March Letters

rent control, the steamboat ditch, autism and a call for artists

Reno needs rent control

I have a friend who’s a landlord who complains about tenants not able to pay their rent. I also have friends who are renters. I used to live in California and I keep wondering why Reno does not appear to have rent control?  Without rent control in San Jose, CA, I would not have been able to afford staying in apartments while going to university, and that was 40 years ago.  Seems like Reno and/or Washoe County could catch up to this need? All I hear about is how developers want to build more and more luxury apartments in and around the city.  Do we really need that?  Seems to me we need more affordable housing and more restrictions on how high rent can go.

Patricia Lilley, Reno

Leave the Steamboat Ditch alone

As a resident of south Reno and user of the trails along Steamboat ditch I must voice my objection to any non natural alteration to this beautiful eco-environment. As far as I am aware there has been no flooding that would concern properties in the area. Changing the Steamboat Ditch (RN&R, “Son of a Ditch!”) would impact natural habitats and the wild nature that thrives along its passage.
I am aware sometime back that Montrose tried to steal the water coming from this ditch and was somewhat successful. I can only think we have another instance of developer land grab going on again in our community!
It outrages me to suffer the poor planning and development of south Reno. I live parallel to Toll Road and now must navigate a high density area and round-about due to uncontrolled apartment development in this area.
I know how these things go; it will be postponed, there will be public input, the entities involved will wait some period of time and then either rename the project or push it through without public consent. We get tired of having to tell city, county and other governmental agencies NO! So you just wait us out. The same thing happened with billboard signage along our highways!
This must STOP!

Paula Scholer, Reno

We need more public lands

As a non-local, Nevada has quickly introduced me to breathtaking and awe-inspiring natural sights, unlike the metal beams that filled my previous skylines. We are fortunate enough to live in a state where most of the land is undeveloped and natural. We are even more fortunate for places like Red Rock and Lake Tahoe. Places like Tahoe are truly unique in this world. Nevada — in part due to droughts, land loss, and wildfires — has not been isolated from the same environmental challenges the rest of the nation faces.

Coming from huge metropolitan areas such as New York has taught me how wonderful, powerful, and rare natural land can be. It was out of sight and out of mind and too often out of consideration. I ask both our Senators , Sen. Jacky Rosen and Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto,  to sign the Dear Colleague Letter in the U.S. Senate in support of protecting public lands across the country. We must keep pushing to protect what makes Nevada and the rest of this nation so beautiful. It is vital we protect 30% of lands by 2030 to avoid disaster. We have a one-time opportunity to lead and forever change national policy.

Brandon Sullivan, Sparks

EDITOR’s NOTE: Freshman Assemblywoman Cecelia González (D-Las Vegas) is pushing for a resolution that would signal the Nevada Legislature’s support for President Joe Biden’s “30-by-2030” public lands proposal in Nevada. 

The costs of autism therapy

I’m a writer from Autism Parenting Magazine, an award-winning parenting magazine for families with autism, and I came across your amazing article (RN&R: “Teens provide autism help”) and your readers might be interested in our article about the latest guides on what Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy costs that also discusses the different ways to approach and fund ABA therapy.

We aim to provide families and individuals with the most current information and interventions so they can make the most informed decisions about what will benefit their child. We will be very happy to collaborate with you and help us spread autism awareness.

Karen Lewis, Autism Parenting Magazine

Request for artists’ proposals

Greetings from Southern California Grantmakers!  We are proud to support the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center on a project that will award grants to artists. The Cultural & Community Center invites artists of all creative disciplines to interpret KINTSUGI, the Japanese philosophy of ‘golden repair,’ and showcase their art through a final video. Poetically translated to “golden repair,” kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

All U.S.-based artists are eligible to apply. Artists across all creative disciplines are welcome, including, but not limited to: music, dance, theater, comedy, visual art, essays, poetry, video art and other mediums and disciplines. The idea is to consider how your art and art-making process can use kintsugi as an approach to individual or collective healing, and explore how your art can be shared using video in an innovative way.

The commissioned artwork development period is June 1 to August 31, 2021; a virtual exhibit is scheduled from Sept. 25  to Oct. 31, 2021. The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2021 at 11:59p.m. PST. Up to five artists will receive $2,000 to showcase their art through a final video (3-10 minutes) for a special virtual exhibit on JACCC’s website and social media. Details can be found here.

Phuong Pham, Los Angeles

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