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West Valley official calls homeless site selection 'fake process,' threatens litigation

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  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 4:23 p.m.

    The 1000 people of Cottonwood Heights who berated Congressman Chaffetz as an insensitive conservative will gladly have a homeless shelter in their community.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 3:35 p.m.

    Having participated in a "public input" process for a city project, and as a retired bureaucrat, my opinion is the process is rigged from the start. I feel the same about the prison relocation fiasco-to-be.

    The facade of "listening" is a fraud. Mayor McAdams smiles and looks sympathetic when in meetings with citizens but I feel this is a charade, done many times by most politicians to placate the voters.

    This relocation of homeless people, along with purchasing property, building housing, leasing services and hiring people means distribution of large sums of money - a resource for currying political favors and debts for future use in elections.

    Is there a problem? Yes. Yet the whole process has been behind closed doors. Nothing is said about what "treatment" or what kind of care/services will be provided once these "relocation centers" for the homeless have been established (for decades) in these communities.

    There would be a lot less crime and problems at the Road Home if criminals were arrested and jailed. This is a crime in itself.

  • Fast Aggie Lehi, UT
    March 21, 2017 10:23 a.m.

    Your not going to put a homeless shelter in a nice upscale area you pick a dumpy crime ridden area.... like West Valley. Makes sense to me.

  • Navigator Riverton, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:22 a.m.

    The only places we will have consensus agreement for the homeless shelters from the citizens of Salt Lake County is Elko Nevada, Stone Idaho, Farmington New Mexico, and Craig Colorado. It is not uncommon for other cities to offer bus tickets to Salt Lake City. We are well known for our graciousness with the homeless. Personally, I don't recommend this solution. It seems only appropriate to me that the communities that generate the homeless population should also offer the shelters. I worked for many years with the homeless population and most of them came from within our valley. Rose Park, South Salt Lake, Magna, Granger, Midvale, and Sugar House all generate their fair share of homeless. It only makes sense to put the services where the people have the best access. Not only are they homeless, but they also have no vehicles or bus fare. If every community in the Valley had their own shelter, the impact on all would be minimized. I would recommend a venue right next to City Hall in every community.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 9:30 p.m.

    Regardless of party it was a poor process. Good for WVC for standing up to them. Lord knows they already have enough crime and problems to not add more to their plate. They should put it out towards the new airport and prison. Use shuttle and bus service to get them back and forth to the city for services. Or, coordinate some of the services onsight at the shelter. It could be a fenced facility. Not to keep people in but undesirables out.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 20, 2017 7:43 p.m.

    How about save a millions of dollars and keep the downtown Road Home site? The businesses and people of the area already knew there was a homeless shelter. It is close to transportation and resources. When the population gets too big, bus them to the two other approved sites.

  • Heavyhaul Salt Lake City, UT
    March 20, 2017 6:38 p.m.

    As a west Valley resident and tax payer. I dont want this in my city. It brings crime and lots of garbage left all over. Do we need our children at risk no. Plus drugs and many other things we dont need. I have seen many bad things happen in slc. Beacuse of this. No not all homeless people are bad. But many of them are.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 20, 2017 5:10 p.m.

    A couple of the early comments were pretty hard on the democrats. They deserve it. But don't stop there. Hughes ran interference for them recently and he's no democrat.

    When you think about it, the GOP guys invented the fake process with the prison site. They wanted more than anything to free up Draper and chose a swamp for the new site.

    Does anybody see parallels here?

    It's not dem or repub; it's Utah politicians I guess. Maybe it's the snow or the sun or the altitude.

    Whatever the cause, they mess with our money and they mess with our neighborhoods.

    There was a time when Utah leaders shied away from this social engineering stuf. Sure, there were blue laws and Sunday closing and liquor-by-the-drink, but you knew where that was coming from.

    But no mas. Now they want to be California-Lite. But they have an R at the end of their name. I don't get it.

    Props to the WVC Manager for his candor. He's 100% correct.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 20, 2017 3:59 p.m.

    Why isn't the Homeless site in Sandy?

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    March 20, 2017 3:15 p.m.

    It's very interesting watching hard leftists dig their holes deeper and deeper. Has anyone considered Olympus cove area as a site, or how about the beautiful foot hill neighborhoods of Sandy and Draper. Herriman or beautiful Bountiful, perhaps Jeremy Ranch or Indian Hills area in Provo. Could you see a site working in Federal heights, or Deer Valley. A lovely Fruit Heights neighborhood or Green Valley Golf Community in St. George, where the homeless wouldn't be cold during the winter months. So why pick on West Valley or any other city, Build it next to the New prison.

  • 2ยข Provo, UT
    March 20, 2017 2:27 p.m.

    If you are West Valley City, just delay the building permit process perpetually.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 20, 2017 1:41 p.m.

    Does anyone doubt it is a fake process both by Biskupski and McAdams? Decisions made behind closed doors for reasons that are unacceptable by the general public. Democrat contempt for the public is as pronounced as the Republican.