Uber continues it’s ham-fisted entry into the Nevada marketplace

When the Clark County Commission meets Tuesday morning, it is expected to reconsider one of two ordinances it unanimously approved Nov. 17.

The ordinance at issue requires contracted Uber and Lyft drivers to acquire a Clark County business license for $25 a year.

Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak requested reconsideration of the ordinance after receiving a memorandum dated Nov. 18 from county counsel Mary-Anne Miller in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.

The memo recommended that a revised ordinance strike the language on business licensing because the state law allowing ride-hailing companies to operate in the state prohibits municipalities and counties from adding licensing requirements that aren’t required of other businesses.

That same legislation makes it clear that it’s permissible for airports to require a fee of drivers picking up passengers on airport grounds.

Uber already has signed off on paying $2.45 per pickup and drop-off at McCarran.

Following the commission vote, Uber cranked up its public relations machine, urging drivers and customers to tell commissioners “to bring Uber to McCarran Airport.”

Uber also enlisted a powerful ally, the Consumer Technology Association, operators of the giant International Consumer Electronics Show that appears in Las Vegas every January.

Uber is trying to prevent the county from getting a list of contracted drivers, which they say is proprietary information. The county wants a list of driver names or numbers to make sure all drivers pay for licensing or paying airport fees.

Source: Uber brings pressure over Clark County’s licensing of ride-sharing drivers – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nice Work Nevada: Jobless Rates Keep Dropping

Unemployment rates continue to fall in Nevada’s three main metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported this week that Las Vegas’ jobless rate ticked down to 6.3 percent in October.

The rate fell to 5.6 percent in the Reno area, and was 6.6 percent in Carson City in October.Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada’s overall jobless rate hit a new seven-year low of 6.6 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

Source: Jobless Rates Keep Dropping In Nevada

Nevada gives eBay $30 million of  your tax dollars

As if the company isn’t rich enough already…Nevada pols are shaking you down for more $$$’s for Silicon Valley billionaires.

State officials have approved a $30 million tax incentive package so online auction company eBay will expand operations in Nevada.

The board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development voted Thursday to approve the incentives. EBay is planning on expanding a data center in Las Vegas and building a new data center in Storey County, and plans to invest $412 million in new capital to make it happen.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said attracting the company to Nevada was like getting LeBron James on the team. The tax incentives were authorized through SB170, a bill passed this spring by the Nevada Legislature.

Source: NV giving eBay $30 million in tax incentives – KLAS-TV

Emily’s List targets Nevada Republicans

CaptureSeven Republican state lawmakers are now “on notice.”

Emily’s List, a Democratic political committee that spends money to help elect pro-choice women, is targeting GOP lawmakers in an effort for Democrats to win back the majority in the Legislature.

“In their short tenure in the Legislature, [the Republicans] already amassed records of voting against hardworking Nevadans,” said Jessica Post, Emily’s List senior director.

Six of the seven GOP lawmakers are first-term incumbents and include Las Vegas Assembly members Derek Armstrong, Vicki Dooling, Brent Jones, Erv Nelson, Victoria Seaman and Stephen Silberkraus.

Source: Emily’s List enters Nevada legislative races – Las Vegas Sun News

Move over OJ, make room for Lamar Odom

If there’s one thing that Nevada D.A.’s really love to do, it’s putting black men from California in prison.

Prosecutors are considering a felony drug charge against Lamar Odom after the former NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

Nye County Dist. Atty. Angela Bello said Monday that the sheriff’s office submitted the potential charge last week, and a prosecutor is considering filing a count of unlawful use of cocaine or being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Source: Nevada prosecutors consider felony drug charge against Lamar Odom – LA Times

Spotleson announces bid for AD 21

Vinny Spotleson, a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, has announced his bid for the Nevada Assembly in District 21.

Spotleson, a Democrat, said he will challenge Republican incumbent Derek Armstrong, who served as chairman of the powerful Assembly Taxation Committee during the 2015 Legislature.

Spotleson, 28, worked on the unsuccessful 2006 U.S. Senate campaign of Jack Carter, son of former President Jimmy Carter. He later joined Reid’s staff as manager of conservation and energy issues in Southern Nevada.

Source: Former Reid staffer announces bid for Nevada Assembly – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Competitors line up to take a crack at XpressWest’s sweetheart deal

When the Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority meets later this month to consider awarding a franchise for a system to deliver train passengers between Las Vegas and Southern California, there will be two competitors vying against the favorite, XpressWest. Las Vegas-based XpressWest, formerly known as DesertXpress, has been the anticipated franchisee ever since Senate Bill 457 was signed into law earlier this year. The system requirements listed in the legislation match closely with those in the XpressWest business plan.

Source: XpressWest draws nominal high-speed rail competitors – Las Vegas Review-Journal