Mil Gracias - July 12, 2013

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On behalf of the Old Town business community and greater Las Vegas downtown merchants, we would like to express our sincere thanks and job well done to the city of Las Vegas for improvements at the Valencia Street parking lot for Bridge Street and Plaza Park merchants and visitors.
MainStreet de Las Vegas received New Mexico MainStreet capital outlay funds in 2009 for a Downtown Master Plan resulting in the public’s response that the No. 1 priority for downtown was parking in the Old Town commercial area.
The group was supported by Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance and the Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation. MSLV was supported by New Mexico MainStreet which helped to lobby the state legislature for funds to get the project done. Thank you, Sen. Pete Campos, Rep. Richard Vigil and Rep. Tomas Garcia for listening and attempting to find state funds in previous legislative sessions.   
The city of Las Vegas made a commitment last year to improve the Valencia Square parking lot, which will be completed before the Fiestas with a paved and graded surface that drains water into the Gallinas. New lighting will provide a safe environment for those shopping late, going to dinner or a movie.
Phase II of this dynamic project will include the rehabilitation of the Bridge Street pedestrian walkway, which will begin construction in early July. The walkway will connect the Valencia parking lot to Bridge Street enhancing public safety and convenience.
The Valencia Square parking lot is much more than a parking lot. It will provide parking for 72 independent businesses in Old Town and will provide critical event space for Fiestas, Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally and many other events. Thank you, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, City Manager Tim Dodge, Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz and Chris Cavazos for seeing the economic benefit to paving and lighting Valencia Square. Thank you to Elmer Martinez, former director of community development and to Melanie Gallegos, city planner, for their time and effort in planning the project. Thank you to City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron, David Romero, Vince Howell, Joey Herrera and previous city councils for you pro-business stance to revitalize our downtown, which will result in jobs for Las Vegans and a better community.
Cindy Collins
MainStreet de Las Vegas
Tito Chavez
Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance

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This morning we looked out our front window and saw a large group of young people with orange vests raking part of our yard closest to the street.
It was the same kind of feeling of delight and surprise one gets when at Christmas time carolers appear unexpectedly to bring some holiday cheer.
This group of eight high school students, each over the age of 15 and representing both East and West Las Vegas school districts, is part of the city of Las Vegas’ Summer Youth Employment Program and was on a mission around town picking up sticks and leaves from last week’s hail storm.
It’s heartwarming to see the youth of our community (and this was only one group of other clean-up teams assigned to different streets) working for the good of its citizens by helping to keep our city clean.
Each one of them was courteous, personable and happy to have a summer job in order to earn some extra money. Congratulations to their supervisor from the Solid Waste Plant, Fermin Padilla, and to each of those eight young people, Seth Eschbaugh, Kyle Billie, Jonathan Allen, Esperanza Garduño, Kayla Tarr, Destiney Lovato, Enrique De La O and Carmen Ortega, a big thank you and note of appreciation for your hard work on a hot day.
Thank you, also, to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, the City Council and all those involved in implementing and offering this summer job opportunity to the youth of our community.
Jay and Sara Harris
Las Vegas