TAKING AWAY POKER, AND MY PRIME RIB
The El Cortez either made out like bandits or shot themselves in the foot during the Life Is Beautiful festival. Fully enclosed with the festival grounds, the venerable gaming property took out their poker room and replaced it with a tattoo parlor. But the biggest crime of all (in our editor’s opinion) was the special festival menu in Cafe Cortez. Prices were noticably higher, and their promoted all-over-the-building-inside-and-out $7.95 prime rib was nowhere to be had. Of course, if you were paying the equivalent of $350 per night for a room there, you probably didn’t care.
IF THERE’S A MUSHROOM CLOUD OVER LV, WE KNOW WHO TO BLAME
Vegas’ own gift to the world of responsible foreign policy, Sheldon Adelson, last week called for a preemptive nuclear strike against Iran, suggesting a desert strike would hurt “a couple of rattlesnakes and scorpions or whatever.” Rattlesnakes are native to North America, especially the desert Southwest, and nowhere near Iran.
YOU WANTED HIGHER SCORES: PART II
Two weeks ago in this very spot we talked about how one of Clark County School District’s at-risk schools, Matt Kelly Elementary, was being investigated for jumping reading test scores for 25 percent achievement to 77 percent. Now, seven district employees have been subpoenaed as part of the state’s investigation. When news of the subpoenas broke during the Oct. 24 School Board meeting, all five board members present, their attorney, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, and the district’s attorney reportedly rushed off to a private room for a “three-minute recess” that last 20 minutes. But no open meeting laws were broken, district officials insist, because nothing about the school or any other district business was discussed. Hmmm.
NO HOLE DEEP ENOUGH
We here at CityLife want to extend our sympathies to everyone impacted by the medieval medical practices of Dr. Dipak Desai. While the 63-year-old was sentenced to life in prison last week, but eligible for parole in 18 years, we know it can’t replace the pain and suffering of his former patients and their families. One of the 27 criminal counts related to the deadly hepatitis C outbreak included one for second-degree murder for the death of an elderly patient. If you can’t trust your doctor…
THIS WEEK IN COP CRIME NEWS
Las Vegas police officer Joshua Logan was arrested last week on charges of fraud and theft. The crime? Suspicion of using his police-issued fuel credit card to fill up his personal vehicle, as well as that of a female acquaintance (she was also arrested). How was he caught? In one quarter, he used the card 11 times. The next quarter he used it 54 times. No word on if he ever bought gas for anyone in Guns N’ Roses.
After being publicly attacked by county commission chairman and in the media Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said this week the arbitration process with the police union that gave them $6.9 million in one-year increases could have been more transparant. Do ya think?
THANKS FOR THE CLARIFICATION
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Antebellum South, told his folks in Storey County last summer that by jiminy, he didn’t have much of a problem with human bondage, if that’s what they’d like to see: “I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for.” This week he explained to the Sun’s Andrew Doughman that was just the evil liberal mind control rays controlling his talking parts, and now, just three months later, he is totally opposed to slavery. “If someone is offended by this, then I sincerely apologize.” (And we know who “someone” might be, you commies!)
LV, WE MEAN, NLV OPENS NEW PARK
With no money left to burn, North Las Vegas opened its new $130 million Craig Ranch Regional Park last week. With the city estimating it will cost $2 million per year to maintain, we at CityLife have to wonder how the financially strapped city is going to pay that bill? Of course, the city is in the midst of consolidating some of its services with the city of Las Vegas, the answer may be Las Vegas taxpayers.
THE GAMES HAVE BEGUN
Republican Rep. Joe Heck is continuing his dance to his district’s largely Democrat voter base by ripping his party’s leaders after reports circulated that they might not bring up immigration bills for House votes, stating there is “leadership vacuum in Washington.” This comes after Heck was the only Silver State Republican to vote to end the government shutdown. Of course, challenger Erin Billbray opened herself up to shots by insinuating that Heck is anti-woman and un-American during a television interview. With the election more than a year away, this is going to be fun.
IF YOU SAY SO
The organizers of Life Is Beautiful announced 60,000 people attended their two-day festival. Wonder how many paid?