My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
Before I start rambling with this week’s My Point of View, I want to take the chance to wish my friend and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman a happy birthday.
On Sunday, July 26, the “Happiest Mayor in the World” will turn 81 years old and even if he is retired, he’s still the “Happiest Mayor in the World” and I hope he has many more happy birthdays.
Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish our new contributor, Wayne Allyn Root, a happy birthday. I don’t know which birthday it will be, but regardless of his age, I’d like to wish him all good things in the world and a wonderful happy birthday.
Besides wishing Wayne Allyn Root a happy birthday, I also
want to welcome him to our team of contributors. I like his writing, I like his opinions, and I like the fact that he is now part of the Las Vegas Tribune.
After meeting this week with a city of Las Vegas Deputy Director and a Supervisor I came to the conclusion that our city form of government is very wrong; a janitor has more power than the entire city council and they are all afraid to “upset” the city manager. I am glad he is leaving soon.
The city manager is selected and hired by the council, but after he is sworn in, the city manager orders the city council around.
Neither the mayor nor the city council has any say so in any of the departments like planning, business licenses, code enforcement, parking services and many other “independent” departments.
The city of Las Vegas needs a government structure like Chicago, Philadelphia or even New York as long as it is not a socialist-communist government system as New York today.
It looks like the city government is taking a different shape; the Little Caesar City Attorney is gone, the city manager is leaving, and thanks to the “patriots” of Las Vegas now the city has a new mayor pro-tem for the next one hundred and six days.
What happens to the city government after the next one hundred and six days is a question mark, but I hope that the mayor and the rest of the board do the right thing picking the new mayor pro-tem. Whatever happens on the city board is up to the city council, but I hope that they do not choose Cedric Crear as the first black mayor of Las Vegas because if they do, I can count the number of days of Mayor Carolyn Goodman on that board, because I don’t believe that Crear would have the patience to wait for Madam Mayor to end her term.
Michele Fiore should not have listened to those rebel socialists that asked for her resignation; she should not have given in to their demands and Mayor Goodman should not have obeyed their orders and accepted their demands.
They claim they protest in the name of freedom of expression, but the reality is that anyone who does not agree with them becomes the enemy. How dare anyone disagree with them!?!
In all the years I have been in this city I have never seen such a miserable city council as I see now.
I am not a legislator, nor am I a historian or a lawyer who understands the city system, but I do believe the city needs a total reform.
As I said before, the city needs its own police department, appointed by the mayor and the city council, its own city council, controlled by a mayor and a city council that is not bossed around by a city manager or a city attorney who has everyone under his wings.
The mayor and the city council are only decorative figures that have no say so and are not good examples for our city.
None of those sitting on the present board will be affected, but I think the people of Las Vegas would be happy with a real board that is not controlled by anyone — not by the city manager and certainly not by the city attorney.
We need a city attorney who appears in front of the council in a suit, like a normal human being, and not in jeans and a blouse and high heels. I am glad he has “half” left the city of Las Vegas
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 702-272-4634.