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About Sondra Cosgrove

Executive Director Vote Nevada

Vote Nevada Update 4/18/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

April is Earth Day Month, so I am sharing an article on the connection between telework and climate change: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/covid-19-pandemic-shows-telecommuting-can-help-fight-climate-change/

I would also like to share a presentation from a Carson City Men’s Democratic Club luncheon on the connection between mental health and climate change: rebrand.ly/ngylpx5

April 9th was the deadline for bills to make it out of their originating committees with an affirmative vote, so many bills are now dead (caveat: nothing is dead until sine die).  Here is a short list of important bills that are still alive: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/deadline-day-death-penalty-cannabis-guns-and-other-policies-on-the-precipice

Our April 24th meeting features Dr. Martha Desmond from New Mexico State University who will be speaking about a recent bird die-off due to starvation.  This is very concerning because what happens to birds is a harbinger for what could easily happen to us.  We will also be joined by Paul Rodriguez, President of the Red Rock Audubon, who will share local birding opportunities.  And Vote Nevada supporter, Chris Loebner, who is a long-time birder, will share the different apps and online resources for plugging into the larger birding community.  If you care about climate change, you will not want to miss this meeting.  RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-why-are-the-birds-starving/

Our May 22nd meeting, 9-11 am, via Zoom, will look at the Intersection of Mental and Behavioral Health Policy and other Major Policy Reforms.  Other reforms areas include gun control, education funding, climate change, and workforce development.   We must integrate mental and behavioral health policy discussions into discussions of other major policy reforms if we hope to solve big problems.  You can RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf-6oqjgqG9xaz5xTzhkI9hdvGGQoqA4T

Lastly, we are happy to announce our Summer Civics Festival! Please see the attached files.  We are running simulated governing events this summer.  You can serve on a redistricting commission, legislative committee, ballot question committee, and/or test drive different primary election options.  We will need lots of volunteers, so be on the lookout for our volunteer interest form soon!

SummerCivics2021 PDF

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Mission Statement:

Problem solving with Civics

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

 

 

 

Vote Nevada Redistricting Reform Recording

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Thanks to everyone who attended today’s discussion of redistricting reform with Victoria Ochoa from One Arizona.  Here is the recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FGDUzWs_R3ixRk2UL5HewrWNu_DV9vHH/view?usp=sharing

As of April 5th everyone 16 years-old and older, regardless of health conditions, are eligible to receive the covid vaccine.

The Southern Nevada Health District has a service to provide vaccinations for folks who cannot leave their homes: https://twitter.com/ClarkCountyNV/status/1378401852199366656?s=20

Here are the available vaccination sites in Washoe County: https://www.covid19washoevaccine.com/pages/find-vaccine

Our presenter from last week, Lisa Mayo-DeRiso agreed to share her PowerPoint presentation about Community Benefit Agreements Inclusive Job Opportunities

As well as her contact information if you’d have questions:

Lisa Mayo-DeRiso
President/CEO
Mayo & Associates |
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mobile 702.403.7779

mayoderiso@gmail.com

Thanks for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

Mission Statement:

Problem solving with Civics

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

 

Vote Nevada 3/27/2021 Inclusive Workforce Meeting Update

Vote Nevada Supporters,

This morning’s discussion about Inclusive Workforce & Business/Nonprofit development was fabulous!  Thanks to everyone who attended.  We can do a lot to move our state toward not just a diversified economy, but also an inclusive economy.

Lisa Mayo-DeRiso spoke to us about her experience with economic development and community benefit planning, which ensures all stakeholders are at the table. Lisa is working with companies that see the value in community benefit planning, so she sees potential to re-imagine how we approach connecting every Nevadan to good jobs, small business opportunities, and nonprofit pathways.

We also heard from Robert Strawder, entrepreneurial community member who is navigating the nonprofit world of networking and grants.  His work reaches kids who are interested in the business side of hip hop.  And we chatted a bit about Evelyn Pacheco and her nonprofit Women in Trades along with her frustration with grant processes that often exclude newcomers.

Here is the meeting recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13VcpYK-M_HGBnqwZMiDDGBlUAdBeiC48/view?usp=sharing

Some current legislative bills address these issues and could create a more inclusive economy. 

