a mortgage for the same reason. Illegal income isn't likely to be reported. Bad news all around.

  • travelrus murray, UT
    May 6, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    I'm a bit puzzled why John Florez has writen this editoral critizing Mayor Beck and Salt Lake City? It sounds like he doesn't even live is Utah. Just what is his agenda?

    A Utah native, John Florez has been on the staff of Sen. Orrin Hatch, served as former Utah Industrial Commissioner and filled White House appointments, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and Commission on Hispanic Education.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    May 5, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    I think city and county officials go to national conventions and come back from these with their heads filled with new ideas. I saw that with the round about fad.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 5, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    My experience is that those who make the decisions in city government do not care in the least about the people under their "care". I would also agree that the actions of city government seem to be faddish and based on their own personal agenda which is far from the concerns of the people.


    In Salt Lake City the city allowed transients and some of the "Occupy Movement" to take over and desecrate what is supposed to be a pleasant green space for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to Salt Lake City.

    In Salt Lake City residents were told they had to replace old or damaged sidewalk and they had a month I think to do it, otherwise the City would do it and send the bill to each resident whose sidewalk was considered not up to grade.

    In Salt Lake City the government ripped up State Street and adjacent streets because they thought that Light Rail would be more to their liking than the existing bus system. This disrupted those streets, caused problems for traffic, serious accidents, and more expense to the taxpayers.

    The city holds meetings inviting "Public input" then limits it to five minutes.

  • my2centsworth salt lake, UT
    May 5, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    The premise of the article is that 'city governments (plural) do not listen to its citizens'. Yet, the author give an imperical study of one city, that being Salt Lake City. Seems the title and premise should be 'Salt Lake City doesn't listen to its citizens'. I believe it is the experience of most people that city government is indeed the most responsive form of government in which an urban population elects.

    The brush used by the author is too wide and unreasonably casts a bad light on all city governments without and basis to back it up.

    Either be specific with your complaints, or provide the evidence for a broader argument.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 5, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    The government never listens to people. They just listen to their corporate puppet masters. If they listened to us the soldiers would be withdrawn 100%, we would have no national debt, there would be no TSA, no patriot act and no CISPA