November 17, 2011 

Residents Invited To ‘Rebuild Southern Nevada Expo’ Saturday
Residents Can Learn How To Save Their Home From Foreclosure, Connect To A Job, Or Find Housing

Residents looking to rebuild their lives by saving their home, connecting to a job, or finding housing, are invited to attend the Rebuild Southern Nevada Expo on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Palace Station Hotel Casino, located at 2411 W. Sahara Ave., inside the Grand Ballroom on the second floor. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Available free services and workshops include:

  • Down Payment Assistance Programs
  • Rental Assistance
  • Childcare Assistance
  • Youth Services
  • Adult and Dislocated Worker Training
  • Job Placement Information
  • State Foreclosure Mediation Program

This Alliance For Stabilizing Communities event is sponsored locally by the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, as well as Clark County, Station Casinos, Inc., and Housing For Nevada, a non-profit affordable housing developer and a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-certified housing counseling agency.

Local participants include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Coalition for Affordable and Sustainable Housing; Chicanos Por la Causa, Inc., Community Services of Nevada, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Housing For Nevada, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, Nevada Legal Services, Nevada Partners, Inc. and Women's Development Center. For more information and to register, call 229-4663.

City Of Las Vegas Schedules Customer Training Session Nov. 29
Session Will Include Changes To The Licensing (Title 6) And Development (Title 19) Codes

The city is holding a customer training session that will focus on updates and revisions to the city's licensing and development codes and master plan. The sessions will enable customers to stay current as well as ask questions about adopted changes to the codes and plans that were made in the last six months.

The one-hour session will be held at 5 p.m. at the new Development Services Center, located at 333 N. Rancho Drive, in the third-floor Charleston Conference Room on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Ordinances that will be covered are:

03/20/11 2011-18  6147  Makes minor adjustments to the licensing and zoning treatment of beer/wine/cooler cultural establishments. 
03/16/11  2011-9  6137  Adds a number of specific licensing categories to the city's business licensing regulations. 
05/17/11 2011-23  6152 Updates the Land Use and Rural Neighborhoods Preservation Element of the Las Vegas 2020 Master Plan to be consistent with the city's new Unified Development Code. 
07/05/11 2011-26 6154 Repeals Chapter 6.54 of the Municipal Code relating to the regulation of membership clubs. 
08/03/11  2011-29 6155  Updates Chapter 6.06 of the Municipal Code related to privileged licenses. 
08/17/11  2011-28 6158  Updates the city's regulations pertaining to mobile food vendors to conform to other applicable regulations regarding the operational limitations for such vendors. 
08/17/11   2011-31  6159 Removes the term limitations applicable to members of the Planning Commission. 
 11/02/11 2011-36  TBD   Updates Chapter 6.02 of the Municipal Code relating to business licensing generally.
 11/02/11 2011-37  TBD  Amends the business licensing provisions to adjust the regulatory and fee provisions that apply to certain professional businesses and employees of such businesses. 

Reservations are not required. For more information, call 229-4856 or e-mail  

F Street Connection Design Workshop Nov. 30

Plans continue to move forward for the reopening of F Street! Back in May, we held a design workshop to get your feedback on the artistic elements that you would like to see make up the interpretive panels. Since that meeting, the F Street Team has been working on renderings that incorporate that vision. For the next step in the process, I will hold another design workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., in Conference Room A/B.

The goal of the workshop is to receive feedback on how the content identified as important (people, places and events) at the last workshop will be displayed. Three display options will be provided and each attendee will be asked to pick the one he or she feels should be incorporated into the project. The one option receiving the most support will be advanced within the project development. You also will receive an update on the timeline for the project and the current funding structure. The architects will use the feedback collected at this design workshop to create the interpretive panels for F Street. We look forward to receiving your valuable input. Please R.S.V.P. for the workshop at 229-6582 or by e-mail at, if you would like to attend. 

Sign Up For 2012 Citizens Academy Of Planning
Free 10-Week Program Offers Weekly Evening Workshops

Las Vegas residents are invited to sign up now through Dec. 15 for the second annual Citizens Academy of Planning, which is a free educational program designed to give community members an overview of the planning and zoning process. All classes are taught by professionals from the city of Las Vegas Department of Planning or other selected experts who have hands-on experience in their respective topic areas. 

The academy will begin Jan. 25, 2012. The 10-week program will include weekly workshops on a variety of topics, including the history of planning, the permit process, historic preservation and more. The 90-minute classes, consisting of a one-hour presentation and a 30-minute discussion, will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Class sessions will be held at the Development Services Center, 333 N. Rancho Drive. The program will conclude with graduation March 28, 2012. Participants are asked to attend each session in order to enter the alumni class.

The academy will provide several benefits to the community, including familiarizing participants with the terms and concepts of planning. This allows for more informed input and assists the Department of Planning in addressing concerns. It also will create awareness surrounding the zoning and entitlement process within the city and encourage new local advocates for sound planning practices. 

For more information or to be placed on the interest list, go online to

Applications Available For 2012 Citizens Fire Academy
Free 10-Week Program Offers Weekly Three-Hour Workshops

Applications are being accepted for the 13th annual Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Citizens Fire Academy now through Jan. 23. The award-winning program is designed to teach interested people about the workings of the fire and emergency services in our community. Various speakers from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and support organizations, such as the Trauma Intervention Program and American Red Cross, give insight on how the organizations operate and how residents can get involved and help their community. Participants also will have the opportunity to participate in a field day where they will receive some hands-on training and demonstrations, and do a ride along with an actual fire crew to see how emergency calls are handled. The Citizens Fire Academy will meet once each week for three hours starting Feb. 23, 2012, with graduation scheduled for May 3.

During the past 12 years, more than 500 Las Vegas valley residents have completed the academy. The program has been recognized and is a member of the U.S. Fire Corps program. The Citizens Fire Academy began in the year 2000 with 50 participants. In the summer of 2005, the program became part of the U.S. Fire Corps program. The U.S. Fire Corps is a locally driven Citizen Corps program that allows community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire departments. Fire Corps serves as a gateway to information for and about fire department programs and meets a citizen's desire to serve as well as a department's need for support. Members of the Las Vegas Fire Corps are volunteers who assist the fire department in a number of functions, including assisting with answering telephones, passing out flyers in a neighborhood during or after a disaster, assisting in shelters, manning canteen or emergency food centers and acting as victims for disaster and emergency training exercises. The members also learn how to make their homes and community safer through simple training on the use of fire extinguishers, first aid and CPR.

At least 12 past graduates have gone on to become professional firefighters with fire departments. In addition, at least four are now wildland firefighters in other parts of the country, and a number have volunteered their services with the Trauma Intervention Program and the American Red Cross. Others have volunteered to be "victims" during a number of past fire department simulations.

Applications for the academy are available at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Headquarters, located at 500 N. Casino Center Blvd., or online. There is no cost for the program. Applicants will be notified in early February if they are accepted. The academy will be limited to 20 participants. More information is available by calling the Citizens Fire Academy Hotline at 229-0146.

Coffee With The Councilman

Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Starbucks, located at 751 N. Rancho Drive at Bonanza Road. Let's discuss our vision for Ward 5 and what we can do together to achieve those goals. This is a great way to talk with me about exciting events I am planning for the remainder of the year and for early next year! There are so many ways to be involved with our community, especially with the holidays approaching, so join me for a cup of coffee or tea – on me! 

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