To help provide training and opportunities for our future workforce outside of the classroom, we are proud to have an internship program for high school and college students. Thirty eight students currently participate in our internship program and we’re looking for more candidates for 2015! We offer internships in departments like Building and Safety, Economic and Urban Development, Fire and Rescue, Human Resources, Parks and Recreation and more. To apply, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and a good attendance record.
We currently have eight schools that participate in the our program, including: Las Vegas High School; Valley High School; West Career Tech Academy; Summer Business Institute; Northwest Career & Technical Academy; Mountain View Christian School; Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy and College of South Nevada.
For more information on the Student Internship Program contact us at 702-229-4763 or visit lasvegasnevada.gov/internship
The city of Las Vegas will host two neighborhood meetings in Ward 1 to discuss ideas to upgrade portions of Gary Dexter Park, located on Upland Boulevard, north of Charleston Boulevard. Parks and Recreation staff will outline a few ideas and receive feedback from residents before implementation of the upgrades.
The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Red Rock Elementary School, 408 Upland Blvd. The second meeting is Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at Gary Dexter Park.
For more information on the public meeting visit lasvegasparksandrec.com or call 702-229-PLAY(7529).
Life is Beautiful returns to downtown Las Vegas Oct. 24-26 and will cause the closure of multiple streets throughout the upcoming week in preparation for the event. Outside the festival footprint, all businesses are open and accessible to visitors. View the map.
The festival is unique in that it will occur on city streets that will close for the event. The festival footprint will close portions of downtown roughly bordered by Las Vegas Boulevard to the west, Carson Avenue to the south, 10th Street to the east and Mesquite Avenue to the north.
The first closure was 10th Street, between Carson and Fremont Street (south half of street), which closed Monday. Closures will start in the morning hours each day, are subject to change, and include:
6th Street, between Stewart and Mesquite avenues;
7th Street, between Stewart Avenue and I-515/U.S.93/95 freeway;
Mesquite from 6th to alley between 7th and 8th streets.
Sunday, Oct. 19
9th Street between Carson and Ogden avenues; (Note two west side lanes open from Ogden part way to Fremont.)
10th Street between Fremont & Ogden;
Ogden between 9th and alley between 10th and 11th streets; (Note north two lanes open.)
Alley running north/south between 10th and 11th streets;
8th Street from Carson to Fremont.
Monday, Oct. 20
Stewart from 6th to 7th streets.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
7th Street from Carson to Fremont;
6th Street from Ogden to Stewart;
7th Street from Ogden to Stewart;
Ogden, north half, from east of Las Vegas Boulevard through 7th Street;
Stewart, north half, from Las Vegas Boulevard to 6th Street.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Fremont from 6th to 10th (south two lanes open starting at Atomic Liquors);
7th Street between Fremont and Ogden;
8th Street between Fremont and Stewart;
Ogden between 7th and 8th streets;
Carson from 6th to 8th streets;
Stewart from 7th to 8th streets.
Friday, Oct. 24, 12:01 a.m.
Fremont Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to 6th Street;
6th Street from Bridger Avenue to Ogden Avenue;
7th Street from Bridger to Carson;
8th Street from Bridger to Carson;
9th Street from Bridger to Carson.
In addition, Las Vegas Boulevard will be partially closed at times between Stewart and Carson at the end of each night during the festival.
All the roads are expected to reopen by Wednesday, Oct. 29. Motorists should expect some closures to be in effect Oct. 27 and 28.
For more information, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com or email email@example.com. The Life Is Beautiful Community Line is 702-913-7043.
Today’s City Council meeting was packed with action.
Mountain Ridge Little League Coach Ashton Cave presented special gifts to the City Council after the city organized a rally and parade in their honor in August and erected a monument at Mountain Ridge Park last weekend. He assured the council that this summer is nothing any of the boys are likely to forget anytime soon and thanked them for their continued support.
