History Channel

May 31st, 2011

Inspector America’s episode Dam This City highlighted the closing of F Street.

On May 15, 2011, the History Channel’s show Inspector America aired an episode called, Dam This City, which highlighted high-hazard dams, sinking Las Vegas casinos, the effects of intense desert storms on infrastructure and the unjust closing of F Street.

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F Street Redesign Gets Its First Look

February 1st, 2011
And here is the lateststory with design of the opening

F Street Redesign

Reopening F Street

By KRISTI JOURDAN
VIEW STAFF WRITER

John Gurzinski VIEW Helen Toland holds a sign as she joins neighborhood residents during a press conference at the corner of F Street near Interstate 15 Dec. 23, 2008. Residents teamed up with the local chapter of the National Action Network to file a lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas over the I-15 widening project and the closure of F Street. After several community input workshops, a plan has been presented for reopening the street.

City of Las Vegas/Special to VIEW A graphic rendering of the proposed northbound approach to a reopened F Street can be found on the city of Las Vegas website. Inside the tunnel, a historic timeline mural is planned.

City of Las Vegas/Special to VIEW north and south lanes run through a tunnel beneath Interstate 15 in a graphic rendering of the proposed plan for the reopening of F Street presented on the city of Las Vegas website. The sketch shows the project looking south. Residents were given an opportunity to weigh in on color schemes during a Dec. 10 meeting.

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F Street might be the road that leads to nowhere.

That’s what some in the Historic Westside community fear.

Plans to reopen the corridor were presented in mid-December by officials from the city of Las Vegas, the Nevada State Legislature, PBS&J engineering firm and the state’s transportation department. For more information seehttp://www.viewnews.com/2011/VIEW-Jan-04-Tue-2011/downtown/41091214.html

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Notes from the last SNEC Meeting (4/12/10)

April 26th, 2010

SNEC Meeting
Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 5:00 p.m.
Summary Report

Roll call of SNEC Board Members:
Commissioner Weekly was absent. This was his second consecutive absence. 

Item 6: Selection of SNEC Board Vice Chair:
Councilman Ricki Barlow was selected as Vice Chair

Item 7: Senator Horsford discussed his plan to contact members of the Nevada Congressional Delegation to fill the seat vacated by Shannon Raborn.

Item 8: F Street project update including I-15 and I-515:
Susan Martinovich, Director of Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) gave an update on the F Street Project. She stated that a TIGER grant application was submitted to fund the project but was not awarded. Ms. Martinovich further stated that the F Street project continues to be a “High Priority” project for NDOT and they will attempt to find other sources of revenue to fund the project.

Ms. Martinovich stated that the F Street project is on the State’s work plan but is not currently rated “high priority” in that plan. After questioning, she also stated that the F Street project is eligible for Question 10 (Q-10) funding.
Ms. Martinovich admitted that NDOT had not contacted the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to express the importance of the F Street project.

Senator Horsford suggested a letter be sent to RTC on behalf of the SNEC Board concerning the urgency of the project. Shondra Armstrong suggested a letter be sent on behalf of NDOT. Councilman Barlow agreed to send a letter to RTC. Councilman Cherchio will also. Assemblyman Munford would like to see letters sent from the community, to show their serious concern for the potential delay of reopening F Street. Susan Martinovich agreed and will follow up with requests.
David Bowers from the City of Las Vegas Public Works was present. He reported that PBS&J was awarded the engineering contract and are working on 30% design effort, which is expected to be complete and approved by the end of the year. Senator Horsford introduced the civil engineers from PBS&J;Wayne Horlacker and Angelo Spada are the principals on the project. City of Las Vegas (CLV) and NDOT staff met with PBS&J staff on April 6 for a kick off meeting.

Jennica Finnerty of NDOT stated there is a plan to have a combined NDOT Project workshop for the community at Doolittle Community Center at the end of June. The goal is to bring the community up-to-date and to discuss the F Street project and related projects. A drawing of the proposed new F Street off ramp from I-515 was presented and discussed with the board.
Senator Horsford noted the significance of the reopening of F Street as an important link to I-515, via the F Street interchange.
Councilman Barlow confirmed that $2.5 million has been set aside by the City of Las Vegas for the design of the F Street reopening. The City is required to contribute a total of $22.5 million for the entire project.

