The West View

The West View

With one phone call, Salt Lake County matches caregivers with resources

By Michael Evans

One of the inevitabilities of life is getting older, and caring for a family member is more and more common. All of the counties in Utah offer a family caregiver program. In Salt Lake County it is known as a Respite Education Program. It is not just about providing services, it is about educating the family on where other resources exist, and how to create a long-term plan together as a family or as a group of friends to solve their caregiving issues.

 “Maybe they have a father who has dementia, and he was diagnosed five years ago. The family is getting really fatigued providing all the care he needs. Maybe they need a senior companion, maybe someone to bathe him. We might be bathing the care receiver, but we are doing that on behalf of the care giver to give them a break,” says Kathy Nelson of Salt Lake County Aging Services, “Everything is on behalf of the care giver, taking the stress and extra work out of their life.”

The Caregiver Support Program provides short-term respite assistance to unpaid caregivers who are the main caregivers for their spouse, parent, adult child, friend or neighbor. It does not need to be a biological connection.

“We know that many seniors once they reach that age may not have family left, or any family that is living close,” said Kathy Nelson of Salt Lake County Aging Services.

“One of the main mandates for Aging and Adult Services is supporting independence, said Nelson, “and people DO like to stay in their homes to age, so our program supports individuals who are still in independent housing.”

It does not matter if the person who needs care is living in a family home or renting an apartment.

“These are in-home services for those who are trying to stay independent,” said Nelson. “Aging in place at home is really the goal of most everybody we meet. They don’t want to be in a facility prematurely, so our programs help them stay at home longer.”

Caregiver Support is Aging and Adult Services’ most popular service, and there are plenty of slots available in 2019. Before a customer calls, Nelson advises everybody to check to see if they are qualified. The following specific populations of caregivers are eligible to receive services: 

Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older; adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18; older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults 18-59 with disabilities.

However, anybody is eligible for information and assistance, support groups and consultation. There are no financial eligibility tests or fees required to participate with the Caregiver Support Program.

To start getting In-home services for independent living, Ms. Nelson enthusiastically recommends setting aside 20 minutes to a half hour to speak with someone in the Caregiver Support office, who will gladly walk them through the application process.

This powerful and useful number is 385-468-3280, and their website is www.slco.org/caregiver

“We don’t want to create dependence, we want to promote independence,” said Nelson, “We want you to do so much more than you know about by the end of our year.”

In-person appointments are welcome at the office on 2100 S. State Street, but the applicant needs to call ahead. Applicants will develop a broader network of assistance and knowledge that will serve them well over the upcoming years.

Aging and Adult Services also helps meet other needs. To find out more, call 385-468-3200.

By Michael Evans

Leaders from Bear’s Ears Tribal coalition and their allies are gathering at the Utah State Capitol during the first day of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference on August 26. The next day, they are participating in a “Taking the Waters” ceremony at Warm Springs Park in Salt Lake City.

10,000 Allies Gatherings bring together activists from a wide spectrum of social, environmental, and civil causes – defending Bear’s Ears National Monument, protesting the proposed Inland Port, and advocating for clean air and water, to name a few.

Davina Smith led allies on a 330-mile Prayer Run that started from the Four Corners on August 13. Allies took turns running alongside Davina as she covered approximately 26 miles per day.

Prayer runners and allies brought sacred items, or medicine bundles, to hold their prayers in and placed them on the steps of the Utah State Capitol. Smith displayed a 100-year-old basket filled with sacred herbs from the Bear’s Ears National Monument. Later they planned to meet with representatives from the U.N. Civil Society Conference.

For further details -- The Warm Springs Alliance has information about the Indigenous Youth Solidarity Prayer Run, Davina Smith, and many other aspects of the Warm Springs Gathering. They will also be soliciting volunteers and donations, http://www.warmspringsalliance.org/prayerrun/

The official website for the 68th U.N. Conference on Civil Society, held August 26 to 28, is online at: https://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/slc-conference

 

Read the candidates’ responses to questions posed by The West View, and be sure to vote in the upcoming Salt Lake City Municipal Primary Election on August 13. Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to all active voters the week of July 22. The Primary Election is for Mayor and Council Districts 4 & 6. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will advance to the General Election in November. Since only two candidates are running for City Council District 2 (Glendale and Poplar Grove), they will not be included on the Primary ballot. For more info about the 2019 elections, visit https://slco.org/clerk/elections/ or https://www.slc.gov/attorney/recorder/elections/, or call the Salt Lake County Elections Office at (385) 468-7400.

