Category: Our Metropolis

This week, host Gary Larson, along with UNLV Political Science professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Damore and Las Vegas Review Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, break down the Tesla deal recently signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval. The panel also discuss the status of UNLV’s medical school, what’s happening with the stadiums proposed for downtown and UNLV, and what the lower educational star ratings mean for the highly touted Clark County Zoom Schools. It’s an extended roundtable discussion on this week’s edition of Our Metropolis.

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Jane Ann Morrison’s column

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson debate the economic pros and cons over the proposed $5 billion Tesla battery “gigafactory” to be built in Northern Nevada.

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Las Vegas and Hollywood have had a close relationship since the 1940s when Bugsy Siegal brought several of his film industry pals to town celebrate the opening of his Fabulous Flamingo Hotel. In honor of this relationship, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of iconic film Viva Las Vegas, UNLV libraries is hosting a special exhibit highlighting the movies that made Las Vegas. Tonight, host Gary Larson sits down with Peter Michel, Head of Exhibits for UNLV Libraries. He’s the curator responsible for this exciting film exhibit in the special collections.

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Exhibit: The Movies that Made Las Vegas, Las Vegas Makes Movies

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the proposed property tax increase in Henderson to cover infrastructure needs*. The panel also direct their attention towards the push by the national arm of the Culinary Union to fix elements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They conclude with a lively discussion of the regulations surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Nevada.

*Note, as of air time, the Henderson City Council decided to delay talks about a tax increase until after the state Legislature meets in 2015.

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In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson concludes his interview with Nevada historian Mike Greene. Mike shares some insight into just what it took to make Nevada the Nation’s 31st state.

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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the controversial report recently released by UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) with findings about potential revenues that could be generated by the proposed Education Initiative/Margins Tax. The panel also debate the impact that could be felt on our community by the layoff of over 200 employees at University Medial Center.

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2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Nevada joining the union. Our Metropolis is honoring the sesquicentennial all year by sharing some of the unique history of the Silver State. In this segment of Our Metropolis host Gary Larson sits down with Nevada historian Mike Greene for part one of a two-part interview. Mike shares some stories about a few prominent Nevada journalists who helped write the story of the State we call home.
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Silver State Journalists

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the unspoken, yet large, role that profit has played in the urban revival of Downtown Las Vegas. The panel also discusses the abandoned Public-Private funding model for the I-15 widening plan, Project Neon, and the initiative recently proposed for stricter background checks for gun sales.

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Downtown Las Vegas has seen a resurgence in recent years due in part to projects like The Container Park, venues like The Smith Center, and a little company called Zappos. This urban revival has a lot of people excited and looking forward to just how Downtown will blossom next. One person watching all the action is Joe Schoenmann – he writes the Joe Downtown column for the Las Vegas Sun. In this two part interview host Gary Larson sits down with Joe to discuss Downtown Las Vegas and its associated good … and bad.

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The Joe Downtown Column

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the ramifications of Nevada’s US House Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei breaking with their party on recent immigration votes in the US Congress. The panel also looks at the “power” that Representative Amodei holds due to his seat on the House appropriations committee. Finally the panel discusses why this year’s iteration of the party house ordinance was again dismissed the by the Las Vegas City Council.

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. What started as a four-day conference in California over 25 years ago has grown into a global platform for identifying and promoting world-changing ideas. Las Vegas held its very first TED conference this past spring and individuals from around our community joined together to share their vision for a brighter future. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with UNLV professor Bo Bernhard for the second part of their conversation. They’ll discuss his experience as a TED speaker, as well as some of the things he’s currently working on at UNLV.

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Bo Bernhard’s TED Talk
Bo Bernhard’s Bio

This week, producer Dave Nourse and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Steve Sebelius’ recent column in the Review Journal where he bashes critics of the proposed Education Initiative/Margin Tax. The panel also examines Zoom Schools and the difference they could make with Nevada’s most vulnerable children. They conclude with a discussion of Sen. Harry Reid’s influence over the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s Lt. Governor endorsement.

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Las Vegas is often associated with sophisticated dining, premier entertainment and flashy nightlife. One characteristic not typically associated with Las Vegas, though, is intellect. Unfortunately, it’s not that hard to find people who have plenty of disparaging things to say about our city and its residents. One person not on this bandwagon, though, is UNLV professor Bo J. Bernhard. In this segment, host Gary Larson sits down for part one of a two-part interview with Bo about why Las Vegas defies expectations and is, in fact, a smart city.

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Steve Sebelius’ Review Journal Column

Bo Bernhard’s TED Talk
Bo Bernhard’s Bio

This week, regular panelists David Damore, Matt Hufman, and Elizabeth Thompson, meet host Gary Larson for an extended round table edition to discuss the alcohol issue on Freemont Street, the controversial raise for Las Vegas City Manager Elizabeth Fretwell, and the severe lack of funding for CCSD capital projects.
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This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss Governor Brian Sandoval’s scathing letter to Congress citing their failure to adequately fund the Nation’s transportation trust fund and the impact that this lack of funding may have on the construction of Interstate 11 from Las Vegas to Phoenix. The panel also debates the recent report listing Nevada as 50th out of 50 states in job recovery after the great recession. They conclude by discussing the most recent woes of Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura.
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UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs has a mission of improving the quality of urban life through the preparation of its student for careers in fields like criminal justice, social work and journalism. UNLV recently appointed a new Dean to oversee this college and lead the university’s outreach into the community. In this segment host Gary Larson sits down with Robert Ulmer, the head of the Greenspun College, to discuss his new position and what goals he has to help UNLV meet the needs of our urban community.
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UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

This week, host Gary Larson and regular contributors David Damore and Elizabeth Thompson discuss the recent New York Times article proclaiming Reno, NV as America’s next tech industry hub. The panel debates the merits of the article and transitions into a conversation about what it will take for Nevada to see the growth of industries outside of gaming and mining.
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Most residents of southern Nevada would be surprised to learn that when they drive through downtown Las Vegas they might actually be driving through a sovereign nation. The Las Vegas Paiute Indian tribe was given a ten acre tract of land in downtown Las Vegas over 100 years ago, and since they’ve been reestablishing strong ties to an area that had been their ancestral home. Host Gary Larson sits down with tribal chairman Benny Tso to talk about the Las Vegas Paiute tribe and what the local colony can tell us about the area we call home.
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New York Times Article
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe