City blocks Councilman Crawley’s desired final message – Which he Publishes on his Blog instead – READ BELOW

Written By: admin - Jul• 30•17

For reasons that will be discovered and reported in a separate posting, Councilman Rob Crawley was not allowed to present his final message to the Citizens of Cedar Hills who elelcted him, in the City's June Newsletter with the information he desired.   A compromized / sanitized version was printed, Crawley published the following on his personal blog, likely seen by few residents, as follows:

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Golf Course Financial Update and Farewell to Cedar Hills

By Councilman Rob Crawley – final post as a Councilman on his own blog  http://cedarhillsrob.blogspot.com/

 

My last day as a City Council Member in Cedar Hills will be June 4th as my family is moving out of the city.  I will miss being a part of this great city.  My last newsletter entry will be an update regarding the golf course financials, which is the same topic which started my involvement in Cedar Hills politics.  Following is a chart of financial investments from the city residents through taxes and through fund transfers since the inception of the golf course:

Rob Crawley blog Jun 6 2017

Note>The numbers added for the Pro Shop in 2012 only included a pro-rata portion of the approximate $2.9 Million to build the Community Rec Center/Pro Shop.

 

These numbers come directly from the city audited financial statements.  In addition to the investment in the golf course by residents through other fund transfers and through property tax payments, the city, at the end of fiscal year 2016 had golf debt of $5,350,000.  The total investment in the golf course including the above numbers and debt is $12,915,713.  If anyone says the total investment/spending on the golf course is significantly more or less than this number, they are probably trying to manipulate you.  If they will not tell you the number they think it is and will not tell you what they are excluding or including and only say this number is wrong, they are being dishonest.  You can't say a number is wrong unless you know what that number should be and are willing to explain how it is wrong and what it should be.

During our golf course committee meetings in 2015, the city prepared a schedule of cash investments into the golf course through fiscal year 2015 that totaled $12,600,180.  This shows that the city calculations from the audited financial statements and my calculations based on the audited financial statements tell a similar story.  The city forecast provided during the golf course committee meetings showed that for 2017 through 2021 an additional average investment of $572,380 per year is expected.  These are the raw facts regarding the golf course.  These facts do show that there is significant investment placed in the golf course and significant investment required in the future.  However, through looking into the financial statements of the golf course there are also some positive things to point out.

The golf course is comprised of 166 acres.  The total investment in the golf course through 2016 was approximately $12.9 Million.  If you divide the total investment by the number of acres, the average price per acre is about $78,000 per acre.  This is much lower than the market price per acre currently and the value of land will only increase as land becomes more and more scarce in our city.  The initial investment in the golf course was approximately $7,000,000 and was funded mostly by a bond.  We are paying for this investment yearly by an amount of approximately $360,000 for which the city taxes the residents to pay for most of this.  This equates to about $140 per year per household.

In addition to the initial investment in the golf course that was funded by the bond debt, the golf course operating losses have required a subsidy from other funds in order to keep the golf course financially viable.  The average per year subsidy since the building of the clubhouse/community rec center has been between $140,000 and $184,000 (Between $54 and $70 per residence).  The city has started development of a maintenance shed and office for the golf course that will cost between $350,000 and $400,000, which will increase the yearly subsidy for the year in which this is built.

Some good news is that the golf revenues have been about $50,000 higher since 2014 when compared to prior to 2014.  This appears to be from more corporate golf events being scheduled as the golf manager (Wade) has worked really hard to get more of these scheduled at the golf course.  As a result, without a significant increase in the subsidy for 2015 and 2016, the golf cash balance has increased from $61,386 in 2014 to $166,590 in 2015 and then to $233,496 in 2016.  It appears that after the golf maintenance shed is built, the subsidy from other funds may be able to be reduce to under $100,000 per year.

Do residents get $200+ in value per year from this investment?  That depends on your perspective.  Some feel that living next to a golf course is worth more than this amount to them.  Some go for walks through the golf course trails and enjoy this and consider the $200 per year well worth this investment. Some who live close to the golf course feel that the golf course props up their property values and is therefore worth the continuous investment into the golf course.  Others feel that the golf course does not increase their property values and does not provide any day to day value to them, but only represents a cost to them.  Both points are valid for both sides and both sides should respect the opinions of the other.

The fact is that there are other options than having a golf course. Selling some of the land that is in Highland and a couple of small areas in Cedar Hills, could provide the funds to pay off the debt and still allow most of the open space in Cedar Hills to remain open space as parks.  This option would have some positive results including having more park space and allowing residents to use the open space whether they enjoy golf or not.  However, this will not happen in the near term as those that feel that the golf course increases their property values and those that love to golf are much more passionate about keeping the status quo than those that would prefer to not pay for the golf course they don’t use.  The golf course is here to stay barring any unforeseen political movement in the city by those who would rather have parks.

The pro-golf course group has become very organized, to the point that they can determine and have determined nearly each election period who gets in office over the last 10+ years.  They choose those that will protect the golf course and not ask serious questions about its profitability or cash requirements.

