The race will be decided June 13, just over two months after Black edged Wood in the primary, getting 33.36 percent of the vote to Wood’s 30.15 percent.
Headed into Election Day, Wood has raised $192,923 since mid-2016, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Nevada secretary of state. Black began raising money this year and reported $113,551.
….As in Henderson, the North Las Vegas Ward 3 race should go to the incumbent — Anita Wood. Wood’s challenger, Scott Black, edged her out in the primary, 33.36 percent to 30.15 percent, but we’re standing by our primary endorsement of Wood for exactly the same reason we’ve backed Marz.
North Las Vegas is moving in the right direction under Mayor John Lee and the current council. Although the status of the proposed Faraday Future automobile manufacturing plant remains in question, North Las Vegas has done an outstanding job of attracting businesses, streamlining its permit processes to make the area more attractive to developers and digging out from the budget catastrophe it suffered during the recession.
Against that backdrop, keeping the council together makes sense.
Once on the brink of bankruptcy, North Las Vegas erased a long-term deficit and is on pace to hire 57 full-time employees over the next year, the city’s finance director, Darren Adair, said Wednesday night.
North Las Vegas faced a state takeover amid a recession-driven financial collapse about six years ago, when the long term deficit skyrocketed to $152 million. Since then, the City Council gradually slashed its way to solvency by eliminating services and about 1,000 jobs across the board.
Once in junk status during the recession, the city’s bonds are now rated BB+ with a stable outlook, according to an updated analysis released in March by S&P Global Ratings.
Ten more crossing guards will help provide a safe path for students headed to schools in North Las Vegas.
The North Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday agreed to increase its contract with The Crossing Guard Co. by $79,905 for the next two years to pay for the additional workers. The private company’s contract with the city now stands at $805,757 annually.
By August, the city will have 106 crossing guards.
In an effort to spur economic growth, North Las Vegas has started a program to streamline the permitting process for construction.
Professionals such as architects, landscape architects, engineers and civil engineers can complete a self-certification program, which allows plans they submit to the city to be expedited.
The program consists of an eight-hour class at City Hall and costs $1,500. In other jurisdictions, the process can take months. Self-certification is good for three years for those professionals in good standing; there is an annual renewal fee of $500.
NORTH LAS VEGAS – The city of North Las Vegas will soon be home to a multi-million dollar development for international trade.
Construction begins Wednesday on the Vegas Trade Village going up on the northeast corner of Cheyenne Avenue and Commerce Street. The $100 million project is a first of its kind in the Las Vegas valley.
It aims to take a piece of vacant desert and transform it into an international marketplace. The vacant lot doesn’t look like much but city leaders hope to transform it into what is described as a one-stop shop for manufacturers from around the world where they can show their goods. People will be able to shop, eat, relax and meet all in one location.
North Las Vegas Councilwoman Anita Wood collected endorsements this week from three of the candidates who attempted to unseat her last week in the race for Ward 3.
Former Clark County commissioner Tom Collins, retired North Las Vegas police lieutenant Wilson Crespo and youth minister Ender Austin III threw their support behind Wood, a housewife who is seeking a third consecutive term on the City Council
North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Anita Wood faces an uphill battle as she seeks a third consecutive term, with challenges from a former Clark County commissioner, a retired police lieutenant, a youth pastor and a political newcomer backed by the mayor.
The five candidates will duke it out in the April 4 primary election to represent Ward 3, which runs along the city’s western edge and encompasses the Crossroads Towne Center, a Department of Motor Vehicles office and part of the Aliante master-planned housing community.