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Discover the fun at one of our camps Nov. 19-21.

Who doesn't love donuts? Las Vegas has a number of original, locally-owned donut shops to try.

Events Nov. 15 – 30
11/15/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Lieburn Turkey Dinner (ages 50+)

Friday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $7.  Advance registration required by Nov. 14.

Lieburn Senior Center; 6230 Garwood Ave., 702-229-1600.

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s. Call 702-229-1600 for registration and information.

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Founded at the West Las Vegas Arts Center in 1997, The Poets’ Corner premiered as the first established poetry program in Las Vegas. This monthly forum event, hosted by LaBlaque Williams, is for established poets and open-mic participants and features the best local talent. Due to potential subject matter, we strongly advise participants be age 17 or older. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Turkey Trot & Swim

Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m. check-in; 8 a.m. start

Cost: $15; $10 Mini Turkey Run for ages 7 and younger.

Pavilion Center Pool, 101 N. Pavilion Center Pool, 702-229-1488.

If you are looking for a Thanksgiving holiday run and swim, this trot is for you! This is a fun event for the entire family! All finishers will receive a ribbon and goodies. Course Codes: 213406-06 Big Turkey 1.5-mile run/300-meter Swim; 213406-07 Mini Turkey 1-mile run. No age limit, but Big Turkey participants must be able to swim 100 meters successfully.

Free Fishing Clinic

Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, 702-229-8100.

Nevada Department of Wildlife will conduct a fishing clinic in Area 2 at the large Tule Lake in the park, providing poles, instructors and bait. No fishing license is required during the clinic.

Thanksgiving Lunch (ages 50+)

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $7; must have current city of Las Vegas senior programs membership.

Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., 702-229-6125.

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Space is limited; RSVP by Nov. 15. 

Thanksgiving Luncheon (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Nov. 20, noon.
Cost: $6/person. Advance registration required
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454.

Enjoy a fabulous traditional Thanksgiving meal. Call 702-229-6454 for registration and details.

Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot (all ages)

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Free with canned food item donation.

Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Road, 702-229-6563. Compete in divisions Youth/Teen/Adult with free throws to win the turkeys. Whoever makes the most shots wins the bird in each division.

Thanksgiving Break Camps
11/14/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Looking for something fun for your kids to do over the Thanksgiving break? We offer several affordable camps:

Fall Break Camp (kindergarten-grade 5)

Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $45 for all three days or $20/day to drop in if space is available.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515.

Children participate in day camp activities in a safe, supervised environment that may include games, fitness challenges, arts and crafts, music and more. Advance registration recommended.

Camp Thankful Fall Break Camp (ages 6-11)

Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $90 per child. Veterans Memorial Community Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, 702-229-1100.

Children will enjoy swimming, crafts, games and much more. Register in person, online or by phone with RecTrac code 212003-11.

Fall Break Camp (ages 5-11)

Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $70 per child.

Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, 702-229-1607. Children should bring a sack lunch, two snacks and a reusable water bottle each day.

Nov. 13 Planning Commission Recap
11/14/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Here's a recap of the Nov. 13 Planning Commission Meeting.  

Agenda Item 7 — Special Use Permit for a Proposed Beer/Wine/Cooler Off-Sale Establishment— A request for a Special Use Permit for a proposed 4,490 square-foot establishment at the southwest corner of Fremont Street and Eastern Avenue.  APPROVED. 

Agenda Item 11 — Rezoning— A developer is requesting to rezone an area from residential planned development to medium density residential on 4.87 acres at 4445 Diamond Head Drive for elderly housing. APPROVED; it will be on the Dec. 19 City Council agenda. 

Agenda Item 15 — Site Development Plan — For possible action on a Site Development Plan Review for a proposed 64-unit multi-family residential development on 6.73 acres at the southwest corner of Harris Avenue and Wardelle Street. APPROVED.

Agenda Item 23 — Rezoning— The city is requesting to rezone properties within a portion of the Las Vegas Medical District area that was chosen to first implement the Form-Based Code as a pilot within the district. This is an implementation action of the Vision 2045 Downtown Las Vegas Master Plan, which sought to update the development standards for downtown by adopting a form-based code for each of the 12 downtown districts. This is the first area of the Downtown Overlay set to be regulated by updated zoning standards, which will foster the development of a regional hub for medical services, medical education and a “complete neighborhood” for the residents of the neighborhood.  APPROVED; it will be on the Dec. 19 City Council agenda. 

Agenda Items 24 & 25 — Variance and Petition — The applicant is requesting a Variance to allow an alley to terminate in a stub street without a cul-de-sac. The applicant is also requesting a Petition to Vacate a 20-foot by 111-foot portion of a public alleyway near Charleston Boulevard and 14th Street. APPROVED; it will be on the Dec. 19 City Council agenda. 

Agenda Item 27 — Site Development Plan Review with Multiple Waivers — For possible action on a Site Development Plan Review with multiple waiver requests for a proposed 35,220 square-foot shopping center at the southwest corner of Charleston Boulevard and Arville Street. DENIED; it will be on the Dec. 19 City Council agenda.

Agenda Items 28-30 — Special Use Permit for Multi-Family Residential with Liquor Off-Sale Establishment — The applicant is proposing to develop a vacant 25.55-acre site with a 344-unit multifamily residential complex and a 132,664 square-foot commercial development containing multiple uses at the northeast corner of Oakey Boulevard and Atlantic Street, with commercial frontage along Fremont Street. ABEYED until Dec. 11. 

Agenda Item 31 — Special Use Permit Amendement for Restaurant with Drive Through — This is a request for a Site Development Plan Review for a proposed restaurant with drive through use at 1141 South Las Vegas Boulevard. A Waiver of the Interim Downtown Las Vegas setback standards is requested to allow a zero percent alignment along the south property line where 70 percent is required. ABEYED until Dec. 11. 

