School's out so how can you keep the kids busy?
It's that time of year when parents, and grandparents and older brothers and sisters everywhere in the county are asking "What can we do with the kids today?"
We've got a great idea for you.
Our amazing team at the Zoo Arts and Parks Program and the Salt Lake County Libraries has the answer: The ZAP Kids Summer Passport.
You can pick up a passport at your local Salt Lake County Library.
There are over 30 destinations listed in the passport in three categories: free, discounted and library.
There will be 34 performances and workshops offered in county libraries across the valley.
And if explorers document their journey with the hashtag #ExploreZAP, they may be featured on ZAP's Instagram.
If you get stamps from five different destinations, you can bring your passport back to the library to reserve your spot at the "Final Destination Celebration" at Clark Planetarium on August 30th.
That party will include free IMAX movies and those who attend will be entered to win cool prizes including: an annual family membership to Hogle Zoo; an annual family membership to Living Planet Aquarium or an annual family membership to Red Butte Garden.
Sounds fun, right? Head over to the nearest county library, pick up your kids' passports and get busy exploring.
Kearns community launch effort to combat underage drinking
A campaign to stop underage drinking has launched in Kearns, marking an important step in the community's Evidence to Success (E2S) work. The E2S committee, made up of Kearns residents, saw Student Health and Risk Prevention data that shows 34 percent of Kearns kids had their first alcoholic drink before the age of 17, and 70 percent do not talk to their parents about drinking. Based on that data, committee members decided that reducing underage drinking should be one of their priority focus areas, with the overall goal to improve the health and well-being of their families and neighbors.
Salt Lake County applied for a received a
$10,000 grant that will fund Parents Empowered underage drinking educational materials in Kearns. Residents will see Parents Empowered signs at businesses and other gathering places throughout the community.
Lake County first kicked-off Evidence to Success in 2015, and since that time, the
community has taken charge and is running with it. After all, the best people to decide the future of Kearns are the people living there. It was an honor to join community members, including high school kids at the Parents Empowered launch.
Taking steps towards restoring public safety in downtown Salt Lake
Today, I stood with Sheriff Jim Winder, District Attorney Sim Gill, and County
Councilmember Aimee Winder Newton to announce a plan for opening more jail beds
to arresting officers.
and drug use have made the area around Rio Grande Street (near the emergency
homeless shelter) a place ranging from unwelcoming to dangerous for residents,
visitors and businesses. Some have raised concerns about booking restrictions
in the overcrowded Salt Lake County Jail that keep police officers from putting
people they arrest in jail. That is going to change.
county, in a bipartisan action, is “jump starting” the effort that was approved
by the state legislature, for additional jail beds. We’re putting forward
$700,000 for the months of May and June to cover the cost of staffing and relocating
jail occupants to other county jails, up to 300 beds. Pending approval from the
County Council on Tuesday, May 2, money will be available immediately, with the desire to have
jail beds available to local law enforcement.
know we can’t arrest our way out of this problem. The problems that exist today
cannot be solved alone with more jail space. We need to couple jail beds with
treatment for those struggling with mental health problems and substance abuse
space in the jail is an important and necessary piece in this complicated
puzzle. We need to be able to put the criminals behind bars to restore safety,
and now there is a path forward.
I am grateful to Sheriff Winder and the law enforcement officers he oversees, as well as all of the men and women in uniform who put themselves on the frontlines everyday, working to keep us all safe.
Foster grandparents help out in preschool classrooms
Today I joined Janice Jenkins at a Utah Community Action Head Start preschool. Janice is a "foster grandparent" Senior Corps volunteer with Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services. Janice says she just loves the kids and loves the work she does with them - helping them to read. Janice brought me into the classroom with her where I got to meet and play with the kids.
The county's Senior Corps program has many volunteer openings for more foster grandparents, and in other programs where seniors can be of service throughout the community. Learn more at www.slco.org/aging.
2017 budget explained
At Salt Lake County, we operate a fiscally responsible, balanced budget to fund services like parks, programs for youth and seniors, health programs, arts and culture venues, road maintenance, and public safety. Being careful stewards of tax dollars and accountability to the people who pay the bills are cornerstones of my administration.
Residents deserve to see how tax money is spent in an easily accessible way. To help achieve this, my finance team creates a "budget in brief" every year to provide details on our approach to budgeting and where the money is spent. Read the 2017 "Budget in Brief"