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Chris Giunchigliani For Mayor Of Las Vegas

In case you haven’t had a chance to meet Chris Giunchigliani, my friends Lee and Laura, and I are hosting a meet and greet bar-b-que at their home in the Crestwood Subdivision on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  This is not a fundraiser, and Lee and Laura are springing for the hot dogs and snacks.

Chris will be there simply to meet you, and to answer any questions you may have about her desire to become the Mayor of Las Vegas.

The event will be at 1941 Houston Drive at the corner of Crestwood Avenue.

Jack LeVine Endorses Chris Giunchigliani For Mayor Of Las Vegas

Chris GI first got to know Chris G. in 2001, when we were both appointed to the re-design steering committee for the Huntridge Circle Park. Prior to that, I only knew her as my State Assemblywoman, though I didn’t pay much attention to politics then. Once I got to know her, I became deeply impressed by her passion and commitment to what ever task or cause she took on.

Chris Giunchigliani was right there with us for every battle that re-developing historic neighborhoods had to face. Chris stood with us in the fight against the Stratosphere’s scorpion tail roller coaster, commercial intrusion into the neighborhoods, Circle Park, Huntridge Theater, Neighborhood Clean-up Campaigns, and she’s always stood up for historic preservation causes.

Chris understands the workings of Government – at all levels. Her wealth of knowledge and experience about all levels of government can’t be denied, and is desperately needed to re-invigorate Las Vegas.

I’m truly proud to call her my friend, and I’ll be even prouder to have Chris G as the Mayor of Las Vegas.

Stop by on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to meet her in person. No speeches, no fundraising, just a chance to talk one on one. You’ll know immediately why I’m supporting Chris Giunchigliani for Mayor of Las Vegas.


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Huntridge Circle Park To Re-Open – Sort of….

Huntridge Circle Park re opensBIG NEWS!

I’m 2/7th happy that the Huntridge Circle Park will be opening again – at least on weekends.

Bob Coffin, who I am supporting for the Las Vegas City Council will bringing donuts at 10am on SUNDAY MORNING May 29. Please come out to support him and the park.

Others are calling for picnic at 11 on Saturday. This isn’t officially organized yet, but as the word spreads, I’m sure it will turn into something big.

There’s plenty of comments flying on the Huntridge Circle Park facebook page. Be sure to “like” it.

Bring the dog, bring the kids, bring some food, bring a frisbee.  Let’s show them how 2/7th happy we are.

One important note is that NO ONE including and especially Gary Reese, the current City Councilman for ward 3 should get credit for this. We’re very curious that not even the President of the Huntridge Neighborhood Association was notified, none the less any of the other neighborhood presidents or activists who have begged, pleaded, scolded and demanded – for 5 long years – that the Huntridge Circle Park be re-opened. Where did we hear about it? Some one heard it at an Adrianna event.

At least we get it open on weekends, even if it’s nothing but a political ploy.

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Sahara Hotel – The Last Of The Original Las Vegas Strip Hotels

The Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas - Circa 1950There’s been plenty of coverage, and not much left to say about the Sahara Hotel.

Our old friend Lynn at the Classic Las Vegas Blog has lots of fun pictures, and some great memories of the Sahara.

Quoting from Classic Las Vegas: “When the Sahara opened in 1952, the Las Vegas Strip was much different from today.  The El Rancho was across the street, the Hotel Last Frontier and the Flamingo were further down the two lane highway.  Owner Milton Prell called it, “a jewel in the desert.”  He brought in comedian Stan Irwin as entertainment director and comics like Don Rickles and Buddy Hackett rotated the Casbar Lounge with Louie, Keely and Sam.It was a mythical era in Las Vegas history and the Sahara had a major role in that mythology.”

The Review Journal did a nice tribute video to the Sahara Hotel and it’s history on Friday. They also have a timeline of the historic events surrounding the Sahara, including it’s opening in 1952; when the Beatles stayed there in 1965, and when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were re-united during the 1976 MD Telethon.

Speed the Ride - Sahara Hotel - courtesy of Las Vegas Leisure Guide




Personally, I’ll miss “SPEED” – my favorite roller coaster ride in Las Vegas. I’ve ridden it at least a dozen times over the years.

Hopefully, they’ll find a way to re-model and re-open. If it’s imploded, I’m hoping it’s replacement will anchor a whole new re-birth of the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. (photo from Las Vegas Leisure Guide)


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Historic Morelli House – Downtown Las Vegas – To Hold Spring Open House






May is Historic Preservation Month. Among the events is the one that’s always my favorite isThe Morelli House Open House. If you’ve never been to the Morelli House, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.   

The Morelli House, which is the crown jewel of the Mid Century Modern Preservation movement in Las Vegas will be holding it’s spring open house on Sunday, May 15th from 1 to 4pm. They’re also holding a simultaneous art fair which will showcase works that depict Las Vegas History and Landscapes.

The flyer below is clickable to see if full size.

The Morelli House was rescued by the Junior League. It originally was the home of famed Sands Hotel Band Leader Antonio Morelli, and was located at the the Desert Inn Country Club.

The back story about Antonio Morelli, the home, the rescue and relocation to downtown are all available in this link. The Historic Morelli House In Downtown Las Vegas















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Helldorado Days Celebration And Parade In Downtown Las Vegas

The city’s annual Hellorado Days festivities are a tribute to the anniversary of the city of Las Vegas. This year marks the 106th anniversary of the founding of Las Vegas. For more details, costs and entry information for events, and for volunteer opportunities, go online to www.elkshelldorado.com or call (702) 870-122. For more information, call 229-6672 or go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/helldorado.
Helldorado Days 2011 In Downtown Las Vegas

Bring the family to enjoy the 2011 Helldorado Parade, set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Approximately 110 parade entries are expected to march down Fourth Street in downtown Las Vegas fom Gass Avenue to Ogden Avenue. (See parade map.) Thousands of people line the downtown parade route every year, and the parade also is broadcast live by Cox Communications on cable channel 96 and streamed online at www.Cox96.net . KCLV Channel 2 will re-broadcast the parade in the following days. A fireworks show will be launched from the Fremont Street Experience parking garage immediately after the parade.