Agenda Item 32 — Site Development Plan Review for Dutch Bros Coffee — The applicant has proposed a coffee shop with drive through use on a property located on the south side of Sahara Avenue, approximately 243 feet east of Rye Street.  APPROVED.

Toys for Parking Tickets Program
11/7/2018 8:00:00 PM
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The Las Vegas City Council approved a Toys For Tickets program that will allow those issued non-public safety parking tickets by the city’s Parking Services Division to pay their fine by donating toys in lieu of paying parking ticket fines. 

The program allows those issued tickets between November 1 and November 19 to make a donation instead of paying a fine. If your ticket qualifies, information will be included with your parking citation. City of Las Vegas Parking Enforcement will collect the donations and will present the supplies to the Salvation Army, which supplies 4,000 local kids with toys each holiday season. Toys must be unwrapped at the time of donation. 

Questions? Call 702–229–4700 or click here.

Supporting Veterans
11/6/2018 8:00:00 PM
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We are a proud employer and supporter of veterans in Las Vegas.

We Have Ended Veterans Homelessness The city of Las Vegas, Clark County, the local Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Healthcare System and numerous community homeless providers have been recognized for meeting the Mayor’s Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness by ensuring that all homeless veterans in the city have access to housing services.

Mayor’s Challenge To Prevent Veterans Suicide We are one of eight cities to participate in this year’s Mayor’s Challenge to prevent suicide among service members, veterans and their families (SMVF). Mayor Carolyn Goodman appointed Councilman Seroka to spearhead the SMVF initiative. With guidance from Councilman Seroka, the city’s Office of Community Services works in partnership with the State Office of Suicide Prevention, Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA), Las Vegas Department of Public Safety, Metro, UNLV and numerous other community providers and stakeholders to ensure pre and post-vention services are in place for our community and state.

Veterans Court At Municipal Court Judge Martin Hastings has presided over Veterans Court since 2014. The program offers services to veteran defendants, such as drug and alcohol treatment, mental health and medical services, and employment assistance. Participants in the program must agree and adhere to all requirements set forth for one year.

Currently there are 35 veterans in the program; court is held every Thursday. To take a more active role in the treatment of substance abuse, our Municipal Court team has linked up with the Las Vegas Recovery Center and Freedom House for inpatient treatment. Once a veteran has completed inpatient treatment the veteran is placed in a sober living home where they continue to work on their recovery with a goal for them to live independently without the use of alcohol or mind altering substances. Several participants have done so well in the program that they have graduated up to two months early. To graduate from the program the veteran must be 100 percent compliant with court orders and their treatment plan. Court orders typically include matters such as: having no positive drug test results, no missed court appearances without prior approval, attend all VA and court ordered appointments and complete any and court-ordered classes. Graduations are well attended with a large amount of elected officials, community support groups and individuals presenting each graduate with a gift or certificate.

Partnership with Nellis AFB We are included in all on-base “Employment Assistance Events” and have attended two events so far this year. After successful internships, we have also hired several soon-to-be veterans from Nellis in departments across the city.

UNLV/US Senate Events We participate in the Annual UNLV Veteran Career Fair events sponsored by Senator Cortez Masto.

Hiring Our Heroes We participate in this program to help match soon-to-be veterans with meaningful employment. A veteran from this program currently works in our Planning Department.

Veterans Preference Points On City Applications Veteran’s preference points are awarded on open* examinations at time of initial hire after a final passing score of 70% or higher has been attained. Five (5) points will be added to the veteran’s finals score, not to exceed 100%. For purposes of veteran’s preference, a “veteran” refers to a person who has served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, and who is able to establish that they have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. The DD-214 must have the “character of service” to establish the above. For candidates who have a service-related disability or are the recipient of a purple heart, ten (10) preference points will be awarded as outlined above (not to exceed 10 total points.) To receive the ten points, candidates must provide Standard Form SF-15 along with their DD-214.

The 5 Best Doughnuts in Las Vegas
11/5/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Whatever happens between you and these doughnuts in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Vegas is quickly and quietly becoming one of the great food cities in the U.S. You never know what you’re going to get when waking up in Vegas, but it should probably be a doughnut. We asked the top Yelp-reviewed doughnut shops in the city to show us their best, and then we ate them. We did that for you. It had nothing at all to do with our sugar addiction. You’re welcome. Here are the results of all our glaze, sweat and tears. 

Donut Bar

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Donut Bar, located at 124 S. 6th St., has a large selection. Literally. Their Big Poppa Tart is over a pound, and the center is an entire blueberry ‎Pop-Tart®. They added blueberry jelly and crumbled more Pop-Tart® on top. There’s nothing subtle about Las Vegas, and Donut Bar wanted to make sure the same was true of the Big Poppa Tart. This is the doughnut that put them on the map and is probably big enough to be seen in Google’s satellite view. If you need a challenge, love ‎Pop-Tarts® or believe everything is bigger in Texas, check out the Big Poppa Tart. If excess is not your thing, they also have a very popular Crème brûlée doughnut and even vegan options. You can finally commit to being a vegan Las Vegan.

Pinkbox Doughnuts

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What goes better with pink than magical unicorns, rainbow frosting and poop? Wait, what??? Pinkbox has three locations, though only the 7531 W. Lake Mead Blvd. shop is technically in city limits. Chef Amanda, working out of the Henderson location, dreamed up a unicorn poomoji doughnut dubbed the “My Little Doughny”. A vanilla cake doughnut piled high with rainbow buttercream frosting, white icing and edible glitter that will make the six year-old girl inside you squee with delight (then talk too much and run in circles until she passes out). If it’s too early in the morning for four inches of frosting (as if), Pinkbox has many other unique and tasty creations. The blueberry cake doughnut gets rave reviews. 

