Entries by Val White

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BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

CURRENT SITUATION Reno’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and its implementation arm: Downtown Reno Partners, was formed illegally and unethically from the start.  Realizing that they would never get a majority of downtown property owners to vote for this double tax, the City Council chose to weight the votes of larger property owners – and […]

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RENO FIRE DEPARTMENT & DRUGS/ALCOHOL

CURRENT SITUATION For over 10 years, the union contract for Reno Firefighters has allowed them to have 2-to-5 times the DUI limit for illegal drugs and alcohol while on the job, with no consequences.  Not ONE City Council member, NOR the City Manager, NOR the Fire Chief  NOR any firefighters have publicly spoken out against […]

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CITY COUNCIL WASTING OUR TAXES

CURRENT SITUATION •  Reno’s current debt and pension obligations exceed $1 billion.  Meanwhile, Council members continue to give away multi-million dollar City-owned properties to political supporters and/or rent them far below market value. • Instead of the entire Council collectively granting funding to various community activities throughout the year, EACH Council member receives $25,000 annually […]

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CRIME & LAW ENFORCEMENT

CURRENT SITUATION • Reno’s national grade for criminal activity is an “F”. • Reno’s homeless-by-choice population has the highest crime rate of any demographic, and commits murder at a rate 15 TIMES greater than their part of the population.  • Reno Police, pressured by City Council, rarely enforce the Reno Municipal Criminal Code against the […]

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RENO’S HOMELESS RELATED PROBLEMS

CURRENT SITUATION RENO’S INCREASING HOMELESS POPULATION AND ITS RELATED PROBLEMS ARE NEGATIVELY IMPACTING: • Tourism • Efforts to attract new businesses • Crime rate • Quality of Life • Our debt-ridden city finances • Availability of public safety services to the rest of the community QUESTION: Why is the City Council following and funding a […]

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WASHOE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

CURRENT SITUATION Superintendent Traci Davis was fired for-cause by the WCSD School Board July 1, 2019. QUESTION: Has the Board learned enough from this ongoing fiasco to hire – and supervise a superintendent who will fix the mess that is our school system?   • WCSD/Nevada’s schools have ranked at the BOTTOM in the nation […]

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ARTICLE/PODCAST: Intro to the politics of “Homelessness”

Although most people living in U.S.cities, small and large, have encountered homelessness at some point in their daily lives, the large majority are unaware of the depth of the problem, the solutions being implemented nationwide, and the costs. The recently published article “Seattle Under Siege: Record numbers of homeless people are occupying the city’s public […]