Collins inherited the PPA, from his pal, corrupted cop David Kallas, who is now a licensed marijuana pusher and is, according to many close to or claiming to be close to him, dying of pain and needs the
marijuana to ease that pain, whatever it is from.
I have no idea what is with the position of PPA Director, but so far the last two people in that position grew political aspirations: Kallas ran for Henderson City Council — and thanks to a local weekly named The Las Vegas Chronicle, which allowed me to expose the criminal police career of Detective David Kallas, he lost that election.
Chris Collins wants to be a State Senator; why? He has a very well paying job with the PPA, his wife has a well-paying job as an attorney for the PPA and has the opportunity to boss former District Attorney Dave Roger, who went to work under her at PPA Headquarters, after he retired one year into his second term as Clark County District Attorney to allegedly spend more time with his judge wife, who works\ ten hours a day, and his newly born daughter, and become a partner at Patty, Sgro, Lewis and Roger.
I hope that it is only a nightmare of mine, because if it happens to be a dream that comes true for the cop-turned executive, the people from Senate District 6 are in real bad shape.
Collins not only inherits the PPA job from Kallas, but he also learns from the dying man how to be manipulative and cynical as a typical Las Vegas cop.
It is my humble opinion that the only reason the Police Protective Association backed and endorsed sheriff candidate Larry Burns was to open the doors for Sheriff Gillespie’s shoulder-tapped candidate and now Sheriff-elect Joe Lombardo; let me explain it better so everyone can see if my suspicious mind works or not.
The PPA well knew that Larry Burns was the rank and file man regardless of whatever their joint opinion was; so they endorsed Burns to please the internal masses; and knowing how the voters dislike the police union someone spread the rumor that Burns would be controlled by the union; and then Lombardo and Gillespie worked out the transfer of killer cop Bryan Yant with a promotion to Executive Director of the Union as the icing on top of the cake because how could Burns be a good sheriff if the union that supports him is housing a controversial cop that has been involved in several shootings and has lied to a judge to obtain a false search warrant?
Remember that Joe Lombardo was Bryan Yant’s supervisor in the narcotic operation that killed a young black man unarmed and practically naked; but the public, the voters, were not privy to that information because the self-proclaimed “largest newspaper in Nevada” was endorsing Lombardo and it was in their best interest to make Burns look bad and weak, and controlled by the police union.
They can claim to be the largest newspaper in Nevada but they are not the most read newspaper because, as we have spelled out many times before, they don’t even print enough newspapers to serve the entire population of Clark County.
Our population is over two million and they claim that they print 200,000, which is much less than our population and after they deliver to their few subscribers they also send newspapers to the state capital, and many cities in Nevada plus other states.
Also, as I have stated before, I know people that get the daily paper and look for the sports section and throw the rest away; others grab the Nevada section and throw the rest away–sometimes the Nevada section is full of wire service news even more than other sections in the paper.
Besides, how can they claim to be “the largest newspaper in Nevada” when the Las Vegas Sun prints the same amount of papers as they do? Or do they only insert The Sun in a few of their papers?
I remember when our city was a normal city with two daily newspapers twice a day, morning and evening editions.
But let’s go back to my nightmare; is Chris Collins the president of the police union really thinking of promoting himself to the county commissioners for the state seat left vacant by our new Lt. Governor Marc Hutchison?
Is that why the commission chairman, Steve Sisolak, endorsed Joe Lombardo? To secure a peaceful future with the new sheriff or as the peace pipe with Gillespie for making him beg for the money?
What is the mystery behind that endorsement after he personally gave Lombardo’s master, Sheriff Gillespie, such a hard time on the “more cops”\ tax issue? Who is really moving the strings here, Gillespie, Lombardo or Sisolak? Hey! Let’s blame the Republicans on this one, too.
I hope that the county commissioners have the decency to think about the voters above everything and everyone and choose the right person for that position; if they give the job to Chris Collins, the people of District 6 will be stuck with him forever because it is always very difficult to get rid of the incumbent, and an ambitious person like Collins will soon be running for Lt. Governor himself, or even Governor. God forgive us!
There is no doubt in my mind that the political machine in Clark County is the most cynical and maneuvering in the nation and they have no respect for the constituents whatsoever.
They pretend to dislike someone and then they are discovered eating at the same table with that person; they pretend to be one way and then they show their real face.
That’s why sometimes I hate my job because I’m passionate about what I do and when I like someone I am loyal to the end. I could never be a politician under any circumstances.
I like Steve Sisolak, I have say that many time when his name come up on different venues, I have said it to him in person, I have said that on the air when I interviewed him, I have confirm that early in the morning when we both coming out of the same place at the same time but I have to be honest right now I don’t like what I see.
I know that Chris Collins lives in Senate District 6, but there has to be someone else in that district that is interested in serving the community in that district, at least until an election can take place.
Then if Chris Collins want to run for State Senator in District 6 he can do that, but not as an incumbent.
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) 868-6397