A delectable-looking gingerbread village is on display through the holidays located in the Provo City Center lobby. The gingerbread village was made and donated by Cakes by Socorro.
Stop by the city center to take a closer look, but don’t be tempted to take a bite! The gingerbread village is made with homemade candy and a custom-designed gingerbread recipe — every detail was handmade by the Socorro family.
For information about the gingerbread village, contact Cakes by Socorro at 801- 850-1736
A little over a year ago I caused a firestorm by referring to booting and towing as twin evils. I called out some (not all) towing companies as predatory in nature and stated that I feel they take advantage of our residents, students, and visitors. After a year of work we are ready to bring this issue to a head in our December 17th council meeting.
My deep look into towing and booting has helped me see the problem for what it is. I have come to the conclusion that while some of our lots are well managed and use booting and towing as last resorts, too many are indeed predatory and make victims of well-meaning visitors and students.
I have found that the heart of the problem goes back to a change made in our ordinance in 2005. Up until then, we required the property owner to decide on whether to tow a vehicle or not. This decision was made by the owner or manager on an individual, case-by-case basis. In 2005 we changed the ordinance to allow for the tow to be initiated by a towing company without the specific consent of the property owner. Holy cow! What were we thinking? In essence we allow a towing company employee who makes 30% ($52.50) commission to decide that a car needs to be towed instead of the owner who is trying to carefully manage their property.
It’s time to undo our mistake. I want to put the decision back in the hands of property owners and take it away from those who profit by the tow. At the same time I realize we have responsible owners who are managing the tow companies and I don’t want to penalize them. As a result, the ordinance we are asking the council to approve will have a method for responsible owners to continue functioning as they do now.
In our council meeting this past week, the council asked for two more weeks to study the ordinance and to get public feedback. For those of you who have strong feelings on this issue now is the time to get involved. We have a great public process but it only works if you get involved. Please read the Proposed Ordinance, share your feelings with the council members and attend our council meeting on Tuesday, Dec 17.
We’ve come up with a quick 4-5 question survey we’d like to use to get some feedback from you. Please help us out.
If you have not been able to see the Nu Skin Innovation Center, then this is the week for you! The public is invited to attend the Nu Skin Innovation Center Open House. The public can tour the Innovation Center Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 13th, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The tour begins in the Atrium space — which is decorated for the holidays. Tour Guides will be available to offer insights and answer questions. There will also be live music provided intermittently by BYU and UVU music students.
Last week was one of my favorite reading events of the year – Amelia Earhart Elementary School’s annual read-a-thon. I look forward to this event every year, mainly because of the event’s dress code — pajamas! The pajama of choice this year was a sock monkey onesie. Click here to see what I wore to the read-a-thon last year. Every year for the read-a-thon, the school has a goal to have an adult share a book with a child in the school for thirty minutes.
Get ready for a Christmas Market Giveaway! I will be announcing the winners of the giveaway at the Lights on Ceremony this Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 pm. Enter to win $50 Pioneer Book, $25 The Sweet Tooth Fairy + cup of cake bites, $25 The Choc’late Mousse Pie Bar – Utah, $20 Black Sheep Cafe, 2 tickets to The Echo Theatre – Provo - “This is Christmas” starting December 7, or a Storyshop Journal - local upcycled books to new journals. 1. Like Provo City on Facebook 2. Comment on the Facebook photo by sharing what you want for Christmas 3. Receive an extra entry into the giveaway by …
Provo has zoomed up five ranks to #2 in Milken Institute’s 2013 Best Performing Cities. Way to go Provo! Provo metro area has recored the highest one-year job growth among its peers in 2012 and seventh-highest job growth over the year ending in July 2013. Software, anchored by Novell, and computer system design have led the expansion. The backbone of the metro’s thriving tech sector is Brigham Young University. The 2013 Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. In most years, these …
This Saturday, December 7 is jam-packed with holiday activities – all happening downtown Provo on Center Street. This is definitely a day you don’t want to miss. There are so many activities that I have created a list for you to navigate. Check it out: lights on ceremony Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, December 7. Join Santa and [ME!] in front of the City Center (351 W Center Street) at 6:00 pm as we stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas. Stick around to see Santa light Center Street, take the kids to meet Santa and his reindeer and …
I’ve been watching the debate that’s taken place over our new recreation center and feel it’s time for me to comment as it relates to the option of opening its doors on Sunday. I’d like to preface the discussion with the backdrop of understanding that this is not a religious-based debate. Where it’s made sense, we’ve opened amenities on Sunday. Our splash pad at Pioneer Park is a perfect example. This afternoon in Council Work Session, a conversation over the rec center is scheduled and this subject will likely come up as the revenues of the facility are discussed. At …
Last week I spent a few days in Kansas. It’s been an amazing trip as I’ve tried to learn and understand how the cities have maximized the Google opportunity. I’ve had lots of highlights but none better than when I looked down and saw the socks of Mayor Sly James. Pretty sure if you had told me a few years ago that one day I would be putting my feet up on the lunch table with a mayor from a major US city to compare my socks, I’d have a hard time believing you. It’s been a fantastic trip, full …
Start the season right with a magical classic. The Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Regional Ballet, and Utah Children’s Choir will join the Utah Valley Symphony on the stage for the European Christmas favorite of Hansel & Gretel with the following guest artists: James Arrington, Narrator Carla Rae Cook, The Witch Michael Perry, Stage Director Tickets On Sale The Christmas Concert will run Wednesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the concert are $7/$12 person and you can buy them online at coveycenter.org or over the phone by calling 801-852-7007.