December 30, 2019
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December 19, 2019
By Richard N. Velotta Las Vegas Review-Journal
The last time Bob Maricich, president and CEO of International Market Centers, talked publicly about the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, it was, at that point, the hottest day of the year, in July.
On Thursday, Maricich was at it again on one of the coldest days of the year as contractors Marnell Cos. and the Penta Building... Read More
October 17, 2019
August 29, 2019
by Doug Puppel
Las Vegas has enjoyed a remarkable economic comeback in the decade since the end of the Great Recession.
In the last 10 years, unemployment has fallen from 12 percent to below 5 percent, and the Southern Nevada workforce has grown by more than a quarter-million people.
One area that has not shared in the comeback is Ward 5 in the city of Las Vegas. It... Read More
August 28, 2019
This young man Samuel Thomas saw me on TV, his mom was watching KCLV, and thought I seemed like a good guy. He researched me and found out I attended Bishop Gorman and Howard University and played tennis. He dug deeper and also learned more of my history and what I do. Soon after, Sam emailed me saying he really admired and looked up to me. I was beyond humbled. I invited him to spend the day... Read More
August 22, 2019
July 29, 2019
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The historic Hotel Apache is officially back open for business at Binion's Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas.
The original hotel opened in 1932.
The new boutique hotel features 81 rooms styled like they were in the 1930s.
Guests will be able to check in at the original registration desk on the casino floor and use the first ever electronic elevator in... Read More
July 24, 2019
July 3, 2019
3-COUNCIL OATH: Councilman Cedric Crear was declared the winner in the Ward 5 primary race. We’ll take you to his swearing in ceremony and hear from him directly as to why this elected position is so important to him and the city where he grew up.
July 3, 2019
By Dana Gentry, Nevada Current
A City of Las Vegas councilman is suggesting housing developers be required to include affordable (perhaps even low-income) units in exchange for the privilege of doing business.
Councilman Cedric Crear on Wednesday commended city staff for recent redevelopment efforts, which focus largely on hospitality, entertainment, sports and high-end... Read More
July 2, 2019
By Mia Sims Las Vegas Review-Journal
Carmen Beals of Summerlin has a love for Las Vegas deeply rooted in the heart of the Historic Westside, she said. She and her husband moved to the area to help it grow in a cultural way, she said.
“My husband grew up here,” Beals said. “We want to do our part. We have a voice. We have a rich history here and we helped build the city to what it... Read More
June 23, 2019
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Scheduled to open in 2021, construction on a new 290-unit multifamily community located in Symphony Park in downtown began last week with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Aspen Heights Partners and Canyon Partners Real Estate announced in a release that the three-to-five story development is among the first residential projects to break ground at the new 61-acre Symphony... Read More
June 14, 2019
June 6, 2019
June 4, 2019
The road leading into Las Vegas’ Historic Westside is being upgraded beginning Tuesday, in a project to include new fences, medians and stone signs that’s expected to last two weeks, officials said.
Construction crews are expected to perform roadwork on F Street between the D Street connector and McWilliams Avenue between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, resulting in that stretch of... Read More
May 7, 2019
March 7, 2019
February 23, 2019
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Doesn't look like much now. However, the City of Las Vegas is hoping a plot of land bordered by Grand Central Parkway and Symphony Park Drive will become a boutique, upscale $95 million dollar non-gaming Marriott hotel.
The City Council approved the deal Wednesday with the development company Jackson-Shaw, based in Dallas.
Symphony Park is in Councilman Cedric... Read More
February 22, 2019
A new Marriott convention hotel for Symphony Park has been approved by Las Vegas leaders, drawing a $95 million investment to an integral downtown development with the promise of jobs.
The AC Hotel by Marriott, or a “comparable brand,” will be built on the corner of Grand Central Parkway and Symphony Park Avenue, just west of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and across from the... Read More
February 8, 2019
February 7, 2019
Celebrate Black History with events happening throughout the month. City Councilman Cedric Crear of Ward 5 highlights some of the amazing events taking place and gives a touching account of his background in our city.
February 3, 2019
The city of Las Vegas plans to hold open about 85 nonessential positions to save $10 million — and dodge the kind of sweeping layoffs that struck the city a decade ago — in preparation for the next economic downturn.
The managed hiring freeze was borne last spring by a simple objective, according to Chief Financial Officer Gary Ameling: “The realization that we did not want to get in... Read More
February 2, 2019
LAS VEGAS - Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing Ward 5. Across the city, unemployment stands at 5 percent. However, it rose to 15 percent in Ward 5.
"The days of just putting up two pieces of plywood and sheet metal and putting some paint on it are long gone," said Ward 5 City Councilman Cedric Crear.
Councilman Crear wants nothing less than the best in his... Read More
May 2, 2018
By Jamie Munks / Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas moved one step closer Wednesday to getting its own art museum, slated to be built just east of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
The Las Vegas City Council OK’d Wednesday extending an agreement into 2019 with the nonprofit group behind the museum, setting a fundraising goal for twice what the city has put into it.... Read More
April 18, 2018
April 12, 2018
by Kristy Totten
The City of Las Vegas held a special election March 27 to replace Ricki Barlow.
