• Cedric being interviewed


June 3, 2024

I am deeply honored and grateful for the endorsement of the incredibly talented and multifaceted @tonibraxtonofficial in my campaign for Mayor of Las Vegas. 

Toni, your support means the world to me and our community. Your exceptional career and unwavering dedication to uplifting others are truly inspiring. Thank... Read More

May 31, 2024

The decision is simple, Cedric Crear is the only candidate standing with neighbors. 

Cedric will not allow greedy developers to take advantage of our beloved community, and he is committed to protecting our neighborhoods from overdevelopment. Together, we can make a difference and allow our city to thrive, but he needs YOUR vote!

May 15, 2024

by Mingson Lau
Las Vegas News 3

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The Goodman Dynasty is over.

The Mayor of Las Vegas is limited to three four-year terms. Oscar Goodman reached his term limit in 2011.

His successor and wife, Carolyn Goodman, will reach her term limit this year... Read More

May 1, 2024

A new job training center in the Historic Westside is set to be completed in August 2025, a Las Vegas city official said Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt

By Taylor R. Avery
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A new job training center in the Historic Westside is set to be completed in August 2025, a Las Vegas city official said Wednesday.

Construction on the... Read More

March 29, 2024

News 3
by News 3 Staff

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A new educational institution is working to improve the lives of troubled young people in the community.

Councilman Cedric Crear visited Mission High, Las Vegas's only... Read More

March 22, 2024

Fox 5 Vegas

"Work-life balance" is the goal for the new housing units.

March 4, 2024

Exciting news! We've reached a significant milestone as I have officially filed to run for Mayor of Las Vegas. I am proud to kick off this journey with the launch of my campaign's first video ad, "Vegas Born Mayor". The prospect of becoming the very first Mayor born and raised in this vibrant city fills me with determination, as I'm committed to shaping its future and serving its people. Let's... Read More

February 27, 2024

A rendering of the new West Las Vegas Library, opening in 2025.

Nevada Public Radio
By Kristen DeSilva

Hundreds of people usually don’t turn out at a ceremony announcing a new library, but that was the case in the Historic Westside Tuesday. Officials broke ground on the new West Las Vegas Library,... Read More

February 27, 2024


KTNV Las Vegas
By Isabella Martin

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Amidst dirt and rocks, the groundbreaking celebration for the new West Las Vegas Library marked the beginning of a transformative venture on Tuesday.

"It's been in the works for almost ten... Read More

February 15, 2024


KTNV Las Vegas
by Justin Hinton

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's an area rich with history and culture — and one where community needs have largely been ignored until recent years.

We're talking about Las Vegas' Historic... Read More

February 12, 2024

CBS Sports

Usher sits down with Nate Burleson to talk about putting together the perfect setlist and the history of Black performers in Vegas.

February 1, 2024

by: Lauren Negrete
8 News Now

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Pet owners in Las Vegas, the clock is ticking to microchip your furry friends.

... Read More

January 25, 2024

Invited dignitaries throw some shovels of dirt as confetti flutters about during the AC/Element Symphony Park Hotel groundbreaking event hosted by JacksonShaw on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_Images

By Sean Hemmersmeier
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Symphony Park is one step closer to getting a nonsmoking and nongaming hotel concept open.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the 441-room hotel concept that will... Read More

January 11, 2024

KLAS Las Vegas
by Mary Jane Belleza, Stephanie Overton

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Councilman Cedric Crear made his roots in the Historic Westside. His father John Crear was the second black doctor in Nevada and the councilman is proud to honor his family and hometown... Read More

December 20, 2023

In this episode, the Discover Las Vegas podcast talks with Head Coach Kenneth Blakeney and Player Shy Odom from Howard University and Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear.

December 20, 2023

Ward 5 City Councilman Cedric Crear assists Thumpa Claus with Barbies, clothes and other fun toys.

Jammin' 1057
by Gianni Giancola

December is the month known for spreading holiday cheer, taking photos with Santa and sipping on hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Las Vegas Is A Community That Gives

Las Vegas is a city... Read More

October 30, 2023


KTNV Las Vegas
by Bryan Horwath

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Tina Gadley lives down the street from Mario's Westside Market and has been shopping at the business for about a decade.