Coco Donuts

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Coco Donuts at 10040 W. Cheyenne Ave. has an impressive variety of Dough'sants (also known as cronuts, also known as hipster baklava because we just made that up). You may have tried a standard-issue dough’sant, but Coco offers flakey layers of crunchy and sweet paired with glaze, powdered sugar, icings or coconut. If you’re a croissant connoisseur or maybe glazed dough is just not bougie enough for you, Coco might be the place for you.

Dee’s Donuts

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If you’re way out in the northwest visiting a hidden gem of a park like Floyd Lamb, you may think you’ve left civilization. There couldn’t possibly be doughnuts anywhere in the area. You’d be wrong. Not about Floyd Lamb at Tule Springs, obviously. At 6401 N. Durango Drive tucked away in a shopping center, Dee’s Donuts has a great, inexpensive selection and friendly staff. They have everything from apple fritters to buttermilk bars to cinnamon rolls, but we settled on the chocolate covered strawberry doughnut. We all agreed it was PHAT (pretty, hot and tasty). 

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We had all just finished watching Clueless, but that’s getting off topic. However, with over 160 five-star reviews on Yelp, Dee’s must being doing a lot right. 

Real Donuts

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If you’re in the famed Las Vegas Medical District (and hopefully not for any sugar-related ailments), there’s a hole-in-the-wall (or doughnut-hole-in-the-wall, if you will) at 1811 W. Charleston Blvd. called Real Donuts. While they may lack the glitz and glamour of a Pinkbox or Donut Bar, they have great reviews online for their simple, fresh and inexpensive selection. We have brought a smile to many a coworker’s face with some Real Donuts assorted doughnut holes. 

No matter what you are in the mood for, these five doughnut shops in the city of Las Vegas are the best of the best as decided by you- the eating public. There are fancy doughnuts. There are bold and expressive doughnuts. Sometimes you don’t need a doughnut to pretend to be anything more than it is- a fried piece of dough that will exist for about 10 seconds after you decide to devour it. Whatever your doughnut preference, Vegas is where it’s at.


Shane Savanapridi is a Public Information Officer for the city. Some people might call him a professional doughnut eater, but that would way understate the case.  Follow his adventures - @savanapridi 

The 3 Sandwiches To Eat In DTLV
11/1/2018 7:00:00 PM
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Who doesn’t like things stuffed in between two pieces of bread? (If you answered “me,” you should stop reading this now, even though you’re probably lying to yourself.)

Although people can’t agree on the origin of the popular creation, it could be argued that people have been eating sandwiches since the first century. Regardless, it’s estimated that more than 300 million sandwiches are eaten each day! And that’s just in the United States. Whether you prefer simplicity or all the fixins’, here are three sandwiches you HAVE to eat in downtown Las Vegas:

Killer Grilled Cheese at eat. 

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Two thick cut pieces of buttered fresh sourdough bread with slices of aged cheddar cheese grilled until golden brown. No side is left behind; there's a toasted bread crunch with every bite. The melted cheese oozes out and when pulled apart is stringy goodness. Although it's perfectly good to eat on its own, this sandwich is served with the joint's "kick-ass tomato soup" served in a bowl big enough for dipping. 

Cold Brown at The Goodwich

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Served at both the downtown and southwest locations, the Cold Brown is definitely a "stacked-rite sandwich." The mouthwatering creation is the Las Vegas version of the hot brown originally created in 1923 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Featured on many food lists, the sandwich is made with roast turkey, bacon, tomato, gruyere fondue and parsley. Customize it with add ons or enjoy as is on wheat, white or marble rye. 

Pho Dipped Banh Mi at Le Pho

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Banh Mi 101: A Vietnamese sandwich filled with a variety of ingredients such as meat, fresh and pickled vegetables and sauces served on a baguette. This one is made with slow cooked beef brisket, bean sprouts, red onion, basil, pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeño, Hoisin sauce and Sriracha. The mix of soft and crunchy textures and sweet, savory and spicy flavors creates a well-rounded bite. Just like the French Dip comes with beef broth or au jus, a side of pho is served with this banh mi; dipping optional, but recommended. 

Natasha Shahani is a Public Information Officer for the city. Sometimes she likes to pretend she's a foodie influencer. Follow her adventures - @hitheresunshine. 

Nov. 7 City Council Meeting Recap
11/7/2018 8:00:00 PM
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Las Vegas City Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Below is a recap.

Agenda Item 27 — Grant for Adaptive Sports Opportunities for Disabled Veterans & Members of the Armed Service: City Council approved the grant and sub-grant agreement with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, the city would receive a total of $10,940 in funds to provide direct adaptive sports programs at no cost to approximately 200 disabled service members. Programs provided will be fishing clinics, swim lesson, aquatic therapy, golf, Paralympic Sports Club Las Vegas and bowling.

Agenda Item 42 — Children’s Park at Huntridge Circle Park: A portion of Huntridge Circle Park will be designated as a Children’s Park.

Agenda Item 45 — Short Term Rentals: On June 21, 2017, City Council adopted Bill No. 2017-16, which revised the regulations and requirements pertaining to short-term residential rentals. Our Director of the Department of Planning provided an update of proposed regulatory changes related to the short-term residential rental use that are anticipated to be introduced on Nov. 21:

  • Repeal Amendment: Removes land provisions for new short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods except if it is an owner-occupied 3-bedrooms or less home located 660 feet away from another short term rental.
  • Multifamily Amendment: Provides an exclusion from the 660-foot distance separation for multifamily residential developments seeking to entitle more than one short term rental unit in the same development. Only 5% of the total residential units in the development will be allowed as approved short term rentals.

It is important to note that all applications currently in process must be given a hearing and acted upon based on the code in effect at the time they were accepted. 

