Two More Beach Boys Tickets to Give Away

The Beach Boys will be at the Covey Center for the Arts on Thursday, and Provo City will give away two tickets at Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce’s FREE beach themed Primetime event tomorrow.
Come for the food.  Come for the music.  Come for the Beach Boys tickets.
Come because you like what Steve Densley is wearing in this flier.

It’s open to everyone, so bring your friends, too.
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Live Election Results Tonight

 As soon as polls close at 8 p.m. tonight, you can start watching for the results of local races on Provo City’s own election results map.
We can thank former Provo City employee Daniel Bradshaw and current employees Phil Uhl and Stan McShinsky for this unique resource.  The map has received national recognition for its use of GIS technology to provide real-time local election results.

Last year, so many linked to the map through the city website, the city website crashed.  Another option is to go directly to the map at http://electionmap.provo.org/.
This year the map covers the rec center bond and three school board races.  You can find the results of other races on the state’s Utah Election Results website.

You can also find your polling place using Provo City’s interactive map created by the same team.

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Spicy Thai

This week we had two birthdays to celebrate in the Mayor’s Office.  
Corey and Helen both turned something like 29.

The lunch location was their choice and I’m glad because I found a new place for lunch.  
The Spicy Thai is a must try.  You’ll find them  at 3368 N. Univ. Ave.

 
Meet owner, cook, and Provo resident Somrorng (“Sam”) Church.
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Election Day Sirens

Have you ever noticed the siren on the roof of Fire Station 1 at the City Center?
It’s one of four sirens around the city ready to go in the event of an emergency.  The other three sirens are located in the Riverbottoms area at about 2750 N., 3800 N., and 5200 N. along University Avenue.
Provo City tests the sirens every year on Election Day at noon.
The man in the photo above is former Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Bill Peterson.
Here’s a PSA about the siren testing featuring the Brad and Carolyn Slade family of Provo:
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Big Vote Coming

On November 2nd there are a number of issues that we will have a chance to determine by casting our vote.
History reminds us that these important issues will be determined by a small  handful of  residents.

Below I’ve tried the best I can to give you a source of information about each candidate or issue.  
Click on the name to view the website of the candidate or information about the issue. 

Not sure where to vote?  Click here

Provo’s Proposed Recreation Center

Four Proposed Amendments to the Utah Constitution

Governor and Lt Governor

Gary Herbert
Peter Corroon

County Commissioners Seat A
Gary Anderson
 Lane Henderson

County Commissioners Seat B

Ted Barratt
Doug Witney

US Senate

Sam Granato
Mike Lee

Utah’s 3rd Congressional District

Karen Hyer
Jason Chaffetz

State Legislators

District 27

Margaret Dayton
Linnea Barney

District 62

Chris Herrod
Mark Peterson

District 63

Don Jarvis
Dean Sanpei

District 61

Keith Grover
Deon Turley

District 64

Becky Lockhart
Hal Miller


School Board Members
Jacqueline DeGaston (no web site found)
Steven Staples

Michelle Kaufusi
Carolyn Wright

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Halloween Carnival

I’m continually impressed with the creativity of our Parks and Recreation staff.
Look how they transformed The Center (an old armory) into a giant fun house for over 1100 visitors at the annual Halloween carnival last night.
Congratulations Brian Smith and Whitney Booth for a successful event.
And thank you volunteers for all your help.
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Halloween Safety Tips

Here are some Halloween safety tips from the Provo City Police Department, produced by our exceptional Media Services Division (Provo Channel 17):
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My Favorite PIO – Public Information Officer

She’s good, she’s fast and she saves my life several times a week.  
She’s Helen Anderson the City Public Information Officer and today she celebrated 3 years with the city.
Thanks Helen for being part of an awesome team!!
PS  I need a better picture of you

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Sales Tax Collections

Provo’s budget is highly dependent on sales tax.  The latest numbers just came in and the news is mixed.  Good news:  for the last three months we have averaged a two percent increase over last year.  Bad news:  the latest month reported (August) was down 2.5%.


Statewide the three month average was up 3.7%, due to August’s 10.6% gain.

The numbers below show the picture for the state.  The numbers are based on a three month average of June, July and August.  Check out Park City up 12%.

SLC up 5.7%
West Valley up 0.2%
Ogden up 0.4%
Sandy down -3.7%
Provo up 2.0%
St. George up 1.6%
Layton down -0.9%
Bountiful up 0.9%
Park City up 12.0%

Expect better numbers next month.
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Employee Benefits Committee

I’ve said all along that we have great employees and here is one more fact to back up my claim.
Under the direction of our employee association these employees have been working hard to bring clarity and understanding to our employee benefits package.
My thanks to Clint Roundy, Shellianne White, Kevin Taylor, Kat Linford, Kari Van Wagner and Sheree Baum who have all put their heart into this committee.
This Committee has worked hard to become educated about our insurance benefits and be a resource to other employees in making decisions that impact their families.  They have taken this responsibility seriously and demonstrated that they understand the importance of this information.
In the words of Julie Beck, Employee Association President, “We all realize these decisions are becoming more important and potentially more costly to the city and the employees.”
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