RSCVA reverses course on live board meetings

The CEO for a public evaluation Thursday morning

The Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority this week will hold its regular meeting in part to assess CEO Charles Harris. Unlike past practice, since the start of the year, the meeting will be available to watch as it unfolds.

RSCVA stopped livestreaming its meetings in January. This meant that if members of the public wanted to participate in the public meeting, they had to attend in person.

Board members, however, could still attend meetings virtually on Zoom. RSCVA’s lawyer said the group did not have to provide live access to the online meeting to members of the public.

Charlene Bybee, member of Sparks City Council.
Charlene Bybee, Sparks City Council Member and Chair of the RSCVA Board of Directors.

RSCVA board chair Charlene Bybee, also a Sparks board member, said that would change due to last month’s This Is Reno report.

Charlene Bybee has said she wants board meetings to be livestreamed.

“When you brought it to our attention…looking at other jurisdictions, Reno, Washoe County, other boards and commissions…we’re all on Zoom,” she said. “The fact that people are used to Zoom or a live stream…it’s super convenient for people. So I think access is important because I think our transparency of RSCVA and what we’re doing – it makes sense to go back and go live and align with other jurisdictions and what what they do.

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Open government advocates said they were alarmed by RSCVA’s past decision to deny online access to meetings.

“At a time when public officials often choose to use videoconferencing technology to conduct people’s business, it is unfair to then limit the public and news media from attending and participating in these in-person meetings,” he said. said the University of Nevada media law professor. Patrick File, who also sits on the Nevada Open Government Coalition.

Bybee said Thursday’s 9 a.m. meeting, which can be viewed on YouTube, will cover Harris’ assessment. He is up for a bonus and a merit increase.

“I asked at every meeting, as we just completed our strategic plan about six months ago, we really need to look [at it as] We move forward, [as well as] reports on where we are,” added Bybee.

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Reno Municipal Court Appoints New Administrator. Reno City Court officials have announced that Veronica Lopez will be the new court administrator. Lopez took office on September 9. “Veronica has been an integral part of Reno City Court for over 15 years,” said Chief Justice Shelly T. O’Neill. “It’s always beneficial for our organization to be able to promote from within, and Veronica is the latest shining example in the City of Reno. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Tuttle, the former administrator, and wish him happy retirement.

NDOT receives $101 million in federal spending authority. The state’s Board of Transportation announced last week that an additional $101 million in federal highway spending authority — the most Nevada has ever received — has been made available for highway projects. and bridges in Nevada as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s August redistribution. This additional spending authority will allow the state to more quickly receive federal reimbursement for planned projects.

Legislature’s interim finance committee approves federal funding for small businesses. Small businesses in Nevada could receive a $35 million boost over the next three years through the first tranche of the state’s Small Business Credit Initiative. “Small businesses are the backbone of all of our communities in Nevada,” Governor Steve Sisolak said. “We hope this first round of funding will lead to up to $105 million over the life of the program to support our small business owners. I am proud of the work done by GOED which will now partner with the US Treasury to enter the implementation phase.

Agriculture Department is looking for Farm2Food Accelerator participants. The Nevada Department of Agriculture is seeking participants for the Women’s Farm2Food Accelerator program, beginning in November. The program is designed to help Nevada women farmers and entrepreneurs with value-added food or beverage products, or product ideas, grow their business and expand into new markets. “This is a great opportunity for women farmers in Nevada to receive entrepreneurial training and tools,” said NDA Director Jennifer Ott. “This program helps women-owned small businesses grow their businesses and increase their success in the marketplace.”

Opening of the community garden at the Boys & Girls Club. Katie’s Community Garden is scheduled to open Monday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The garden is located behind the Bridge Church on Foster Drive. The garden is named after Katie Weingartner, a young girl who died in 2017 at the age of 15. Katie was passionate about finding solutions to the food security issue faced by Reno’s homeless population. Katie’s Community Garden is an educational site where young people learn sustainable farming methods and community members can learn social and emotional skills through regenerative agriculture.

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  • Megan Godfrey, North Valleys Secondary School
  • Syarra Goldstein, Procter Hug High School
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  • Grace Goodsel, Reno High School
  • Elias Gorauskas, Reno High School
  • Charles Hoist, Reno High School
  • Ananya Madhira, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology
  • Allison Marshall, Damonte Ranch High School
  • Violet Mulligan, Reno High School
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  • Derek Ngu, Reno High School
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