CH GOP Caucus results Ted CRUZ 79% with Trump 3rd place – Dems vote for Sanders

Written By: admin - Apr• 25•16

CEDAR HILLS results of Republican Precinct votes for March 22, 2016 were as follows:

Total GOP votes in Cedar Hills = 1,076

   TED CRUZ  =  845     79%

   John Kasich = 121      11%

   Donald Trump = 110   10%


Statewide the Utah Republican Party caucus vote totals resulted in ALL 40 delegate votes to TED CRUZ, as follows…

Utah Caucus results Mar 22 2016 Republicans AP
CH01 = 160 votes
Cruz 129  80%
Kasich 17
Trump 14


CH02 = 226 votes
169 Cruz  75%
37 Kasich
20 Trump


CH03 = 176 votes
141 Cruz  80%
20 Trump
15 Kasich 


CH04 = 270 votes
211 Cruz  78%
31 Trump
28 Kasich


CH05 is approximate…  = 244 votes
Cruz 195  80%
Trump 25
Kasich 24

(Totals provided by Angela Johnson Precinct Chair – With percentage calculations by Ken Cromar)


The Democrat Party caucus results in Utah

Though requested from State Dem office, the results for Democrat Party in CH was not available.  CNN reported Utah County result totals as 85% for Bernie Sanders and 14% for Hillary Clinton.  The 33 delegate votes went 27 to Sanders and 6 to Clinton.

Statewide the Utah Democrat Party caucus vote totals were as follows…

Utah Caucus results Mar 22 2016 Dems AP

If anyone can provide the Democrat Party results for CH, please send them to  Thanks.



TIMP TIMES: Cromar Calls for Gygi to Resign

Written By: admin - Apr• 18•16


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Cromar Calls for Gygi to Resign

March 22, 2016  –  By Harlow Clark 

During the February 16 council meeting, as part of public comment, Ken Cromar of Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government cited the October 18 Golf Course Finance Committee meeting as an example of Mayor Gary Gygi’s so called abuse of power.  (see CH Mayor Gary Gygi vs. First Amendemtn and Utah Open Public Meetings Law )

In public comment two weeks later on March 1, Cromar brought up the meeting again.

Cromar said he appreciated the council’s change in the previous meeting to the ordinance regarding photography and recordings of public meetings because that ordinance “had caused much abuse, none of which has been apologized for.”  (see STATEMENT: Ken & Barbara Cromar: Mayor harassed & bullied us with illegal Ordinance )

He said he was bringing the matter up because the city’s Facebook chatroom had been humming and smoking with the issue all day, and a lot of residents had a false impression of how hostile the crowd had been to him that night, hostile enough that a member of the city council called the police to protect him.

Cromar invited the mayor to make an apology.

The mayor demurred, “You know this is not a time for dialogue. You’re welcome to come speak with me any time and we can have that discussion.”   Timp Times C Calls 4 Gygi to Resign - 2016 Mar 22

“Are you sure there’s nothing that you’d like to say, Mayor, to correct the record?” asked Cromar.  “Is there anything that you’d choose to write by way of a letter of apology, anything that you’d do, that you’d—there’s so many Boy Scouts that came into this room and think that their mayor was actually protecting the city, and indeed the mayor was actually breaking his constitutional oath.  Is there anything you’d care to say?” Cromar added.

“This is your time, not my time,” the mayor said.

For the lack of apology, Cromar said, “Therefore, I will add my voice to that of Curt Crosby and Sam Bushman who have asked for your resignation.  (see ON AIR: Radio host call for CH Mayor resignation)  Mayor, you are unfit for this position.  You have demonstrated immense capacity for abuse of power, for misstating issues, for not documenting issues, for misrepresenting other people’s positions  (see Mrs. Smart to Mayor Gygi: "…You don't have any integrity" – MELTDOWN ), and I would be grateful if you would do this community a favor and allow room for a mayor who actually will serve the citizens of this community.  Thank you for your time.”

“Thank you very much, always a pleasure,” Gygi replied, turning his attention to reports from council members.

