One of the Spanish community’s most notable figures of our time,
Miguel Barrientos, took me to lunch for a big “7-Mares” dish at the
Esmeralda Restaurant; and even if Miguel and his wife Angie have
always been very nice to me, it kind of surprised me to get his call
during a weekday, but the call was to invite me to lunch and I
Miguel wanted to meet with me to offer me a deal that I cannot refuse,
to co-host the last hour of his show one day a week — and of course, I
The 7-Mares was great, the offer to co-host a Spanish radio show like
I used to do when Miguel had a show at 5 in the morning was fantastic
and an honor that I very humbly accepted.
It brought back memories of not only when I had the first Spanish
radio show in Las Vegas with my friend, the late Agustin Menendez, but
also when I used to share the microphones on KRLV Radio with one of my
favorite popular figures of the Latino community, Marlene Monteolivo,
and we used to fight like cats and dogs (I was the dog, and of course
Marlene was the pussycat) with different points of view and opinions.
So remember: from this Wednesday, May 14th, on, I’ll be the second
banana for Miguel Barrientos on KLAV Radio at 4 p.m.– and on my first
day our guests are going to be Family Court Judge Kenneth Pollack and
Sheriff candidate Ted Moody… IF his campaign team (Ronnie Council
and Rebecca Maxi) allow him to share the microphones with me and
It is really a shame that Ronnie Council has taken sides with Dave
Thomas and turned against me because when someone publicized some not
too nice notes about her and her company, I was the only one that
immediately called her to offer my support and write the other side of
the story before she asked me to “leave it alone” and asked me not to
respond to the accusations.”
Every time her partner, Rebecca Maxi, has a new client and wants to
write something about that client, the pages of Las Vegas Tribune have
always been open to her and to her partners.
I always had a nice opinion of, and had respected, the two of them,
but I think that they may have thought that because I speak with an
accent I also think with an accent when nothing is further from the
truth. I am Cuban, but not dumb, and my silly little comment about
being a “poor little Cuban refugee” is nothing more than a joke. I am
not hungry and I cannot be bought by a lunch that they wanted to have
with me — not me with them.
Even my enemies respect me; how in h*** do these two ladies think that
they can disrespect me, insult my intelligence and get away with that?
I have dealt with many of the female sitting judges and judge
candidates and there is not one that can say that I have crossed the
line — confused their friendly behavior toward me with anything other
than that. I’ve always given them the respect that they all deserve,
even those judges that I have criticized, like retiring District Court
Judge Valorie Vega, whom I have always considered an unfair judge to
women and to Latinos; District Court Judge Sally Loehrer, who dislikes
me because I did not like her partner, a former Supreme Court Judge.
I have never once disrespected either one of them in any of my
articles or in any references to them.
And regarding Dave Thomas’ wife, Judge Nancy Alf — who I think is very
wise not to use his name — on the very few occasions we have crossed
paths, I have always given her the respect she deserves with a nod or
a simple greeting; I’ve never been rude or disrespectful to her
because she has never given me a reason for that, because she is a
lady and because she is a judge. And even if I may disagree with one
of her rulings, it’s like I always say: the black robe she wears on
the bench deserves the utmost respect.
But I am also very quick to point out when a member of the judicial
system makes an error or commits an unscrupulous act while in an
official capacity, much as I would when a police officer is caught in
a criminal act — be it doing drugs, forcing themselves upon someone in
a sexual act, committing a white collar crime or anything else, for
Public officials are human beings; we all know that, but they should
be held to a higher standard and be exposed when they commit a crime
and are caught in the act.
That is one of the reasons that I created the Las Vegas Tribune, to
expose all the corruption and all the police and judicial abuse that
exists in our community. That might include exposing police officers
snorting cocaine “to be more credible” in their work (according to
what former Deputy Chief John Sullivan told this newspaper when he was
running for Sheriff), and to expose police officers that want to be
pimps and whores to make extra money on the side by extorting money
from the real working girls that are terrorized by those who are
supposed to enforce the law.
Once, a long time ago, I befriended a working girl in Scottsdale,
Arizona; and when she came to Las Vegas she called me from the hotel
she was staying at and asked me where she could go to meet people. I
asked if she wanted to meet friends or clients, and in any case, I
told her you could always meet people at the casino bar (every hotel
in those days had at least one casino bar) to make it possible.
An hour later she called back and told me that the casino bar was not
a good idea because all the barstools were occupied by other girls and
no guys could even sit down.
I told her to go to the house phone and I gave her a name to page —
the most famous vice-cop of the day — and told her to hang up the
phone after the hotel operator had paged the name two or three times
and then to go back to her bar stool. By the time she went back to the
bar all the girls were gone and she was happy.
The girls disappeared, not because they were afraid to go to jail, but
because it was too early and they did not have the “quota” to give the
vice-cop that would allow them to work.
See, cops are under the illusion that they are more wise, more
intelligent and more savvy than anyone else; that we are the stupid
ones and they are the only intelligent humans. (Did I say humans? I’m
sorry, I meant cops) and that is where they are wrong.
Next week I will tell the story about the cop that wanted to expose my
face to a snitch to confirm my identity, and how they thought they
would have to trick me to be seen by the snitch. Until then, enjoy
life the best you can because we never know when the next cop will
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.
One of the Spanish community’s most notable figures of our time,