Transparency Update July 28th, 2017

Do you want to understand Bountiful City’s current solar energy policy better? Is Bountiful City “solar friendly”? How does solar energy production impact low income families in Bountiful? Can existing Bountiful solar customers have their grandfathered rates changed?

These questions are addressed (and more) – in July 25th’s Bountiful City Council & Power Commission joint work session. I made it to City Hall just in time to film, just missing a quick introduction of all the speakers. I did my best to subtitle names of people as they speak – All members of city council attended, as did the mayor. I did my best to keep the camera as static as possible, with minor adjustments to help understand who is speaking.

I especially recommend watching the last half hour or so!


Bountiful City Council and Mayoral Debate Videos (Updated!)


Here is the debate between candidates for Bountiful’s City Council. I subtitled everyone’s name at the opening and then closing statements, and then also each question as it was asked.

Here is the video of last night’s Bountiful City’s Mayoral debate.

I subtitled all candidate names at the beginning and end of the debate, and also numbered and transcribed questions being asked.

Special note- prior to the candidate’s closing remarks, the camera tripod is bumped by an attendee – this moves Mayor Lewis out of frame briefly.

While Mayor Lewis is giving his closing statement, another attendee notices the problem, and then adjusts the camera position to move Mayor Lewis back into frame (thank you!). This is all noted in the video as well.



Bonus Transparency Update: July 11, 2017

I was also recently contacted by the Better Bountiful Committee.  My understanding is that several candidates running for both City Council and Mayoral positions are founding members of this committee.  I appreciate their reaching out and requesting candidate info to share with their group.  Now more than ever, civil discourse is needed, and I deeply appreciate their e-mail.  Below please find the Better Bountiful Committee’s e-mail, and my reply:

Transparency Update: July 11, 2017

Recently I’ve been contacted by a few organizations that have invited me to participate in surveys, and will then assign me a “grade” depending on how they score the survey.  They then comment that depending upon the grade they give me, I may receive a public endorsement and even possibly financial donations.

These invitations are valued, however carry with them opaque, indirect elements.  For example, there is no grading rubric provided, nor am I informed on these e-mails who will be be doing the grading and what qualifies them to do so.  I prefer a more deliberative, transparent, and direct discourse.

Currently, I am tabling these surveys due to the concerns I list above.  Early in the campaign I replied to questions from the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, and have the same reservations regarding that survey that I’ve expressed in a different post.  As the campaign progresses, I am learning more and more about how these third party organizations work.  What do you think?  I’m open to and welcome feedback.


The first organization is the Utah Cultural Alliance – here is a screen shot of their e-mail:

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The next organization is Equality Utah- here is a screen shot of their e-mail:

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Meet Bountiful City Candidates, July 20th at 7pm

Meet 2017 Bountiful City Council & Mayoral Candidates!

(Click above for Facebook Event)
Where: Bountiful City Hall 790 S 100 E Bountiful, UT
When: July 20, 2017
Time: 7pm

Here is the letter from the League of Women Voters with more information about the event:
“The League of Women Voters along with the city of Bountiful has agreed to host a Meet the Candidates event on July 20th that provides you the opportunity to meet and greet the audience as they arrive, and also to allow you to express your thoughts and opinions in a series of questions in a more formal environment.

Questions will be suggested by members of the audience, and we also invite you to provide us with questions / topics you feel are of special interest to your neighbors and friends.

We suggest you bring any campaign literature you wish, to be placed on a table with that of other candidates. No campaign signs can be erected in the immediate surroundings outdoors.
We suggest you arrive at 6:30pm to meet and greet your voters.

At 7pm we will have the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a brief introduction by the moderator. The candidates for mayor will begin immediately following the Pledge. The candidates for council will be seated at 8pm. The procedure for both mayoral and for council candidates will be as follows: You will each have 1 minute to introduce yourself and to express your strengths and areas of interest and why you are running for this position. The moderator will then ask a question and tell you how many minutes you have to answer the question. Responses to each question will have a one-minute or a two-minute time limit, depending on the number of candidates and the complexity of the question. Each candidate will have the same amount of time to respond to a question, and the League of Women Voters will have a timer with time cards showing you how much time you have left for your response.

Each candidate will answer the questions in order, and the first candidate to answer the first question will become the last person to answer the second question. The second candidate to answer the first question will become the first candidate to answer the second question. This rotating order will continue throughout all the questions. At the end each candidate will have an opportunity to speak directly to the audience, telling why the candidate thinks he or she should be elected and ask for the audience to vote for her or him.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed voting, running for office, voter registration, and studying issues of importance at all levels of government.”