Ladies and gentlemen, we have a showdown.

Culinary Local 226 on Thursday turned in more than 14,000 petition signatures challenging a new Las Vegas city hall and the city’s redevelopment plan, more than three times the 4,500 signatures that were needed.

Mayor Oscar Goodman, meanwhile, suggested the ballot measures for the June election, even if voter-approved, might not stop the new city hall plans. He contends there’s effectively a contract between the city and the would-be developers, Forest City and LiveWork Las Vegas.

The Culinary union expanded its challenge to a new Las Vegas city hall Tuesday and announced a signature drive for ballot measures that could radically alter, or upend, the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts.
Culinary leaders said they’re worried about the city’s push to finance a multi-million dollar project at a time when the city is trying to cut costs to make ends meet. They also said redevelopment incentives for downtown projects divert money from other public needs.

On December 1, the 9th circuit issued its opinion in Dietrich v John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 06-17135. The issue was whether petitioning should still be allowed on public sidewalks, when a private organization has rented a public square that abuts those public sidewalks.

A federal judge on Monday threw out Nevada’s initiative petition requirements that attempted to compensate for different population sizes in urban and rural counties.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro in Las Vegas said the rules are unconstitutional and ordered Secretary of State Ross Miller not to enforce them.

Secretary of State Ross Miller on Thursday rejected a challenge to Sharron Angle’s initiative petition to cap property tax rates, sending it to the November general election.

The constitutional amendment, which would limit annual property tax increases to 2 percent per year on all property, faced a challenge from the state teachers union aimed at keeping it off the ballot.

A citizen initiative designed to limit sprawl around Reno appears headed for the November ballot.

Supporters on Friday turned in petitions with more than 28,000 signatures _ about 10,000 more than the 18,093 signatures required to qualify the measure for the ballot.

If approved, the initiative would require growth in Washoe County to be based on sustainable water resources within the county and would ban the importation of water from outside the county.

Officials said it would be the first binding question on growth limits to appear on a county ballot.

After two failed attempts, former assemblywoman Sharron Angle said Tuesday she filed enough signatures to qualify her property tax reform initiative for the Nov. 4 ballot.

Angle could not give a solid number for the signatures she turned in to 17 county clerks but said it is more than the required 58,628.

“We’re over the minimum,” she said. “We have a cushion in every county.”

Angle, who’s opposing state Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, in the Aug. 12 Republican primary, was the only petition organizer to submit signatures Tuesday.

Russ Stevens walks out of the North Las Vegas DMV office and is approached by a woman asking him to sign a petition in favor of raising casino taxes to benefit teachers and schools.

Suddenly, a young man descends on them, yelling.

Say no to the tax grab!

Think before you ink!

Just say no!

Confused, Stevens trudges off, leaving Andrea Grefrath without a signature.

The Nevada Supreme Court today announced it will conduct a hearing July 1 to determine whether a petition to increase the gaming tax should go on the November election ballot.

Chief Justice Mark Gibbons set the tentative date to hear the Nevada Resort Association’s appeal of a lower court decision that has allowed the Nevada State Education Association to circulate the petitions.

“Nevada voters have a right to cast their ballots on appropriate matters and the Supreme Court will do whatever it can to prevent unnecessary delays,” Gibbons said.

When Oregon voters approved Measure 37 three years ago, they sparked similar movements in other states.