May 17, 2021 — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Salt Lake City is celebrating this month and beyond by honoring the stories, being informed, listening, elevating the voices and supporting the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Now more than ever, we stand united against racism and hate directed towards AAPI members of our community.
Additionally, this month the annual City budget process is continuing. Mayor Mendenhall presented her proposed budget on May 4th; you can watch the video here and read the entire budget here . The City Council will hold several budget discussions in May and June, which the public is welcome to attend. The first public hearing for the budget is tomorrow May 18th at 7 pm and the second hearing is on Tuesday June 1st at 7 pm.
Salt Lake City’s goal is to foster communities with safe, sustainable and affordable housing. Funding Our Future supports several different housing programs, like rapid re-housing, rental assistance, and mortgage assistance. But did you know that the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Division also has a home repair program? Learn more here.
Did you know that there is an online hub to stay informed about racial equity and policing in Salt Lake City? You can view it here. Also, the Salt Lake City Racial Equity in Policing (SLC REP) Commission is hosting a Public Listening Session on Wednesday May 19th at 6 pm to hear from communities of color about policing and the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD). Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and ASL interpreters will be available. If you prefer to share your experience anonymously, please visit SLCREPCommission.com.
Did you know that May is also Bike Month? UTA has provided some great bike/transit tips here. And thanks to everyone that has already celebrated with us, by doing Bike Month Bingo (using #BikeSLC2021) and joining our May 11th bike tour! This tour highlighted recent Salt Lake City transportation projects in Westside neighborhoods, like the 600/700 North corridor study and neighborhood byways. These projects are focused on promoting safety, enabling mobility for active modes (like walking and bicycling) and transit, and better serving the surrounding neighborhoods.
Road construction season is in full swing! Multiple Funding Our Future bond reconstruction projects have started this month, including 300 West and 900 East. Remember that you can always check out the Funding Our Future bond projects map here.
Separately, Funding Our Future sales tax revenue is supporting street maintenance; several of these surface treatment projects are also happening soon. Learn more—and take the survey about the draft street designs here!
In case you missed it, COVID vaccinations are now available for all Utahns 12 and older. If you are already fully vaccinated–THANK YOU! If not, please click here to find out where you can schedule an appointment. Learn more about the latest COVID-related information at CDC.gov, the State of Utah’s COVID page and Salt Lake City’s COVID page.