My goal through getting to the truth about the golf course financials was to help the city come to a position of peace through knowledge of the facts.  I believe the solution is for the city to analyze the golf course financials through a golf course committee once every 5 years. This committee needs to be a fresh group that does not come in with biases and an honest discussion needs to be had each time.  Good arguments need to be presented and then the discussion needs to be put to bed for 5 years, except for a yearly update of the numbers as the financials come out each year (such as this one).  There needs to be less pressure from the organized pro-golf course political party in the city during these meetings to allow the truth to be discussed openly without shaming for those that ask legitimate questions.

This is my last week as a city council member.  I am happy with my service and feel that adding clarity to golf course financial information was a small portion of my service.  I feel that we need a good conservative council member to be appointed and then elected that will try to keep our debt down as a city.  In a 5-member Council, changing one conservative voice can have a drastic change on the outcome on certain issues.  Following are some of the unnecessary spending items that I hope the city will avoid in the future:

   1)  Pressurized irrigation metering

   2)  Library

   3)  Taking ownership or partial ownership of Canyon Road

   4)  Swimming pool/rec center

   5)  Extending our sewer service across canyon road to service a small number of residences

 

Following are some things I would have liked to accomplish, but lacked the support of the council:

   1)      Put a stop to paying dues to the liberal lobbying efforts of Utah League of Cities and Towns.

   2)      Make it so that the Council/Mayor don’t get unlimited free golf.

 

Following are some of the accomplishments that I feel I have had:

   1)      Helped to make sure that Blue Line did not get approved to build a large building that didn’t conform to our code.

   2)      Helped to switch to Kirton McConkie law firm, which has the resources we need in our city.

   3)      Helped to curtail the spending of approximately $2,000,000 on an unnecessary pressurized irrigation metering system.

   4)      Helped to add clarity to the financial situation of the golf course.

   5)      Helped to make sure there was more balance between what benefits the residents get from the golf course and what the city council/mayor get from the golf course.  Residents now receive a free gift certificate to golf one round yearly and are allowed free golf when bringing two to three paying customers.

   6)      Helped to deter the city from spending approximately $400,000 in extending our sewer service across canyon road which would only “help” a small handful of residents, some of whom are happy on septic tanks.

   7)      On the North Pointe Solid Waste Special Service District, I helped to ensure that a process of expanding the size and reach of the government into a private industry through the creation of a government entity named NUERA was not done secretly behind closed doors.

   8)      Wrote the arguments on the voting ballot against the CARE Tax which ultimately was rejected as it represented an additional tax. (This next year it will be rebranded and presented again as the PARC Tax and put up for a vote).

   9)      Helped to make sure there was more openness and transparency in our city government.

   10)   Asked the hard questions that needed to be asked.

   11)   Served for a year on the beautification committee.

 

I have accomplished most of what I wanted to as a Cedar Hills City Council Member.  Thank you for allowing me to serve our great city.

As a final thought, I want peace in Cedar Hills as most of us do.  Here are some suggestions for having peace in the future:

   1)      City Count/Mayor-Always be forthright and honest, especially with difficult information.  Over-communicate if necessary to make sure that all sides of an argument feel that their voice has been heard and considered.  Publish a yearly update of the golf course financials (like this one).

   2)      Those Who Love the Golf Course-Disband your secret Facebook groups and stop vilifying those who feel it is important to occasionally analyze the golf course.  Sure defend your positions vigorously, but stop spreading rumors about candidates wanting to get rid of the golf course that do not explicitly state that themselves.

   3)      Those Who Don’t Want the Golf Course-Save your arguments until a golf course committee meeting is organized (I suggest once every 5 years, the last one was in 2015) so those who want to keep the golf course don’t constantly feel threatened.

   4)      Remember we are all neighbors and recognize that everyone has valid points in their opinions and it is ok to agree to disagree and still be friends.  Love one another.

 

I feel happy to have given service in Cedar Hills.  I wish the best to all in the city and hope and pray for a bright future for Cedar Hills.

 

PS–Just in case any rumors have started or will start regarding why I resigned.  I resigned because my family is moving to a home in Highland that is just right for our family.  I am sad to not finish my term and explored all possible ways that I might continue on the City Council while doing what is best for my family and found there are no possible ways to remain on the Council while not living in the city of Cedar Hills.  My family took precedence. God first, then family, then country/community.

 

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CH Candidate Filing deadline June 7th — Honorable individuals desired for Mayor & 2 Council Seats

Written By: admin - May• 30•17

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Cedar Hills Citizens for Responisble Government announces need for honorable men & women to run for office in Cedar Hills.

