Quick Tasks & Search
Use this tool to quickly find a resource or task.

Blog

September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Are you prepared?

Does the city fund the school system? What are safe school routes? Listen to our podcast and find out!

New Parking Garages
9/17/2018 7:00:00 PM
image for New Parking Garages

symphony park.jpeg

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.

20180917- SymphonyParking-03.jpg

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.

20180917- SymphonyParking-09.jpg

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
image for What The ?!?!? Podcast Ep. 5

Lunch.jpeg

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

Parachute.jpeg

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
image for Sept. 5 City Council Recap

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
image for Emergency Preparedness

EmergencyBag.gif

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.

Blog-ShoppingList.jpeg

Blog-ShoppingList2.jpeg