Item 9: F Street Community Outreach:
Councilman Barlow stated that at the last City Council meeting he submitted an agenda item to not hire a marketing firm to conduct outreach for the F Street project. He stated the he would like to work directly with the community and therefore suggested the outreach be conducted in-house. The City Council approved is proposal. Councilman Barlow introduced David Riggleman, Communications Director for the City of Las Vegas, to give a presentation on the proposed outreach plan. Mr.

Riggleman stated the plan intends to:

Engage community organizations: SNEC, F St. Coalition, West Las Vegas Advisory Board, Faith Based organizations, Small Businesses

Website and social media (twitter: Fstreetlasvegas, Facebook: F Street Las Vegas, website: www.lasvegasnevada.gov/fstreet email:FStreetConnection@lasvegasnevada.gov

Community Media ( Sentinel Voice, 88.1, Urban Voice, Las Vegas Weekly and others)

Traditional outreach ( door hangers, flyers, community meetings)

Phone Bank (to be set up), direct number 229-2207

Mr. Riggleman promised a commitment to ensure communication is taking place and that a true partnership with the community is maintained.

Shondra Armstrong stated that this decision should have been discussed with the community before it was made. No one on the SNEC board was advised that the item was going before the city council. She feels these types of unilateral actions just continue the pattern of the community not feeling they can trust the city.

Brandon Greene said he felt blind-sided by the action of Councilman Barlow and the city council. He expressed his concern about the lack of transparency and good will on behalf of the City of Las Vegas.
Councilman Barlow stated he understood the concerns of the board members but felt that by having the City directly involved with the community outreach they can ensure more effective movement on the project. He felt there was no need for a third party.

Item 10: Continued Review of SNEC Community Economic Development Plan:
Senator Horsford announced formation of subcommittees:

F Street Planning:
Councilman Barlow
Assemblyman Munford
Shondra Summers-Armstrong

Community Development Plan:
Councilman Chercio
John Wilson
Senator Horsford

Focus Area:
Commissioner Weekly
Brandon Greene
Senator Horsford
 Shondra Armstrong asked if SNEC would now go to monthly meetings. She also wanted to know if the SNEC could have the City of Las Vegas make a presentation on their desire to expand the redevelopment zone. She stated her concern about the possible impact on the work of SNEC. Senator Horsford stated he would like to see how the subcommittees progress before changing the meeting schedule. He noted that the subcommittees would meet more frequently and that because elected officials sit on those subcommittees they would need to be publicly noticed with agendas.
Senator Horsford asked for agenda item at the next SNEC meeting to have a presentation on the proposed expansion of redevelopment zones in the Cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas by respective redevelopment agencies.
Councilman Barlow stated that he will ensure that the community is aware of changes in the Redevelopment Area and plans public meetings to address the proposed changes. Senator Horsford urged the SNEC Board to get some type of project completed in the Focus Area. Assemblyman Munford asked when MLK be completed and Councilman Barlow stated in July/August 2010. Councilman Barlow stated the street will have beautiful landscaping making it one of the best looking MLK Streets in the nation.

Item 11: New Business:

Brandon Greene read a letter addressed to Senator Horsford and the SNEC Board. The letter said that F Street participants have been marginalized in SNEC Board matters. He feels there is no transparency in the decision making process, and that the SNEC is an example of nothing more than political grand standing. Specifically he is concerned that the SNEC board remains powerless and that Ricki Barlow’s actions represent the type of willful deception which got us into or present situation. He feels as though the community is always in the dark, reacting to decisions made by elected officials instead of being part of the decision making process.

Public Comment:
One major concern was the timeline on the completion of F Street and future funding. Also whether the city and NDOT would pull-out or try to place the project to the back. Munford stated that at he next legislation meeting, he and Horsford will make sure AB304 Amendment is even firmer and rooted.

