April 11, 2013 

First, I want to thank everyone in Ward 2 who voted in the recent election, exercising your right to choose who will represent you. Regardless of how you voted, you participated, showing that you care about your community. I applaud you for that and promise to represent you to the best of my ability.

My staff and I try to respond quickly to your issues and always want your opinions on how we can improve our neighborhoods and our city. We continue to rely on your input and suggestions. I am always available to talk to any of my constituents on my personal cell phone at 592-8822 or by e-mail at bbeers@lasvegasnevada.gov.

My staff contacts are below and they often are faster than me at starting to get issues resolved. Please feel free to call or e-mail them directly. Thank you!

John Bear          702-229-2420     jbear@lasvegasnevada.gov

Vicky Skilbred     702-229-2144     vdarling@lasvegasnevada.gov

Public Art

You may have read the recent Review-Journal coverage and editorial in support of my position about the city of Las Vegas’ automatic funding mechanism for buying art from favored artists.

As none of the articles accurately captured my position, I would like to clarify it. I am not opposed to public art.

However, in most cities, “public” art refers to who gets to view it, not to who pays for it. Most public art was commissioned by a private party and dedicated to a local government. For example, this public artwork in Cleveland is typical.

Most cities spend their cultural money teaching citizens to paint, draw, act, sing, dance, sculpt, and make music, not purchasing paintings. Starting 10 years ago, the Las Vegas City Council voted to dedicate one percent of future construction spending for its “Art” fund. It’s been on auto-pilot ever since. My proposal would take this funding off auto-pilot, so the City Council can consider it alongside all its other priorities.

It was a different time. Now, 10 years later, the Sheriff says if the Legislature doesn’t raise the sales tax again (it would be the third or fourth time in 10 years), then we have to lay off 100 people.

Today, my opinion is that the city should place higher priority on avoiding layoffs (service reductions) than on buying art. Further, it makes more sense to me to focus what cultural spending we budget teaching our residents to paint, draw, dance, act, and make music. As with all issues before the City Council, I would invite you to call (592-8822) or e-mail me your opinion and thoughts.

Deadline Is Next Week to Apply for Neighborhood Partners Fund Grants

Application submission deadline is Thursday, April 18, 2013 (12 a.m.).  The Neighborhood Partners Fund (NPF) is designed to assist in improving the livability of city neighborhoods through community-matched funding for neighborhood-improvement projects. The NPF program grants up to $5,000, which must be matched by the neighborhood with cash, volunteer labor, donated supplies, equipment or professional services. When residents volunteer for improvement projects, they meet their neighbors and work side by side. Communication improves, relationships are formed and community spirit is developed. Such is the impact of this type of small grants neighborhood funding.

Eligible neighborhood associations, homeowners associations or business associations must:

  • Be located within the city of Las Vegas.
  • Be registered with the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department (projects need to be implemented within the registered neighborhood's boundaries).
  • Have a majority of the association’s members living or operating businesses in the neighborhood.
  • Demonstrate neighborhood support for the proposed project / program.

Applications are available through ZoomGrants.com, an online paperless process. You will find links below for information relating to the NPF application process. Applicants will use ZoomGrants.com to submit their applications. No paper applications will be accepted.

For more information about the grant program or application process, please review the city’s website or contact the NPF Grant Coordinator Maria Castillo Couch at 229-6881 or mccouch@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Summer Camp Registration Begins in April

The city of Las Vegas and Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center (VMLSC) invite parents to enroll children ages 6-15 now in summer day camp programs offered June 10-Aug. 16. Open registration begins today, April 11, at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center. Registration must be done in person at VMLSC, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive. Online registration and telephone registration will not be available for summer camps. Enrollment is limited. Registration closes when the programs are full. 

Summer camps will be held Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning June 10. There will be no camp July 4. Summer camps will promote fun, fitness, adventure and education in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Children can look forward to a variety of age-appropriate activities, including field trips, sports, special events, physical fitness and games, arts, crafts and nutrition training, under the supervision of trained staff.

VMSLC will offer themed, week-long specialty camps with additional activities, cooking and/or field trips. The cost will be $115 per child for the week, $110 for additional children in the family, for most camps. A few specialty camps have higher prices. See the details here. Call the center with your questions at 229-1100.

A separate Lorenzi Adaptive summer program for youth ages 7-22 with disabilities will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 10-Aug. 16, at the East Las Vegas Community Center only. The center is located a 250 N. Eastern Ave.  Participants will enjoy a new recreation experience every week, community outings, sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, movies, friends, and all around fun. The cost is $75 per child for the week, $70 for each additional child in the family. Registration for this program will open Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m. to noon. Contact Andrea Anzalone at 229-4903 or 229-6358 to register.

April Events

Art at the Market - this weekend!
Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Bruce Trent Park, 1600 N. Rampart Blvd., at Vegas Drive.
More than 40 juried artists will be exhibiting, next to a farmers’ market. Overflow parking will be available at the JW Marriott. See more information at www.artmarketlasvegas.com/, or call 245-6077.

Summerlin Half Marathon – this Saturday!
Saturday, April 13, 7 a.m.
J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N. Rampart Blvd.
Registration fees start at $65.
Hundreds of walkers and runners are expected to participate in the third annual Summerlin Half Marathon this Saturday. The 13.1-mile course meanders through seven Summerlin villages on the community’s nationally recognized trail system, which runs through Summerlin’s most scenic parks and natural arroyos. For additional information, or to register for this event, go online.

Clark County Fair & Rodeo – this weekend!
April 11-14; Thursday, to 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
County Fairgrounds, Logandale, Nev.
See the details and directions at www.ccfair.com/ or call 888-876-FAIR.

Tour de Summerlin
Saturday, April 20, 7 a.m.
Registration fees start at $60. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.
More than 500 cyclists will pedal through the master-planned community of Summerlin and adjacent Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area during the 13th annual Tour de Summerlin, one of the largest and most scenic cycling events in Southern Nevada. Routes include a 40-, 75- and 100-mile option, to accommodate cyclists of all levels. For additional information, or to register for this event, go online.

Free Shredding Party
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon.
All-American Park, 1551 S. Buffalo Drive, at Oakey.
Finish the tax season right by securely shredding all that stuff you don’t need. Councilman Beers and Councilwoman Tarkanian are hosting this opportunity to shred up to five boxes of documents per vehicle at All-American Park. Opportunity Village will provide a complimentary, secure shredding service in the parking lot until the shredding truck is full, or noon. Save your time, storage space and money!  Call 229-4645 for more information. 

Mayor’s Health Walk
Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m.
Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex, 7901 W. Washington Ave., at Cimarron Road.
Residents of all ages are invited to join Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, friends and neighbors for a refreshing walk around the track!

Ward 2 Home Page
Councilman's Biography
Subscribe / Unsubscribe
Access City Council

E-Mail Ward 2
Councilman Beers
John Bear
Vicky Skilbred