During eight years as an elected representative on the Salt Lake City Council, Stan worked closely with constituents, fellow Council Members, City administrators, community representatives, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and many others to improve our City, our neighborhoods, and our lives.
As a Council Member, Stan initiated or played a key role in a long list of successful initiatives and projects in District 3 (Avenues, Capitol Hill, West Capitol Hill, Marmalade, Guadalupe, Federal Heights) and other parts of the City. Here are just a few:
- New Marmalade and Glendale libraries, much-needed community gathering places and civic anchors in growing parts of the City.
- Long-overdue ordinance changes that allowed neighborhood brew pubs and eliminated the two-per-block face restriction on downtown bars, pubs and clubs. Both changes have increased vibrancy and livability in the Capital City.
- “Free Fare Friday,” a successful one-day experiment to eliminate fares on UTA buses and trains during periods of poor air quality. Despite being told it couldn’t happen, Stan didn’t give up until he had convinced decision-makers to “just do it.” It worked and is a great model for the future.
- The 2,500-seat George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, a tremendously successful new downtown anchor, championed by former Mayor Becker, that has brought new arts and entertainment opportunities to the entire region and helped fill the City’s bars and restaurants with customers.
- The renaming of 900 South as Harvey Milk Boulevard, in honor of the slain LGBTQ-rights pioneer and California’s first openly gay elected official. As the first openly gay person elected to Salt Lake City government, Stan is especially proud of this accomplishment, along with the creation of Utah’s first local non-discrimination law and establishment of the City’s Human Rights Commission, both achieved with the support of his Council colleagues, Equality Utah and other organizations.
- Funding and efforts to address homelessness issues, including a first-of-its-kind social worker case-management program in the Police Department to divert people in need from jail and connect them with community resources. While supportive of some elements of Operation Rio Grande, Stan strongly opposed Mayor Biskupski’s closure of Rio Grande Street and paving of landscaped medians on 500 West as unneeded, wasteful and contrary to the idea of building bridges, not barriers.
- Creation of the North Temple “grand boulevard,” including the addition of a TRAX line to the airport and a new, shorter, bike- and pedestrian-friendly North Temple viaduct between 400 West and 600 West, providing a better, safer connection between downtown and westside neighborhoods.
- Dramatically increasing the City’s commitment to affordable housing by ensuring approval of an historic $21 million commitment to build and renovate much-needed housing. This is one of the state’s largest-ever commitments to addressing our housing-affordability crisis.
- Improvements at multiple City parks, including adding a long-promised dog park and new playground at Lindsey Gardens, new tennis and pickleball courts at 11th Avenue Park, and new, wildly popular pickleball courts at 5th Avenue and C Street. Stan also championed the first-ever master plan for the City Cemetery and a start on long-needed improvements, including rebuilding the 1930s-era stone wall along 11th Avenue.
- Advocating for Salt Lake City to be a leader on sustainability and environmental issues, including support for City buildings to achieve the highest standards possible, such as the new ‘net zero’ Public Safety Building. Stan also led Council action to protect and restore creeks and wetlands throughout the City, and to add funding for watershed management and protection, including contributing to protect Bonanza Flat in the central Wasatch Mountains.