State Of The City: Las Vegas

The October 1 shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured was one of the worst tragedies to ever hit the city and the country.

Yet the show of support in the aftermath showed a city with a sense of community that was stronger than ever.

But it’s a scar that Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman could not overlook as she began her state of the city address last month.

Goodman told KNPR’s State of Nevada that talking about the shooting was "very painful."

She said safety has always been her main concern.

“If a community is not safe, you’re not going to live there,” she said.

The mayor also believes every community needs a crisis fund. She said the first responders had $3 million in overtime after the October 1 shooting in just the first few days.

She believes the fund could help cover those costs and the costs for people impacted by a crisis event.

Another priority for Goodman is Cashman Center. The center was turned over to the city from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority last year.

The Las Vegas 51s are still playing at the baseball field there, but they’re moving to a new field being built in Summerlin. The Las Vegas Lights FC will be playing soccer on the field there.

But Goodman and the city of Las Vegas is still looking for the right fit for the area.

“We don’t really feel secure yet that we have the right concept,” she said.

Goodman is sure that she doesn’t want anything industrial there but wants something that will be available for living, playing and working in the area.

She also said that if the light rail plan that is supposed to go from McCarran Airport down Maryland Parkway to downtown materializes Cashman Center will be part of the connection.

Just like every other mayor in the state, Goodman is concerned about housing and specifically affordable housing.

“Because the economy is coming back, we are getting a lot of interest," she said, "We know that housing is critical”

She said there are more apartment complexes coming to Symphony Park, which will help. Goodman said the city is working with the Housing and Urban Development Department to bring affordable housing to the urban core.

“We are constantly working with HUD in trying to get more funding, get more vouchers,” she said.

Goodman says that the city is working to stretch every dollar it has along with any grant money from the federal government to improve housing options, but there is a lot of demand for the city’s budget.

“We have so many things to do with each dollar and so it’s a very challenging time for us,” she said.

Goodman did wade into a scandal that has embroiled one of the most powerful men in Las Vegas history, Steve Wynn.

In a report by the Wall Street Journal, several women accused Wynn of inappropriate sexual behavior. Wynn has denied the charges but he stepped down from his position at Wynn Resorts.

Goodman said Wynn has done a lot for the community and brought significant changes to Las Vegas and the gaming industry. She also advocated for due process.

“There used to be this concept that you’re innocent until proven guilty,” she said.

She said is not up to her to judge what happened but it is up to the courts. She also said the public shouldn’t judge.

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