AB184: Empowers the Lt. Governor’s Office to help Nevadans start small businesses.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7569/Overview

Bill Draft Request 800 from Assemblywoman Monroe-Moreno will move the state’s grants office into the Executive Branch for greater assistance and oversight.  When this appears in a bill format, we need to ensure that state level grants are more inclusive of newer and smaller nonprofits.

AB 207: Requires web-based commerce to be ADA complaint

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7610/Overview


SB 61 (this Session): Regulates vending machines operated by the blind.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7246/Overview

After you watch the recording, if you have any questions or input on who should be at the table, please let me know.

Thanks for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

Mission Statement:

Problem solving with Civics

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

Vote Nevada Update March 20, 2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Here are some free online courses that can be completed in 8 hours or less: https://www.coursera.org/collections/free-online-courses-finish-in-a-day

Assemblywoman Natha Anderson’s important bill, ACR5, which creates an interim study on mental and behavioral health workforce development received a hearing on Thursday, March 18th, you can listen to the recording (click on View) and contribute to the Opinion Poll here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Meeting/9035?p=1009035

We have additional resources available on mental and behavioral health reform on our Vote Nevada blog for advocacy reference: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/mental-and-behavioral-health/

Part of the responsibility for implementing workforce development plans lay with the Higher Education Board of Regents, so we are encouraging our supporters to also start reaching out to their Regents on this issue. 

Voters can find their Regent through this tool: https://nvlcb.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2cd4575624417fa56fd084a7ee4dd9   We are hoping for a college program that allows mental and behavioral health graduates to have their tuition forgiven if they agree to stay and work in Nevada.

To further ensure access to important services, we are also following the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights study of Remote Learning and Education Equity.  The committee hosted one panel on March 3rd to hear from education leaders and the committee is hosting a second panel on March 31st to hear from educators and mental health leaders. 

The public can submit written comments on the topic at afortes@usccr.gov and you can sign-up for the March 31st hearing that will be online through Webex, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386405881735143

The Advisory Committee strongly urges members of the public to submit written comments to provide all the information it needs to write comprehensive recommendations at the end of the study.  Vote Nevada is stressing the need for universal access to high quality internet service in our comments.  Right now families lacking internet service are disconnected from both school and from telehealth care.

Our meeting on inclusive workforce and small business/nonprofit development is next Saturday, March 27th, via Zoom, 9-11.  Here is a touching example of the type of inclusive workforce development we hope Nevada can lead the way in creating: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/man-autism-linkedin-cover-letter-trnd/index.html

We are hoping Lt. Governor Kate Marshall will also be joining us to discuss her bill AB184, which will restore the resources needed to help Nevadans start small businesses and nonprofits to her office. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7569/Overview

In redistricting news, we have a bill!  Our Fair Maps Nevada redistricting amendment is now SJR9 and has been assigned to Senate Legislative Operations and Election for a hearing. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7569/Overview

Here is a short clip from former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder about the insidious effects of gerrymandering. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=980423032394984

To reacquaint everyone with our amendment and how it would change the redistricting process, we are hosting a Zoom meeting on April 3rd, 9-11 am, with One Arizona organizer Victoria Ochoa.  It was the Supreme Court ruling in Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission (2015) that established the constitutionality of redistricting commissions.  

Victoria will talk about Arizona’s experience and answer questions.  You can RSVP for this meeting here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/redistricting-reform-is-back/

We are also preparing an education initiative to help the public engage in the upcoming redistricting process.  Because the Census Bureau anticipates a September 30th data release date, Nevada’s redistricting will not happen until October or November in a special legislative session. 

We are taking advantage of this delay to host mock redistricting sessions this summer with students and the public.  During these sessions we will offer training on using a new communities of interest mapping tool, called Representable https://representable.org/, and our actual redistricting software, which Utah used in the last redistricting cycle: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/esri-redistricting/overview/redistricting-utah-case-study

With these new technology tools the public will have the exact same ability to produce and evaluate maps as legislators.  You can read more about this here: https://gerrymander.princeton.edu/

Lastly, our April 24th Earth Day meeting will focus on birds, which are literally the canary in the coal mine.  Bird behavior tells us when something is wrong; and when hundreds of birds starve to death in New Mexico, something is very wrong.  We have invited ornithologist Dr. Martha Desmond from New Mexico State University to chat with us about what happened in New Mexico and what this bird die-off can tell us about climate change. https://www.lascrucesbulletin.com/stories/nmsu-researcher-warns-massive-bird-die-off-is-an-alarm,4897

We will also hear from the Red Rock Audubon Society about local birding opportunities.

