The change comes as the result of a 2007 federal case in which the City of Sparks, Nevada was banned from licensing free speech.
Artist Steve White of Silver Springs, Nevada filed the suit.
“The message that artists should learn all over the United States is, one person can make a difference," he says. "You can stand up for your rights and you can win.”
He has has since convinced seven cities in four states to pass similar exemptions for artists.
Last month White began working for a similar exemption in all California State Parks, focusing first on Kings Beach at Lake Tahoe.
Before now, police would tell street artists like David Tscheekar they couldn’t perform on the streets without a license.
“They were always polite about it, but it just seemed like something was wrong I thought that was like a public area.”
Reno only has 4 street artists licensed currently. City Business License Manager Michael Chaump expects more now. He says city leaders didn’t oppose the elimination of fees, but they did face a learning curve.
“There was some confusion about when it is commercial activity vs. when it is art.”
The city has defined art as “purely aesthetic.” For instance pottery is art unless it is put to use like a planter. Chaump says the artists exemption could lead to disputes about the definition of what is art in the future. But for now, he will start an education campaign to teach city staff what art is.
Reno’s housing affordability crisis is leading to encampments that add waste to the Truckee River. Now the city is turning to private contractors to clean it up, but homeless advocates want other solutions for addressing the root of the problem.
Scientists are partnering with kids to help catch snowflakes. Their goal? Working with students to study what crystals can tell us about snow, the weather and how climate change impacts our water supply.
(AP) — Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt urged fellow Republicans in Reno on Thursday to rally around his gubernatorial campaign as the best way to fend off what he described as overzealous, California-style regulations.
A new list of 123 U.S. metro areas where home buyers are most likely to move in the fourth quarter puts Reno at No. 8 and Sacramento at 46. The list is based on the number of home mortgage applications filed between July and September.
Windy, dry conditions that have raised the threat of wildfires in Nevada has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for most of the northern half of the state into Tuesday.
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