Note:  Mayor Gary Gygi backed away from a "debate/fight" challenge he made regarding his record, and instead announced that he will not seek re-election — opening the way for real change in Cedar Hills government.  (see recent CHCRG postings)

The following is posted on the CedarHills.org website …

NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL OFFICES  

The municipal offices to be voted on in the City of Cedar Hills Municipal General Election on November 7, 2017, are: Mayor, four-year term, and two City Council Members, four-year terms each. The Candidate Filing Period begins June 1, 2017. Declaration of candidacy forms or nomination petition forms must be filed in person with the City Recorder at 10246 N Canyon Road, Cedar Hills, Utah, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Candidate Filing Period deadline ends June 7, 2017. 

Candidates for municipal office must meet the following requirements:

  • The person is a registered voter. 
  • The person is a resident within the municipality of Cedar Hills, Utah, for a period of 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of election, or the person is a resident of a recently annexed area into the municipality of Cedar Hills, Utah, for a period of 12 consecutive months immediately before the date of election.
  • The person is mentally incompetent, not convicted of a felony, not convicted of treason, or convicted of a crime against the elective franchise, unless their right to hold elective office has been restored.

And…

2017 Primary and General Municipal Elections

Primary Election Day: August 15, 2017
General Election Day: November 7, 2017

 

For the complete post, and VOTER registration, please see … http://cedarhills.org/mayor-city-council/elections

 

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DHerald: Mayor Gygi not running again / Propagandizes his “service”

Written By: admin - May• 25•17

The Daily Herald reported on April 28 that Mayor Gygi will not be running for Mayor of Cedar Hills, and printed what reads more like a non-paid propaganda piece, complete with glamour photo shoot pics, and printing misleading, unsubstantiated propaganda talking points provided by Mayor Gygi and Council member Jenney Rees.  

The Herald provided no alternative view or comment as is common practice when properly reporting news.   See Daily Herald link for complete story…

Gary Gygi not running again for Cedar Hills mayor seat

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/cedar-hills/gary-gygi-not-running-again-for-cedar-hills-mayor-seat/article_d6fce9ee-a993-5074-a81c-94f38c347443.html 

Some of the more interesting paragraphs included….

"Gygi has been in office six years. He ran as a City Council member and was elected to serve starting 2012. Just a few months after he came into office, he found himself in the mayor’s chair after being appointed to the seat vacated by former mayor Eric Richardson. He ran again for his own term and won in 2013, and has been serving since."

"Vacated"?  Really?  Conveniently left out of the story was any reference to the fact that Mayor Eric Richardson resigned to face Federal Bank fraud charges and serve a 366 day prison sentence and had Gygi as his right-hand man.  This is an important point in understanding how Gygi came to become the new Mayor.  Gygi was often seen at Richardson's side, defending him in the face of requests for his resignation, full disclosure, and providing of public records that were hidden on private email accounts.

2012 FLASHBACK:  Once elected Gygi was often seen at Richardson's side defending him.  See Herald PHOTO of Councilman Gary Gygi beside Eric Richardson at their press conference …

Richardson expects to be cleared of accusations, will not resign


See the PIC and read more of the Herald's May 11, 2012: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/cedar-hills/richardson-expects-to-be-cleared-of-accusations-will-not-resign/article_3f6db090-2003-52ca-aa3f-7f439b4b2afd.html#ixzz1uZlRPIq5


This is importantant because Gygi was then appointed by the same Council that Richardson helped to get elected under false pretenses, manipulation and deciet regarding golf course profitability during the fraudulent 2011 campaign.  

See Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Governments flurry of blog / news report postings during May & June of 2012 as Cedar Hills was constantly on television and in the newspapers.

 The Daily Herald reported that the 2012 Mayor should resign (Gygi stood by Richardson) …  

http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/daily-herald-ch-mayor-should-resign/

   http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/2012/05/

       http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/2012/06/

 

CHCRG has long questioned transparency in CH when the people who may have had much to hide helped get their political friends into office and not execute a "complete forensic audit" to officially correct the record.  Gygi oversaw an admittedly narrow audit, which they claimed cleared the record, but was not a COMPLETE forensic audit.

See the following CHCRG January 1, 2013 report on the The Top Twenty-Two Tragic CH “Milestones” in 2012 

13.)   Council considers a full Forensic audit of city finances.

May 16, 2012 – A statement issued by City Councilwoman Jenney Rees, on behalf of the City Council, stated that the timing of the resignations was coincidental and in no way related to the complaint filed against the mayor.  http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/cedar-hills/cedar-hills-meeting-gets-loud-as-residents-fight-about-audit/article_3a1f2862-5234-5f3a-b015-4dfc2de00c18.html

 

Though requested numerous times, to date the City of Cedar Hills has never published a simple, easy to understand year by year schedule of the Cedar Hills Golf Course losses/subsidies on the front page of the City Newsletter to correct the error that our golf course is "cash flow positive" — that got Councilmembers Gygi, Rees and Augustus narrowly elected.  

Had the City not decieved voters the outcome of the election would lkely have been the opposite, which would have brought 100% transparency, informing of residents and a vote on the future of the golf course that loses on average approximately $500,000 per year since opening.  The April 2017 Herald article reads…

According to Rees, the committee was asked to review the financial performance of the golf course and to provide a comprehensive report of the financial health of the golf course to residents. This committee helped residents understand how much the city subsidized the golf course, and the fact that the course would never make money. 

