Mayor Carolyn Goodman will share the microphones of Face The Tribune with me on Monday, February 23, and hopefully she will be able to stay the whole hour and maybe even get some phone calls.
I can’t say that my line of communication with Mayor Goodman is as good as it used to be with her husband, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Not because the communication doesn’t exist, but maybe because Mrs. Goodman is not as controversial as her husband used to be when he was the Mayor and she does not need anyone to come to her defense, even though I don’t think she really needs anyone to defend her.
She was a director of a school and she doesn’t need any defense, while Oscar was referred to by the mainstream media as “the mob lawyer.” I have to remind people that Oscar is an attorney and as an attorney he defended those who needed to be defended as long as they had money to pay for that defense. (And oh boy! was he expensive!) Mrs. Goodman is a sophisticated, elegant lady and that certainly is no reason to criticize her, while Oscar was criticized for inviting a client to his daughter’s wedding, a client who, through the years, became his friend; a man that has been accused of being “mob
connected” but it was never successfully proven to be so; and then along comes Rolando to Oscar’s defense. Oscar was a very successful attorney and probably never had the idea of getting into politics, but he was elected Mayor of Las Vegas. Then what was the man to do? Forget his friends, ignore those who were by his side before and indirectly were contributors to his fame and popularity? Of course not!
When another client died in prison, Oscar the Mayor did not hesitate to offer assistance and even go to his funeral, knowing full well that his critics were ready to criticize him; gestures like that is what make me admire and respect former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. I never had any friend like that; my experience is that when you are down you have no friends because that is the way people are; that is the way life is.
But regardless, I take pride in being a friend to my so-called friends and when they have a party, most likely I will be absent because I don’t like parties; but when they are in a hospital bed, dead, or even in prison, I am there for them or their family, even if I have to drive three hours to visit them at the prison, because that’s when I assume they need a friendly hand most.
The other day when I attended the campaign kick-off for Chief Judge Bert Brown at Pieros Restaurant, the place was packed with all types of important people; I was at the back of the room when Oscar and his wife Carolyn walked in the place. Oscar saw me at the back of the room and walked straight over to were I was, gave me a hug and complained because I do not call him.
When many attorneys that I used to know were upset with me because I was supporting Attorney Jackie Glass in her race against Judge Jeffrey Sobel for the Eighth District Court, I didn’t care. I knew that that department needed a change and I helped the underdog as always because as I keep saying, I am not looking for fame, publicity or the spotlight; all I want is for my city to have the best public servants in the whole state.
I don’t need to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, which is not my thing. I am happy with my life. I work from dawn to dusk (and even later) and that is all I need.
I do my rounds in the courthouse in the morning and I watch the city council or the county commission meetings in my office, do my radio show at noon and attend my appointments the rest of the afternoon until it is time to go home.
When everyone was supporting the incumbent in Muni Court Department 3, the Las Vegas Tribune and I were campaigning for the underdog; and when Heidi Almase won that election and became Judge Almase, I was
very happy. Yet during her term, I believe I can count on the fingers of one hand and still have fingers left over how many times I have had contact with Judge Almase because all I wanted is for her to win that election and nothing else.
Today, I am even happier, pleased and proud, to learn that Judge Almase has been appointed as an alternate judge for the Nevada Commission for Judicial Discipline.
Every time I support a candidate and that person succeeds in the position he/she ran for, it makes me proud.
Judge Almase has been doing a good job, maintaining a very cordial and professional relationship with all her colleagues and has contributed enormously to the integrity of the Municipal Court.
Since 1976, when it was established, the commission investigates violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct, and is composed of seven members.
The commission is composed of two judges appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court, two attorneys appointed by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada and three lay persons appointed by the governor.
Through a spokesperson Judge Almase says that she was honored to be of service and appreciates the nomination.
Judge Almase’s term on the commission ends in January 2019.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-868-NEWS (6397)