Renewable energy — taxpayers and ratepayers pick up the bill PAGE 4 Nevada’s gasoline prices are third highest in United States PAGE 5 Volume 17, Issue 10 Court ruling gagging judicial candidates a ploy to stop electing judges lasvegastribune.com PAGE 5 May 13-19, 2015 Ward 5 Chamber of Commerce Member Fox Guards the Chicken Coop By Alexandra Cohen Las Vegas Tribune Clark County commissioners acted with urgency this week implementing the guardian compliance hotline. All persons damaged by Clark County’s lack of oversight of guardianship cases can report their damages to 702-671-4614. However, the alternative option is recommended in order to provide evidence for future guardianship hearings. That is, email your complaint to guardianshipcompliance @clarkcountycourts.us. Emailing provides evidence of your complaint to Clark County courts not afforded by calling in a complaint. The emailed and phoned-in complaints go to the attention of Clark County Courts Assistant Administrator Tim Andrews. Attorney Andrews’ position with the Clark County courts is significant and material to his oversight of any cases, including guardianship, due to his employment history. Prior to becoming Assistant Court Administrator, attorney Andrews worked as a Deputy At- My Point of View By Rolando Larraz I guess I am not the only one who believes that local news broadcasting is in need of a complete overhaul because I have never had such response to a column as I had last week about that subject, including comments on my personal email from police officers and longtime residents, as well as well-known entertainers that now call Las Vegas their home. However, in order to be as fair as I like to believe that I am, I have taken the time to sacrifice and deprive myself of watching Channel 8 News Now and have turned the channel to other local stations to compare. This weekend I turned my television to Channel 13 with Victoria Spilabotte and Channel 3 with an unknown news anchor because her name does not appear anywhere on their website; unfortunately, I did not see much difference. In fact, I noticed — with the help of the Las Vegas Tribune’s own “Joan and Melissa Rivers” — that Victoria may go to work with comfortable flat shoes and wear the feminine high heels only to conduct an oncamera interview with guests, but the high heels that she may keep in her dressing room did not match with the beautiful black dress she was wearing Saturday morning. I know I am not computer savvy — I always explain to everyone that when I went to school, computers did not exist — but I manage to find things when I need them, and I can tell you that the most difficult website is that of Channel 3 in Las Vegas. I believe they have all the states on their website in which they have their television stations, and when one thinks that the information found is information about Channel 3 Las Vegas, one is really reading Reno or California information. By next week I will have a little more knowledge of Channel 3 and 13 newscast programming and will give out my personal opinion, always making it clear that I am a news junkie and I may be a little unfair — but it is just MY opinion, my point of view, as this column is named. Later I will really sacrifice myself and review Channel 5 news in the morning and I promise that I will not be one-sided just because I used to have my show on that station before any of those working now were even born (1965), which (See My Point of View, Page 2) Clark County Court Administrator Steve Grierson torney General for the State of Nevada Office of the Attorney General. In this capacity, attorney Andrews was housed in Las Vegas, handling litigation in Clark County courts. Attorney Andrews experienced firsthand knowledge of the problems occurring in Clark County courts. One such problem occurring in the Clark County courts was with staff attorney Jillian Prieto. Attorney Prieto sat on a subcommittee regarding handling of child abuse evidence. In June 2010, as a member of the subcommittee, Attorney Prieto heard public testimony of Clark County courts destroying child abuse evidence. By 2011, LVMPD (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) investigated attorney Prieto regarding the illegal destruction of evidence. In LVMPD’s report, attorney Prieto confesses she knows Clark County courts destroy child abuse evidence. Assistant Court Administrator Andrews was responsible for attorney Prieto’s activities. Attorney Andrews’ boss, Court Administrator Steve Grierson, refuses to disclose Clark County courts’ criminal activity because he is implicated in the activity. Administrator Grierson inserted into child abuse case files, documents stating the children’s abuse evidence is “illegible” rather than stating the evidence has been destroyed. Regardless of his position with Clark County or State of Nevada, attorney Andrews is held to the standard of all licensed attorneys in Nevada as described in NRS 11. NRS11.207Malpractice actions against attorneys and veterinarians. 2. This time limitation is tolled for any period during which the attorney or veterinarian conceals any act, error or omission upon which the action is founded and which is known or through the use of reasonable diligence should have been known to the attorney or veterinarian. Attorney Andrews is accountable for disclosing criminal activity of which he “knows or should have known” in his employment. However, attorney Andrews shows a history of refusing to disclose criminal activity. Six months into his job as Assistant Court Administrator, attorney Andrews was called to the witness stand to testify about the courts’ criminal activity. Attorney Andrews refused testimony even though taking an (See Chicken Coop, Page 4) during the violence, but unharmed, child endangerment can be explored. The Clark County VIA office initiates cases into the Clark County District court system. EDCR 1 (Eighth Judicial District Court Rule 1) requires the Family Division Presiding Judge oversee hearings of domestic violence. The VIA is not overseeing the enforcement of EDCR 1. In fact, the cases are assigned to various judges, judges pro tem, hearing commissioners, and commissioners pro tem. As a result, a sporadic judiciary makes inconsistent decisions. Victims are re-victimized. The Eighth Judicial District Court does not follow its own rules. In 2011, LVMPD (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) investigated VIA after receiving numerous complaints. The police report was released publicly after a court ordered Clark County’s District Attorney release discovery. The report contains the confession of two Clark County employees ad(See Family Court, Page 4) Civil Rights Violations in Clark County Courts By Alexandra Cohen Las Vegas Tribune Clark County District Court Family Division is reporting increased cases in which parents are fighting for their rights and their children’s rights. The rights for parents to parent their children and the rights of the children to be parented by their biological parents is a right as old as the United States itself. Clark County courts are denying parents their rights due to procedural errors. So numerous are the errors that, in 2009, the US DOJ (United States Department of Justice) required the Clark County courts quantify the procedural errors and report the number to the US DOJ. The court errors are also required to be reported to the Nevada Supreme Court. In 1993, Clark County courts staffed an office to assist with domestic violence cases. The office is known as the VIA (Violence Intervention Agency). The office handles cases where an act of violence occurs between members of a household. If a child is present Hillary Clinton sets immigration trap Setting political traps is a time-honored Washington tradition, and Hillary Clinton is trying to force Republican presidential candidates to take a hard-line position on immigration. By Chuck McCutcheon Christian Science Monitor “Setting a trap.” A common strategy in which a politician adopts a position intended to force rivals into taking the opposite – and less defensible – stance. Star Wars fans will recognize Hillary Clinton’s latest tactics. Toward the end of “Return of the Jedi,” as the climatic space battle scene ramps up, Admiral Ackbar offers his famous warning about the Imperial defense around the dreaded Death Star. “It’s a trap!” bellows the Rebel Alliance commander – presciently, it turns out. That’s what many are now saying about Mrs. Clinton’s recent move on immigration. In Nevada recently, she went further than President Obama in calling for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. It was a not-very-transpar(See Hillary Clinton, Page 4) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (right) takes part in a roundtable of young Nevadans discussing immigration as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Rancho High School in Las Vegas last week. FROM THE DESK OF GORDON MARTINES HOA Scandal produces 38 people to be sentenced By Gordon Martines Allegedly from 2003 to 2009, thirty-eight thieves have been methodically planning, manufacturing facts, and maliciously deceiving innocent citizens that became victims and blindly believed in a false and a corrupt real estate venture. It is amazing that the Federal Government had to step in and investigate and prosecute this massive fraudulent HOA scheme that bilked millions of dollars from unsuspecting homeowners. The big question is, why couldn’t our state law enforcement officers handle such a case? The answer, of course, is that they too were involved in the commission of the crime. If anyone actually believes that 38 people are the only ones that were involved in such a scheme, then they need to examine closely the facts of the case a little more in depth. No truer words were ever spoken than that “Police corruption cannot exist unless it is condoned and tolerated by upper police management.” Remember that four mid-level police managers were also indicted for the HOA Scandal, which strongly implies that it was accomplished with the knowledge or even direct participation of those all the way up to the Sheriff. There are no secrets in the Police Department. Now let’s see who the Sheriff was between 2003 and 2009: why, that would be former Sheriff Bill Young, and former Sheriff Douglas Gillespie. And let us not forget all their drone underlings, one of which is now the current Sheriff of Clark County. And the corruption continues on. (See From the Desk, Page 8) Page 2 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 Nanny feds extend meddling even further into states’ affairs By Thomas Mitchell Federalism and Generalissimo Francisco Franco are still dead. The latest foray by the feds into state sovereignty is the demand that states create climate change prevention policies before they can receive FEMA disaster relief funding. A few Republicans are offering token resistance. Today the federal government has its fingers, hands and arms up the elbow in the running of states. The state of Nevada gets 35 percent of its state budget from the benevolent, meddling feds. TRIBUNE VOL. 17, NO. 10 FOUNDER Rolando Larraz PUBLISHER AND EDITOR IN CHIEF Rolando Larraz GENERAL MANAGER Perly Viasmensky MANAGING EDITOR Maramis Choufani PRODUCTION Don Snook ASSOCIATE EDITOR Colleen Lloyd INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER Kenneth A. Wegner For advertising rates, deadlines call 702-868-6398 Las Vegas Tribune is published weekly at 820 So. 7th Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. Main Number: (702) 868-6398 News desk: (702) 868-6397 Fax: (702) 696-0096 Website: LasVegasTribune.com All rights reserved. Statements, opinions and points of view expressed by the writers are their own and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher. Information, including prices and times, is considered correct at the time of publishing but may change without notice. Las Vegas Tribune assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, transparencies or other submitted materials. For return, please enclose a selfaddressed stamped envelope. Las Vegas Tribune published weekly by the Tribune Media Group David A. Rifkin, Executive Vice President Quote of the Week: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life... as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” — Booker T. Washington Amusingly, on the same day the Las Vegas newspaper had an editorial complaining about the FEMA demands, it had a news account reporting that the state is having to spend millions on storm drainage to comply with EPA requirements. There have been ongoing stories about what the state can get in funding if it will take nuclear waste and bury it in Yucca Mountain. The Supreme Court said Obama could not coerce the states into expanding Medicaid coverage by denying funding, but just about every other incursion seems OK. Congress set the drinking age nationally by threatening to deny funding to any state that did not comply. Likewise the hated 55 mph speed limit. Education funding is threatened if states don’t comply with No Child Left Behind. Of course, the feds control 87 percent of the land in Nevada. (Continued from Page 1) was before the late Johnny Carson bought the station. That is a real sacrifice because I personally don’t like either of the anchors on that station since my favorite, Heidi Hayes, left the station to join the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; I used to watch the Channel 5 morning news exclusively for Heidi. Monica was not too bad when she was in Detroit, but after she got here she had a 360-degree change and not for the better; she got too close to her male co-anchor, who liked to make fun of everyone — if someone got arrested, he laughed; if someone died, he laughed; everything was a laugh for that Jason guy and I think that is very unprofessional. However, Channel 5 is the only news station in Las Vegas that has local news from 7 to 9 in the morning while every other station has national news / magazine shows, and I am all for local news because if I want to know what is going on anywhere else, I turn to Fox, CNN, NBNBC or any other national news organization. I have lived in Las Vegas for sixty-three years; I care for Las Vegas and I believe that those of us who lives here should care about Las Vegas before any other city. I had places in Detroit, Michigan; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, but always have kept my official residence in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the day that I am more interested in what is going on in those places instead of Las Vegas, I will move permanently to those places. I check the weather report in the morning to see how I am going to dress, and because I am going to dress for Las Vegas weather I can give a blip how the weather anywhere else is; that is why I get upset when the local weather person stands in front of what the weather is going to be today because I am going out today, not tomorrow or the next day. Another thing that bothers me is when the weather person starts talking about the weather in Summerlin, Green Valley... etc. I know that I am not the most normal person on earth; I am not a tourist type of person. People cannot believe that in all the years I have been here I have never been to Mt. Charleston or Lake Mead, the most popular attractions in our city; to me Las Vegas is from Lake Mead Boulevard to Tropicana Avenue, and from Boulder Highway to Rainbow Boulevard (Fort Apache is way too far for me); that is why I have never been able to understand how lawyers can open offices on Fort Apache or how the Social Security Office can be that far outside the Las Vegas city limits. I don’t want to get too deep into this issue because it may interfere with an article that I am preparing for a future publication, but that is why I cannot understand why the utility companies don’t have offices in Las Vegas to serve the Las Vegas community. I have said it a million times already; people come to Las Vegas because they like what they see, because they like what we have to offer, and yet as soon as they settle in our city they start changing our city to what they have left behind. Either you like our desert or you don’t; if you do, welcome to our city; but if you don’t, I will appreciate it if you don’t change anything and I would be happy to waive good-bye to you, but don’t call us a “Valley” because this is the most beautiful and wonderful piece of desert anyone has seen. My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column. ***** 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: [email protected] or at 702-868-NEWS (6397) My Point of View Face the Tribune Guest David de Alba to appear on ‘Face The Tribune’ Friday, May 15 David de Alba, a Cuban-born performance artist with a flair for bringing the image, wardrobe and personality of Judy Garland to the stage, will be the guest on Face The Tribune on Friday, May 15, from noon to one. 