How can anyone think about building a property and ignore the parking facility?

My Point of View
By Rolando Larraz
It is always easy to blame the next person, whoever that person may be; and it is always easier to find excuses instead of explanations.
I have said it so many times that I no longer can count them: it is not the politicians, it is those who elect the politicians — and that is YOU.
The American people no longer can afford to vote for a candidate just because “my daughter is dating her son” or “I went to school with him,” or “he or she always remembers my name” and all the many other stupid reasons that have nothing at all to do with the candidates’ qualifications.
When politicians start feeding all that cockamamie vocabulary of theirs to voters, to convince them that they are the real thing, it is almost like they are running a boiler room.
When those with experience in boiler rooms become politicians, the picture is even worse and the voters become victims of the elected officials.
Take for example the deal with the Stadium: how can anyone think about building a property of that magnitude and ignore the parking facility?
It is very easy — the rush to close the deal was so imperative that the rush to lie to the voters of Clark County became necessary, and they did that by telling them that the room tax would not affect them — all of which was more important than slowing down the negotiations for that particular location.
Of course, if anyone thinks that [I think] there was some kind of “campaign contribution” by listening to the negotiations, they will call me a conspiracy theorist, a mentally-challenged individual, or an anti-communism radical.
I left my native Cuba sixty years ago because I believe that communism is a terrible system that only benefits the ones in power, and that the difference between Communism and Democracy is very simple: Democracy is the exploitation of the man by the man and Communism is the exploitation of the man by the government, and that is where this great nation is heading if the voters do not wake up and see the reality in the political system of this country.
Do those big names in sports really think that in a communist country they are going to make millions and be spoiled by the fans as celebrities? If they do believe that, I’d like to get in on that ever-popular deal of selling them the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge — and at the same time, for just a little bit more, I’ll throw in the Statue of Liberty!
Every time I hear of the stadium and the parking issues I cannot help but to go back a decade and think of the now infamous Regional Injustice Center where the county government was in such a hurry to close the deal that they opened a building of that size with only six elevators that work only half of the time and the handicap ramp, being an afterthought, was built months after the building was opened — with all the fanfare of the political system; and now, only ten years later, the building is not big enough for all the courts and they are throwing Municipal Court out of the building.
You see, that is why the politicians don’t like me, because I tell the truth, and even when I lie I tell the truth because I love this city; there is no other city I will live in besides Las Vegas. I grew up here, I lived all my life here and I cannot think of any other place to be; but right now if I thought that I would make these politicians happy, I would tell them I would move somewhere else. (Yah, right!) We have a sheriff who has the audacity to tell the community that the crime rate is down, but every day there are two or three shootings; we’ve had seven police-involved shootings in ten days; robberies and assaults are still common, and even casino cages have been robbed.
When did we ever hear of a casino being robbed — outside of “Oceans Eleven”? NEVER!
Oh, and all those crime reports are not in the Las Vegas Tribune; they are in the only daily newspaper this great city has and on the only four local television stations that share the news with each other.
So don’t try to blame the Las Vegas Tribune or me for exposing the arrogance of the elected officials. I believe that it is our duty to expose that wrongdoing and I will continue to do so until I die.
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.

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