September 21, 2021
Fresh Food Growing Operation Will Bring Locally Grown Produce and Jobs to James Gay Park
Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 21, 2021) – Las Vegas’ Historic Westside is about to become the first neighborhood in the city to have a community-based urban agriculture farming facility thanks to a $500,000 philanthropic contribution from MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to the city... Read More
September 6, 2021
Las Vegas received good news last week when the city was awarded a $50,000 grant to conduct research on the Historic Westside neighborhood.
The goal of the research is to identify buildings and properties in the neighborhood that could be added to the National Register of Historic Places and to the city register for historic properties. This would establish protections for those... Read More
September 2, 2021
By Cedric Crear
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 | 2 a.m.
Editor’s note: Following a longstanding tradition, Brian Greenspun turned over his Where I Stand column to others in August. Today, we continue to present columns submitted by those guests. In presenting this year’s series of columns from community leaders, we feel it is important that our readers, trying to emerge from the ravages... Read More
July 20, 2021
June 17, 2021
From his office at Las Vegas City Hall, Councilman Cedric Crear watched on television as President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth bill. It creates a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
June 15, 2021
June 2, 2021
By Shea Johnson Las Vegas Review-Journal
The College of Southern Nevada’s two-year sublease of office space at the Historic Westside School at first glance appears to be a relatively ordinary development.
But the deal approved Wednesday by the Las Vegas City Council is merely the predecessor to a bigger piece: the Westside Workforce Education and Training Center.
Backed by... Read More
May 6, 2021
Two years ago, two high-traffic intersections in the Historic Westside were upgraded to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow. City of Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear was a strong advocate for both of these projects and has many other plans for upgrades in Ward 5. Watch the video below to hear what he has to say about how the upgrades have improved the roadway experience in the area and... Read More
April 29, 2021
Clark County students planted trees ahead of Arbor Day on April 30.
April 23, 2021
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — It's Friday morning and much of downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park is buzzing with construction. Its 61 acres, the site of the former train yard that gave birth to Las Vegas, has been touted and marketed by the City of Las Vegas for years as a prime spot for downtown renewal.
We see lots of building, all in Councilman Cedric Crear's ward.
“We're booming,” Crear... Read More
April 23, 2021
by Doug Puppel
Southern Nevada has a state museum, a county museum, a children's museum, a natural history museum, a Mob Museum, and a Neon Museum.
What it doesn't... Read More
April 14, 2021
April 10, 2021
By Jonathan Ng
Las Vegas Review-Journal
A new expo center in downtown Las Vegas is officially open for business, marking a first step toward recovery after conventions and trade shows came to a halt last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday afternoon, local elected officials and International Market Centers leaders held aribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand... Read More
March 12, 2021
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Cedric Crear, the current Las Vegas City Councilman for Ward five, has announced he's running for mayor in 2024.
Crear was born and raised in Las Vegas and would be the first native born mayor if elected.
Crear's career in the public sector spans decades. He served on the board of regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education, and transitioned to the Las... Read More
March 12, 2021
By Shea Johnson Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear said Thursday he is running to become the next mayor in three years, launching a fundraising campaign for one of the highest-profile elected seats in Nevada.
“As a Las Vegas native, born and raised in the Historic Westside, it would be an honor and a privilege to lead the greatest city in America,” he... Read More
March 11, 2021
By Ricardo Torres-Cortez
Thu, Mar 11, 2021 (8 p.m.)
Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear wants to be the next mayor.
Crear, who represents Ward 5 — home to the historic West Las Vegas neighborhood where he still lives in his childhood home — launched his mayoral campaign Thursday afternoon.
“I want to continue to serve, not only my ward, but continue to serve the... Read More
March 8, 2021
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The City of Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Transportation will close eight city streets near downtown from Mar. 8 through Apr. 12 to prepare for the possible Downtown Access Project.
"These street closures draw attention to proposed permanent closures," state transportation officials said Monday afternoon. "The temporary street closures include 7th, 8th, 10th... Read More
March 2, 2021
In this episode of No Laughing Matter with Cuba Pete, he is visited by Councilman Cedric Crear, whose ward includes many of Las Vegas’ most underserved residents. We will discuss the unique medical and social needs of his ward’s high risk residents and his plan to promote positive change. Councilman Crear and our host share a similar determination to be “change leaders” that place a greater... Read More
February 28, 2021
By Shea Johnson Las Vegas Review-Journal
For decades, the Historic Westside has felt the effects of disinvestment.
In this predominantly Black neighborhood near downtown Las Vegas, households earn less than half of the citywide median income, the vast majority of its roughly 3,700 residents rent their homes and unemployment is typically two to three times higher than in Las Vegas... Read More
February 2, 2021
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Officials across Clark County are planning pop-up vaccination clinics in communities of color to help more minorities access the COVID-19 vaccine.
