Briefing Local – November 27, 2017

  • NEW POLL: As Utah prepares for President Donald Trump‘s visit to Utah next month to announce how much he plans to downsize the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, a slim majority of Utahns say they support reducing the monuments [Utah Policy].
  • Real Salt Lake quietly cut the tax bill on Rio Tinto Stadium in half because the club claims it is losing money. Those taxes help pay for the bonds that financed the construction of the stadium [Tribune].
  • The Utah Attorney General’s office has appealed the order to release the opinion prepared for legislative leaders on this year’s 3rd Congressional District special election. Gov. Gary Herbert‘s office initially blocked the release of the opinion [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • One Utah mayoral race ended up in a tie, so the winner had to be decided by a coin toss [Deseret News].
  • West Jordan voters decided to switch that city’s form of government by just 63 votes [Tribune].
  • Former UTA board member Terry Diehl wants the government to pay his attorneys fees for the criminal case brought against him but was dropped before the trial began [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake City Council is exploring “creative” ways to bring back the canceled Twilight Concert Series next year, but the effort is likely a long shot [Deseret News].