April 7, 2011 

I hope all is well with you and your family!  I have included below some new opportunities and community events with the expectation that they will be of benefit to you!

Las Vegas City Council Approves Updated Employment Plans For Redevelopment, Economic Development Projects
Plans Require Jobs Be Made Available to Residents of City of Las Vegas and Redevelopment Area

The Las Vegas City Council at its meeting yesterday adopted updated employment plans for projects built in the Redevelopment Area and economic development projects elsewhere in the city. The plans are designed to ensure residents of the Redevelopment Area and city of Las Vegas are hired to work on redevelopment and economic development projects.
The city is required by state law [NRS 279.482(2)] to have an employment plan for projects that are in the Redevelopment Area. However, the city decided to extend a policy citywide to non-RDA projects to ensure local hiring. The updated plans are designed to be more specific about local hiring incentives and the implementation of mandatory reporting.

For new projects built in the Redevelopment Area, 15 percent of all construction jobs must be filled by bona-fide residents of that area, which roughly includes the greater downtown Las Vegas area east of I-15, south of Washington Avenue, north of Sahara Avenue and west of Maryland Parkway. It also includes the Charleston Boulevard, Martin L. King Boulevard and Eastern Avenue corridors.

In order to receive 100 percent of a negotiated incentive from the city, such as tax increment financing, the resident participation requirement must be met.

Developers must also aspire that 15 percent of all new jobs created as a direct result of the private redevelopment project be filled by members of racial minorities, women, the disabled or veterans. 

For new economic development projects outside the Redevelopment Area, including in one of the city's three technology parks, 30 percent of all new jobs must be filled by bona-fide residents of the city of Las Vegas. Residence will be verified in the form of a drivers' license or by legal address per IRS tax forms. In order to receive 100 percent of the negotiated incentive from the city, such as land, rent subsidies, etc., the resident participation requirement must be met.

Developers must also aspire that 15 percent of all new jobs created as a direct result of the private redevelopment project be filled by members of racial minorities, women, the disabled or veterans. 

In addition, in order to provide accountability and consistency, standard reporting templates will be used to demonstrate specific outreach and development actions.

City of Las Vegas Offers Spring Break Camps April 18-22
Dance, Drama, Swimming and More Fun Activities Available for Youth Ages 6-15

The city of Las Vegas offers several affordable spring break camps Monday-Friday, April 18-22, for youth ages 6-15 while school is not in session. Advance registration is required. Registration is available online, by telephone and at the centers that are offering the camps. Registration will continue until camps are full.

The Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St., is offering both a drama workshop and a dance camp. The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Drama Workshop for youth in grades 2-6 costs $135 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This popular annual workshop includes theatre games, improvisation, acting exercises, mime, rehearsal skills and plenty of fun. The participants will put on a free performance at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, on the main stage of the Charleston Heights Arts Center theatre. For more information or to register, call 229-6553 or 229-6383, or go online.

The Charleston Heights Spring Dance Camp offers intermediate/advanced dancers ages 12 and older intensive training in contemporary jazz from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $96. A final family presentation performance is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. Call 229-6383 or go online for information and registration.

Municipal Pool will hold Spring Break Splash Camp for ages 6-11 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day at 431 E. Bonanza Road. The cost is $110 and scholarships may be available for qualified candidates. This fun-filled water camp will provide a safe atmosphere with close supervision. Children will experience water safety activities, games, crafts, water polo, inner tube water polo, springboard diving, synchronized swimming and daily swimming lessons. There may be excursions offered at an additional fee. Children will need to bring a sack lunch, swimsuit, towel, and a change of dry clothes. Registration is limited to the first 25. Call 229-6309 for more information and registration or go online.

Camps that run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for youth ages 6-15 are offered at five city of Las Vegas community centers. Children will have fun and stay busy enjoying age-appropriate activities, including sports, games, special events, arts and crafts under the supervision of staff. Camps are priced at $75 for the first child for the week and $70 for each additional child from the same household. Participants will need to bring a sack lunch, drink and snack every day. The following centers will offer spring break camp; call each center for more information and registration, or go online.

  • Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, ages 6-11 only, 229-1607.
  • Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., ages 6-15, 229-6374.
  • Rafael Rivera Community Center, 2900 E. Stewart Ave., ages 6-15, 229-4600.
  • Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., ages 6-15, 229-6359.
  • Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, ages 6-15, 229-1100.

Neighborhood Partners Fund Grant Application Deadline April 21
Applications for Grants Up To $5,000 Still Available

The deadline for filing Neighborhood Partners Fund Grant program applications is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at City Hall in the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. Call 229-6681 for more information on Neighborhood Partners Fund grants or go online for all the details and forms. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to get additional funds for your neighborhood!  If you need help completing the grant, please do not hesitate to contact my staff directly. It is my goal to see that several Ward 5 neighborhoods take advantage of the opportunity to receive funds to improve our community.

City of Las Vegas Young Men's Conference April 30 For Ages 10-25
Retired District Judge Gregory Mathis Keynote Speaker for Free Conference

The city of Las Vegas will present the Young Men's Conference for ages 10-25 on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

"Exercising our voices," is the theme of this youth-led young men's conference, providing the opportunity for young men ages 10-18 to dialogue with community leaders, educators and advocates. Young men will gain personally and professionally from hearing keynote speaker retired Michigan District Judge Gregory Mathis and his stories of growing up as a young man in the streets of Detroit. Before transitioning into a well-respected and productive citizen, his life was impacted with hardship, discontent and a twisted disrespect for the law. The conference moderators will include community leaders Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Frank Hawkins Jr., Mujahid Ramadan and UNLV Professor Theodore Ransaw.

The Apprentice Program will provide participants ages 18-25 with an understanding of the tools and skills necessary to effectively pursue, gain and maintain social and economic independence. A variety of career tradesman and trade representatives, such as electricians, plumbers, painters and carpenters, will provide networking opportunities. 

The event is presented with support from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program, the Clark County School District and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, West Las Vegas Library. Participants are asked to wear white shirts and ties. The West Las Vegas Arts Center is located at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Call (702) 229-4800 for more information and to register for the conference.

City's Online Auction Offers Variety Of Items

Looking for some bargains?  Telephones, office furniture or some old computer parts? Then check out the city's online auction. You'll find treasures that change often, even unclaimed property and retired vehicles!

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City Of Las Vegas Schedules Customer Training Sessions
Sessions Will Focus On Newly Adopted Unified Development Code

The city is holding two customer training sessions that will focus on the city of Las Vegas' newly adopted Unified Development Code. The sessions will enable customers to stay current as well as ask questions about the code before it becomes effective on May 1, 2011.

The one-hour sessions will each 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, April 19, and Tuesday, April 26.

On March 16, the Las Vegas City Council adopted a Unified Development Code (UDC) for the city of Las Vegas. The UDC replaces the existing Subdivision Regulations (Title 18) and Zoning Code (Title 19).

The UDC incorporates more graphic-oriented elements, resulting in a document that is more user-friendly while eliminating cross-referencing issues, contradictions and duplication of information. Intended mainly as an electronic document, the UDC features interactive hyperlinks and menus to further ease navigation while maintaining its ease of use when printed.

Two pending updates to the Las Vegas 2020 Master Plan will be reviewed in addition to an ordinance.

Below is an additional community event that I think will interest you!

2nd Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence Homicide April 12

The 2nd Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence Homicide will take place Tuesday, April 12, sponsored by Bunkers Mortuary, Cemeteries and Crematory. Participants will gather at 5 p.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery at 1500 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The walk begins at 6 p.m. from Woodlawn and ends at Bunker Eden Vale Memorial Park, 1216 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The procession will close two northbound lanes on Las Vegas Boulevard, with Metro Police officers leading and following. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete the walk. Participants are asked to wear black attire and bring red roses. Proceeds from the walk will benefit a college trust fund for children of victims. The walk is presented in observance of 2011 National Victim Rights' Week. For more information, e-mail SFUDirector@gmail.com.

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