Toward the end of the reports, Gygi said, “Mr. Cromar, I’ve been thinking about what you said.”  He invited Cromar to come and see him some Thursday morning, without recording equipment, and talk about areas where each thinks they are owed an apology.  “Maybe we can come to a meeting of minds,” Gygi added.

Cromar made a counter offer, a debate for two hours on the radio, so it would be documented.  “You’ve certainly mis-represented me and who I am,” Cromar said, adding, “You don’t have the courage to stand up for what you think is right.” (see xxx)

“Public comment’s over, Mr. Cromar,” stated Gygi.

“Do you reject the offer?” asked Cromar.

“There is no way I’m ever going on your little radio show ever,” the mayor said.

“You owe this community a huge apology, sir,” Cromar said to the mayor, when told again that his time was up, “way up”.

“Likewise,” the mayor replied.

Following his report, Council Member Rob Crawley read a statement about free speech and the constitution, saying he thought the city never should have had restrictions on filming.  He offered Cromar a personal apology for anything he had done to harass Cromar.  (see CH Councilman Crawley reads Official APOLOGY Statement )

Mayor Gygi replied with “some background on the ordinance we changed,” saying it was crafted when the council was meeting in the old fire station, in a cramped room, and the city wanted to make sure people could get out of the room in an emergency without cameras begin in the way.  

(Harlow Clark's article is not available on-line, but transcribed here.  Timpanogos Times is a bi-monthly FREE newspaper available at Macey's and other outlets.)



TODAY! Party Caucus meetings & Precinct info

Written By: admin - Mar• 22•16

CH Friends & Neighbors,

Tuesday March 22, the Republicans, Democrats and Constitution parties will meet in different locations to decide which individuals will represent their party in the general election in November.  This includes candidates President (Cruz, Trump, Clinton, Sanders), Governor, County Commissioners, etc.

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Different parties meet at various locations.  For example, the Republicans in Cedar Hills will meet at either Lone Peak H.S. or at Deerfield Elementary on March 22 at 7 p.m.  The Libertarian and Independent American parties will meet next month on April 23.  Have your voice heard!  Attend your caucus meeting and vote for delegates who align with your preferences.  (see CH precinct map below)

To find Your Caucus Information, type in your address at…

Some power brokers are trying to change Utah’s excellent, informed, true grassroots Caucus system, so they can control outcomes easier.  If interested, check out…

Preserve our local neighborhood caucus system in Utah 

Thank you for caring about Cedar Hills, Utah and preserving the freedoms of our country!


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For full size PDF of CH Precincts…  CH Precincts voting-precinct-map




Mrs. Smart to Mayor Gygi: “…You don’t have any integrity” – MELTDOWN!

Written By: admin - Mar• 04•16

CANDACE SMART – Is a member of the Smart family that owns the land south of Walmart, have been waiting “3 years” for the city to resolve its concerns regarding their property so they can sell it.  


At the Tuesday March 1st City Council Meeting, in her public comments Mrs. Smart said that Mayor Gygi has said one thing to her family in private and then something different publicly.  Mayor Gygi had a minor melt-down while continually interrupting Mrs. Smart before Councilman Zappala suggested that, “Mayor, I would suggest we let Mrs. Smart make her public comments, like any other resident.  Let’s just let her say her peace.”  To which Gygi snapped at Zappala, “Let me handle this!"  Mrs. Smart was not intimidated by the mayor and continued, “You’re defensive because you don’t have any integrity."

For Mrs. Smart’s complete comments listen to audio highlights compilation below.



KEN CROMAR’s Public Comments (transcribed):

Hi. My name is Ken Cromar – former CH City Councilman from 1994 – 2000.  You know, last time we were here my wife and I spoke.  I must say I was extremely proud of her to stand with me and in frankly what is a very difficult thing to do, to address this body.  We prepared our comments and you listened to them, and I appreciate that.

