Yes, that’s Senator Jim Dabakis, Democrat from Senate District 2, abstaining or not voting for the cuts. I’m not sure whether that qualifies as standing with teachers and students, or if he was just out of the room during the vote, but it’s anything but standing with teachers and students against the “cut-not-cut-cut-thingy”.
I am sure of one thing, though, and that is that not a single Senate Democrat voted against the much ballyhooed education budget cuts.
Which, to be clear, isn’t even a cut. It’s base budget. But don’t expect Utah Democrats to call it that way when fundraising is on the line.—Utah Politico Hub
When local media stories announced in October 2005 that Real Salt Lake (RSL) was moving to Sandy after a tumultuous political battle over public funding, the prices of property surrounding the 19.7 acre lot where the stadium was to be built went through the roof. Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan was likely not referring to Maupin's garage when he told The Salt Lake Tribune in October 2005 that the stadium could be a major economic driver and a "real catalyst" for all the properties around 9000 South. Nevertheless, Maupin's property, given its location on what would be the corner of where Rio Tinto Way begins its northern descent to the stadium, overnight became the focus of intense interest to multiple parties. Since then, Maupin says, "it's just been a constant fight" to maintain ownership of the garage and the ground it stands on.
Other owners of automotive and industrial businesses that surround the stadium echo Maupin's belief that Sandy City doesn't want them there—that they are, as one commercial entity owner puts it, "the wrong kind of business." While RSL and Sandy City's development plans for the area surrounding the stadium fell victim to the 2008 financial crash, Real's new owner, property magnate Dell Loy Hansen, according to the team's website, is looking at development around the stadium.—Salt Lake City Weekly