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City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals will bring you conversations about the issues that matter most to SLC. Some days City Cast will make you proud; other days it’ll make you angry. It will celebrate Salt Lake’s triumphs, (try to) solve its mysteries, and explore its history. City Cast will help you feel more connected to the Wasatch Front – whether you’ve lived here for 6 months or 6 generations.

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There’s a lot in the crosshairs of Smith Entertainment Group’s proposal for a new sports and entertainment district downtown, but Japantown might be getting the least attention. Salt Lake City Council member Darin Mano tells host Ali Vallarta how SLC and SEG’s visions for the historic downtown community align — and where they diverge. Plus, how long before downtown sees a resurgence of Japanese businesses? Resources and references: SLC Redevelopment Agency’s conceptual renderings for Japantown Street Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode: The Shop  ICO Fort Union Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing Hannah Brown Has Healed from The Bright Side.Follow the show: The Bright SideFrom her tenure on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” Hannah Brown was thrown into the reality TV world of love and relationships. Was it real? And what did she learn about love on and off the camera? Since her stint on the shows, she has made her debut as a romance novelist. She came on the show to talk about what love is — and what it isn’t. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is an independent podcast episode not affiliated with, endorsed by, or produced in conjunction with the host podcast feed or any of its media entities. The views and opinions expressed in this episode are solely those of the creators and guests. For any concerns, please reach out to team@podroll.fm.
Intermountain Health wants to replace the Sears Lake on State Street with an urban hospital, and we finally have renderings. Executive producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to see if the vision fits what the community wants. Plus, the SLC Council approved the new budget, Heber City’s nightlife is popping off, and a cool tool to check your neighborhood’s air quality.  Resources and references: Plan for a high-rise hospital at former Sears site isn’t wowing SLC Council [Salt Lake Tribune] Housing is Coming. Where Will State Street’s Beloved Restaurants Go? [City Cast Salt Lake] From Dairy Keen to party scene? [Deseret News] Neighborhood air quality map   Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:  Embodied Patience Salt Lake Sewciety Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In response to local complaints, law enforcement are targeting drug operations on the Jordan River Trail. But, in an area where many unsheltered people live, crime and homelessness are often conflated. Executive producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to draw comparisons between the Jordan River situation and 2017’s Operation Rio Grande — and muse on lessons learned so we don’t make the same mess. Resources and references: Raising Sales Tax, Juicy Texts, and More Sanctioned Camping? [City Cast Salt Lake] Who Gets To Exist in SLC Parks? [City Cast Salt Lake] Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Utah Department of Transportation will connect our entire state with a network of paved trails, and the first 19 projects have already been funded to the tune of $95 million. Host Ali Vallarta asks UDOT Trails Division director Stephanie Tomlin if this signals a statewide shift away from car-centric commuting — and when can we ride our bikes from Park City to St. George? Related listening: Will A New Strategy Change Where We Recreate? [City Cast Salt Lake] Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this June 12 episode: Red Butte Garden Embodied Patience Salt Lake Sewciety Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gov. Spencer Cox has a pointed message for homeless service providers: Show results or lose funding. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means break down the ironies in his speech and in the room. Plus, preview some Salt Lake City Council decisions, meet the county’s new public health boss, and find yellow watermelons. Resources and references: Utah Gov. Cox to homeless providers: Produce results, or you could lose funding [Utah News Dispatch] Explaining the Salt Lake City Mayor's $475 Million Budget Proposal [Hey Salt Lake] Attend the Salt Lake City Council meeting online or in-person. Miya’s Market on Instagram and TikTok Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:  Red Butte Garden Embodied Patience Salt Lake Sewciety Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Salt Lake community.  You know you’re a Salt Laker once you’ve had a Tan France sighting. The Queer Eye star has called Utah home for almost two decades — so let’s test him on his local credentials. Tan joins host Ali Vallarta to dish on the best and worst our town has to offer and the most Salt Lake thing about him. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter, Hey Salt Lake. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Check out our options. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:  Salt Lake Sewciety Red Butte Garden Blooming with Pride Embodied Patience  We’re also powered by our members, who enjoy an ad-free version of the show. Find out more about how to become a member of City Cast Salt Lake. Reach us at saltlake@citycast.