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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and UNR President Brian Sandoval speak at City of Reno's Nevada Today event. (Photo: @NeomaJardon)

City of Reno Pays Employees Overtime to Attend Cortez-Masto/Sandoval Event

Those who questioned the event met with hyper-partisan disdain

By Megan Barth, April 15, 2022 11:34 am

The City of Reno, led by mayor Hillary Schieve (D), held a “Diversity, Inclusion and Equity” (DEI) event entitled Nevada Today, which featured former Republican Governor, current President of University of Nevada Reno Brian Sandoval and Democratic US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

This event’s tagline was  “Reflecting on our past, creating our future” and in Nevada politics, there is certainly plenty of chatter about the pasts of Sandoval and Cortez Masto. That’s goes double for Reno’s future, given voters’ concerns regarding affordable housing, unabated development, and the surge in inflation, homelessness, and housing prices.

The details of the event’s topics were not readily available, however the details of the city’s actions prior to the event are a cause of taxpayer concern.

A viral tweet from Sen. Cortez Masto’s leading challenger, former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, highlighted the city’s emails to city employees strongly encouraging that they not only attend the event, but will be paid overtime to do so–in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement.

Monica Jay Stabbert, GOP candidate for Nevada State Senate 16, received an inside tip from a city employee regarding the event. In response, the city employee running the city’s Twitter account got a little snarky:

In another wild exchange, Robert Uithoven, VP of Axiom Strategies, is met with the same political disdain by the city’s Twitter troll:

The City of Reno has hosted eight previous events whereby city employees could have received overtime pay, which is obviously a laughing matter to those living on the taxpayer teat.

Today, the Vice Mayor of Reno, Neoma Jardon, took this political rhetoric a step further and criticized those who would dare question the taxpayer-funded, overtime pay for city employees to attend this event as “mudslinging and division.”

It has been well-chronicled that the progressive, self-anointed champions of diversity, equity and inclusion aren’t necessarily welcoming to diversity and inclusion of thought or for simply asking questions that provide government transparency. Questions are rarely answered and are often times met with the same, hyper-partisan deflection indicated in the vice-mayor’s tweet or ridicule, as illustrated by the Twitter troll–the social media voice of the City of Reno.

In a statement to The Globe, Monica Jay added:

“These types of situations affect all taxpayers.  We are the ones who pay these salaries. If you would like to attend something that’s fine. Ask for time off just like the rest of the working world. Otherwise do the job we are paying for. If you don’t want to attend you had better not be punished or intimidated. Protect whistleblowers because I can guarantee you this happens more often than people think.”

In an effort to provide answers to the many questions and the needed transparency of the use of taxpayer dollars, The Globe has contacted the City of Reno’s media department. We have yet to receive a call back. The Globe has also submitted an open-records request related to the amount of overtime that will be paid to city employees who attended all DEI events and a copy of the transcript from this event.

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  1. Lots of well funded folks know you can hide behind “shields “ of diversity- inclusion and equity – and then critics and skeptics can be charged with “racism and hate.” Mastoes husband owns 2 security firms (aren’t they designed to keep “lesser people away from the important peoples wealth and exclusivity?) Sandoval was a rainmaker at a “Nevada gatekeeper” law firm – institutions do not like grassroots political activities.

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