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It’s Time to Go “Back to the Future” with Las Vegas Car Stars at Fremont Street Experience May 15–16 “Back to the Future” actor Christopher Lloyd who played the legendary Doc Brown, will make an appearance at Las Vegas Car Stars 2015 at Fremont Street Experience. The world’s greatest gathering of TV and movie cars will takeover Fremont Street Experience during Las Vegas Car Stars 2015 on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 with a special 30 Year Anniversary Celebration of Back to the Future. The event will begin on Friday, Meet Cinderella: May 15 with a warm welcome from Ten Years After The Ball Clark County Commissioner This exciting program is for Lawrence Weekly, Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins and families, adults and children above LVCVA President/CEO Rossi 5 years old. (This is not a toddler Ralenkotter at the Welcome to Las show.) Parents must stay with their chilVegas Sign followed by a parade of cars from hit shows and films. The dren throughout the show. Enjoy 40 minutes of songs, stofestivities will continue at Fremont Street Experience where visitors ries, ballroom steps, and balloon can line up to see the legendary crowns for all on the way out! Homemade Costumes encourcars. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Ralenkotter will kick off the Open- aged (but not required). You may come as a mouse, ing Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Fremont Street Experience’s 3rd Street Cinderella, The Prince, the ballStage. The entertainment on Satur- room ladies, stepmother, or, step day, May 16 will include tributes sisters! Everyone is a part of the show! to Back to the Future and feature appearances by Christopher Lloyd, Free and open to the public and Lea Thompson and other cast mem- sponsored by Clark County Parks and Recreation. bers. It is located at the Community Las Vegas Car Stars will pay homage to original television and Center (on Quartz street next to movies recognized worldwide and Peace Park) in Sandy Valley May features cars from the following hit 19 at 5:00 p.m. ***** shows and films: Back to the Fu“By Myself on a Lonely ture DeLorean, Batman Batmobile, Starsky & Hutch Movie Hero Cars, Stage, 2015: David de Alba’s Tribute to Judy Garland” The A-Team van, Herbie from The David de Alba is a Cuban-born Love Bug, Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac and more. The event will performance artist with a natural also host a special meet and greet flair and inclination for bringing the with various celebrities including image, talent, wardrobe, and perChristopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, sonality of Judy Garland to the Back to the Future writer Bob Gale, stage. His 25+ years performing as Jaws cast member Susan Backlinie, a feature attraction at the world fafamed stuntman Bob Bralver and mous Finocchio Club in San Francisco gained him a loyal and appremore. Las Vegas Car Stars and vintage, ciative following. When performhotrod and classic car owners par- ing Ms. Garland, David keeps ticipating in the event will be rais- “Classic Judy” in mind, using the ing money for the Children’s Miracle Network, a nationally recognized charity that assists children and their families in need. The schedule of events is as follows: Las Vegas Car Stars Press Conference — Friday, May 15 —5-6:30 p.m. — Press Conference (3rd Street Stage); Oscar Goodman Proclamation, Las Vegas Car Stars lined up along Fremont Street Experience, Celebrity appearances. Las Vegas Car Stars Day — Saturday, May 16 —10 a.m.†— Opening ceremony —10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Celebrity cars on display, celebrity appearances and autographs (11 a.m.– 1 p.m.), Q & A session (1 p.m.–2 p.m.), Back to the Future tributes. For more information on Las Vegas Car Stars visit www.LasVegasCarStars.com. For more information on other Fremont Street Experience events, visit www.vegasexperience.com. ***** simple props of a mic stand, stool, and a chair. “Golden Era” music and performance enthusiasts and fans can go to David’s website at david-dealba.com to see David’s preservation of the memory of the wellknown Finocchio Club of San Francisco in all its former glamor and glory. Anyone who is a true Judy Garland fan, or just someone who appreciates the art form of LIVE Female Impersonation, will not want to miss his show. WHEN: Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. WHERE: The Onyx Theater 953 East Sahara Avenue Phone: 702-732-7225 TICKET INFORMATION: Show Tickets can be purchased online anytime via the official Onyx Theater’s Website (onyxtheater.com). Show geared to audiences 21 and over. COST: VIP Seats (first two rows): $20.00; General Seating: $18.00 ***** Aviation School Holding National AMT Day Celebration Las Vegas is holding a special celebration Wednesday, May 20, in honor of National Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day. The first set of festivities kicks off at 11 a.m., ending at 2 p.m. and the second goes from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The AMT Day celebration will feature food and refreshments, hands-on workshops and exciting alumni speakers. Guests are also invited to take a tour of the campus’s airplane hangar and labs, where AIM students train to be- come future aviation maintenance technicians. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day is observed in the United States on May 24, to recognize the achievements of Charles E. Taylor. Taylor was the maintenance technician responsible for building and maintaining the engine used to power the aircraft of the renowned aviation pioneers, the Wright Brothers. The AIM Las Vegas campus is located at 5870 South Eastern Avenue. For more information on the campus’s AMT Day event, please call 702-798-5511 or visit the event webpage at www.877jetjobs.com/. ***** Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival Las Vegas Lift-Off is part of the Lift-Off International Film Festivals, dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists in an unbiased environment and free from any commercial pressures. Student films are programmed alongside professional/ independent films and every film that is submitted is treated equally and voted on individual merit alone. A large budget and glossy production value means nothing to the folks at Lift-Off — the only focus is great delivery of an honest story. The motto is to “Look beyond the gloss. Put talent before technology.” Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival is one of six international LiftOff events and come directly after the very successful Liverpool event in the UK. Other Lift-Off events take place in LA, Amsterdam, London and Tokyo. Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival is free to attend, enabling submission fees to directly donate to bringing more audience to independent work. Lift-Off believe strongly in their filmmakers getting value for their submission fee and so every one is given extensive support and advice on topics such as marketing, crowd-funding and artistic development. LiftOff’s aim is to create a network of creatives to one day become an industry of their own, where talent is king and hard work rewarded. The festival also offers an option to receive extensive feedback and grades on submitted works, regardless of selection — another factor that makes Lift-Off unique from other festivals. With 700+ overall global entrants, the Las Vegas leg of Lift-Off promises an array of films from animations, live action narrative and documentaries. As is always the case with Lift-Off, winners are selected via audience choice and will be awarded with introductions to directorial agents and booking managers, as well as the chance to have their work reviewed by the national and international press. Lift-Off wish to bring back the art of film-making and, most importantly, to bring back the talent behind it. If any readers are filmmakers and wish to benefit from a discount to submit they may use the submission code LasVegasIndie for a 25 percent discount. ***** City Beat is a compilation of news and views of our editorial and writing team, along with reader submissions and topics. Readers are invited to suggest a local topic or any other items of interest. Page 4 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 Renewable energy — taxpayers and ratepayers pick up the bill coming and going By Thomas Mitchell Have you ever watched pigs nudging each other out of the way attempting to see which one can get its snout deepest into the slop trough? We are seeing a sort of pork scrum at the Legislature in Carson City between the state’s biggest monopoly electric utility and those who install rooftop solar panels that are only profitable due to ratepayer subsidies and tax breaks and government handouts. The taxpayers get left holding the bag no matter who wins. This past fall taxpayers shelled out $1.2 million to entice billionaire Elon Musk to open an office for his SolarCity company in Nevada. SolarCity is one of those firms that installs rooftop solar panels. Residences and businesses that install solar panels contract with billionaire Warren Buffett’s NV Energy under a net metering program. Any excess power they generate goes onto the grid and each kilowatt-hour uploaded is deducted from that month’s bill at the retail rate. But because solar is intermittent and makes it more difficult to balance the grid, state law dictates the total amount of net metering cannot exceed 3 percent of the statewide peak load. That cap is expected to be reached this year, which would shut down any new rooftop installations. There was a bill before the Leg- islature to raise the cap to 10 percent, but when NV Energy objected that provision went up in a puff of smoke. NV Energy, which in the previous Legislature convinced lawmakers to require the closure of all its coal-fired plants and foist all of the cost for doing so and building new renewable and gas-fired generation onto ratepayers, doesn’t like paying retail for power. After paying SolarCity to open here, will it have to close? All of this was played out while (Continued from Page 1) mitting domestic violence, including child abuse, evidence is “shred” by the VIA in domestic violence cases. This shocking discovery is at the heart of numerous lawsuits against the City of Las Vegas, Clark County and State of Nevada. As a result of the VIA destroying evidence, parents’ legal matters are increasingly expensive, lengthy and unpredictable in outcome. The parents turn to the Las Vegas Tribune to air their plight. They cannot get a level playing field with televised media. Channel 3 anchors Dana and Kim Wagner are contracted with the Clark County courts; therefore, they have a conflict of interest. Channel 8 anchor Paula Francis is married to