She wanted to stop down to the new Mario's location —... Read More

October 19, 2023

Getty Images - Las Vegas dog and cat owners will soon be required to microchip their pets.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Ricardo Torres-Cortez

City OK’s measure to begin in August

Las Vegas dog and cat owners will be required to microchip their pets starting next August. The City Council voted unanimously on... Read More

October 17, 2023

News 3 Las Vegas
By News 3 Staff

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A very special guest joined some of our local lawmakers at City Hall on Tuesday.

Usher was honored for his efforts in the community, his 'My Way' residency, and for his upcoming performance with the... Read More

September 8, 2023

8 News Now
by: Madison Kimbro

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A celebration on the historic westside took place Friday afternoon as the City of Las Vegas completed the Jackson Avenue street project.

The project focuses primarily between H and C streets... Read More

August 1, 2023

"I have been working on this since the first day I walked into office. Our new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) will offer medical care to our citizens most in need, our homeless population and is located right at the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center. The Recuperative Care Center, The Courtyard, 5 additional MORE Teams on the streets and now The FQHC all round out the plan I have... Read More

June 3, 2023

by News 3 Staff

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Local African American trailblazers are being recognized for their lasting impact across the state.

The Las Vegas community honored the third group of honorees at the Historic Westside Legacy Park on Saturday,

City Councilman... Read More

May 5, 2023

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Paul Pearson

There’s a new place in central Las Vegas for people find something to read.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District announced Thursday that it has placed a new library... Read More

April 19, 2023

Fox 5 Vegas video screenshot

Fox 5 Vegas
By Mike Allen

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The Historic Urban Neighborhood Design Redevelopment (HUNDRED) Plan, first adopted by the City of Las Vegas in 2016, has been taken up by Councilman Cedric Crear.

Crear, who Tuesday celebrated five... Read More

April 13, 2023

Urban Farm Inaugural Harvest - Historic Westside

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Ricardo Torres-Cortez

The Historic Westside’s urban farm’s inaugural harvest is just about ready to be distributed to those in the community experiencing food insecurity — in many cases for free.

The city... Read More

February 24, 2023

Cedric speaks to Fox 5 Vegas about the Historic Westside project

Fox 5 Vegas

By Regina Ahn

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The Historic Westside, a community that was founded in 1905 and more commonly referred to as “west of the railroad tracks.”

Councilman Cedric Crear talks about the history, “they decided to... Read More

February 23, 2023

News 3 LV

By Andrew Nomura

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The oldest standing school in the valley is turning 100 years old this year. The historic Westside School was one of the first schools to integrate this side of the Mississippi River.

The... Read More

February 20, 2023

Owners Jerome Harry, 53, from left, Ryan Brown, 36, and Sherri Lewis, 56, opened Classic Jewel in June 2015 in downtown Las Vegas.

Black-owned downtown lounge becomes vital spot for community

Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Sabrina Schnur

A lounge at the base of a downtown Las Vegas high rise has become a staple for tourists,... Read More

February 19, 2023

Twitter images show the proposed two-story library planned for the Historic Westside. The facility at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vegas Drive could open early in 2025.

Two-story project for Historic Westside

Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Ricardo Torres-Cortez

A “state of the art” library reminiscent of those at universities is coming to the Historic Westside.... Read More

February 17, 2023

News 3 LV

by Kay Dimanche

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Plans to open the first METRO Police substation on Fremont Street are in motion.

This space will house Deputy City Marshals, LVMPD Officers, and Fremont Street Experience security- they'll work as a team to combat... Read More

February 9, 2023

News3 Las Vegas

by News 3 Staff

Las Vegas (KSNV) — Downtown Las Vegas is officially home to a new restaurant that features an iconic sign.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman led the... Read More

February 2, 2023


KTNV Las Vegas
By Alyssa Bethencourt

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Over the years, Las Vegas has earned its fair share of nicknames, from "Sin City" to the "Entertainment Capital of the World." But it wasn't very long ago when it was widely referred to as the "Mississippi of the... Read More

January 30, 2023

Photo of Cedric at KNPR

Nevada Public Radio
By Christopher Alvarez

A few weeks ago, Mayor Carolyn Goodman talked about the coming year with all the excitement of a teenager.

