Happy August!

Dear Neighbors,

Happy end of summer!

2020 has been a year like no other. 

There have been lots of changes. And there are more to come!

Did you do all you planned or wanted to do? 
Besides reading our little newsletters and attending Zoom meetings, and being engaged in community — How have you been spending your time?
Are you watching the light show as the stars fly by? Read more about seeing the Perseids Meteor shower in SLC, here.

Below, read about some other super-fun things streaking across the horizon—events we’d LOVE to see you at and other invitations to help shape the future of Salt Lake City…

Safely, of course!


Upcoming Meeting Next WeekPut it on your calendar!

“Salt Lake Valley Homelessness Update”
Zoom Meeting:
August 19, 6:30 PM
Invitation and agenda to come soon.

 At our upcoming meeting, next Wednesday, we’ll have Kathy Bray, President & CEO of Volunteers of America, Utah Kathy is from upstate New York where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work and began her career assisting runaway and homeless youth. After moving to Utah over 25 years ago to ski, she continued her work with homeless people, and expanded into addiction and subsidized housing while completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has worked for Volunteers of America, Utah for 20 years, starting in program operations, and for the last ten years as the President & CEO.

Volunteers of America, Utah employs 300 people, operates seven service locations in Salt Lake County, utilizes over 2,300 volunteers a year, and serves close to 8,000 people. The mission is to provide a bridge to self-reliance and health for vulnerable individuals and populations who struggle with homelessness, addiction, and mental health issues. To support this work, Kathy is a member of the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness and State Homeless Coordinating Committees, Substance Abuse Provider Network, Utah Nonprofit Association and is a Commissioned Minister of Volunteers of America.


Upcoming Event: Jam Fest! 
Find Local-made (Neighbor-made!!!) Marmalades at the up-coming JamFest! 
A weekend of sweet fun, shade, and sun.
Will YOUR jam entry be Number One??

See the Facebook Page
 Put it on Your Calendar!

Saturday, September 19, 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, September 20, 11 AM – 7 PM 
at The Garten at Mountain West Cider
417 N 400 W Salt Lake City, UT 84103


 A Visit with Det Gibic
Some local neighbors started a weekly social distancing street meet back in March, and it’s been going strong ever since. A couple of weeks ago they invited SLPD Detective Alen Gibic to join in for conversation and conviviality. They chatted about the issue of the growing problem of homelessness in our city (and neighborhood), about how to handle and prevent crime on our street, and how to feel more empowered and work well with SLPD. It was a lively, friendly, supportive and productive discussion.

Thank you, Detective Gibic! 

Here are some take-a-ways from the meeting:

• Local police have a lot on their plates, these days more than ever. 
• When calling to report “suspicious behaviour” or a “suspicious person” make sure to give a concrete and articulate description of what seems suspicious (and scary) to you. Rather than say “suspicious character,” say why the person seems suspicious, what are they doing, how are they acting…, —And ask for a “Call Back”. 
• Learn about Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. You know the old adage, “You don’t have to run faster than the bear chasing you. You just have to run faster than your friend.” (Sad but true,…)  Make YOUR home the “least enticing” in the eyes of the criminally minded. Visit the CPTED website for info about the organization. Visit the Wikipedia site for more information on what you can do to make your home less crime-appealing, here.
• Get to understand better what being a local police officer is like, and what officers have to deal with behind the scenes, by attending the SLCPD Citizens Academy. Get more info hereSee the news story KSL aired last nighthere.
• Let your local elected city government officials know you support local law enforcement (if you do)— And ask THEM to do the same.
You can read some personal notes on this subject, below.


CHNC Board Members Needed!

Be a good neighbor— and have a fun time!
 Step up and be heard, twice a month at our regular CHNC Community Council meetings AND at our CHNC Board Meetings. We’re a diverse group who enjoys making a difference, making waves, and making friends. Whether the conversation is cool or heated—it’s always a great time! And right NOW we have room for more!
Please reply to this email if you’re interested.

PS In these days of Zoom you’ll have to bring your own cake. Sorry.
PPS See our real pictures here.


Your input is needed:

 • Billboard Ordinance Amendments Comment period

Salt Lake City is proposing changes to its billboard ordinance and wants to make you aware.  You may view the proposed changes using the website link and then provide comments as directed below if you choose. Link is here.

End of the Public Comment Period: September 12, 2020If you have any questions or comments, please contact Casey Stewart at 801-535-6260 or casey.stewart@slcgov.com 

• Affordable Housing Overlay Survey

Did you take the survey?
The survey has ended but they are still taking comments. See results, see interesting info, and give them your comments, here! Plus, sign up to know when the next meetings are, and stay involved. SLC’s future needs your input!George Chapman had an op-ed last week in the 
sltrib.com.  See his blog at georgechapman.net.

• Census! Everyone Counts!

Please help spread the word!
Everyone counts equally in the Census- regardless of immigration status, income, age, race, gender or ability. The Census is quick and easy, it only takes 10 minutes to complete and there is no citizenship question. Get counted today at my2020census.gov.

To learn more visit SLC Counts at www.slc.gov/census/ for Spanish, visit https://www.slc.gov/censo/?


 Poll:  How has this summer been different?
How has COVID-19 affected your vacation?
Your work? Your school? Your community?

Let’s have a conversation about how things are, how they’ve changed for the better or the worse.

We’d love to hear from you!
Let us know in the comments, below, or on our Facebook page here.


 Personal Notes on Crime Prevention, Safety and Police
—from a Nosey Neighbor
(aka Anna, CHNC Communication Committee)

• My Ring Spotlight Cam (pointed at the street and our front steps) may or may not make burglars think twice about breaking into our cars, but it sure has given me a new understanding of the activities on our street, what’s normal and what’s not, and the prime times for car break-ins.  911 calls. There are A LOT! And you can see them online, here!
• Listen in on police radio, live. Here.
• On Twitter: SLCScanner, here. (It’s the closest I could find to a blotter.)A daily SLC Crime map, is here.
• My neighbors and I don’t see a lot of police cruising around our neighborhood these days…but it certainly is a busy and stressful time for all. Myself, after “Ferguson” a group I was involved with met regularly with Sheriff Winder about how to improve relationships. I wanted to introduce more officers to meditation and other self-regulation techniques, for their own use and to share. They invited me to attend their civilian academy. I’ve attended the Unified Police Citizens Academy and the FBI Civilian Academy. Both were hugely eye-opening. I hope all of you get a chance to attend an academy, too, if you choose. I highly recommend them!
• The cake was delicious!


Upcoming Events:

Capitol Hill Transportation Committee Zoom meeting
Thursday, Aug 13, 5:00PM – 6:30PM. See more here.

Next Council Meeting
August 19, 6:30 PM
via Zoom

Billboard Ordinance Amendments
Comment Period Ends:
September 12

Jam Fest:
September 19 – 20
at The Garten!


Upcoming CHNC Meeting Dates:

Next Council Meeting:
August 19, 6:30 PM
via Zoom

Next Board Meeting:
September 7, 6:30 PM
via Zoom

Did you know we have a YouTube Chanel? 
See videos of past meetings, HERE!


About the photos:
Top photo: Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo An unidentified homeless man covers up with his sleeping bag as a shield from the pounding rain as he walks back to the shelter Monday, March 27, 2017. See it in this article.

Board graphic: This article on how to have exciting board meetings.

Billboard photo: Tucson’s Speedway Boulevard in 1970, when it was named by Life Magazine “the ugliest street in America.” Getty Images. Found in this High Country News article.

Apt Bldg under construction photo: Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune TRAX train zips past apartment construction along 400 South and 500 East on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

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CHNC Purpose Statement
Enhance and strengthen the vitality of our neighborhoods by fostering a participatory community of Informed, Engaged and Empowered residents working together to improve our neighborhoods.

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