I hope you are enjoying our great weather this holiday season with friends and family. I encourage you to join me for the events listed below, and I look forward to greeting you and your family this Friday evening at Lorenzi Park at our holiday celebration!
Ward 5 Christmas Tree Lighting and Movie in the Park Dec. 17
Bundle up the entire family and bring them all to the second annual Ward 5 Christmas Tree Lighting and Movie in the Park at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Lorenzi Park, located at 3333 W. Washington Ave. We will have picture-perfect carolers to keep in the holiday spirit and a horse-drawn carriage on hand for an even more cheerful atmosphere. Ward 5 elementary school children have been invited to make ornaments to decorate the tree. Once the tree is lit, we will walk over to Sammy Davis Jr. Plaza to get cozy and watch a movie, "Christmas with the Kranks," beginning at 6 p.m. Please plan to bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket to help enjoy the movie, and we will provide hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and cotton candy, while supplies last.
RTC Offers Locals Free Rides on the New Westcliff Airport Express
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is giving the gift of transit this holiday season. From Friday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 24, Nevada residents with valid identification will be able to ride the RTC’s newest express transit route – the Westcliff Airport Express – for free! The route debuted on Dec. 12, 2010, and it offers an express transit option from the RTC’s new Westcliff Transit Center and Park & Ride, located at 25 Durango Drive (at Durango and Westcliff drives, near Summerlin Parkway). From the transit center, the route travels quickly to downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip and then on to McCarran International Airport. Along the route, which takes an average of 42 minutes from the transit center to the airport, riders can easily access a number of employment centers and key attractions, including the Clark County Government Center, the Fremont Street Experience, Strip resorts such as the MGM and the New-York New-York and the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Click here for route map. For more information on transit routes, visit the RTC website.
Neighborhood Meeting Dec. 20
A neighborhood meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Development Services Center at 731 S. Fourth St. in Conference Room 2B, to discuss the following:
GPA-40031 - GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT/OWNER: CITY OF LAS VEGAS - Request for a General Plan Amendment FROM: PF (PUBLIC FACILITIES) TO: MXU (MIXED-USE) on 6.58 acres at the northwest corner of Stewart Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard (APN 139-34-501-003), Ward 5 (Barlow).
ZON-40032 - REZONING RELATED TO GPA-40031 - PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT/OWNER: CITY OF LAS VEGAS - Request for a Rezoning FROM: C-V (CIVIC) TO: C-2 (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) on 6.58 acres at the northwest corner of Stewart Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard (APN 139-34-501-003), Ward 5 (Barlow).
City Administrative Functions Will Close Dec. 24-Jan. 2
As a cost-cutting measure, city of Las Vegas administrative functions will be closed from Friday, Dec. 24, to Sunday, Jan. 2, reopening on Monday, Jan. 3. This closure includes the holidays of Christmas and New Year's Day, recognized on Dec. 24, and Dec. 31 respectively, and the days of Dec. 27-30 as furlough days.
Essential public safety functions such as fire and rescue, city marshal services including animal control and parking enforcement, and sewage plant operations will continue as normal. City staff also will be available to deal with other issues that may affect the community including:
• Code enforcement, including graffiti removal and other neighborhood complaints;
• Municipal Court front counters and previously scheduled court-ordered program classes;
• Traffic safety / maintenance;
• Three winter break camps in operation at Cimarron Rose, Mirabelli and East Las Vegas community centers;
• Standard building inspections (no express or special inspections); and
• Urgent matters in the Office of Business Development.
Citizens are encouraged to visit the city website home page for a list of the many online services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, a phone bank staffed with city employees will be available Dec. 27-30. Most calls to city departments will be routed to this phone bank, where callers will be assisted.
You Are Invited for Coffee, Tea and Conversation Jan. 6
Please join me for coffee, tea and conversation about the community from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Starbucks at 751 N. Rancho Drive. Residents will have the opportunity to speak directly with me on issues of concern to them.
I continue to work diligently to attract new businesses, to encourage redevelopment and to get neighborhoods organized and involved in historic, proud and progressive Ward 5. For example, in what will be a major economic boost for downtown Las Vegas, the City Council recently approved a deal that will allow Zappos.com, Inc. to move its corporate headquarters to the city's current City Hall site, which is located in Ward 5. In addition, renovation is expected to begin next year on the Lady Luck hotel-casino, which is also in Ward 5.
Town Hall Meeting Jan. 18
The city of Las Vegas will hold a series of town hall meetings in January as part of the "Your City, Your Way" effort. Town hall meetings will be held in various locations throughout the city with council representatives from respective wards attending. During the Ward 5 meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Doolittle Community Center located at 1950 N. J St., you will hear from me and other city officials. You also will hear a presentation from City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell on topics that include city finances, redevelopment and the results of a city "report card" on progress with the city's top priorities. Participants also will have the opportunity to be part of small-group discussions aimed at improving the city.
The Your City, Your Way effort started about a year ago as the city sought input on the best ways to balance its sagging budget. The meetings next year are a follow-up to that initial program.
For more information, call my office at 229-5443 or visit my Web page to learn more about what is happening in Ward 5 and the city of Las Vegas.