COMMISSION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/COMMISSION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Senate confirms Valentine to chair Tax Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58426299-90/tax-valentine-commission-senate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58426299-90/tax-valentine-commission-senate.html.csp">Senate confirms Valentine to chair Tax Commission</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T21:11:04.671-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 09:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah Senators unanimously confirmed one of their own Wednesday, Sen. John Valentine, to be the next chairman of the Utah Tax Commission. “We will miss him in this body. We will miss his input and institutional knowledge, his wisdom,” said Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, “but we do recognize that he is very qualified for this job and he will greatly benefit the Tax Commission and the taxpayers of Utah.” The Orem senator, who is a tax attorney, was nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert last month...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58426299@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:11:04 MDT Utah poll troubling for Democrats, third-party candidates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58417604-90/commission-congressional-debate-district.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58417604-90/commission-congressional-debate-district.html.csp">Utah poll troubling for Democrats, third-party candidates</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T21:59:04.077-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The new Utah Debate Commission said a third-party candidate had to reach 10 percent in its poll to earn a spot in one of its televised debates. None made the cut. And a few Democrats came surprisingly close to missing out as well. The commission released the survey conducted by Lighthouse Research on Monday, and it is devastating to every political party in the state except for Republicans. The state’s dominant party has massive advantages in each of the four congressional campaigns as well as t...</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> 58417604@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:59:04 MDT PG&E officials removed for improper contacts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419962-79/commission-utility-peevey-utilities.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419962-79/commission-utility-peevey-utilities.html.csp">PG&E officials removed for improper contacts</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ELLEN KNICKMEYER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T09:27:01.718-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 09:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Francisco • Four senior officials with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the state commission regulating it were removed or resigned over emails released Monday showing the utility and state regulators appeared to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility’s rate cases. The emails show the commission ultimately assigned to the case a judge for whom PG&E had expressed a preference, rather than another judge who PG&E said “has a history of being very hard on us.” Also Mond...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584199622014-09-16T09:27:01.718-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T09:27:01.718-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58419962@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:27:01 MDT PG&E fires three for talking with regulators http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58417383-79/state-commission-officials-probe.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58417383-79/state-commission-officials-probe.html.csp">PG&E fires three for talking with regulators</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ELLEN KNICKMEYER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T16:39:02.505-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">San Francisco • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Monday that three senior officials lost their jobs over improper communications with state regulators. The move followed PG&E’s internal investigation of allegations of improper contacts between the utility and officials at the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E said its probe found improper emails last January between PG&E and the commission over the assignment of state officials to decide a rate case involving PG&E. The internal probe s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584173832014-09-15T16:39:02.505-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-15T16:39:02.505-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417383@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:39:02 MDT Letter: WVC errs in dropping Civil Service Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58398245-82/civil-commission-service-hearing.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58398245-82/civil-commission-service-hearing.html.csp">Letter: WVC errs in dropping Civil Service Commission</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T16:49:01.37-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 04:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I read that the West Valley City Council has replaced the Civil Service Commission with a hearing officer. Also the article indicates that there was no public comment on the appointment. It is difficult for me to understand the logic behind this move. To vest life-altering decisions in one person rather than a group of diverse life experiences is, in my opinion, a big mistake. What are they thinking? Harry W. Patrick Salt Lake City</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> 58398245@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:49:01 MDT Britain and France secure EU’s top economic jobs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58397665-79/britain-france-bloc-growth.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58397665-79/britain-france-bloc-growth.html.csp">Britain and France secure EU’s top economic jobs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JUERGEN BAETZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T09:06:01.88-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 09:06AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Brussels • Britain and France have secured two top positions on economic and financial policy-making in the new European Commission as the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm seeks to revive anemic growth and fight unemployment. Former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, who has long criticized EU-mandated austerity policies and called for a more growth-friendly stance instead, will be the new Economics Commissioner, whose responsibility includes policing member states’ budgets. Britain, which ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583976652014-09-10T09:06:01.88-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-10T09:06:01.88-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58397665@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:06:01 MDT West Valley replaces civil-service board with hearing officer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58395753-78/officer-board-hearing-hibbert.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58395753-78/officer-board-hearing-hibbert.html.csp">West Valley replaces civil-service board with hearing officer</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mallory Jesperson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T08:08:36.362-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 08:08AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">West Valley City • The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire attorney Melinda Checketts Hibbert as the new employee-discipline hearing officer to replace the disbanded Civil Service Commission.  Hibbert will be responsible for hearing job-disciplinary appeals from police and firefighters. There was no public comment on the appointment. A selection committee, including Councilman Lars Nordfelt and Amy Critchley, of the city’s human resources office, interviewed more than seven ca...