 

July 13, 2019

Jim Dabakis

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

The mayor's first job is CEO, running a $330 million-a-year business. I know business. Over 30 years, my small business became a big business. That personal experience, along with hiring/keeping a team of the best (non-political) professionals will allow us to run a tight ship.

In 2013, I was elected to the Utah State Senate (2012-2018). It was a great joy and the honor of my life to represent you. I dove deep into the details of government and policy. While I served in the capitol, I was always firm in representing our values, but I made great efforts to keep the friendship and respect of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Nothing is possible unless we work together.  

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

I am not a patient person. I expect to get things moving fast!

  • Expect a plan for making UTA free, with a substantial increase in funding for bus service with greater frequency and more last mile connections.
  • Expect a ramping up of the lawsuit against the Inland Port.
  • Expect I will gather a group of community leaders and we will meet with the Fairgrounds Board. We will also meet with the Governor and legislative leaders on how to make the Fairgrounds pop for the neighborhood, 12 months a year.
  • Expect a plan for more affordable housing, involving serious state bonding and an incentive package for those who build affordable housing.  
  • Expect a review of the newly opening homeless centers, a gush of support for what is working, and rethinking of what needs tinkering.    

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

Expect the appointment of a Blue Ribbon panel of west side people with recommendations on making the quality of life better. I will request that the staffed report have serious recommendations in my hands within 180 days.

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

I have a no tolerance policy for drug dealers on our streets. We must not give up our houses or our neighborhoods to people who would do grave damage to others. I will go myself, as mayor, to high-drug-use areas and warn establishment owners and property owners that they better clean up their act or I will personally bring down the full force of the City. No one has the right to destroy neighborhoods!

The state, county, and city are spending $100 million dollars to help people suffering from homelessness. With the addition of three new homeless shelters, treatment facilities and employment mentoring, “camping” on the Jordan River needs to end. The health issues and human carnage are painful and we must make helping those that are homeless the highest priority; this area must not be a shantytown.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

Yes, I would continue the lawsuit! As mayor, I will pursue the inland port lawsuit with feisty vigor, verve, and voice. There should not be an inland port on a significant portion of Salt Lake City’s land without the express consent of the people and the elected officials of Salt Lake City. Anything other than that is a travesty. The inland port is a generational clash of competing views and jurisdictional questions over Salt Lake City-owned land. The people of our capitol city are pitted against the state legislature and governor, who simply do not share the same vision and values of the people of Salt Lake City. Using these values, we will find a balance, giving Salt Lake City a strong economic center that supports the well-rounded elements that make Salt Lake City a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

July 13, 2019

Luz Escamilla

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

I have a proven record of improving the quality of life of all SLC residents in my professional career and my public service life. In 2008 I was elected to the Utah State Senate where I have been serving for the last 11 years. As a senator I have stood up for the west side against the disproportionate responsibility on this community with the number of facilities like the state prison, the 300 bed parolee center, halfway houses, and the inland port. I have sponsored and passed 50+ bills, including securing the funding for a sound wall in Glendale. I was able to secure funding for Neighborhood House to help working families on the west side. As mayor I will build consensus on important issues for all residents of SLC and I will continue to be a champion for you.  

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

During my first 100 days in office I want to focus on these three areas:

  • Empowering SLC
    • A comprehensive assessment of SLC Corporation to ensure we have a satisfied workforce and efficiencies that improve services to all SLC residents
    • Programs available for SLC workers and residents that reflect the commitment to children and families
  • Sustainable SLC
    • Work with division and department heads to finish sustainable projects for the city and begin implementing my vision for a sustainable SLC that addresses transformational transit, affordable housing and improvement of air quality
  • Democracy SLC
    • Growing a sense of trust in the community by bringing city hall to the neighborhoods. Empowering communities to participate in government is a top priority

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

Part of my vision for the city is to have all residents engaged in the decision-making process in city hall. I will strengthen and work with community councils and other organizations across the city that engage residents to accomplish this goal. I live on the west side; it is very important to me to continue hearing the voices of residents there. My priority will be to bring city hall to the neighborhoods using creative ways to increase participation like providing childcare and listening to residents in their communities. I am a bridge builder; I have partnered with the division of youth and family programs and the mayor’s office to educate the west side on energy and air quality through the Breathe Clean Festival. All residents in SLC deserve a working city that is accessible to them and a mayor that will listen as well as act.   

