Running Again

I am announcing that I am running for a second term as one of your city wide representatives on the City Council.  I have worked hard and learned much serving you for over three years.   I hope to put those lessons to good use in serving you even more effectively in a second...

Sustainability Part 2 (Net Zero Cities)

I just took two days off from campaigning to visit the Net Zero Cities conference in Fort Collins, Colorado – at the invitation of Provo’s Sustainability Committee Chairman, Don Jarvis.  Don and I both attended the event, along with Dustin Wright from Community Development.  The...

West Side Guy versus Provo Guy

In a Facebook post today, my opponent adopted a divisive strategy by referring to himself as a “West Side Guy” and implying that geographic location should be an important consideration when electing a city wide candidate.  He stated that only one current Council member lives...

STEM Education Success Story – Parental Involvement

Earlier this year, Timpview High School cancelled its design classes – including a Computer Aided Design (CAD) class that my youngest son had taken.  He learned so much in the class that he now works after school a few days a week helping the engineers at my company with CAD...

Sustainability Part 1 (Utah Valley Earth Forum)

Following is the speech I intended to give at the Utah Valley Earth Forum’s “Meet the Candidates” night tonight.  The setting seemed to call for more informal remarks, so I ended up speaking impromptu about a couple of the key points....

Economic Development Part 2 (Nu Skin)

Today I toured the soon to be completed expansion of the Nu Skin facility.  The current main entrance from Center Street is shown in the picture.  Inside, you will find a facility that is designed to be very functional but also to act as a showcase for thousands of distributors...

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Today I attended the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Lunch with Friends”. Shown are chamber President Erik Patterson (right) and friend Arturo Soza (left). The Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (UCHCC) is the leading Latino business, networking, advocacy and...

Balance and Synergy

Our first cottage meeting Tuesday night, at the home of David and Christie Margetts, led to an important discussion about the proper roles of the executive (administration) and legislative (Council) branches of our city government. My belief is that the Council currently leans...

Balance – Developers and Neighborhoods

What is the significance of the 16 acre parcel shown in this Google Earth image? For many years it had been the subject of contentious debate between a developer who wanted to change the General Plan designation for it (since 1997 it had been designated for detached single family...

Let’s Keep Going

There are great things happening in Provo. We’re hitting the top lists in the nation and the City is on the move with unprecedented private sector dollars being invested in building, infrastructure and looking toward our future. One of the reasons we love this community is...