City of Reno
Nevada

Presentation
8614

Presentation, discussion and potential direction to staff regarding policies, procedures and ordinances related to acts of vagrancy. (For Possible Action)

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Department:City Manager's OfficeSponsors:
Category:Presentation

Meeting History

Aug 23, 2017 12:00 PM Video Reno City Council & Redevelopment Agency Board Joint Regular

COUNCIL MEMBER BOBZIEN PRESENT AT 3:29 P.M.

Bill Thomas, Assistant City Manager, provided an overview of the process and the rationale for the proposed policies and procedures.

Jason Soto, Chief of Police, discussed implementation issues associated with the plan.

COUNCIL MEMBER BOBZIEN ABSENT AT 3:48 P.M.

Brian Sooudi, Deputy City Attorney, discussed the proposed ordinance amendments.

The Mayor called for public comment.

City Clerk Turney stated that correspondence in opposition to the ordinance amendments was received from: 1) Holly Welborn, Policy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada; and 2) Hilair Chism, hilair@mac.com.

Jeff Gorelick, 655 Juniper Hill, discussed his support for the prowling and sleeping on private property provisions.

Darrell Clifton, President of the Regional Alliance for Downtown (RAD), discussed their support for the proposed anti-vagrancy laws.

Augustin Jorguez, 12 South Patterson Place, stated his opposition to the proposed vagrancy laws.

The following individuals spoke in support of the proposed laws: 1) Brian Raydon (online public comment); 2) Cindy Carano, 2205 South Arlington Avenue #3; 3) Landon D. Mack, 300 North Virginia Street; 4) Par Tolles, 201 West Liberty, LLC; 5) Tim Carter, 1215 South Virginia Street; and 6) Lee Dillard, representing Harrah's Reno.

Rick Murdock, representing Eldorado Resorts, presented a Public Comment Form in support of the anti-vagrancy laws, but did not wish to speak.

Online public comment in favor of the proposed vagrancy laws was received from: 1) Renee Kirk; 2) Marlene Olsen; 3) Yezenia Poulsen; 4) Katherine Stuart; 5) Ivan Birovljev; and 6) Cynthia Clay.

Online public comment in opposition was received from: 1) Craig Newton; 2) Joseph Hubbard; 3) Ami Harris; 4) Bailey Watkins; 5) Misty Grimm; 6) Donald York Evans; 7) Holly Welborn; and 8) Chism Hiliar.

Discussion ensued regarding the extensive outreach and analysis that went into the proposed ordinances; resources available to the homeless population; importance of making downtown Reno safe and clean; safety and enforcement issues; and support for the community homeless services and programs.

Mr. Thomas said that staff will return with the ordinances in September 2017.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THIS ITEM.