Required CEQA procedure not followed in walkway's demolition
This is in response to the Sept. 3 editorial, "Downtown view improves," regarding Tsunami Landing. It is the editor's conclusion that the aesthetic effect of the removal of the landing is improved and that the structure was an aging, rotted wooden structure.
That may well be true, however, the problem remains that the city did not follow the required procedures as outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that sets forth a procedure that is required to be followed to protect the public from the negative impact of any project that effects the environment.
In the case of Tsunami Landing, the city removed 22,500 square feet
of covered walkway, 130 lights and a drainage system on the top of the
landing which had 50 drains that collected and diverted the water
directly into the city storm drain system.
Had the city followed the CEQA requirements, it would have completed
an Environmental Impact Report that would have identified the areas of
negative impact and it would have been required to mitigate those areas
(solve the problems) before it would have been allowed to tear down the
The issue is not whether it should have torn down Tsunami Landing but
more importantly it did not follow the required lawful procedures to
protect the public by completing an EIR and mitigating the negative
impact of its actions.
The city is required as is any entity to follow the law. There is no
environmental impact report; no negative declaration, and no notice of
So, what about the negative impact that its actions will cause? It
has no approved plans or funding to mitigate the negative impact that
the removal of Tsunami Landing will cause the general public, ie:
drainage, landscaping, lighting, safety issues, etc., and for this the
city is responsible and should be held accountable.
Triplicate shouldn't have printed so much detail from Taylor case
I can't believe The Triplicate felt the need to share so many details
surrounding the Taylor Powell murder ("Death Details Told: How victim
died affects the charges," Sept. 1).
There was absolutely no need to publicize the gruesome details of
that tragic night, and I'm appalled at The Triplicate and Megan Hansen's
callous disregard for Taylor's family and their many friends and loved
ones within our small community, all of whom have been greatly affected
by his premature passing.
In a community as close-knit as ours, you can't go anywhere without
running into someone that knew Taylor or knows someone in his family. I
understand the need to cover the news, but surely the gist of the
hearing could have been conveyed without drawing out all of the horrific
details of that night.
Taylor's family and friends have to cope with their loss every day,
and they do not need such a detailed reminder of the terrible manner in
which he was taken from them.
Maybe The Triplicate also should have thought about how this article
may impact the upcoming trial. Now that it has so highly publicized the
events of that night, the prosecution will more than likely have to seek
another venue in which to try the case. The chances of finding an
impartial jury have got to be slim to none in a community this small,
now that everyone has insider knowledge of the investigation and the
Maybe next time The Triplicate should exercise some good judgment and
common sense before printing a story like this, and show some respect
and compassion for Taylor and his family.
Have known Silvey for 30 years; giver her chance at vindication
I live in Utah and just read your article about Eileen Silvey
("Scandal at the Senior Center: Former manager jailed; suspected of
embezzlement," Aug. 20).
I was completely alarmed by the biased, sensational nature of the
article. It read more like tripe from the Enquirer or The Sun than fair
and balanced journalism.
I have known Eileen for over 30 years and believe that she deserves a
better chance at vindication before your printed conjecture convicts
her. No matter what her personal outcome is, I know that her family and
friends will always stand by her.
I hope that your paper will seriously consider upping its remarkably
low journalistic standards after this.
Salt Lake City