Before I go on with my weekly rampage and my column, I would like to
thank some of the people who remembered me on this Christmas and took the time to acknowledged me.
Attorney Eric Roy even took the time to send me a present that is very
useful and very much needed in an office like ours, and for that I am expressing my gratitude.
I have a Christmas card from Las Vegas Municipal Court Chief Judge Bert Brown, who very seldom agrees with me on anything, but never forgets that I exist; he did not listen to me when I told him to name his daughter, his first child, Holly, during his first judicial race, Victoria, as a reminder of his first political victory.
Also, Family Court Judge Art Ritchie remembered me on this Christmas and he and his wife Jody took the time to hand-write a very nice card that got here the same day I am writing this column, which is earlier because of the holidays’ schedule.
My new friend, Judge Bill Kephart, his energetic judicial assistant Minddie Lloyd, and the staff of Department 6 in Justice Court, sent me a card wishing me the best and reminding me that he is stepping up the ladder by running next year for the 8th Judicial District Court position that will be vacated by retiring Judge Allan Earl, who will be missed by all at the courthouse and the many friends he created during all his years on the bench.
And now back to real life and to being myself instead of showing my
sentimental mushy side, that I hope is not that mushy, and start with some political sarcasm and a difference of opinion from the usual opinions I read.
For example, let’s talk about how the ace reporter of the daily newspaper (the wannabe only newspaper in Las Vegas), John Smith, who insists on ignoring any other candidate for sheriff besides the ones the administration allows the media to talk about in any way, form or shape.
The present administration and their puppets in the so-called mainstream media don’t want anyone to know that there are more qualified candidates that could replace Sheriff Doug Gillespie when he retires next year and do a better job; they don’t want John Q. Public to know that those candidates are not connected in ANY way or manner to the present administration, and that those unmentioned candidates will NOT become part of the inheritance that the administration has nurtured for years — and that should one of THOSE UNMENTIONED CANDIDATES be elected, the chain will be broken and the public will be saved.
I keep saying it over and over and I hope enough people will hear me and listen to what I am saying because it is VERY important for the safety and future of our lives.
John Smith only mentions the candidates that are being backed by a few
of the high ranking in the current and past administrations of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where each have a candidate of their choice being categorized as the best of them all to continue with the same policy and rules that have earmarked the police department for the last few years.
Then as a token to make things sound a little bit “fair and democratic,” John Smith was nice enough to mention Bobby G. Groneaur, but still ignored Angel Barboza or Gordon Martines, giving the impression that John Smith might well be discriminating against the two Latinos in the race, and the higher-ups of the newspaper are allowing him to do that to please the administration of the Las Vegas Police Department.
I believe that it is my duty to keep telling the people in Clark County that by electing any one of the three supposedly — allegedly — favorites in the race, who are and have been for a long time part of this corrupted police administration, we will continue to have more of the same BECAUSE they belong to the same clique as the present dictatorial regime that has been ruling the police force in this county.
The people have the right to know that it is MORE THAN LIKELY that
none of the candidates supported by Smith, the daily newspaper and the
police administration have the public’s best interests at heart and
just want to keep the dynasty going their way.
Joe Lombardo, Ted Moody and Larry Burns are the three that have been
made the favorites by present and past administrations, as well as by
Smith and the daily, and we have to wonder why; but let’s leave the
first two alone for a minute and concentrate on the last one, Captain
Larry Burns, who, until just weeks ago, was part of the administration
and following their orders, right or wrong, fair or unfair, as is his
responsibility as a member of that organization to do.
Military people or law enforcement people are not supposed to question
orders, but just follow them, regardless. But is Captain Burns seeing
the need to occupy the position being left behind by Gillespie’s not
running again in order to break the chain of the inheritance created
by Metro? or was he contemplating the run for a long time and just
kept his mouth shut all this time?
One thing might make everyone wonder is the sudden support from the
Police Protective Association, the infamous union that is supposed to
fight and protect the rights of the rank and file, but it is paid for
and supported by the administration.
The Police Protective Associations is well known for supporting the
higher-ups and it is understandable because they are paid by the same
budget that pays the police department, creating a conflict of
interest that may not protect the rank and file.
There was a female rank and file member that ran for sheriff and she
did not get the support of “her union.” In fact, that same female\
member of the rank and file that the Police Protective Association is
supposed to represent, defend and protect got in some hot water and
“her union” did not represent her, support her or defend her in any of
the incidents that were created just because she was running for the
sheriff position, which is generally thought of as a man’s position,
despite the fact that this is now 2013.
The people in Clark County have to understand that there is still a
lot of discrimination in this community and Metro is no exception.
Metro is part of that discrimination that tarnishes Clark County, Las
Vegas and the State of Nevada.
But it is still early and maybe there will be even more candidates
running for that position; if one or another Spanish name pops up, we
may be able to see how they are welcome, if indeed they are welcome,
in the race.
Or maybe some of those running for the top cop position will decide to
step down due to some sort of deal with federal prosecutors, if the
lawsuit brought by Detective Gordon Martines against Sheriff Gillespie
and fourteen of his fellows in the administration takes shape and goes
to trial, which I think will happen because the feds are asking too
many questions of too many people.
But anyway, you all still have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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) 699-8111.
Before I go on with my weekly rampage and my column, I would like to