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KUNR 2020 Voter Guide: Reno City Council At Large

Oct 16, 2020
KUNR 2020 voter guide for Reno City Council At-Large. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

The race for Reno’s At-large City Council seat pits an incumbent city councilman looking for his first full-term in office against a perennial candidate who has twice run for mayor unsuccessfully. Devon Reese, a lawyer, was appointed to the position in early 2019 after former Councilman David Bobzien accepted a position in Governor Steve Sisolak’s administration. Since then, he’s worked to become a mediating voice on the council. He currently serves as vice mayor. Eddie Lorton is a local businessman and vocal critic of both the city council and Mayor Hillary Schieve.

Reno’s At-large City Council seat encompasses the entire city of Reno. As a note, this will be the last time all voters in Reno will select an “At-large” representative. After the 2020 census, the city will add a new, sixth ward during redistricting. Municipal races in Nevada are non-partisan.

KUNR 2020 Voter Guide: Reno City Council Ward 5

Oct 16, 2020
KUNR 2020 voter guide for Reno City Council Ward 5. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

The race for Ward 5 is between an incumbent seeking her third and final term on the Reno City Council and a political newcomer. Two-term incumbent Neoma Jardon has touted her experience working with the council since 2012. Darla Fink is a retired finance director and small business owner.

Reno’s Ward 5 encompasses most of Downtown and Northwest Reno, including the University of Nevada, Reno, Somersett and areas around Verdi. Municipal races in Nevada are non-partisan.

KUNR 2020 Voter Guide: Reno City Council Ward 3

Oct 16, 2020
KUNR 2020 voter guide for Reno City Council Ward 3. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

The race for Reno’s Ward 3 pits two-term incumbent Oscar Delgado against political activist and first-time challenger Rudy Leon. Delgado, who also serves as the CEO of Community Health Alliance, is often quiet during council meetings but active in the community. Leon is a librarian by trade but currently works as an editor. She says she wants to take a more proactive approach to address the city’s needs.

Reno’s Ward 3 stretches across most of eastern Reno from North McCarran to Hidden Valley and includes Renown Regional Medical Center and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Municipal races in Nevada are non-partisan.

KUNR 2020 Voter Guide: Reno City Council Ward 1

Oct 16, 2020
KUNR 2020 voter guide for Reno City Council Ward 1. Illustration of a ballot being placed into a box. A pencil and a roll of stickers are in front of the box.
Crystal Willis / KUNR

In what might be the tightest city council race in Reno, two-term incumbent Jenny Brekhus is facing a challenge by real estate agent J.D. Drakulich. Brekhus, who is often at odds with the rest of the council, says she places constituents above special interests and makes decisions based on the good of the ward. Drakulich, whose family has a long history in Reno, is running for office for the first time. He says he would be a better representative for Ward 1 on issues like homelessness.

Reno’s Ward 1 encompasses much of central Reno, including Midtown and the Old Southwest neighborhoods. Municipal races in Nevada are non-partisan.

About 20 men are standing on a sidewalk, some have backpacks and there is a blue bike. There is a large white tent behind them.
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The Reno City Council has approved the use of a local park as the location for an emergency homeless shelter. As KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports, the city is looking for more space to maintain social distancing, especially as winter approaches.

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Much of the Reno City Council is up for reelection this fall, and multiple incumbents will have to make it past the June primary in order to be on the ballot in November. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Bob Conrad with This Is Reno to break down those races.

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Lucia Starbuck

A 20-story hotel might be built in downtown Reno along the Truckee River. But a building this tall would produce a giant shadow. That has people of different interests worried. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad spoke with Lucia Starbuck about the city’s decision on the hotel proposal.

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The Reno City Council agreed yesterday to consider a five-acre parcel of land on Sage Street located just off Fourth Street for a new overflow homeless shelter. The building will house individuals overnight when other shelters in the area are full.

The move comes after two years of discussion and debate on where to put the new facility. Previous attempts to pick a site have fallen through, and city leaders have been wary of relying on private land.

And while the vote was unanimous, council members Jenny Brekhus and Oscar Delgado expressed concerns.

ThisisReno.com

Reno City Council members are voicing frustration at a lack of progress on the issue of affordable housing. Our contributor Bob Conrad covered their last meeting and has the latest update for our News Director Michelle Billman. 

Alexa Ard

The city of Reno is now officially a Welcoming City, after the city council voted unanimously last week to adopt the resolution.

Our news director Michelle Billman spoke with our reporter Noah Glick to break down what that means.

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Correction: When this story originally aired, it incorrectly stated that the student who was recently shot by a campus police officer at Hug High was killed. The version below has been corrected.

Students at Hug High School in Reno are asking city leaders for help in making positive changes in their community. They say seemingly small improvements, like adding more street lighting and placing recycling bins at bus stops, will increase safety and pride in and around the school.

ThisisReno.com

The City of Reno is proceeding with a proposal to start developing dozens of acres of property in south Reno for a sports and recreation complex. Our reporter Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

Five city-owned parcels totaling more than 100 acres are proposed to be turned into a recreational complex that would include a golf course and baseball fields.

The city is looking for a company to propose designs for the fields.

Alexa Ard

Reno attorney Mark Mausert issued a blistering rebuttal to the city’s handling of investigations into alleged misconduct of former City Manager Andrew Clinger. Our reporter Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story, which he has been following since last summer.

ThisisReno.com

Investigation reports on the allegations against former Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger were released this week, shedding some light on the events that led to his resignation. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more. 

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno has released two investigation reports on misconduct allegations against former City Manager Andrew Clinger, which were made by three female employees. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports that the documents don't show evidence of sexual harassment, but they do highlight an unprofessional work environment.

Alexa Ard

The makeup of the Reno City Council is staying the same, as all four seats up for grabs have been filled by incumbents.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

David Bobzien handily won his election bid for the city’s at-large seat, beating out former Washoe County Republican Chairman Sam Kumar.

During an interview last month with KUNR, Bobzien said his biggest priority if elected is…

Alexa Ard

Local lawyer Victor Salcido is running for the Reno City Council Ward 1 seat. Lately, he's been putting out a lot of negatives ads about his opponent, incumbent Jenny Brekhus. But after doing some fact-checking, Anjeanette Damon with the Reno Gazette-Journal has found that some of Salcido's ads are not entirely accurate. To learn more, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Damon. 

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Reno’s affordable housing challenges coincide with a national trend, and the city must develop a strategy on how to tackle the issue. That was the message presented to Reno City Council at a recent affordable housing workshop. Our reporter Bob Conrad was there and has the story.

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Recent news of City Manager Andrew Clinger’s departure overshadowed another important story that unfolded at the last city council meeting. Our reporter Bob Conrad has the story.

Before the meeting, three nonprofits called RISE, ACTIONN and the Reno Justice Coalition held a potluck downtown to raise awareness for low-income housing and homelessness.

Aria Overli of ACTIONN wants the city to do more.

ThisisReno.com

Reno Manager Andrew Clinger will finish his time at city hall early next month. While an investigation into allegations of misconduct continues, city council has voted to approve a separation agreement with Clinger. It provides him with about $230,000, mostly in severance.

“I think this is giving him a special treatment that’s above and beyond what is specified in the contract we have for him, and I cannot support the motion,” said councilwoman Jenny Brekhus, who voted against the agreement.

Councilwoman Naomi Duerr voted “yes.”

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