The bills are scheduled to be introduced at the Nov. 21 City Council meeting; however, they may be assigned to Recommending Committee or heard as a Public Hearing pushing introduction to City Council until a meeting in December. 

Agenda Item 47 — Toys for Tickets: Those with non-public safety-related parking tickets issued between Nov. 7 and 19 will have the opportunity to resolve fines with toy donations for Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Angel Program. Learn more.

Agenda Items 48 & 49 — Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program: During the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature, the Legislature and Governor Sandoval approved Assembly Bill 5, which enables Nevada municipalities to create districts to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for commercial properties (commonly known as Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or “C-PACE”). Sustainable Real Estate Solutions was contracted with by the city to consult on the design, development and administration of a C-PACE program for the city. City Council approved these resolutions which will create a program and energy improvement district.

Agenda Item 50— Standards Regarding the Repurposing of Certain Golf Courses & Open SpacesCity Council approved additional standards regarding the repurposing of golf courses and open spaces. The ordinance changes the steps of what is required before a project is approved. By asking developers to conduct the appropriate studies earlier in the process, the intent is for city leaders to understand the impacts of these unique types of developments before they are too far in the process to be reasonably changed. It will also help lay out the requirements for developers at the beginning, making it a transparent process. One example of the type of property this could apply to is golf courses in master-planned communities. If golf courses in master-planned communities are closed, this ordinance would allow developers to purchase the land, work with the neighborhood and ask to re-purpose the space into a new concept. Notable open spaces that could be impacted in the future are the Lakes, Desert Shores and Canyon Gate.

Open space is always incorporated into development requirements for neighborhoods and, in the case of golf courses in master-planned communities, the golf course often served as the open space requirement. This ordinance aims to give homeowners input into the proposed changes while still allowing developers to invest in and build new properties. 

Halloween Safety Tips
10/30/2018 7:00:00 PM
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Our Deputy City Marshals have some safety tips to make Halloween a real treat for the entire family. Have fun and be safe! 

  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Check Nextdoor for their treat map in your area
  • Travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit and never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
  • Costumes should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eyeholes. Test makeup before Halloween to make sure there are no skin sensitivities.
  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
  • Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street and don’t cut through alleys.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Motorist should watch for children darting out between parked cars and walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Motorist should enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • End trick or treating by 9 p.m.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately to 311 or use 911 if there is an emergency 
Events Through November 3
10/25/2018 7:00:00 PM
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Halloween at the Pool: Witches, Wizards & Water! (all ages)

Saturday, Oct. 27, noon to 5 p.m.

Cost: $4 per person.

Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, 702–229–6309.

The life ghouls are ready to play some games with the ghosts and goblins who decide to show up at the pool. There will be hauntingly good music, fun games (inside the water and out), a lesson in making some spooky concoctions, and flying through the water — even a few games of Quidditch!

Sin City Halloween Parade

Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.

Fremont Street from Maryland Parkway to 7th Street

Sin City Halloween Scary Car Show & Block Party

Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m.-midnight

Fremont Street from 6th to 8th streets

Ward 6 Safe Halloween Celebration

October 31, 2018, 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. 

Floyd Lamb at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road

Bring the family to enjoy trunk-or-treating by flashlight, games for the kids, costume parade, hayrides, DJ music and community vendors. Food trucks will offer refreshments for sale. For more information, call 702–229–5463. Sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Centennial Hills YMCA.

Community Safe Night Halloween Carnival

October 31 from 5 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave.

Bring the family to enjoy fun games, snacks, jump houses, face painting, a petting zoo, climbing wall, and trick-or-treating. Treats will be distributed while supplies last.

Dia de los Muertos Festival (all ages)

Friday, Nov. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive

Enjoy native artisans selling their works, an ofrenda contest, entertainment by Las Cafeteras, interactive children’s activities, face-painting, special decor and an exhibition of alters created by community members, as well as refreshments for sale from food trucks. For more information, call 702–229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

Ward 4 Movie in the Park

November 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Ernest May Elementary School field, 6350 W Washburn Road

Join Councilman Anthony to enjoy the family friendly movie “Hotel Transylvania 3.” Bring your blanket or low-backed chair for more comfortable lawn seating. Food items will be available for purchase. Call 702–229–2524 for more information.

Ward 2 Shredding Event & Prescription Disposal

November 3, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon

Veterans Memorial Community Center Parking Lot, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive

Limit five boxes per person; get a free medication disposal bag for shredding with us. Call 702–229–2144 for more information. 

Ward 3Waking UP As One Nation Rally

November 3, 2018, noon — 4:00 p.m. 

Gary Reese Freedom Park, 850 N. Mojave Road

Enjoy music, dancing, international presentations, community vendors, food trucks and fun. Call 702–229–5428 for more information.

3 Spooky Things To Do This Halloween Season
10/24/2018 7:00:00 PM
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1. Explore Las Vegas’ oldest cemetery. The Nevada Preservation Foundation is leading a walking tour of Woodlawn Cemetery on Halloween. Click here for more information.

2. Escape from bloodthirsty zombies at Fear the Walking Dead Survival attraction located in the Fremont Street Experience.

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3. See hundreds of paranormal artifacts at Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum. Go at your own risk though; visitors are required to sign a waiver before entering.

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    Halloween Happenings
    10/23/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    The days leading up to Halloween and beyond are filled with fun activities for children, seniors and fun seekers of all ages! Find something fun to do below! Some activities require advance registration. Community, senior and cultural centers will be closed Oct. 26 for Nevada Day holiday observance. All activities are subject to change. More information is available at www.artslasvegas.org and www.lasvegasparksandrec.com

    SeniorWeen (ages 50+)

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Cost: $5; must have current city of Las Vegas Senior Programs membership.

    Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., 702-229-6125.

    Enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, games and music!  Put on your best costume to see who gets the best dressed prize! Space is limited. Registration opens Sept. 1; please register before Friday, Oct. 19.