</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> 58395753@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:08:36 MDT EU antitrust claims against Google extended http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58393229-79/google-competition-settlement-almunia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58393229-79/google-competition-settlement-almunia.html.csp">EU antitrust claims against Google extended</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JUERGEN BAETZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T09:57:01.925-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 09:57AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Brussels • The European Union’s competition authority has rejected yet another offer from Google to settle a case that claims the company abuses its dominant position in Internet searches, once again extending the four-year-old anti-trust battle. The EU body said Tuesday it is “now in contact with Google to see if they are ready to offer solutions” to improve their proposed settlement. The plaintiffs in the case — Google’s competitor Microsoft and other tech and Internet companies — have provide...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583932292014-09-09T09:57:01.925-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-09T09:57:01.925-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58393229@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:57:01 MDT Lavender farmers rebel against EU chemical rules http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58388638-79/lavender-producers-chemical-oil.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58388638-79/lavender-producers-chemical-oil.html.csp">Lavender farmers rebel against EU chemical rules</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SYLVIE CORBET</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-08T09:42:02.605-06:00">Updated Sep 8, 2014 09:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Paris • The sweet smell of lavender is tinged with bitterness this year in the south of France, as farmers who harvest the flower protest European regulations linking the plant to chemical toxins. Billboards proclaiming “Lavender is not a chemical” dot fields that yield what in Provence is known as blue gold — lavender oil, worth more than $60 a pound. The plant is cultivated by around 1,500 producers, representing 30,000 full-time jobs that include catering to the millions of tourists in the so...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583886382014-09-08T09:42:02.605-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-08T09:42:02.605-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58388638@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:42:02 MDT Letter: Women’s museum not a taxpayer expense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58378065-82/museum-women-commission-congress.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58378065-82/museum-women-commission-congress.html.csp">Letter: Women’s museum not a taxpayer expense</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T16:54:34.686-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 04:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Penny Nance’s opinion (“Women’s museum plan expensive, not inclusive,” August 29) leads with the false premise that the “bill could put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars.” The bills (S.398/H.R.863) pending before Congress clearly state no federal monies will be used to fund the commission. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the commission and the museum would have no impact on federal spending. Voting in favor of the bills is voting to create a privately funded bipartisan ...</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> 58378065@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:54:34 MDT Idaho rejects oil company request to exclude feds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58377846-68/idaho-agency-decision-alta.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58377846-68/idaho-agency-decision-alta.html.csp">Idaho rejects oil company request to exclude feds</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KEITH RIDLER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T09:18:02.41-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 09:18AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Boise, Idaho • Idaho officials have rejected a Texas company’s request to exclude federal lands and potential royalties from what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in the southwest part of the state. The five-member Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission struggled on Thursday before voting 3-2 in a decision that went against Houston-based oil company Alta Mesa’s petition to omit 187 acres of Bureau of Land Management land from a 615-acre drilling unit. “This means the BLM and t...</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> 58377846@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:18:02 MDT 25 possible sites identified for Utah’s new prison http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58369700-90/prison-utah-commission-sites.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58369700-90/prison-utah-commission-sites.html.csp">25 possible sites identified for Utah’s new prison</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="2014-09-04T09:19:46.282-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 09:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Lawmakers and criminal justice leaders have narrowed down where they’d like to see Utah’s new prison — to a list of 25 possible sites scattered throughout six counties. Although these potential sites were not discussed in detail at Wednesday’s meeting of the Prison Relocation Commission, a list of criteria was finalized, and the commission’s priorities made clear, putting Utah well on track to have a final recommendation (or several) ready to present to the Legislature by January, consultants s...</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> 58369700@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:19:46 MDT Letter: Solar-fee trail leads to ALEC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374105-82/solar-alec-fee-arizona.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374105-82/solar-alec-fee-arizona.html.csp">Letter: Solar-fee trail leads to ALEC</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-04T13:56:02.628-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 01:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While it is encouraging that the Utah Public Service Commission denied Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge an extra fee to customers with solar power systems, do not assume this effort is over. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been crafting model bills to penalize homeowners (they call them “free riders”) who install solar panels. Many Utah legislators are in leadership positions with ALEC, where they pay for a seat on task forces with corporate lobbyists and special int...</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> 58374105@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:56:02 MDT Gehry revises design for Eisenhower Memorial after criticism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58374286-68/memorial-design-eisenhower-gehry.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58374286-68/memorial-design-eisenhower-gehry.html.csp">Gehry revises design for Eisenhower Memorial after criticism</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRETT ZONGKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-04T12:29:28.386-06:00">Updated Sep 4, 2014 12:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Architect Frank Gehry is revising the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall after objections delayed the project. On Thursday, Gehry’s Los Angeles-based team will propose eliminating metal tapestries on the sides of the memorial square, along with some columns. The designers are trying to win approval from the National Capital Planning Commission. The federal panel rejected a previous design in April. Three stainless steel tapestries de...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583742862014-09-04T12:29:28.386-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-04T12:29:28.386-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58374286@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:29:28 MDT Washington Post: Rove’s debt doubletalk http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58373776-82/rove-bowles-obama-simpson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58373776-82/rove-bowles-obama-simpson.html.csp">Washington Post: Rove’s debt doubletalk</a></h4>