The newsletter for Commission District E looks a little different this month. You will notice that the commissioner's picture and name have been omitted, which is the County's practice for those who file to run for re-election to public office. But the District E office will continue to provide a monthly newsletter so that you have access to information about what is going on throughout Clark County and in your respective neighborhood.
Juvenile Justice Town Hall to be Held Oct. 16
Fall is here, which means Halloween is coming, so please remember to be extra careful if you are driving around while children are trick-or-treating.
If you will be among the trick-or-treaters, remember to plan your route, bring a cell phone and stay close to your children while they run from house to house.
Of course Oct. 31 is also Nevada Day, celebrating the day Nevada was admitted as a state in 1864. But it will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 29. Schools, state and local government offices will be closed in observation.
We are also nearing the end of another election season. Don't forget Oct. 2 is the last day to register to vote. You may register at an Election Department office or you may do so online through the County website if you have a Nevada driver’s license or DMV issued ID.
The Clark County Election Department is also holding voter registration drives at four area malls from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
After Oct. 2, individuals who wish to register and vote in the general election have until Oct. 12 to register in person at either of the two Election Department offices.
In This Issue
A town hall dealing with the Juvenile Justice system will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the William U. Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave., to discuss problems existing in the system.
Each year, thousands of minority youth are arrested in Clark County. Some are released to caregivers, others spend time in a detention facility, and still others participate in detention diversion programs. Though studies consistently find racial disparities in juvenile justice systems throughout the United States, challenges remain in identifying effective strategies to address the issue and to meet the needs of minority youth.
The facts are:
Through partnerships with local Law Enforcement and Diversion Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Equity, Clark County has invested substantial time, effort and funds toward creating a comprehensive, DMC-centered change initiative to coincide with the strides we have made in reforming our juvenile justice system and to provide services within and with the community to ensure the best outcomes for all youths in Clark County.
- Minority youth are overrepresented at all levels of the juvenile justice system.
- While statistically, minority youth do commit more serious offenses, this does not fully explain the disproportionate levels of detention and incarceration rates.
- Economic, family and community forces play as much of a role in disproportionate rates of arrests and incarceration for racial and ethnic minorities as do the decisions of officials at each level of the juvenile justice system.
The time is here to work together to ensure the system is fair and equal for all youth, and to seek meaningful solutions to this issue.
Officials Dedicate New Flamingo Arroyo Trail
Steve Corry with Parks & Recreation speaks at the recent dedication of the Flamingo Arroyo Trail. The 11-mile trail stretches from Sunrise Mountain to Boulder Highway.
The new Flamingo Arroyo Trail was dedicated last month. The trail's scenic beauty will surround those who come out to experience its 11 miles that stretch from the Sunrise Mountain Trailhead at the Clark County Wetlands to Boulder Highway with the exception of a segment from the Vegas Valley pedestrian bridge to Desert Inn Road.
The new outdoor area features shade shelters, benches, signs, entry archways and other enhancements at the Pecos-McLeod Trailhead where the Pecos-McLeod Interconnect crosses Emerson Avenue, just south of Desert Inn Road. Paiute shade shelters and basketry were used by local artists as enhancements to the trailhead. Members of the Southern Nevada Paiute tribe blessed the trail during the dedication held Sept. 25.
The artist-designed amenities are located at the Pecos-McLeod trailhead as well as trailheads at Lamb Boulevard, Sloan Lane and a wayside site just east of the Sunrise Mountain Trailhead. Most of the designs were created in steel and will be allowed to rust. Artists also designed the trailheads’ landscaping and rescued a number of large pieces of rubble from the imploded Stardust Hotel – including recognizable steps from the hotel’s swimming pool ‑ to be used as seating and decoration at the Pecos-McLeod and Lamb Boulevard trailheads. The trail and amenities were entirely paid for by federal funds generated by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.
For additional information on the Flamingo Arroyo Trail, call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-7200. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
New VA Clinic Proposed for Northeast
A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health clinic is being proposed for an area at Charleston Boulevard and Arden Street.
Plans for the new outpatient clinic show a 36,000-square-foot, single-story building that would provide primary care to eligible veterans from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. weekdays. The clinic would sit on approximately 6.5 acres of land that is currently vacant. The property would be accessible from both Charleston and Arden Street.
The County Commission is expected to review the proposal during the Oct. 20 board meeting. A recent neighborhood meeting on this proposal drew no opposition.
