Happy National Coffee Day! There are tons of great places to enjoy coffee downtown. Below is a list next time you need your caffeine fix!
Binions Original Coffee Shop
128 Fremont St
401 S. Maryland
Café at RJC
201 E. Clark Ave
600 E. Fremont
100 N. City Pkwy
The Plaza, 1 S Main St
124 S. 6th St
129 E. Fremont St
ChillSpot by SasaSweets
707 E. Fremont S
City Center Cafe
375 Lewis Ave
875 S. Grand Central Pkwy
301 Fremont St
200 E. Fremont
Du-Pars Restaurant & Bakery
1 Fremont St
707 Carson Ave
Espresso King Kafe 2
455 S. Grand
Florida Café Cuban Bar & Grill
1401 Las Vegas Blvd S
Frankly Good Coffee
328-340 N. Casino Ctr Blvd
855 S. Grand Central Pkwy Ste. 1507
400 E. Ogden
217 Las Vegas Blvd N
Gourmet Café Expresso Bar
330 S. 3rd St
Inspire News Café
501 Fremont St
International Tea & Coffee House
1306 S. 3rd St
Iron Kettle Teas
300 N. Casino Center Blvd
100 N. City Pkwy
Main Street Coffee Shop
911 S. Main St
Makers & Finders Coffee
1120 S. Main St
Market Street Café
12 E. Ogden Ave
321 S. Casino Blvd., Ste. 120
500 S. Main St
450 Fremont St. Ste 109
1202 Las Vegas Blvd S
O Face Doughnuts
124 S. 6th St
Order in the Court
333 S. 4th Street
Park on Fremont
506 Fremont S
888 W Bonneville Ave
150 Las Vegas Blvd N., Ste. 160
1811 W Charleston Blvd
Seventh Inning Scoop
18 Fremont St
129 E. Fremont St
300 S. 4th St
855 S. Grand Central Parkway
Pedestrian Mall at the Golden Nugget
Stewart & Ogden
206 N. 3rd St
The Beat Coffeehouse
520 Fremont St
The Coffee Shop
3300 Las Vegas Blvd S
The Commissary Latin Kitchen
206 N. 3rd St
The Grille inside The Golden Nugget
200 S. 3rd St
3961 Maryland Pkwy
The city of Las Vegas, the Cordish Companies and Findlay Sports and Entertainment have reached updated terms for financing a downtown stadium.
The new proposed financing plan would reduce the city’s risk by $70 million.
The city would still pay $3 million/year for 30 years to help the developer pay off its debt relating to stadium construction. The city will no longer be taking out $115 million in General Obligation bonds for this project.
In addition, the city would still commit $14 million in infrastructure costs including roads, sidewalks, curb-gutter around the stadium.
The city would also still commit $22 million in Sales Tax Anticipated Revenue Bonds (STAR).
The city would own a portion of the stadium but not all of it.
No new taxes would be required and community events would still take place at the stadium.
The City Council will consider the new term sheet at its Oct. 1 meeting. If approved, a final development agreement would still need council approval later this year.
View the updated term sheet.
City of Las Vegas Animal Control Helps Reunite Lost Dog With Family Four Years Later
Four years ago, a German shepherd puppy named Rocky disappeared in Las Vegas and his family was distraught. But through the efforts of the city’s Animal Control Division and The Animal Foundation, they were recently reunited thanks to the animal having a microchip with its owner’s contact information.
When Rocky went missing in 2010, owner Humberto Cerrada and his family feared the worst . They thought he might end up at The Animal Shelter or taken to a vet and they would be contacted, but they heard nothing. Last month, Humberto got a call from The Animal Foundation that changed his family’s life.
“When I got the call, I thought it was so weird but then I went to The Animal Foundation website and I said, ‘It’s Rocky!’ He looked the same as he did when he was a baby. When we went and saw him he was skinny and scared and his eye was swollen. I said, ‘He needs to go home with us.’ ”
Humberto, Alexa (9), Aiden (5) and mom Yisel Osegueda were so excited to bring Rocky home. “The first day we brought him home he was scared and barking at us, but then he remembered us,” Osegueda said. “Alexa got so excited when we told her he had been found because she remembers playing with him when he was a puppy.”
Luckily, Rocky was microchipped by his owners, so after he was brought into the shelter by Animal Control Officer Kim Richardson, The Animal Foundation processed him, scanned his microchip that contained his owner’s contact information and was able to reach Humberto to tell him the good news.
The family was recently grieving the loss of Rocky’s Dad, Rambo, so the return of Rocky was all the more a happy ending.
“We’re so thankful that he’s back and he’s alive and we’re very happy to be a family again thanks to Animal Control and The Animal Foundation,” Osegueda said.
