Local – October 12, 2017

  • Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is apologizing for endorsing current Mayor Jackie Biskupski during the 2015 campaign. Anderson says, in his opinion, Biskupski is incompetent and lacks the qualifications for her job [Utah Policy]. Here’s a podcast of our conversation with Anderson [Utah Policy].
  • Utah leaders are praising the results so far of Operation Rio Grande, but experts say the efforts to clean up homelessness in downtown Salt Lake City are “misguided” and a “disaster” [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop‘s bill to curb the power of the president to create national monuments under the Antiquities Act passes a House committee [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Utah Transit Authority may need another $10 million to cover cost overruns on a rapid-transit project in Utah County [Deseret News].
  • The Utah A.G. office is fighting to keep the legal opinion on whether the timeline for the special election in Utah’s 3rd CD was proper secret from the media [Tribune].
  • Enrollment at Utah State University drops for the second straight year [Tribune].
  • Snap Inc., the company behind the massively popular apps Snapchat and Bitmoji, is considering opening an office in Utah [Deseret News].