Locksmith Jeff Alamo was named Employee of the Month; he has worked for the city for 12 years. Jeff has worked on creating an inventory of all the city’s doors so that it is easier to track hardware products needed for each door. This will help to expedite service calls ensuring that Jeff responds with the correct replacement parts and tools before inspecting the door. This will save a trip and the city time and money.
Two local seniors, Tom and Gwen Kaiser, were recognized as our seniors of the quarter for supporting a multitude of local causes like Goodie Two Shoes.
The City Council also proclaimed Oct. 15 ALS of Nevada Awareness Day in honor of the work they do to support the 75 individuals living with these disease in the state of Nevada.
We also had a special visit from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue as they reminded everyone of the importance of recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donned in pink t-shirts, the City Council recognized them for their dedication to raising funds and awareness to combat breast cancer.
City Council also recognized National Community Planning Month and our entire planning staff for all they do to manage and plan for our community.
After ceremonials, City Manager Betsy Fretwell shared some good news on the city’s budget. Last year fiscal year, we faced a $9 million shortfall but, thanks to the hard work and resourcefulness of our employees, that has turned into a $2.2 million surplus.
Our Parks and Recreation team also shared an update on park services from a recent survey of residents. According to the survey, 74 percent of residents reported being satisfied or very satisfied with our parks, which exceeded the national average of 71 percent. Likewise, 72 percent reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the maintenance of our sports fields, which well exceeded the national average of 54 percent. We also averaged 5 complaints per year for all of our parks. While there is always room for improvement, it is great news! We have invested $443 million in constructing new facilities and existing facilities over the past 10 years.
Medical marijuana special use permits applications and license compliance permit meetings will be October 28 and 29 at City Hall. They are expected to be at least 10 hours, with a presentation from staff, presentations from applicants and public comment.
There was no new update to report on the stadium. The item will officially be heard again for Council approval at the Dec. 17 meeting.
Here are the top 5 things you won’t want to miss at the upcoming Vegas Valley Book Festival!
1.An Evening with B.J. Novak
Be at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Thursday, Oct. 16, well before 7 p.m. to catch a good parking spot and a great seat to hear keynote speaker B.J. Novak! This writer, who also wears hats as actor, writer, director and executive TV producer, is best known for his work with NBC’s “The Office.” You may remember him from Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” His books, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” and “The Book With No Pictures,” will be available for purchase and book signing will follow the talk.
2.Sylvia Day in Conversation with Tracy Wolff
Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling romance novelist, and her friend and fellow romance author, Tracy Wolff, will discuss Day’s books, her writing process and how she got started in the industry at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium, 401 S. Fourth Street. Following the discussion, Day and Wolff will take questions from the audience. Both authors will be signing their books, which will be available for purchase on site from Barnes & Noble (or you can bring your own). As a large crowd is expected for the Day book signing, lettered Sylvia Day wristbands will be distributed beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the auditorium entrance. Those who wish their books signed will be allowed to line up according to their wristband letters.
3.Nevada’s Waddie Mitchell
If wry humor, clever lyrics and cowboy poetry make you smile, then get to the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium before 3 p.m. Saturday for a good seat to hear internationally renowned storyteller and poet Waddie Mitchell. Then just keep that seat for Aimee Bender’s address!
4.Aimee Bender’s Keynote Address
Author Aimee Bender will deliver her keynote address in the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium at 4 p.m. Saturday. Her novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” is a nationwide bestseller. Her most recent story collection, “The Color Master,” was a New York Times Notable Book in 2013. Described as brazen, wackadoodle, buck wild and sidesplitting, her talk should be anything but boring!
5.Largest Free Gathering of Young-Adult Authors (YA) in the Country!
The young adult authors and activities will be in two tents on the south side of the Historic Fifth Street School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This year, more than 100 YA authors on 10 panels will discuss their writings. Two panels of middle-grade and YA authors whose works are aimed at “tweens” and younger teens, and two panels for older teens with best-selling new adult authors, have been added. As part of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, a YA panel featuring authors from around the Silver State will be presented.
