Former state Senator John Lee won more than 50% of the primary votes in Tuesday's elections, ousting incumbent Mayor Shari Buck. Lee joins us to discuss the most pressing issues he now faces. What questions do you have for the new mayor of North Las Vegas?
Solar panel producer Amonix has shut down after just 14 months of operation. The facility opened in May 2011 and was touted by many Nevada elected leaders as a huge step forward for the state's solar industry. In January, however, the company unexpectedly laid off 200 employees. Spokespeople for the company said that it was because the plant needed to retool, but the Review Journal has reported that the plant has been idle since May. Amonix was awarded $6 million in federal tax credits and also received a $15.6 million government grant. So what happened to that money? We talk with reporter Ucilia Wang about Amonix's failure.
City, county and state politicians are renogiating contracts with public workers. Stockton, California has gone so far as to declare bankruptcy because the city no longer has the money to pay public worker wages and benefits as well as basic public services. Is it fair to ask public employees to take cuts in pay and benefits?
Facing a projected $33 million budget shortfall, the City of North Las Vegas announced this week they will be forced to make mass layoffs to balance its budget. North Las Vegas officials contend union members including the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1607 enjoy an above average and generous wage and benefit package. We talk with North Las Vegas City Manager, Tim Hacker about possible layoffs and ongoing negotiations with the the city's unions.
Plagued by a massive budget shortfall, the City of North Las Vegas was the subject of talks about a state takeover earlier this year. To remedy the city's dire financial situation and put North Las Vegas on solid financial footing the city has just hired a new city manager.
We're joined by Las Vegas Sun political columnist and host of Face 2 Face, Jon Ralston to talk about the stir up in North Las Vegas. We discuss the lawsuit byDr. Wade Wagnerwho won highly contested and controversial election over Richard Cherchio in Ward 4. Dr. Wagner wants the city to pay his legal fees. We also look into the effort to recall North Las Vegas mayor Shari Buck.
After incumbent City Councilman, Richard Cherchio lost the Ward 4 election in North Las Vegas by a single vote it was revealed some voters may have cast ineligible ballots. According to Clark County Elections Registrar, Larry Lomax a poll worker in Ward 4 allowed a voter to cast a vote in the wrong ward. A lawsuit filed by Richard Cherchio in district court also claims at least two other voters cast ineligible votes. One of those voters admitted to the Review Journal that he voted in the wrong city but claims he was unaware he wasn't allowed to vote in the ward 4 election. Cherchio's lawsuit seeks to nullify election winner Wade Wagner's certification. Review Journal Columnist, John L. Smith joins us to discuss the ongoing drama in North Las Vegas.
Earlier this month a Nevada legislator pointed out that should the need arise one of the only ways to save the community of North Las Vegas could be a state takeover. However, North Las Vegas Mayor, Shari Buck says the city is far from being taken over by the state.
The City of North Las Vegas has been facing some tough times. Several rounds of budget cuts have not been enough to keep the city from a possible state takeover to get its finances back on an even keel.
In North Las Vegas, there's a neighborhood where the residents call their local policeman by his first name, give him bear hugs, and enlist him to man the grill at their BBQs. The North Las Vegas Police Department talks about its community outreach program, and why it specifically assigned two lieutenants to build trust with the neighbors. We talk to the lieutenants and community leaders about how that relationship is working out.