Another concern was the lack of entering and exiting on the freeway off D Street. Ms. Finnerty replied that the F Street Connector, part of the I-515 Widening Project, would include access to and from West Las Vegas.

Ms. Duncan discussed redevelopment of historic West Las Vegas and the lack of funding despite the availability of federal stimulus funds. She noted the unresponsive nature of the City of Las Vegas to assist with funding important and practical green projects. Ms. Duncan also stated that the Regional Transportation Commission was negligent in the closing of F Street.

Another citizen asked why NDOT had to repeat the NEPA (environmental document) process. Ms. Finnerty stated it was required by the Federal Highway Administration. Ms. Armstrong asked if NDOT had asked for a waiver of the NEPA process to move the process along. Ms. Finnerty said they had not.

Next Meeting: Monday, June 7, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Southern Nevada Economic Community Board
April 12, 2010
Summary Report

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F Street Coalition’s Refusal to Drop Lawsuit Risks AB304 to Be Overturned

July 24th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Matthew Callister, Esq.
Callister & Reynolds
Bus: 702.385.3343
Fax: 702.385.7743
mqc@callister-reynolds.com
http://www.callister-reynolds.com

F Street Coalition’s Refusal to Drop Lawsuit Risks AB304 to Be Overturned

Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday, July 24, 2009 – Attorney Matthew Callister met with legal
representatives with the City of Las Vegas (CLV) and the Nevada Department of Transportation(NDOT) concerning the dismissal of the federal lawsuit filed on December 24, 2008. When the Nevada legislature passed AB304, to reopen F Street, there was no reason to pursue discovery.

Attorney Callister disagreed.

His decision mirrors the community. CLV pointed out that the legislature could revisit the issue and overturn AB304 if Callister loses the lawsuit. It was concluded, the CLV and NDOT will work on their motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, while Callister will work on discovery, trying to establish who to depose. Callister will pursue the items listed on lawsuit that are in violation of Civil Rights Act Title IV except for the cost to reopen F Street, which was settled. The historic Westside community stands behind Callister and is willing to take the risk to discover who ordered the closing of F Street.

The community is outraged and questions the city’s motives. The residents are focused on the pursuit of discovery and feel the knowledge of the truth will set them free. Would it not even be prudent for the city to voluntarily review this to ensure it never happens again? And is it not enough grounds for a federal investigation as the city receives federal funding for many of its projects?

    NEXT F STREET MEETING

Senator Horsford, Assemblyman Munford,
City Councilman Barlow, and Matthew Callister Esq. to attend
Monday July 27th at 6 p.m.
Abundant Life Community Center
1720 J Street (corner of J & Doolittle)

The City of Las Vegas which stealthily, at minimum, closed F Street without appropriate or sufficient public notification and response, forced the community to then seek legal redress through a lawsuit. This lawsuit would have given an avenue to have the CLV revisit the issue by court decree. However, because the community was then compelled to seek state remedy–as there was no guarantee that the city would be forced to re-attend to the matter let alone vote for the reopening of F Street, the City is now trying to seal rightful discovery by threat of challenge to the legislation.

On June 2, 2009, AB304 overcame Governor Gibbon’s veto and passed in the legislature house.

The remaining section of bill will become law on October 1, 2009. Plans of another protest march down the Strip are being made in case the F Street reopening is not acted upon as a priority project, as promised, and/or if AB304 is overturned.

We are urging you to join us in standing for our human rights by attending the next F Street meeting on Monday, July 27th, 6:00 p.m. at the Abundant Life Community Center located at1720 J Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact:
Attorney - Matthew Callister at 385-3343, cell 595-6959, email mqc@callister-reynolds.com
F Street Chairwoman - Trish Geran at cell 379-8966, email tlgeran@aol.com

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Westside History Timeline

May 14th, 2009

Please go to to the following link on the las vegas sun to vote for the reopening of F Street. This is highly important please let every you know know about this
http://www.lasvegassun.com/polls/2009/may/fstreet0514/
This survey will determine what kind of article they write.

Also please send emails or make phone calls to the following senators who will be voiting on the amendment to open F Street. Their contacts as well as the timeline of the history is below.

