November 2, 2011 

I hope you will join me for the events below!

Ward 5 Neighborhood Meeting Tonight
I encourage West Las Vegas residents to attend our neighborhood meeting scheduled for tonight, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J St.

Receive an update on the numerous projects taking place in Ward 5, as well as information on the master plan for the community, the potential expansion of the redevelopment area, and more. There is so much excitement and energy taking place in Ward 5, that I want to have a meeting where I can update the public on all of the progress taking place in our community -- new businesses opening, public works projects and much more. I encourage everyone to attend to hear what's taking place in our community, and also to give me their feedback.

Coffee With The Councilman
Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, Nov. 3, 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! 

Ward 5 Free Movie in Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex
Bring the family, blankets and lawn chairs and join me for a free movie in the park Saturday, Nov. 12, at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park at Doolittle Complex. We'll enjoy the PG-rated "Soul Surfer" film starting at dusk. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The park is located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., and the movie will be shown near the basketball courts. The weather is expected to cool down even more, so pack up some cocoa and extra blankets for this touching and inspiring movie. Mark your calendar to join me Dec. 16 in Lorenzi Park for the "Polar Express" movie and the annual holiday tree lighting.

Vegas Valley Book Festival
The 10th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place Nov. 3-6, with most programs scheduled at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The largest literary event in Las Vegas, the book festival will bring together more than 100 authors for panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, poetry readings, spoken word performances, exhibitions and other special programs. Most events are free and open to the public. The four-day festival will offer the Mobile Poetry Brigade, Children's Book Festival, Young Adult Festival Plaza, Comic Book Festival, awards and the popular “Feasting on Words: The Literature and Food Fair” with Rick Moonen and other celebrated chefs. Free writing workshops will cover topics such as poetry, memoir, science fiction/fantasy and travel writing. A schedule of events, a roster of featured authors, and parking and event maps are posted online. For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, please call 229-5431 or go online to

On Saturday, Nov. 5, bring the family to enjoy the Children's Book Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School. Admission and activities are free. The annual children's book festival, the largest children's literary event in Las Vegas, presents local authors, informational booths, exhibitions, hands-on activities, theatrical performances, storytellers, free books, costumed characters and much more. Readings and performances will be offered by award-winning authors/illustrators Loren Long, Jorge Argueta, Kathryn Otoshi, Barbara McClintock and Anna Dewdney, with music and theatrical performances by Aaron Nigel Smith, of the PBS award-winning show “Between the Lions,” and the Southern Nevada Wolf Trap. Free limited parking will be available at the Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse, located at 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South. For more information, call 229-3515 or go online. See the main stage entertainment schedule here.

"Pennies from Heaven" One-Woman Show by Nja Onê
Bring the family to enjoy the "Pennies from Heaven" one-woman show by Nja Onê on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Admission is free. The 90-minute performance includes an explanation of the stories behind the "Art Coming to Life" exhibit by the artist. Call 229-4800 for more information.

Only A Test On Nov. 9!
On Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. PST, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). At that time, an announcement will come on every TV and radio channel indicating that there is an emergency. This is only a test! Do not be alarmed when you see this test.  You do not need to take any action.

The purpose of this test is to assess how well the EAS can alert the public about dangers to life and property during certain national emergencies. Although the FCC and FEMA are taking steps to ensure that everyone has access to the announcements made during the test, some people watching cable television (as well as some others) may only receive an audio (not a visual) notice that this is a test. Both agencies are now working to ensure that you are aware of the test so that you understand that this is NOT a real emergency.

EAS alerts are sent over the radio or television (broadcast, cable and satellite). State and local emergency managers use these alerts to notify the public about emergencies and weather events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. EAS also can be used to send an alert across the United States in the case of a national emergency. It is common for state and local EAS tests to occur on a weekly and monthly basis. But there has never been a test of the nationwide system on all broadcast, cable, satellite radio and television systems at the same time.

The purpose of the Nov. 9 test is to see how EAS would work in case public safety officials ever need to send an alert or warning to a large region of the United States. If a major disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami occurs, EAS could be used to send life-saving information to the public.

What will be different about this EAS test?   The nationwide test conducted on Nov. 9 may be similar to other EAS tests that you may have seen in the past. These have an audio EAS tone and a message indicating “This is a test of the Emergency Alert System.”  But this nationwide test will last a little longer – about three minutes.  In addition, due to some technical limitations, a visual message indicating that “this is a test” may not pop up on every TV channel, especially where people use cable to receive their television stations. For these reasons, the FCC and FEMA are taking extra steps to educate the public, especially people with hearing disabilities, that this is only a test. For more information about how this EAS test may affect you, please visit

Sign Up For Emergency Alerts
As a reminder, if you haven't already done so, please be sure to sign up to receive a variety of emergency alerts via phone, text and e-mail, through a new website, Unlike a traditional reverse 9-1-1 system, which sends emergency messages to land line telephones within a certain radius around an incident, this new service allows users to receive messages via their phone, text and email. Users can select how they want to receive their information by visiting the website. Users can enter up to three telephone numbers, for which they can choose to receive messages either via text or voice message. In addition, users can enter up to two e-mail addresses to receive messages. Implementing a system that makes use of cellular phones and e-mail is especially important in a time when individuals are discontinuing the use of their land line telephones and are opting to communicate via their cellular phones, where they also access their e-mail accounts.

Additionally, subscribers have the option to choose a variety of messages to receive including ones for extreme temperatures, flash flooding, earthquakes, air quality advisories, winter storms and hazmat incidents. They can also return to the site at any time to update their settings or change the chosen alerts and e-mail addresses and phone numbers provided. The project has been a joint effort among the cities in southern Nevada and Clark County. The website was paid for by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

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