For Cromar and Mrs. Smart's com

CH Councilman Crawley reads Official APOLOGY Statement

Written By: admin - Mar• 02•16

Last night, at the March 1, 2016 Cedar Hills City Council meeting, Councilman Rob Crawley read the following Statement into the public record during his comment period, and posted today at his blogspot, he can only speak for himself and not other Councilmembers or the mayor:


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I would like to make a statement regarding the controversial subject of Mr. Cromar and video taping the meetings.  Clearly the city was wrong in trying to limit his rights to video tape the meetings at the side of the room.  I am glad that we have loosened up the resolution limiting the press and where they can be.  I think that the city was wrong, first of all, to have the resolution on the books that it had.  I also think the city was wrong to stop a meeting and threaten Mr. Cromar. Rob Crawley blog pic

You know the Constitution is under fire and has been since it was passed by those that would prefer that government had more power over the people.  I believe certain sections of the Constitution are completely ignored such as the 10th Amendment.  We have a duty to speak up not only when we see a violation of the Constitution, but even when we see government skirting the line or getting into gray areas regarding the Constitution.

I would like to read the 1st Amendment to the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

To abridge means to curtail, shorten or lessen.  If Congress doesn’t have the power to lessen the freedom of the press, then certainly Cedar Hills City does not.

I know that Mr. Cromar wanted an apology for trying to curtail his freedom of the press.  I applaud the Mayor for admitting that Mr. Cromar was 100% correct.  However, we failed to give him an apology.  I don’t always agree with Mr. Cromar and he doesn’t always agree with me.  However, there is one thing that he and I wholeheartedly agree on and that is the upholding of the Constitution.  I have seen Mr. Cromar harassed for exercising his freedom of the press on more than one occasion and I have remained silent.  I want to give him my sincere apology for not standing up for his Constitutional right at these times.  I do not have the authority to speak for the city to apologize on behalf of the city for this, but I will say that my 20% vote would be to offer him an official apology from the City as well. [emphasis added]

I am going to try to do better at first recognizing when an issue of Constitutionality exists and second standing up for the Constitution.



For Crawley's complete blog post…



For the related post…

STATEMENT Ken & Barbara Cromar:  Mayor harassed and bullied us with illegal ordinance


ON AIR: Radio hosts call for CH Mayor resignation

Written By: admin - Feb• 29•16

A request for the resignation was made on today's Liberty RoundTable radio show.   Liberty RoundTable logo

In follow-up to last week's call for Cedar HIlls mayor Gary Gygi to "immediately resign", for ignoring and not responding to a list of grievances, made good on their promise to take their complaints to the airwaves.  


Liberty RoundTable offers Mayor Ggyi 

2-hrs of free radio time to explain himself to the public

On this morning's show the exasperated talk show hosts explained some of the many reasons they believe Mayor Gygi should step down.  They promised to continue exposing additional details about the mayor questionable actions — while encouraging him to professionally respond to the public or step down.

The Liberty RoundTable show — hosted by Sam Bushman with Co-Host Curt Crosby — is a nationally syndicated radio show that airs locally on Spanish Fork station am-1480 Monday thru Friday.  The show touts offering…

A variety of local, state, and national political topics are explored from a refreshing, unique and independent perspective. Political conversation that cuts through the spin and fluff to the heart of today’s key political issues. Promoting God, Family and Country in the media and our lives.


Audio from today's show (used here with permission) include highlights from two segments with related Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government (CHCRG) links:


First segment highlights…


Second segment highlights…



For related posting with text of email to Mayor Gygi inviting his resignation, see…



Related 2012 articles include: 

KSL video showing then Councilman Gygi said regarding then Mayor Eric Richardson,  

"My opinion of him is he has always been a good and honorable man — of extremely high integrity."  

With regard to Federal case against Richardson, Gygi said,

"You'll understand if I say that I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt, until I understand what's going on."

Cedar Hills mayor accused of $2M investment scheme; city officials resign


After resignations, some Cedar Hills residents want mayor out











Nationally Syndicated talk show hosts: Call for CH Mayor Gygi’s RESIGNATION

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•16

February 23, 2016


EMAIL TO:  Mayor Gary Gygi, CH City Attorney David Shaw, City Manager David Bunker, Councilmembers Rob Crawley, Ben Bailey, Jenney Rees, Mike Geddes, Daniel Zappala, City Recorder Colleen Mulvey, Ken Cromar, Jerry Dearinger, Paul Sorensen, Russ & Linda Fotheringham, Ken Severn, Curtis Macpherson


Hi Gary/Mr. Shaw/All,

Wow, did any one read my emails? It has been over a month with no response. At least Gary should have responded!     council-gary-gygi-180x225

The checks and balances in our current form of Cedar Hills government have failed us.   You have not attempted to redress our long list of grievances, nor clear Mr. Cromar and like-minded Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government’s (CHCRG) good names and reputations.   Gary in particular has abused and discredited the office of mayor, making himself unworthy of the title.

Since Gary has failed to publicly address our numerous grievances and retract his attack on Mr. Cromar and CHCRG we publicly call for Mayor Gygi's immediate resignation.

We agree with the city attorney Mr. Shaw that there is a difference between free speech and attacks that cross the line limited by laws surrounding defamation, libel, and slander.  

We further believe this right applies to all Americans and that government should never be allowed a platform for public officials to abuse the citizens it is supposed to serve. Protection of first amendment rights and respect for Utah open public records laws is a must to restore trust between citizens and elected officials who serve them. We declare that silence by city officials on this critical matter has become an unintentional endorsement of Gary’s tyrannical behavior that must be addressed.

We intend to use our rights in the form of nationally syndicated talk radio shows, YouTube and web articles to expose Cedar Hills government's corruption and personal attacks articulated above.  

Since Gary has abused and discredited the office of mayor, we reiterate our call for Mayor Gygi's immediate resignation!

Transparency, due process, and the rule of law are of the utmost importance for the proper role of government.  


Sam Bushman/Curt Crosby




Related articles…. 

ON AIR:  Radio hosts call for CH Mayor resignation

   They keep their promise to take their story to the airwaves with their February 29, 2016 broadcast

        — Mayor Gygi offered 2-hours to tell his side of story 


Three for three — 2012 Utah County Commissioners charged or under investigation  

     February 25, 2016  —   Connection to Preserve & Protect American Fork Canyon, CHCRG and Mayor Gygi.



STATEMENT Ken & Barbara Cromar:  Mayor harassed & bullied us with illegal Ordinance

     February 20, 2016  —  First Amendment abuse by mayor resulted in City changing Ordinance, Gygi conceding "Mr. Cromar … 100% correct", — but no apology yet.




FLASHBACK – 2012 posts…

Respectful Demand for Resignations of City Manager & Mayor

     April 24, 2012      


Mayor withholds his emails from City Records — and 3 Employee "Resignation" Contracts now public

      May 24, 2012


Cedar Hills mayor resigns amid criticism over finances

     June 26, 2012

Cedar Hills mayor resigns amid criticism over finances





Three for three – 2012 Utah County Commissioners charged or under investigation

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•16

Ut Co comm Larry EllertsonUtah Co commissioner Doug Witney gov






Larry Ellertson                       Doug Witney – (former Comm) 


Ut Co comm Gary Anderson






Gary Anderson – ​(former Comm)     

  (Utah County Comm .gov photos)


Three former Utah County Commissioners who refused to help Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government have CH leaders investigated, are now under legal scrutiny themselves.  

Gary Anderson charged is charged with four felonies and a $500,000 cash only bail.  Snowbird corporate jet via AFCanyon link 1A complaint has repoertedly been filed with state Attorney General's office against current Comm. Larry Ellertson & former Comm Doug Witney for contributions & considerations including flight to Switzerland from Snowbird.  


Doc show that CH mayor Gary Gygi was scheduled to go to Switzerland on same trip but withdrew just prior, but faces ongoing questions by Preserve & Protect American Fork Canyon supporters regarding his involvement with Snowbird and missing related GRAMA requested records …


All three were Commissioners when five Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government representatives met the three and sought their help to compel the County Attorney Jeff Buhman to obey Judge Taylor's ORDER to investigate complaints filed in Fourth District Court against former CH Mayor Eric Richardson and former City Manager Konrad Hildebrandt.  Buhman ignored Judge Taylor and did not respond to the Judge's written request for explanation.  Consequently, Richardson & Hildebrandt were not investigated by Buhman, though shortly thereafter Richardson suddenly resigned as CH mayor to face Federal charges of bank fraud and pled guilty to serve 366 days in prison and pay $110K in restitution.