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Developers want to turn West Valley’s Redwood Drive-In and Swap Meet into housing — for the second time. Executive producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to calculate its odds of survival. Plus, a vacant SLC building gets a sexy makeover, primary ballots hit mailboxes, and a weekend wrestle-off. If the sponsored interview with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development grabbed your attention, learn more about the Startup State Initiative.  Resources and references: Vote in the second-round survey to name Utah’s NHL team. Who’s To Blame for the Draper Home Slides? [City Cast Salt Lake]  Public Comment on Redwood Drive-in Rezone: Email West Valley community development director steve.pastorik@wvc-ut.gov or attend the WVC Council hearing, Wednesday, June 12 at 4 p.m. (in person or on Zoom) Old public safety building to be converted into affordable housing [Building Salt Lake] Why Aren’t These Vacant SLC Buildings Housing? [City Cast Salt Lake]  Salt Lake County primary election information Get tickets to Wrestle Off 2024. Listen to Canadaland’s DYNASTIES #9: The Harts. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:  Red Butte Garden Blooming with Pride Stein Eriksen Lodge Utah Locals Discount Embodied Patience Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Two Salt Lake chefs are finalists for the 2024 James Beard Awards, and winners will be announced on June 10. But when it comes to the prestigious Michelin star, the travel award often associated with culinary excellence, Utah restaurants haven’t made the cut. Host Ali Vallarta asks food writer and Gastronomic SLC founder Stuart Melling why we haven’t received the blessing and what area restaurants should be on Michelin’s short list. This episode originally aired Oct. 5, 2023. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode:  Stein Eriksen Lodge Utah Locals Discount Red Butte Garden Blooming with Pride Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Salt Lake City Council just approved two new historic districts on the east bench. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means pick apart the curious case for historic protections in the Yalecrest neighborhood. Plus, downtown SLC gets a swanky new liquor store, Salt Lake County kids get free access to rec centers, and develop your disposable at a local camera shop. If the sponsored interview with the Human Rights Campaign piqued your interest, learn more about their work in Utah, and attend their annual dinner on Saturday, June 15. Resources and references: SLC’s east side adds 2 historic districts, but west side still has none [Salt Lake Tribune] Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
There are more than 500 parks across Salt Lake County, and host Ali Vallarta is on a quest to visit all of them. After drinking at every bar in Salt Lake last year, Ali joins producer Ivana Martinez to explain her newest project, why parks are worthy investments, and how she plans to beat the odds. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Salt Lake City Council is deep in budget season, and every year we wonder: Why is the police department’s piece of the pie so big? Former SLC police chief and Center for Policing Equity consultant Chris Burbank joins host Ali Vallarta to pull back the curtain on the police budget and suggest where we should prioritize its resources. Resources and references: Explaining the Salt Lake City Mayor's $475 Million Budget Proposal [Hey Salt Lake] Attend a public hearing on the budget, Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How is SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall thinking about the Smith Entertainment Group’s new downtown district around the Delta Center? Salt Lake Tribune reporter Andy Larsen got the mayor on the record and joins host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means to break down what she had to say as well as what’s to like and dislike about the project so far. Plus, ways to celebrate Pride, Real Salt Lake is making a comeback, and a new playground in Central City.  If the sponsored interview with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development grabbed your attention, learn more about the Startup State Initiative.  Resources and references: Here’s why Salt Lake City’s mayor was worried about losing the Utah Jazz [Salt Lake Tribune] Andy Larsen: What’s to like and not like about the Smith Entertainment Group’s plan to ‘reimagine’ downtown [Salt Lake Tribune] NHL sports district will be a boon to Salt Lake, backers say. But is $221 per home too high a price? [Salt Lake Tribune] Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you, with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Salt Lake community.  Grab your produce tote and slap on the sunscreen because June marks the official start of summer in Salt Lake. Host Ali Vallarta and Kendall Rodriguez, TikTok’s Queen of SLC, bring you a guide to what to expect and how to make the most of this month, including the best vendors at the downtown market, navigating Salt Lake’s pools, and cheap date night ideas. Plus, don’t miss our episode on shopping like a farmers market pro. For even more tips on how to make the most of June in Salt Lake, check out Hey Salt Lake’s take on what to do this month. You can also contribute your number one to-do item for our Salt Lake summer bucket list! City Cast Salt Lake is made possible by our awesome sponsor, the 2024 Utah Arts Festival. We’re also powered by our members, who enjoy an ad-free version of the show. Find out more about how to become a member of City Cast Salt Lake. Interested in advertising with City Cast? Check out our options. Reach us at saltlake@citycast.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Salt Lake City building burned down this weekend, right before it was scheduled for demolition — and it’s not even the first time that’s happened. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means put on their tinfoil hats and muse on the importance of fire preparedness. Plus, setting the record straight on Abravanel Hall, the Midtown Business District wants your input, and Utah’s statuesque representation in D.C.  If the sponsored interview with the Human Rights Campaign piqued your interest, learn more about their work in Utah, and attend their annual dinner on Saturday, June 15. Resources and references: Historic Wells Ward burns down on eve of planned demolition [Building Salt Lake] Smith group says it will respect Salt Lake's Abravanel Hall decision; residents split on plan [KSL.com] Abravanel Hall renovations presentation Party with the Midtown Business District on Wednesday, May 29. Send Martha Hughes Cannon off in style on Wednesday, June 5. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Throw a stone on Capitol Hill, and you’ll probably hit a Utah lawmaker with ties to real estate development. But a new analysis by the Salt Lake Tribune breaks down just how many of our state’s most influential decision makers have their hands in both honeypots. Reporter Emily Anderson Stern tells host Ali Vallarta how it impacts our affordable housing crisis. Resources and references: See what connections your lawmaker has to Utah’s housing industry [Salt Lake Tribune] Lawmakers eye housing audit that says Utah needs 28K new homes a year to keep up with growth [Utah News Dispatch] We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey — it’s only seven minutes long, and you’ll be doing us a big favor. Plus, anyone who takes the survey will be eligible to win a $250 Visa gift card and City Cast Salt Lake swag. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall is asking for a $44,000 raise. Has she earned it? Executive producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to discuss how this pay bump measures up to other mayors and how residents can weigh in. Plus, the hottest new mode of transportation, Memorial Day pool openings, and a (probably) last-ever sidewalk sale.  Resources and references: SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall wants to give herself a hefty raise. Here’s what Tribune readers are saying. [Salt Lake Tribune] How Salt Lake City mayor's proposed salary compares to other cities [Axios] Participate in Salt Lake’s budget process Utah launches first air taxi that can transport packages, people via the sky [Fox 13]  Shops on Broadway sidewalk sale Five Salt Lake County pools open this weekend. We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey — it’s only seven minutes long, and you’ll be doing us a big favor. Plus, anyone who takes the survey will be eligible to win a $250 Visa gift card and City Cast Salt Lake swag. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A local family is in a heated campaign with Veterans Affairs to keep their mom 40 miles closer to Salt Lake. Salt Lake Tribune reporter Sofia Jeremias joins host Ali Vallarta to share the story of Patricia “Pat” Gallegos Delgado and brainstorm what policies could do more for our city’s veterans than a Memorial Day tweet. We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey — it’s only seven minutes long, and you’ll be doing us a big favor. Plus, anyone who takes the survey will be eligible to win a $250 Visa gift card and City Cast Salt Lake swag. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we are around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You’ve found it: your special outdoor spot. But if you let people in on the secret, do you run the risk of drawing too much traffic to paradise? And if you don’t share those spaces, what kind of legacy are you enabling? Western Desk founder Madeline McGill joins host Ali Vallarta to examine gatekeeping of our natural lands and who writes the rules for navigating them. This episode originally aired April 17, 2023. We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey — it’s only seven minutes long, and you’ll be doing us a big favor. Plus, anyone who takes the survey will be eligible to win a $250 Visa gift card and City Cast Salt Lake swag. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can also find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Utah’s water forecast is looking pretty damn good as we head into summer. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means take a look at the Great Salt Lake, our reservoirs, and when you should really be watering your lawn. Plus, the Salt Lake City Council considers a handful of tax increases, and Ali and Emily share local shoutouts. Resources and references: Utah water forecast appears good headed into summer [Great Salt Lake Collaborative] Participate in the Great Salt Lake elevation challenge Weekly lawn watering guide from Utah Division of Water Resources Utah Water Savers landscape incentive program Salt Lake City proposed tax increases Subscribe to the town of Brighton newsletter We’re doing our annual survey to learn more about our listeners. We’d be grateful if you took the survey — it’s only seven minutes long, and you’ll be doing us a big favor! Plus, anyone who takes the survey will be eligible to win a $250 Visa gift card and City Cast Salt Lake swag. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It’s the best way to support our work and help make sure we’re around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Maria

The guest stayed there is a income requirement to qualify for the voucher and then lamented about current private school students getting the 8K stating something about the rich getting a break and the poor getting passed over. How can both those things be true?

Feb 1st
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