Meet some small business owners who support – and offer – paid sick leave

Forty percent of the Nevada private sector workforce — nearly a half million people — have jobs that offer no paid sick days, according to a estimates released this month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In 2017, when legislators approved a paid sick leave bill, Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed it saying it would be a “substantial cost to businesses, particularly small businesses.”

On Thursday, several small business owners met at Legends Restaurant & Venue to speak in support of state legislation to provide earned paid sick days to private sector workers. The group met in coordination with Time to Care Nevada, a statewide coalition of organizations that have called for Nevada to establish paid sick leave policy.

Noting the prominence of the hospitality industry in the state’s economy, “the public health implications of a lack of paid sick days represent a significant hurdle to a stronger economy,” said Natalie Hernandez, speaking for Main Street Alliance, a national organization of over 30,000 small business owners who advocate for progressive policy.

Resultados reñidos en las elecciones municipales

La noche del martes 2 de abril se dio a conocer los resultados de las elecciones primarias municipales de Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas y Boulder City. Una de las contiendas más reñidas se suscitó en el Distrito 3 de Las Vegas, donde el resultado fue favorable para Olivia Díaz y Melissa Clary, quienes se enfrentarán en la elección general para concejal, el próximo 11 de junio.

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La candidata Olivia Díaz obtuvo el primer lugar de la contienda para concejal por el Distrito 3 al conseguir el 33.1% de los votos, seguida de Melissa Clary con el 28.3%. Pese a perder la posibilidad de avanzar a la elección general por solo cinco votos, el ex-congresista Rubén Kihuen (28.1%) –a través de su asesor de campaña- declaró a Las Vegas Review-Journal que no buscaría el recuento de votos y reconoció el triunfo de sus oponentes.

Diaz, Clary in Ward 3 runoff as Kihuen falls short by 5 votes


Former Rep. Ruben Kihuen lost his bid for Las Vegas City Council by just five votes on Tuesday, as a former assemblywoman and a federal project manager will advance to a runoff in June for the Ward 3 post.

Olivia Diaz was the top vote-getter, at 33 percent, with Melissa Clary close behind at 28 percent. Clary earned 866 votes to Kihuen’s third-place finish with 861.

Diaz said it was “overwhelmingly surprising” to hit the 33 percent threshold, adding that the support “makes me want to work harder.”

“Whether you are 9 months old or 96 years young, I want to be the person making our communities vibrant,” she said. “I want to be that person improving the quality of life.”

Democrats Promise Immigration Reform at Forum

Less than a year before the U.S presidential primary election in 2020, a host of Democratic candidates said at a forum Friday that if elected they would overturn the Trump administration’s policies on immigration and both expand and restore protections for immigrants.

Latino organizer less than impressed with presidential campaigns


Latinos make up about 20 percent of the voting electorate in Nevada and is a key voting bloc needed to win the state.

But Leo Murrieta, the Nevada director for the immigrant and workers’ rights organization Make the Road Action, was quoted Monday saying presidential candidates who visit Nevada aren’t spending enough time in the Latino community nor are they listening to their specific issues.

Mild tenant protections added at last-minute to eviction legislation

Last-minute amendments were added to Senate Bill 151 — legislation that previously passed both houses and slightly extends the time frame for evictions — which allows people to retrieve essential items such as medication, basic clothing and baby formula following an eviction, and puts late fees for unpaid rent at 5 percent.

The move comes after Senate Bill 256, which sought to enhance tenant rights, died in early May.

Nevada’s Congressional Team Celebrates Immigration Bill

Three members of Nevada’s congressional delegation gathered Friday with immigration advocates and community members in Las Vegas to celebrate the House’s recent passage of a bill to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants with temporary or deferred status.

Although the measure is unlikely to see the Senate floor or gain presidential approval, Democratic Reps. Dina Titus, Steven Horsford and Susie Lee said the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 is a victory for Nevadans.

Latino organizer less than impressed with presidential campaigns


Latinos make up about 20 percent of the voting electorate in Nevada and is a key voting bloc needed to win the state.