    Halloween Carnival and Trunk or Treat (ages walking to 11 years old)

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

    Free and open to the public.

    East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515.

    Enjoy the children’s costume contest, carnival games and safe trunk-or-treating at this annual event. Call 702-229-1515 for more information.

    Family Trunk-or-Treat and Creature Feature (all ages)

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 7 p.m. trunk-or-treat; 7:30 p.m. movie begins.

    Free and open to the public; trunk-or-treating for children walking up to age 10, in costume.

    Trunk-or-Treat in Lieburn Senior Canter parking lot, 6230 Garwood Ave.
    PG-rated “Beetle Juice” creature feature in Mirabelli Park, just west of the community center.
    Bring the children in costume to enjoy a safe trunk-or-treating event, followed by a creature feature on a huge outdoor screen. Call 702-229-6359 for more information.

    Halloween at the Pool: Witches, Wizards & Water! (all ages)

    Saturday, Oct. 27, noon to 5 p.m.

    Cost: $4 per person.

    Municipal Pool, 431 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6309.

    The life ghouls are ready to play some games with the ghosts and goblins who decide to show up at the pool. There will be hauntingly good music, fun games (inside the water and out), a lesson in making some spooky concoctions, and flying through the water -- even a few games of Quidditch!

    2018 Sin City Halloween Parade

    Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:15 p.m. parade begins; parade staging 6-7:45 p.m.

    Free for spectators.

    Fremont Street from Maryland Parkway to Seventh Street

    Parade ends in the Fremont East Entertainment District at the Abbey Road crosswalk.  The Sin City Halloween Block Party and Scary Car Show begins on Fremont between 6th and 9th streets when the parade ends. Visit online for more information.

    Spooks Galore Halloween Lunch and Party (ages 50+)

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Cost: $5.

    Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, 702-229-6454.

    Put on your costume and enjoy a spookilicious lunch, a fun variety of games and some Halloween treats!  Prizes for games and costumes, too!  Advance registration required; call 702-229-6454 for information and registration. Registration opens Sept. 4.

    The Mummy’s Curse (ages 50+)

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, noon.

    Cost: $5.

    Derfelt Senior Center in Lorenzi Park, 3343 W. Washington Ave., 702-229-6601.

    Put on your costume and join us as we try to break the curse. Advanced registration required; registration opens Sept. 1.                        

    Howling Halloween (ages 50+)

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1 to 3 p.m.

    Cost: $3.

    Lieburn Senior Center; 6230 Garwood Ave., 702-229-1600.

    Dress in your favorite costume to enjoy fun and games. Registration open Sept. 1-Oct. 25. Call 702-229-1600 for more information and registration.

    Ward 6 Safe Halloween Celebration (all ages)

    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Free and open to the public.

    Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road, 702-229-8100.

    Bring the family to enjoy trunk-or-treating by flashlight, games for the kids, costume parade, hayrides, DJ music and community vendors.  Food trucks will offer refreshments for sale. Event held in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Centennial Hills YMCA.

    Dia de los Muertos Festival (all ages)

    Friday, Nov. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.

    Free and open to the public.

    Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive

    Enjoy native artisans selling their works, an ofrenda contest, entertainment by Las Cafeteras, interactive children's activities, face-painting, special decor and an exhibition of alters created by community members, as well as refreshments for sale from food trucks. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit www.artslasvegas.org



    What The ?!?!?! Podcast: Mayor’s Fund For LIFE And Housing Downtown
    10/18/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    In Episode 6, we wonder what exactly is the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE? Why do we need donations? What about tax-payer dollars? We also discuss downtown living. Why live downtown? Read on below and find out. Or listen here.

    What is the Mayor’s Fund For LIFE?

    The city has started a new fund that aims to pool public and private resources to work on key issues that improve the quality of life for all residents. Focus areas will include livability, innovation, future and education. Projects that will be supported include the courtyard project to end homelessness, public art, the Las Vegas Book Festival, equitable internet access, corporate challenge, a youth employment program, summer learning academies and strong start academies to support pre-school education and under-performing elementary schools.

    Why does the city need additional funds? Don’t they already use taxpayer funds?

    This will help fill the gap that government alone can’t fund. We often have a vision and a plan to address an issue but we don’t have the resources to keep it going. Our goals often align with the private industry so when they are willing to match funding or help support our efforts, everyone benefits. This model is based off successful mayor’s funds in New York and LA. The Mayor’s Fund To Advance New York City raised $18 million in 2017.

    Is there only so much money to go around? Will this jeopardize the work of other nonprofits?

    Rest assured, we will still give financial resources to our nonprofit partners but these key projects will allow us to align our goals together. We find that giving increases when we collaborate.

    How will the donation process work?

    Donations will be designated to one of the categories we mentioned before and an advisory committee is involved in helping figure out how funds will be used to support them. You can learn more about the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE at mayorsfundlv.org

    Downtown Living

    The economy has changed. Redevelopment is full steam ahead downtown but there is one missing piece: what the ?!?!?! is up with a lack of housing downtown? We hear all the time that people want to live downtown but they can’t find the right residence. We need more options for those that want to live downtown.

    Why is it important that more people live downtown?

    Some businesses looking to relocate take into consideration whether or not their employees can find housing near enough to walk or bike to work; for us to attract those types of businesses, we need more housing options. The ability to attract bigger retailers, like a grocery store, depends on the number of people living in a close proximity to the retail site. Great neighborhoods have many different housing options available and that’s what we’re working towards.

    What new projects have recently opened?

    The good news is that new developers have come in to do new projects and many of them include residential offerings. Fremont9 just opened with 232 units and C 3 Lofts just opened with 48 units and new residential projects are officially planned for Symphony Park. But what’s in it for the city? The short answer is that we want more people to live, work and play downtown to support the economy. When people are living downtown, there is even more support for local businesses, restaurants, entertainment, bars, you name it.