The city has a lot planned for 2023: A growing medical district; a new CSN campus; downtown’s... Read More

January 20, 2023

James Gay Park, the future site of the Historic Westside Urban Farm in Las Vegas, is seen on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Ricardo Torres-Cortez

On first appearance, a pair of 40-foot shipping containers discreetly fenced in a shuttered Historic Westside park are quiet and unassuming.

But their December installation was... Read More

December 15, 2022

Cedric Crear stands with Mario Berlanga

Las Vegas Sun News
By Grace Da Rocha

Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear and his family have frequented Mario’s Westside Market, the independent grocery store on North Martin Luther King Boulevard, since it opened in 1997.

Some of the stops are for a... Read More

December 11, 2022

The Soho Lofts as seen in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)


The Nevada Independent
By Naoka Foreman

A new Historic Westside mixed-use project has garnered mixed responses from the area’s residents, who are skeptical after years of disinvestment in the neighborhood and plans not... Read More

December 8, 2022

Photo of the Historic Westside sign

Las Vegas Weekly
By Brock Radke

A Las Vegas City Council meeting approval on November 16 paved the way for what could be one of the most ambitious projects in the city’s recent history—an African-American museum and cultural center located in the Historic... Read More

December 5, 2022

Photo of Cedric and others breaking ground

8 News Now
By Stephanie Overton

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Improvements are coming to Las Vegas’ historic westside. On Monday morning, officials gathered to break ground on the Jackson Avenue street project. 

It will widen sidewalks,... Read More

October 25, 2022

Cedric Crear speaking on new construction in the Historic Westside

Click here for video.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A roughly $18 million project is the first ground-up construction project in several years coming to West Las Vegas. Las Vegas City Council approved to sell a corner property on Jefferson Avenue and D Street... Read More

October 25, 2022

More apartments coming to downtown, developer eyes Historic Westside

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With his newest apartment complex taking shape in downtown Las Vegas, developer Sam Cherry now wants to put up rentals in an area builders have long overlooked: the Historic Westside.

The Las Vegas City... Read More

October 19, 2022

Photo of Cedric Crear holding the Harvey Munford street sign

Click here for video

by Matthew Seeman

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The city of Las Vegas will name a stretch of road after a former Nevada assemblyman and community... Read More

October 19, 2022


LAS VEGAS, NEV (Oct. 19, 2022) – The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, the City of Las Vegas, and the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK), today revealed the location of a new ball hockey rink that was announced during the 2022 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend in February. The new ball hockey rink will be constructed at Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave.

The Las Vegas City Council... Read More

September 27, 2022

Nevada Donor Network #DonateLife

Nevada Donor Network (NDN) is pleased to announce it was awarded $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from the City of Las Vegas.  The funding will support its Foundation’s “End the Wait” capital campaign, which is aimed at raising $35 million to launch the Nevada transplant initiative to expand transplantation programs and services in Nevada.  

“We are extremely grateful for this... Read More

August 30, 2022

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Historic Westside could soon have some resources to battle food insecurity.

The neighborhood located northwest of the Spaghetti Bowl could soon have “vertical farming,” an initiative to help local residents get access to fresh fruits and veggies.

It’s one of many concepts the city is hoping will bring change to the struggling neighborhood.

“This area... Read More

August 30, 2022

James Gay Park Sign

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Dominic Patterson has known this community his entire life, spending days of his childhood at the James Gay III Park in the Historic Westside.

"I look and there’s just memories here," he said. "Friends, family members, neighborhood all coming downplaying together.”

But now it looks a lot different. The park he once knew has been closed and locked since 2013,... Read More

August 16, 2022

Mayor Goodman, Councilman Creer, and Tracy Byrd announce coming of the Gus Macker 3-on-3

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Mayor Goodman, councilman Cedric Crear, and Coordinator Tracy Byrd celebrate the coming of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

The September Slam, Saturday,... Read More

July 22, 2022

A tech startup helped find a Las Vegas City Councilman's letterman's jacket.