The latest numbers from the Southern Nevada Health District show a disparity in vaccinations that do not reflect local demographics. While more than 32% of white people received the vaccine, 10.5% were Latino and 4.75%... Read More
February 1, 2021
By Ray Brewer | Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear was getting gas at the station on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bonanza Road last week when a somewhat familiar face pulled up.
Crear couldn’t recall his name, even seeing the man’s Las Vegas Convention Center work shirt, and quickly tried to recall where they had met.
“The guy gets out of his car and... Read More
January 27, 2021
By Shea Johnson | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Cedric Crear has a particularly close connection to some of the city of Las Vegas’ longtime leaders in the historically Black westside neighborhood that he now represents on the City Council.
He was baptized by Rev. Marion Bennett, attended an elementary school named after Mabel Hoggard, learned to swim from Charles Kellar, and can trace... Read More
January 20, 2021
Monument signs to be installed near U.S. 95 & MLK
January 14, 2021
By Mary Hynes Las Vegas Review-Journal
The largest COVID-19 vaccination site in the state will officially open Friday to members of the public — at least those who were able to make appointments on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website before it crashed.
The vaccination site at Cashman Center in Las Vegas had what was described as a by-invitation-only soft launch Thursday... Read More
January 1, 2021
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Joe Neal, Nevada’s first African American State Senator, has died. According to family, he passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 85, after battling a long illness.
Neal served in the Nevada State Legislature for more than three decades and was known as a fighter for the less fortunate and a champion for social justice. Those who knew and admired him say,... Read More
December 28, 2020
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Dec. 28, 2020 | For Immediate Release
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Installation Set For New Historic Westside Monument Signs On
Martin L. King Boulevard At U.S. 95 Off-Ramps
Single Lane... Read More
December 23, 2020
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Former Las Vegas Mayor and businessman Ron Lurie has died, city Councilman Cedric Crear said Wednesday. He was 79.
"Sad to hear of the passing of former LV Councilman & Mayor Ron Lurie," Crear tweeted. "I am blessed to have spent quality time [with] him over the years."
Lurie served as mayor of the city of Las Vegas from 1987 to 1991 after winning a... Read More
November 25, 2020
October 22, 2020
October 21, 2020
Thank You South Academic Center
Yesterday at city council I was very surprised to be presented with a thank you plaque by Ms. Janet Hurd and Principal Dr. Anthony Marentic of South Academic Center.
South Academic Center is designed to provide quality instruction to students in grades six through twelve who have been temporarily assigned from other schools throughout the Clark... Read More
September 17, 2020
By Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal
For the first time since arriving at The Neon Museum Boneyard, the iconic Moulin Rouge sign has been brought to life again.
The monumental Moulin Rouge letters, weighing in at as much as 1,200 pounds, have been rearranged to more accurately portray how the sign was originally displayed in 1955.
In total, it took 293 hours and 832... Read More
August 26, 2020
By Jennifer Bradley - JB Public Relations
Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world, today announced that, through its ongoing partnership with the City of Las Vegas, it will build a new informational digital advertising sign, or Parquee®, created specifically to promote the legacy and heart of the city’s historic Westside.... Read More
August 6, 2020
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas was once known as the “Mississippi of the West” for its racist and segregationist policies.
Red-lining was rampant starting in the 1920s, with the city only allowing African Americans to live and own businesses on the west side of the Union Pacific train tracks.
Even with segregation as the law of the land, the community was vibrant and progressive -... Read More
June 20, 2020
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than 50 people rode their bikes down The Strip hoping to bring awareness to the injustices against the Black community.
Councilman Cedric Crear joined them, saying positive changes will come from protests like this.
“Our community is hurting, and we want those to know about it,” said Councilman Crear. “I’m a native, Vegas born. A lot of these people are... Read More
June 19, 2020
By Christopher Lawrence Las Vegas Review-Journal
As much as we love our dads, Father’s Day has always been an afterthought.
Mom gets a day filled with brunches and flowers and fawning. Dad’s lucky if he gets a tie and a couple of minutes of alone time.
Father’s Day wasn’t even officially recognized as a permanent national holiday until 1972 — some 58 years after... Read More
June 5, 2020
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Friday night marked the 9th consecutive evening of gatherings and protests in Las Vegas after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
And up to 4,000 people gathered in a Las Vegas park to protest against police brutality and equal rights.
The group also held a vigil for those killed at the hands of the police.
It was peaceful and orderly. A variety of... Read More
May 10, 2020
April 13, 2020
April 7, 2020
Cedric Crear Ward 5 City Councilman talks to the guys about what he's doing and his take on measures to combat the Coronavirus.
March 29, 2020
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Dean sat on the corner of Foremaster in Downtown Las Vegas, his heart heavy with the news of a man at Catholic Charities testing positive for the Coronavirus.
"I wish someone would do something to help us," he said with tears in his eyes.
Like so many on the streets, Dean, 79, depends on the shelter at Catholic Charities for a place to sleep.
But when... Read More
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