Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Deseret News Kickstarts a New Discussion About Two Citizens' Initiative Petitions Which Are Well Worthy of Your Attention

Arrange to affix you signatures to the Utahns for Ethical Government and Fair Boundaries Redistricting Initiative Petitions via the contact information listed below:

The Deseret News carries a good editorial this morning, once again touting the Utahns for Ethical Government (UEG) citizen legislative ethics initiative petition drive, which we've been promoting here on Weber County Forum for the past few months. Lois M. Collins's lead paragraphs provide the gist:
It doesn't matter whether the debate is taking place online in the comments accompanying a news story or in a debate at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.
When the topic under discussion is an initiative that would reform ethics rules for the Utah Legislature, both sides throw off heat and passion.
The initiative, a 21-page handbook of behavior being put forth by a group called Utahns for Ethical Government — which includes some former lawmakers among its ranks — has opponents saying that it goes too far and pries too deeply into lawmakers' business.
The group, which hopes to gather enough signatures to put the measure to voters in the 2010 election cycle, counters most of the criticisms at, where you can also read the proposal for yourself. I hope people will do precisely that.
For the benefit of those WCF readers who've not yet signed the petition, here are the the two centrally-situated Ogden locations where you can sign a petition:
Joyce Wilson (Weber County)
979 27th
Ogden, UT

Ogden-Weber UniServ (Weber County)
939 25th St
Ogden, UT 84401
During our last discussion of this topic, by the way, several of our readers brought up the subject of the Fair Boundaries Redistricting Initiative, another separate grass-roots-oriented citizen effort designed to set up a fair and independent redistricting commission and eliminate an obvious conflict of interest: elected officials drawing their own gerrymandered voting districts. In that connection we'll take this opportunity to broaden the discussion, and direct our readers to the website, where a wealth of information about this second citizen's initiative is available. In addition, the website provides the following contact information of individuals in Weber County who can assist you in arranging to place your signatures on this latter petition:
Elizabeth Barboza, 909-615-2433, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Trent Alvord, 801-394-7697, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weber State University Wildcats Football, Volunteer Contact: Mark Sage,
If there's anyone with our WCF readership, by the way, who has either of the above petitions available for signing, please post your contact information in our lower comments section, or send it to us via our right sidebar email link, so that we can add it to the information we've posted above.

Now that Emerald City election issues are for the most part resolved, it's a good time to focus our attention on other pressing political matters; and in our opinion there now no other matters more worthy of our readers immediate attention than the two citizen's initiative measures listed above.

That's it for now, gentle readers.

Who will be the first to comment?


OgdenLover said...

Kevin Baumgartner proposes a great idea to improve Ogden in his letter to the editor.

Jim Hutchins said...

I have a Fair Boundaries petition available for signature. Please contact me at and I will bring it to you for a signature, or we can meet somewhere.

ozboy said...

I have both petitions ready for signing in Central Davis County.

RudiZink said...

Howbout providing your email and phone#, Ozboy. I doubt Ozboy's number is in the book.

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