John Lee, Chair jlee@sen.state.nv.us
Wk) 702-647-3550
(LCB) 775-684-1424
(LCB Room Number) 2126(Home) 702-258-5447
(Fax) 702-647-0951
(Cell)

Terry Care, Vice Chair tcare@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk)
(LCB) 775-684-6503
(LCB Room Number) 1224(Home)
(Fax) 702-436-9298
(Cell)

Steven Horsford shorsford@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk) 702-985-7535
(LCB) 775-684-1429
(LCB Room Number) 1222(Home)
(Fax) 775-684-6501
(Cell)

Shirley Breeden sbreeden@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk)
(LCB) 775-684-1457
(LCB Room Number) 2131(Home) 702-456-6192
(Fax) 702-463-1008

William Raggio wraggio@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk) 775-786-5000
(LCB) 775-684-1419
(LCB Room Number) 2160(Home)
(Fax) 775-786-1177
(Cell)

Randolph Townsend rtownsend@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk) 775-954-2020
(LCB) 775-684-1450
(LCB Room Number) 2107(Home) 775-825-5111
(Fax) 775-954-2023
(Cell) 775-771-1555

Mike McGinness mmcginness@sen.state.nv.us
(Wk)
(LCB) 775-684-1433
(LCB Room Number) 2129(Home) 775-673-2086
(Fax)
(Cell)

F Street Timeline

1943: Mayor Cragin refuses to renew business licenses of Black business owners unless th ey relocate to the Westside. Restrictive covenants and failure to rent to Blacks create defacto segregation

1944-1945 Informal urban renewal programs razes 375 homes, causing overcrowding on the Westside

1945: Reverend Henry Cook and West Side residents petition Mayor Cragin to pave “E” Street, the main thoroughfare on the Westside. All requests for public improvement are denied.

1950: Under Truman’s Fair Deal, $1 million federal housing project approved (Kaufman, p. 360)

1951: Predominantly White middle-class residents of Bonanza Village protest use of the 20-acre Zaug Tract for low-cost housing development. Black residents charge racial discrimination. Bonanza Village hires attorney Harvey Dickerson (Kaufman, LV Sun, 4-24-51)

1951: As a compromise to Bonanza Village residents, a “100-foot wide buffer highway” is constructed (Highland Avenue, later renamed Martin Luther King Boulevard), separating the future housing project from Bonanza Village (Kaufman, p. 361; Moehring, p. 179)

1952: City of Las Vegas blacktops areas on the Westside. Federal housing project now known as Marble Manor completed (Kaufman, pp. 362-363).

1955: City of Las Vegas creates ordinance to drive out illegally parked trailer owners. 600 people sign petition to overturn ordinance, but it is retained (Kaufman, p. 375). Paving district established to fund curbing, guttering, and lighting on the West side.

1956: City of Las Vegas applies for federal urban renewal money, allowing it to condemn property for “better” use. City Planning Department extends slum clearance program by recommending that the federal highway (later known as I-15) be routed through the Westside (Kaufman, p. 375).

1957: Federal Highway plans cut highway through the Westside. Westside residents protest plan. Highway plan tied in with urban renewal plan to placate residents. 200 families displaced with promise that they would be moved to better housing (Kaufman, pp. 375-376)

1959: Las Vegas Review-Journal describes plan by State Engineer and city officials to extend Highland Avenue , which had ended at Charleston Blvd. Plan states that Highland Avenue may be extended all the way to San Francisco ( LV Review Journal, 10-15-59).

1960: 160 family dwellings completed. This does not meet demand for housing. Advisory Urban Renewal Committee suggests that further low-income projects should be built outside the Westside, but this suggestion was ignored by planners (Kaufman, p. 378).

1962: Plans for widening I-15 include a cul-de-sac at F Street

1964: Civil Rights Act. Title VI prohibits racial discrimination on any projects involving federal funding

1968: Seven streets closed on the Westside. Led by Ethel Pearson, hundreds of people of the Westside community protest street closures, but streets remain closed.

1971: In response to Westside protests, F and D Streets reconfigured to access Downtown.

