Vote Nevada Update 5/19/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Thank you to all who attended one or more of our CCSD Trustee Candidate Showcase events, each was very successful.  The open house format worked well, so we are considering hosting at least one more showcase before early voting starts on May 28th.  More to come as we nail down the details.

Here is the Nevada Independent’s article on the showcases: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/school-board-races-more-politicized-than-ever-see-incumbents-fending-off-many-challengers

And here is a Channel 3 story: https://news3lv.com/news/local/ccsd-district-g-candidates-talk-school-safety-funding-and-staff-retention

Our next Vote Nevada meeting is this Saturday, May 21st, via Zoom, from 9 to 10:30 am.  We will discuss the relationship between the school boards and the school district superintendents.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/School-Board-Authority

Speaking of early voting, all registered voters will receive a Sample Ballot, with all the information about voting, and then everyone who did not opt out of receiving a mail-in ballot will receive a separate mail-in ballot.  You can either use the mail-in ballot (please remember to sign the back of the envelope) or you can vote in person at any vote center.

If you vote in person, you can either surrender your mail-in ballot at the vote center when you sign in, or you will be asked to sign an affidavit swearing that you have not used and will not use your mail-in ballot.

If you use your mail-in ballot, you can either drop it in the mail or you can drop it in any of the drop boxes at the vote centers, the election departments, or other drop boxes listed in the Sample Ballot.

Also, because the legislature extended the time for the election departments to receive mail-in ballots postmarked by election day and to allow voters to add their signatures to their mail-in ballots if they returned the ballot without signing, we will not know the election winners until ten days after the June 14th election day, so June 24th.

Here are Vote Nevada’s primary election resources: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2022-primary-election-resources/

I received this opportunity from an outside organization and I thought some of you might be interested:

We’re currently offering free Learning Labs: remote training sessions for people and organizations interested in learning about Artistic Activism methods and tactics and applying them to their work. All are welcome to apply to join. Currently, we’re giving special consideration to those working in organizations supporting U.S. democracy, which is why I wanted to reach out to you.

The Learning Labs are made up of six weekly meetings for a small group of selected participants, based in dynamic discussions and exercises. The sessions are facilitated by an international team of exceptional Workshop Leaders and supported by the Art of Activism book and workbook, which were written by our co-founders and published this past fall.

The dates for upcoming Labs: 

Folks can learn more and apply here: https://c4aa.org/learning-labs

Lastly, we are discussing our current Equal Rights Amendment (which will go into our state constitution if it passes in November) and what it would take to add a right to privacy to the US Constitution or our state constitution at our June 4th Vote Nevada meeting.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Right-To-Privacy

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 5/13/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Sample Ballots and mail-in ballots are starting to arrive in mailboxes, so, I want to remind everyone that we have primary election resources here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2022-primary-election-resources/

We will hear from two Clark County Sheriff candidates, Kevin McMahill and Tom Roberts, at our Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee meeting on May 17th from 6 to 7 pm via Zoom.  Please email info@vote-nevada.org if you would like to receive the Zoom link to attend.

Our last CCSD Trustee Candidate Showcase for District G is May 18th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

When you arrive at the library please enter through the Main Theater entrance, which faces Escondido Street (not the parking lot).  Once you are in the building, turn to your left and go down the stairs; our room will be to your left once you reach the bottom of the stairs.

Our first two Candidate Showcase events were well-attended, and attendees found the format to be very informative.  When you arrive, you will visit each candidate at their table to chat about their candidacy.  Feel free to bring children and arrive any time during the event.

You can determine your district through this map: https://www.ccsd.net/trustees/pdf/maps/2021-2022/DZG-96141-Trustee-Districts.pdf

Here is the flyer:

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Based on questions I’ve received since the last two Candidate Showcase events, Vote Nevada is offering on May 21st, via Zoom, from 9 to 10:30 am, a meeting to review what the Trustees do with public comments and the relationship between the Trustees and the Superintendent.  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/School-Board-Authority

 

On May 28th, via Zoom, from 9:00 to 10:30 am, we will hear a presentation from Suman Randhawa on how to integrate your new pandemic leadership skills into your resume. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Capturing-Leadership-Skills

 

On June 4th, via Zoom, from 9 to 10:30 am, we will discuss the role of the right to privacy in the draft ruling on Roe v. Wade as well as what it would take to add a right to privacy to the U.S. or state constitutions.  RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/Right-To-Privacy

 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 5/8/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Our May 5th Candidate Showcase for the District D school board trustee candidates was a resounding success! Our poster fair format, where candidates stay at assigned tables and voters move around the room speaking directly with each candidate worked as planned. 