Enjoy Advance Events, Rodeo, Carnival, Parade, Fireworks, Exhibits, Food Vendors

The annual Las Vegas Helldorado Days will be  celebrated in rapidly re-energizing Downtown Las Vegas 

 May 11-15 with community and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos, carnival, parade, fireworks, exhibits, food vendors and special tributes. 

Planned events include:

·         Art Show & Auction through May 1 at Las Vegas Elks Lodge;

·         Sahara Coins Helldorado Treasure Hunt April 30-May 15;

·         Helldorado Shootout Charity Golf Tournament & Banquet at Siena Golf Course May 6-7;

·         Ranch Sorting at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11-12;

·         “Cowboys for a Cure” Wear Pink Night Helldorado Rodeo at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12; arena pre-show 6 p.m.

·         Helldorado Carnival, Exhibits and food vendors at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds May 12-15;

·         “The Final Ride” Tribute to Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, Friday, May 13; arena pre-show 7 p.m., rodeo 8 p.m.

·         Whiskerino Contest at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds 6 p.m. Friday, May 13;

·         PRCA Pro Rodeo at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds May 13-15;

·         Helldorado Parade 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, downtown on Fourth Street between Gass and Ogden avenues;

·         Fireworks launched from the Fremont Street Experience parking garage parade;

·         Elks Hall of Fame Night at the Rodeo, 9 p.m., May 14; arena pre-show 8 p.m.

·         Tribute to Our Veterans Night at the Rodeo, 7 p.m., May 15.


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Southridge Neighborhood Association Hosts Las Vegas City Council WARD 3 Candidate Debate

Las Vegas City Council Ward 3 mapThe Southridge Neighborhood Association in conjunction with the Mesquite Club will be hosting a debate between the 2 runoff candidates for the Las Vegas City Council Ward 3.  Bob Coffin and Adriana Martinez will debate each other on the future of Las Vegas Ward 3.


The moderator will be Kenneth E. Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, UNLV.


Some of you may have already received a notice but it is important to remind everybody as one of these two will be our councilman and “go-to” person for the next four years. 

We are still accepting questions and it’s getting down to the wire. We’ve estimated fifteen questions.Historic Neighborhood Designations, Code Enforcement, Commercial Encroachment, Commercial Signage, and Circle Park will certainly be hot topics among many others. If you have questions you’d like to see addressed, please email them to [email protected]



TUESDAY MAY 10th, 6 PM at the historic Mesquite Club, 702 E. St. Louis Avenue.


Note from Unclejack:

I haven’t officially declared who I’m supporting yet. Tuesday night’s debate will make all the difference. If you live in Ward 3, and especially if you’re in John S. Park, Southridge, Beverly Green, the Marycrest areas, Huntridge, Charleston Heights, Crestwood etc, then it’s very important for you to get involved.


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Las Vegas Tops A List – Cheaper To Buy Than Rent In 78% Of Major Cities

This is a good list to be at the top of. According to Trulia, with reporting from Inman News….

Trulia: Dropping prices and rising rents boost affordability

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It is cheaper to buy a home than to rent one in 39 of the nation’s 50 largest cities, according to a quarterly report released today by real estate search and marketing site Trulia.

Trulia’s rent vs. buy index compared the median list price with the median rent on two-bedroom apartments, condominiums and townhomes listed on Trulia.com as of April 1, 2011, in the 50 most populous cities in the U.S. While 72 percent of the cities favored buying in the previous quarter’s report, 78 percent favored buying in this latest report.

“With home prices nearing a double dip and more foreclosures expected to flood the housing market over the next two years, the decision between renting and buying a home across most of the country has clearly moved in favor of buying,” said Ken Shuman, Trulia’s spokesperson, in a statement.

“As we head into the summer buying season, those looking to buy a home should be encouraged by improvements in the market and feel optimistic about their chances of finding an affordable home — much more so than in previous years.”

A price-to-rent ratio of 1 to 15 means that it’s much cheaper to buy than to rent in a particular city. A ratio between 16 and 20 means that it’s more expensive to rent than to buy, but, depending on the family’s situation, buying could “make financial sense,” the site said. Any ratio above 20 indicates that owning is much more costly than renting in a city.

Top 10 cities to buy vs. rent:

Rank City State Price-to-rent ratio 
1 Las Vegas Nev. 6
2 Phoenix Ariz. 7
3 Arlington Texas 7
4 Fresno Calif. 8
5 Miami Fla. 8
6 Mesa Ariz. 8
7 Jacksonville Fla. 9
8 Sacramento Calif. 9
9 Detroit Mich. 10
10 Omaha Neb. 10

Source: Trulia

And the top 10 cities where it’s cheaper than to rent instead of to buy??

Top 10 cities to rent vs. buy:

Rank City State Price-to-rent Ratio 
50 New York N.Y. 39
49 Fort Worth Texas 30
48 Kansas City Mo. 22
46 Memphis Tenn. 20
47 Los Angeles Calif. 20
43 San Francisco Calif. 19
44 Boston Mass. 19
45 Seattle Wash. 19
42 Portland Ore. 18
41 Oklahoma City Okla. 16

Source: Trulia

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