    What future projects will impact the need for housing?

    The expansion of the Las Vegas Medical District now that UNLV has a medical school is also expected to not only bring $3.6 billion of economic impact by 2030 downtown but also increase the need for housing. We want to have the new projects in place to meet the need as it arises.

    How are millenials changing the real estate scene?

    We’re also finding that millennials love living downtown and in the traditionally older neighborhoods that provide houses with more character. Millennials seem to enjoy that more than they like living in the suburbs. They also care more about walkability and biking, which makes easy access to downtown housing even more important.

    10.23.18. Planning Commission Preview
    10/18/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    Planning Commission meetings are now held twice a month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Below are a few of the notable items on the agenda. Get the full agenda here and watch live starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at kclv.tv/live.

    Agenda Item 8 — Special Use Permit for a Proposed Tavern — A developer is requesting a Special Use Permit for a proposed 2,024 square-foot tavern-limited use with 150 square feet of outdoor space at 450 Fremont Street, Suite 167. Staff recommends approval.

    Agenda Item 13 — Special Use Permit for a Proposed Beer/Wine/Cooler Off-Sale Establishment — A request for a Special Use Permit for a proposed 4.442 square-foot establishment with a waiver to allow a 260-foot distance separation from a church/house of worship where 400 feet is required at 1600 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Staff recommends approval.

    Agenda Item 16 — Special Use Permit for a Proposed Marijuana Dispensary — Action is being requested on a Special Use Permit for a marijuana dispensary at 1600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 150. Staff recommends approval.

    Agenda Item 18 — Short Term Rental — 1901 E. St. Louis Ave. Special Use Permit to allow a proposed short term rental at the corner of St. Louis Ave. and Burnham Ave. Staff recommends approval.

    Agenda Item 19 — Short Term Rental — 5436. Doe Ave. Special Use Permit to allow a proposed short term rental near San Bernardino Ave. and Las Verdes St. Staff recommends approval.

    Agenda Item 20 — Short Term Rental — 1901 E. St. Louis Ave. Special Use Permit to allow a proposed short term rental at the corner of Doe Ave. and Lindell Road. Staff recommends approval.

    Agenda Item 22 — Short Term Rental — 1807 S. 8th St. Special Use Permit to allow a 374-foot distance separation where 660 feet is required near 8th St. and Canosa Ave. Staff recommends denial.

    Agenda Item 23 — Short Term Rental — 2200 Nordica Ct Special Use Permit to allow a 617-foot distance separation where 660 feet is required near Nordica Ct. and Via Olivero Ave. Staff recommends denial.

    Agenda Item 24 — Text Amendment: Title 19.09 Form-Cased Code — Proposed amendment to implement the goal and objectives as established in the Vision 2045 Downtown Las Vegas Masterplan within the Las Vegas Medical District of downtown into the Las Vegas Municipal Code (LVMC) Title 19, the Unified Development Code of the City of Las Vegas. This will be accomplished by replacing references to the Las Vegas Medical District Plan, with references to the recently adopted LVMC Chapter 19.09 Form-Based Code within Appendix F Interim Downtown Las Vegas Development Standards. Staff recommends approval.

    An Update on Homelessness
    10/10/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    An Update On Our Work To Break The Cycle Of Homelessness In Las Vegas World Homeless Day

    More than 6,000 individuals and families in our community lack permanent housing — with 64 percent of our homeless population living on the streets, in encampments, cars or other places not meant for human habitation. We are working with local partners to ensure that all residents can access a safe, permanent location to thrive.

    The Corridor Of Hope Courtyard Provides A Starting Point Where Homeless Individuals Can Go To Access Resources In One Place

    The Corridor of Hope Courtyard is an ongoing project by the city of Las Vegas with a mission to help aid the homeless by providing services to guide them to a path of self-sufficiency. We are working with service providers, faith groups and other community partners to bring needed services to help our homeless population get off the streets and gain employment, housing and the skills they need to renter society.

    Currently, the Courtyard is open seven days a week 24 hours a day at 314 Foremaster Lane. Individuals can get help by calling 702–229–6117 or corridorofhope@lasvegasnevada.gov.

    By offering a one-stop shop with access to medical, housing and employment services through a variety partners, the cycle of homelessness can be broken.

    11,678 People Have Accessed Services Since August 2017

    Since August 2017, the city and service providers at the Courtyard have been assisting in getting homeless off the streets and into housing. Through the Courtyard, the city has connected those in need to mental health providers, legal assistance and job information.

    3,697 Individuals Have Stayed Overnight At The Courtyard Since 24/7 Operation Began In July 2018

    Anyone who needs a safe place to stay is welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no sobriety test required for entry; five security guards are present 24/7 to keep everyone safe.

    The City Has Committed $16 Million To Develop Phase 1 Of The Courtyard

    Construction on this $10 million project is set to begin in the first quarter of 2019 and be completed by the end of 2019. The initial phase of the Courtyard opened in 2017 and now the city is moving forward to expand the property. This build-out will result in new buildings with classrooms, an intake center, shower and restroom facilities, and areas for service providers to assist homeless individuals. The Courtyard also will feature a kitchen, mailboxes and a pet kennel.

    Help Us Reach Our Goal Of Moving 1,000 People Off The Streets By The End Of 2019

    Several projects are planned to help us strategically achieve this goal. You can donate to the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE  online.

    Justice Support Building Once an individual has a criminal conviction, no matter how minor, their past choice will often keep them from finding secure employment and housing. The Justice Support Building will serve as a central hub where homeless clients can solicit free legal advice and have a magistrate judge review their case. To create this legal center, $2.5 million in funding will be needed.
    Emergency Housing Fund For anyone who finds them selves unexpectedly without housing, speedy assistance is crucial. A temporary emergency housing fund with $500,000 could make a critical difference in keeping families off the streets.
    Medical Clinic A four-story medical clinic will offer critical medical services that can help stabilize anyone suffering from homelessness. This $4 million facility will help homeless clients access medical services they can’t secure elsewhere.
    Ticket To Home Program Some homeless individuals have family in other areas of the country that would gladly help them if they could get there. A $100,000 fund will help provide relocation support for 500 individuals experiencing homelessness so they can reconnect with their support network.

    Learn more about our work to break the cycle of homelessness, which wouldn’t be possible without the support of our nonprofit partners, at  lasvegasnevada.gov/homeless

    Mobile Pre-K Unveiling
    10/8/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    This week we unveiled our first Strong Start Go Mobile PreK classroom on wheels. This program will provide families with a unique opportunity to attend a high quality early learning program at no cost within their neighborhood.

    This program will provide half-day early education services, family engagement workshops and activities, and community advocacy to bring awareness to the importance of early learning and kindergarten readiness.

    The bus will provide services to children and families near Doolittle Community Center in West Las Vegas and near Mohave and Washington in East Las Vegas. To enroll or for more information, call 702–229-KIDS.

    Data shows that experiences during the first five years of a child’s life are crucial to their development and can be an indicator of future success due to early brain development and growth.

    In the city of Las Vegas, 17.7 percent of children ages 0–5 live in poverty, with a large proportion located in the Las Vegas urban core. It is estimated that only 30 percent of children in our community have access to pre-K services. Nevada is currently ranked 49th in education. Through the Strong Start Go program the city is working to provide children with access to educational opportunities and help close the achievement gap for children living within the urban core.

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    The city of Las Vegas is committed to giving children a “Strong Start” and significantly increasing the number of students who graduate from high school ready for college and career.

    Partnering organizations for the Go Bus include Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Nevada Department of Education, Clark County School District, Las Vegas Clark County Library District, and Acelero Learning.

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    New Parking Garages
    9/17/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Ward 5 Councilman Cedric Crear celebrated the start of construction on two new parking garages coming to Symphony Park.

    The $33 million project will see contractor Whiting-Turner construct two four-level garages on Symphony Park Parcels B & L (see map). The garage on Parcel B is set to be completed in August 2019 and will feature 694 parking spaces and 23,370 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The garage on Parcel L is scheduled to be completed in September 2019 and will feature 569 spaces and 5,841 square feet of ground-floor retail.

    “We are here today looking at the future. Symphony Park has long been the jewel of the city of Las Vegas. It is an amazing place where we are developing our city’s future,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said at the event.

    “I remember when my husband, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, made the deal to acquire a railroad brownfield in the city’s core. There were critics who thought he was crazy, but there were also those who saw his vision. We saw phase one of that vision for Symphony Park come to fruition in 2012 with the year of downtown. That year I had the pleasure of opening the Mob Museum, the new City Hall and on Symphony Park, the beautiful Smith Center for the Preforming Arts. Today we officially enter a new era of development on Symphony Park. All the pieces are coming together. With the World Market Center moving forward with a new convention center in downtown and two residential complexes set to begin construction on Symphony Park next year Downtown is really lighting up with development,” she said.

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    At the event, Councilman Crear said “I am probably most excited about nearly 30,000-square-feet of ground floor retail that these garages will produce. Our city is growing, but we are not developing without a plan. We want walkable streets with restaurants, shops, bars and places for our residents and visitors to enjoy themselves. It is going to be fantastic!”

    The garages provide needed infrastructure as well as new retail space that will benefit current and future developments in Symphony Park. Located on 61 acres in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, Symphony Park is an upscale jewel that is home to arts, culture, science and medicine.

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    Symphony Park features construction-ready sites with infrastructure in place and developer incentives available. Adjacent to business catalysts that include World Market Center Las Vegas, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and Molasky Corporate Center, Symphony Park is centrally located in Las Vegas with easy access to U.S. 95 and Interstate 15.

    What The ?!?!? Podcast Ep. 5
    9/6/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    It’s back to school time. Everyone has been busy preparing for a new school year and it has spurred A LOT of questions about the state of funding for education in southern Nevada. People see us spending money on new projects and they rightfully get concerned that all of the money SHOULD be going to education.

    What the ?!?!?!!? is up with funding education southern Nevada? Does the city contribute money to the school district?

    It’s a common misconception that we do fund education. In fact, the city has no direct role over education or funding but we know it’s important to residents. Nevada is ranked 49/50 states after all so we have stepped up to supplement education through before- and after-school programming and community partnerships designed to improve educational achievement, attendance and graduation rates for pre-k to post-secondary students.

    In 2016, we even formed a new department called Youth Development and Social Innovation led by Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler to focus on education efforts.

    We offer programming through Safekey, our before/after school program, IGNITE, a before/after school program for middle schoolers.

    We even have a new program called Reinvent schools that focuses on helping 7,400 students in nine of our lowest performing schools. The programs target: increasing literacy for lowest performing students, reducing chronic absenteeism for habitual students, promoting literacy for students and their families, introducing students to self-regulation methods, promoting healthy living, and proving before- and after-school enrichment.

    We’re also getting kids into pre-school through the Strong Start Las Vegas Academies including a mobile classroom coming this fall; our two pre schools serve more than 400 early learners from infant to five –year-old. In Clark County, just 31 percent of 3- and 4-year-old children are enrolled in preschool, according to 2011–2015 estimates from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This makes this programming critical.

    We also have summer learning academies and a teen program called Batteries Included. This program is located at 15 high schools and three recreation centers throughout the city and serves more than 500 young people annually.

    You can learn more about all that we’re doing at lasvegasnevada.gov/education

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    What the ?!?!!?! is a safe school route?