County Gets Much Needed Community Funding
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $20 million to Clark County for its third round of funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
The combined allocation for the state is approximately $43 million of which approximately $34 million will be directed to jurisdictions in Southern Nevada. Clark County's estimated share is $20.2 million, with some of that going to the City of North Las Vegas. The table below provides the allocations for Nevada.
| Clark County
| Las Vegas
| State Of Nevada
| Washoe County
| Nevada Total
This is the third round of federal funding to aid in relieving the foreclosure crisis. Like the earlier rounds of NSP grants, these targeted funds will be used to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate or redevelop them in order to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values. Today, 95 cents of every dollar from the first round of NSP funding is obligated – and is in use by communities, buying up and renovating homes, and creating jobs.
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Connect Nov. 10
Sponsors and volunteers are needed to help make the Annual Project Homeless Connect event a success this year.
The daylong event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd, North.
Each year, sponsors and volunteers help care for the county’s homeless population by donating haircuts, dental and health checkups and meals. The event, formerly known as Stand Down for the Homeless, helps thousands of homeless people receive “a hand up, not a hand out.” Volunteers from local governments, charities, shelters, businesses and other agencies staff the event which is coordinated by the Nevada Homeless Alliance (NHA) and co-sponsored by the City of Las Vegas. Project Homeless Connect is free to people who are homeless.
If you can volunteer your time, please visit the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada for more details.
Invite Mojave Max to Your School
Mojave Max is looking for 12 elementary schools to visit early next year.
If your school would like to host a Mojave Max assembly early next year, please fill out an application soon. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 12, and the schools will be selected in late November.
The school assemblies will be held at the selected schools from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 4 through Feb. 10. The assemblies will bring attention to the Mojave Desert, animals in the desert, habitats of the desert and more.
Local, weather forecasters will be invited to attend the assemblies and the events will be photographed and may be video taped to be aired on television.
Concert, Fundraiser for Friends of Winchester Park on Oct. 16
The Friends of Winchester Park is holding its annual fundraising concert with the Guitar Society of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Jazz Society at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, Las Vegas.
The concert will feature a tribute to guitar legends Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and will star jazz singer and guitarist Mary Ellen Spann. Admission is $20 per person.
In addition to the concert there will be a silent auction of donated items.
All proceeds from the concert and auction will go to the Friends of Winchester to benefit the park, cultural center and its programs promoting all forms of culture in our community including art, music and theater.
For more information call (702) 455-7340.
Support a Good Cause by Going to Panda Express on Oct. 15
If you like Panda Express and you want to donate to a good cause, come to any store location in Las Vegas on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 20 percent of any purchase will go to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County, also known as C5.
Present this flyer at any Panda Express location for the donation.
The Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) is an all-volunteer non-profit whose mission is to reduce the number of healthy cats euthanized in local shelters through public outreach and education and by managing community cat colonies with Trap Neuter Return (TNR).
C5 is focused primarily on building a community-based TNR program where caretakers, homeowners, business owners etc. participate in managing community cats at their locations. C5 loans traps without a deposit and offers TNR classes every two weeks.
C5 also matches caretakers with low or no-cost spay neuter resources. Assistance with mentoring, staging and transportation of trapped cats is also available on a limited basis. C5 provides expert trapping services for those who are unable to trap for themselves, or in those cases when a very large number of cats need to be trapped in a single location.
Register to Vote at Area Malls Saturday; Online Voter Registration Still Available
The Clark County Election Department is holding voter registration drives at four area malls from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, which is also the last day to register to vote in the general election without appearing in person at an Election Department office.
Election Department officials will be accepting voter registration applications at the Las Vegas Outlet Center, 7400 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas; the Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas; the Galleria Mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road, Henderson; and the Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas. Also on Saturday, the Election Department offices at the Clark County Election Center, 965 Trade Drive, Suite A, North Las Vegas, and at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to these special hours and locations, Clark County residents with a Nevada driver’s license or DMV-issued ID can choose to register to vote online through Oct. 2. Individuals wishing to register online should go to the Election Department website at www.accessclarkcounty.com/elections and click on the “Register to Vote” button. Once there, they will be asked if the information they provide has been validated and they will receive immediate feedback that they have successfully registered. The process takes less than five minutes to complete.
After Saturday, individuals who wish to register and vote in the general election can only register in person at either of the two Election Department offices through Oct. 12. During the 10-day in-office registration period, Oct. 3 through Oct. 12, both Election Department offices will be open for extended hours. The days and hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Oct. 4 – 7; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Tuesday, Oct. 8 – 12.
Voter registration applications also are still available at many convenient locations, including libraries, banks and post offices. These applications can still be mailed but must be postmarked no later than Oct. 2 to be eligible for the Nov. 2 general election.
Individuals with a question about registering, or who are unsure if they are registered to vote in Clark County, should check their registration status by entering their name and birth date in the Voter Information Lookup box on the front of the Election Department website at www.accessclarkcounty.com/elections. People without access to the Internet may call (702) 455-VOTE (8683).
