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Fined by HOA and Nicklin Management for hearsay conversation, exercising First Amendment. Thanks NV Legislature.

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Las Casitas Board of Directors Abusing Property Right of Homeowners in Las Vegas, NV
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Drought of Southern Nevada?
"Rip out your residential turfgrass and get a rebate" has been the battle cry of the Southern Nevada Water Authority for a number of years. It has never been louder than this year.
This photo shows an SNWA water leak that has been gushing for seven (7) days while the HOA Board rips out the grass directly behind this leak, without permission of the homeowners. They're killing the value of mine and other homes in this HOA by ripping out our turfgrass, the dominant feature of this community for 23 years, ostensibly to save 80 cents per month per homeowner on the water bill.
Can't anyone else see the sad irony in this?
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Charles J. Clark Jr. out performs Brent Jones during a democratic political debate on Sunday April 27, 2014 and becomes the official Democratic candidate for the District 35 Nevada State Assembly. 
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Emails show how political advisers trumped staff in Sandoval’s decision on ‘More Cops’ tax

Read more: http://goo.gl/ZAA2G4

#politics   #clarkcounty   #sandoval   #morecopstax   #taxincreases   #lobbyists   #politicaladvisors  
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After a few years of being the point man on almost every bill that came through the Senate, Reid has stepped off to one side, passing the spotlight on major negotiations to the most trusted Democrats on his leadership team.

Read more here: http://goo.gl/fe45YQ

#harryreid   #donothingcongress   #activesenate  
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State Republican Party officials approached national leaders this week with a big pitch: Bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas.

Read more here: http://goo.gl/K06QlH

#Republicans   #LasVegas2016   #nationalleaders  
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Back to work after heart surgery, Rep. Horsford touts affordable care

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Senate backed new interest rates in the name of achieving a bipartisan compromise to keep college affordable. But Renee Davis, director of student affairs for the Nevada System of Higher Education, said “But in a few years, the interest rate could easily go up — and that’s going to be more money that students will have to pay back after they leave school.”

Read more here: http://goo.gl/tO1s1x

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Al Gore to speak at Tahoe Summit

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To make a point about the value of spending on foreign aid and development, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, a man versed in the intricacies of foreign and domestic policy, invoked Tom Hanks.

Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/may/15/increase-us-foreign-aid-darn-right-panelists-tell-/#ixzz2TOw7xiHd

#politics #foreignaffairs #spending
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HOA Board and Managment Companies Run Rampant Due to Changes in CIC Law.
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Drought of Southern Nevada?

"Rip out your residential turfgrass and get a rebate" has been the battle cry of the Southern Nevada Water District for a number of years. It has never been louder than this year.

This photo shows an SNWA water leak that has been gushing for at least five days while the HOA Board rips out the grass directly behind this leak, without permission of the homeowners.

This Board has taken this action because they are emboldened by recent changes to the Nevada Revised Statutes for Common Interest Communties. They're killing the value of mine and other homes in this HOA by ripping out our turfgrass, the dominant feature of this community for 23 years, ostensibly to save 80 cents per month per homeowner on the water bill. Can't anyone else see the sad irony in this?

Nevada HOA Abuse: Retaliation, Fines for Exercising 1st Amendment Enabled by NRS

The Nevada Revised Statutes for CIC (Common Interest Communities) is enabling abuses that range from intimidation and retaliation by HOA Boards and management companies to threats of misdemeanor status for alleged, undocumented violations. These abuses include fines for exercising the 1rst Amendment right of Free Speech and retaliatory action for taking interest in how one's HOA fees are spent.

How do I know this? I was fined $100 as a continuing violation fine (weekly) for an alleged conversation between an unnamed person who reportedly lived in my condominium (the fine letter did not name anyone) and a sitting Board member of the HOA in which I live. I am a former President and then Director of this same HOA, and the retaliatory action/fine from the current Board came less than one week after I began to show interest in the way the current Board is spending our Reserves.

This same HOA Board holds their meetings at the corner bar, often during working hours, which, according to NV Attorney General Cortez-Mastro, is in violation of the spirit and intent of the law (quote and link at bottom).

