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Mayor, county commissioner press Obama about housing crisis


Leila Navidi

President Barack Obama greets Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman after arriving in Air Force One at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 7, 2012.

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Student loans may have been the topic du jour of President Barack Obama’s lunch hour speech at UNLV, but Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commission Chairwoman Susan Brager made sure to bring up the ongoing foreclosure crisis with the president when they greeted him coming off Air Force One.

The president's Boeing VC-25 landed about 12:11 p.m. at McCarran International Airport. Coming off the plane, Obama waved before descending the stairs and greeting Brager and Goodman.

Goodman said she handed the president a Las Vegas chip.

"I missed his last visit, but I've greeted him three or four times in the past," Goodman said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to lean on him a bit."

Goodman and Brager said they brought up increased aid for underwater homeowners and more local control over education in their brief moment with the president.

"We just received $150 million for some of our citizens who are underwater. We asked him to continue that (assistance)," said Brager, who added that she had also met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

"(Obama) is very attentive to that, and we appreciate that. He said that he will continue working on it," Brager said.

Goodman said no matter who wins in November, she hoped Nevada and Las Vegas would get the federal attention they need.

"We're hopeful for some continuity as we go forward into the election," Goodman said. "Regardless of the outcome that there is the same enthusiasm for helping us here, because we have been the ones hardest hit."

Obama, wearing a dark suit with a grey tie, waved again to those gathered to greet him and then got into a black Cadillac limousine headed to UNLV. Less than 90 minutes later, he was back at McCarran to board Air Force One for his departure.

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  1. "We just received $150 million for some of our citizens who are underwater. We asked him to continue that (assistance)," said Brager, who added that she had also met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan."

    Lapan -- how about some follow-up on where that "$150 million for some of our citizens who are underwater" went? Straight into government pockets, or was it actually applied directly to benefit "some of our citizens"?

    "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from your government and I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan

  2. Has Carolyn and company "fixed" construction? Who would rely on builders after so much below-code production? And if you want to get home building off the ground, encourage moderate-income projects. We've had endless public housing projects in the past (perhaps not so much IN Vegas.) The affluent can get whatever they want. But if we WANT A RESALE MARKET let's focus on modest to moderate square footage, single story, large baths with room for sit down showers, 2-3 car garages, decent-size lots, a family room that can be a bedroom, versatile and affordable--so people can grow old and keep their homes. As their life styles change and family composition changes--kids moving out, then back, then out, the household can adapt to sharing space yet still afford the utilities. Can we get new construction that is designed for the desert? Roof overhangs for shade? Drought-tolerant vegetation? NO LAWNS for water rationing--those days may be here sooner than later.