NORTH TOWN THROW DOWN
While we are sure readers know North Las Vegas is on the brink of a financial disaster, the current mayor and former mayors have taken to the print pages of the local newspapers to volly blame back-and-forth. Current Mayor John Lee began the volley Jan. 7 with an op-ed in the Sun that accussed prior administrations of lying to its citizens. He added that “more than $200 million had been looted from the utility fund.” The two previous mayors, Michael L. Montandon (1997-2009) and Shari Buck (2009-13) responded in the pages of the Review-Journal with an op-ed of their own telling Lee he needs to do less blaming, focus on working with current City Council and staff. They also point out that the current administration is also taking money from the utility fund to cover shortfalls. With the State of the City today (Thursday) at Aliante Station, it will be interesting to see if Lee publicly responds, or realizes public airing of who-did-what might not be the best route to take for a city on the brink.
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
If we are talking about the new eight-member governing board for University Medical Center, then the answer is “no.” The board was created by the clark County Commission to provide oversight of UMC’s affairs. The former chief of staff at UMC, who was among 36 candidates who put their name in for the board’s selection, said a doctor on the board could help the hospital with various issues including being patient friendly, attracting more insured patients and improving retention for specialty doctors. Ah, but what would he know? He’s only a doctor with administrative experience.
ELITISTS SUGGEST “FUNDING” SCHOOLS HELPS EDUCATION
Yet another study, the RJ reports, uses “facts” to ridicule Nevada as the worst place in the country for kids’ opportunities, because our schools (news flash!) suck. The best state? Massachusetts. TAX-achusetts, you mean!!! They waste all that money educating children, and for WHAT? To grow up to be scientists and doctors and find a cure for cancer? Our kids learn to park cars and deal cards, like God intended!!!
BUT IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN NEVADA!
Despite the news that our schools are the worst in the United States - a country, one may note, that isn’t exactly top-of-the-heap among the global competitors in education either - education officials noted that we’re getting a little bit better in math and reading among eighth graders. “That is fantastic news for our state,” Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky reportedly told the RJ.
WAY TO SUCK THE VISIONARY OUT OF THE FUTURIST
UNLV last week promoted the Jan. 23 visit and speech by oft-cited, hugely influential public intellectual and certified big cheese Ray Kurzweil as a talk by Google’s “director of engineering.” (See To-Do List, page 4, for details.)
HIGH HILL TO CLIMB
Adam Laxalt, grandson of former governor and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt said he will seek the state attorney general’s office. He joins Ross Miller, son of former Gov. Bob Miller, in entering the race. Laxalt, 34, is a Republican and Miller, 37, is a Democrat. Miller has served two terms as the state secretary of state. However, six members of the Laxalt family have already endorsed or given money to Miller, including grandpa. But Paul Laxalt is expected to support his grandson’s race. If the name Adam Laxalt sounds familiar, it’s because his mother, Michelle Laxalt, and former U.S. Sen. Pete Dominici of New Mexico revealed last year Dominici is Adam’s father. Let the campaign begin.
YIPES! WE AGREE WITH BEERS
We’ve all had to do it in our working Las Vegas careers: stand in line to get a work card. Now City Councilman Bob Beers wants to pare back the program, especially moving the public hearings for work card denials to an appointed panel. The most troubling, heart-wrenching parts of City Council meetings is when some poor soul who is working to overcome some personal issues - likely dealing with alcohol or drugs - is made to stand before the council to have the private citizen’s laundry aired, not only in the council chambers but across the television airwaves and Internet (if anyone watches). “Telling someone in their fifth year of sobriety they can’t work behind the counter of a 7-11 and then making them go before the whole City Council and Channel 2 appeal the decision is reprehensible to me,” Beers told the Review-Journal. We at CityLife agree that what was introduced as a way to keep mob assoicates at bay has outlived its time.