You can RSVP for that meeting here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-why-are-the-birds-starving/   

Thanks for being a Nevadan with me!

Sondra  

Mission Statement:

Problem solving with Civics

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

 

Vote Nevada March 14, 2021 Update

Vote Nevada Supporters,

NPR has a very useful data page with current information on the number of people vaccinated.  The latest reports set the vaccinations per day at around 2.3 million, which is good and will hopefully get even better:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/01/28/960901166/how-is-the-covid-19-vaccination-campaign-going-in-your-state

If you are interested in some long-form journalism on current and recent events, PBS Frontline offers hundreds of free documentaries on a wide range of topics: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/

On the legislative front, tomorrow, March 15th, is the deadline for legislator bill draft requests (BDRs) to be submitted as bills.  After tomorrow, unless a BDR has a deadline exemption, it is dead for this session.  There are quite a few BRDs still remaining, so, I would normally recommend identifying BDR ideas that we can prioritize for discussions over the interim and possible bills in 2023.  But we are in a crisis and there are many issues that need to be addressed now, not just kicked down the road.  

So, we need to brainstorm some strategies for tackling these issues in other ways through other levels of government. Please send me your ideas if you have been thinking about this problem too.

One topic that is very much alive is universal access to broadband internet service.  Almost every issue being discussed this session includes a recommendation to improve access to internet service.  Right now, Nevadans who lack internet access are cut off from telehealth, remote learning, online training, safe shopping, and even basic connections with family and friends.  

Nancy Brune, Executive Director of the Guinn Center, makes a good case for universal broadband internet access in her Nevada Independent op ed today: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/helping-nevada-women-power-ahead

I am also conversing with a co-founder of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance about the possibility of using grant funding to ensure our remote Native American reservations will be connected. https://www.digitalinclusion.org/

On the mental health front, assembly bill ACR5, which creates an interim study of behavioral and mental health workforce development has a hearing on March 18th at 4 pm in the Assembly Legislative Elections and Operations Committee.  You can submit an opinion and written comments through the Opinion and Participate buttons on this page: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7662/Meetings

I am asking the committee to not only pass this resolution, but also to please put on the record the dire need to increase our number of mental health professionals in every category.  We are all hearing about and even experiencing what is now being called the mental health pandemic, which will continue long after we have defeated the virus.

So, while a legislative study next year is helpful, we must start moving this work along by letting our Board of Regents know that higher education should start examining this component of workforce development now.

If you would like to start communicating with any or all of the Regents on behavioral and mental health workforce development, you can find their contact information here: https://nshe.nevada.edu/leadership-policy/board-of-regents/

After reading Dr. Brune’s op ed, I have decided to slightly tweak the topic for our March 27th community meeting.  Previously, the topic was limited to inclusive workforce development, but now I would like to expand the topic to include inclusive small business development.  If you would like to join this conversation, please RSVP here:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/inclusive-workforce-development-for-every-nevadan/

Our redistricting commission amendment sponsored by Senator Kieckhefer is still sitting as a BDR, so it is possible that the legislative leadership has decided to once again not even allow a public debate on the topic.  Whether we get a hearing or not, here is the Vote Nevada plan to prepare for redistricting:

We will soon host a Zoom meeting to review the amendment and to start planning to run three simultaneous mock redistricting sessions in July and August.  In June we will create three redistricting teams that will replicate the map drawing process as outlined in our redistricting commission amendment, with roles for both mock commissioners and members of the public. 

Each team will staff its commission per the amendment’s process and the mock commission will interact with the team’s members of the public to draw actual maps.

After these mock redistricting sessions are finished, we will convene a community meeting to look at the outcomes and any issues with the map drawing process.  All meetings will happen virtually to ensure every Nevadan can participate.

The Census Bureau has tentatively scheduled the release of state data on September 30th, so we can expect a special session for redistricting in October or November.  Due to our mock redistricting sessions over the summer, we will have a large group of people ready to engage in the redistricting process to ensure our maps are fair.  To help with technical and legal questions, Vote Nevada has partnered with the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. https://gerrymander.princeton.edu/

After the official maps are drawn, possibly litigated, and then approved, Vote Nevada will work with Fair Maps Nevada to refile the original redistricting commission amendment.  We are spending the next seven months gathering a list of ballot petition signers who will commit to signing our ballot question petition as soon as we clear the fifteen-day legal challenge period. 

