Assemblyman, District 41
First let me say…
It was a good move, 44 years ago, when I came to Las Vegas. I’ve been deeply involved in our community — involved in education and business, serving our youth and seniors, and doing as much public service as a family man can perform effectively.
In 2008, after 40 years at UNLV, I was elected to the Nevada Assembly by the people of District 41. I have been their closest link with state government since then. District 41 has now tripled in population and I would like to continue as the voice in Carson City for all my new and old neighbors.
Education is the KEY to job growth
“Our economic recovery depends on a real investment in quality schools,” Paul Aizley says.
Paul voted for a balanced state budget that restored millions of dollars in education funding. His experience and his common-sense approach to managing public funds earned him a seat on the legislature’s Committee on The Funding of Higher Education.
Paul has worked to bring education and business leaders together to develop coursework and retraining programs that prepare students for today’s jobs. He did that as a UNLV dean and during his time in the Assembly.
Too many families today worry about being able to send their children to college. Paul understands that very well. As a poor kid in Boston, Paul was fortunate to work his way through Harvard (at a knitting mill and in a hotel) and then go on to Arizona universities to earn a PhD in math. Paul wants every student to have an opportunity to follow their dreams for higher education and a secure future.
FOR OUR TEENAGERS:
Paul co-founded CLASS! with his wife, Sari, and son David. This much-loved, non-profit organization enriched education for over 40,000 local high school students and teachers for 16 years. CLASS! was a newspaper written by the teenagers, published in English and Spanish, and delivered free each month to every high school. The Clark County School District said “CLASS! is our partner in education.”
FOR OUR SENIOR POPULATION:
- Learning in Retirement. Paul established UNLV’s popular program (now called OLLI) for semi-retired and retired Southern Nevadans. It has grown to nearly 1,000 active participants.
- Elderhostel.Paul also led UNLV to join the national Elderhostel network, which arranges group travel for seniors, into and out of Las Vegas.
FOR THE MILITARY:
- Paul was responsible for credit programs offered to ROTC students at UNLV and to Nellis Air Force Base personnel. ROTC students cannot be commissioned without a four-year college degree. Nellis courses
were designed for active-duty military who want to advance their education.
Paul is a skilled manager of business budgets — public funds and private.
PUBLIC FUNDS, MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY
PAUL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR BUDGETS FOR 13 YEARS AT UNLV. He was the Dean of Continuing Education and Summer Session. These programs were self-funded — they had to produce the revenue to cover virtually all their expenses. Paul administered the funds wisely and the programs were extremely successful:
- Continuing Education offers hundreds of courses that respond to the need for professional growth and job training (such as radiology, culinary arts and internet design) and other classes that simply enrich the lives of folks in our area — photography, fitness and travel for example. Some 18,000 residents are served by Continuing Education.
- Summer Session enables students to advance their education between semesters. It’s especially helpful for schoolteachers. More than 15,000 students take summer courses. Note: Paul budgeted summer funds to include need-based scholarships for students working on their UNLV degrees.
PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE:
Paul worked with Strip hotels and other local businesses in organizing conferences that brought people to Las Vegas. For Example:
- The international conference on Packaging and Transporting Radioactive Materials included government officials and scientists from all over the planet. This issue is of particular interest to local businesses as well as to all Nevadans.
- The joint meeting of the North American Association of Summer Sessions and the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators attracted hundreds of educators to Las Vegas from all over Cananda, Mexico and the U.S.
For four years, Paul served as President of a local Homeowners Association, where he successfully managed and budgeted for the maintenance and improvement of the common property.
- As co-founder of CLASS! — the above-mentioned non-profit education organization serving the high school students of Clark County — he initiated the financial operations and management policies that launched this community service. See the page on CLASS!
- Paul was elected to serve as President and Treasurer of the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (a distinguished higher education organization).
- As a national board member of the University Continuing Education Association, he participated in shaping policies as they related to the organization’s budget and programs. And, upon retirement from UCEA, Paul received a commendation for Distinguished Service.
JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Paul supported "Nevada Jobs First.” legislation to ensure that jobs paid by our taxpayers go to Nevada workers, not out of state. This policy already has resulted in more local jobs.
- He voted for a balanced state budget that restored millions of dollars in education funds. He believes that our economic recovery depends on a real investment in quality schools at all levels-- that's a big part of what brings new industry to Clark County.
- Paul supported measures to improve state and local efforts to attract new industries to Nevada- working to bring education and business leaders together to develop coursework and retraining programs that will prepare students for today's jobs.
- He is working diligently with local businesses and the Nevada Film Board to bring movie industry jobs back to our state.