Many people move to Las Vegas because they like what they see and they like how the city evolved; but as soon as they move here they try to change Las Vegas to become more like the city they have left behind.
Those who have lived in Las Vegas more than thirty years must remember when it was a joy reading three daily newspapers every day, and later, after the Review-Journal finished with the North Las Vegas Valley Times, the two dailies lasted a while longer; they would remember when the names of the hotels were all well known, and above all friendly and offered the best service compared to none.
The overall crime rate in North Las Vegas is 11 percent higher than the national average, but now the city wants to cut the court system in half because “there is no need for two courtrooms” — by not feeling the seat left vacant by Municipal Court Judge Catherine Ramsey is also important, after the North Las Vegas mayor, the former short-time city attorney and a corrupt campaign manager conspired against Judge Ramsey by creating an episode that did not exist and turning the judge’s good intentions into a judicial misconduct.
The story began when a female judge in North Las Vegas Municipal Court came forward to defend the court from greedy city officials led by the North Las Vegas mayor and a few of his puppets, like City Attorney Sandra Morgan; and, as happens all the time anyone tries to prove the government wrong, they are accused of being troublemakers, crazy,
carrying a vendetta, doing it for personal reasons, or, as happens often with the Las Vegas Tribune, of being anti government, anti-police or radical.
Mayor John Lee wants to place the court’s legally earned money in the city’s general account, leaving the court moneyless; but Judge Catherine Ramsey fought city hall and sadly lost, and the mayor took the money that the court had collected from fines and other venues, which was earmarked to buy a new computer system.
The mayor, with the help of the useless judicial commission, managed to find Judge Ramsey guilty of something, and the judicial commission — as an ally of the mayor — barred Judge Ramsey from serving in the Municipal Court seat she had been in for her term.
Back to the newspapers, the Review-Journal, insisted on being the only newspaper in the city; the Las Vegas Sun became the afternoon newspaper, passing on to come in second place when it used to be the best and most informative news outlet in the community, thanks to the founder and editor, the late Hank Greenspun.
The afternoon edition of the paper was published until September 30, 2005, when, on October 2 of that same year, the Las Vegas Sun began distribution with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The change came about after the Sun entered into an amended joint operating agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal to deliver the Sun with the Review-Journal, but with the Sun’s content inserted in the now only daily newspaper in the city.
Now tourists and locals alike learn about the latest of the changes in the history of Las Vegas, since the greedy corporations that have taken over the world famous Las Vegas have marked a new policy: charging for parking to visit their property.
The fees will start at MGM, Aria, Bellagio, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Wynn; and, as is customary among Las Vegas hotels, once one property implements a new policy, the rest of the hotels follow suit.
The parking fees have taken a toll on Las Vegas, but all the media have pointed only to the tourists, the gamblers and the regular neighboring visitors from Utah, Arizona or California, ignoring the impact of the employees who make their living parking cars.
The national newspaper USA Today wrote: “The new valet fee means that guests at those bargain hotels will occasionally pay more in fees than they pay for the room. Caesars’ website shows a $39 sale rate for a midweek stay before Christmas. Add to that the optional $13 valet parking fee and the nightly $29 resort fee. ‘Resort fees’ are those mandatory nightly charges that cover things like Internet service. They are prevalent at hotels and resorts up and down the Strip and in resort markets.”
The dealers had their tips already stolen by Steve Wynn’s policy to take part of their tips to pay for “his” floor supervisors, with the help of the sold-out members of the Nevada Legislature for some charity call campaign contribution, adding the “bow and kiss the ring” of the former king of the Las Vegas gaming industry.
After looking at the future of Las Vegas, regardless of what the corporate mafia will say, most of the residents and maybe the high rollers that are used to the comps, the special treatments, free parking and many other perks offered in the past, will agree on one thing: Let’s welcome back the real “mafia.”