Things I learned while walking in Section 3

As I walked through Ward 3, I realized that party politics often get in the way of real listening. We need to recognize that we are all people living in a great city and striving to make it even better. In Ward 3, more than 50% of voters are nonpartisan, and their concerns are not heard. It’s time we really listen and internalize their voices.

Let’s listen and take action: During my walks I have discovered numerous small problems that are easily fixed. For example, drag racing is a popular activity that we can capitalize on by working with Stead Airport. Instead of banning it, we could host events such as Hot August Nights and drag racing in Stead. This is what it means to listen and respond to the interests of the community.

Understanding the consequences of green policies: We must also consider the knock-on effects of green policies. For example, aiming for 100% renewable energy generation by 2030 sounds admirable, but at what cost? Imagine your electric bill rising from $47 to $280. ​​My friend’s 95-year-old mother, who lives alone in a small two-bedroom townhouse in California, cannot afford heat or air conditioning because her bill is $280 a month amounts to. These kinds of increases would cause significant stress for many, including people like my friend Patricia, who lives in a trailer park near Midtown.

Instead, we should consider practical solutions, as suggested by Ward 6 candidate William Mantle. By working with professionals and adjusting zoning regulations, we could set aside 500 trailers or mobile homes for additional insulation. This would reduce energy consumption, save money and reduce pressure on NV Energy’s electrical grid. It’s a win for the trades, senior homeowners and the environment. Implementing this would be relatively inexpensive, costing approximately $5 million for 500 units at a cost of $10,000 each. Let’s have this discussion.

Preparing for the future with AI data centers: Listening also involves preparing for future opportunities. Several AI data centers are being negotiated for construction in Washoe and Lyon counties. We must ask ourselves: what policies should we implement to attract and support these data centers and the associated businesses that will benefit from their proximity? Companies involved in stock trading, micro-trading, encryption, blockchain and even defense applications could expand their projects if there is an AI data center nearby.

However, NV Energy’s current energy prices make finding an AI data center prohibitively expensive. If we mandate 100% renewable energy, it won’t be NV Energy’s fault if rates match California’s higher prices; it’s ours. We must allow AI data center owners to determine their optimal energy mix – whether it’s geothermal, solar, wind, or out-of-state purchasing power.

Embracing AI for a better future: AI is the future, and our government must embrace it by creating a fertile regulatory environment for AI to flourish. Small changes in the rules can collectively make Reno an even better place in 2028. Let’s work together, listen, be accountable, and understand the multi-year consequences of the policies we advocate for.

The need for human connection: Residents feel disconnected from our city government. For example, NAB (Neighborhood Advisory Board) meetings take place on the seventh floor of the city government building, which can feel intimidating and inaccessible. This must change.

Human connection promotes natural communication. Let’s create systems that make it easier to request a stop sign, speed limiter, or enforcement at a school bus stop, improve park safety for Hispanic families, and report park maintenance issues in one central location.

Connection, communication, responsibility and Reno will continue to thrive.

Conclusion: Reno is a beautiful city that still has enormous potential. By listening to our residents, understanding the broader impact of our policies and being accountable, we can make things even better. Let’s ensure that our actions today lead to a prosperous and thriving Reno for all.

Juergen Hoehne is running for Reno City Council, Ward 3.

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