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Reno’s affordable housing challenges coincide with a national trend, and the city must develop a strategy on how to tackle the issue. That was the message presented to Reno City Council at a recent affordable housing workshop. Our reporter Bob Conrad was there and has the story.

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Recent news of City Manager Andrew Clinger’s departure overshadowed another important story that unfolded at the last city council meeting. Our reporter Bob Conrad has the story.

Before the meeting, three nonprofits called RISE, ACTIONN and the Reno Justice Coalition held a potluck downtown to raise awareness for low-income housing and homelessness.

Aria Overli of ACTIONN wants the city to do more.

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Reno Manager Andrew Clinger will finish his time at city hall early next month. While an investigation into allegations of misconduct continues, city council has voted to approve a separation agreement with Clinger. It provides him with about $230,000, mostly in severance.

“I think this is giving him a special treatment that’s above and beyond what is specified in the contract we have for him, and I cannot support the motion,” said councilwoman Jenny Brekhus, who voted against the agreement.

Councilwoman Naomi Duerr voted “yes.”

Julia Ritchey

Reno City Council has hired a Las Vegas law firm to handle its investigation of City Manager Andrew Clinger, who's facing allegations of sexual harassment. 

Council approved a $50,000 contract Wednesday with the labor and employment firm Kamer Zucker and Abbott to advise its probe into alleged misconduct by Clinger.

That amount, however, does not include the use of a third-party investigator, who will be paid for separately by the city.

Greg Kamer, principal attorney at the firm, says hiring a separate investigator is ideal.

City Manager Takes Leave Amid New Probe

Aug 8, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger is placing himself on voluntary leave amid a sexual harassment probe.

In an email to staff on Monday, Clinger wrote he would take leave for 15 days to ensure city business can continue without "interruption or distraction."

He appointed Assistant City Manager Bill Thomas as acting manager in his absence.

His departure comes after City Council voted last week to appoint an outside law firm to investigate allegations of misconduct filed by three female employees.

Bob Conrad, This Is Reno

Reno City Council is appointing an independent counsel to review complaints of alleged misconduct by City Manager Andrew Clinger.

During a special meeting on Thursday, the council voted unanimously to hire an outside law firm to conduct an investigation.

ACTIONN

A canceled City Council meeting has a local advocacy organization raising questions about the city's priorities for addressing affordable housing.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is calling for a special meeting  of the City Council amid a sexual harassment investigation of City Manager Andrew Clinger.

In a statement emailed on Saturday, Schieve says she takes the allegations against Clinger "seriously" and wants them investigated thoroughly and promptly. She's calling for an independent counsel to investigate the claims. 

Three female employees have accused Clinger of sexual harassment, according to a complaint filed with the Nevada Attorney General over the handling of the case (embedded below). 

Incumbent David Bobzien easily won the primary for the Reno City Council At-Large seat, beating out three challengers by a wide margin.

Bobzien won 63 percent of the total vote, meaning he will be on the general election ballot, along with second-place finisher, Sam Kumar.

Bobzien says he has what voters are looking for.

Alexa Ard

The three candidates for Reno City Council's Ward 1 seat all agree that downtown homelessness is a big problem that needs concrete solutions. Our News Director Michelle Billman reached out to hear their ideas ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Candidate and lawyer Victor Salcido says the problem stems from both the local housing shortage and inadequate mental health services, which eventually need to be addressed. But in the short-term...

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