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Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Local Government

Finance expert to Reno council: Big drop in revenue coming

March 25th, 2020 - 1:53pm
With business closures across the state, a drop in tax revenue could lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue for municipalities, Reno Finance Director Deborah Lauchner said in a presentation to the City Council on Wednesday. Although city staff are looking at three scenarios including a “doomsday” case, Lauchner said it is still too early to tell how large the hit to city services will be.

Coronavirus | Local Government

Cities, counties ramp up enforcement as some nonessential businesses defy governor, remain open

March 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak made Nevada one of the first states to enter a state of partial lockdown last Tuesday as an emergency step meant to stem the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, enforcing a closure of the state’s casinos and urging other nonessential businesses to close their doors for 30 days. But in the week that’s followed, public confusion has mounted as many businesses, small and large, have defied the governor’s orders and kept their doors open.

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Election 2020 | Legislature | Local Government

Candidate filing closes, sets battlegrounds for control of Legislature, congressional races

Dozens of candidates — including 52 in populous Clark County — waited until the final day of the filing period to declare their candidacy. The end of filing means that campaign season — though hampered by the spread of the novel coronavirus — is officially underway ahead of the June 9 primary election and Nov. 3 general election.

Local Government | Real Estate

Reno’s ‘1,000 Homes in 120 Days’ program seeks to boost inventory amid shortage, but at what cost?

March 8th, 2020 - 3:00am
In September, Mayor Hillary Schieve announced a pilot program designed to address the area’s housing shortage called "1,000 homes in 120 Days," offering developers local permit fee deferrals that act as no-interest "loans" to attract more construction. By the end of the 120-day application period on Jan. 30, developers had proposed 4,628 housing units scattered throughout Reno.

Community | Local Government

Five years after Las Vegas shelter sets ‘zero euthanasia’ goal, success is within sight

March 1st, 2020 - 2:00am
In 2015, The Animal Foundation set the goal to reach “zero euthanasia” by the end of 2020 — which means saving all healthy and treatable animals, not just adoptable ones. If they meet the goal by the end of the year, they will be one of the highest-volume shelters to do so in the country. Last year, it euthanized less than one-third of the annual population that was euthanized five years ago.

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.



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