July 20, 2011 

Please join me for a second community workshop this Monday and give your input on plans for the Historic Westside School. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. July 25 at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J Street. We will unveil the architect's recommendations for a site plan design for the historic school and Variety Early Learning Center sites. Come at 5 p.m., if you can, to review the exhibits that will be displayed showing the proposed designs before the meeting.

Based on the public's recommendations for uses and amenities at the first community workshop held in April, the city's architectural consultant, KME Architects, has been working on a master plan to restore the school's significant historic features and rehabilitate the building for reuse as a community gathering place for West Las Vegas.

Located in the historic Westside, the "Las Vegas Grammar School Branch No. 1," as it was originally known, was built in 1923 in the Mission-Revival style. The school is one of very few historic examples of this style remaining in Las Vegas. The building was the first grammar school in West Las Vegas and is the oldest remaining schoolhouse in Las Vegas. The school was important in the development of the Westside, serving a largely African-American community. A second building was added in 1948 to accommodate the large post-wartime population increase. The school also is listed on the city of Las Vegas Historic Property Register and the Nevada and National Register of Historic Places.

More information can be found by visiting the city website, on Facebook at Historic Westside School, and on Twitter at hwschoollv.

Youth Invited to Souper Pool Party July 30 at Municipal Pool

Area youth ages 13 to 18 are invited to the Souper Mid-Summer Pool Party on Saturday, July 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Municipal Pool, located at 431 E. Bonanza Road. The price of admission will be two cans of soup or other canned goods. All canned goods will be donated to a local food bank. Participants will enjoy swimming, snacks, music by a local DJ, and information tables for area youth councils and a recruitment table for the Style Biter back-to-school fashion show. Security will be provided. Call 229-6242 for more information.

Walkable Community Plan Neighborhood Meetings

                   Plan Study Area
West Las Vegas Walkable Community PlanPlease join me and staff of the city of Las Vegas Planning and Development Department at one of three public input meetings to discuss a proposed “walkable community plan” for the area of Ward 5 depicted by the map at left. The proposed project may not pertain to the entire highlighted project site.

A walkable community plan assesses the ability of residents to walk to essential services and activities easily, safely and comfortably, while creating a self-sufficient and less auto-dependent community. The plan will not change the zoning or land use designation of properties, but will focus on physical improvements, such as crosswalk enhancements, completing the sidewalk network, adding shade trees along sidewalks and other similar improvements.

The purpose of these initial meetings is to obtain input from residents and business owners within the proposed plan area. Staff will be present to take your suggestions, hear your concerns and answer any questions about improving the overall walkability of your neighborhood. For more information, to learn about walkable community plans, or to take an online survey, please visit the city website or contact Richard Wassmuth at (702) 229-2080.

I would highly encourage your involvement, so that together we can make this area of Ward 5 pleasantly walkable. Please choose one of the following meetings that is most convenient for you:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6 to 7 p.m. at Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6 to 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge #1508, 600 W. Owens Ave.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club, 800 N. Martin L King Blvd.

Coffee with the Councilman Aug. 4
Coffee with the Councilman is held the first Thursday of every month beginning at 9 a.m. and is always located at my favorite Starbucks on Rancho Drive at Bonanza. I have been hosting Coffee with the Councilman for over a year now. Much of the event's success is due to a welcoming environment, so please drop by and visit with me Aug. 4. I would like to hear about your neighborhood concerns, your ideas for improving Ward 5, and how the city can improve its service to you.

Ward 5 Back-to-School Fair Aug. 13

Please bring your children and join me for a back-to-school fair on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Doolittle Community Center at 1950 N. J St. Wristbands for school supplies for children ages 5 to 12 will be distributed starting at 8:30 a.m. School supplies will be handed out while supplies last, beginning at 9 a.m. Childhood immunization shots will be available, so BE SURE TO BRING YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH/IMMUNIZATION RECORDS in order to participate. Enjoy the face painters, vendors, music, popsicles and food while supplies last. For more information, call 229-5443.


A downtown photo competition to celebrate the progress of downtown revitalization, titled CAPTURE DOWNTOWN!, is being sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, the Redevelopment Agency, Symphony Park, Newland Real Estate Group, the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. There are three categories: 

  • LIFESTYLE photos of everyday work and play downtown;
  • ICONS for photos of buildings, historic neon signs and other physical landmarks; and
  • STARS for interesting people who live and work downtown.

Entries will be juried by professional photographers and photo experts. There will be first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. Prizes consist of downtown fun packages from downtown bars, restaurants, hotels, boutiques, galleries and salons. In addition to juried winners, a People's Choice winner will be selected by popular online vote Sept. 1-22.Winners will be announced at the Oct. 12 Symphony Park lecture, and winning photos will appear in a special downtown section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Winning photos will be part of a downtown gallery throughout restaurants, bars and galleries in the area.

The entry deadline is Aug. 15. Entrants must be U. S. residents at least 21 years of age. Photos must be submitted online. Official rules, an online entry form, and more information are available online

Senior Energy Assistance Expo Aug. 13
I also wanted to make you aware of a Senior Energy Assistance Expo being hosted by NV Energy on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North. Nonprofit and government agencies will be available to help seniors pay your past-due bill, discuss weatherization options for your home, provide energy education and conservation and rebate information. Additional information on social services such as food bank, housing, medical and rental assistance will be available.

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