The Animal Foundation is Nevada’s largest open-admission shelter, receiving 40,000 animals last year and 110 new animals each day. Reuniting animals with their owners is always the goal, said Rachel Wright, communications coordinator with The Animal Foundation. The Animal Foundation returned 4,769 pets to their owners in 2013, which was 11.8 percent of all animals the shelter received and a 3.9 percent increase over 2012.
The Animal Foundation offers a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, vaccine clinic and a microchip registration.
“Microchipping your pet is so important,” said Animal Control Supervisor Mark Zachariah. “It’s the one form of identification that can’t be lost or taken off and it’s a great way of showing I have ownership of an animal in the event it gets lost or stolen. This is really a win-win. This family lost their dog and we were able to get them back together. Our officers are pleased anytime they’re able to reunite an animal with their family. It’s very important to microchip your animal. It’s a great way to get them home.”
We’ve been receiving some frequently asked questions about the proposed downtown stadium, we wanted to share the answers with you:
Q: How many jobs will the stadium project generate?
A: It’s estimated to be about 1,200: 525 construction jobs and 700 permanent.
Q: What about parking? Will there be enough?
A: The city, private developers, and downtown businesses have been evaluating parking and traffic. Here is a link to the latest report http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/30972.htm Overall, parking and traffic have not been seen as major concerns related to the proposed stadium due to the fact that the downtown hosts large events on a regular basis with few issues. Some examples are the major furniture shows at the Work Market Center, the Life is Beautiful festival, Helldorado Days, and performances at The Smith Center.
Q: How much would tickets cost to an MLS soccer game in Las Vegas?
A: The average cost of an MLS ticket will be about $30.
Q: Who would own the MLS team?
A: The private partners with the city, Findlay Sports & Entertainment and The Cordish Companies, would own the team. They would invest $102 million to bring the team to Las Vegas.
Q: Who would own the stadium?
A: Under the current proposal, the city would own the stadium. The private developers would contribute just over $44 million in cash for the stadium, which is estimated to cost about $200 million total. The rest of the stadium would be financed primarily through bonds issued by the city. The plan calls for the developer to pay 59 percent of the total stadium costs, with the city paying for 41 percent. Critics of the deal point out the city could end up covering 75 percent of the cost if the deal or the team were to fail.
Q: Why is The Smith Center being compared to the stadium deal?
A: The projects have similarities. The city financed $170 million of the cost for The Smith Center primarily through bonds with revenue from car rental tax. The city owns the land and The Smith Center building. For the stadium, the city would provide about $82 million in bonds primarily from hotel room tax. The city would own the land and the stadium itself. Critics of the deal point out the city could end up paying as much as $150 million for the stadium if the deal or the team were to fail.
During Emergency Preparedness Month, we wanted to introduce you to a few of our teams that are constantly being trained on how to keep you safe during an emergency. The Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department operates the only full-time dedicated Hazardous Materials Response Team and also the only FBI certified Bomb Squad in Southern Nevada.
The Hazardous Materials team, as well as the Bomb Squad, responds to incidents across Southern Nevada. In the event of a chemical spill or hazardous material, the Hazardous Materials team (Haz Mat), is ready to respond and to control any incident in which materials that are hazardous to your health or the environment leave their container. The containers may come in different forms including boxes, buckets, bottles, drums, tanks, and pipelines to name a few. The Haz Mat Team will respond, attempt to stop the leak and control the contents that have already leaked out. If the leak cannot be stopped, then the team will contain it as much as possible to prevent further contamination.
The Haz Mat team is highly trained, has the latest in equipment and can handle just about any incident it is asked to respond to. The team also has a full-time Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives Unit (CBRNE). The unit is highly specialized and handles homeland security-type incidents such as white power calls. It also backs up the fire department’s Bomb Squad.
The Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department also has a bomb squad that has been operating in Southern Nevada for nearly 40 years and is the only full-time public safety bomb squad. The team has been trained by the U.S. Army and FBI on how to dismantle explosive devices and how to operate special equipment such as robots that are used on bomb calls.
In the event of an emergency, the city isn’t just looking out for you but your pets as well.
During weather emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina, many people were reluctant to evacuate without their pets. To help address that concern if there were an emergency requiring an evacuation in the city of Las Vegas, the city applied and received a federal grant to invest in a Mobile Emergency Shelter (MES). The MES provides a mobile facility to tend to the animals’ needs and ensure their safety. It can be used to transport animals to other shelters and also process lost animals and scan for microchips with information on a lost pet’s owner. The MES is a converted 31 foot trailer, with 33 animal cages, a veterinary examination station, and a surgical station. It is self-sufficient, equipped with a 6500kw generator and is towed with a 4x4 Chevrolet Dually Pick-up equipped with a 12k winch and emergency light bar.
