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Stacks of paperwork at the office and piles of laundry at home. It’s a never-ending cycle, which makes it difficult to stay on top of the endless news nuggets flowing from the White House, state capital, local government, and business community. We get it — and we’re in the news business.
Enter “About Last Week.” This is our way of bringing news-hungry but time-strapped readers up to speed on happenings that may have flown under the radar. Our promise: We’ll keep it brief. Our hope: You’ll read (or skim) and keep checking back every Monday.
So, without further ado, here are some noteworthy things that happened in Nevada last week.
Clark County not a ‘sanctuary’ community according to the Justice Department
The U.S. Department of Justice indicated that there is “no evidence” that Clark County is operating as a sanctuary jurisdiction in a letter to the county on Thursday.
The Department of Justice said that, based on the materials the county sent in late May, it appears that the county is in compliance with federal law requiring communication between local law enforcement and immigration authorities. The department had requested in April that the county provide documentation showing that they are in compliance with federal immigration laws or else risk losing federal grant funding.
“Based on the materials you have provided, we found no evidence that Clark County is currently out of compliance with section 1373,” said Alan Hanson, acting assistant attorney general, in the letter. “As a reminder, complying with section 1373 is an ongoing requirement that the Office of Justice Programs will continue to monitor.”
A spokesman for Clark County said they are hopeful that $975,604 in public safety funding from a 2016 grant awarded to the county will be released soon.
The announcement follows a visit last month to Las Vegas by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who, after meeting with Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo, said that Las Vegas police are “very cooperative” with immigration authorities and that Clark County’s place on a list of sanctuary jurisdictions might not be accurate.
— Megan Messerly
Anti-Badlands Las Vegas City Council candidate appointed to Planning Commission
Though real estate agent Christina Roush was unsuccessful in her attempt to unseat then-incumbent Bob Beers during the April primary for the Ward 2 City Council seat, she is taking on a different role with the city.
Roush, who has been involved in redevelopment efforts downtown, was appointed to the Las Vegas Planning Commission on Wednesday in a unanimous vote. Before the vote, Roush thanked Councilman Stavros Anthony for the nomination and said she was looking forward to serving the city and her Ward 2 constituents.
A spat over the future of the Badlands golf course divided the candidates in the City Council race, with Beers in favor of plans to put more than 400 condominiums on the course’s eastern edge and Roush and a third opponent Steve Seroka against them. Beers won the primary with 2,586 votes (42.65 percent), with Seroka winning 1,731 votes (28.55 percent) and Roush with 1,592 votes (26.26 percent.) Seroka defeated Beers in the general election.
Laborers Local 872 political liaison Louis DeSalvio was also appointed to the planning commission on Wednesday by Councilwoman Michele Fiore. The Laborers endorsed Fiore in her City Council race.
— Megan Messerly
Henderson extends moratorium on pot sales
Don’t wander to Henderson in search of recreational marijuana. You won’t find it — at least legally.
The Henderson City Council last week approved a 30-day extension to the city’s moratorium on recreational marijuana sales, providing extra time to create regulations. The city expects to unveil its proposed regulations — and read them into the record — at the Aug. 15 council meeting. Council members likely would then consider the regulations Sept. 5.
If approved by City Council, the application process would begin for businesses interested in selling recreational pot or cultivating and producing it.
— Jackie Valley
Erv Nelson considering 2018 bid
Former Republican Assemblyman Erv Nelson says he’s considering throwing his hat back in the ring ahead of the 2018 election.
Nelson said in a brief interview that he was considering running for either his former Assembly seat, which is held by freshman Democrat Brittany Miller, or for the state Senate district currently held by non partisan Sen. Patricia Farley, who was elected as a Republican but is weighing running for re-election as a Democrat.
Nelson said he moved back to the district after leaving for an unsuccessful state Senate bid, losing in a primary to fellow Assembly member Victoria Seaman. Nelson spent part of the 2017 session employed as a lobbyist for Hyperion Advisors.
He said he plans to make a decision on whether or not to run by Thanksgiving.
— Riley Snyder
A baker’s dozen vie for soon-to-be vacant school board position
Thirteen people applied to fill the Clark County School Board of Trustees seat representing District G, which covers the eastern valley and parts of Henderson.
Trustee Erin Cranor announced in June that she was resigning from her elected position to attend law school at Brigham Young University. Her last day as a trustee is Aug. 16.
The school district accepted applications through 4 p.m. July 28. A replacement trustee, who will serve out the remainder of Cranor’s term, could be chosen as soon as Aug. 17. That’s when the board plans to interview the candidates and likely vote to appoint someone during a public meeting.
Here’s a list of the candidates board members will be considering:
- Lillian Babcock, interim coordinator for the College of Southern Nevada’s Community and Personal Enrichment Program
- Hannah Brown, retired and member of the Public Education Foundation Board of Directors
- Linda Pacheco Cavazos, licensed family therapist who spent 15 years as a Clark County School District teacher
- Robert Gomez, CEO and general manager of Clean Carpets
- Angela “Andy” Haldeman, employed by American Casino and Entertainment Properties
- Jon Howard, retired Clark County School District employee
- Kenneth Lange, radio host and UNLV instructor
- Adam London, adjunct professor at College of Southern Nevada and Las Vegas entertainer
- Cynthia Ann Mahoney, member of the school district’s Attendance Zone Advisory Commission
- Steve Schorr, publisher and editor of The NOW Report
- Allison Smith, director of assessment and teacher evaluation at UNLV
- Rick Smith, president and CEO of RDS Enterprises
- Tyler Stanger, archival assistant at the UNLV Libraries Special Collections
— Jackie Valley
Reuben D’Silva tries again for Titus’ House seat, but as Democrat, not independent
A Rancho High School history teacher and Iraq War veteran who mounted an unsuccessful independent bid for Democratic Rep. Dina Titus’ seat is trying again — but as a Democrat this time.
Reuben D’Silva announced last week that he’ll seek to represent Nevada’s heavily Democratic, Las Vegas-based First Congressional District. He garnered 7.4 percent of the vote in that district in the 2016 general election but acknowledged he’s aware that voters tend to stick with the major parties rather than vote independent.
“I am doing this to make a point that you don’t have to be part of a machine,” he said about his plan to run against Titus, after making a speech to the Hispanics in Politics group praising the idea of competitive primaries.
D’Silva said he was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ run for president, and he’s a proponent of single-payer health care and free college tuition. He said he differs from Titus on his policies, as well as his support of Sanders-inspired lawmakers such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for Democratic leadership in place of Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Titus, a longtime fixture of Nevada politics, is already the most liberal member of Nevada’s congressional delegation and is the only member to sign on to a Medicare-for-All bill. D’Silva concedes he’d like to see her make a run for Senate against establishment-backed Rep. Jacky Rosen, which would open the field more for him in a district she’s had locked down.
“A Titus-Rosen primary would be a great one,” he said.
— Michelle Rindels