Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
For other city officials who are behind the curve, The Trib offers an instructional diagram, roughly translated as: "You approve my bonus, I'll approve your bonus."
The most impressive yield is by Sandy City Administrator Byron Jorgenson. For administering a city of 100,000, Mr. Jorgenson makes a salary of $151,000, plus (so far this year) $12,500 in bonus money. Sandy residents can't really complain about that. I mean, his salary is only 150 percent of the governor's salary, and he's worth way more than that, especially since, according to Sandy City,
"A large part of Mr. Jorgenson’s leadership strength comes from his high standards of personal ethics and integrity, which he exemplifies himself and demands in those around him."
And that's why Mr. Jorgenson deserves such a huge bonus -- because he spends so much time demanding integrity from others.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I'm sorry; did I read that correctly? Apparently so:
Utopia's board of directors is developing a new business model it hopes finally will place the struggling, municipally owned network onto a solid financial footing. As part of that plan, it wants to require each new customer to pay a hefty fee upfront.
"We've identified a range of around $1,000, but eventually it could be two to three times that amount," said Utopia's chairman Alex Jensen.
Utopia's board is negotiating with several banks about providing financing for the connection fee so that customers who don't want to pay upfront can make payments over time. "If that [financing] is what customers want, it would be like going down to RC Willey and buying a piece of furniture," said Jensen, the Layton city manager.Financing a hookup fee? Up to $3,000 just to be allowed to pay a monthly internet fee? Right. Maybe if it's superfast, makes breakfast every morning, and picks up my dry cleaning. Holy smokes.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I thought about it. Assuming -- as we did -- that Democrats are more likely to help low- and middle-income people, and assuming -- as we did -- that Republicans are more likely to help upper-income people, that meant . . . .
"I'm voting against my economic interests," I said. "I should be voting for Republicans."
Well, that's different, he seemed to suggest; it wasn't stupid for me to vote principle over pocketbook. But it was for his lower-income friends? Hmm . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Anyway, I just have to say: Tanner Transmission, how do you pay for all that advertising? I see your face almost as often as Siegfried & Jensen's. And how about a new one once in a while? The only ad I want to see over and over for 20 years is this one:
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Salt Lake County mayor Peter Corroon has raised nearly $148,000 for his re-election campaign. GOP opponent Michael Renckert has raised $700. That roughly resembles the anticipated margin of Corroon's victory.
Now, a groan-out-loud moment:
Randy "Never met a conflict of interest I didn't like" Horiuchi is up to his old tricks, racking up $63,000 toward his re-election campaign. The primary donors are--do we even need to say?
Well, you know what they say: Developers are a girl's best friend. And being a councilman means never having to say you're sorry.
More than half the incumbent's contributions ($35,900) came from home builders and real estate management firms, including North Star Builders, Wasatch Pacific and Cottonwood Development.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
"It's not fair to say they will be [negatively affected]. They could say, 'I would rather pay more taxes,' and choose the flat tax this year," she said. "The reason it's optional is they can choose which is best for them."Nice to know that Huntsman's spokesperson has a finger on the pulse of the people.