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

The homelessness crisis in SLC requires ongoing intervention. There needs to be a sustainable solution through a public-private partnership between the city, the county, the state and the private and nonprofit sector. Homelessness is not only a SLC problem; it is a state problem. I have the relationships required to convene all stakeholders and collect accurate data that will result in better public policy. People are living along the Jordan River in tents; it is dangerous for them and community members who live or recreate nearby. Humane care and comprehensive wrap-around services are needed for those who may not accept shelter due to trauma. Funding for these extensive services, including affordable housing, needs to be shared by all stakeholders, not only by SLC tax payers. In the 2019 legislative session I sponsored a bill allowing homeless youth to access emergency shelter in order to protect one of our most vulnerable populations.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

I will continue the city’s lawsuit against the inland port authority. I believe that the lawsuit will bring closure and help define the relationship between the inland port authority, the state, and SLC. It is important that the new mayor is ready to stand strong in defending the best interests of the city. As a state senator, I am on record for voting against every bill regarding the inland port. I have stood for SLC and the west side on this critical issue from day one. I spoke against the process and the lack of transparency, and more importantly the aggressive takeover by the state. I established a baseline and the monitoring for air and water quality around the inland port and the airport. I am committed to negotiating the changes that need to happen for SLC interests to be addressed.   

July 13, 2019

David Garbett

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

I spent 10 years as an attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, litigating against the State of Utah and federal government over public lands, climate change, and air quality. I am an expert in state and federal air regulations, and am ready to get to work to clean up our air in Salt Lake City.

As the executive director of the Pioneer Park Coalition, I’ve worked to create safe communities and ensure our most vulnerable populations have the resources they need.

Affordable housing is an issue the next mayor must address. I grew up working with Garbett Homes, a company that my father started and still operates today. Through their company, I’ve worked directly to help build affordable, green homes, including the first net-zero energy home in our climate region.

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

I have a lot of plans to start in my first 100 days, but my top priorities would be: 1) begin to negotiate with Rocky Mountain Power to ensure our city’s electricity supply will be powered by 100% clean energy by 2023, 2) open an emergency overflow shelter space for those experiencing homelessness, if necessary, 3) have a team in place to begin preparing a road map for achieving clean air in the Salt Lake Valley in six years, and 4) begin the process to negotiate with businesses to provide incentives to move the refinery and powerplant outside of the Salt Lake Valley.

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

In every part of the city, we need better engagement from our mayor and the city’s administration. This means taking more public comment and keeping city residents informed and up-to-date on important issues that will affect them. It’s critical that our mayor has face-to-face conversations with city residents about critical issues. Our mayor must be willing to stand up for what is best for the city while having real conversations with constituents, whether or not they agree on a particular issue.

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

 SLC is the hub for homeless services in our region. Because of this, sometimes our resources are stretched. The mayor must work with the county, state, and federal government, as well as a mix of individuals and nonprofits.

First, we cannot leave people unsheltered during our homeless-system transition. If we do not have enough shelter bed space this winter, we will need to create an emergency overflow shelter. Second, I’d create an impact measurement team to ensure that we are helping, not hurting, those in need. And third, I would collaborate with the many service providers that exist in and around the city to reach our goals.

My goal will be to reduce the time people experience homelessness by 25 percent and to end unsheltered homelessness by the end of my first term.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

 I oppose the Inland Port and would continue the lawsuit. My career has been built on litigating against the state on air quality issues; I’m not afraid to do it again.

Rather than tackling air quality, the Legislature is making it worse. The Inland Port is an effort to use public money to incentivize development that will produce harmful pollution. This is why I’ve proposed the Utah Clean Hub, which would be based on three principles:

First, the Utah Clean Hub should be designed to incentivize the creation, expansion, and relocation of companies interested in reducing air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions.

Second, if companies want the incentives of the Clean Hub, they must agree to offset the pollution their operations will produce.

Third, we should incentivize research and development, and improve the skills of our workforce through new institutes at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.

July 13, 2019

Richard Goldberger

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

I am qualified because I am not a politician. I am a “Common Sense-crat” who believes in Governing by Objectives.  I serve at the pleasure of the people. Period.

