FILE ART A dancer gets ready to hit the floor after getting ready backstage at The Horse, the site of the former Crazy Horse Too, on Industrial Road in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The strip club is set to hold a grand opening party Saturday with a new owner after years of being closed. (Jessica Ebelhar/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
RJ FILE*** JOHN LOCHER/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL The Aria hotel-casino, part of the MGM-Mirage CityCenter project, is shown on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, in Las Vegas. The two Aria hotel towers have received gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Aria hotel-casino is the center of an MGM Resorts International promotion for a visual checklist for a 36-hour, $1 million weekend in Las Vegas.
TOO SEXY FOR THE MEETING
The Clark County School District Board of Trustees last week tabled dangerous talk about instituting comprehensive sex ed programs. It’s weird that the only state in the union that has legal prostitution and has ads for strip clubs all over town is afraid of teaching children about sex and sexuality.
THE BIG DRIP
The Southern Nevada Water Authority lost (again) in state court last week after a judge ordered the State Engineer to (again, but thoroughly) consider the impacts of pumping billions of gallons from rural Nevada and Utah to water golf courses in Las Vegas. In a completely totally unrelated note, SNWA General Manager and Water Czarina Pat Mulroy said she will step down from the water job and away from the $15-billion “water grab” in February after a quarter-century in charge of the water system.
DOME ONLY WAY TO GO
We at CityLife are a little confused about why the committee discussing a possible stadium at UNLV is thinking anything but building an indoor facility. We understand why the MGM International representative on the advisory committee would try to undermine it (they have their own new smaller arena on the way) but everyone else sees the benefit, right. Mid-afternoon games, bidding on large college sports events such as Final Four and championship football, Major League Soccer, getting the National Final Rodeo back. Any other thinking is short sighted and, if you’re MGM, self-serving.
In a story that won’t go away for Gov. Brian Sandoval, nor should it, a Sacramento Bee investigation into the fates of hundreds (HUNDREDS!) of mentally ill people put on a Greyhound Bus from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas the past few years found “crime and tragedy often followed.” A criminal database check of more than 1,000 people sent from here to places from California to Florida found “dozens of apparent matches involving murder, attempted murder, assault, sex crimes, drug crimes, theft, vagrancy,” etc., etc., etc. While Nevada is consistently near the bottom on educating our children, like shitty parents we ship away our problem adults to neighbors and distant relatives instead of trying to help and support them ourselves.
Aria Resort & Casino has created what it is calling a “visual checklist” for a 36-hour, $1 million weekend here in Sin City. Trumpeted by the press release stating “Many dream of the luxuries that a million dollars could buy in the entertainment capital of the world.” The press release provides a link to a prospective checklist and even encourages “aspiring jetsetter and those taking this over-the-top challenge” to brag about their activities on social media with #VegasWeekend. Of course, the checklist is all tied to Aria’s parent company, MGM Resorts International. We here at CityLife don’t see any way this could backfire for MGM. #GamingRegulators.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 19,000
State officials behind the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange talked about how the number of people accessing the site and registering for plans through Nevada Health Link marketplace tripled in a single week! Those are the type of statements one should feel good about until it is realized enrollment remains well below early forecasts of signups. Only 6,629 Nevadans had selected qualified health plans by Dec. 8. The number is significantly under the 25,000 Nevadans who lost coverage this fall due to Obamacare’s benefits mandates. A lot of work left to do.
A federal judge ruled part of Utah’s polygamy law is unconstitutional. We smell another wedding business model on the horizon.
Is there any list Nevada isn’t on the bottom of? The latest finds Nevada veterans wait longer to have disability benefits claims completed than any other state. According to U.S. Dean Heller, our veterans waited an average of 433 days to have their claims completed. Of course, veterans affairs representatives said the process is getting better.