New challenges to face

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in General | 7 Comments

After a grueling process of the Mayor and Reno Council working through 74 applications, culminating in an hours long interview session of the top 6 that lasted into the night yesterday, it was my honor to be selected to serve out the remainder of the Reno Council At-Large position term, vacated by recently-elected Mayor Hillary Schieve.

Following the interviews, Council deliberations and decision, I tendered my resignation from the Nevada Assembly with the Governor via email. While I wasn’t able to have Finnegan and Luca there for the swearing in, I was so grateful to have my partner Julie at my side. As I write this, I have 51 (!) unanswered text messages on my phone, and hundreds of congratulatory emails and Facebook messages to respond to- so if yours is one… hang tight, I’ll connect with you soon!

While it made for a long evening, I was thrilled to be able to hit the ground running immediately following the swearing in and join my new colleagues in the assignment of members to the various boards and commissions. My own assignments will be sorted out at next Wednesday’s Council Meeting due to Open Meeting Law posting requirements, and I’m looking forward to diving into that work on behalf of all of my constituents.

What I was able to accomplish last night was to get the ball rolling on my first initiative: establishment of a liaison relationship between Reno and the Washoe County School District. Reno schools matter to Reno, and I believe the work my colleagues are already doing, supporting schools at events, service projects, etc., can be coordinated for maximum effect and benefit for our students. As a complement to this effort, the Mayor and Council can work to build even stronger relationships between supportive non-profits, businesses and our schools in Reno. While governance of our schools properly rests with the district and its elected school board members, our Mayor and Reno Council must seize the bully pulpit on behalf of our schools and students if we’re serious about building our quality of life and economic development strategy.

To that end, I’ve instructed city staff to investigate the possible parameters, mission and scope for this liaison relationship and to report back at a meeting in the near future. I look forward to providing further updates on this exciting project!

 

Thank you again for all of your support. Now comes the time to get to work. There’s lots more to do for Reno.

7 Comments

  1. Wendy Boszak
    December 4, 2014

    David – I’m on the Board of the Northern Nevada Literacy Council, Exec. Director is Susan Robinson. I’d like to
    invite you to be my guest at our next graduation on Dec. 18 at either 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. Please let me know. phone or text 775-224-0180

    I will pass on this blog info to Susan as she will probably want to be a part of your n0n-profit meeting.

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  2. Wendy Boszak
    December 4, 2014

    David – I’m on the Board of the Northern Nevada Literacy Council, Exec. Director is Susan Robinson. I’d like to
    invite you to be my guest at our next graduation on Dec. 18 at either 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. Please let me know. phone or text 775-224-0180 or email per above

    I will pass on this blog info to Susan as she will probably want to be a part of your n0n-profit meeting.

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  3. Janet Carter
    December 4, 2014

    David: Don’t forget environmental groups such as the Sierra Club when talking about nonprofits. We are interested in issues such as improved public transportation and avoiding excessive urban sprawl. These issues directly impact the city and its citizens as well. In fact, I would argue that improved public transportation is both a social AND an environmental issue. Unfortunately, I think there is a tendency to think of nonprofits as being those that deal with social issues and not those that deal with other issues (environmental, educational, etc) that also impact the city.

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  4. Lee Carol Lombard
    December 4, 2014

    Congrats, David. You had my vote & I know you’ll do a great job for Reno. Merry Christmas to you & your family.

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  5. Mary Bryant
    December 4, 2014

    Hi David. Congrats!
    We are very fortunate to have you on the Reno City Council now. I know you will do great things. A few comments on your initiatives:
    When looking at WCSD, please do not forget students with disabilities. The Special Ed department is a mess. The new director is trying to improve things but right now, education of kids with disabilities is dismal.
    Also, I am a grant writer by trade and work for CitiCare, a non-profit that provides transpo to people with disabilities. We have just taken on facilitating a Sierra Nevada Transportation Coalition. People with disabilities have a terrible time getting around. The SNTC will address transpo in a holistic way, with people with disabilities, seniors, veterans and people living in poverty as focal points. We have over 20 member organizations already (just formed in October) and are working on innovative solutions.
    Also, my other job is as a project director at the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities at UNR. My project is Path to Independence, a new program of inclusive education for students with intellectual disabilities. Offering postsecondary ed for a population that has not gone to college before.
    Just wanted to let you know. Let me know if you need additional info.
    Congrats again!
    Mary Bryant
    2260 Jester Ct.
    Reno, NV 89503

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  6. tina nappe
    December 4, 2014

    Congratulations, David. Anyone who works as hard and capably as you did deserves the job. And you have hit the ground running I know you will do a super job. However, I will regret your presence in the legislature .

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  7. Daniel Belanger
    December 5, 2014

    Congratulations David! To say it in a few quick words, I am proud to tell friends, “trust me, David Is the man we need to help this community!!!”

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