October RTC Events
This fall will be an exciting one at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, with several events planned. We'll open the Bonneville Transit Center, the new central transit hub for the valley, and we'll host Viva Bike Vegas and the Mayor's Martini Mile, both events to celebrate Southern Nevada's terrific cycling amenities. This year's Viva Bike Vegas event features a historic opportunity to ride across the new Mike O'Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam.
Event dates are as follows:
Mayor's Martini Mile: Friday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. This event will serve as the pre-party for the Viva Bike Vegas ride. Join Mayor Goodman as he takes a bike ride across the Brooklyn Bridge at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
Viva Bike Vegas: Saturday, Oct. 9., Cyclists are gearing up for the opportunity to be the first riders to cross the new bridge at the Hoover Dam. Nearly 2,000 riders have already signed up for the 23, 50 and 115 mile rides. The 115-mile participants will ride over the bridge, through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and through the beautiful Red Rock loop. The 115-mile riders will begin their ride at 6:30 a.m.
Bonneville Transit Center Grand Opening: Monday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m. The Bonneville Transit Center will serve as the central transit hub for 16 RTC routes, including the Strip & Downtown Express rapid transit, Centennial Express rapid transit, and more than a dozen residential transit routes. This 20,000 square-foot facility is being partially funded thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds. It will also feature a bike station where cyclists can leave their bikes during the day and an on-site bike repair shop. The facility is expected to receive a LEED Gold certification.
Seniors Stretch Their Creative Side at Cora Coleman
Seniors can stretch their creative side during fall arts workshops at Cora Coleman Senior Center, 2100 Bonnie Lane in northeast Las Vegas. Although the classes and the movie offered at the center are free, registration is required.
Any senior who has wondered what it’s like to draw doesn’t have to wonder any longer. The Introduction to Drawing Workshop at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 will teach basic drawing and sketching techniques of objects and people. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well.
Seniors can learn the basic techniques of digital photography and how to properly use their own cameras during an introductory workshop at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. The class will cover all the skills necessary to take fun vacation shots and candid family photos. Participants are required to bring their own cameras in order to take the workshop.
Once all the photos are taken, scrapbooking is in order. Seniors can learn the fundamentals of the fun crafty activity. Sherrill Graff, from Stampin’ Up!, will teach how to create scrapbooks of friends and family. Some materials will be provided but participants also can bring their own. This workshop will meet at 2 p.m. every second Thursday of the month beginning on Oct. 14.
Seniors can wrap up their month of creativity with the October movie of the month selection, “It’s Complicated,” starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, who enter into a love triangle of comic proportions. A divorced mother becomes the other woman in her ex-husband’s life when the pair unexpectedly rekindles a love affair. The movie will show at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26. Movie-goers can bring their own snacks and water to the film.
Registration for all classes can be completed over the phone by calling (702) 455-7617 or in person at the Cora Coleman Senior Center. Additional information can be found online. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Update on Discounts for Basic Telephone Service
In these times with so many struggling to get by, it is important that everyone understand all of the assistance that is available to help people stay afloat. “Lifeline" and "Link-Up" are programs that ensure that all Americans can get basic telephone service by providing limited discounts to consumers who might not otherwise be able to afford service. Lifeline involves discounts on the cost of monthly telephone service, and Link-Up involves a discount on the cost of initiating telephone service. The discount is available for the primary residential telephone, even if that phone is wireless. The programs have been in place since the 1980s, administered by the federal government and the state public utility commissions, but nationally, only about a third of low-income consumers who are eligible for the programs participate. To find out about how the discount works in your state and how to apply, go to http://www.lifelinesupport.org.
The Federal Communications Commission, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates have adopted the first full week after Labor Day as “National Lifeline and Link Up Telephone Discount Awareness Week.” During the week of September 13 – 19, 2010, federal and state agencies and consumer advocates focused attention on the availability of these programs to ensure that more eligible consumers understood that this assistance is available. Several outreach tools to assist you are available at http://www.naruc.org/lifeline/default.cfm.
Information on telephone subscribership in your state is available in the FCC’s recently released Telephone Subscribership Report. You may be particularly interested in the state-by-state information available in Tables 4 (Percentage of Households with a Telephone by Income) and 7 (Percentage of Adults with a Telephone by Labor Force Status).
For more information, please contact the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 or TTY 1-888-835-5322. Thank you for helping improve consumer access to these programs.
Seniors United Newsletter Update
For a guide of what is coming up during the election, go to this month's edition of Highlights, the senior newsletter published by Seniors United.
There's Still Time to Apply for Your Local Advisory Board
Applications for serving on your local Town Advisory Board or Citizen Advisory Council are here and the deadline is November 19, 2010.