The city is also making sure animals are getting the help they need in the event of a fire. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue has special masks that can be used on different types of animals who need oxygen after a fire. The masks have been used successfully to save animals after several fires. There is at least one mask for each fire station, so there are a number of masks on scene during a fire. During a fire, firefighters check buildings for pets along with people. Firefighters also receive training on animal CPR.
Congratulations to members of the Las Vegas Department of Detention and Enforcement and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue for being recognized by the Rotary Clubs Of Southern Nevada during the 13th annual SOAR Ceremony (Safety Officers Award Recognition)!
Corrections Officers Ramon Brookins and Martha Salazar were recognized for their quick responses in dealing with an inmate who was attempting to commit suicide last year. Thanks to their quick response and calm demeanor, the inmate never lost consciousness or received any injuries. Officers Brookins and Salazar exemplify the city of Las Vegas core values of Achievement, Teamwork and Ownership, NOW. They contribute daily to the city’s core purpose of “Building Community to Make Life Better!”
Ronald E. Kline II has been a member of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue since 1995, serving as a firefighter/paramedic since 1997. Ron was recognized for his extensive involvement with the community. He has been involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the past 19 years and has been the chairman for the MDA Boot Drive for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue for the past 10 years. He has also served as an MDA Summer Camp Counselor. He is also on the Board of Directors for Operation Fire Heat, a local charity that replaces toys and other items for children that were lost due to a fire during the holiday season.
The city of Las Vegas announced today their involvement with Next Door (nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Led by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Chief William McDonald, this integration with Next Door will enable the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to use Next Door to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Las Vegas residents. LVMPD and Next Door neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.
“Las Vegas is an innovative and resourceful city. Joining Next Door is another way to further our efforts in making Las Vegas an even better place to call home,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “Giving residents more avenues to easily and effectively connect with city departments and each other about the things that matter most to their communities will create a stronger and safer Las Vegas.”
More than 110 neighborhoods, representing 60 percent of the city of Las Vegas, have already launched Next Door websites.In the past 30 days, more than 2,000 conversations have taken place in neighborhoods across the city.
Using Next Door, Las Vegas residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets. The city will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events and emergency notifications to Next Door neighborhoods within the city.
Next Door is free for residents and the city. Each Las Vegas neighborhood has its own private Next Door neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Next Door website and the city will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Next Door. Information shared on Next Door is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is vital to not only maintaining, but increasing, safety and reducing crime across the city,” said Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie. “Next Door enables us to share important information that can help reduce crime within our Las Vegas communities, and gives neighbors the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Next Door website can visit nextdoor.com/lasvegas and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.
The discussion about the stadium played a major role in today’s meeting. A presentation was given on the impact of the stadium to our city. Highlights include:
- The city’s top three guiding principles during negotiations to pass a stadium have been: we won’t raise taxes, we won’t use general operating dollars or bear any operating costs
- The current proposal calls for funding from room tax revenues, tourism improvement district bonds and infrastructure funds budgeted for Symphony Park
- There have been 5,400 seat pledges and 21 suite pledges (there are 34 total)
- MLS averages 19,000 attendees per game
- The city has been involved in many successful public/private partnerships like the Smith Center and the Mob Museum.
- The current annual projections for the stadium include: 249,000 room nights, $9.2 million in taxes and 1,124 construction jobs
Ultimately, the Council voted to postpone further discussion of the stadium to the October 1 City Council meeting. We will be sharing dates for public meetings soon, to ensure that the public has time to weigh in on the proposal before it is considered before Council again.
The City Council also voted to extend our contract with American Medical Response as our Las Vegas Fire and Rescue ambulance partner.
Jeanne Baer was named by Councilman Steven D. Ross as the Citizen of the Month. She is a favorite belly dancer instructor at our Centennial Hills Community Center.
Mayor Goodman also recognized our Water Pollution Control Facility as our September ACTION Team for their diligence to ensure that sewer water if cleaned to the highest standards before it is placed back into Lake Mead.
Councilman Coffin proclaimed September 15 through October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in the city of Las Vegas. Several groups and countries were recognized at the meeting.
Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two persons of interest in a series of auto burglaries at city recreational facilities.
A total of six cars have been burglarized between Aug. 21 and Aug. 24, 2014, at three locations – two at All-American Park, located at 1551 S. Buffalo Drive, one at the Durango Hills YMCA, located at 3521 N. Durango Drive, and three at the Garside Swimming Pool, located at 250 S. Torrey Pines Drive. All of the burglaries have occurred in the parking lots of these facilities.
The individuals Marshals are looking to contact are a man and a woman believed to be driving a silver, two-door sedan. Pictures of the individuals as well as the vehicle have been included with this press release.
If the public has any information about these crimes, or the persons of interest, they are urged to contact Deputy City Marshal Investigators at (702)229-3223 or e-mail email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.