By Ryan Tisminezky

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Back in the 1980s, Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear was known by the nickname of “C-Bone” and dominated on the Bishop Gorman High School tennis court.

He was awarded with a letterman’s jacket to show off his undefeated record and four state championship titles for Gorman. Unfortunately for him, the jacket went missing over a... Read More

July 20, 2022

Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear tries on his long-missing letterman jacket after receiving it in the mail from a vintage clothing store owner.

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A Las Vegas city councilman has been reunited with a piece of his teenage years.

Cedric Crear found his long-... Read More

June 23, 2022

The West Las Vegas Neighborhood sign on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidttt

Las Vegas Review Journal

By Emerson Drewes Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas’ Historic Westside community is paving the way for an African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center, as part of its road map to revitalization.

The... Read More

June 20, 2022

People arrive during a Juneteenth celebration at The Expo in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)

The Nevada Independent

Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate states, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the Union had won the war, and it could enforce the end... Read More

June 16, 2022


KTNV Las Vegas

By: Rachel Moore

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The City of Las Vegas is searching for developing firms and individuals to build a new African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center in the Historic Westside.

As part of the first phase of... Read More

May 1, 2022

by Naoka Foreman - The Nevada Independent

Nestled just minutes from downtown Las Vegas, the city’s Historic Westside is largely underdeveloped and cluttered with dilapidated housing, empty desert lots, dozens of zone-... Read More

March 3, 2022

The following summarizes the key achievements of the neighborhood revitalization efforts in the Historic Westside since initiating the implementation strategy efforts for HUNDRED Plan in December 2019. Learn more about the future of the Historic Westside.

Remembrance photos

Funding Allocated to Historic... Read More

February 28, 2022

February 24, 2022

Supports of black lives protest outside of Las Vegas City Hall.

Feb 24, 2022 by Zachary Green

As we near the end of February, black history month, we’re going to reflect on the people, events, and places that make up the Black experience in... Read More

February 15, 2022

INDYMATTERS New Podcast Episode

A new Las Vegas park honors Black community leaders and sports bettors go big ahead of the Super Bowl.

This week reporter Jannelle Calderón talks with three Black community leaders in Las Vegas about the Historic Westside and a... Read More

February 2, 2022

Cedric speaking about African-American trailblazers

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by Krystal Allan

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — "This is a moment for us to say we appreciate you for the work that you do."

Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear expressed his gratitude as the community honored African-American trailblazers. The... Read More

January 17, 2022

Cedric Crear at the History Westside Legacy Park

Nestled between two streets buzzing with traffic, a plaza decorated with desert-friendly landscaping, vintage-inspired signage and shiny golden orbs marks the newest addition to Las Vegas’ Historic Westside neighborhood. 

The Historic Westside Legacy Park, dedicated last month, combines art, history, a trail and communal space while honoring Black leaders prominent to the Las Vegas... Read More

January 12, 2022

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Wednesday is the start of King Week in Las Vegas and there are lots of events planned to honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.

One of the events will be the MLK parade in downtown Las Vegas, which is celebrating its 40th year. There will be decorated floats and school bands taking part in the Monday parade.

Those who were... Read More

January 4, 2022

Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities

Jan. 4, 2022, For Immediate Release:
Contact: Wesley Harper, wharper@nvleague.org, 702-817-5718

City Of Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear Will Serve As Board President And Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell Will Be Vice President

Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear has been elected to serve as president of the 2022... Read More

December 18, 2021

Cedric with kids

Developer, Icy Hot purchase laptops for local youths

In a spontaneous gesture orchestrated by legendary basketball player and Las Vegas resident Shaquille O’Neal, The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of the master-planned community of Summerlin and its urban center of Downtown Summerlin, joined The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation and its partner, Icy Hot, to purchase Dell laptops for 100... Read More

December 16, 2021

Cedric on the news

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By Shea Johnson Las Vegas Review-Journal

Kathi Thomas and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, both in hard hats, embraced on a chilly Thursday afternoon at the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center. “It’... Read More

December 10, 2021

Symphony Park

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — At Symphony Park, a lot has happened here in eight months.

