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<p>Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, presenting a proclamation to Opportunity Village Executive Director Ed Guthrie last month, will deliver the &amp;#8220;2014 State of the City&amp;#8221; address today, Thursday, at 5 p.m. at City Hall.</p>

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, presenting a proclamation to Opportunity Village Executive Director Ed Guthrie last month, will deliver the &#8220;2014 State of the City&#8221; address today, Thursday, at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

First, we over here at CityLife want to thank Mayor Goodman and the members of the City Council for their service to our community. It is far from easy to balance the competing interests driving public policy in this city: Downtown developers, business developers, residential developers, art-gallery developers, development developers, versus their employees.

Ha ha! Just some of that typical CityLife wit and wisdom!

Seriously, you put a lot of time into the job and listen to a lot of bullshit, plus you have annoying newspaper people looking over your shoulder all the time. I can imagine days when the job doesn’t seem worth $73,687.05 (or $132,636.67, for the mayor). But that said, we’re sure that you appreciate a little constructive criticism from time to time (especially from the conspiracy theorists who are convinced JFK is alive and well and working with the Parks and Recreation Department of the city), and you can never have to much input from the public (hahahahaha! Seriously. We’re at the same meetings you are. There are a lot of loopy people with not enough to do in this city).

1. We’ve noticed the reluctance of the elected council and mayor to back the establishment of brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries inside the city limits. This is unfortunate. The people of the state, and the council constituents in Las Vegas, voted for a constitutional amendment that not only allows medicinal marijuana in the state, but requires the state to establish a process for selling the drug. Forcing city dwellers to travel to get the drug they use for medical issues would be unfair (and would hand over an economic development platform to those outside the city). The future is unwritten, but lets reflect the will of the people and support dispensaries.

2. Gay marriage is happening all over the country. The council and the mayor should support civil rights for same-sex partners who seek to marry. Again, it’s a two-fer: it makes good economic sense for the city and it is the right thing to do.

3. More bluegrass and real country music, please. By that we mean people who like and listen to Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt.

4. We are supposed to see wholesale changes to many of the old businesses and buildings acquired by the Downtown Project and other developers. Fine. But let’s make sure we keep some of the funky old downtown in the flashy new downtown. Don’t take away our Historic Huntridge Tavern!

5. Less road construction. As documented in the pages of CityLife, the torn-up roads have become a plague.

6. A bookstore and a movie theater downtown, please. (We know the bookstore is coming; it can’t come too soon for us!)

7. Free beer. (No one said this had to be realistic.)

8. A place downtown that makes the good Italian cold submarines on a hard roll, the kind the sandwich shop at Bonneville and Las Vegas Boulevard before it got torched. Please, Mayor and Council: You cannot overestimate the importance of a good Italian cold submarine on a hard roll. Especially if you can put hot pepper relish on it.

So there you have it: In a nutshell, more pot, more gay marriages, bluegrass and country, beer and honky-tonk bars and Italian cold submarines.


The Staff at CityLife