It is a very simple question that often is ignored by the very officials that have begged for their trust and, of course, their vote of the sometimes not-too-intelligent voting community.
A great number of elected officials at all levels of government take for granted the vote of confidence granted to them by citizens who were naïve enough to listen but did not have the fact-checking ability of an Internet website.
We are in Nevada; Las Vegas is part of Nevada, so let’s use Las Vegas history to prove our point. We will try to prove our point — that of elected officials taking advantage of the citizens’ naivete — by using the memory of those who have to deal with the everyday issues of our fantastic community; we want to try to prove that point and not give an inch of opportunity to the elected officials to wiggle out of their mistakes or accuse us of being anti-government for speaking up and out loud and trying to open the eyes of those who elected them into office.
We went to Google and asked a simple question: What year was the Regional Justice Center built? Assuming that such a simple question will bring us to how long it took the contracting friend of someone to build the RJC, how long behind schedule the job was when finally finished and open, how much more taxpayers money it took to finish the job and how many flaws were detected after the great fanfare opening.
As cynical as we are, we were not surprised to find an apologetic note that read “This Page Could Not Be Found!” and down below, another note trying to give some hope: “Couldn’t find what you’re looking for? Oops! Try again.”
Could it be that one of the biggest embarrassments for our illustrious public and elected officials has been taking that information out so people will not laugh at them for being lax with the taxpayers’ money for the sole purpose of helping a friend or a campaign donor? If it is the “helping a friend” excuse, that would not be much of a friend; and if the excuse is “helping a campaign donor,” that is an inexcusable and despicable use of taxpayers’ money.
What about the now infamous monorail that was going to “cost the taxpayers no money at all?” The Las Vegas Monorail Web Page is confusing to say the least, and we are wondering if the golden boy of the modern public and elected officials, Jeremy Aguero, has any involvement in the Las Vegas Monorail structure.
“The Las Vegas Monorail Company runs the only privately owned public transportation system in the United States. The Monorail utilizes no public funds to operate the system,” and we ask, how do we know that to be true?
In another well-manicured statement, we read a different input. “In 2000, the nonprofit Las Vegas Monorail Company (LVMC) was formed and it acquired the original Monorail system. It is governed by its board of directors, appointed by the governor of Nevada.”
Well, we may be behind in our knowledge of business structure, regardless of over a century of experience among us at the newspaper, but we never heard of a private organization with private money where the board of directors and the executive staff is appointed by the governor of any state, and we wonder which one it is, but unfortunately no one has been able to give a reasonable answer to our inquiring minds.
And now comes the flamboyant Las Vegas Stadium — that at one time was planned as the Raiders Stadium under the Raiders’ team owners — is supposed to be in partnership with one of the many corporate systems, under the watchful eyes of the governor of Nevada.
It is our understanding that the site chosen for the stadium may change or has already changed; no plans or renderings have been shown of the supposedly private stadium that the taxpayers have been forced into being a part of by the intelligent but cynical members of our elected board of commissioners.
Another government entity has been created, existing under the name Las Vegas Stadium Authority; if that name sounds familiar it’s because we, as informed by our elected representatives, already have created the Las Vegas Valley Water Authority filled by all the elected
officials of a few neighboring cities and no one from the taxpayers community, perhaps because the taxpayers are ‘too stupid’ and know nothing about anything and might disrupt the “good” format.
And let’s not forget the almighty Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority with members of the Clark County and the City of Las Vegas taking priority seats on the board to “help the casino executives manage and bring ideas to their properties” because…what do they know about business? They only put their money where the government tells them to, just as it tells them how to use their investments.
We may have seen that type of business structure before — in Venezuela, Cuba or even in Russia!