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Legal homeless camps, calls to suspend Davis and Alvord’s tweet to the VP

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Thomas Alvarado, 40, who grew up in Rose Park, now lives just a few blocks away at an encampment in Cottonwood Park, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. West-side Salt Lake City council members think legalized encampments could be one way to solve the homelessness crisis in Salt Lake City. Mayor Erin Mendenhall has her doubts.

West-side Salt Lake City council members push for legal homeless encampments to clean up the area around the Jordan River. Dozens of Utah Democrats call for Gene Davis to be suspended following sexual misconduct allegations. And Salt Lake County Council member Dave Alvord faces a backlash after tweeting to Vice President Kamala Harris that fetuses aren’t part of women’s bodies.

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