The assessor’s office provides an aerial image of your house — and your entire neighborhood, for that matter — and displays it on the agency’s website. Other websites provide similar views. But if you’re trying to sell your house and want much closer, better aerial footage to enhance your listing, you can’t get it.
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The city of North Las Vegas is out of the intensive care unit and in recovery. The threat of imminent state receivership is gone. Mayor John Lee, halfway through his first term, has outlined a vision to strengthen the city’s foundation and grow its economy.
If Henderson residents want to change the culture of their city government, they’ll have to change their city’s elected leadership.
Is there a single soul in Nevada who loves springing forward and falling back? Is there anyone who’ll stand up and passionately defend the practice of switching to daylight saving time in March and winding clocks forward an hour, then abandoning it each November and turning clocks back?
Is PERS a Ponzi scheme? Based on the testimony of the state pension system’s defenders, who oppose reforming retirement benefits for future government hires, it certainly appears so.
When the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities introduced legislation to gut the state’s public records law and price out public access to government, the group wasn’t taking a rogue action that defied the will of the organization’s membership. Precisely the opposite was true. The league sponsored Senate Bill 28 because it had the explicit, full support of entities at every level of Nevada government.
Give Clark County officials credit for learning from their mistakes. Shutting down a beloved animal sanctuary over red tape serves no good purpose.
Our representatives in Washington, D.C., rarely have trouble coming up with ways to extract more money from the people, which is then spent on more government. So it’s surprising — and downright laudable — when a lawmaker goes to bat not once, but twice to get a tax completely repealed and keep money in the hands of those who can put it to far better use.
The Las Vegas Valley has seen its share of important road projects over the years. The beltway has brought immeasurable relief to drivers, as has the widening of U.S. Highway 95 from the Spaghetti Bowl north to Centennial Hills. Interstate 15 looks nothing like the highway that ran west of the Strip 20 years ago, and Project Neon will transform it even more.
Government officials do not have the discretion to decide which documents are public records and which ones are confidential. They cannot reject a request for public records based on what they think the documents might be used for. They cannot set a cap on the number of records requests a party can submit. They do not have the latitude to reject some records requests because they complied with others. And they certainly can’t tell news organizations whether to report on government documents or when they must stop reporting on those public records.
The Nevada Legislature is just one month into its regular session, and the “Worst Bill of 2015” competition has been settled.
As each week of the 2015 Nevada Legislature goes by, the urgency to pass Senate Bill 119 — or an amended version of it — increases substantially.
If you think government can be trusted to regulate your right to make a living, consider the case of Steve Cooksey. He was told he needed a license to — wait for it — write a blog.
Sometimes, a person does something so magnanimous and so unexpected that it can make even the most hardened soul have renewed faith in humanity. Cynthia Portaro delivered such a moment last week at the Regional Justice Center. Her actions were so moving that veteran public defender Joseph Abood said he’d “never seen anything like it.”
You can’t fix a problem if you don’t see the cause. Case in point: rising juvenile obesity.
Does filing your federal tax return make you feel stupid? You’re not alone.
E-cigarettes are not cigarettes. They’re not tobacco products. But that hasn’t stopped the anti-smoking brigade from demanding that the growing industry and its customers be regulated and taxed the same as cigarette makers and smokers.
Sun City MacDonald Ranch residents certainly pay attention to what happens around their 2,500-home, age-restricted community. We wish more neighborhoods were as engaged, especially during municipal election season. In Henderson, particularly, there are plenty of government decisions worth fighting.
The members of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee have an opportunity this morning to solve public education’s most urgent problem. They also have an opportunity to significantly worsen a school and quality-of-life crisis.
Ed Vogel was a newsman’s newsman. He could hammer out hundreds of words on breaking news in a matter of minutes, then weave a thoughtful human interest story about one of the only-in-Nevada characters he found so fascinating. He could make everyone in a room comfortable with a pleasant greeting and a wide smile, then make everyone completely uncomfortable with sharp questioning. He could shout it out with editors, then laugh it off.
If Democratic Party leaders are serious about learning why they were annihilated in last year’s election, they’ll have to be brutally honest with themselves.
So far, the Nevada Legislature has done nothing with Senate Bill 33. That shouldn’t change.
For years, Department of Veterans Affairs employees across the country falsely reported patient wait times and covered up systemic malfeasance so they could collect bonuses at the expense of veterans’ health. The scandal made national news, cost VA Secretary Eric Shinseki his job and laid bare the complete absence of accountability within the agency.