We hope to have enough signers banked in our database to allow us to qualify our ballot question within two weeks.  This will keep the cost to run the amendment low due to not having to pay to gather signatures and due to being able to show a judge that the petition is already qualified if someone tries to once again silence us through frivolous court proceedings. 

If you are interested in reading the amendment and possibly joining our signers database, here is the amendment https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showdocument?id=8106, here are resources that explain our amendment https://vote-nevada-blog.org/redistricting-resources/, and here is the form for joining the signers database https://forms.gle/4eT17UA4esxEDvYe8.

Lastly, our April 24th Earth Day meeting will focus on birds, which are literally the canary in the coal mine.  Bird behavior tells us when something is wrong; and when hundreds of birds starve to death in New Mexico, something is very wrong.  We have invited ornithologist Dr. Martha Desmond from New Mexico State University to chat with us about what happened in New Mexico and what this bird die-off can tell us about climate change. https://www.lascrucesbulletin.com/stories/nmsu-researcher-warns-massive-bird-die-off-is-an-alarm,4897

We will also hear from the Red Rock Audubon Society about local birding opportunities.

You can RSVP for that meeting here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-why-are-the-birds-starving/

Thanks for being a Nevadan with me!

Sondra

Mission Statement:

Vote Nevada is an advocacy engine coupled with a grassroots think tank.  While we offer familiar civics education and engagement activities, we also provide a creative edge for developing solutions for persistent civic issues.  

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

 

Vote Nevada 3/6/2021 Update

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you are like me and have now watched everything on Netflix, Hulu, and STARS, here is a suggestion for filling your viewing time.  The National Constitution Center hosts engaging town halls on constitutional issues that the public can view live or in a recorded format.  You can access the recordings and the Center’s RSVP system, if you see future events or town halls you’d like to watch, here: https://constitutioncenter.org/

We had a good meeting today on this election cycle’s election and voting bills as well as the large number of Bill Draft Requests still remaining with an election topic.  According to the official legislative calendar, the last day for new bills to be introduced, which do not have an exemption, is March 15th.  So, unless most of the remaining election BDRs are  going to die, we will have a large wave of new bills arriving at the same time.  Consequently, we must rely on each other to review and share information on new election bills so we can all effectively organize our advocacy efforts. 

You can watch the meeting recording here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/vote-nevada-community-meeting-recordings/

We also discussed H.R.1, the Fair Maps Nevada redistricting commission amendment, a new approach to running ballot questions, and two ideas for future democracy reform.

The version of H.R. 1 that passed in the House included amendments that mandate redistricting commissions for Congressional maps now, not in 2031.  You can read more here: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/3/5/2019576/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-The-House-s-new-voting-rights-bill-now-curtails-gerrymandering-right-away

Some Updates:

We met with Assemblywoman Thomas and representatives from North Las Vegas to clarify that the city will be creating a stand-alone veterans court to address the specific needs of our veteran community. So, whoo! 

On the redistricting front, we are still waiting for Senator Kieckhefer’s resolution to become a bill, which will advance our redistricting commission amendment, but we know the language will be the same as our ballot question.  You can read an op ed I wrote for the Nevada Current requesting a hearing on the resolution here: https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2021/03/04/another-chance-to-curb-the-partisanship-in-redistricting/

The Census Bureau is now estimating it will release the 2020 census data at the end of September, so our official redistricting process will most likely happen in a special legislative session in October.  We had planned to run redistricting software training for community members in June and July, but the Reno Gazette Journal Solutions Board asked if we would consider running mock redistricting commissions in July.  (The Solutions Board endorsed our redistricting commission amendment: https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/editorials/2021/02/26/rgj-solutions-board-nevada-voters-take-back-redistricting-power-politicians/6802655002/ )

We thought that was a great idea, so, we will not only be offering training for the software that allows the public to draw communities of interest maps and redistricting maps, but Vote Nevada will also partner with anyone interested in running mock redistricting commissions to draw maps. Stay tuned.

