City of Reno

The Reno Police Department doesn’t have a permanent police chief yet, but is one step closer after yesterday’s City Council meeting. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

When Jason Soto assumed the acting police chief role in April, he leapfrogged higher ranking officers for the position. Since then, he’s garnered a great deal of support from the community, the city council and within the department. Sergeant Paul Sifre and is one member of Soto’s staff who voiced his support.

“I have not seen morale at a higher point in my 15 years than it has been recently.”

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Reno City Council is considering outside legal review on its franchise agreement with Waste Management. It's a messy situation right now with council members criticizing the company on multiple fronts.

There's also a lawsuit, filed by a competing company, that's in litigation now.

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After nearly a year of gathering community input, Reno City Council has given the initial OK on new regulations for digital signs. A final vote is needed for approval and implementation.

To learn more about the proposed rules, KUNR's Michelle Bliss talked to Bob Conrad with our local media partner ThisisReno, who has been covering the story.

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After some heated back and forth, a local developer with properties near Virginia Lake is once again offering the City of Reno a hefty donation to help clean up that water, which has been plagued with issues for decades. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss takes us through the play-by-play of what's been happening. 

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  Reno’s Interim Police Chief wants to take over the top job permanently, but there’s a slight catch. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

Interim chief Jason Soto has been on the job for seven months since the last chief retired.

“This is a job that I do want and would accept if extended by the [City] Council, but I understand the restrictions and limitations,” he says. 

Those limitations include the minimum qualifications for a candidate to apply, like a bachelor’s degree, which Soto doesn’t have.

For the last few weeks, Jeffrey Stephens has been cleaning up the Truckee River and parks around Reno. He’s participating in a new program called Reno Works that helps get homeless people jobs. The program is a partnership between Volunteers of America and the City of Reno.

Reno To Tackle Blight With New Fund

Oct 16, 2015
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  Reno is gearing up to combat blight more aggressively, targeting some of the worst properties downtown. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Mayor Hillary Schieve says she's serious about getting rid of eyesores, earmarking $1 million for a new blight reduction fund.

The city already has a dilapidated motel in its cross hairs. The Golden West Motor Lodge across the street from the Circus Circus hotel on Virginia Street could be first to meet the wrecking ball.

Schieve says the Recession slowed their progress.

Web Extra: Hear More From Reimagine Reno Latino Gathering

Sep 25, 2015
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We recently reported on a Reimagine Reno event focused on the Latino community. The gathering was one of several taking place this fall to talk about the area's future as policymakers update Reno's master plan. So far, more than 800 people have attended these focus groups and there are more to come in October

A Dozen Reno Parks Now Pesticide Free

Sep 24, 2015
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A dozen parks in Reno are now pesticide free. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The two-year pilot program will study best methods and cost effective ways to maintain the city's parks without using herbicides and pesticides.

City Council approved the change this week. Councilwoman Naomi Duerr says they decided to pursue the project after hearing from concerned residents. 

Reno, Washoe County Approve Automatic Fire Aid

Sep 22, 2015
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The City of Reno and Washoe County have reached an automatic fire aid agreement requiring the nearest fire truck to respond to a blaze, regardless of jurisdiction. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

The new agreement takes effect October 1 and brings the city and county into compliance with a new state law aimed at improving response times to fires.

Under the agreement, Reno will provide automatic response in about a dozen different areas outside of its jurisdiction, while the county's Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District will provide aid in just five.

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A new law is requiring Washoe County and the City of Reno to offer what's called automatic aid for their fire services so that the closest engine responds to a blaze despite jurisdiction. The two are negotiating that now and must have a plan in place by October, but they’re also still fighting in court about their failed merger several years ago.

Kids And Artown

Jul 10, 2015

The 2015 Reno Artown Festival has plenty of events to keep kids busy this summer.  Danna O'Connor checks in  with Artown's Jennifer Mannix for a rundown of family activities.  You can find the schedule at www.renoisartown.com.

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Washoe County and the City of Reno have both approved moving forward with negotiations to nail down an automatic aid agreement for fire service. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has those details. 

Under a new law approved in the latest legislative session, the two entities must find a way to allow the closest fire engine to respond to any brush or structural fires. Both the county commission and city council met Monday and agreed to a list of factors that need to be hashed out, including how to fairly reimburse each fire department for services provided. 

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Under a proposed labor agreement reached by the City of Reno and union leaders, Reno firefighters could see a 6 percent bump in pay to restore some of the wages they lost during the recession. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

At the peak of the recession, Reno firefighters saw their pay slashed by almost 14 percent. Even with this proposed boost of six percent, firefighters in Reno would still earn less than what their peers average across the state. 

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A group of urban leaders from across the country recently met in Reno to talk innovation and revitalization for the city. It was for the Vanguard Conference hosted by a national nonprofit called Next City. The group was charged with brainstorming inexpensive, quick ideas for promoting the Biggest Little City.

Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss caught up with two of the participants to learn more. She spoke to local historian Alicia Barber and Noah Silverman, co-founder of the Reno Bike Project which promotes a cycling lifestyle.

The Reno Sculpture Festival brings the art of the playa to downtown Reno for the next three days.  There's art, music, food and beer trucks and after hours events.  Details at renosculpturefestival.org

Danna O'Connor has a preview from Aric Shapiro, Executive Director of Reno Art Works.

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The Reno City Council met this week to discuss how to spend tax payer’s money for the fiscal year 2016 budget, which is nearly $170 million. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor reports much of that money will go toward public safety. 

More than two-thirds of that budget will be spent on adding nearly 50 new public safety jobs. Ten of those jobs would go toward hiring 10 more Reno firefighters.

At the meeting, Councilwoman Neoma Jardon asked if the 10 firefighters would open up the browned out stations in the city.

A detective and former president of the local police union has been named the interim chief of Reno Police. Jason Soto steps into that role Friday when Chief Steve Pitts retires. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Soto has served the department for 18 years, working closely with Pitts and spending several of those years as chief polygraph examiner.

City Manager Andrew Clinger says that work, along with Soto's experience leading the union, has uniquely prepared him to take the reigns during this time of transition.

Reno City Council Approves Plan To Fight Domestic Violence

Mar 18, 2015

The Reno City Attorney’s office is taking new steps to curb domestic violence, under a plan recently approved by the Reno City Council. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

When running for City Attorney last year, Karl Hall told KUNR this would be one of his top priorities:

"I'm going to devote additional resources to the criminal division, specifically the domestic violence issue, to protect our domestic violence victims."

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The new master plan for the University of Nevada, Reno campus encompasses a number of wide-ranging objectives and reflects input from a variety of stakeholders in setting a new vision for the campus and the surrounding community. It elevates the conversation about northern Nevada as a true “University Town” and is a prime example of close collaboration among the University community, the City of Reno and the Regional Transportation Commission.

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