Ward 5 Tree Lighting & Movie in Lorenzi Park
Please join me on Friday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. at the entrance to Lorenzi Park on Washington Avenue for the annual Ward 5 Christmas Tree lighting. Then stay to enjoy the Jim Carrey version of the film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with my family and your Ward 5 neighbrs. Enjoy free hot chocolate and refreshments while supplies last. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to be comfortable for the movie. Admission is free. Lorenzi Park is located at 3333 W. Washington Ave.
Neighborhood Meeting Dec. 15
There is another neighborhood meeting that I would like to invite you to attend. For many of you that like to be involved with the growth of Ward 5, I encourage you to attend a voluntary neighborhood meeting scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at 1722 W. Bonanza Road, Suite 100. There will be information about a new business that is proposed near the corner of Bonanza Road and Rancho Drive. This home was previously converted to a business more than 10 years ago, but now there is a new business proposed that offers educational classes and legal assistance to immigrants.
Below are the cases regarding this proposed business, which will be heard Jan.10, 2012, at the Planning Commission Meeting:
GPA-43970 - GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT - PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT: HERMANDAD MEXICANA TRANSNACIONIAL - OWNER: GLORIA SAUCEDO - For possible action on a request for a General Plan Amendment FROM: L (LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL) TO: O (OFFICE) on 0.15 acres at 2511 West Bonanza Road (APN 139-29-810-023), Ward 5 (Barlow).
ZON-43971 - REZONING RELATED TO GPA-43970 - PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT: HERMANDAD MEXICANA TRANSNACIONIAL - OWNER: GLORIA SAUCEDO - For possible action on a request for a Rezoning FROM: R-1 (SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL) TO: P-O (PROFESSIONAL OFFICE) on 0.15 acres at 2511 West Bonanza Road (APN 139-29-810-023), Ward 5 (Barlow).
VAR-43972- VARIANCE RELATED TO GPA-43970 AND ZON-43971 - PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT: HERMANDAD MEXICANA TRANSNACIONIAL - OWNER: GLORIA SAUCEDO - For possible action on a request for a Variance TO ALLOW THREE PARKING SPACES WHERE SEVEN ARE REQUIRED on 0.15 acres at 2511 West Bonanza Road (APN 139-29-810-023), Ward 5 (Barlow).
SDR-43973- SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW RELATED TO GPA-43970, ZON-43971 AND VAR-43972 - PUBLIC HEARING - APPLICANT: HERMANDAD MEXICANA TRANSNACIONIAL - OWNER: GLORIA SAUCEDO - For possible action on a request for a Site Development Plan Review FOR THE CONVERSION OF A SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE INTO A 2,010 SQUARE-FOOT OFFICE BUILDING WITH A WAIVER TO ALLOW PERIMETER LANDSCAPE BUFFER WIDTHS OF ZERO FEET ALONG THE NORTH AND WEST PERIMETERS WHERE 15 FEET IS REQUIRED on 0.15 acres at 2511 West Bonanza Road (APN 139-29-810-023), Ward 5 (Barlow).
Recycle Your Christmas Tree Dec. 26-Jan. 15
Most people just throw their Christmas trees away after the holiday celebration. Yet, trees are valuable organic material that can be recycled and chipped into mulch. This mulch is used in public gardens and parks across the valley to help conserve soil moisture and keep plants healthy. Recycling your tree is a gift that will keep on giving back to your community. Last year, Southern Nevada residents recycled over 15,000 trees, which created 130 tons of mulch for landscaping projects at local parks!
Drop off your Christmas tree for free at more than 20 convenient drop sites from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15. For more information about the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, drop-sites nearest you, and other ways that you can celebrate sustainable holidays, visit http://www.cdsn.org/ or find Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling on Facebook! Remove all non-organic objects, such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Foreign objects contaminate the mulch and damage the chipper. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
Not interested in dropping your tree off? Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK to have a tree picked up from your house for a fee and dropped off at a recycling site.
Volunteers, Vendors & Car Enthusiasts Invited to Participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Fest Jan. 16
Entry Applications Due By Dec. 21
I invite the community to join me at the first annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Fest on Monday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Edmond Town Center, located at H Street and Owens Avenue. The event is a free community celebration that will include food and cultural vendors, car, truck and motorcycle shows, a chili cook-off and entertainment and activities for the entire family.
Vendors, car owners and chili chefs interested in participating in the event should visit the Dream Fest Web pageto print out an application form. The Web page also has details on where the form can be mailed and how to pay any associated fees. Forms and payments must be turned in to the address listed on the applications by Dec. 21, 2011.
I am also looking for volunteers to help with the event, including set up and break down. I encourage everyone interested in volunteering can contact my office at 229-5443.
The Dream Fest is a part of the annual King Week festivities, including a downtown parade that starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. For a parade application and list of King Week activities, visit the King Week website. Please plan to join me at these fun events!
Community Invited To Celebrate Kwanzaa And Rites Of Passage Graduates Dec. 22
Free Program To Feature Jester Hairston Singers
Everyone is invited to celebrate Kwanzaa and the accomplishments of the Rites of Passage graduates at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. The Jester Hairston Singers will perform. Admission is free. The theatre is located at 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
The program will include a workshop led by Keith Brantley that dispels the myths and explains the spirit and principles of Kwanzaa, as well as graduation ceremonies for participants of the "S.I.S.T.A." girls and "UMOJA" boys Rites of Passage mentoring workshops. The Rites of Passage program is designed to provide the necessary tools to empower, develop, enlighten and assist young girls and boys in becoming caring adults and independent thinkers as they mature into adulthood. Girls and boys, ages 10 through 16, travel a 10-week journey toward the path of adulthood.
The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas West Las Vegas Arts Center and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, West Las Vegas Library. For more information, call 229-4800 or go online.
RTC Will Offer Free Transit Service on New Year's Eve
Residents Encouraged to Park and Ride Transit to New Year's Celebrations
As in past years, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will again offer free transit rides for the New Year's Eve holiday, from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, until 9 a.m. on New Year's Day, Sunday, Jan.1. The RTC encourages everyone to celebrate responsibly by taking advantage of the free transit service as they ring in the New Year. Free rides on New Year's Eve apply to all RTC transit routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
On New Year's Eve, many routes on and around the Las Vegas Strip will be detoured due to street closures on Las Vegas Boulevard. Details regarding detours and revised routes will be announced soon and will be available at rtcsnv.com or by calling RTC Customer Service at 228-RIDE (7433).
Riders also should note that in observation of the New Year's Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, transit service will operate on a Sunday schedule. The Sunday schedule will be implemented due to traditionally lower ridership and less traffic on this day.
Coffee With The Councilman Jan. 5
Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, Jan. 5, 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!
West Las Vegas Neighborhood Meeting Jan. 5
The next neighborhood meeting will be held at Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., beginning at 5:30 p.m., to discuss the newest development in Enterprise Park, the Dollar General Store. I encourage residents to take part in discussions for this new development.