April 30, 2013 



COFFEE WITH THE COUNCILMAN MAY 2
Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, May 2, 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 this year! There are so many ways to be involved with our community, so join me for a cup of coffee or tea – on me! 

F STREET GROUNDBREAKING MAY 6
Please mark your calendars and plan to join me for the celebration at the groundbreaking for F Street at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6. There will be a small ceremony and we would like you to attend. This event will take place on F Street just north of U.S. 95. We are inviting dignitaries and the community to attend.

‘VIRTUAL’ TENANT SPACE OFFERED
Virtual tenant space now is being offered at the Urban Chamber of Commerce Business Development Center, sponsored by the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency, to meet the needs of a proliferation of online and at-home businesses. Companies that don’t need physical space, but could benefit from the center’s other services, can now apply to be a “virtual tenant” at 1951 Stella Lake St. in Ward 5. Previously, the Business Development Center primarily focused on offering below-market-rate office and industrial space, along with support services and mentoring assistance, for startup companies. The Internet age has reduced some companies’ need for physical space, although they still require a number of the amenities available at the center, including high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi connections, meeting and training facilities with telephone conferencing capabilities, office equipment, business development advisors, and more. Business owners interested in participating in the program need to complete an application and meet certain qualifications. To learn more, contact Summer Rabb at 648-6222 or go online to www.urbanchamber.org/.

CITY SEEKS INPUT ON TENTATIVE BUDGET
The city of Las Vegas is currently working on its next budget. We want to hear from residents regarding funding priorities and whether they would be willing to pay more for certain services. You are invited to visit online to answer some simple questions regarding the budget, including your funding priorities, if you agree with the findings of a recent citizen survey, and if you would be willing to pay more in fees for the items you identify as high funding priorities. The results of the earlier survey can be found here. See more details here and at www.yourvoicevegas.com/.
 
Residents are encouraged to further participate in the process by attending the budget hearing, which will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 495 S. Main St. The final budget is due to the state of Nevada in June 2013.

BUILDING DEPARTMENTS ANNOUNCE MAY AMNESTY PROGRAM
Southern Nevada building departments are encouraging homeowners to participate in an amnesty program for the month of May that waives penalties on self-disclosed residential construction work done without permits. During the amnesty period, which coincides with Building Safety Month, homeowners in Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Boulder City will be subject to paying normal fees for permits, inspections and plan reviews, but not penalties. Fees for residential-related construction range from $60 to more than $400, depending on the project.

The primary goal of the Residential Amnesty Program is to encourage safety and self-disclosure of non-permitted work and to obtain compliance, officials said. Obtaining building permits is not only mandated by law but also will guard your safety and help ensure you protect what is likely your single largest investment:  your home. See the news release for details.

MAY 3 ARTIST RECEPTION
Meet Ukrainian artist Alex Krasky Friday, May 3, at a 5 p.m. reception at the West Las Vegas Arts Center, located at 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Admission is free. Krasky and his art have been featured on television news shows, in magazine and newspaper articles, and acknowledged by the President of the United States and other elected officials. His works will exhibited at the center through June 8, and also may be seen on his website. For more information, call 229-4800.

FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION MAY 3
Enjoy the First Friday celebration downtown in the Arts District May 3. Go online for all the details.

SMART START HOMEBUYER FAIR MAY 4
Thinking about buying a home? Get information on programs to help you become a homeowner at the Smart Start Homebuyer Fair Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the East Las Vegas Community Center, located at 250 N. Eastern Ave. The event is presented by U.S. Senator Harry Reid in partnership with the city of Las Vegas and the Financial Guidance Center. Call 388-5020 for more information. See the flier

GRANTS TRAINING MAY 22-23
United Way of Southern Nevada and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant workshop in Las Vegas, May 22-23. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420- megabyte resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited; online reservations are necessary. Click here for full event details. 

FHIP GRANTS DEADLINE JUNE 11
Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) funds are used to increase compliance with the Fair Housing Act. This year there are three initiatives: Private Enforcement, Education and Outreach, and the Fair Housing Organization initiatives. HUD will award grants/cooperative agreements under each of these program initiatives. For all the details, see the program summary.


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