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

In my first 100 days in office, I will:

  • Get all City machines, fixed and mobile, tuned up to spec.
  • Create more fixed and mobile SLC Police Precincts.
  • Create a joint Fire, Police and Ambulance advanced training platform.
  • Bring back SQUAT fast fire and medical trucks in the Fire Department.
  • Set up various working groups for a number of specific projects.

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

I will get more west-side residents engaged by creating a Mobile Office of the Mayor that would travel throughout the city. Let’s bring the mayor to the people!

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

I will address problems associated with homelessness by creating massive outreach teams in the following areas: medical, social work, sanitation, and security. I will also establish a triage base camp. I would also create a Butt Redemption Program, where people would be paid 10 cents per used cigarette butt picked up. This would help clean up the city and provide a small source of income for people experiencing homelessness.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

I would place the inland port litigation on hold and enter into serious negotiations with the state. I would create the Utah Export Expo – a permanent Utah product trade fair – to be sited in the northwest quadrant. I would also create a wonderful nearby nature preserve.  Note: I believe the Inland Port, or an intermodal center, should be sited in Wendover, Utah. There is plenty of space and access to air, rail and road transport.

July 13, 2019

Rainer Huck

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

My best qualification is that I have never held office before. Many of the other candidates tout their government experience, but when you look at how government has grown, how taxes are continually increasing, and regulations and bureaucracy endlessly expand to choke every aspect of our lives, it's time for a fresh perspective.

I have lived and worked in Salt Lake City for 70 years and have seen it evolve from a mellow, low-cost city to the very expensive place it is today. As immigrants from war-torn Europe, my family was very poor, but through hard work and lack of oppressive government my father was able to achieve the American Dream. This is much more difficult today. My roots and unique perspective will enable me to reverse this trend and create more opportunity for everyone.

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

I will restore the neighborhood cleanup, reduce water bills which have grown 10,000% in the last 50 years, stop the police from shooting people, remove the recent sales tax increase, shift part of the transient room tax to subsidize hospitality workers to at least $15-per-hour and save the existing parking structure and terminals at the airport.

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

My office will be open to citizen visits to express their concerns eight hours a day. My major impetus is to serve the working people of Salt Lake City to keep more of their income and to enjoy a higher quality of life. Meeting with current city leaders is practically impossible. In general, when candidates are running for office they claim to be agents of the people, yet when they are elected they quickly become agents of the government. This will not be the case with me, because I have no motivation in running for office other than to give back to the city I grew up in and to make life better for all the people who work hard just to pay their bills and raise their children.   

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?  

The homeless shelters currently under construction are a joke. They are spending $60 million to house just 700 people for a cost of $86,000/person. These facilities will be overrun the day they open. I will build a big and beautiful homeless campus in the northwest quadrant that will accommodate 5,000 people with all the facilities they will need to either rejoin society or have a safe and clean place to live. And I will do this for under $5,000 per person.    

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?    

I would immediately discontinue the inland port litigation. When one government sues another, the taxpayers always lose. Salt Lake City residents will lose, no matter what the resolution, after wasting millions in a case very likely be found in favor of the State.

July 13, 2019

David Ibarra

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

I am the son of a Mexican immigrant farm worker. My brother, Mickey, and I spent nearly the first 14 years of our lives in the Utah foster care system. I started my first business at age 28. My business background spans highly successful careers in the hospitality, automotive, and the self-improvement industries. Through my foundation, I have assisted 89 students to obtain a college education.  Because of the challenges I have faced, I have gained a passion for compassion, inclusion and fairness for all members of our community. I am a leader now, ready to serve SLC.

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

I will start by meeting every City employee and all leaders. I will share our vision for our city and ask questions and listen to suggestions on how we all can create a service culture within Salt Lake City. The first big issue we’ll tackle is our homeless crisis – no one should be allowed to sleep on the streets.

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

I will spend time with community leaders and residents from the west side of our city. Community councils are the closest representatives to the residents they serve, therefore I will visit them often. I will make sure that equal investment is given to the east side and the west side. Investments and projects in the city will be tracked online to make sure Salt Lake City residents can validate fairness and inclusion.