See CHCRG article….


Had the three Commissioners required Buhman investigate, CH residents may learned the truth about multiple complaints resulting in additional charges.  Many CHCRG supporters are not satisfied that the truth about CH government corruption was not cleaned up thanks in part to an unresponsive County Attorney and three Utah County Commissioners of character currently under question….



Ex-Utah County commissioner charged with posing as LDS Church officials

Ex-politician, businessman each face four felonies

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Feb. 22, 2016, 12:20 p.m. MST

Ut Co comm Gary Anderson

Former Utah County Commissioner Gary J. Anderson was charged Monday with three counts of communications fraud, a second-degree felony, and one count of pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony. Prosecutors say he and businessman Alan Dean McKee impersonated LDS Church officials as part of a business deal.   (Utah County Commission photo)


SALT LAKE CITY — A former Utah County commissioner and a businessman whose company was once named Utah County Business of the Year were each charged Monday with communications fraud for allegedly posing as LDS Church leaders to defraud a construction company out of $1.2 million.

The Utah Attorney General's Office filed the criminal charges in 3rd District Court against former Commissioner Gary Jay Anderson, 68, of Springville, and Alan Dean McKee, 56, of Benjamin. Each is charged with three counts of communications fraud and one count of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity.

All four charges are second-degree felonies that each carry potential penalties of one to 15 years in prison.

For complete article…



Former Utah County commissioner charged with impersonating LDS authorities

Kurt Hanson Daily Herald – Monday February 22, 2016

A former Utah County commissioner and another businessman were charged Monday in Third District Court for fraudulently posing as authorities with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Court documents state former commissioner Gary Anderson and Alan McKee, owner of Ophir Minerals and Aggregate LLC, defrauded Ames Construction and other contractors in an attempt to invest in a large industrial park in Elberta called the Tintic Rail Line.

According to the charging documents, Anderson, 68, and McKee, 56, commenced a scam in 2013 against Ames Construction and two individuals.

McKee reportedly submitted multiple letters to Ames Construction, fraudulently identifying himself as various individuals associated with the LDS Church. McKee used letterhead that appeared to be church letterhead to convince Ames Construction he was “in the midst of developing a large industrial project with the LDS Church near Elberta,” court records state.

For complete article… 



Ut Co comm Larry Ellertson    Utah Co commissioner Doug Witney gov







Commissioner Larry Ellertson      Former Comm Doug Witney 

(utah county .gov photos)

Attorney general's office receives complaint against Utah County commissioners

January 21, 2016 2:00 pm  –  Daily Heral

The Utah Attorney General’s Office confirmed a complaint has been filed asserting a Utah County commissioner and a former commissioner accepted high-end gifts in 2013.  

“I did find out a complaint was filed. I cannot confirm or deny an investigation, but we have received a complaint,” said Missy Larsen, the chief communications officer for the attorney general, on Tuesday. 

Alpine resident Bruce Dew said he filed a complaint Jan. 4 with the state attorney general against Commissioner Larry Ellertson and two other commissioners, who reportedly accepted and took a trip with other politicians to Switzerland in 2013 on a jet provided by Snowbird.

“My interest here isn’t for or against Snowbird," Dew said. "I love to ski. I like expansion if it’s done properly and protects our water rights, our environment."

While some Salt Lake politicians paid for their flight, hotel and tour expenses out of their own personal accounts, Ellertson said in a November phone interview he does not know who paid for his trip. Ellertson did not return calls Tuesday or Wednesday.

“What has really gotten me in a tizzy, has really gotten me upset and spending a lot of time going to meetings was the fact that this commission, two commissioners … [and their] apparent unlawfulness or breaking policy that Utah County has with respect to their connection to Snowbird,” Dew said.

He said he wants to know who paid for Ellertson and former commissioner Doug Witney to go on the trip.


