Residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the 2017 session of the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the City of Reno. The registration deadline is July 28, 2017. Sign up ASAP as enrollment is limited to the first 40 participants.

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of city government, processes, and services through hands on exercises and presentations.

The free ten week RCI program is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various City facilities and venues. The first class will be on August 10 and they will continue through graduation day on October 12.

Here are the 2017 RCI class sessions…

  • August 10 – City Manager’s Office
  • August 17 – Community Development #1 – Housing and Code Enforcement
  • August 24 – Community Development #2 – Business License, Buiilding Division, Planning and Engineering
  • August 31 – Reno Fire Department
  • September 7 – Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • September 14 – Finance, Human Resources and City Clerk’s Office
  • September 21 – Public Works
  • September 28 – City Attorney’s Office and Municipal Court
  • October 5 – Reno Police Department
  • October 12 – Graduation

Starting on Saturday, July 1, 2017, those 21 and over can legally purchase pot for recreational use from existing medical marijuana dispensaries with licenses to sell to the general public. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, this includes four stores in Reno and up to 40 establishments throughout Nevada by the opening bell on July 1.

There are some product distribution glitches due to the way the law is written (“Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” passed by voters in the 2016 general election), but dispensaries anticipate having plenty of pot on hand for recreational sales during the initial few weeks, after which the distribution issue should be resolved. (According to the way the law is written, only licensed liquor wholesalers can distribute recreational marijuana to retailers. At this writing, no alcohol wholesalers have been licensed. This issue is expected to be resolved with the licensing of at least some distributors by August, 2017).

Note that legal recreational marijuana sales are not a license to light up wherever and whenever you please. For a summary list of the rules, licensed dispensaries and more information, refer to “Recreational Marijuana in Reno, Sparks and Nevada.”

Use and possession are still violations of federal law. People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land in the State of Nevada.

For a list of marijuana dispensaries in northern Nevada, refer to “Medical Marijuana in Reno and Sparks.”

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, City of Reno press release.

Sabra Smith Newby will start work as Reno’s new city manager on Monday, May 8, 2017. She was the unanimous selection of the Reno City Council following a national search conducted by Reno’s recruiting consultant. Newby is replacing former city manager Andrew Clinger, who was let go during a sexual harrassment probe, which subsequently found insubstantial evidence to support the charges.

Newby comes to Reno from an assistant county manager job in southern Nevada’s Clark County. Her two-year contract, which includes a $200,000 annual salary and a variety of enhancements, was approved on a 5 – 1 vote by the Reno City Council. The dissenting vote came from Councilman Paul McKenzie. Councilwoman Neoma Jardon was absent.

Newby will commute from Las Vegas until her children finish school in June, then move to Reno.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal.