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"The bottom line is this: We consistently attack our public schools, our public teachers."
- Senator Edgar Flores (D) District 2, says we have a tendency to blame the teachers at public schools without acknowledging they are facing huge vacancies, out-of-control classroom sizes and lack of support staff. He explains it’s difficult for him to say that public schools are broken until meaningful investments are made. - Friday, February 3, 2023.
"The idea is to drive down the global price of oil and reduce the revenues to regimes that fundamentally are not our friends."
- Tom Polikalas, Organizer Nevada Clean Energy and Transportation Conference, explains the role of producing clean energy — whether it be electric transportation, fuel cells or biofuels — domestically to create a “massive downward pressure on the price of oil.” He says this would hit the Russians, and others who may not be friendly, financially. - Thursday, February 2, 2023.
"It can only help us as far as our economy goes, but what it’s going to do is put more strain on the City of Sparks and Reno."
- Ed Lawson, Mayor of Sparks, responds to Tesla’s announcement of investing an additional $3.6 billion into expanding its Gigafactory complex, located 13 miles east of Sparks. He says they’ll be looking for some legislative help in the future to reduce the burden on the area, not only with road and sewer infrastructure, but also mental health and social services as well. - Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
"“People are more honest if they’re texting than they are verbally."
- Bryan Bedera, Founder, Vote Text, says they found conducting surveys completely via text message gets them better data. He explains one of the most interesting things they’ve found — noting that we’ve all heard about the anti-Trump bias in polling — is that when people answer polls by text and don’t have to say their opinion out loud, their bias completely goes away. - Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
"We are waiting for the next generation of electric to see if they can solve some of the challenges we’ve had."
- Bill Thomas, Executive Director, RTC of Washoe County, talks about the benefits of electric buses fulfilling needs for segments of their system, and says with any new technology, there are bugs that haven’t been fully worked out. He later says they received a grant from the federal government to explore using hydrogen fuel cells for buses in Southern Nevada. - Friday, January 27, 2023.
"Let’s have an open discussion about what that’s going to cost and what that’s going to mean."
- Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner, District E, says while it’s fine to plan the new Ivanpah Airport, he cautions that there are additional issues that need to be considered, including not only the cost of the airport itself, but also the sewer, water and power needed. - Thursday, January 26, 2023.
"You’ve got an individual who’s decided lands bills are evil."
- Congressman Mark Amodei, CD 2, says David Brooks, a staffer on the Senate Natural Resources Committee who’s boss is Senator Joe Manchin, is holding up lands bills. He says this is the same issue delaying lands bills in Fernley and Lyon County, and the bill needed to grow the area for Ivanpah Airport to move forward. - Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
""I believe that community, being Fernley, and the Lyon County group (of smaller communities), that's the next epicenter for the growth in Northern Nevada."
- Lance Gilman, Partner Broker, Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, says the economic expansion of areas east of Reno and Sparks is moving at an accelerated rate. Tesla recently announced a $3.6 billion investment into expanding its existing Gigafactory complex, located east of Sparks at TRIC, to build two new production facilities for battery and electric semi truck manufacturing. - Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
"I’ve never raised more money in my career than I have during covid or after covid."
- Kalani Tissot, Fundraising Consultant, says they pivoted during the pandemic to host Zoom fundraisers and create unique experiences virtually that were safe for everyone to participate in. He explains this was an opportunity to show the value of digital fundraising and engaging people online. - Friday, January 20, 2023.
"Clark County is going to be seeking approval from the legislature to begin the design work for a brand new overflow airport closer to Primm."
- Andrew Diss, SVP, Chief Strategy Officer, Meruelo Gaming, says the Ivanpah Airport will be the talk of the 2023 legislature because we are very close to hitting the limit at the Harry Reid International Airport on how many people the city can get in or out. He later says if the Brightline high speed rail project happens, there are discussions that they will have a stop at the new airport and the final termination will be closer to Las Vegas Boulevard. - Thursday, January 19, 2023.
"I’ve always felt the responsibility to give something back to the United States."
- Former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley responds to her plan of running for Las Vegas mayor, saying she believes in public service and it's her way of paying this country back for taking in her grandparents during the Holocaust. She says she has a wealth of experience, a passion for public service and would be a benefit to the City of Las Vegas. - Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
"Will a Republican governor want to limit his power like that? I think that’s something to watch."
- Victor Joecks, Opinion Writer, LVRJ, hopes Governor Lombardo pushes a bill to limit the power of the governor, explaining if there is a prolonged emergency shut-down in place, buy-in from the state legislature is needed. He notes it will be interesting to see if the Democrats would be more willing to pass a bill if it limits the power of a Republican governor, and poses the question whether a Republican governor would be willing to restrict those abilities. - Tuesday, January 17, 2023.
"Domestic violence is something that destroys the fabric of our communities."
- Wes Duncan, Sparks City Attorney, says they were seeing increased incidents of domestic violence in the presence of children and wanted to lead as a city and pass an ordinance that prevents and criminalizes that type of behavior. He shares an example that came out of his recent safer Sparks tour where they were able to better learn what’s actually going on in the city, and out of it, prosecute the case and stand up for both the victim and children in our community. - Friday, January 13, 2023.
"We really need to take a hard look at public-private partnerships and really establish some common ground on how these rules can be modified and molded to meet some of the unique interests."
- Lee Gibson, Former Executive Director, RTC of Washoe County, says the nation needs to work on bridging the gap between private and public sector infrastructure to get significant federal investment. He says if the Brightline project moves forward — noting that he hopes it does — the rail connection would be a fantastic option for I-15 and would offer an opportunity to grow tourism more in Southern Nevada. - Thursday, January 12, 2023.
"We seem to be the prettiest girl at the dance right now from a west coast perspective."
- Par Tolles, Tolles Development Company, agrees there’s a desire to invest in Nevada, explaining that everyone from international money to insurance companies are interested in looking for opportunities in the Silver State. He says we’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and we’ve been talked about as a really strong secondary city, but now, we’re almost a satellite-to-primary city. - Wednesday, January 11, 2023.
"Everyone’s worked together — the tribe, the county, the city — and put together a deal that I think everyone can live with, just depending on who you talk to."
- Rachel Dahl, President/Publisher, The Fallon Post, says of the recently passed military appropriations bill for the Naval Air Station Fallon expansion. She previously explains there have been concerns during the past six years of negotiations, however, she says this community supports the Navy like none other, and the Navy often tells them how much this community means to them. - Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
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