Las Vegas City board candidates spar over housing at shuttered golf course


Mikayla Whitmore Left, Las Vegas City Council Ward 2 Councilman Bob Beers and retired Flying force Col. Steve Seroka speak to media after a live dispute on “State of Nevada” in the Nevada Public Radio studio on May 25, 2017.

Friday, Might 26, 2017|3:41 p.m.

State of Nevada Ward 2 Live Debate Introduce slideshow” Candidates for one of the Las Vegas City board’s two contested seats

squared off in a live dispute on KNPR 88.9-FM on Thursday. In Ward 2, incumbent Bob Beers is being challenged by retired Air Force Col. Steve Seroka. The centerpiece of the race has actually been the shuttered Badlands golf course and City Council’s recent approval of strategies to establish it into housing, much to the dismay of some neighboring homeowners. The subject remained the most enthusiastic point of dispute for the candidates and the greatest source of dispute. Seroka argued that Beers’ yes vote on the Badlands concern is “simply a sign” of a bigger problem of the sitting councilman, whom he referred to as a career politician affected by designers and dismissive of his constituents. Seroka, who is running for public workplace for the first time, placed himself as an independent outsider whose main dedication is being”the voice of the individuals.”Beers combatted that by identifying Seroka as unprepared to browse the inner operations of local government. He likewise rebutted the label of a profession politician. Beers has represented Ward 2 since 2012, when he was chosen through a special election. Prior to that, he served in the state Legislature from

1999 to 2008, however he kept in mind those roles are not full-time positions, for that reason he has experience in the private sector. Beers is a certified public accounting professional. The councilman doubled down on his Badlands vote, saying the land in question had been authorized for housing more than three decades ago– long before he or any of the existing council members were involved. Rejecting the designer would cause a suit the city couldn’t win, Beers said. “We investigated all choices,”he stated. Seroka countered that more might have been done, adding that he respects property owner rights but demands “smarter development”rather than the”fast growth at all expenses”of the pre-recession boom years.

“We have choices,” he stated.

Another point of disagreement between the candidates was the recent 10-year agreement extension for Republic Solutions for garbage collection, which the City board approved without formally considering other options.

As soon as again, Beers protected his support, stating the cost of not remaining with Republic Services was undue. Seroka disagreed, saying the contract must have been put out for competitive quote. The candidates did find some common ground. Both praised City and revealed no issue about its compliance with federal immigration enforcement, and both likewise expressed interest in long-term financing for

an approved$15 million task resolving homelessness in the metropolitan core. Early voting starts Saturday and goes through June 9. Election Day is June

13. Ward 2 encompasses the southwest corner of the city, consisting of Peccole Ranch, Queensridge, the Lakes and parts of Summerlin.

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