BECKER - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/BECKER News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Not best choice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802118-82/mayor-becker-lyon-planning.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57802118-82/mayor-becker-lyon-planning.html.csp">Not best choice</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-13T16:34:01.154-06:00">Updated Apr 13, 2014 04:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Salt Lake City does not lack intelligent residents with expertise or knowledge that would be useful if they were to be appointed to the city’s volunteer Planning Commission. So it seems odd that Mayor Ralph Becker would feel it necessary to nominate a close ally and political fundraiser to a seat on the planning board. The appointment of Matt Lyon, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party and former campaign manager for Becker, rightly raised questions from one city councilman, Luke Ga...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57802118@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:34:01 MDT Sparks fly as councilman grills Becker ally about conflicts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57793702-78/lyon-councilman-lake-salt.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57793702-78/lyon-councilman-lake-salt.html.csp">Sparks fly as councilman grills Becker ally about conflicts</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Christopher Smart | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T13:49:03.346-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 01:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Perceptions of conflict of interest or not, Matt Lyon, the executive director of the Utah Democratic Party, looks to be the next member of the Salt Lake City Planning Commission A spirited exchange between Lyon and City Councilman Luke Garrott raised the temperature at the council’s work session Tuesday evening. Garrott challenged Lyon’s appointment, based on his close ties with Mayor Ralph Becker, who nominated Lyon for the position. Lyon had served as Becker’s campaign manager and worked in Be...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57793702@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:49:03 MDT Utahns give heartfelt send-off to couples in gay marriage case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57788086-90/utah-marriage-couples-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57788086-90/utah-marriage-couples-lake.html.csp">Utahns give heartfelt send-off to couples in gay marriage case</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T07:44:16.805-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 07:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On the back of a blue paper heart, Rachel Motschiedler wrote a message to the couples whose lawsuit toppled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages and allowed her to wed her partner of 11 years: “Fight hard.” It was one of more than 200 messages scrawled in marker and delivered Monday to the plaintiffs of the historic case that overturned Utah’s Amendment 3 in December. The notes, said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, represent the thoughts of countless Utahns who will keep these couples in their ow...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57788086@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:44:16 MDT Letter: Becker’s nomination of former manager is inappropriate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57785628-82/mayor-becker-public-conflict.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57785628-82/mayor-becker-public-conflict.html.csp">Letter: Becker’s nomination of former manager is inappropriate</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T10:04:47.452-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 10:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Re: “Conflict of interest? SLC mayor names an ally for post,” Tribune, April 4: Christopher Smart’s reporting of Mayor Ralph Becker’s recent nomination of Matt Lymon, the mayor’s ex-campaign manager, to a seat on the Salt Lake City Planning Commission, does raise questions about conflicts of interest, as stated by Councilman Luke Garrott, who is to be complimented for his direct public statement that “It’s not about Matt’s qualifications” but the “appearance” of a conflict. I would add that...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57785628@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:04:47 MDT Bruni: The public flogging of Mozilla’s CEO http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57784395-82/marriage-equality-gay-mozilla.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57784395-82/marriage-equality-gay-mozilla.html.csp">Bruni: The public flogging of Mozilla’s CEO</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FRANK BRUNI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T05:48:01.967-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 05:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">To appreciate how rapidly the ground has shifted, go back just two short years, to April 2012. President Barack Obama didn’t support marriage equality, not formally. Neither did Hillary Clinton. And few people were denouncing them as bigots whose positions rendered them too divisive, offensive and regressive to lead. But that’s precisely the condemnation that tainted and toppled Brendan Eich after his appointment two weeks ago as the new chief executive of the technology company Mozilla. On Thur...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57784395@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:48:01 MDT SLC Mayor Becker names former manager to Planning Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57775628-90/becker-campaign-commission-conflict.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57775628-90/becker-campaign-commission-conflict.html.csp">SLC Mayor Becker names former manager to Planning Commission</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By christopher Smart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T22:22:39.911-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When does a personal and political relationship get a little too cozy? According to Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott, it’s when Mayor Ralph Becker puts forward his former campaign manager for a seat on the planning commission — the body that regulates initiatives from the mayor’s planning department. Matt Lyon, who also is the current executive director of the Utah Democratic Party, worked in the mayor’s office during Becker’s first term. More recently, Lyon’s wife, Bianca Shreeve, worke...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57775628@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:22:39 MDT Letter: Tennis players should try the bliss of pickleball http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57734152-82/pickleball-tennis-bliss-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57734152-82/pickleball-tennis-bliss-lake.html.csp">Letter: Tennis players should try the bliss of pickleball</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T01:01:03.448-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I was seriously amused by John Becker’s missal March 24 about pickleball being a sport that has an unproven track record (“SLC is going too far with pickleball,” Forum, March 23). Ogden and Brigham City now have beautiful dedicated venues for this unproven sport. Most county recreation centers have pickleball hours indoors. (One can even play on Sunday at Dimple Dell!) Try registering to play pickleball in the Huntsman Games. That boat sailed the first day of registration last week for an event...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57734152@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: SL City doesn’t have enough pickleball courts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57729037-82/courts-lake-tennis-pickleball.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57729037-82/courts-lake-tennis-pickleball.html.csp">Letter: SL City doesn’t have enough pickleball courts</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T01:01:03.449-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Let me be the first to lob some logic and pass on some facts regarding John Becker’s letter “Too much pickleball” (Forum, March 24). He implies the popularity of PB is suspect and he states that Salt Lake City is converting tennis courts to PB courts at the expense of tennis players. St. George, Ogden and even Brigham City have designated PB courts, whereas Salt Lake does not. Temporary indoor courts set up at county recreation centers are very popular and crowded. They are only available on ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57729037@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT SLC mayor addresses U.N. council, talks marriage, homelessness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57693839-90/according-becker-council-delegation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57693839-90/according-becker-council-delegation.html.csp">SLC mayor addresses U.N. council, talks marriage, homelessness</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T21:13:59.385-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 09:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mayor Ralph Becker joined a U.S. State Department delegation in Geneva last week to address the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on human rights, marriage equality and homelessness. Among other things, the council is reviewing the practice of criminalizing homelessness in the United States. Becker told the UNHRC that Salt Lake City is among U.S. cities that take a humanitarian approach to the treatment of the homeless. The council’s review, which takes place periodically under the In...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57693839@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:13:59 MDT SLC resident transit passes go on sale http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57614736-90/available-becker-hive-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57614736-90/available-becker-hive-lake.html.csp">SLC resident transit passes go on sale</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T22:02:25.008-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 10:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mayor Ralph Becker and Utah Transit Authority General Manager Mike Allegra will officially launch sales of the new Salt Lake City Hive Pass on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Urban Room of the Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. The new transit pass is a pilot program created through a partnership between Salt Lake City and UTA that will initially only be available to Salt Lake City residents. The one-year pass is good on all TRAX, Frontrunner, bus and S-line Streetcar services and available for an up-f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57614736@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:02:25 MDT