Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Std-Ex Letter: Envision Utah Has No Association With Envision Ogden

Envision Utah Community Relations Manager sets the record straight

News is again a mite slow around Emerald City this morning, but after some searching, we did find one Weber County Forum-topical item on the Standard-Examiner website which ought to be of interest to our gentle readers. Kevin Fayles, Community Relations Manager for Envision Utah, has submitted the following letter, disavowing any connection between his organization and apparent trade name copycat Envision Ogden:
Envision Utah has no association with Envision Ogden
Although it's sometimes said that "imitation is the most sincere form of flattery," this is the sort of flattery that Envision Utah can well do without; and we're thus delighted to help Mr. Fayles differentiate his organization from the politically suspect Emerald City-situated knockoff.

Intrepid WCF reader Dan S. has already visited the Std-Ex site and left his savvy and rapier-like comment :
However, it seems likely that Envision Ogden chose its name in the hope that some of Envision Utah's good reputation would rub off. Whether that's the case or not, it's astounding that so many companies made contributions of $1000 or more to Envision Ogden without even asking whether it was a legal entity.
We encourage our other readers to follow suit with their own comments, either here, on the Std-Ex site or both.


tom said...

Seems likely to me that those that contributed either had the strong arm put on them, or just wanted to grease the skids a little to enjoy the many financial benefits that come to those that are friends of Matt (FOM). There has been many millions of dollars worth of contracts that have gone to this inner circle of the mayor's without the benefit of open bidding. Many millions of tax payer's money that has been doled out by the mayor in secret back room dealings to the benefit of his buddies. Buddies who for the most part show up on the donor's list of this sham organization.

(posted on the Standard site today)

ozboy said...


Here are 25 observations and questions for this rainy and slow news day:

1. There are two sides to every divorce: Yours and Shithead's.

2. The closest I ever got to a 4.0 in college was my blood alcohol

3. I live in my own little world but it's OK, everyone knows me here.

4. I saw a rather large woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it. I said, "Thyroid problem?"

5. I don't do drugs 'cause I find I get the same effect just by standing
up really fast.

6. A sign In a Chinese Pet Store: "Buy one dog, get one flea."

7. Money can't buy happiness but it sure makes misery easier to live

8. I got a sweater for Christmas. I really wanted a screamer or a

9 If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the "terminal"?

10. I don't approve of political jokes. I've seen too many of them get elected. (especially in Utah)

11. The most precious thing we have is life, yet it has absolutely no
trade-in value.

12. If life deals you lemons, make lemonade. If life deals you!
tomatoes, make Bloody Marys.

13. I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

14. Shopping tip: You can get shoes for a buck at bowling alleys.

15. I am a nobody; nobody is perfect, and therefore I am perfect.

16. Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive
days I've stayed alive.

17. That Claudia Schiffer must be a genius because I told a friend my
plan to attain world peace, and he told me I have "Schiffer Brains."

18. No one ever says, "It's only a game!" when their team is winning.

19. Ever notice that people who spend money on beer, cigarettes
and lottery tickets, are always complaining about being broke and not feeling well?

20. How long a minute is, depends on what side of the bathroom
door you're on.

21. Isn't having a smoking section in a restaurant like having a
peeing section in a swimming pool?

22. Marriage changes passion.. suddenly you're in bed with a

23. Why is it that most nudists are people you don't want to see

24.. Snowmen fall from Heaven un-assembled.

25. Every time I walk into a singles bar I can hear Mom's wise
words: Don't pick that up, you don't know where it's been!

Curmudgeon said...


Clearly this is a very slow news day....

In re: this one --- 9 If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the "terminal"? Flew to Seattle and back recently, and both pilots said what nearly all of them say: "We'll be on the ground in 15 minutes." Not "we'll be landing in 15 minutes," but "we'll be on the ground." There are several ways, when flying a commercial airliner, to arrive on the ground. Only one of them is good. It's called "landing." Always wonder why pilots keep saying on the ground instead.

Well, I agreed it was a slow news day....

Bill C. said...