Lastly, If you are interested in our upcoming meetings, you can RSVP through any of these links:

3/8 via Zoom: Status of Women Conference: Workforce Development is a Women’s Issue: https://actionnetwork.org/events/csn-status-of-women-conference-workforce-development-is-a-womens-issue/

3/27 via Zoom: Inclusive Workforce Development for Every Nevadan: https://actionnetwork.org/events/inclusive-workforce-development-for-every-nevadan/

NEW 4/24 via Zoom: Earth Day: Why are the birds starving? What birds tell us about climate change: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-why-are-the-birds-starving/

Thanks for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

Mission Statement:

Vote Nevada is an advocacy engine coupled with a grassroots think tank.  While we offer familiar civics education and engagement activities, we also provide a creative edge for developing solutions for persistent civic issues.  

Vote Nevada is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

Vote Nevada 2/26/2021 Update

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I hope you are all doing well and are staying abreast of vaccination news.  The latest news as well as information on transportation to and from vaccination sites in Clark County is on the Regional Transportation System website:

https://www.rtcsnv.com/coronavirus/

If you are outside of Clark County and needs transportation to a vaccination site, please respond and I will help you connect with a ride.

We are still in the slow part of the legislative session, but I am happy to report we do now have some bills of substance on mental health, veteran services, and justice reform.   

You can see the bills Vote Nevada is currently tracking here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/2021-vote-nevada-priority-legislation/

If you are interested in providing feedback on any of these bills, our advocacy training recordings are here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-meeting-resources/

There is still time to RSVP for tomorrow’s meeting on supporting our veteran community.  We are discussing a new community court currently being implemented in North Las Vegas as well as the grant process that funds these types of programs.  Our existing grant procurement process is haphazard at best and is allowing grants that could be helping our veteran community to slip away.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-veteran-services-whats-missing/

We have quite a few election-related bills submitted this session, so we are hosting a meeting on March 6th, via Zoom, 9-11 am, to review these bills and other possible changes in our election processes.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/democracy-reform-2021-lets-review-current-possible-changes-to-democracy/

March is Women’s History Month, so if you’d like to RSVP for the College of Southern Nevada’s Status of Women Conference: Workforce Development is a Women’s Issue, Monday, March 8th, via Teams, 6-8 pm, you can do so here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/csn-status-of-women-conference-workforce-development-is-a-womens-issue/

Our Vote Nevada March meeting on March 27th, via Zoom, 9-11 am, is also focused on access to good jobs.  We will discuss how to make workforce development programs inclusive of all Nevadans, which includes women, communities of color, our differently-abled neighbors, and anyone facing barriers to accessing good-paying jobs.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/inclusive-workforce-development-for-every-nevadan/

 

Brain treat: The Clark County Library offers free ebooks here: https://lvccld.org/resources-types/ebooks/

Thanks for being a Nevadan with me,

Sondra

 

Mission Statement:

Vote Nevada is an advocacy engine coupled with a grassroots think tank.  While we offer familiar civics education and engagement activities, we also provide a creative edge for developing solutions for persistent civic issues.

Vote Nevada is a 501c3 nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

 

 

 

Vote Nevada: Update 2/18/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

To start, I would like to share one of my favorite Instagram accounts with beautiful pictures of public lands: https://www.instagram.com/mypubliclands/

And next, I would like to share our developing legislative priorities, which are firming-up based on bills currently submitted.  While we have a handful of specific bills we are supporting, this session is presenting many opportunities to support a wide range of bills that include parts of our goals.  What is included in this message, then, are goals that appear achievable this session.

And lastly, we have two events coming up.  On February 27th, via Zoom, 9 to 11 am, we will have a panel discussion about creative approaches to applying for grants that can support our veteran community.  You can RSVP for this event here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-veteran-services-whats-missing/

Now that we have quite a few bills that address voting, elections, and governing process, I have added a March 6th Zoom meeting, 9 to 11 am, to review these proposals.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/democracy-reform-2021-lets-review-current-possible-changes-to-democracy/

In the 2021 legislative session, we are supporting:

Bills that address our severe shortage of behavioral and mental health providers, this includes:

  1. Creating education pathways for behavioral and mental health careers for Nevadans that are as close to tuition-free as possible and include mentoring and robust support services.
  2. Addressing licensing roadblocks for providers relocating to Nevada.
  3. Ensuring Medicaid continues to cover telehealth counseling services.
  4. Stabilizing Medicaid reimbursement rates for mental and behavioral health services.
  5. Ensuring every Nevadan has access to reliable broadband internet service for education and supportive counseling services.

