The NLV Alliance held a monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 16. A summary follows.
Two candidates were present to give quick elevator campaign speeches. Jimmy Vega is running for NLV Constable. He is a Clark H.S. graduate and served 4 years in the Navy. He also served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Currently he serves in the Navy Reserves as a Chief Petty Officer. He has been in the insurance business for some 23 years and has almost 10 years experience as a deputy constable. He has the qualifications to perform the duties required of a constable. He explained the functions of the Constable's office and how it operates at no cost to the city.
Also seeking office and speaking was Mary Kay Holthus, running for judge in District Court, Department 18. She has 27 years experience as a prosecutor in the district attorney's office. She has lived in Las Vegas over 27 years and has been involved in over 150 felony jury trials.
We heard from Tracey Farage with the city's department of parks and recreation. She gave us an update of the many events happening in our city over the next few months. On Saturday, October 20th there will be two events at Craig Ranch Regional Park. Harvest Fest will be from 2 to 6 pm and is free to the public. There will be games, music, entertainment and food options available. Also scheduled that day will be the Notes of Autumn musical event that will feature 14 school
bands in the Amphitheater. It is also a free event. Looking ahead there will be the Great Taco Feast and a Golf Ball charity event. The park will also be looking forward to new athletic fields, a perimeter road, and additional paving. It is a massive park of some 170 acres. Tracey also mentioned that the Nature Discovery park will be receiving an overhaul with $400,000 on new play equipment coming by January for the children's play area.
Don Schaefer was on hand to discuss the upcoming 2019 legislative session and how residents of NLV can stay informed. The Buck-A-Door program continues to pay the salary of a lobbyist to support homeowner and HOA issues.
Our first guest speaker was Heidi Swank, Executive Director of the Nevada Preservation Foundation which has its office inside the Historic Washington School. The organization is five years old and supports the recognition of historic homes, buildings and neighborhoods. They offer many walking and bus tours of historic areas in the valley. During October they are offering many walking tours of Woodlawn Cemetery. There is a new program called Revolving Fund which works on refurbishing empty homes in impoverished areas to get them back on the market. Heidi outlined programs that the city of NLV can get involved in to help preserve its historic sites. First, the city can pass a historic preservation ordinance which would allow it to designate local historic areas and buildings. Then it could seek Certified Local Government status through the State Historic Program Office which would allow the city to apply for state grants of federal funds. Only 5 governmental entities in Nevada currently have such status. Finally, the city could participate in the Main Street Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Funds are offered to support older downtown areas so vacancy rates are reduced, people are drawn in to an attractive area, and an enhanced identity is developed. Heidi's organization's website can be reached at nevadapreservation.org.
Our second guest speaker was Johanna Murphy from the city's planning department. She spoke about two topics. First she discussed the new Deer Springs District. A Livable Centers Study is underway thanks to a $250,000 RTC grant used to hire consultants. A "livable district" is planned for a 2.5 mile stretch of Deer Springs Way, from Commerce to Pecos that will also stretch 1/2 mile north and south. The goal is to create an area of residences and businesses that will offer multiple options of transportation, increased business activity, and healthy lifestyles. Currently that area only has a tiny population of 30 folks with an additional 700 coming to the region to work. The goals for the project are to increase land value, develop resilience, improve connections to outside areas, create a medical district, and give the area a unique look with character. There will be a variety of restaurants, parks, and trails along with art and attractive signage. A resident survey is available on the city's website. Johanna also discussed the new 2018 City-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The city is seeking resident input on where they would like to see additional bike paths and pedestrian trails.
Thank you Heidi and Johanna for very informative presentations.
Our Meet and Greet candidate event at Sun City Aliante on Monday, October 15th was very successful. The campaigns of 29 candidates were present. For the first time we had media in attendance. The Review Journal and the Associated Press sent reporters and Showtime's program "The Circus" had a film crew covering the event. We thank Sun City Aliante's HOA for their support and cooperation.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13.
Submitted by Jeff Alpert, Alliance Secretary