For complete article…



Who paid for Utah elected officials involved with Mountain Accord to go on private jet?



(KUTV) Three Salt Lake County area mayors and Two Utah County commissioners took a trip to Switzerland on a private jet in 2013.  KUTV-2

Snowbird Ski Resort organized the trip. Mayors say their governments paid their way or they used the political funds they have for special expenses.

"Who paid? I'm not sure who actually participated," said Utah County commissioner Larry Ellertson, who participated in the trip.

"Snowbird was the one that invited us," he says.

The jet was supplied the Ian Cumming family, and they have since purchased a major interest in Snowbird Ski Resort.

For complete article …



Highlights from Preserve & Protect American Fork Canyon  &  American Fork Canyon:


Accountability in Leadership

High Crimes & Misdemeanors article…

Accountability in Leadership

High Crimes screenshot











see….  FACEBOOK – Preserve & Protect American Fork Canyon





STATEMENT Ken & Barbara Cromar: Mayor harassed & bullied us with illegal Ordinance

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•16

Cedar Hills Mayor Gygi  vs.  First Amendment rights & Utah Open and Public Meetings Law


Statement by:  Ken & Barbara Cromar 

Tuesday February 16, 2016 City Council Meeting – during PUBLIC COMMENTS

(text and audio highlights only)



Thanks to those of you who thoughtfully do many good things in an honorable way for the residents of CH.  My family is grateful.

At the last City council meeting, I was abused by the mayor, certain current and former council members, some residents, and ironically a newspaper reporter.  The meeting was stopped and I was singled out for public ridicule (with about 20 Boy Scouts in the room) while quietly recording the proceedings from the side of the room completely out of the way, with no one around me, and without disruption whatsoever — because you said you had an Ordinance that said I had to be at the back of the room.  

Two police Officers were called in to protect me from crowd.

This is not the first time a First Amendment infringement has been attempted by Mayor Gygi. On October 8, 2015, the city managers called two police officers to come to a Golf Finance Committee Meeting to protect me from a hostile crowd incited to near riot by a mayor and golf committee chairman Rick Stewart, both who refused to protect me and my rights to videotape a public meeting.  …

People were kicking my chair, jumping in front of my camera.  One woman put her breasts into my camera lens multiple times in an attempt to block my taping and made threatening gestures. 

No apologies from the mayor or city were ever offered.

CH Golf Finance Committee Mtg Oct 8 2016 illegal & hostile with TEXT names & arrows

October 8, 2016 – CH Golf Finance Committee Mtg – illegal & hostile.  Two American Fork policemen were called in to protect Cromar from the threateing audience members.  Photo captures a quiet moment when audience saw the camera come out, with some hiding.  Ken reported asking the City Manager David Bunker if he would walk him to his car after the meeting for fear of being jumped.   (photo courtesy of Ken Cromar)


Well, tonight the Council will be discussing a change to its Ordinance regarding videotaping of public meetings.  The current ordinance was illegal and I believe you should’ve known it.  All of you should have jumped to my defense and the protection of my rights, because you swore an oath to do so when you took office.  

Council, we have a problem.  The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land or Cedar Hills.  The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statue, to be valid must be in agreement.  It is impossible for a law, which violates the Constitution to be valid as the following Supreme Court precedent states:

“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.”  

     Marbury vs. Madison, 5 US (2Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803)


“Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.”         

     Miranda vs. Arizona, 384 US 436 p. 491.


“An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.”  

     Norton vs. Shelby County  118 US 425 p. 442



[After Ken finished, mayor Gary Gygi stated,

“Mr. Cromar, you and I don’t agree on everything, but you’re 100% right on this.” 

Ken walked back to the podium and asked, “So, I wonder where my apology is from all the other meetings where I’ve been abused, particularly by you mayor?  Is that forthcoming?”  Mayor Gygi responded, “I don’t think I have abused you, but you are 100% right on this issue.”  No apology was offered.]



