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St George City Council candidates forum

With the upcoming Primary Election on August 13 to fill the three open seats on the St. George City Council, the candidates running for those seats will be with us at our meeting this month.   From this group of thirteen the six top vote getters will move on to the General Election on November 5, 2019.
Please join us so that you can meet the candidates.  Their bios will be emailed to you before the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, each candidate will relate why they are running and then we will have a Q & A period. We will have an extra 30 minutes for our meeting this month due to the large number of candidates. 
Our meeting is on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 6:30 PM in Fitness Room 2 at the Community Center. The agenda follows.

JUNE 19, 2019
GUEST VISITORS - St. George City Council Candidates
Carol Aldred, Greg Aldred, Bette Arial, Ed Baca, Christopher Call, Chuck Goode, Jimmie Hughes, Dannielle Larkin, Gregg McArthur, Lane Ronnow, Doug Solstad, Bryan Thiriot, Shane Wood

Sustainable Growth for St George

               - Chuck Goode, Candidate for St George City Council
Imagine four times the traffic on the Boulevard, Bluff Street and River Road. Imagine living with four times the homes. That is the projection for 2050. In only 30 years, our St George greater metro-area population will be over 500,000. That's half the size of present day Salt Lake City.
Our quality of life depends on how we respond to this inevitable growth.

St George Regional Airport Shutdown - KSL Investigation

ST. GEORGE, Utah – The runway at St. George’s Regional Airport was built to last 20 years. But on May 28th, construction equipment began chewing up that runway for a complete rebuild. It had been in place just eight years.
Bumps and cracks started to appear shortly after St. George’s new airport opened. After years of patchwork, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a permanent fix.

A KSL Investigation found engineering decisions made at the time of construction in 2008 left the runway vulnerable to the blue clay it was built over. Yet, KSL’s review of hundreds of pages of engineering documents show the airport did not place 15 feet of non-swellable soil between the clay and the base of the runway, as called for in the design. The airport also did not install FAA recommended drains under the pavement.
Those design recommendations are being followed this time: Construction crews are digging down 17 feet, replacing the clay with good soil, installing a moisture barrier and drain piping before repaving the runway.

Shutdown Impact
The four-month shutdown will wreak havoc on the airport’s Fixed Base Operator, Justin Hansen.
“Over $420,000 in gross loss,” said Hansen.
Justin Hansen, the Fixed Wing Operator at St. George Regional Airport shows KSL Investigator Mike Headrick a bump in the cement outside a hanger
With no planes landing, Hansen can’t sell fuel or repairs, the bulk of his business.
“That’s a third of your year out of business, so it’s a major, major deal,” said Hansen.

Bump History
“You have no idea how bad it stinks,” said airport manager Rich Stehmeier.
Stehmeier said the airport began investigating a one-inch crack on the runway’s shoulder shortly after it opened.
“As the years went by, we noticed the heaving start to move off the shoulder, into the runway,” said Stehmeier.
The engineers came back and diagnosed the problem. The blue clay underneath the runway was getting wet and forming bumps on the surface as it swelled.
Dixie State University Geology Professor Janice Hayden said that blue clay is bad to build on.

“That will heave up your house and crack that apart in a short time,” said Hayden.
The airport knew blue clay was underneath the runway. But Stehmeier said drainpipes were not installed under the runway originally, despite being recommended in one engineer’s report.
“Not a lot of water, doesn’t rain a lot, we’re in the desert, this probably should be sufficient,” said Stehmeier.
He did not know why builders did not dig down 15 feet originally.
“I don’t really know, I mean, I couldn’t answer that question for you,” said Stehmeier.
Stehmeier said there’s no one blame for this problem other than mother nature, and the FAA agreed to pay for the repairs because it found the original construction was built to the approved plans.
City Councilman Ed Baca said that’s key.
“We’ve met all the standards that needed to be met, and they were appropriate,” said Baca.
Baca said he wouldn’t call the original construction a mistake. But he does believe the city was constrained by the original budget to build the airport.
“Money is always an issue,” said Baca.
None of these answers sit well with Hansen.

“I don’t see how it could, [how] nobody could have known there’d be an issue with all the problems with the soils out here,” said Hansen.
The project will cost $26 million, paid by FAA grants funded through taxes on airplane tickets and airplane fuel. The city is also providing matching funds with taxes on airplane tickets and an infrastructure grant from the Trump administration.
The airport is scheduled to reopen September 26. Until then, flights have been canceled or rerouted to other airports.

Local government should control 5G

5G is the wave of the future.

This advanced bandwidth will allow you to download movies in a matter of seconds and is expected to support at least 100 billion devices. That’s a whole lot of devices one bandwidth.  In general, 5G will be up to 100 times faster than 4G. That’s fast!
5G stands for 5th generation cellular technology.  This is the latest development in the cellular world.  Major cell phone companies and other tech giants are making progress right now to be ready to launch 5G capable devices by 2020.

I won’t get over technical but in general, 5G will make technology faster, smarter and create a more connected world.  According to Tech Radar, 5G will have an average download speed of about 1GBps (1 gigabyte per second).

With faster connectivity, this network will be capable of supporting the Internet of Things, your personal devices and various networks without any delay. Plus, with 5G the connections will be more reliable as well. No more dropped calls or delays when trying to browse the internet.
“It’s all about making better use of the radio spectrum and enabling far more devices to access the mobile internet at the same time”-BBC.

5G is being touted as the golden ticket to cellular connectivity. More speed, less waiting and more people and things connected than ever before. 

 How Will 5G Work?

Is it time to rethink the way we measure growth and prosperity

Goode: Is it time to rethink the way we measure growth and prosperity?

Chuck Goode, Candidate for St George City Council

The place where we live is the fastest growing area in the nation. We have record unemployment (3.1%) and a thriving economy. Our government policies earned us the title of "best managed state" in the nation. From a business and economic standpoint, we are at the top.

So how can we have these troubling statistics concerning our well-being?
We have child poverty at 12%, food insecurity ("child hunger") at 19%, young people living at home is over 30%, suicide rate is 4 times the national average, an opioid addiction crisis, average wages at near the lowest in the nation and even lower for women. Food (one in five are hungry), shelter (one in three cannot afford a house) and well-being (crisis in suicide, opioids, lowest wages) are not consistent with this great economy.

Is it time to rethink the way we measure growth and prosperity?



The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), agreed upon by the European Parliament and Council in April 2016, will become the primary law regulating how companies protect EU citizens' personal data as it becomes effective on May 25, 2018. Companies that fail to achieve GDPR compliance before the deadline will be subject to stiff penalties and fines.

GDPR requirements apply to each member state of the European Union as well as U.S. companies that serve EU member states, aiming to create more consistent protection of consumer and personal data across EU nations. Some of the key privacy and data protection requirements of the GDPR include:

1. Requiring the consent of subjects for data processing
2. Anonymizing collected data to protect privacy
3. Providing data breach notifications
4. Safely handling the transfer of data across borders
5. Requiring certain companies to appoint a data protection officer to oversee GDPR compliance

Simply put, the GDPR mandates a baseline set of standards for companies that handle EU citizens’ data to better safeguard the processing and movement of citizens’ personal data

Why I am running for St George City Council


Chuck Goode, Candidate for St George City Council

I am running for St George City Council for two reasons:

1. I believe local government should control the roll-out of a new fifth generation communications technology called 5G
2. I value the quality of life of St George residents and want to address our most pressing issues such as agriculture, transportation and healthcare.

What is 5G technology?

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