March 16, 2011 

Here are some important happenings for Ward 5 residents:

Early Voting For The City of Las Vegas Municipal Primary Election Begins Saturday, March 19
Check Sample Ballots For Dates And Times Of Early Voting Locations

Early voting for the Las Vegas Municipal Primary Election begins Saturday, March 19, and ends Friday, April 1. Las Vegas registered voters may vote at any of the convenient early voting sites or on Election Day at their designated polling place.

Sample ballots sent to all registered voters will have dates and times of early voting locations at the Las Vegas City Clerk’s office, Meadows Mall and convenient neighborhood locations.

During early voting and on Election Day, all city voters can vote for mayor and municipal judge for Departments 2, 3 and 5. Residents living in Wards 1, 3 and 5 can vote for a City Council candidate who would represent their areas.

Every vote counts because some seats may be decided in the Primary Election. According to the Las Vegas City Charter, if one candidate receives more than a majority of votes during the Primary Election, he or she must be declared elected. No General City Election would be held for that office.

However, if no candidate receives that majority in the primary, the names of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes are placed on the ballot for the General Election. The General Election is scheduled for June 7 and residents have until 9 p.m. on May 17 to register to vote for those races.

A complete listing of Early Vote locations, dates and times is available in the sample ballot sent to all registered voters, on the city of Las Vegas Election Web site at or by contacting the Las Vegas City Clerk at 229-6311, TTY 386-9108.

City To Switch New Traffic Signal To Full Operation
Signal Will Increase Safety For Bonanza Village Neighborhood

The city of Las Vegas will celebrate a new traffic signal at Washington Avenue and Comstock Drive at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 21. Following a short ceremony the new signal will be placed in full red, yellow, green operation mode.

The new signal cost $223,000, and was funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Southern Nevada Paving Corporation installed the signal.

The new signal will increase safety for the residents of the nearby Bonanza Village neighborhood. Washington Avenue carries about 18,000 cars per day, and the new signal will allow for easier ingress and egress into the Bonanza Village neighborhood.
The signal will be placed in red flash mode, signaling an all-way stop, during the early morning hours of Monday, March 21, so that motorists can familiarize themselves with the light. Motorists are advised to use caution in the intersection as they get used to this new traffic control feature.

F Street Update

The F Street project team has scheduled a design workshop to receive additional feedback from the community on the artistic elements that will make up the “interpretive panels.” These panels will line the new F Street bridge when it is completed. The design workshop will take place on Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.

The goal of the workshop is to receive feedback from the community on which historic elements should be part of the F Street “interpretive panels.” The architects will use the feedback collected at this design workshop to create a final design of the “interpretive panels” that will be presented to the general public in June during a Town Hall meeting.

Mortgage Assistance Available

Approximately 22,000 Nevada homeowners could receive much-needed help to stay in their homes thanks to more than $150 million in federal grants.

The U.S. Treasury awarded the grants to The Nevada Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation (NAHAC), to set up and roll out Nevada’s Hardest Hit Fund programs. Nevada is part of the original five states, along with Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, to receive the aid to help responsible homeowners stay in their homes. The Hardest Hit Fund was created to provide targeted assistance to families in those areas hit hardest by the housing crisis. States were chosen because of unemployment rates at or above the national average or steep home price declines greater than 20 percent since the housing market downturn as well as the highest unemployment rate in the country. 

NAHAC has designed and Treasury has approved four programs to help prevent avoidable foreclosures and keep limited income Nevadans in their homes. The programs are being rolled-out in phases as suggested by the U.S. Treasury in order to ensure the greatest number of Nevadans who are eligible and meet the program criteria apply and get the help they need as quickly as possible. According to the approved plan, the first program, the Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP), was rolled out in Clark County on March 3, in Washoe on Feb. 24 and the rurals the week of March 7.  The phased roll-out is intended to ensure adequate allocation of resources and proofing of vital support systems.

The MAP program is intended to provide temporary financial assistance for underemployed, as well as those unemployed homeowners, who have experienced involuntary job loss and/or severe reductions in income. The program could pay 1/3 of the principal and interest portion of the homeowner’s monthly mortgage payment, up to a maximum monthly benefit of $500. Assistance lasts for up to 6 months. Nevada’s Hardest Hit Funds encourages applicants to use the benefit of this program to enhance their work skills or clear up their loan delinquency.

Applicants for all of Nevada’s Hardest Hit Funds programs must currently own and occupy their home as a primary residence, must be a legal U.S. resident, and the property must not be abandoned, vacant or condemned. A self-extinguishing lien will be placed on the home for the total benefit of which all is forgivable or removed at the end of 5 years.

Applicants currently participating in a trial or home loan modification program simultaneously are not eligible to participate in MAP. There are other program specific requirements that can be found online. If homeowners believe they meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP, they are encouraged to go online or call 855-428-HELP. In order to process the calls in a timely manner, homeowners are asked to please have the following information ready prior to calling the call center:

  • First mortgage loan information, such current loan balance and the amount of monthly payment.
  • Income information, such as a copy of most recent pay stub.
  • If multiple homeowners, please have authorization to pull credit for all Homeowners on the first mortgage.
  • Social Security numbers for co-homeowners.

Nevada’s Hardest Hit Funds program has the goal of assisting as many income-restricted Nevadans as possible. In addition to the programs that will be offered, they have engaged counseling services as well as numerous resources to assist struggling homeowners. Homeowners can go online for resources, latest news, eligibility requirements, program descriptions, and participating servicers and to see when additional programs will be offered.

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