Sous chef, living in Park City without a vehicle, starts City Council bid |

Sous chef, living in Park City without a vehicle, starts City Council bid

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

A Deer Valley Resort sous chef on Monday started a campaign for the Park City Council, saying he will offer a platform involving transit and housing issues.

Josh Hobson is 37 years old and lives in Thaynes Canyon after living in Old Town for three years. He has lived in Park City since 2011. Hobson said his public service in Park City has been volunteering as a deejay on KPCW radio.

Hobson said he lived in New York City for seven years. He was involved in a transportation-advocacy group there, Hobson said.

Hobson acknowledged he continues to finalize the details of a platform for the City Council contest. He said he wants to talk to Parkites prior to setting a platform.

He said he had not fully formed a platform plank regarding housing by the time of his filing on Monday. He said, though, he wants to ensure there is housing available for people with lower incomes and there are options for middle class housing.

"It’s going to be harder to attract all of the seasonal workers we need and keep them here," he said.

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He said he supports bus routes to Kamas and Coalville, something that has been discussed by officials but not implemented. Bus routes to those East Side communities would be seen as advancing work force housing and transportation goals.

Hobson spoke in generalities about the transportation plank in his platform. He said he wants Park City neighborhoods connected via what he described as a "congruent bike infrastructure." He did not provide details. He also said he would like dedicated bicycle lanes that could be used by riders who are commuting to work. He mentioned S.R. 224 and Kearns Boulevard as possibilities.

Hobson said he has not owned a car since 2004. He said he navigates Park City primarily on buses and bicycles, describing the Park City-area’s free bus system fantastic. He also walks.

"There are occasional inconveniences," he said, mentioning getting to Salt Lake City as one of them.