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North Las Vegas State of the City Set for Thursday

North Las Vegas State of the City Set for Thursday

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee will give his first State of the City address Thursday.

The speech will start at noon at the Aliante Casino and Hotel, 7300 Aliante Parkway. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 633-1005.

The city is still facing financial issues from the Great Recession. Leaders announced last week that previous administrations had used millions of dollars from the city's utilities to cover shortfalls in the general fund.

The Las Vegas City Council just agreed to explore more ways to combine services with North Las Vegas in an effort for both cities to save money.

 

Stories Vary Over Departure of North Las Vegas Manager

Stories Vary Over Departure of North Las Vegas Manager

The departing manager indicates the new mayor wouldn't let him do his job.

North Las Vegas’ new mayor and former city manager have different stories when it comes to dissecting last week’s big shake-up in City Hall.

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State Committee Denies North Las Vegas Money Transfer

State Committee Denies North Las Vegas Money Transfer

The financially troubled city takes another blow.

A state committee on local government temporarily turned aside a request by financially-troubled North Las Vegas for access to an additional $4.3 million for its budget this fiscal year.

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Steven Brooks Appears in California Court

Steven Brooks Appears in California Court

Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was in a California court Friday as part of a bid to enroll him in a mental health diversion program.

Brooks appeared in a Victorville, Calif. courtroom on charges stemming from a car chase and a police confrontation in March.

His lawyer asked earlier this week that Brooks be placed in a mental health court, which diverts people into treatment and holds them accountable along the way. A judge was expected to rule on his eligibility Friday.

Now, San Bernardino prosecutors are disputing whether Brooks should be transferred to a mental health court. They want him to stay in the criminal court system.

Brooks has pleaded not guilty to resisting an officer, felony evading and assault on a police animal charges filed after his March 28 arrest in Victorville.

The arrest was his third in a matter of months, and followed bizarre behavior that prompted lawmakers to expel him from the Assembly.

Nevada Assembly Considers First Ever Expulsion

Nevada Assembly Considers First Ever Expulsion

 

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada lawmaker who has been arrested twice and accused of threatening to harm his political colleagues could be the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature.

A select committee plans to convene Tuesday evening to recommend whether Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks of Las Vegas should be allowed to return to his seat, be expelled, censured or otherwise reprimanded.

The 41-year-old Brooks won re-election in November by a 2-to-1 margin. His public troubles began Jan. 19, when he was arrested in a car with a gun and ammunition after allegedly voicing a threat against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. He was arrested again a few weeks later.

The panel will hear evidence from an independent counsel before recommending whether Brooks should retain his seat. The full Assembly will act on the recommendations -- likely later in the week.

 

City Officials, Leaders to Take Stock of Ward 2

City Officials, Leaders to Take Stock of Ward 2

 

No city in Nevada took a harder blow from the recession than North Las Vegas and city leaders want to look first-hand at how the recovery is going.

To take stock of the health of business in the city, North Las Vegas officials and local leaders plan to visit with business owners and workers during a “City Walk” on March 25. A walk is planned in each of the City Council wards this year.

The walk will be conducted by the City’s Economic Development Division and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. at the chamber offices, 3365 W. Craig Road, Suite 25. They will be grouped into teams, and each team will be assigned to a different target area within Ward 2. The teams will spend about two hours in their respective areas, and then reconvene to talk about their findings.

Buck Files to Run for Second Term

Buck Files to Run for Second Term

 

North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck filed Tuesday to run for a second term.

One confirmed challenger for the office with be State Sen. John Lee.

The city has gone through major financial trouble during Buck’s tenure, though some problems originated during the major recession that began before she took office.

“I didn’t ask the people of North Las Vegas for the job of mayor because I thought it would be easy,” Buck said. “I asked for their vote because I love this city and I knew I could help guide it through some rough waters.

“We have made tremendous progress, but my job is not done. I’m ready to keep working.”