This is an email sent to 3 of the 5 County Commissioners and the response from one purported Republican running for re-election.
On Sep 26, 2016, at 3:26 PM, Vicky Maltman <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
I just wanted to let you know how disappointed I and a majority of my friends are with your decisions lately. I personally have lost respect for at least 1 of you; which I’m sure does not bother any of the 3 of you in the least, but I wanted to say my peace. This last attempt to do what is right for you and not for your constituents is just so very sad. You all in addition to the Chairman have shown you all are concerned about your own interest in looking good to a Governor that does not have the best interest of the entire state in his heart. I was raised to have morals and to say NO to things that could hurt others. You have pretty much all become a bunch of Bullies that will shove more taxes down our throats just so you can look good to the elites. It is a very sad day indeed to see your choices for replacements for Senate and Assembly. So the deck is stacked in favor of the stadium in the north and I’d bet if a review is done on the picks in Clark will reveal the same outcome: the legislature will be stacked for Gov’s stadium, a virtual done deal!
You know you did not all come up with the same names out of all that applied. You register Republican but all 3 vote Democrat. So disappointing you follow the King and Queen.
Vicky and Bill Maltman
Response from Commissioner Berkbigler:
Good Morning Vicky.
I’m sorry that you are concerned there was an effort on the part of the BCC to “stack” the deck in favor of the Governor. Nothing could be further from the truth. At least for me. As you are well aware the Open Meeting Law is extremely important to me and I work very hard at never breaking it. Therefore I did not speak to any other Commissioner re the candidates.
Personally I don’t care whether a football team comes to LV or not and since there is no tax increase proposed for Washoe County – or for that matter anywhere other than the hotel rooms located in LV – it seems like the best course of action was/is to appoint people who do not have a preconceived idea about what should be done.
I specifically spoke with Jill Tolles, Heidi Gansert, and Julia Ratti to see if they were interested in being appointed since they are the most likely to win in the Nov election. Jill and Heidi both declined to hold the seat and requested we put place holders in each seat. Julia on the other hand was asked by the Smith family to take this seat because they feel comfortable that she will best represent the concerns of Debbie.
My requirement of everyone who contacted me was that they commit to not being pre-decided before they go to the special session. That they make a commitment to review the documents see how and if there is any impact on Washoe County and how those possible impacts could be mitigated. I do not believe a Special Session is the time to take a stand against the Governor just because we don’t agree with many of the things he has done.
In fairness to the State and our citizens I chose people who committed to me that they were not pre-committed to one side or the other.
Washoe County Commissioner
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The person they choose has never been involved with the Republican Party to my knowledge. The person has not run for any of the offices. Mr. Haw was the only person to speak on his qualifications. Father of 2, builder, bank board, and more. All in all his background points to the fact that he will vote the way the establishment wants him to vote, which is why 3 registered Republicans and a Democrat voted for Haw. It also seem statistically impossible that 4 out of 5 people would pick the same name out of 12 names. You be the Judge. There were about 10 or so people that spoke on behalf the other Candidate; nominated by Jeanne Herman, Tom Taber. It is quite clear that Mr. Taber would have checked out the facts as presented in the bill before holding all Nevada taxpayers hostage to pay for a football stadium in Las Vegas for the Raiders, that have always returned to Oakland in the past. These Commissioners don’t care about the people that but their butts in those seats, they only care about their own agendas. Perhaps it Pay to Play.
Owner, Hawco Properties
Jesse Haw Overview
Jesse Haw has been associated with twenty-five companies, according to public records. The companies were formed over a forty-one year period with the most recent being incorporated seven months ago in February of 2016. Fourteen of the companies are still active while the remaining eleven are now listed as inactive.
Chair Kitty Jung has canceled a special meeting of the County Commission to appoint the three vacant seats to place it on the agenda for the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting.
The Board of County Commissioners has canceled the special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The three vacant state legislative seats in Washoe County for Nevada State Senate Districts 13 and 15, and Nevada State Assembly District 25 will instead be placed on the agenda for the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Washoe County Administration Complex 1001. E. 9th St. Bldg. A.
“In an abundance of caution and an effort to provide full transparency, we reached out to the District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s office to reevaluate our process and have decided to cancel Thursday’s special meeting to allow the names of the nominees to be placed on the agenda for the Tuesday, Sept. 27 meeting,” Chair Jung said.
Individuals interested in being considered for nominations can contact theWashoe County Commissioners online or contact the Manager’s Office by calling 775-328-2000. For more information regarding the requirements to qualify to be a candidate for one of these seats, refer to NRS 218A, Section 260.
Individuals who are seeking a nomination are included in an official list that can be seen here.
“I ask that each commissioner submit a nomination for each vacant seat by Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at 5 p.m.,” Chair Jung said.
Washoe County says they received a notice from Governor Brian Sandoval on Friday, Sept. 16, to declare the seats vacant and to allow for the County Commission to appoint to the vacant legislative seats. While the governor says he’s not sure a special session will happen, he wants to make sure they are ready in case of a special session, such as over the construction of a new stadium in Las Vegas of improvements to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Sandoval noted, “We have to be ready for any eventualities.”
Gov. Sandoval said, “For me, we’ve had a tourism and infrastructure committee that’s been studying this and they gave me its recommendations on Friday. I’m going through those recommendations and there’s some personal due diligence that I need to be done before I’m comfortable calling a special session and I hope to have that done in the next few days.”
Governor Sandoval says filing the vacant seats in the legislature is a process that was done previously before special sessions to approve incentives to allow both Tesla and Farady Futures to build in Nevada.
“There is no indication as to if or when the Governor might call a special legislative session, but we will do our part to fulfill our legal obligation to fill these seats as requested by Governor Sandoval,” Commission Chair Kitty Jung said.
This would be for an immediate and temporary appointment and elections in November will continue as scheduled.
(Washoe County contributed to this story)