[Agenda Item #8 dealt with the proposed revisions to the city’s existing videotaping Ordinance.  Barbara & Ken Cromar read from prepared statement – Barbara starting…] 

At the last Council meeting the mayor disrupted his own meeting to pretend taking offense and to claim that his Council meeting was being interrupted, because Ken was videotaping at the side of the room rather than at the back where the city ordinance claimed he had to be.  You can’t see or hear well the people speaking at this microphone from the back of the room.  All you get is the back of heads and bad room acoustics.  At the side Ken is able to see and hear the proceeding better, and has done so regularly from that position while not interrupting or blocking anyone.  In fact, to Ken’s knowledge he has never disrupted a public meeting.

The ONLY disruptions relating to Ken have been by individuals who chose to take or pretend offense, demanded that they not be videotaped, or protested “Ken’s disobedience” to your unlawful Ordinance.  

This is not new.  Ken has informed you numerous times, as have other professional TV cameramen that the back of the room is not conducive to documenting a public meeting. 

Your intent tonight to revise and tweak around the edges an ordinance that is already “repugnant” to US Constitutional and Utah Open and Public Meetings law is ill advised, presumably by the mayor.  

The only thing you actually have authority to tell us is:

            Yes Mr. Cromar, you can record in an orderly manner and I as a city official will do all in my power to protect your Constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment right.

And to endorse Utah State Open and Public Meetings law, which says:   


    All or any part of an open meeting may be independently recorded by any person in attendance if the recording does not interfere with the conduct of the meeting.   

Utah Code Section 53-4-203(5) 


Have you heard the adage, “It is the nature and disposition of almost all men, once given a little power and authority as they suppose to immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion,” over others?  I know that my family and I certainly feel abused and endangered by this man and his numerous falsehoods and fabrications promoted and created using taxpayer money with the intent to malign and publicly harm us.  I’m aware that many city employees have also felt his abuse and attempted usurpation of power.  

May I respectfully suggest you table this Agenda item tonight and allow the city attorney time to start a new proposed ordinance, if any ordinance is needed at all.  Or, better yet, create an Ordinance adopting State code already in place but with the ADDITION of penalties including possible removal from office of the mayor or any city official who tries to steal or curtail Constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Oh, and by the way, you can say you don’t want to be recorded at a public meeting as the current Ordinance reads, but because this is an Open and Public City Council Meeting under Utah State Code and the First Amendment to the US Constitution, your protestation doesn’t matter to me or anyone else.  If this upsets mayor Gygi and he really doesn’t want to be video taped at a public meeting, he can simply resign his position as the mayor of Cedar Hills, and thereby his wish will be granted.  I would be happy to see his wish be granted.  

Thank you for your time.



For the complete Statement read into the public record at Cedar Hills City Council Meeting see this PDF… Comment on First Amendment to CH Council Mtg for public


For related article on the Council’s response to the Cromar’s Statement and the resulting change see…





CH Mayor Gary Gygi vs. First Amendment and Utah Open Public Meetings Law

Written By: admin - Feb• 20•16


After months of "abuse" by Mayor Gygi and his supporters, "harassing" CHCRG researcher Ken Cromar, inhibiting his First Amendment right to freely videotape public meetings, the issue was finally settled at the February 16th City Council meeting. 

The winner?  The Constitution & Utah State Code code & CH residents!  

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February 2, 2016 CH City Council Meeting – Ken Cromar's "disruptive" and "interrupting" camera quietly sits off to right side of room blocking no one or within 15 feet of anyone. (photo courtesy of Ken Cromar)


Mayor Gygi and his misinformed supporters lost, resulting in the City Council voting to change the city code.  Gratefully, Mayor Gygi surprisingly concedes later on Feb 16th, 

"Mr. Cromar… is 100% right on this issue."  

Listen to the audio here…


Additional audio highlights from February 2 &16, 2016 City Council meetings available below.



Cedar Hills City Council Meeting – February 16, 2016

At the beginning of the meeting, before the City Council discussed tweaking the Ordinance, Ken & Barbara Cromar read a prepared statement into the record during public comments regarding the illegality of the existing Ordinance.

The Cromars stated that at a golf committee public meeting October 8, 2015, two police officers were called in by the city managers to protect Ken from potential violence against him and his peaceful, non-disruptive videotaping.


