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Highlights of today’s Reno City Council Meeting



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The Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross, Clara Andriola, asked the City Council to sign holiday cards that will be sent to service members in Northern Nevada and around the world. The American Red Cross encourages people to spend time sending holiday cards through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

During the holiday season, this Red Cross program delivers tens of thousands of cards to service members, veterans and their families at military hospitals and installations across the country and around the world. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

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The Reno City Council passed a resolution approving a $112,500 sponsorship of Artown for 2014 festival. The city of Reno is the main sponsor of Artown, which was originally started by the city’s Art and Culture Commission in 1996. The month long festival draws more than 300,000 participants to performances and visual art exhibits throughout the Truckee Meadows.

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The Reno City Council passed a resolution approving a $40,960 sponsorship of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts for the 2013-14 performing arts season. The Center attracts thousands of patrons each season with its Broadway Comes to Reno series, Reno Philharmonic concerts, AVA Ballet Theatre “The Nutcracker” and other performances.

The Reno City Council made some changes to appointments to boards and commissions:

  • Artown Board – Council Member Hillary Schieve to replace Council Member Oscar Delgado
  • Youth City Council – Council Member Oscar Delgado to replace Council Member Hillary Schieve
  • Parks and Recreation Commission – Council Member Oscar Delgado to replace Council Member Jenny Brekhus
  • Regional Transportation Commission – Council Member Neoma Jardon to replace Council Member Dwight Dortch
  • Downtown Police Tax District Committee – Council Member Jenny Brekhus to replace Council Member Hillary Schieve

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The Reno City Council asked Reno Mayor Bob Cashell to apply to serve as a representative of the city of Reno on the Nevada Interagency Council on Homelessness, which was created by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2005. The council coordinates and focuses the state’s efforts to effectively address the challenge of homelessness in the state of Nevada. It also provides for an integrated approach regarding the issue of homelessness and promotes interagency cooperation.

The council consists of not more than 20 members, appointed by the governor, who represent private businesses, state agencies, nonprofit organizations that provide services to homeless people, public housing, local governments, and at least one person who is or has been homeless, as well as others with an interest in ending homelessness.

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