Steve Caracostas waits in front of the locked entrance to the skatepark at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas on Nov. 8, 2013. The relatively new skatepark facility was temporarily closed by authorities so park workers could clean up graffiti. (Jason Bean /Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TWO JOBS IN ONE
Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers was the lone “no” vote to approve a six-month inter-local agreement to research potential shared services between Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. The former state senator expressed concern that Las Vegas employees will be distracted from work in their own city, and that there aren’t city employees “sitting around the city manager’s office” looking for work. The other six council members, the city manager, and North Las Vegas mayor John Lee disagreed, suggesting to the fiscally conservative Beers that the plan could reduce costs (we read: cut duplicated jobs) and provide greater service for taxpayers (we read: not sure how that will work) in both cities. Time, or at least six months, will tell.
CASINOS THROWING BOOZE-FILLED WEIGHT AROUND
The Las Vegas City Council recently voted not to accept applications for new package liquor stores under the Fremont Street canopy, citing concerns about public drunkenness and safety risks. Problems, presumably, promoted by the dozens of casinos, restaurants, outside bars and liquor stores already peddling hooch in the FSE. The main backers? Casinos claim package liquor stores are selling cheap booze to vagrants and others who drink in excess. Thankfully, tourists avoid “excess” when guzzling the casinos’ 99-cent margaritas and $2.50 Jager shots.
HEADLINE THAT COULD BE WRITTEN EVERY YEAR
“Nevada students trail others” was the headline in the Nov. 8 edition of the Review-Journal. Nevada students continue to lag behind the national average in math and reading, according to a national assessment by the U.S. Department of Education. Luky fer us, are editer was edumecated in Tennersee.
IRONIC HEADLINE PLACEMENT
Placed above the “Nevada student trail others” headline was a teaser headline “Medical school eyed for Southern Nevada.” We will assume that mostly out-of-state students would attend that campus.
MEANWHILE, SHERIFF RACE GETS ANOTHER
While the governor’s race may lack drama next year, the local sheriff’s race won’t. According to the Review-Journal, Assistant Sheriff Joseph Lombardo is entering the race for Clark County sheriff, joining police Capt. Larry Burns and former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody in the race. Current Sheriff Doug Gillespie announced in August he wouldn’t seek a third term (ah, how we would have loved to cover that campaign). However, Lombardo is reportedly Gillespie’s choice to replace him, but the sheriff has yet to publicly make that declaration.
NV ENERGY DROPS PLAN TO SCREW YOU
The Public Utility Commission said in a filing the NV Energy will cancel its plan to have the energy company’s customers (you) pay $1 billion of an acquisition premium tied a pending buyout by investor Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings. NV Energy will also refund $20 million to customers in the form of bill credit. The PUC staff question the premium by noting a “lack of public benefits.” Somehow, you have to believe Buffett will get his somehow.
THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG
North Las Vegas officials had to close the skate park at the newly opened Craig Ranch Regional Park on Friday for graffiti abatement, two weeks after the park opened. “It is truly disappointing to see people treat this facility disrespectfully,” said Interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan in a statement. While the graffiti was not in the skate bowl but in an nearby bathroom, the big gates had to be locked for the clean up. Vandalism has been a continuing problem since the $130 million park opened Oct. 25. Where the city sees vandalism, others may see art.
FROM OUR NATION’S CAPITAL…
Richard Cohen, writing in the Washington Post, which is a newspaper, said Tuesday that people (presumably like him) with “conventional views” “gag” at interracial marriage, citing specifically the marriage of the white mayor-elect of New York City to an African American woman. For emphasis, Cohen mentioned that the two have (gasp!) INTERRACIAL CHILDREN (because let’s make kids feel like crap). Out here in the provinces, it’s not interracial love that triggers a gag reflex. It’s certain antediluvian Post op-ed writers.
NEVADA’S “FILM” INDUSTRY GETS FLUFFED!
California, which is still sorting out the legalities of a requirement for porn performers to use condoms in on-screen sexy-time moving pictures, is now considering a bill to stiffen (heh) rules requiring performers to wear safety goggles for “certain types of scenes,” according to The Raw Story. The online newspaper noted that Cali’s workplace regs already require eyewear when semen might get in a performer’s eyes, but the rule is ignored. Porn makers, take heart: Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health office is so woefully underfunded and understaffed that even if we had such rules, which we don’t, they wouldn’t be enforced.
WHOOP! VICTORY FOR THE ANTI-VACCERS!
Infections of the potentially lethal and completely horrible pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have jumped in Southern Nevada from 14 in the first nine months of 2011 to 103 cases in the first nine months of this year, a 636 percent increase. The disease is almost completely preventable with easily accessible vaccines, but anti-vaccination conspiracy theorists, citing celebrity blondes Suzanne Summers and Jenny McCarthy, reject vaccination because it might make their kids sick. They believe. Contrary to “medical science,” which they don’t.