Over the past many months numerous reports from within the Council and City Staff showed moral was extremely low, reportedly due to Mayor Gygi's attempt to "micro manage" and get involved at many levels — an assignment already under the duties and responsibilities of the City Manager.  This makes the following April 2017 Daily Herald article rather questionable…

“Employee morale has never been higher — they are happy, loving their jobs. It’s easy for me to leave knowing the council and staff are enjoying what they are doing,” Gygi said.

Cedar Hills' long time City Manager David Bunker recently resigned to take a City Manager position at American Fork.  CH lost an effective, highly respected, honorable public servant.  Many have expressed concern Gygi had been trying to drive him away in order to usurp control of City Staff outside of CH policy.  

Gygi is now leaving, and according to the Herald possibly aspiring to higher State office (reportedly Gygi has mentioned eyes on the Governor's seat).  So, NO!, of course we are not surprised that, "Employee morale has never been higher".

 

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THANK YOU! – to Cami Gygi & Andrea Crawley and their children

Written By: admin - May• 12•17

Being a spouse and children of a public official is not an easy thing.  

Whether CHCRG agrees with some, all or none of what an elected official has done, their wives and children deserve our HUGE thanks for their personal sacrifices of their spouses / children for missing for many hours at a time, which likely totals weeks and possibly months, — doing the public's business.   council-gary-gygi-180x225

Cami Gygi is the wife of Mayor Gary Gygi and the mother of their three children.  

Andrea Crawley is the wife of Councilman Rob Crawley and the mother for their five children (which includes adoptions).

Both Gygi and Crawley have announced that they will not be running for re-election to their Cedar Hills offices.  Thanks for the good things you both have done.

council-crawley-150x188Cami, Andrea and the children deserve our heartfelt thanks for their selfles sacrifices of their husbands time and attention, they made for the residents of Cedar Hills they hoped would be of blessing and service to us all.  We are grateful.

T H A N K   Y O U !

 

 

 

Note:  Pictures not included to respect privacy.

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BLINK! – Gygi bails on his own “debate / fight” — Announces he WILL NOT run for Mayor!

Written By: admin - May• 11•17

After numerous email exchanges with Mayor Gary Gygi, that included Gygi's challenge to former Councilman Ken Cromar to a "debate/fight" he was "itching" to have — Gygi blinked in the game of chicken he started.  

The Mayor retreated from his own proposed "debate / fight" with Cromar designed by him to "set the record straight" regarding his oft-reported abuses of power, misappropriation of city funds, undeclared conflicts of interest, withholding & manipulation of records, etc., which CHCRG has exposed, documented and reported here at www.CedarHillsCitizens.org.  In a surprise move, Gygi also announced he will not run again for Mayor in Cedar Hills.  

Rather than respond to the emails, Gygi contacted the Daily Herald and secured what appeared to be an unpaid Gygi promo, complete with photo shoot glamour shots.  The Daily Herald printed Gygi's list of syrupy self-congratulatory "accomplishments" apparently as provided by Mayor Gygi and by Councilmember Jenney Rees, — but without support documentation.  

The article's most dubious claim was that the 2012 Golf Finance Committee had successfully, "…Helped residents understand how much the city subsidized the golf course, and the fact that the course would never make money."  Their claim is not true.  

The opposite is closer to the truth.  This Mayor and most Councilmembers have gone to great effort to cover-up and hide the financial facts from CH residents, burying unintelligible numbers in financial reports, while publicly ridiculing CHCRG and others's factual reports, — and always declaring their golf "successes" particularly when nearing elections.

THANK YOU! – Mayor Gygi and Councilmember Jenney Rees for FINALLY telling the truth about the financially failed golf course

CHALLENGE:  When and on which CH Newsletter front page did you Mayor Gygi, Rees, the Council or City ever tell the public that the golf course would "never make money" please???  Mayor, if you're as honest as you say you are, please prove it on the June 2017 CH Newsletter's front page?

Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government has for many years tried to encourage the Mayor and Council to come clean with CH residents.  CHCRG has challenged the City to post the complete year-by-year golf course subsidies ( $$ losses) on the same Newsletter front page that touted the golf course was "cash flow positive" (profitable) — that narrowly got Ggyi & Rees elected "under false pretenses, manipulations and deciet" in the November 2011 election.  

To claim now, almost six years later, during Gygi's ignominous exit, that they fully informed the citizens of the approximately $500,000 avg. yearly losses — is near the height of indefensible dishonesty.  Though Gyi & Rees have succeeded in fooling many CH citizens for many years, that doesn't mean they've been 100% honest in their dealings with the residents.

The Herald article is checkered with other such fantasy statements, which will be addressed in a separate CHCRG post later … 

Gary Gygi not running again for Cedar Hills mayor seat

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/cedar-hills/gary-gygi-not-running-again-for-cedar-hills-mayor-seat/article_d6fce9ee-a993-5074-a81c-94f38c347443.html

"Though he’s taking a break from politics, Gygi doesn’t rule out the possibility of serving again — but if he does, it will probably be at the state level, he said."

Gygi's higher ambitions may explain why two Cedar Hills officials (surrogates) have contacted Cromar / CHCRG four times within the past week communicating in behalf of the Mayor, "Gary asked me to call you & CHCRG to invite no more reporting about him and his record, etc., because after all, he is not running for CH Mayor again."  council-gary-gygi-180x225

Strange.  Now that all the considerable damage is done (which is documented on this Blog), Gygi didn't even have the courage/integrity to make good on his own challenge to "debate / fight ", nor the courtesy to answer numerous email questions about his actions over six years, nor the human decency to make the phone "calls for peace" himself.  No apologies were offered from Gygi either.

Does this mean a clear and smooth road for Gygi in his long-whispered aspirations to run for the Utah Governor seat?  

At Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government we love our beautiful little Cedar Hills and the greata state of Utah.  Therefore it should be no surprise when we say we believe many, many Cedar Hills residents, Preserve & Protect American Fork Canyon members, City Staff and city officials who have carefully watched Gygi's political career, hope this politician's career is over.

 

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FACTUAL STATEMENT: Gygi won 2011 election thru “false pretenses, manipulation and deceit”

Written By: admin - May• 09•17

After Mayor Gygi challenged former Councilman Ken Cromar to an election "debate / fight" then retreated at Cromar's challenge to do it immediately, some thought Cromar's comments regarding the Mayor's election and "abuse of power" too much.  

Cromar responded to Angela Johnson – a 2015 Candidate for CH Council – with an email thanking her for bringing up her concern, complimenting her fearless efforts to obtain public records in 2012 in face of city harassment, and reiterating that it is a documented "factual statement" that the November 2011 election been "stolen under 'false pretenses, manipulation and deceit', and that Gary Gygi himself agreed!  

Cromar's email included some links to "proof" that the statement is factual.  His email remainded CC'd to those in the chain, including the Mayor, Council, key City Staff & members of CHCRG, and as such is a public record, as follows…

Angela,

Your request will be honored and your name will be removed the email chain. No problem.  I’m actually very pleased that you brought this issue up Angela.  Thank you!  Please allow me to explain…

First, I’m sorry if I offend you.  I understand that contention created by abusive and aggressive government is definitely uncomfortable.  It always has been, and always will be — but that’s because of “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.”  (D&C 121:39)  Cedar Hills has not been immune.  CHCRG’s effort to protect the community and honest officials from those who are not, is a worthy cause!  But trying to address it certainly isn’t anyone I know’s idea of fun.  I believe in being honest and direct.  Please forgive me that I don’t know how to do so in a manner more to your liking.  

Before you go, please let me say that your email caused me to reflect on you, and reminds me of what a champion you have been Angela in the past in getting to the bottom of issues.  You too know what it means to be abused by City officials just for asking for public documents.  Remember all that was done to you because of your GRAMA request in 2012 about the City Manager and his abuse of city funds and his pay and perks?  You were absolutely amazing in your resolve that finally exposed him and eventually led to his ignominious departure — though he was awarded a 9-months severance pay of over $100K!  (I always saw it more as “hush money” — fact! — read the severance agreement.)  Unfortunately this wasn’t before 20-year veteran City Recorder Kim Holindrake was sacrificed by the same unscrupulous mayor.  Please see… http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/secret-email-exposed-3-smoking-gun-korihor-soldier/  You were accused of being a “Korihor soldier”!, when in fact you were a citizen Rock Star!  Thanks again Angela for that difficult but valuable service to us your CH neighbors!  

Also, before you go, please allow me to just say that the “documented false pretenses, manipulation and deceit”  statement is factual and is NOT rash speculation — and must be declared as such!   May I remind you and the others of the Daily Herald’s report at the November 2011 election (published too late) where Gary was elected under false pretenses of a profitable golf course, that launched us on our current leadership path?  Please take a moment to re-read this landmark expose’ …

Money Trap in Cedar Hills

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/cedar-hills/article_74123cc0-c0e7-5820-81a4-038d88083c5e.html

 

Please remember that Mayor Gygi to this day has refused to “come clean" by publishing a complete year by year loses on the golf course on the same front page of the City Newsletter that misinformed the public and served to get him elected.  Had the election not been stolen under “false pretenses, manipulation and deceit”, we can only imagine what good and citizen empowerment may have occurred?  Jerry Dearinger and Paul Sorensen were honorable, seasoned professionals and would’ve been fantastic leaders, and helped to clean up the mess created by so many mischievous predecessors.  Shouldn’t we do our best to help stop the trend that began in 2011 and continues to this day?  Isn’t it time for a new start in Cedar Hills?

