In case you didn’t know, “The beginning is near,” and you should join the revolution, right here in Salt Lake City. At least, that’s the message from Occupy Salt Lake City, an upstart movement that claims solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The protesters are amorphously unhappy with the system. “There is a lot of open discussions going on all over the nation right now about what do we hope to achieve and what our specific goals are. I think people are confusing our goal with our plan. The goal is to end this corrupt system; it is broken,” the Occupy SLC Website says. We can get behind that, and so can people now in 77 cities around the world. On Oct. 6, we’ll see what happens with the movement in Pioneer Park.
The confluence of LDS General Conference, the Utah legislative special session, Utah football and even Yom Kippur made for some interesting juggling, not to mention conspiracy theories. All this surrounding the question: Why choose Monday for the special session? There was concern that Conference would detract attention from the session, and redistricting maps would just slip in unnoticed. However, Capitol insiders say that Reps. Patrice Arent and David Litvack persuaded leadership not to move the session to Wednesday, since it’s too close to the start of Yom Kippur on Oct. 7. Meanwhile, the Young Single Adult Stake on the U of U campus decided to tape delay Saturday’s priesthood session so “faithful” students could participate in both the game and Conference. Who says Utah can’t accommodate politics, religion and sports?
Bill and Nada must be turning over in their graves as Salt Lake City gets ready to approve a gas station on the site of the once-famous restaurant. The spot next to Trolley Square has been vacant for 12 years while neighbors were hopeful that something good would replace the 24-hour diner. Not going to happen. The Planning Commission could make design changes to the gas station run by Smith’s Food & Drug, but can’t deny the construction. The Central City Community Council, according to printed reports, says another gas station would send the wrong message to a neighborhood supporting TRAX and mass transit. But Smith’s usually gets what it wants—witness another gas station in the 9th and 9th area of the city, despite protests from the neighborhood. Smith’s says it will pretty up the Bill & Nada site, but how pretty can a gas station be?