Enjoy the festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. See the parking and festival map, entertainment schedule,and the festival website for authors and schedules.
You may have been jilted awake yesterday morning around 3:11 a.m. as a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck the valley. While earthquakes aren’t extremely common here, they aren’t exactly rare either. Twenty-three earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater have struck Nevada since the 1840s. There are over 1,500 potential earthquake faults in the state and it really isn’t a matter of if but when a larger earthquake will strike. That’s why it is important to be knowledgeable about earthquake safety and have a plan! You can also practice during the Great Shake Out on October 16 at 10:16 a.m. People across the valley will participate in this earthquake drill to make sure we all know what to do next time one hits.
Remember to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON during an earthquake:
DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.
If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move
if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl.
If you’re in bed (like yesterday morning):
Hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
If you’re outdoors:
Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.
If you’re driving:
Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
If you’re in a stadium or theater:
Stay at your seat or drop to the floor between rows and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.
If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On:
If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect our head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you. If you’re in a wheelchair, lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Get more tips: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/downloads/ShakeOut_Earthquake_Guide_Disabilities_AFN.pdf
October 1 City Council Recap
After a lengthy discussion and public comment, the council voted to move the stadium forward until December but developers must find a way to eliminate public money. Financial terms may continue to evolve over the next two months before a final plan is brought to the City Council. A thorough traffic study will also be conducted prior to the next vote.
Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 30th anniversary and Mayor Goodman helped give them a larger than life surprise. Clark Avenue in front of City Hall was renamed in their honor for the next month yesterday, with help from a few unique characters. At the meeting today, Cirque was named our October Citizens of the Month. Jerry Nadal, senior vice president of Cirque du Soleil, and more Cirque characters, joined the City Council. This is the 21st year Cirque has called Las Vegas home. Since Cirque arrived in in 1993, the group has performed more than 36,000 shows and entertained more than 50 million fans.
Councilman Beers recognized the Old Spanish Trail Association’s 20th anniversary by proclaiming Oct. 1 as Old Spanish Trail Association Day. Special guests from Sun City Summerlin also joined Councilman Anthony for breakfast and then were recognized at the meeting to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Councilwoman Tarkanian also proclaimed Fire Prevention Week as October 5-11. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue announced that there has not been a single fire fatality in one year, marking an impressive milestone, thanks to their fire safety education efforts.
The City Council will revisit medical marijuana at the Oct. 15 meeting. A plan will be discussed on how the council will begin awarding medical marijuana licenses on Oct. 28.
Council also looked at short term residential rentals and voted to allow our business licensing team to enforce regulations if tenants them into “party houses” and issue fines when needed. The Council will review this policy in one year.
Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. They could force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
September is National Preparedness Month. A time when each citizen, family, community and workplace is encouraged to take action to Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build A Kit and Get Involved (http://www.ready.gov/september). Historically, local officials and relief workers need to be at the scene of the disaster and are unavailable to respond to calls from our citizens. Being prepared to take care of yourself for at least 72 hours following an disaster is everyone’s responsibility. With a little advanced planning, you can be ready for the unexpected.
It’s been my pleasure to coordinate the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Southern Nevada, locally housed at the Southern Nevada Health District, since 2003. The goal of the MRC is to pre-identify health care, veterinary and other volunteers who are willing to support the health district and our community throughout the year and be prepared to be rapidly mobilized to strengthen medical response capability during a disaster. Examples of what MRC volunteers provide are administering flu vaccine, assisting during disease outbreak investigations, staffing first aid stations at non-profit events, providing first aid support in American Red Cross Shelters, staffing disaster pet shelters and distributing people and pet emergency preparedness information. The volunteers regularly report a high level of satisfaction and some have joined other local and national response organizations. For more information about our unit, please visit this link: http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/php/medical.php.
You may find a variety of volunteer opportunities at http://www.ready.gov/volunteer.
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.