Their Statement also explained that Ken has been harassed, publicly ridiculed, endangered and maligned by Mayor Gygi and his misinformed supporters who have regularly tried to hinder Mr. Cromar’s free access to recording of public meetings so long as he doesn’t disrupt the proceedings.    No one is aware of any occasion he has disrupted a meeting, though Mayor Gygi and his supporters have interrupted their own meetings numerous times pretending that Ken was somehow disrupting the meetings despite his silently recording the meetings from the side of the room, away from the group, blocking no one or any walkways.  


Audio exerpts from the February 2, 2016 City Council Meeting highlights their claim that Mayor Gygi, Councilman Daniel Zappala, and former Councilmember Cherrel Hagen interrupting the meeting, and Mayor Gygi threatening to  have Ken Cromar removed and/or press charges against him here…


The Cromars stated that the City ordinance was illegal and hence null and void, and did not need to be followed because it infringed on their first Amendment rights and the State’s Utah Public and Open Meetings Act code.  

The Cromars also quoted three Supreme Court findings have stated on numerous occasions various times and ways that:

“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.”  

     Marbury vs. Madison, 5 US (2Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803)


After Ken’s first portion of comments were read into the record, Mayor Gygi stated, “Mr. Cromar, you and I don’t agree on everything, but you are 100% right on this.” 

Ken walked back to the microphone and asked, “So, I wonder where my apology is from all the other meetings where I’ve been abused, particularly by you mayor?  Is that forthcoming?” 

Mayor Gygi responded, “I don’t think I have abused you, but you are 100% right on this issue.”  No apology was offered.  

Listen to various February 16th Council Meeting highlights of the Cromars' presentation of their Statement regarding abuse, Mayor Gygi's admission Ken is "100% right on this issue" and denial of abuse, and the Council's debate and vote on changes to the city's existing videotaping ordinance…


Ken concluded reading their Statement with…

Oh, and by the way, you can say you don’t want to be recorded at a public meeting as the current Ordinance reads, but because this is an Open and Public City Council Meeting under Utah State Code and the First Amendment to the US Constitution, your protestation doesn’t matter to me or anyone else.  If this upsets mayor Gygi and he really doesn’t want to be videotaped at a public meeting, he can simply resign his position as the mayor of Cedar Hills, and thereby his wish will be granted.  I would be happy to see his wish be granted.    — Thank you for your time.  

(For a PDF of Ken & Barabara Cromar's complete Statement read into the public record during public comments Feb 16, 2016 see this CHCRG article here… ) 


After the Cromar's read their Statements, the City Council deliberated the proposed tweaks to the existing CH Code 1-5-7- PHOTOGRAPHY AND RECORDING AT PUBLIC MEETINGS.  Councilman Rob Crawley questioned if any ordinance was necessary at all in light of the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act already in place?  City attorney David Shaw agreed that it covered the issue, but that the council can elaborate if they want to.  Crawley recommended no ordinance.  Council member Jenney Rees immediately made a motion to accept the ordinance as tweaked in the Work Session (no details available) and with Councilman Zappala’s addition to include the back of the room as well as a city approved place to record too, and also disallow cords or cables being allowed in walk ways etc., “for safety reasons”. 

Gygi called for a vote.   Zappala – Aye.  Rees – Aye.  Geddes – Aye, though he was late, missed much of the discussion, and might have recused himself from the vote.  Crawley – Nay.   And new Councilmen Ben Bailey courageously voted – Nay.    Revised videotaping ordinance passed 3 to 2. 

The two Council members voted against it because they preferred to scrap the Ordinance all together in favor of the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act code already in place – which they believed made a city videotaping Ordinance unnecessary.

Ironically, there were a number of city microphone and power cords in the walkways of which photos were taken.  

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February 16, 2016 –  CH Council meeting night ordinance was tweaked to remove un-Constitutional provisions and add “no cables in walkways to endanger the citizens”, at the very moment the city was doing just that.  Note:  Mr. Cromar reports his camera has always been wireless and without use of any power or microphone wiring. (photo courtesy of Ken Cromar)