North Las Vegas Planning Commission welcomes new members

Two new faces are on the North Las Vegas Planning Commission.

Sylvia Joiner-Greene and Willard Ewing replace outgoing commissioners Jo Cato and Joseph DePhillips.

Cato, who was appointed in 2002 by then-Mayor Pro Tem William Robinson, served nine years on the commission. DePhillips was appointed by former Ward 4 Councilman Richard Cherchio in 2009.

At its Sept. 14 meeting, the planning commission honored Cato and DePhillips with commemorative plaques for their service. Both sat in the audience before bidding a fond farewell to the commission.

Chairman Steve Brown thanked them for their service.

"I have learned the nuts and bolts of this city," Cato told the commission. "I’ve had a really enjoyable time. My career has taken a new leap. All I can say is tune into the Style channel. I have my own TV show."

Cato, who runs M3Mass Media, a full service public relations, brand management, diversity training and marketing firm based in Las Vegas with satellite offices in Los Angeles and New York, did not give further details about the nature of her show.

DePhillips, a union plumber, thanked the commission for the experience.

"And hopefully, I’ll see you soon," he added.

Joiner-Greene, the job development program manager for the Shade Tree shelter, was appointed to a four-year term by Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Goynes-Brown, who represents Ward 2.

"I’m very community-oriented and just trying to get assistance to (the public)," Joiner-Greene said, who is a native to the Las Vegas area.

Ewing, a Las Vegas attorney and 21-year resident of North Las Vegas, was appointed to his term by Ward 4 Councilman Wade Wagner.

"I’m happy to have the opportunity to get involved," Ewing said.

The commission takes action on recommendations made by the city’s planning and zoning department, which is responsible for planning, coordinating and promoting land development in the community.

The planning commission meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the council chambers at City Hall, 2200 Civic Center Drive. For more information, visit

Contact Downtown and North Las Vegas View reporter Kristi Jourdan at or 383-0492.

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