Envision Ogden, a place where respect for the law doesn't exist. Where a tiny little lying Mayor with an extremely oversized forehead bounces around his 9th floor office complex on a pogo stick scheming up ways to convert all City funds, present and future, to the development of circus rides, and amusements to enhance the pocket books of his few supporters and satisfy his insatiable ego.
His lust for power and the prospect of losing the last election was just too much fore him to bear.
Knowing he was up a against a great public disapproval and challenge he realized he would have to accomplish a couple of things. Get himself re-elected and replace certain Council seats with his supporters. This would require raising a big pile of cash, enough to buy the required amount of votes for victory, his projections were about $50.00 a vote.
He formed a clandestine campain finance gathering operation and named it so close to a notable statewide effort to create the deception that no one would realize what their real purpose was. He then with the power of his office began strong-arming large contributions to his newborn entity.
This first effort was successful, but deamed not quite enough, he needed more money. Since the true purpose of his new entity was yet uncovered, he scheduled another fundraiser, this time using the opening of the new Rec Center which was about to open and would be turned over to the new tennets on the 18th. This effort produced another windfall of profits and he figured that he had escaped being discovered.
He was wrong, but circumstances allowed him to proceed as if undetected through the election. He slipped once, allowing the entities name to appear on one candidates finacial disclosure, which was quickly grasped by the opposition. This coupled with his constant monitoring of the GRAMA requests alerted him to the fact that folks were watching and aware of his shenanigans. He needed a way to move the money from his clandestine entity into the coffers of his candidates and himself.
A new entity was needed. This appearently was accomplished by printing a checkbook which seems to have resided in the drawer of one of his chosen candidates, at least the law office at his address.
Well, the election was over, the lying little Mayor escaped with a narrow victory and after a recount, the appearent holder of the checkbook came out on top. But this would not be the end of the story.
The next election had some state legislative seats up for grabs and this vindictive little mayor wanted to replace one of his longtime adversaries. His clandestine entity gave a contribution to the opposition candidate, probably not realizing that doing so would change the nature and filing requirements of this entity.
It took six months and a letter, but they finally filed. They were exposed.
Laws were clearly broken, and admendments filed. An outraged public clamoured for justice. No one in authority seemed to listen.
The City attorney, with multiple conflicts pronounced that a remedy had been discovered and declared the case cured.
The end?
People, for the sake of what we believe we stand for, this cannot be the end. Any way you can make youselves heard, do it. What good is having laws if they only selectively apply to a few?

Joe Friday said...

This is "desireus" business as usual in Utah it seems.

Been here for thirty (30) years and when "certain" people are caught defrauding investors, voters, businesses, etc. this is always the way these "thrice blessed" and "delightsome" people are taken care of.

It is nauseating to the rest of us but none-the-less true.

The solution is to only elect members of the "Fifth Ward" to public office or just plain ordinary "non-members".

Imagine, for example, if Rudizink were elected County Attorney...

Bill C., Curm, Danny to the Ogden City Council or as County Commissioners.

Dan S. to State General Attorney.

Ozboy as Mayor of Ogden.

Would such corruption and graft presist?

Doubt it...

PS Slow news day but then there is the TEA Party downtown... See you there.

ozboy said...


Thanks for the "vote" of confidence!

Unfortunately if nominated I will not run and if elected I will not serve.

I will settle for no less title than that of the current Lil Lord - Crown Prince. Nice ring to it - Crown Prince of Emerald City!

If "appointed and anointed" as crown prince of Oz I promise every citizen of Emerald City that I will only steal half as much as the current Lil Lord, I will do only half as much insider dealings, I will tell only half the number of lies, and I will hate Rudi's guts only half as much as the current occupant.

This will save the citizens of the Land of Oz many millions, which in itself if plenty of reason to crown me next emperor, personal representative of the Lord, Prince of Oz, Keeper of the lies and Zion's chief incompetent.

Oh, and one other thing, the good citizens of Oz will be required to address me as the Large Lord to distinguish me from my predecessor.

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