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Debate: West Jordan's Haaga resigns. Just like we told him to. Six months ago...

Published March 21, 2017 3:57 pm
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— West Jordan City Council member should resign after trying to hide behind his office — Tribune Editorial, August 2, 2017

"It appears that Jeff Haaga, a member of the West Jordan City Council, has taken the concept of white privilege and blown it up beyond all recognition. It's enough for some of his fellow council members to call for his resignation.

"That's exactly what Haaga should do. And right away. ...

" ... Body cam footage from the encounter shows Haaga to be somewhat disoriented, denying that he was drunk, claiming that he was the victim of assault when fellow bar patrons took away his keys earlier that day and, most damning of all, suggesting that his position as a council member immunized him from arrest or otherwise being held responsible for his actions. ...

" ... To the officers' credit, they did not flinch when Haaga told them, 'You know I'm a councilman,' apparently trying to evade responsibility by hiding behind his public office. And that is what lowers the councilman's apparent behavior from one of those things to an attempted abuse of power that his fellow office-holders are not sitting still for. ..."

— Controversial West Jordan councilman Jeff Haaga steps down — The Salt Lake Tribune, Today

"Controversial West Jordan City Councilman Jeff Haaga has resigned, citing "personal family matters."

"The first-term councilman came under fire for last year when he was charged with a hit and run misdemeanor after drinking at a local tavern. Last October he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was sentenced to a $500 fine and 180 days probation.

"More recently, Haaga had been suspected of living outside of the city after selling his home. ..."

OK. That's done.

What's next?

End gerrymandering?

— To add more voters in Utah, subtract the gerrymander — Tribune Editorial, March 18

Clean up the air?

— Utah has work to do fighting pollution — Tribune Editorial, March 14

Show respect for teachers?

— Utah should have kept teacher mentoring program — Tribune Editorial, March 21

An editorial page can dream, can't we?






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