2004: Nevada Department of Transportation and City of Las Vegas plan expansion of Interstate Highway (I-15) through the Westside which will include closure of F Street and reconfiguration of D Street . F Street renamed City Parkway on development side of I-15. Government agencies claim they notified residents within 400 feet of the closure.

2006: Las Vegas City Council votes to close F and D streets as part of I-15 expansion. Las Vegas Councilman Lawrence Weekly later claims he did not know the plan would include street closings.

July 2008: Concrete wall built across F Street which cuts off direct access between the Westside and Downtown. City Council members claim they know nothing about the closure.

October 2008: Stop the F Street Closure Coalition formed

January 7, 2009: Protest march on Las Vegas City Hall .

January 9, 2009: Ora Bland, Estella Jimerson, National Action Network and Stop the F Street Closure, LLC file a Federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Las Vegas and Nevada Department of Transportation for the F Street closure.

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F Street Protest on the strip video

April 19th, 2009

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Slideshow of The Protest March on the Strip

April 18th, 2009

Check out the slideshow of the march and protest on the strip. Video segment coming soon!!!

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Instructions, Itinerary and Route for March

April 16th, 2009

Instructions for Rally & Protest March
RALLY:
Friday, April 17th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pentecostal Temple Church parking lot (F & Madison)
• Invocation
• Rehearse Chant
• Assign group numbers
• Questions
• Benediction

PROTEST MARCH: REMEMBER TO WEAR RED SHIRTS

Saturday, April 18th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Protest March 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. Assemble at Second Baptist Church Town Hall

9:00 a.m. Board vans by Groups 1-3

9:30 a.m. Vans leave Second Baptist Church Parking lot

10:00 a.m. Vans drop off Groups 1 & 2 on Albert Avenue-marchers proceed to
Las Vegas Boulevard

10:00 a.m. Vans drop off Group 3 near Convention Center

10:15 a.m. Group 2 cross Las Vegas Boulevard and assemble parallel to Group 1

10:30 a.m. Groups 1 & 2 to begin march on Strip

Group 1 – East Side of Strip
Stop and rally at Flamingo
Walk north
Stop and rally at Venetian
Walk north
Stop and rally at Wynn
Walk north
Stop and rally at Encore
Walk north to Convention Center Dr.
Wait for Group 2

Group 2 – West Side of Strip
Stop and rally at Caesars Palace
Walk north
Stop and rally at Mirage
Walk north
Stop and rally at Treasure Island
Walk north
Stop and rally at Fashion Show
Walk north
Cross LVB at Convention Center
Drive. Join Group 1

Group 3 – Convention Center
Rally in front of Convention Center
Groups 1 & 2 join Group 3 at
Convention Center
Groups 1 & 2 to take Convention Center Dr.
to the Convention Center

11:30 p.m. Groups 1, 2 & 3 rally at Convention Center

12:00 p.m. Press Conference and lunch at Royal Resort

1:30 p.m. Vans pick up protestors in Royal Resort parking lot

2:00 p.m. Second Baptist Town Hall

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F st. Protest Scheduled (information below)

April 13th, 2009

f-street-logo

Please Join the
Stop The “F” Street Closure Protest March

From: Las Vegas Strip
To: Las Vegas Convention Center

PROTEST MARCH
Saturday, April 18, 2009
8:00 a.m.
Second Baptist Church Town Hall
“F” Street & Madison Ave.

PEP-RALLY:
Friday, April 17th 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pentecostal Temple Church parking lot
“F” Street & Madison Ave.

• We believe that the closures of “D” & “F” streets was a plan to
segregate the Westside Community from the “New Downtown”

• This is the third attempt by government officials over the past
30 years to deprive the Westside Community access

• Progress & redevelopment is up to us!

For more information call 379-8966
www.WestLV.org

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Next Meeting Scheduled!

March 17th, 2009

The next meeting is Next Monday Night at 6pm at Abundant Life Church on Doolittle and J St.

We will be discussing the march which will be happening April 18th.

We will also be discussing fundraising and other pertinent information.

See you there!

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