By a vote of 5-2, the Las Vegas City Council yesterday approved an ordinance that makes it a misdemeanor for homeless persons to “rest, sleep, or lodge” in downtown Las Vegas or other designated residential areas close to downtown if beds are available at shelters. Violators could face a $1000 fine or up to six months in jail. Public comment was allowed in City Council chambers before the vote was taken and the proposed ordinance was meet with a multitude of protestors both inside and outside of City Hall. The ordinance takes effect on Sunday but city officials say that criminal penalties won’t be enforced until February as the city figures out how to best implement the new law. Mayor Carolyn Goodman said that the ordinace isn’t meant to be penalty oriented and won’t be enforced if there are no shelter beds available at any given time.
Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.