Attendees could stay as long as needed to have their questions asked, their children were not forced to sit quietly while mom and dad chatted with the candidates, and the news media was able to interview all the candidates and ask attendees questions during the event.  Here are two pictures:

Our next Trustee Candidate Showcase is Tuesday, May 10th, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Windmill Library 7060 Windmill Lane, 89113.  Attendees can arrive at any time during the event and can leave once they have spoken to all the candidates.  So, please do drop by even if it’s 5:30 when you arrive.

You can determine which district you live in on this map: https://www.ccsd.net/trustees/pdf/maps/2021-2022/DZG-96141-Trustee-Districts.pdf

Here is the event flyer:

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Our last Trustee Candidate Showcase is for District G on May 18th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.  It will be the same format.

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Our last School Board Trustees event before early voting begins will be on May 21st, from 9:00 to 10:30 am, via Zoom.  We will build off of this What do Trustees Do? video and dive deeper into what the Trustees do to manage each school district and how the Trustees interact with other governing bodies. https://vote-nevada.news/What-Do-Trustees-Do

 

We will hear from two Clark County Sheriff candidates, Kevin McMahill and Tom Roberts, at our Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee meeting on May 17th from 6 to 7 pm via Zoom.  Please email info@vote-nevada.org if you would like to receive the Zoom link to attend. 

 On May 28th, via Zoom, from 9:00 to 10:30 am, we will hear a presentation from Suman Randhawa on how to integrate your new pandemic leadership skills into your resume. I am definitely adding to my resume that I can now Zoom, answer a call, and text message all on my phone simultaneously! You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Capturing-Leadership-Skills

 

Sample and mail-in ballots will start arriving in mailboxes within the next ten to fifteen days and early voting starts May 28th and runs through June 10th.  You can review primary election information here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2022-primary-election-resources/

 

Lastly, I have been reading as much as I can about the leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling that will, if it becomes the final ruling, overturn both Supreme Court rulings that affirm a constitutional right to an abortion.  The argument presented in the draft rests, in large part, on the idea that there is no constitutional right to privacy in any realm that was not explicitly referenced in the US Constitution or lacks deep historical roots.

Consequently,  as written, this ruling could lead to overturning other Supreme Court precedents that cover contraception, interracial marriage, and same-sex marriage. The draft states that this ruling is not intended to be used to undermine any other precedent that rests on an implied right to privacy,  but the same thing was said about the Bush v. Gore ruling in 2000 and yet that case has since been cited hundreds of times.

You can read the draft ruling document here: https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21835435/scotus-initial-draft.pdf

Anyone who is interested in discussing the process options available to add a right to privacy to either the US Constitution or to every state constitution, please join us for a discussion on June 4th, via Zoom. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Right-To-Privacy

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update: 5/3/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Regarding the Candidate Showcase events for the three Board of Trustee districts up for election this year, our first District D event is this Thursday, May 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the East Las Vegas Library, 2851 East Bonanza Rd. 89101.

All candidates in District D have agreed to participate, this includes, Irene Cepeda, Brenda Zamora, Fernando Romero, Steven Conger, and Tavorra Elliott.

During the Showcase, each candidate will have space in the room with a table.  Attendees will be divided among the candidates to have a nearly equal-size attendee group at each table.  The candidates will decide how to engage with each group, which could include a brief speech with questions and answer or could include just questions and answers. 

We will give each group of attendees a set amount of time with each candidate and when the time ends the groups will rotate to another table.  This process will repeat until every group of attendees has had an opportunity to meet with each candidate. 

We are stressing civility and productive dialogue and will expect that every participant will treat every other participant respectfully.

To enhance our time together, I’ve created a short video explainer of what a school board trustee does: https://vote-nevada.news/What-Do-Trustees-Do

Our second and third Candidate Showcase events will replicate this process.

