A message from Ralph Becker


NEWSLETTER – APRIL 16, 2015
Protecting Our Pristine Mountains

Our lifestyle, culture, and access to the outdoors help make Salt Lake great. The Wasatch Mountains are minutes from downtown and are treasured by outdoor enthusiasts, visitors, and residents. This treasure may be lost without protection and smart, generational decisions today.

I was shocked in 2011 by the SkiLink proposal to sell U.S. Forest Service lands in prime watershed and backcountry recreational areas to the Canyons ski resort for a ski lift into Big Cottonwood Canyon. This outrageous proposal kicked me into gear: we needed a comprehensive approach to the Central Wasatch to protect our watersheds and recreational opportunities, including wilderness opportunities, while addressing the legitimate issues of transportation and prosperity for our wonderful ski resorts. Today more than 200 stakeholders, every jurisdiction in Salt Lake and Park City sides of the mountains, state and federal governments, the ski areas, and environmental organizations are participating to try to reach generational decisions for the Wasatch Mountains through Mountain Accord.

The opportunity and risks are huge and everyone at the table recognizes it. We can continue to respond to proposal after proposal that eat away at land and resources that we treasure and continue to threaten economic opportunities and travel conditions, or we can resolve issues for ourselves and our kids. There are tough tradeoffs for all. Whether I consider the increasing pressures on our watershed and recreational uses or travel and economic future, big decisions require long-term commitments and uncertainty. For more than a year, every stakeholder has remained at the table, collaborating, talking and analyzing every aspect of decisions that could direct future protection of the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake.

Mountain Accord has produced a preliminary blueprint for the Central Wasatch. It would transfer almost 2,500 acres of private land at the top of the Wasatch Mountains to public ownership and propose designating large, new swaths of public lands into a special protection area, like wilderness. It would recommend a range of transit solutions for the Wasatch Canyons and Park City areas. If we arrive at a consensus proposal and move forward, a detailed Environmental Impact Statement would follow to conclude with federal decisions that would solidify local, state, and federal decisions for the next generation.

Much is at stake and my hope is that we can show the vision and principled determination to reflect the value we place on protecting our Wasatch Mountains. We want your feedback and ideas on how to maintain the integrity of our Wasatch Mountains. The public comment period has been extended to May 1, 2015!   This is your chance to have your voice heard. If we can arrive at a consensus, the choices and actions we take here will define our City and region for generations. If you love the Wasatch like I do, take the time to get informed, get involved, and tell us what you think.

Lean more at mountainaccord.com.

 

Sincerely,

Ralph Becker


PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS UTAH!

WOMEN FOR BECKER

On April 2nd, President Obama landed at Hill Air Force Base and was greeted by many of Utah’s top dignitaries including Governor Herbert, Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, Mayor Ralph Becker, and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

On April 3rd, the President spoke at Hill Air Force Base, applauded Salt Lake City’s efforts at working towards sustainability, solar, green jobs, and singled out Mayor Becker’s leadership and hard work.

We were honored to have President Obama in Salt Lake City and excited that our hard work is being recognized!

You can see all the pictures from the event by going to our Facebook page! While you’re are there, give us a “like”!

The 3rd annual Women for Becker Event was a great success!  Mayor Becker had a great time speaking with women leaders who are shaping the future of business, community, and politics in our great City.

The economic growth and success of our City’s future is directly impacted by the opportunities its citizens receive. Mayor Becker is working to establish an inclusive environment for all residents of Salt Lake. Mayor Becker started by establishing a cabinet with 50 percent of postions held by female leaders. Under Mayor Becker’s leadership Salt Lake City is fostering a culture that encourages engagement in our community, businesses, and the arts for all residents.

We would once again like to thank all of the sponsors, staff, and volunteers who helped put this event together.  You make this possible!

See all the pictures from the event by going to our Facebook page!


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REFUGEE FAMILY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The campaign is off to a great start!  We’re going door-to-door, putting up lawn signs, and making phone calls. We need you to get involved!

We go door-to-door every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30pm-8:00pm and every Saturday from 10:00am-12:30pm!  We host a weekly phone bank every Wednesday at our office located inside Trolley Square, next to Rodizio Grill.

If you would like to get involved in the campaign and help Mayor Becker get re-elected, please contact our Field Coordinator Alyssa Gamble at Alyssa@ralphbecker.com or at 435-830-3707.  We look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

Mayor Becker’s office is excited to announce the launch of a new Refugee Family Mentorship program.  The new program pairs volunteers with refugee families living in Salt Lake City.

There are approximately 45,000 refugees from all around the world who call Salt Lake Valley home. Volunteers will help mentor and guide many of these refugee families in areas including education, healthcare, and finance.  Refugees and their families are an important aspect of our City and help bring diversity and vibrant cultures to Salt Lake.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in getting involved with the Refugee Family Mentorship Program please contact Refugee Community Liaison, Chelsea Eddy, at Chelsea.eddy@slcgov.com. You may also reach Service in the City Coordinator, Amanda Anderson, at Amanda.anderson@slcgov.com.

 

 

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