The former councilman resigned in January and pleaded guilty in February to a felony charge of misusing campaign funds.
This month, Cedric Crear will take office.
He’s a former regent with the Nevada System of Higher Education, and he was also a planning commissioner... Read More
April 10, 2018
LAS VEGAS - This week on Politics Now: A low turnout in the Las Vegas Ward 5 special election, District Attorney candidate Robert Langford sits down for an interview, dozens of opioid-related bills in congress and Ken Starr tells us about investigating the president.
April 9, 2018
By Jamie Munks / Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cedric Crear bested 10 other candidates in Tuesday’s Las Vegas City Council special election to become the first new Ward 5 representative on the council in more than a decade by earning 627 votes, according to an unofficial tally.
Crear, a Nevada System of Higher Education regent and a Las Vegas planning commissioner, has been a known... Read More
March 30, 2018
Following his election to the Las Vegas City Council Ward 5 seat in Tuesday’s Special Election, Councilman-Elect Cedric Crear thanked his team, and all his supporters, while vowing to protect and improve neighborhoods.
“I’m humbled that the people responded to my plan to elevate Ward 5,” said Crear. “At the same time, I want to spend the next year winning the respect and trust of the... Read More
February 13, 2018
(Las Vegas, NV) Nevada University Regent and Las Vegas Planning Commissioner Cedric Crear today filed his formal candidacy documents for the Las Vegas Ward 5 Special Election to fill the vacancy created on the City Council by the resignation of Ricki Barlow.
“It has been an honor to represent the constituents and I’m excited about the opportunity of continuing that service,” Crear said... Read More
June 6, 2017
LAS VEGAS -- One of the oldest communities in the Las Vegas valley has seen many changes and experienced a decline since its glory days during the last century.
Even so, historic west Las Vegas is still home to many people who love it.
Located in the present day in a central portion of the valley, its name stems from when it was west of the railroad tracks in the... Read More
March 27, 2017
UNLV officials react to the news that the Oakland Raiders will be relocating to Las Vegas after NFL owners voted 31-1 Monday in favor of the move.
UNLV president Len Jessup
“UNLV and the entire Rebel family welcome the Oakland Raiders to... Read More
February 23, 2017
February 15, 2017
The Las Vegas Planning Commission voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of a proposal to put a 61-lot subdivision on part of the closed Badlands golf course.
The proposal will be heard by the City Council in March. Developer EHB Cos. wants to put single-family homes on 61 lots across 34 acres on the shuttered course at the corner of Hualapai Way and Alta Drive.
A twist of fate and city... Read More
October 19, 2016
A divided Las Vegas Planning Commission on Tuesday night approved a fraction of the more than 2,500 housing units proposed for the Badlands Golf Course after a marathon special meeting on the project.
A crowd of roughly 200 people, the majority of whom opposed... Read More
August 21, 2016
Michael Davis has spent years juggling odd jobs while inching toward a college degree.
He’s worked as a security guard on the Strip, a retail worker at Old Navy, a custodian for the Clark County School District.
But Davis, 23, is anxious to start a career, and with the help of a new mentor, he finally has a plan. In two years, he’ll graduate from the College of Southern Nevada.... Read More
August 25, 2015
STATELINE — Nevada’s higher education board is weighing a proposal to change the way it oversees some of the state’s schools, a suggestion met with a mix of skepticism and support during a special meeting Thursday.
Under the plan, proposed by Board of Regents Chairman Rick Trachok, the state’s two universities and its Henderson-based state college would each be overseen by a committee... Read More
June 3, 2015
Las Vegas leaders on Wednesday filled the gaps left in April by a pair of longtime planning commissioners who were controversially ousted.
Former commissioners Ric Truesdell and Byron Goynes — who, combined, have served nearly 30 years on the panel — will give way to Cedric Crear and Sam Cherry next month.
Crear, who serves on the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of... Read More
August 18, 2013
Cedric Crear was working as chief marketing officer for a financial services company about eight years ago when he came to a life-changing conclusion.
“I said to myself, ‘I think I can do my own thing,’” Crear recalled.
That own thing was starting an advertising agency called Crear Creative Group, which he launched out of his house in 2006. He took out a loan, expanded his small... Read More
November 7, 2012
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Three incumbents and one newcomer have won seats on the Nevada Board of Regents.
Regents Cedric Crear of Las Vegas, Ron Knecht of Carson City and Andrea Anderson of Boulder City all cruised to re-election Tuesday. Allison Stephens of Las Vegas defeated Stavan Corbett for an open seat in District 4.
Crear was victorious over Jeff Eggeman, Knecht... Read More
November 6, 2012
The Clark County School Board retained much of the same look after Tuesday's election with all three contested incumbents re-elected for another four years.
School Board President Linda Young was unopposed for the District C spot in the north-central Las Vegas valley.
Incumbent Deanna Wright – a homemaker who came in second in the June primaries – rallied back, maintaining her... Read More