You can determine if you live in one of the school trustee districts up for election, which are D, F, and G, through this map: https://www.ccsd.net/trustees/pdf/maps/2021-2022/DZG-96141-Trustee-Districts.pdf

Here are flyers for each Showcase.  Please feel free to share if you know someone who lives in one of these districts.

CCSDFlyer

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ccsddistrictgflyer

 

Opportunity to hear from the sheriff candidates about mental health:

We have confirmed that at least two of our sheriff candidates will join our Behavioral and Mental Health Committee on May 17th, from 6 to 7 pm (we will extend the meeting to 7:30 if the third candidate responds) via Zoom. 

We have asked each candidate to spend 20 minutes explaining his plan to address our mental health crisis and then answer questions for 10 minutes.  Email info@vote-nevada.org to RSVP and receive the Zoom link.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 4/28/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Two items:

Our Capturing Your Leadership Skills Workshop has been rescheduled from April 30th to May 28th.  Our presenter is getting ready to graduate from Nevada State College and has been selected as their commencement speaker, so she is a tad busy right now.  RSVP information for the May 28th meeting will be coming soon.

Vote Nevada is partnering to host three CCSD Trustee Candidate Showcase events.  Mark your calendar if you live in District D, F, or G.  You can determine whether you reside in one of these districts through this maphttps://www.ccsd.net/trustees/pdf/maps/2021-2022/DZG-96141-Trustee-Districts.pdf

CCSD Trustee Candidate Showcase (1)

 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 4/21/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Please join us this Saturday, April 23rd, from 6 to 7:00 pm (note the evening time), via Zoom.  We will discuss the history of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Hawaiian-Sovereignty-Movement

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Vote Nevada is partnering with the Clark County Conservative Coalition to host three CCSD Trustee Candidates Showcase Forums. 

The first Trustee Showcase is for District D.  It is on May 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the East Las Vegas Library located at 2851 East Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

The second Trustee Showcase is for District F.  It is on May 10th, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Windmill Library located at 7060 W Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89113.

The third Trustee Showcase is for District G.  It is on May 18th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Clark County Library located at 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89119.

You can determine whether you reside in one of these districts through this map: https://www.ccsd.net/trustees/pdf/maps/2021-2022/DZG-96141-Trustee-Districts.pdf

The showcase format will provide each candidate with table space and attendees will move between the candidates in equal-sized groups. This will allow attendees to hear directly from each candidate and to ask questions in a smaller group.

To RSVP to any of these Trustee Showcase events, please send an email to info@vote-nevada.org and indicate which event(s) you would like to attend.

If you or a group you are associated with would like to partner on a candidate event, please let me know.

Today, during a legislative interim Health and Human Services presentation by Child Welfare & Protective Services, it was said that Nevada has a high rate of children in the system for neglect because parents cannot find mental health services for themselves or their child. This is outrageous.

On April 7th, the legislative Interim Finance Committee met and approved allocations of American Rescue Plan Act federal funding with a substantial amount dedicated to mental and behavioral health programs and initiatives.  You can watch the meeting here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Meeting/24196

I also provided a summary here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2022/04/08/vote-nevada-update-4-7-2022/

The next Interim Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for May 5th, 9:30 am, you can view the agenda when it posts here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Meeting/24214

We are expecting more allocations of ARPA funds to be on the meeting agenda, so we are asking for the following:  Please consider providing public comments for this meeting (instructions below) to ask that our elected leaders focus on sustainable workforce development for mental and behavioral health professions. 

Instructions: Public Comments instructions are at the top of the meeting agenda:

PublicComments

Currently, most of the ARPA funding being devoted to mental and behavioral health is going to crisis management.  This is admirable, but just as with every other disease, people suffering from mental illness have better outcomes with preventative screenings and early interventions.  We do not wait for someone to present with stage four cancer before offering care, so we should not wait for someone to become suicidal or violent before offering care.

We are all aware of the increasing violence in CCSD schools and the need to have more people on campus to deescalate volatile situations and circumvent unacceptable behavior, but unless we put trained behavioral health professionals in our schools who can address the root causes of this problem, things may get worse.  We need to effectively address behavioral problems, not simply police behavioral problems.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update: 4/17/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends this beautiful Sunday. 