Recreating Nevadan’s grant procurement philosophy and management:

  1. Every level of government and all public agencies must have the guidance and capacity to actively review all grant opportunities.
  2. County and municipal governments and public agencies must have incentives to create grant-funded plans that reorganize and repurpose existing programs.  The reorganization and repurposing should address vital needs in ways that are new, effective, and efficient.  
  3. Grant funds should cover reorganization and repurposing costs, such as training, purchasing new equipment, and adopting continuous evaluation and assessment practices.

Workforce development that aligns with Nevada’s culture and current conditions:

  1. Offer free short-term training for certifications and skill enhancements.
  2. Develop lasting connections between Nevadans and post-secondary education and training institutions.  Every Nevadan should feel welcome in training environments and higher education.
  3. Provide services to ensure every Nevadan can become qualified for new jobs; including internet access, childcare assistance, transportation, and career advising.
  4. Guarantee Nevadans maintain access to food, shelter, and healthcare if they accept temporary work to assist with emergency community needs.
  5. Add hiring requirements to industry abatement agreements for Nevadans who are differently-abled.

 

Mission Statement:

Vote Nevada is an advocacy engine coupled with a grassroots think tank.  While we offer familiar civics education and engagement activities, we also provide a creative edge for developing solutions for persistent civic issues.

Vote Nevada is a 501c3 nonprofit civic engagement organization.  Anyone can become a supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, we have no membership dues.  We do, however, accept donations Here

Vote Nevada Update 2/10/2021

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I hope everyone is doing well and you have taken an opportunity to have a little fun to keep your brain happy and healthy. A new adventure I have discovered is virtual museum tours.  These Smithsonian tours are very good:

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

We are now mid-way through the legislature’s second week, so I wanted to share an observation about grants.  On February 5th the Department of Veteran Services presented to the Assembly Government Affairs Committee and the issue of not applying for available federal grants came up: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Meeting/8655?p=1008655

And on February 9th the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management presented to the Assembly Government Affairs Committee and the issue of Nevada being ranked 50th in bringing federal grant dollars to the state also came up:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Meeting/8723?p=1008723

For those of you who worked on legislative issues during the last economic downturn, you will remember that we had this exact same discussion ten years ago.  Apparently, we failed to fix this problem.  So, not only do we need to look for solutions to address our 50th ranking in grant procurement, but we also must ensure that this problem stays fixed.

Our February 27th community meeting is focused on this exact issue.  Our panel of speakers will address how we can ensure Nevada is applying for grants that enhance veteran services.  Too many of our veterans need services that could be available but are not, so it is imperative to address this problem.

Our panel is:

Veteran and Assemblywoman Claire Thomas

Veteran and Senator Pat Spearman

Reno Specialty Veteran Court and Private Attorney Henry Sotelo

You can RSVP for the meeting here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-veteran-services-whats-missing/

If you are ready to engage with the legislature, our advocacy training videos are here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-meeting-resources/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra

Vote Nevada is a 501c3 civics education and engagement organization. Anyone can become a Vote Nevada Supporter by emailing info@vote-nevada.org, there are no membership dues.  We do welcome donations here: Donate

Vote Nevada Workshops & Events Update

Vote Nevada Supporters,

We have added new training videos & How To Guides to our Recorded Meeting Resources page.  This includes a new Twitter Training video and a PDF Guide for Providing Virtual Public Comments during legislative committee hearings.

View these and other materials here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/recorded-meeting-resources/

UPDATE: Our NELIS Training session on 2/6, via Zoom, is now at 6 pm, not 10 am, so the time has changed. This session will be recorded and the recording will go on the Recorded Meeting Resources page if you cannot attend.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP here for the Zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-supercharge-your-legislative-advocacy-with-nelis-training/

Please also join us on 2/27, via Zoom, 9-11 am, for a meeting on how we can better serve our veteran community.  We will exam available resources that can be leveraged to ensure our veterans are treated with the respect they deserve.  You can RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/vote-nevada-veteran-services-whats-missing/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me!

Sondra