‘Nevada’ articles

In Tahoe face-off with
California, Nevada retreats

Sandoval risks political backlash

LAS VEGAS — Has the Lake Tahoe Compact been saved?

Do the announced compromises between Nevada and California — repeatedly hailed by lawmakers in Carson City following the May 14 agreement of the states’ governors — stand any genuine chance of solving the Tahoe Basin’s longstanding economic, governance and water-clarity problems?

Or have deep and fundamental conflicts between the two states and between Tahoe environmentalists and most lake residents merely been papered over — soon to return in an even more virulent form?

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Proposed amendment would
preserve Tahoe compact

Would be conditional on California legislature agreeing to Nevada's conditions

LAS VEGAS — A high-stakes amendment intended to keep Nevada in the controversial bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) was proposed today by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick and State Sen. James Settelmeyer.

All three, during the 2011 Nevada Legislature, had supported Senate Bill 271, the bill to take Nevada out of the TRPA Compact unless California agreed to change the terms governing the agency’s control over Lake Tahoe planning.

Sen. Settelmeyer was a primary author of the legislation, and Speaker Kirkpatrick had — notwithstanding criticism from “green” groups — supported it. Gov. Sandoval, once the bill had been approved by both legislative chambers, had signed it.

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Moving company owner, after sting, pans Nevada's 'arduous' licensing process

Company fined $1,000 for operating, advertising without a license

Carolyn Davis wanted to start a moving company in Las Vegas, but instead got caught in a sting operation by the Nevada Transportation Authority. Davis describes the NTA's rigorous licensing process while a NTA attorney defends it.

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Phil's story: Nevada government forcing businesses to wait 'years' for building permits

Five years and over $500,000 later, the Pioneer Saloon
is still waiting for permits to be approved

Phil Regeski owns P.R. Engineering, a civil engineering and construction services company in Las Vegas. One of Regeski's clients, the Pioneer Saloon, located in the small town of Goodsprings, Nevada, has waited 5 years and spent over $500,000 trying to get construction permits approved by Clark County.

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Mob Museum fails to meet original
attendance expectations, dramatically
misses former mayor’s '800,000' mark

Taxpayer-funded museum projected to break even in first year of operations

LAS VEGAS — The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the Mob Museum, fell well short of its original 300,000-to-600,000 visitor projection, but did meet revised attendance projections with over 250,000 visitors in its first year of operations. It fell dramatically short of former mayor Oscar Goodman’s optimistic 800,000 projection.

“They tell me not to say that I believe 800,000 people will be down here, that I’m only supposed to say 500,000 or 400-to-800,000 people will be here,” said Goodman during last year’s grand opening.

The museum, which received $42 million in tax money from various local and federal funds, has a $3.5 million operating budget, according to Jonathan Ullman, the museum’s executive director. The average ticket price is $14.96, so 250,000 visitors allows the museum to make and surpass its breakeven target.

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Local business owners share their stories, debunk notion that Nevada is a 'business-friendly state'

Excessive licensing, local regulations delay new businesses from opening, prevent established businesses from growing

LAS VEGAS — Sarkis Arshakuni opened Hookah Masters lounge in April 2012, hoping to establish a new nightlife spot on Las Vegas’ west side.

Eight months later, the City of Las Vegas realized it had made a mistake in Arshakuni’s licensing process and pulled his special use permit, denying his business its nightclub and thousands of dollars in revenue.

“[City officials] checked one box instead of the other,” said Arshakuni. “Without any warning, they told me the license was being pulled. Not for something I did wrong, but because they had made a mistake and they finally found their mistake after eight months.”

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Scott's story: How government put his business 'through a circus'

New NPRI study offers ways to help Nevada's entrepreneurs

Scott Godino, Jr. opened Born and Raised Las Vegas, a Vegas-themed bar, in 2010, but his business was almost crippled by the very city he was celebrating.

"There was an hours of operation restriction on this location," said Godino. "They wanted us to close from two to six, and you can't call yourself a Las Vegas bar if you aren't open all night."

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Pat's story: How regulators
harm the Las Vegas Zoo

New NPRI study offers ways to help Nevada's entrepreneurs

Pat Dingle has owned the nonprofit Las Vegas Zoo for 32 years, but new government regulations have created a business environment Dingle says he "never imagined."

"We have five openings in various categories--we're two zoo keepers short--but we can't afford to hire anybody," says Dingle, "because we have to keep paying government or pay fighting government."

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Carolyn's story: How onerous licensing requirements hurt would-be entrepreneurs

When Carolyn Davis' son lost his job in the construction industry, they decided to start a moving company called All-Pro Movers.

"We didn't have a big truck, but our target market was small apartments and we thought it could work out," says Davis.

Davis' business was only off the ground for six weeks when they were caught in a sting operation by the Nevada Department of Transportation for not having an approved business license.

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Amy's story: How Nevada restricts
real estate professionals

Amy Groves, owner of Nevada's Finest Properties, LLC, a real estate and HOA-management company, has been in business for eight years and pays over 30 different taxes, licenses, and fees each year just to stay in business.

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