Here are two great recordings from the National Constitution Center:

Here are some events coming up over the next two weeks.

Nevada NOW has a tele-town hall with the three southern Nevada members of Congress tomorrow, April 18th, at 4 pm.  You can RSVP to attend here: https://fb.me/e/3DfaF577v

The Vote Nevada Mental and Behavioral Health Committee is meeting via Zoom Tuesday, April 19th, from 6 to 7 pm, to review the allocation of American Rescue Plan funds for mental health in Nevada and will hear from a community member who runs a private psychological services business about the barriers she faces. If you are interested in attending, email info@vote-nevada.org to receive the Zoom link.

The ACLU NV has a recorded forum with two of the Clark County District Attorney Candidates and an upcoming event at The Mob Museum on April 20th, at 7 pm, on the topic of Prison Reform in Nevada.  You can watch the recorded forum and RSVP for the Mob Museum event here: https://www.facebook.com/aclunv

On April 21st, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, via Zoom, the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement is Celebrating Earth Day with an Ask the Expert: How Does the EPA Help Keep Lake Tahoe Blue? The Expert panelists include Laura Patten, Senior Science Policy Analyst for the League to Save Lake Tahoe; Alexis Hill, Washoe County Commissioner; and Shane Piccinini Government Relations and Public Policy Advocate.

Register here nvcce.org/asktheexpert

The UNLV Native American Association Earth Day Powwow for the Planet event is on April 23rd, from 11 am to 6 pm, at UNLV.  You can find more information about attending here: https://fb.me/e/2sqiBwtMn

Also on April 23rd, from 6 to 7 pm, via Zoom, Vote Nevada is hosting a forum on the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement. You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Hawaiian-Sovereignty-Movement

On April 28th, from 10 to 11 am, via Zoom, the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement is Celebrating Law Day with a second Ask the Expert: Why is the Constitution Considered a Dynamic Document?  The Expert Panelists are Dr. David Tanenhaus, UNLV History Professor; and Author George Van Cleave, Georgetown University Law.

Register here nvcce.org/asktheexpert

On April 30th, from 6 to 7 pm, Vote Nevada is hosting a workshop on how to translate the organizational skill you’ve honed during the pandemic into a blinged-out resume!  If you are interested in power-charging your resume, please RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Capturing-Leadership-Skills

You can access our Vote Nevada 2022 Primary Election Resources page here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2022-primary-election-resources/

Here are two Help Wanted flyers to work for the Clark County Election Department this election cycle.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada: School Safety

Vote Nevada Supporters, 

In light of the increasing school violence and yesterday’s devasting news about the attempted murder and sexual assault of an El Dorado high school teacher, I am resending this information about a path forward.

The dialogue on school violence must include not only what is happening now, but also examinations of how we ended up with this crisis.

I would like to contribute some information to this debate.

In 2018, in response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting Governor Sandoval created a task force to examine school safety, broadly.  This task force included Nevadans from across many different fields and backgrounds and spent considerable time hosting hearings and engaging in research that was memorialized in the task force’s final report. 

The thirty-page document is a thoughtful examination of historic funding deficits and short-circuited strategic planning, but most importantly, it lays out the severe lack of wraparound services available in schools.  

The report documents missing public health services in many parts of our state, and so addresses the idea usually floated to justify not offering services through schools; it shows that families often cannot access mental health providers in the community.  If mental health services are not offered in our schools, many families lack access.

You can read an op-ed I co-authored on this topic here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/we-need-action-on-equity-in-nevada-education

To ameliorate this problem, task force members recommended funding mental and behavioral health professionals in schools at national professional to student ratios.  

You can read the task force materials here: https://doe.nv.gov/Boards_Commissions_Councils/StatewideSchoolSafetyTaskForce/Statewide_School_Safety_Task_Force/

You can review the task force’s final report with recommendations here: https://vote-nevada.news/School-Safety-Report

The task force’s final report recommendations became Senate Bill 89 in the 2019 legislative session and received thorough vetting.  In that session, SB89’s school safety programs received $53.8 million in funding, but even that generous allocation was insufficient to implement all the SB89 recommendations.  This is the text of SB89: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6036/Text 

Recently, the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on The Impact of Remote Learning on Education Equity and noted that SB89’s recommendations for staffing schools with behavioral and mental health professionals still have not been addressed.  

And that this continuing deficit of wraparound services is making pandemic conditions in schools much worse. 

You can read the Advisory Committee’s report here: https://vote-nevada.news/Remote-Learning-Ed-Equity

In a follow-up hearing on January 28, 2022, the Advisory Committee heard a presentation from the Nevada Department of Education.  That presentation quantified the current deficit of school-based mental and behavioral health professionals state-wide and the cost to fill that deficit at the national ratios.  You can see the NDE presentation here: https://vote-nevada.news/NDE-Follow-Up-Report

The funding need is $234,115,208.  That is our behavioral and mental health services deficit in our schools right now. The strain on teachers and support staff who are expected to provide mental and behavioral health services without adequate training or compensation must be unbearable. 

In a February Interim hearing of the Subcommittee to Advise on the Expenditure of Federal COVID-19 Funding our school district superintendents reported on their individual district’s spending of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds.  

Despite knowing that these are one-time funds, many superintendents reported hiring behavioral and mental health professionals.  Each included a plea to find ways to sustain these hires in the next biennial budget.   You can watch the hearing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Interim-Hearing-Sustainability

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Biden committed to addressing the growing mental health crisis among children.  The White House released a supplemental document laying out the administration’s 2023 budget priorities in this area.  

The document addresses the dilemma our superintendents face as they use one-time federal dollars to hire sorely needed mental health professionals by proposing to continue funding these hires in the president’s 2023 budget.

The document also recognizes our severe shortages of mental and behavioral health providers and the need to support higher education in addressing this important workforce development challenge. 

The document includes proposals for covering tuition for students who go into high-need behavioral and mental health fields and agree to stay in the state to provide services in high-need areas.  You can read this White House document here: https://vote-nevada.news/National-Unity-Mental-Health-Plan

When looking at our state budget for possible streams of revenue to fully fund SB89, the Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee has consistently argued that we waste hundreds of millions of dollars incarcerating the mentally ill, with often tragic results.  

Mental and behavioral health early interventions and preventative care for children can put every child on a path of well-being and productive life, which should gradually reduce the need to warehouse our mentally ill in our jails and prisons.  

You can read more about a new dashboard to review the status of our prisons here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/state-hopes-new-dashboard-gives-clearer-picture-of-prison-trends-results-of-reform

In sum, we figured out why our schools are not safe in 2018.  We have the research and recommendations available now, so, the next step should be speaking to our members of Congress, the Governor, and our legislators to ask them to commit to implementing the available recommendations. 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 4/7/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Please remember to join us this Saturday, April 9th, 9-10:30 am, via Zoom, for a review of the election laws passed in 2021 that will change how we manage our upcoming primary election.  We will also go over updates on the Unity Coalition’s priorities, which are summarized below.  You can RSVP for Saturday here: https://vote-nevada.news/Primary-Election-Update

Today the Interim Finance Committee approved disbursements of the American Rescue Plan federal funds.  Many of our top priorities through our Unity Coalition received quite a bit of funding, so I wanted to share some high-level details and then we will discuss some paths for moving forward on these efforts on Saturday.

Funds from the Infrastructure bill also include funding for internet expansion, so there will be more funds for that priority coming to Nevada.

You can watch the Finance Committee meeting recording (click on the small camera image above the agenda): https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Meeting/24196

(Pro tip: When you open the recording, if you click on Agenda in the grey box next to the video viewing box, you can advance the recorded video to the exact spot for the discussion of each Agenda item.)

 As a reminder, here are the three Unity Coalition working group priorities:

  1. Denial of Services: Create an ombudsmen position at the Nevada Department of Education to field and resolve complaints about students not receiving legally required services.
  2. Ensure the federal funds allocated to Nevada for the expansion of broadband internet service are spent as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  3. Expedite workforce development for behavioral and mental health professions.

I have pulled these items which were approved today from these two lists:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Document/27147

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Document/27148

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Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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