WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE? WHERE’S THE CONTROL-ALT-DELETE?
The Nevada DMV’s computer system, which is essential to get your license and register your car and other transportation needs, crashed Saturday, Jan. 28 and again last Friday. Despite a parallel to the federal Obamacare program computer kerplunk, there were no immediate calls to repeal drivers license requirements.
ALL OVER IT, AND BY THAT WE MEAN, BLAME THE MEXICAN
An interesting Twitter conversation last week: Channel 8 reported that a metaphorical flood of Latinos getting the newly authorized drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants caused the DMV computers to crash. Then Channel 8 said DMV blamed the Mexicans but really it was just water. DMV said “WTF? You said that, not us.” Then Channel 8 said “excuse the confusion.”
BROKEN DOORS OF JUSTICE
The Review-Journal reported Saturday that a pair of supposed-to-be-secure doors at the Regional Justice Center swing wide, and without an alarm. Might not be a big deal, except that the doors give access to the judges’ chambers. Supposedly, the problem has been known for three months. This issue joins a long list of security issues at the center since it opened in 2005, including hiring more marshals to run front-door security, to the installation of additional cameras to cover blind spots. We guess it’s not only the wheels of justice that move slowly.
GETTING AWAY CLEAN
Las Vegas Metro Capt. David O’Leary basically got away with wasting your taxpayer money, and embarrassing the department. You see, the good captain arranged for Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba to fly around in a police helicopter, then propose to his girlfriend. How romantic. Instead of accepting punshment in the form of a demotion, O’Leary retired last month, which will allow him to receive a higher payment from PERS. Of course, the two other Metro employees the good captain roped into this little event were transfered, with the pilot banned from flying for the department. Have fun in retirement, which we guess may be running security for some rock band.
Ok, it wasn’t so much an eviction as it was a we-are-not-renewing-your-lease notice for the Las Vegas Wranglers minor league hockey team. Boyd Gaming, owners of the Orleans Arena where the team has played for a decade, reportedly didn’t even negotiate with the team leaving what fans of the team there are (the team averages 4,500 fans per game) stunned. A “Save the Las Vegas Wranglers” Facebook page was created to drum up support. According to team brass, they have until Jan. 20 to find a new home, or there will be no team in Las Vegas next season. How about an outdoor rink downtown on some of that open land?
GIMME THE LOOT, GIMME THE LOOT
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee is not shy about blasting his predecessors about the city’s current financial predicament. On Tuesday, the mayor said more than $200 million was taken from the utility fund to balance the city’s budget over the years. Lee used the word “looting” to describe what happened. The practice has been discouraged by the Nevada Legislature and the state Tax Department. Lee, in a column in the Las Vegas Sun, wrote, “Over the past few weeks, we have uncovered significant problems with past financial representations and accounting practices engaged in by the city.” To quote Notorious B.I.G., “Big up, big up, it’s a stick up, stick up.”
IN MEMORIUM, NOT A SNARK
We here at CityLife want to mention the passing of three people who have had an impact on downtown life through the years. Since we don’t have any good place to do this, we will mention it here.
With the turn of the new year, Las Vegas lost three notables in the last week: Vincent Frey, a social activist for civil rights and progressive politics, and who was universally liked and admired. Vincent, was a Valley High grad and world traveler, but Las Vegas was his lifelong home; Gary Wright, a drummer with Las Vegas’ rock bands 12 Volt Sex, an early version of Black Camaro, the Scrubs, the Las Vegas Nines and many other groups; and Ovik Banerjee, a project manager at the Downtown Project’s Learning Village and self-described “Swiss Army Knife” for the Downtown Project. All three men will be missed.