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

As mayor, I will be an active and supportive partner of the Utah Homeless Coordinating Committee. Upon the opening of all three new resource centers, City Hall must quickly assess their effectiveness in reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping on our streets. Should the resource centers not achieve our goals, I will have the political will and humane consciousness to act swiftly. I will make sure we provide safe, welcoming (and bedbug-free) shelter, warmth, nutrition, work-counseling, work-placement, mental health care, and medical care for homeless men, women and children.

I will effectively address the shelter-resistant population. It is inhumane to have people sleeping on our streets, and it is not good for communities to have people living on our streets. Reaching “functional zero” – where a community can provide housing for every person within 30 days of experiencing homelessness – can be achieved. I will have the compassion and will to address the shelter-resistant population.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

The City’s lawsuit against the State and Port Authority must go forward to determine jurisdiction over the port. I oppose the development of the inland port unless it can be achieved with a zero-negative-impact on our environment.  If the port is to be built, Salt Lake City must receive its fair share of all taxes generated by the inland port to offset its significant impact on the City’s already-overstretched infrastructure and to shore up our shrinking tax base.

July 13, 2019

Erin Mendenhall

What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

I’m on my second term of serving District 5 on the Salt Lake City Council. Prior to being on the council, I co-founded Breathe Utah, which to-date has educated tens of thousands of Utah’s schoolchildren on the quality of our air. I serve on two boards that allow me to interact with stakeholders from across the state – State Air Quality Board Chair and board member of the Utah League of Cities and Towns.

My service on the City Council includes:

  • Served as the Chair of SLC Council in 2018. 

  • Working in City Council to change the rules on “mother-in-law” housing to address the need for more 
affordable housing options in a city that’s already almost completely built out. I worked to take it to a 
city-wide application, thus ensuring geographic equity. This was a unanimous City Council vote. 

  • I helped champion the $21 million dollar affordable housing package through the Redevelopment 
Agency of Salt Lake City that has helped to bring more housing options to new developments 
throughout the city. 

  • I worked to create the city’s first women’s homeless shelter, The Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource 
Center, on 700 South. It will have 200 beds and provide assistance to help people transition into stable 
work and housing. 

  • I worked to fix our streets with an $87 million bond that was approved last fall, and today, work crews 
are on the job. The city has also raised revenue to double our maintenance crews, so we’re getting twice as many miles of road fixed each year. 


What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

In my first 100 days in office, I would:

Update the impact fee facility plan so growth can actually pay for growth. 


  • Reinvigorate basic city services such as bringing back the neighborhood cleanup program, taking a 
serious look at how we can best fix our infrastructure, and being creative when it comes to utilizing our 
alleyways - a unique asset to our neighborhoods. 

  • Further digital equity plan: The current administration and various community partners discussed an inclusionary 
plan to provide better, fair access to up-and-coming digital resources. I want to take it further, incorporating the digital inclusion plan as a part of the city’s master plan. We need to identify opportunities for access to broadband, devices, and digital literacy training and address those needs.
  • Continue the Inland Port lawsuit. 


How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

Right off the bat, there are very basic steps my administration would take to include west-siders in the conversation. We need to focus on digital equity; there is simply no excuse for the lack of parity when it comes to connectivity within this city. Across the globe, the process for making decisions is becoming more inclusive and dynamic; the way we make decisions in our own backyard should be no different.

The west side of Salt Lake City has challenges that are rooted in a history of industry, class segregation and, frankly, racism in the form of redlining policies that gratefully no longer exist, though the outcomes persist. Over the course of this campaign, I have heard time and time again that residents feel disconnected when they are forced to adhere to city schedules that don’t acknowledge the need for childcare and careers that aren’t molded to a 9-5 week. To get more voices at the decision-making table, we need to take a serious look at how we structure these conversations - and with that, how we better define placemaking in this city.

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

Our neighborhoods outside the downtown core have seen a marked increase in homeless populations since Operation Rio Grande in 2017. Parks, alleys and other public spaces have become spaces for encampments and overnight shelter. Our new homeless resource centers will provide real shelter that is both safe and accessible. Our parks should be safe and welcoming spaces for all. Salt Lake City should explore a Park Ranger Pilot Program that would bring a consistent presence to major park and trail areas. This would connect people to services, enforce park rules, and help those in need.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

Yes, I intend to continue the city’s lawsuit as mayor. As a mother of three I will work every single day to build and wield our power to ensure the best possible outcomes for all residents of our city, for our lands and wildlife, and for the air our children breathe.

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