July in Las Vegas

It’s a nasty month. Darn hot. Half’s psychological – you see a thermometer that ought to break by the standards of any other top-50 metropolitan area and can’t help but dread the outside. With almost no humidity, it ends up closer to coastal breeze than Phoenix swamp. But those impressive stats on the thermometer – and the national morning network news drivel.. it all weighs on a fella.

Which, I suppose, is why the City of Las Vegas runs at half speed during July. As it turns out, our first regularly scheduled council meeting would be July 4, but due to the holiday it’s been cancelled – not rescheduled, cancelled.

The next meeting is July 18 – the only meeting in July, as it turns out. See you then!

Big News from Arizona

The Nevada Policy Research Institute posted a story this afternoon detailing a blockbuster court decision in Arizona that could have a major impact on the strength of Nevada’s urban local government unions.

An Arizona judge has ruled that local governments there cannot directly fund the salaries and benefits of government union officials, which is common practice here in Nevada. Read NPRI’s report here… the Arizona government union targeted in the suit says it will appeal.

Project Dog House Saturday at Town Square

I’ll be a judge tomorrow at Project Dog House from 10am to 2pm in Town Square. Details here.

“Project Dog House is a fundraiser for The Animal Foundation. The theme of the event is a red carpet contest where dogs will dompete for a space in our 2013 non-profit calendar “In the Dog House”, which will be sold at local area pet businesses and online. Contestants will walk in a Puppy Parade around Town Square, finishing in front of celebrity judges who will pick the winners. The winners will be photographed for the calendar by renowned pet photographer Arica Dorff of Pet’ographique at a later date. The event will also include dog adptions, a gift basket raffle, cusome dog house raffle, healthy dog contest, red carpet pup-arazzi photos and a puppy contestant parade.

Stuff to do in Ward Two

This Friday evening, check out the classic car show and concert at Tivoli.
On Saturday, I cannot more highly recommend interested citizens stop by the Sahara West Library on Saturday, May 19, 2012, between 3 and 5 in the afternoon. There, you’ll find former Clark County Manager and UNLV Public Administration professor Thom Reilly (more recently, he’s been hired away by UCSD and commutes enough to still call Nevada home). For $30 or so, he’ll sell you a signed copy of his book, “Rethinking Public Sector Compensation: What Ever Happened to the Public Interest?”
Professor Reilly’s short but powerful textbook will be particularly interesting for people convinced that Southern Nevada’s system of compensating our public servants is deficient in transparency and equity.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
3:00 – 5:00pm
book signing
Sahara West Library
9600 West Sahara Ave, Las Vegas NV 89117
(702) 507-3630