Town Advisory Boards (TAB) and Citizens Advisory Councils (CAC) were created to assist the Board of County Commissioners in an advisory capacity with the decision-making process in supplying public services to the unincorporated areas of Clark County. There are 13 Town Advisory Boards and six Citizens Advisory Councils appointed by the County Commission to serve in these unincorporated towns. Each board or council, consists of area residents and serves as a formal direct channel to the County Commission allowing for greater input into the future of their towns. These members serve without compensation for two-year terms and have the responsibility of assisting the Board of County Commissioners in the governance of the unincorporated town by acting as a conduit between the residents and the Commission. These boards and councils hold public meetings with assistance from County staff, such as Town & Liaison Services and Comprehensive Planning. During these meetings:
There are three TABs in District "E": Paradise , Winchester and Sunrise Manor.
- Boards and councils are informed of matters pertaining to the town such as: long-term planning, zoning changes, public works projects, and ordinances, and they are asked to provide input regarding these matters to the Board of County Commissioners.
- They forward the concerns or problems of residents to the Board of County Commissioners or County staff for resolution.
- They also disseminate information of interest that they receive from the County to the residents of the towns.
- They may also develop a Community Strategic Plan to address long-range projects, programs or services that are needed in their towns.
If you are interested in applying for membership on a TAB/CAC please review the application and the criteria needed to serve.
Tips for Student Success in School
Nothing is more important to a student’s success in school than the involvement of his or her family.
Below are several links with tips on how you can get involved and help your children or grandchildren succeed in school.
Here are just a few tips that are particularly important:
Resources to Help You Get Involved
- Contact your child's teacher and don't wait for them to call you. This is the best way to identify problems early and find solutions.
- Spend time every day talking with your children about how school is going for them. Be sure to praise their successes and show you want to help with any difficulties they might be experiencing.
- Make reading a priority. Read with your child and make sure each child has a library card.
- Set aside a quiet, distraction-free place in your home for homework.
Clark County School District---You can find and track your students’ grades and get information on how you can get involved in your children’s or grandchildren’s school online. Just click “Parents.”
Nevada State Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC)—PIRC has a wide variety of suggestions of activities parents and grandparents can do with their students.
Parent Teacher Association—the National PTA has tips on helping students with homework, instilling a love for reading, and working with teachers to help your students succeed. Visit the website and click on “Topics” and then on “Student Success.”
US Department of Education—For a series of online brochures on topics ranging from helping your students with science and math to getting prepared for college, visit www.ed.gov and click on “Parents.”
New Legislation to Help You Participate in School
The 2009 Legislature enacted a new law requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to provide their employees up to four hours of unpaid leave a year to attend school activities or to volunteer in their children’s school. For more information on how this law works, please visit www.leg.state.nv.us. You can call or e-mail the District E Commission office and I will send you a copy of the legislation.
School Safety—Protecting Kids on the Way to School
Making sure our kids are safe as they go to and from school is critical. The Legislature enacted a law in 2007 that gives school police the authority to issue traffic citations around schools for speeding, double-parking and parking in “No Parking” zones.
If your children walk to school, be sure you have chosen the safest route. Make sure they do not deviate from this route.
Access to Healthcare Information Easier for Spanish Speakers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled CuidadodeSalud.Gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.
Consistent with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act, CuidadodeSalud.Gov is the partner site of HealthCare.gov, which was launched in July 2010, and is the first website in Spanish to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.
“CuidadoDeSalud.gov like HealthCare.gov is an unprecedented website which provides consumers with the power of information at their fingertips. Individuals, families and small businesses will be able to easily compare both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “CuidadoDeSalud.gov will give Latinos across the nation better information about the choices they have, how much they cost, and what they can expect from their doctor--specific to their life situation and local community.”
In addition, the website is a one-stop-shop for information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as other health care resources. The website connects consumers to quality rankings for local health care providers as well as preventive services.
CuidadodeSalud.Gov is particularly important for Latinos, who have the highest rates of un-insurance in the nation—more than one in three Latinos are uninsured. Without healthcare coverage, Latinos have less access to care. Latinos are only half as likely to have a usual source of primary care, and half of Latinos do not have a regular doctor. Twenty percent of low-income Latino youth have gone a year without a health care visit – a rate three times higher than that for high-income Whites.
Latinos also suffer disproportionately from chronic health diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Latinas have disproportionate rates of cervical cancer, which they contract at twice the rate of white women. Since 1998, mammography levels have been lower among Latinas compared with non-Hispanic white and black women.
In October 2010, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will include price estimates for health insurance plans. In the weeks and months ahead, new information on preventing disease and illness and improving the quality of health care for all Americans will also be posted. The website also includes a series of mechanisms through which users can indicate whether pages were helpful to them, and we will continue to seek user feedback to grow and strengthen the site.
Job Opportunity for Higher Education Provider
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