Salt Lake City installs 18 permanent public art sculptures downtown

The Salt Lake City Public Art Program is excited to announce the installation of the permanent Flying Objects public art sculpture series. The installation of 18 large-scale sculptures will take place on Saturday, April 15th from 7a.m. to 7p.m. on 300 South between 400 West and 300 East. The current, temporary series of Flying Objects, 4.0 was installed in 2014 and will be taken down on April 14th from 8a.m. to 5p.m. All Flying Objects 4.0 sculptures are currently for sale through the artists.

Salt Lake City joins Amicus brief opposing President Trump’s “sanctuary city” Executive Order

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Salt Lake City has joined 33 other cities and counties across the United States in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Santa Clara County’s motion to block enforcement of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13678. The Executive Order signed on January 25, 2017, addresses immigration enforcement in the United State, and threatens jurisdictions that are deemed by the Administration to be “sanctuary jurisdictions” with reprisals. The case has been filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Joint City resolution supports efforts to preserve and protect Wasatch County’s Bonanza Flat as open space

Through its Public Utilities dedicated watershed protection fund, Salt Lake City will contribute $1.5 million toward the purchase and preservation of Bonanza Flat – a 1,350-acre tract of popular recreation space and a critical source of Salt Lake City’s drinking water supply. The City Council and Mayor Jackie Biskupski have also created a joint resolution in support of the efforts behind the purchase of the Wasatch County property, which would conserve the popular recreation spot and protect it from commercial development. 

SLC discusses federal funding programs identified as potential cuts in President Trump’s recent budget proposal

Today, the Salt Lake City Council is scheduled to discuss Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s recommendations for projects to be undertaken in FY 2017-18 utilizing federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HUD). These include projects funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

Mayor Biskupski’s statement on President Trump’s budget proposal

“While campaigning in cities throughout the country last year, then candidate Donald Trump spoke often about the “issue of urban renewal” and the “rebuilding of our inner cities.”

Not quite two months into his term of office, President Trump is proposing a budget which will strip billions of dollars cities use to improve infrastructure and provide services to residents most in need.

Salt Lake City joins 31 jurisdictions in SCOTUS amicus brief supporting transgender students and Title IX

Today, Mayor Biskupski announced Salt Lake City was joining 31 other jurisdictions in an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of transgender students’ right to be free from discrimination at school, including the right to use restrooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. The brief was prepared by San Francisco and New York City, and was joined by Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and two-dozen other cities, counties, and mayors.

Statement on homeless resource center sites at 653 East Simpson Avenue and 648 West 100 South

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski directed Salt Lake City’s real estate team to notify the owners of the proposed homeless resource center site located at 653 East Simpson Avenue that the City will be cancelling the Purchase and Sale Agreement for the property. The City is currently in the due diligence period and has the option to cancel the contract at its sole discretion for any reason. 

Mayor Biskupski honors former mayor and senator Jake Garn

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski issued a Proclamation declaring February 16, 2017 as “Mayor Jake Garn Day in Salt Lake City.” Mayor Biskupski presented the honor to the former mayor and senator, during a visit he made with his family to City Hall.

In the Proclamation, Mayor Biskupski highlighted Jake Garn’s service to his community and nation as a member of the U.S. Navy and Utah Air National Guard, member of the City Commission from 1968 to 1972, Mayor of Salt Lake City from 1972 through 1975, and U.S. Senator from 1974 through 1993.

Salt Lake City joins 20 cities in brief to Supreme Court on prolonged detention of immigrants by federal government

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced that Salt Lake City joined 20 cities and counties across the nation, in an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to uphold important constitutional protections for immigrants held in prolonged mandatory immigration detention by the federal government.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski highlights progress on homelessness, economic development, sustainability, and other issues of opportunity and equity in her 2017 State of the City Address

Tonight, Mayor Jackie Biskupski delivered her 2017 State of the City Address at Salt Lake City’s Marmalade Library with a message of hope, equity, and opportunity underlying each accomplishment and goal for the coming year.

The Mayor underscored the City’s responsibility to “foster hope, ensure equity, create opportunity, and to build a city for everyone,” adding “as we continue to address some of the City’s most pressing issues, it is critical we hold to these core values.”