But Leo Murrieta, the Nevada director for the immigrant and workers’ rights organization Make the Road Action, was quoted Monday saying presidential candidates who visit Nevada aren’t spending enough time in the Latino community nor are they listening to their specific issues.

$15 was never on the table

Even with Gov. Steve Sisolak signing legislation to increase the minimum wage and mandate that certain businesses provide paid sick leave, workers’ rights activists say the fight to improve the economic well-being of Nevadans is far from over.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but it’s not a big enough step,” said Erika Washington, the Nevada director of Make it Work. “It’s not going to help enough folks, give them enough breathing room or help them live their version of the American dream.”

Washington says Assembly Bill 456, which increases the wage, and Senate Bill 312, which mandates paid sick leave “shows folks we can move the needle, but we just need to push a little bit harder.”

The push resumes Friday when a Fight for $15 strike focused on raising the federal minimum wage is planned around the country, including in Southern Nevada.

State opens up occupational licensing to non-citizens

One of several bills Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law this month allows any individual regardless of immigration or citizenship status to apply for a state occupational license.

From mammography technicians to court interpreters to dental hygienists, a number of careers in Nevada require people to get professional licenses issued by the state.

The bill, AB275, amends the Nevada Administrative Code by removing any reference to United States citizenship from state licensing requirements and allows applicants to use a taxpayer identification number as an alternative to a Social Security Number. It goes into effect on July 1, 2019.

Harris: Trump is “coward” on immigration, “the arches are falling short” on minimum wage


California Sen. Kamala Harris called President Donald Trump a “coward” on Saturday for his handling of immigration, especially his handling of family separations at the border.

“That’s not border security,” the presidential contender said in answering a veteran’s question at an organizing event at the Doolittle Community Center in Las Vegas. “That is a human rights abuse being committed.”

A Public Call to Congress: It’s Time to Hold Hearings on Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Control Board

Over 60 organizations today released a letter to the United States Senate urging oversight of Puerto Rico’s Financial Management and Oversight Board (FOMB) before the Senate votes on the members President Trump has nominated.

The letter, submitted by groups including the Center for Popular Democracy, 32BJ SEIU, LatinoJustice, PRLDEF, Diaspora en Resistencia, and Boricuas Unidos en La Diáspora, among many others who represent the interests of hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the United States who have been directly affected by Puerto Rico’s economic and humanitarian crises. The letter raises concerns about the role that the FOMB has played on the recovery of the island. The FOMB was created to oversee a process for Puerto Rico to regain access to the capital markets, yet in reality, it has seized control over public finances and exerted its power over local budgetary decision making, hurting hundreds of thousands on the island and throughout the diaspora.

Signers encourage the Senate to hold a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to properly investigate the conflicts of interest on the body and the level of accountability and transparency achieved by the public agency. They note a series of offenses the FOMB carried out, including: deregulation of labor rights, significant budget cuts in education and pensions, and electric bill hikes.

Comunidad inmigrante de Nevada, cautelosa, ante cambiantes amenazas de deportaciones por parte de Trump

Las bancas de madera y el altar sencillo de la iglesia First African Methodist Episcopal al Norte de Las Vegas sirvieron como marco este sábado para una jornada informativa organizada por la Coalición de Inmigrantes de Nevada (NIC) para que el público sepa cómo proceder en caso de resultar afectados por una medida que dio a conocer Trump este 17 de junio en sus redes sociales.

LatinX Voters Will be a Core 2020 Voting Bloc. Are Democrats Paying Enough Attention?

Democrats running for president are awakening to the reality that Latinx voters, poised to become the largest nonwhite eligible voting bloc in 2020, are crucial to their chances of winning the presidency. The desire to connect with Latinx voters was apparent in this week’s presidential debates, when several contenders made a direct appeal to the growing electorate by answering questions in Spanish on the national stage. The Democrats’ recognition of the importance of Latinx voters extends beyond the meme-like performances in Miami, though — in a number of campaigns, outreach to this community of 29 million people has become a core part of strategy.