Salt Lake County welcomes new comers
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Utah is not only a state made richer by the
diversity of what immigrants have brought here, it is also a place where past
refugees fleeing persecution found a safe haven. Most of us—even if we are
fifth and sixth generation Utahns-- know what it is to apply our experience and
skills to build a new life.
As citizens, we may take all the blessings and benefits of
citizenship for granted. But visit any
naturalization ceremony—where people of all ages, ethnicities, cultures and
countries—take the oath of citizenship together and you’ll be deeply moved by
what you see. Their happiness and pride radiates, as they recite the pledge of
allegiance and officially gain the title “Americans.”
Mayors across the country are standing up to support
immigrants and their path to citizenship through an initiative known as “Cities
for Citizenship”—a joint project of the National Partnership for New Americans,
the Center for Popular Democracy and Citi Community Development. Mayors are
helping to coordinate citizenship workshops, conduct outreach and encourage
those eligible to apply for citizenship to do so.
As this moment in our history, it is worth remembering the
principles upon which this country was built and those that are enshrined in
the U.S. Constitution, particularly the notion of equal opportunity and the
freedom to work hard and build our own prosperity and give something back to
this great country.Visit welcomingsaltlake.org to learn how you can join the welcoming effort
Satellite Office Hours
I believe Salt Lake County has a responsibility to be responsive to all residents in our fast-growing metro area. In an effort to make it easier for more people to have their questions and concerns addressed, I'll be sending members of my staff out for Satellite Office Hours in various areas of the
community. Residents can speak with my staff face-to-face and closer to home, with assurance I will be notified of the issue and you will receive follow-up.
Here's the schedule for upcoming Satellite Office Hours:
September 21, 12:30–1:30pm
Herriman City Hall, Fort Herriman Conference Room #2202
5355 W. Herriman Main Street
Monday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 pm.
South Jordan City Hall, Spruce Conference Room
1600 W. Towne Center Drive
South Jordan, UT
Monday, October 2, 12:00-1:00pm
Sandy City Hall, Council Overflow Room
10000 Centennial Parkway
South Salt Lake
Wednesday, October 11, 12:00-1:00pm
South Salt Lake City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Conference Room
220 E. Morris Ave (2430 S)
South Salt Lake, UT
Thursday, October 12, 12:30-1:30pm
Holladay City Hall, John Holladay Room
4580 South 2300 East
Seniors stay fit at the 9th annual Senior Decathlon
It was nice to get the chance to attend another decathlon at the Magna Senior Center today. Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services puts on the decathlon every year. They bring people together representing senior centers from across the Salt Lake Valley to compete. The decathlon is just another example of how Aging & Adult Services runs programs to help improve the quality of life for seniors, helping them to continue to live independently.
Mayor McAdams talks with senior athletes while waiting in line to play a game of horseshoes
Candidates wanted for new PAW-litical pets campaign
Today I helped launch the new effort to elect pet representatives and raise money for a good cause. Salt Lake County Animal Services calls it the PAWlitical Pet Election with positions available for pet mayor, pet deputy mayor, and nine pet council members. Pet candidates must be good citizens, fully licensed county residents with a passion for public service. The price will be $1 per vote. It’s the only election where candidates are encouraged to buy votes, and voters can cast their ballot as many times as they want. It’s for a good cause, with every dollar going to the Injured Animal Fund.
Salt Lake County Animal Services is a first class organization with a no-kill animal shelter. Candidates should reflect the values of Animal Services and be hard working, ethical, with a love for all animal citizens and their human owners.
More details and pet candidate registration can be found on the Animal Services website.
Treatment - reduce crime, improve lives, save money
Salt Lake County is bringing on 37 new residential
treatment beds for eligible individuals who have been arrested during Operation
Already a team of more than 40 professionals including
lawyers, social workers and criminal justice employees have organized a space
in the jail to identify and assess eligible individuals for referral to
substance use treatment.
Public safety in the Rio Grande area, including less
crime and fewer victims of crime, is the reason the city, county and state
embarked on Operation Rio Grande, to reduce lawlessness and danger in the city.
However, everything we have learned after years of trying
to address these problems, tells us that we cannot arrest our way out of this
problem. The short term gain of locking
nonviolent people up, brings long term pain, as the fallout from merely
arresting and jailing these individuals plays out in our community.
We know from many studies that treatment programs can
reduce costs –both human and economic.
As the county mayor charged with delivering vital
behavioral health and other services, I am responsible for understanding and
getting to the root of the problem and then implementing solutions.
One solution is a new drug specialty court – to hold
accountable individuals who agree to enter treatment and change their course
away from repeat crime, arrest and punishment towards recovery and
In less than 14 days, eligible individuals will be
connected to a structured treatment program. They’ll be assigned a case
manager, peer mentor, behavioral health treatment services and a specially
trained officer to help them stay engaged and be held accountable.
Studies repeatedly show that more access to treatment for
substance use disorders reduces crime in communities. For every dollar spent on
treatment, up to three dollars are saved in crime reduction.
We’re beginning to see meaningful reinvestment in
treatment that we know is critical to public safety, more efficient use of tax
dollars and measurably better lives for people who seek recovery and a return