    Safe school routes are the suggested routes to school for children coming from surrounding residential communities. The city has an engineering technician with the Public Works team that monitors the routes to ensure safety for commutes.

    The technician works closely with Metro on high crash locations and with the Clark County School Department (CCSD) on improving the safe routes. Their duties include visiting all of the safe school routes and evaluating cross walks, speed limits, etc. to figure out which route is the safest. They also monitor how traffic and pedestrians get in and out of school zones during pick up and drop off.

    Metro and CCSD Police Department held a joint event during the first week of school to bring awareness to pedestrian and driver safety, which resulted in 91 traffic citations for drivers that did not stop for pedestrians. Parents, make sure your children are safe when crossing. Remind them to walk in groups, stop at every lane and make eye-contact with the driver before crossing the street.

    And parents, make sure you’re being safe. Instead of pulling up, honking at them and motioning for kids to cross in the middle of the road, it is suggested to park a block away and let your kid walk the rest of the way to school to cut back on traffic and don’t speed after you drop them off. And remember, U-turns in school zones are NEVER allowed.

    With more than 322,000 children in 360 schools in the Valley, it’s important that drivers and pedestrians are safe on the roads. If you want to learn more about safe school routes visit cityoflasvegas.link/saferoute

    You can catch up on past episodes at lasvegasnevada.gov/podcast or use #VegasTMI. Want to submit a question for our next episode of what the?!?!? Head to cityoflasvegas.link/ask

    Sept. 5 City Council Recap
    9/6/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    Las Vegas City Council met on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Get the agenda here and watch the recap.

    Agenda Item 12 Funding $150,000 for the 2019 Helldorado Parade: On July 30, the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial (LVCC) approved a fund request in the amount of $150,000 for the production expenses related to the 2019 Helldorado Parade; however, any funding over $100,000 must have City Council approval. Today, City Council approved it.

    Since 2005, more than $21 million has been given to projects like the Helldorado Parade and RodeoHistoric Westside SchoolNeon MuseumLas Vegas Academy, Mob Museum and restoration of vintage neon signs through Centennial Grants. These grants from the LVCC are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing funding to facilitate the education, commemoration, preservation and enhancement of historic resources in Las Vegas.Click here to learn more.

    Agenda Item 55 Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge: City Council approved to allow city staff to negotiate and purchase property rights for a new pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad. The project will include the design and construction of a new bridge with associated pedestrian improvements connecting Symphony Park to the downtown area.

    Agenda Item 56 $357,603 Grant for ReInvent Schools Las Vegas AmeriCorps Program: The city received a grant from Nevada Volunteers in the amount of $357,603 for 48 AmeriCorps members that will support ReInvent Schools Las Vegas. The ReInvent Schools Las Vegas AmeriCorps Program will have 48 HT AmeriCorps members provide attendance and literacy interventions in 12 elementary schools and 1 middle school designated as one- and two star in Las Vegas. The Nevada Volunteers investment of $357,603 will be matched with RDA Education Set-Aside funding in the amount of $149,641 which is a 30% match. . The one-year period of time is from September 1, 2018 up to and including August 31, 2019.

    Agenda Item 58 $40 Million for New Municipal Courthouse: City Council approved to allow the city to request approval from the Clark County Debt Management Commission to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $40,000,000, which will be used to construct a new Municipal Courthouse. The bonds will be repaid from Municipal Court revenues and other revenues legally available to the city.

    Agenda Item 60 World Market Center Exposition, Tradeshow, Event and Convention Center Owner Participation Agreement : Since City Council approved, the city’s Redevelopment Agency will enter into an Owner Participation Agreement with WMCV for the development of an exposition, tradeshow, event and convention center located at 475 South Grand Central Parkway. This project, located in front of and attached to the World Market Center (WMC) parking structure, will expand the existing WMC campus and provide new meeting room space for additional downtown Las Vegas conventions. It is required to be not less than 300,000 gross square feet, comprised of expo/convention space, and meeting space and support functions. WMC will provide funding for estimated construction costs of $76,000,000 (not including land value of $17,000,000), with the RDA reimbursing a portion of those costs through the Tax Increment Financing incentive.

    Emergency Preparedness
    9/6/2018 7:00:00 PM
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    As major national storms leave destruction in their wake, they illustrate the need for emergency preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month, and the message from FEMA this year is clear: Disasters don’t plan ahead; you can.

    While Las Vegas doesn’t experience the destructive force of hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes are potential threats to our valley. There are some steps you can take to ensure you are prepared for disasters.

    Practice your plan

    If a fire happens at your home, does your family know how to evacuate? If you need to leave your home quickly, can you do it? Do you have important documents in an accessible location? Having an emergency plan is half the battle. Practicing that plan through drills can greatly enhance your preparedness.

    Learn skills to help your family and neighbors

    During disasters, emergency responders may be stretched, meaning help may not arrive quickly. Learning skills such as CPR, basic fire suppression, first aid and more can help save lives. The Red Cross of Southern Nevada offers a number of courses. You can also join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which teaches you how to fight small fires, conduct search and rescue operations and more.

    Get Involved

    Once you have better prepared yourself and your family; and learned essential life-saving skills; spread the word. Build preparedness communities in your neighborhood, business, school or church. You can also sign up to receive community-based alerts or download the Southern Nevada Emergency Preparedness App.

    Make a plan

    Do you know how you will survive a disaster for a day? A week? A month? Determining your family’s food, shelter, medicinal and financial needs ahead of time can better prepare you in the event that your supplies are disrupted. Learn how to make a disaster plan here. And don’t forget to plan for an emergency in your car. See what Mayor Carolyn Goodman would include in her car emergency kit below.

    Here are some emergency shopping lists for your family AND your pets.

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