When we were here in April, construction was continuing.

Now, here in December, the work is done on two major tenants: two residential complexes that house hundreds... Read More

December 3, 2021

Cedric Crear speaking

By Shea Johnson Las Vegas Review-Journal

During a roundtable discussion in early November, Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear introduced himself to federal, state and city leaders inside the Historic Westside School.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Alejandra Y. Castillo were among the several officials seated in the room, along with Clark... Read More

October 24, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Two recently refurbished basketball courts at the Doolittle Complex were unveiled Saturday at a ceremony headlined by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.

The courts, now named The Shaq Courts at Doolittle, were renovated thanks to a $200,000 donation from The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation, Icy Hot and the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, according to a spokesperson for... Read More

September 21, 2021

Mayor's Fund for Las Vegas LIFE and MGM Resorts International Logos

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 City Councilman Cedric Crear is shown in front of the “Welcome to the Historic Westside” sign, at the offramp of U.S. 95 and Martin Luther King Boulevard, Thursday, Jan. 28, 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

Cedric's article in the newspaper

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

Screenshot of Cedric speaking to Fox5

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The city of Las Vegas just launched a free shuttle service for the homeless.

It's called "The Arrow" and aims to connect the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center at 314... Read More

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

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By Mathew Miranda Las Vegas Review-Journal

Owners who leave pets to fend for themselves in Las Vegas’ unforgiving summer heat could face hefty fines and even jail time if they are... Read More

June 2, 2021

CSN sign at night

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

Courtesy Neon Museum - The Neon Museum's outdoor boneyard display with plenty of room for social distancing is a selling point as the museum woos visitors during the pandemic.

Listen here:

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 10, 2021

Councilman Cedric Crear, left, International Market Centers CEO Bob Maricich and Mayor Carolyn Goodman participate in a ribbon-cutting for the Expo at World Market Center on Friday in downtown Las Vegas.

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

Las Vegas Councilman Cedric Crear speaks during a press conference to announce the formation of the Coalition to Make Homes Possible, to help increase homeownership of Black people in Southern Nevada, at Las Vegas City Hall in Las Vegas, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_Verduzco

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

Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear is shown in front of the “Welcome to the Historic Westside” sign, at the offramp of U.S. 95 and Martin Luther King Boulevard, Thursday, Jan. 28, 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

Downtown Construction Project

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

Welcome to the Historic Westside

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

Artists rendering of the future Historic Westside Legacy Park in Las Vegas. (City of Las Vegas)

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

Cedric speaking about COVID vaccination site

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

Historic Westside


David Riggleman | Director of Communications | 702.229.2207

Dec. 28, 2020 | For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT: JACE RADKE | 702.229.2205 | 702.249.3514

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 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

Cedric in front of the Moulin Rouge sign

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

Historic Westside

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

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Former NBA player CJ Watson and his Quiet Storm Foundation teamed up with Councilman Cedric Crear to give free meals away at the Doolittle Senior Community Center.

The two teamed up with... Read More

April 13, 2020

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Clark County and the City of Las Vegas teamed up to create the ISO-Q Complex at Cashman Center, an isolation quarantine complex for the homeless.

“This is an at-risk, vulnerable, patient population,"... Read More

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

January 15, 2020

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

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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

Cedric with Samuel Thomas

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

Cedric at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park

By  Las Vegas Review-Journal

It has been over 15 years since coach Gene Tate of northwest Las Vegas brought divisions of the East Palo Alto T-Ball team and Junior Giants to the Las Vegas area.

For years, the teams have used ... Read More

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

Cedric speaking on affordable housing

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

Cedric talking with residents

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

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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

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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

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) donated aircraft parts valued at more than $400,000 to Rancho High School as part of the airline's continued support of the school's aviation magnet program.

The Las Vegas-based... Read More

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

Art Museum

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.

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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

UNLV officials this month cited dwindling attendance and poor-performing teams as primary reasons for the athletic department’s near $5 million budget deficit for the 2016-17 academic year.

On Thursday, the Board of Regents Athletics Committee did not want to hear excuses... Read More

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