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Legislature | Local Government

Tensions over newly enacted Las Vegas homeless ordinance flare up at legislative forum for seniors

February 13th, 2020 - 5:45am
A member of the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum was abruptly dismissed from a meeting when she kept pressing a Clark County social services manager about the impact of Las Vegas ordinances outlawing sitting and sleeping in public. An estimated 42 percent of the more than 5,500 homeless in Southern Nevada are 50 or older.

Immigration | Local Government

Man whose arrest after sitting on sidewalk touched off deportation proceedings sues Vegas police

February 12th, 2020 - 2:00am
The suit comes after Lombardo announced in October that his agency would stop participating in the so-called “287(g)” jail-based partnership with ICE, and honoring holds, following a federal court in California’s ruling on the issue. Adame-Reyes’ lawyers said they worry that Lombardo could go back on his word, based on what they described as a begrudging promise to end the agreement. 


Local Government

After fires, City of Las Vegas plans motel, apartment registry and inspection program

February 6th, 2020 - 3:11pm
Less than two months after the Alpine Motel Apartments fire killed six people and revealed gaps in the city’s inspection processes, city officials introduced a draft of a Multifamily Residential Rental Registry and Inspection Program to “improve current practices” in preventing fires. The proposed program aims to ensure compliance with Las Vegas fire safety code by implementing more regular inspections of smoke detectors, fire alarms and exits.


Local Government

Point-in-Time Count volunteers hit the streets before dawn, seek answers to better understand homelessness

January 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
The Point-in-Time Count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) every two years, to count the number of people experiencing homelessness who are unsheltered, in emergency shelters, or in transitional or supportive housing to determine funding for that locality. The count is conducted on a single night to avoid duplicate counts. In Southern Nevada more than 5,500 homeless people were counted in the 2019 count.



Government | Local Government | State Government

Eureka sheriff writes letter to Sisolak, says he’ll resist new 'red flag' gun law 'until there is no fight left in me'

January 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts issued an open letter earlier this month expressing “disdain” for Gov. Steve Sisolak and accusing him of using the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas as a way to “show boat” and “grand stand” in order to further gun control laws.

Government | Local Government

Clark County takes steps to prevent “the same type of tragedy” as Alpine Motel fire

January 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Clark County commissioners are asking what they can do to prevent a tragedy like the fire that took six lives and injured 13 people on Dec. 21 at the Alpine Motel Apartments in downtown Las Vegas. The Department of Building and Fire Prevention has been tasked with notifying residents of inspections and providing a "priority" list of vulnerable properties.

Local Government

Vegas council votes to extend criminal penalties to sidewalks not covered by encampment ordinance

January 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday is expected to vote on an ordinance to allow city officials to “designate hours of sidewalk cleaning” in areas that are not already covered by an approved ordinance that makes it illegal to sit or lie down in many parts of town. Deputy City Attorney Jeff Dorocak says that the ordinance is intended to give allow the city to clean areas where encampments would be "still available," such as sidewalks or parking lots in commercial or industrial areas.

Community | Local Government

Clark County hosts forum of community leaders, asks public to sign written pledge to help end poverty

January 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
The forum brought together more than 200 local community leaders and decision-makers to focus on three major areas in their efforts to fight poverty — increasing career opportunities for the underemployed, providing employment and mentoring programs for low-income youth and increasing economic mobility for impoverished single parents. 

Local Government

Mayor's speech defends Las Vegas ordinances targeted at homelessness as protests, preparations continue

January 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
As a crowd protested outside of Las Vegas City Hall on Thursday, Mayor Carolyn Goodman defended the city’s efforts to end homelessness, describing them as “humanitarian and compassionate” and pushing back against critics of an ordinance that makes it illegal to sit or lie down in public rights-of-way. Criminal penalties for the ordinance are scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 1.

Local Government

Labor union sues city over major Sparks development and prevailing wage issue

January 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
The complaint, filed Tuesday with the state’s Office of the Labor Commissioner by the Laborers International Union Local 169, alleges that the City of Sparks’ redevelopment agency agreed to transfer ownership of a city-owned “C Street” four-story parking garage — appraised at $950,000 — to a private developer for no money, just the rights to 90 spaces for public parking.

IndyBlog | Local Government

Henderson Police Department program to take surplus equipment from the military

January 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
Many other Nevada law enforcement agencies have already taken advantage of the program, most notably the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which alone possesses surplus military equipment worth $2 million as of 2019. The Henderson Police Department representative said she was not sure why the city was only now joining the program. 

Local Government

Amid public criticism, Reno City Council abandons proposal to partner with reality TV show

January 8th, 2020 - 2:52pm
The year-long partnership with production company Big Fish Entertainment LLC would have authorized the fire department to participate in the show, which runs on the cable channel A&E. The show depicts firefighters and paramedics responding to emergencies on a slight delay to allow for some editing and post-production, but giving viewers “the fast-paced drama and intensity associated with [real-time] emergency rescue calls.” The city would receive $500 per week in licensing fees while filming took place.


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