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Tonight I stopped at the library to celebrate the book signing of Sheila Nielson.  Shelia works at our library and just published her book “The Forbidden Sea.” We are all very proud of her!

( I paid for a book but because they were all sold out I’ll have to wait for my copy.)  
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Volunteer


Today Ken Shaw attended the Mayor's staff meeting. Ken is a city hero 
in my mind. Shortly after I took office he contacted me to see how he 



could volunteer in our city. He and I found that it was not easy to 



volunteer. Instead of giving up he stayed after it and today serves 
as the city's Volunteer Specialist. Currently he is working on setting 
up internships with UVU and BYU. 

Want to get involved in the city like Ken? 

Email Ken at Kshaw@provo.utah.gov.
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Food and Care Coaltion

When Sue and I served breakfast at the Food and Care Coalition back in May, the executive director, Brent Crane, told the Daily Herald they “always have more than enough volunteers; what they really need is money for the transitional housing units that got partly built before the economy tanked and $1.5 million in pledges fell through.  They need about $400,000 more.”

Here’s a great way to spend a Saturday evening, and help the Food and Care Coalition at the same time:

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Sacred Samoan Ceremony


Yesterday I was given a great honor by the Samoan community. We met 
at the City Center for a celebration. I learned about their culture and 
was honored as they installed me as a Samoan Chief. The ceremony is 
very sacred . Certain steps must be followed when performing the 
ceremony. Not only are the steps of the ceremony confusing to an 
outsider but the entire ceremony is in Samoan. Thankfully I was 
provided with an interpreter that helped me understand the sacred ceremony.


You can read more about it here.
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Provo Intermodal Hub

Good news!  This past Thursday, UTA was awarded $5 million by the Federal Transit Authority to go toward the Provo Intermodal Center, which is currently under construction in the area of 200 West and 600 South.  Eventually, that’s where several modes of transportation will connect, including FrontRunner, Bus Rapid Transit, and regular UTA buses.  UTA will use the funds for parking stalls, bus bays and landscaping.I can see the intermodal center drawing more people into the downtown area to work, dine, and shop.  It will also provide them a quick, convenient way to get to other parts of Provo, including BYU and the Provo Towne Centre.  Some will find they can get wherever they need to go without a car.

And I’m sure those who use the intermodal center will enjoy the artwork.

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Climbing the Ranks


Many of us in Provo enjoyed a good laugh several months ago when Portfolio.com announced that they had ranked all the cities in the US according to how much fun they were.  Provo finished last.  
(At closer look the criteria used were things like the number of bars and gambling opportunities.)
Imagine our surprise this week to learn that the same Portfolio.com ranked Provo as the second best place in the United Sates for quality of life. See the article here
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I Hope They Call Me on Emissions

Did you know that by eliminating a trip as short as two miles each week, Provo residents could save 1,276,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions each month?

This month, Provo City employees and I will compete in UDOT’s Clear the Air Challenge, which encourages people to reduce vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving. Individuals can win prizes based on the number of miles covered or trips made without a car.
This week in council meeting I read a proclamation encouraging residents to use a bicycle instead of
a car during one or more commutes or errands each week from July 1 to July 31.


I’m enjoying the competitive advantage Mad Dog Cycles has given me with use
of this electric powered bike.  The power kicks in automatically when going uphill.
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Steve Turley

Yesterday I received this email from Steve Turley.  I applaud this move by Steve.  This should give both Steve and Provo residents some closure to the recent articles in the Daily Herald.

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Chair Johnson, Vice-Chair Healey, and Mayor Curtis:

This morning I sent the attached letter to Attorney General Mark Shurtleff requesting his office review the recent ethics allegation made in the Daily Herald.  I seek in independent review to “clear the air” and provide the public, the Municipal Council, and the Mayor confidence that all the facts have been considered and any appropriate action taken.

I look forward to fully cooperating with any requests and hope that all others within Provo will do the same.

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

Regards,
Steve Turley
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More can be read in today’s Daily Herald

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Breaking News: There’s No Tax Break

The front-page story in the July 7 Daily Herald regarding the Freedom Plaza Project Area in Downtown Provo has the potential for causing confusion about what the Municipal Council actually did in its July 6 meeting. The headline (“Provo Approves Tax Breaks for Convention Center Block”) misses on two points.  I’m worried that some may misinterpret our intentions and would like to provide the following by way of information:
Sorry it’s a long explanation.  If you don’t have the interest to read the entire story, the short version is that the Council approved the opportunity to offer tax incentives but did not approve any tax incentives.  No tax incentives will be offered unless it is in the long term best interest of the City
To see a complete very detailed explanation please click here.
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Riding High

photo take by Josh Sudweeks
I’m sure you are all used to seeing the amazing Hot Air Balloon spectacle every 4th of July. 
This year I was excited to be a part of it. 

We felt lucky to be assigned to the balloon of Curt Bramble who is known for his expertise as a balloon operator.  As it turned out Curt was only one of three balloons that were able to launch in the high winds.  We had hoped to launch and come back to the starting point but high winds carried us to Timpanogos High School.  Both Sue and I were surprised how graceful the ride felt.  At one point we were 3500 feet in the air in a small wicker basket but never felt uncomfortable with the height.
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