Local Government | Water & Land
Water authority purchases West Reno water company, allowing for approved development in Verdi to continue
April 7th, 2019 - 2:10am
The water authority’s purchase of the West Reno Water Company marks the end of a stalemate between a developer and the city of Reno — a case of construction outpacing infrastructure. It also connects a groundwater-dependent area with water from the Truckee River.
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Energy | IndyBlog | Local Government
City of Las Vegas poised to stay with NV Energy after competitor withdraws application
April 3rd, 2019 - 2:50pm
A lobbyist for Tenaska, an Omaha-based power provider that also provides electric service to MGM Resorts and Caesars Resorts, told members of the Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday that the company was withdrawing its bid to supply the city with electric power after initially announcing their interest last month. Dave Brown, representing the company, gave few details beyond saying the company would be “better served to pull their application today, so that’s what we’re doing.”
Elections | Local Government
Kihuen’s bid for City Council seat ends in loss to Diaz, Clary; Goodman wins third term
Former Rep. Ruben Kihuen’s attempt to revive his political career fizzled Tuesday when he lost his bid for a Las Vegas City Council seat by a razor-thin margin. Former Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz and activist Melissa Clary emerged with the most votes in the Ward 3 race, meaning they will head to the general election in June.
Legislature | Local Government
Bill provides mechanism for removing local officials for sexual misconduct
April 1st, 2019 - 12:55pm
Sexual misconduct claims against Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro loomed over a hearing Monday for Assembly Bill 397, which would enable the Nevada Equal Rights Commision to recommend impeachment of elected officials facing accusations of sexual harassment.
Kihuen’s shadow hangs over seven-way City Council race
March 22nd, 2019 - 2:20am
Though seven candidates are officially in the race to replace outgoing Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin, just one has become the center of attention: Former Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen, who is looking to stage a political comeback just months after leaving office following allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted advances during the 2016 campaign.
Economy & Business | Local Government
Opportunity zone investors wait for Treasury Department guidance, city approvals
March 22nd, 2019 - 2:15am
The break will allow investors to defer taxes on money they make — and in many cases, receive a discount — if they invest in real estate or businesses in one of the areas. If investors maintain an investment in the area for 10 years, they will pay no taxes on their gains.
Education | Local Government
Indy Q&A: Traci Davis, Washoe County School District superintendent, on digital days, resignation petition
March 15th, 2019 - 2:00am
Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis is not backing down. Davis has faced criticism over the use of digital days. She has also faced questions about transparency and the culture of the district. But Davis argued tells another story.
IndyBlog | Legislature | Local Government
Nye County Commission demands lawmakers 'cease any action' restricting Second Amendment rights
Washoe County moves forward on fund in effort to increase affordable housing development
March 12th, 2019 - 2:00am
At a meeting in late February, the commissioners unanimously approved a draft ordinance that would create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund for unincorporated Washoe County, Reno and Sparks. The five-member board is expected to vote and approve a final ordinance later this month.
LVCVA announces partnership with Musk’s Boring Company for convention center transit project
March 6th, 2019 - 3:35pm
Las Vegas’ future could hold a new underground mass transit system — but it’s no subway. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a partnership with the Elon Musk-linked Boring Company Wednesday that would see an underground tunnel connect the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center campus end-to-end by the time a new expansion is slated to open in early 2021.
Elections | Legislature | Local Government
Secretary of state's office presents bill to end municipal elections in odd-numbered years
March 1st, 2019 - 2:10am
Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and five other Nevada cities may soon be required to move their municipal elections from the spring of odd-numbered years to the fall of even-numbered years if lawmakers approve a bill sponsored by the secretary of state’s office.
State court rules to allow Clark County opioid case to move forward
In Spanish radio interview, former Rep. Ruben Kihuen says he was in hot water for flirting, giving compliments
“The committee gave me a letter that says ‘reprimand,’ that is basically … a slap on the wrist, ‘don’t do this again.’ They found that the fact I had told them things — piropos — they found that it was credible," Kihuen said in a Spanish radio interview.
Local Government | Water & Land
Proposal for homes at Bonnie Springs sparks debate over inholdings at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
February 26th, 2019 - 2:00am
Bonnie Springs Ranch now exists in the middle of public land that belongs to all Americans as a national conservation area. Yet the land sits on private parcels with existing entitlements, creating a palpable tension at the Clark County Planning Commission.
Reno City Council unanimously votes to appoint attorney Devon Reese to fill vacant seat
February 15th, 2019 - 8:00pm
The Reno City Council voted unanimously Friday night to appoint attorney Devon Reese to fill an open seat on the seven-member board. The vacancy was created in mid-January when then-Councilman David Bobzien took a position to lead Gov. Steve Sisolak’s energy office.
Reno City Council: What if they held an appointment and everyone came?
February 7th, 2019 - 2:15am
Elected officials and even some applicants said they were surprised by the interest the opening generated. In the one-week application period that closed on Friday, the city had received 144 applications, almost double the 78 applications Reno received for its last vacancy in 2014.
Elections | Local Government
Kihuen's large federal war chest likely not transferable to City Council race
February 1st, 2019 - 2:10am
Kihuen has stopped fundraising since announcing in 2017 that he would not run for re-election to his U.S. House seat, amid multiple accusations of unwanted sexual conduct that were largely substantiated by a House Ethics Committee report finding the congressman “made persistent and unwanted advances toward women who were required to work with him.”
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