The NRS for CIC allows for compensatory damages and attorney fees for victims of this type of retaliation by an HOA Board, but finding an attorney willing to take on an HOA Board, management company and/or the State of Nevada is very difficult if not impossible. A homeowner's lack of disposable wealth in the State of NV means that the homeowner is all alone against newly empowered Boards and HOA management companies.

NRS 116.31183  Retaliatory action prohibited; separate action by unit’s owner.
1.  An executive board, a member of an executive board, a community manager or an officer, employee or agent of an association shall not take, or direct or encourage another person to take, any retaliatory action against a unit’s owner because the unit’s owner has:
(a) Complained in good faith about any alleged violation of any provision of this chapter or the governing documents of the association;
(b) Recommended the selection or replacement of an attorney, community manager or vendor; or
(c) Requested in good faith to review the books, records or other papers of the association.
2.  In addition to any other remedy provided by law, upon a violation of this section, a unit’s owner may bring a separate action to recover:
(a) Compensatory damages; and
(b) Attorney’s fees and costs of bringing the separate action.
(Added to NRS by 2003, 2218; A 2009, 2808, 2895)

NV Open Meeting Law Manual:
http://ethics.nv.gov/COE_website_files/coe_publications_and_media/OML%20Manual.pdf
(Text below on page 80 of above link)

Accordingly, NRS 241.020 requires that, except as otherwise provided by statute, all meetings of public bodies must be open and public, and all persons must be permitted to attend any meeting of these bodies; NRS 241.040 makes wrongful exclusion of any person from a meeting a misdemeanor.
§ 8.02
Facilities
Public meetings should be held in facilities that are reasonably large enough to accommodate anticipated attendance by members of the public.
Sometimes controversial public issues generate a larger than expected crowd and a change of location or other methods (e.g., video transmission in adjoining rooms or areas) may have to be employed in order to accommodate those persons seeking to attend a particular meeting. But even if reasonable efforts like these prove inadequate to accommodate everyone, the meeting still would qualify as a public meeting for purposes of the Open Meeting Law. Gutierrez v. City of Albuquerque, 631 P.2d 304 (N.M. 1981).
Public bodies should avoid holding public meetings in places to which the general public does not feel free to enter, such as a restaurant, private home, or club. While perhaps not in violation of the letter of the Open Meeting Law, a meeting in such a location may be in violation of the law’s spirit and intent. Cf. Crist v. True, 314 N.E.2d 186
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Republican official accused of improperly using political foe’s Social Security number to dig up info

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Here’s a pitch for you, Las Vegas: A shiny new interstate freeway snaking from Mexico to Canada that intersects with Las Vegas. 
However, this will cost us in higher gas taxes. What are your thoughts? 

Read more here: http://goo.gl/hCqxBH

#interstatetax   #highertaxes   #wheresthebenefit  
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Union leaders’ salaries stay high even in hard times

Las Vegas labor union leaders can tell you the past few years have been pretty lean.

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#unions   #lasvegas   #leaders  
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The federal government is considering reducing the outsized role it has been playing in insuring mortgage securities since taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008, and passing credit and mortgage risk back to the private sector.

Read more here: http://goo.gl/Un1f7f

#Mortgagerisk   #privatesector   #housevalue  
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Governor Brian Sandoval has requested that beds and staff be expanded at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital. 

Check out more information here: http://goo.gl/zrVvIo

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National Hispanic group rethinks voter turnout strategy-
Hispanic voters may hit 2014 polls in force as referendum on immigration reform results

Read More: http://goo.gl/yPnJxC

#voters   #hispanic   #2014election  
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D. Taylor, president of UNITE here, spoke out about his fears that this Obamacare will affect all employees not just unionized. Union leaders are concerned that provisions of Obamacare could inadvertently lead to employers cutting hours for workers, dropping insurance coverage and bankrupting unions’ self-insured health plans.

Read more here: http://goo.gl/3w0f4c

#Obamacare   #UNITEhere   #culinaryunion  
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Five reasons Democrats can’t — or won’t — find someone to challenge Sandoval

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#politics   #democrats   #nevada  
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