Mayor Gygi knows my statement is true, and he has proven it for me.  In 2011, the then Councilman-elect Gary Gygi admitted this just days after the 2011 election, in a document only discovered many months later in our much-ballyhooed "6000 page GRAMA request" exposed that the newly elected Council (Gygi, Rees and Augustus) discovered they were assisted in being elected under false pretenses.  Remember this…?

http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/secret-emails-exposed-1-%E2%80%9Cthrow-existing-council-under-the-bus%E2%80%9D/

 

But, do you recall we only learned these above facts TEN MONTHS AFTER the election, when the State Records Committee ORDERED the City to provide the Public documents the City kept stalling on providing because they were doing City business  on private email accounts?   By then the “crime” was committed, many records on private email accounts had been destroyed, the damage was done, followed by a mayor who resigned to face federal charges and prison, all of which Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government reported — but by then no one cared as the CH government machinery had ground on into its newest and latest michief.  See the stories about this that began here … 

http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/2012/09/

 

Mayor Gygi’s  tyrannical management of City staff, abuse of Council and citizens, and a number of other dishonorable and oath-breaking actions, have harmed many including me and my family.  While forgiving him on a personal level is easy, he has offered no apologies nor demonstrated ability to change, and hence should not be allowed matches or government any longer.

It’s a tough thing to stand up against government corruption, but I believe that stand we must!  Remember Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor who stood up against much greater forces in the Nazis of WW2?  He inspires me to stand when saying nothing would be so much easier.  Bonhoeffer paid with his life when he said …

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Again, thanks for causing me to reflect on your amazing bravery in times past, the well being of our City, and Mayor Gygi’s questionable actions.  While my manner may not be to yours and some others liking, I make no apologies for pointing out the truths I see including my belief that  Mayor Gary Gygi obtained his office by “documented false pretenses, manipulation and deceit”  and that, "We need a new, 100% open, honest and transparent Mayor in Cedar Hills."

Angela, thanks for the good things you’ve done.  No problem — I will not burden you with additional emails.  

Gratefully, 

Ken  Cromar

[Former elected CH Councilman  1994 to 2000

Researcher for Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government]

 

Cromar and many CHCRG members supported and promoted Angela.

Mayor Gygi has not responded to the offers to help him defend his record in a public "debate / fight" he proposed — but in May as proposed by Cromar in oreder to provide Gygi the benefit of public opinion & immediate feedback help him decide whether he should run again for CH Mayor.

 

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To Mayor Gygi: “We want you to have the chance to explain yourself publicly.”

Written By: admin - May• 06•17

Two weeks had passed without a response from Mayor Gygi to a "fight / debate" he said he would "love to have".  He had been offered the opportunity to have his "itch" to "debate/fight" former Councilman Cromar to be "scratched" with an immediate debate. Cromar offered to help Gygi defend his questionable tenure by not waiting until the election season, but rather to debate immediately to help him learn from the citizens if they would like to have him run again.  Cromar explained…

I love our beautiful little Cedar Hills and want to protect my many kind friends and neighbors of Cedar Hills from your continued abuse.  They are worth fighting for and deserve to know the truth regarding your record. We want you to have the chance to explain yourself publicly.  

On Monday May 1, 2017  –  10:49 a.m. Cromar sent the following email, presented in its entirety here, to …

Mayor Gygi,

It has been over 14-days and you’ve not responded to the offer.  Did you see it?  We are trying to help you in your stated desire to promote truth to Cedar Hills residents.  

As you know, you got into office under documented false pretenses, manipulation and deceit.  You have maintained your power to date similarly.  

Unfortunately, your statements and actions during your time on the Cedar Hills Council have often been in direct opposition to open, honest and transparent government.  As you know, this is why three of us have publicly called for your resignation with accompanying detailed explanations.  You failed to respond then too.  

I believe your being mayor of Cedar Hills has not brought out the best in your moral character, and has simultaneously harmed many citizens (including me and my family), City staff, and Council members as you have regularly misappropriated public resources and abused powers entrusted you.  Many would also like your reign of abuse to end.  Therefore, if you ignore this also, it won’t be a surprise.  You’ve proven yourself disinterested in open, honest, public dialogue, especially as it relates to your “service” to the community.  

You claim, "Regarding my candidacy for Mayor, I have not made up my mind but if I choose to run, in the spirit of competition, I would love you to run against me.  That is a fight/debate I would love to have, in fact itching to have.”  I for one, do not believe your claim of “not made up my mind”, “itching”, etc.  And, I absolutely don’t want to encourage or provide you any excuse to run by fanning the flames of your enmity and disdain for me and Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government by my committing to run against you.  Your run should not be encouraged.  We need a new, 100% open, honest and transparent Mayor in Cedar Hills.  It has been many years since we’ve had one.

Yes, that is a strong statement, but it is true.  If you disagree, wouldn’t you welcome the opportunity to fully explain and defend your record publicly as you “make up your mind” about running for mayor?   

