The state of the city – Ralph Becker

Newsletter – January 20, 2015

“As Mayor, I want Salt Lake City to be a city where everyone feels welcome and protected, and where everyone has an equal chance to succeed.”

Air Quality

“Air quality is not going to improve on its own. We have to take action. And we have to do it together.”

Nature & Water

“Water is the lifeblood of our community… We need to be smart about how we live and we need to take care of our mountains.”


“If we want a city that treats people fairly, we have to make sure there are opportunities for everyone to get around.


“Having a place to live that is affordable… is one of the most basic needs. [Salt Lake City will soon release] a new program that will make sure housing is available throughout the city for those who most need a home. 


“Maybe the most important part of fairness is making sure that everyone has the opportunity to get an education. One of the places where we need a new school is in our downtown.”


“Civility means working together cooperatively even when we disagree, and it means that in dealing with others, you always treat them with respect.”

Economic Prosperty

“We want a city where stores and restaurants are busy with customers, and where people have good-paying jobs and can live comfortably in their homes. We want the businesses to have enough money to grow if they want to, and we want the families to have enough money to do fun things when they want to. If we can achieve this, in an environment of fairness.”




“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You do not have to have a college degree to serve. You do not have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  – Martin Luther King
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office worked with the Utah Food Bank to package and deliver boxes of food to seniors in need.  This year, over 75 volunteers came out and supported this great cause. It is important to remember what this day means and to honor Dr. King’s legacy by doing good for others.  Thank you to the employees and volunteers who came together and made this event possible.
In case you missed it, we recently made the big times!  This past week, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart featured how Salt Lake City is leading the nation in addressing homelessness.  The comedy news show took a lighthearted approach at an otherwise important issue.In the past few years, Salt Lake City has taken this issue head on by forming committees and making an effort to help those in our community who need a hand.  We have come a long way in our fight to end homelessness, and while we have done a lot of great work, there is still a lot that needs to be done.   Stay up to date with all that is going on in our city and how we are fighting to end homelessness.

To see the clip that everyone is talking about, click here.



Big news on the equality front!  On Friday, January 16, The Supreme Court announced it would take on the case of marriage equality and make a ruling on the pressing and important issue of our time.  The cases will be heard in April, and a decision is expected by June.

As many of you know, the issue of equality has always been one that I have held dear to my heart.  During my time as mayor, one of my fondest memories will always be when a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on gay marriage and I had the opportunity to stand in the Salt Lake County Building and perform numerous ceremonies that brought together so many families.  I am overjoyed that SCOTUS has agreed to take on this important issue and hope that in the end love will prevail.

Join Mayor Ralph Becker as he runs for reelection of our great city, he cannot not do it without your support!Endorse Mayor Becker

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