I have always strove to be very clear about where I stand about the issues. I would like to take an opportunity to share with you my stances on various issues affecting southern Nevada and Clark County. As always, if you have a question for me, you can always reach me at (702) 680-0262.
Clark County has been growing rapidly in the past fifteen years at the expense of living standards for its average citizens. Roads are breaking apart, state and city parks are being targeted for development, public services are under stress. We need to start a conversation about the type of place Las Vegas wants to be in the next ten to fifteen years. This is a small valley with many challenges that needs more long-term planning.
Still, Clark County is a desirable place to live—it’s affordable, diverse, and vibrant. Economic opportunities increase every year, but we need to be insure our government keeps up with that growth and supports of a high standard quality of life. To that end, I believe the following…
We need more comprehensive planning, and we need to allow developers to build cheaper, smaller units, allow “Mother-In- Law units” on existing lots, and subsidize Veteran and Senior group homes. We also need to work with the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority and various veterans and senior groups to ensure current programs are maintained.
As with many large cities in the US, keeping our air clean is a constant struggle as well. Solutions have been proposed in the past, such as the creation, implementation, and utilization of public transit systems such as light rail. I want to work toward a convenient, efficient option for Las Vegas residents and visitors alike to traverse the city without excessively polluting the air we breathe.
Arts and Culture
I have raised money and begun coordinating efforts to build an art museum in downtown Las Vegas. There is a pent up demand here for cultural institutions. As a major American city, Las Vegas should have a site to host touring art exhibits, if only for the knowledge and creativity they impart on our children and young adults, who currently lack access to historic works of art.
I believe a strong public school system is truly important. What we need is a local solution. That’s why I’ve proposed that Marijuana Revenues go to our schools. And that is why I have proposed a 1 percent sales tax for Clark County public schools to raise $400 million for our schools. Local money to support local schools with local accountability will help us dramatically invest in your neighborhood school. These funds can be used to attract and retain high quality teachers at District E schools.
I have taken a strong Anti-NRA stance. My goal is to introduce greater gun regulations including enhanced background checks and waiting periods for firearm purchases. At the Legislature, I authored legislation to ban of assault weapons and high capacity magazines and institute background checks because I believe we can respect responsible firearms users while not giving everybody access to military-grade firepower.
I am a strong advocate for a Medicare-For-All system in the United States that will drive costs down by lowering co-pays and deductibles, increase access to healthcare, and make prescription drugs more affordable. It is simple: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Nobody should be bankrupt to keep their family members alive!
Homelessness is a problem that the government can and should address. Nobody is going to bail us out of this unless we fix it ourselves, and we need to work together to make that happen. We need to address many things: Mental health, substance abuse, affordable housing, social services, criminal justice, and more. The city, county, and nonprofits can work together to reduce homelessness and make the county safer for everybody.
Our system is broken, forcing millions to live in the shadows. As a legislator, I have urged Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform and support DACA. Children who have lived in America their whole lives must be recognized as Americans. I am a proud liberal Democrat who wakes up every morning committed to fighting Trump and his humiliating conduct and evil policies. We cannot let him destroy Obamacare and deport DREAMers!
Jobs and the Economy
To attract employers and bring good jobs here, we must work to upgrade our community. My vision is that Clark County should be the gold standard for urban living in the Desert Southwest. We need to invest in attractive parks and improve our transportation and transit systems. Establishing a Las Vegas Art Museum and building new cultural amenities will also bolster our reputation and attract companies that pay high wages with good benefits. Finally, we need to work with UNLV, CSN, and CCSD to improve our education system. A highly educated workforce is the best way to ensure economic growth and greater prosperity for all.
First and foremost, we must ensure Marijuana tax revenues go to education. I have led the call for marijuana tax revenues to be further dedicated to public education Clark County. In addition, we can still do more to make Las Vegas the leading destination for marijuana tourism. Clark County should establish a marijuana bank to improve public safety, and allow for the creation of facilities and events where marijuana can be enjoyed in a social setting. Finally, we need justice for the victims of the failed War on Drugs, specifically a program that helps people with marijuana offenses on their criminal records have those charges expunged and standards that encourage diversity in the industry, incentivizing women and people of color to become marijuana entrepreneurs. (Read more)
The minimum wage should be increased to $15. I proposed a bill for this at the Legislature, and believe everyone deserves a living wage. No one should need to work two or three jobs just to support a family.
We need to invest in attractive parks and establish a Las Vegas Art Museum. Building new cultural amenities will also bolster our reputation and create a better community. Finally, we need to establish a hardworking and dedicated Neighborhood Service Agency, a government agency that will work to ensure our roads are maintained, our streets are clean, and our residents have a one-stop shop for neighborhood issues.
I pledge to oppose Trump’s destructive agenda as he seeks to roll back everything Obama stood for. I oppose his deportation regime, his wholesale rollback of environmental protections, and his plans to raise affordable housing prices, cut education funding, repeal Obamacare.
My goal is to strengthen bonds between our communities and the police department by increasing regular community patrols to relieve tension in our neighborhoods. Everyone deserves to feel safe anywhere in Las Vegas, and that is what I will strive to accomplish by working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to hire more officers, improve community connections, and ensure everyone feels safe reaching out to the police.
Rename McCarran International Airport
During McCarran’s time in the US Senate (1933 to 1954), he worked to adopt anti-immigrant policies that were draconian, racist, and frankly Un-American. I believe we should attach former US Senator Harry Reid’s name to the airport in honor of his significant achievements for Nevada. (Read more)
We must protect and, if possible, expand our Social Security benefits. In addition, I believe Medicare must be protected and expanded to a Medicare-For- All system that will reduce medical bankruptcies and lower the price of prescription drugs. We also need adequate oversight and protections, as well as adequate planning so that our veterans, seniors, and others on a fixed income receive a high level of service.
For years, people have been saying we need to connect the Monorail to the airport, and I agree! Beyond that, the Monorail needs to go to Mandalay Bay to new Stadium traffic. We also need more transit. We need improved bus service so that just getting to and from work is not a two-hour ordeal. We also need to restrict the dreaded “orange cones” that literally cover every street in our
As a desert city Las Vegas needs to remain ever aware of its limited resources. More efficient systems and incentives to conserve energy and water will allow the valley to adapt to our changing climate and rapid growth. In addition, we must decommission, drain, and destroy Glen Canyon Dam. It is a water waster. (Read more)