Cindy Gonzalez

Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics.

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On to the ballot, say foes of Lincoln’s ‘fairness ordinance’

By: - March 1, 2022

Opponents of the “fairness ordinance” approved recently by the Lincoln City Council announced Tuesday they gathered more than enough signatures to have the measure rescinded or placed on the ballot for a vote of the people. The Nebraska Family Alliance held a news conference to say its volunteers had collected 18,501 names in 15 days. […]

Some 1,100 Afghan refugees in Nebraska get a lift from

By: - February 28, 2022

It’s a name Nebraskans probably associate more with vacation getaways or places College World Series travelers rent for a few days. But, an independently run nonprofit related to Airbnb lodging service, has become a player in the Afghan resettlement process — providing free temporary housing to some 1,100 refugees recently relocated to the Husker […]

Mutual of Omaha’s proposed skyscraper carries $433 million price tag

By: - February 25, 2022

OMAHA — The Mutual of Omaha skyscraper that’s proposed to start rising after the downtown library block is cleared now has a projected price tag: $433 million. Also, according to newly available city documents, the Fortune 500 insurance company is seeking approval for about $62 million in tax-increment financing — marking the second highest TIF […]

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Apprentices, interns, students would gain under workforce bills

By: - February 24, 2022

Joshua Santiago figured he’d follow the brain drain out of Nebraska — until he landed an internship at Spreetail that’s now paving the way for a future full-time job in Lincoln, a trendy loft apartment and the most pocket change he’s ever had. “That internship … changed my life forever,” the York College senior told […]

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Proposal would give Nebraska schools funds to switch out Native American mascots

By: - February 22, 2022

The mascots of 22 Nebraska schools offend Jacqelle Lane. They come, she said, in the form of a chief, a brave, two chieftains, seven Indians and 11 warriors. Native-themed caricatures — often in warlike or demeaning poses — on gym walls, sports jerseys and megaphones mock a culture and do nothing to advance the attainment […]

Rents down in Lincoln? Housing advocate skeptical about report’s findings

By: - February 22, 2022

As average rent in most states was up this time of year compared to last, rent in a slice of bigger cities — Lincoln among them —  reportedly went down. That’s according to the latest national analysis by In its February rent report, the online apartment locator said January rent for a one-bedroom unit […]

Stepping up Omaha area bike and walk trails

By: - February 22, 2022

RDG Planning & Design of Omaha has been tapped to identify gaps along bike and walk trail systems in Douglas and Sarpy Counties and will propose projects to fill those holes. Working for the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency and Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, the RDG-led study is called NEAT, or Neighborhood Expanded Access to […]

Nebraska ranks in Top 10 states for franchise growth

By: - February 22, 2022

OMAHA — Nicole and Brian Neesen said goodbye to their corporate and law jobs some 15 years ago and never looked back — diving instead into the world of franchising. The Omaha couple built a profitable granite countertop business, later revamped a backyard bird seed company, and within the last year bought four Sola Salon […]

Lincoln group wants to force ballot vote on city’s gender identity ordinance

By: - February 21, 2022

A Lincoln organization has started a campaign to try to force a ballot vote on a newly adopted Lincoln City Council ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council’s “fairness ordinance,” which passed last week on a 5-0 vote, also broadens the city’s municipal code to add military personnel and […]

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Help coming: $2.2 million in federal funds to help extinguish nurse burnout

By: - February 18, 2022

As a sleep researcher and nursing instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Alyson Hanish saw plenty of colleagues and students burn out during the pandemic. So when she saw an invite from the Biden administration, she seized the grant opportunity — and now will lead a $2.2 million project to promote resilience and […]

Concept calls for one shared kitchen, three restaurants, consolidated carryout

By: - February 18, 2022

City+Ventures, a fast-growing development and investment company based in Omaha, has launched what it describes as a new-to-Nebraska concept built around a shared kitchen for a trio of restaurants. The concept is now being carried out in Lincoln’s Leighton District and, later this year, will be at the Omaha area’s La Vista City Centre. Both […]

Fans turn out for proposal supporting Ernie Chambers museum

By: - February 17, 2022

A proposed law seeking the State of Nebraska’s support for an Ernie Chambers museum brought forth fans of the Unicameral’s longest-serving senator — and fond gushings from those who served with him. During a public hearing Wednesday on Legislative Bill 1205, Sen. John Lowe of Kearney lauded Gayla Lee-Chambers’ impassioned talk about her dad’s contributions. […]