Finally, in the interest of Cedar Hills and exposing the facts surrounding your “service", please allow me to suggest an adjustment to the previous offer.  I will make myself available to a debate within 30-days, as previously offered with PG Voices representatives as moderators, but only IF YOU COMMIT to stay on the topic of your service / actions within Cedar Hills Government — and with promise of no personal attacks from either of us?  If you are afraid of me, then I imagine I might be able to persuade Curt Crosby, Paul Sorenson, Jerry Dearinger, Sam Bushman and/or others to do so.  The details of this proposed May debate could be mutually agreed.

I love our beautiful little Cedar Hills and want to protect my many kind friends and neighbor of Cedar Hills from your continued abuse.  They are worth fighting for and deserve to know the truth regarding your record. We want you to have the chance to explain yourself publicly.  

Please accept this offer by responding in writing by end of day Friday May 5th, or your “No” will be assumed and the offer will be withdrawn.

Most Sincerely,

Ken Cromar signature blue 2 med

 

Ken Cromar – researcher for 

Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government

former elected Cedar Hills Councilman – 1994 to 2000

9870 N. Meadow Drive

Cedar Hills, UT  84062

801-785-5900

 

NOTE:  Mayor Gygi ignored two offers in 2 1/2 weeks, and missed the deadline of "end of day May 5th" to accept the offer to "debate / fight" as he requested and wrote he was "itching" for.  Hence, as promised, the offer is "withdrawn".

Apparently Gygi doesn't believe his own record is worth defending.  Mr. Cromar, along with many others, including some City staff, Council, CHCRG members, Preserve and Protect AF Canyon members, and many CH residents who have been directly harmed, including Cromar's family, — can at least agree with Gygi on that important point.

The full email exchanges should be available in the public record, unless destroyed by offiicials as has occured in recent years.  

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Additionally, CHCRG readers may want to read these two previously published posts for additional information.

Mayor Gygi challenges former Councilman to a "fight / debate"

     http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/mayor-gygi-challenges-former-councilman-to-a-fight-debate/

 

To Mayor Gygi:  "Why wait for the election?"  Let's do it now!

http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/to-mayor-gygi-why-wait-for-the-election-lets-do-it-now/

 

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To Mayor Gygi: “Why wait for the election?” Let’s do it now!

Written By: admin - May• 06•17

Mayor Gygi declared that he was "itching" to have a "debate / fight" with former City Councilman Ken Cromar and current researcher for Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government. (CHCRG)  Apparently feeling that his record while in office since 2012 had been called into question too many times by Cromar, this CHCRG website and its members, City employees, Preserve American Fork Canyon supporters, and many Cedar Hills residents, Mayor Gygi declared in his email …

On Apr 11, 2017, at 10:02 AM, Gary Gygi <ggygi@cedarhills.org> wrote: 

"… Regarding my candidacy for Mayor, I have not made up my mind but if I choose to run, in the spirit of competition, I would love you to run against me.  That is a fight/debate I would love to have, in fact itching to have. 

Cromar responded offering a proposed better plan to get at the truth Gygi claimed to desire immediately …

Congratulations! I have good news for you! There is no need to wait for an election “fight/debate”, we want to help you be able to tell your side of the story sooner than later!

Cromar offered an alternative that would allow the truth Mayor Gygi claimed he wanted the residents to have could happen immediately, within 30 days to allow the public to schedule and attend, so the citizens could reaction to his defense of his record could help him determine whether the People wanted him to run for Mayor again.  A similar citizens group in Pleasant Grove called PG Voices was contacted and agreed to act moderators to insure fairness, focus and order.

Cromar's complete email to Mayor Gygi and CC'd to the City Council, City Manager & Staff, and some CHCRG members on April 17, 2017 – 11:37 a.m. read as follows …

Mayor Gygi,

Thanks for your interesting email, take on things and “narrative” spin.  I’m glad that you’re “itching” to get at the truth. 

Congratulations! I have good news for you! There is no need to wait for an election “fight/debate”, we want to help you be able to tell your side of the story sooner than later!

I am happy to inform you that I have contacted Jennifer Baptista & Lori Ann Williams from a Pleasant Grove citizens watchdog group called PG Voices, similar to our Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government, to moderate an event that would allow you to answer questions and “correct the record”.  This proposed “State of the City of Cedar Hills Q&A with Mayor Gary Gygi” would allow you the opportunity to address concerns surrounding some of your behavior/“service" that led to your original Council  and subsequent appointment as mayor.  There are many who have questions which could be asked in an orderly manner with the help of kind moderators Baptista and Williams and you could take the time you feel necessary to fully respond.  Also, with your help, no doubt we could schedule this public event to take place at the golf club house, where the moderators have agreed to keep the discussion / questions fair and focused on Cedar Hills city business and your part in it — as opposed to personalities.  (Note: This has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with you and your “public service” as our paid official managing city resources and staff.)

Mayor Gygi, with your oft declared great interest in the truth and your desire of being fairly presented to Cedar Hills residents and voters, we are confident your “itch” will compel you to “scratch” (jump) at this opportunity to find the earliest possible date, preferably within 30-days, and with enough time to invite the public?

With the positive response you calculate to garner from such an event, this will no doubt help invaluable data as you carefully determine whether to announce to run again for mayor or not — sooner than later — and thus serve the interest of Cedar Hills residents concerned about the important mayor position.  This will also serve to help anyone else who may want to consider throwing their hat into the ring of consideration by CH voters.  That’s a good thing, right?

Do you accept our offer?  Shall we set a date?

Thank you,

Ken Cromar signature blue 1 sm

 

 

Ken Cromar – researcher for 

Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government

former elected Cedar Hills Councilman – 1994 to 2000

801-785-5900

 

P.S.  In the interest of transparency, full disclosure and keeping our exchanges out in the “sunshine” for Council, Staff and especially CH residents to see, please note that this exchange has been CC to the original group (Except Gretchen Gordon at her request, with whom you can share this if you like.  The others can respond or not, anytime they choose, without your control or manipulation) and will also be posted to www.CedarHillsCitizens.org.  

 

As of the date of this posting Mayor Gygi did not respond to this email.   

 

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Mayor Gygi challenges former Councilman to a “fight / debate”

Written By: admin - May• 05•17

Mayor Gary Gygi issued the the following challenge to former Cedar Hills Councilman Ken Cromar (July 1994 to January 2000) and current Researcher for Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government (CHCRG) to a "fight / debate" in an  April 11, 2017, at 10:02 AM email….

"Regarding my candidacy for Mayor, I have not made up my mind but if I choose to run, in the spirit of competition, I would love you to run against me.  That is a fight/debate I would love to have, in fact itching to have."

Gygi had continued an email exchange with Cromar that began when Cromar / CHCRG had informed and encouraged the City Council regarding newly passed Utah State 2017 Legislature to repeal home business licenses, amongst other things.  See CHCRG posting … 

In a follow-up email exchange Cromar had questioned the Mayor regarding his personal business practices run out of the Mayor's office, when the Mayor issued the "debate / fight" challenge.  (Note:  A 2015 GRAMA request produced photos of Gygi's campaign posters and personal business files  in Cedar Hills city offices, which raised ethics questions. – see pics below)

April 10, 2017 – 11:16 a.m.

 

Mayor Gygi,

There you go again.  When you do not like being confronted with the facts about your actions, you distract by addressing some issues, and ignore or repackage the “narrative” on the rest.  At least you are consistent.

I approached you on a legitimate public issue drawing your attention to new Legislation, to which many favorably responded.  When you came in late to the exchange, you politicized some of the discussion in a self-serving manner.  I responded.  Now you retreat.  That’s consistent and worthy of highlighting.

My last comment before I too intend to leave this discussion:  You have been proven to regularly abuse your power.  Mayor, you have abused, harmed, misrepresented and/or misled many people on the Council, Staff and CH residents, me and my family included.  

IF you choose to run again, in order to protect my CH friends, neighbors, family, Council and City Staff, please rest assured that I will consider it my public duty to seriously consider taking the time necessary to share numerous audio, video and documents with the alert the voters to your actions so they can vote intelligently.  

I hope that won’t be necessary.  I have much better things to do with my time.  I hope you do too.  Many CH residents would be grateful.

Sincerely,

 

Ken Cromar

 

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Home-based Biz Licenses Fees now not required in CH – Refunds?

Written By: admin - May• 04•17

Thanks to our CHCRG efforts to inform the Council about new laws passed by the 2017 Utah State Legislature, as reported in our last post, home business licence fees in Cedar Hills are apparently now a thing of the past.  See…  http://www.cedarhillscitizens.org/congrats-free-market-victories-at-capitol-that-ch-can-immediately-discuss-implementing/

After notifiying the Council, Ken Cromar's email exchanges with Mayor Gygi continued March 28th, including … 

"Coincidentally, I just received in yesterday’s mail a city license billing for my home based business.  Some may say, "Hey it’s only $65”, right?  But it’s my family's $65, not yours!  Would you mind kindly sending me a note back to let us know how well you did implementing the new State laws please, because I hope you resolve that issue before payment deadline March 30, 2017." 

 

Mayor Gygi reponded on Mar 28, 2017, at 3:01 PM,  <ggygi@cedarhills.org> writing:

"Ken, SB 81 which is the bill that deals with city licenses for home based businesses has not been signed into law as of right now but I am confident that it will become law.  The city believes that you should not pay the bill right now and we will address this Senate bill and how it affects Cedar Hills's home based businesses at our next meeting if it has been signed."…

 

Monday, April 10, 2017 10:14 AM email from Ken Cromar / CHCRG researcher wrote…

"Biz License:  Thank you for insuring that biz license payment is not required for now.  I hope this is not just for me?  I hope that you instructed staff to reach out to all home business folks with the same news and /or refunded their monies please?"

 

We hope that all CH were treated equally and fairly.  No response on this question from the Mayor or the City has come to us.  Presumably you could have your money refunded if you paid in 2017? 

Cedar Hills office – 801-785-9668

 

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