the Channel 13 Station Manager. Paula Francis gave the VIA an award in 2010. Channel 13 reporter Annette Areola received a confession from VIA assistant supervisor, Leah Daniels, that a box of evidence in domestic violence cases was destroyed. The Las Vegas Tribune will continue tracking the cases incorrectly ruled on due to the judicial errors. Family Court Hillary Clinton (Continued from Page 1) ent effort to goad her Republican rivals into espousing hard-line immigration policies that play well with their party’s conservative base, but are objectionable to the increasingly diverse electorate. “There’s this theory that Hillary Clinton went to Nevada and set a trap for the Republicans,” NPR’s White House correspondent Tamara Keith said on CNN’s “New Day.” “She went to Nevada and talked about immigration, went to the left of President Obama and was essentially saying, ‘I dare you to say something that will make Latino voters not like you.’ ” Steve McMahon, CEO and founding partner of the communications firm Purple Strategies, explained on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Clinton’s campaign is trying to get the GOP field to define itself as conservative so that the party’s eventual nominee has trouble later courting moderates. “The Clinton campaign is tactically very smart; they are setting a trap,” he said. “The Republicans will overreach because they always do and they’ll define themselves with most voters in a way that is negative.” But much of the Republican field is wise to Clinton. Leading candidates such as ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his one-time protégé, Sen. Marco Rubio, largely have avoided talking about her policy ideas. And the GOP candidates have been mindful of potential mediabaited traps. Supporters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spotted one earlier this year when he said in an interview that he did not know whether Mr. Obama is a Christian. A follow-up New Yorker article, unsubtly titled “The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker,” drew conservative derision. The right-wing site Breitbart.com called the piece “a frustrated shriek through clenched teeth about how that wascally wabbit from Wisconsin slipped through the ‘gotcha’ trap.” Obama himself has been accused of trap-setting – often as he has tried to make nice with opponents. And many Democrats viewed House Speaker John Boehner’s recent invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress in March, right before Mr. Netanyahu’s reelection, as a trap. They accused Mr. Boehner of wanting any Democrats who boycotted Netanyahu’s speech to be Solar panels being installed. Sen. Harry Reid, one of the champions of renewable energy and its subsidies, was telling a clean-energy luncheon crowd that renewable energy has been a boon to the state’s economy and jobs. He claimed the industry has invested $6 billion in the state and created 20,000 jobs. Of course, he did not bother to note that historically for every renewable energy job created two to four jobs are destroyed because of the high cost of renewable power. Also, every dollar “invested” in renewable energy, usually through tax breaks and subsidies and higher power prices, is a dollar not invested in some other industry. He also took the time to lambaste the few newspaper editorialists and columnists in the state who dare to disdain his crony capitalism by writing “the most moronic editorials.” Reid was one of the champions of the state requiring a certain percentage of its electricity come from renewables — 25 percent by 2025, which should cause power bills to increase 6 percent over the next decade. He also pushed Senate Bill 123 that shut down coalfired power plants. seen as insufficiently supportive of Israel. “I know one thing about politics: When you know that your opponent is setting a trap, avoid the trap,” New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel – whose name seemingly lends itself to a close association with the Middle East ally – told MSNBC. “I’m going to the speech. I have been to Israel more times than John Boehner has been to a golf course, and I will not allow him to define my relationship with Israel or the perception of my relationship with Israel.” A recently released study by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University for the Nevada Policy Research Institute found SB123 will destroy 2,630 jobs by 2020 and real disposable income will decline by $226 million per year due to increased electricity cost. This pushes up prices across the grid, whether you are a customer of NV Energy or not. If the pigs at the trough allegory doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps the Bootleggers and Baptists Theory will. This theory holds that moral opposites will combine forces to achieve an objective that serves both. For example, Baptists demanded alcohol prohibition to protect drunkards from themselves, while bootleggers wanted prohibition to block competition and keep prices higher. Now, one group claims to want clean air to save the planet, while the other doesn’t want to compete in the free market for capital and with competitive electrical rates. NV Energy doesn’t mind building its own wind turbines and solar farms, because it gets a return on its equity of about 10 percent when it builds stuff. The company doesn’t like paying retail for subsidized/tax break-driven rooftop solar panels. Somehow, the renewable backers never calculate the cost associated with intermittent renewables such as wind turbines and solar panels, which must be backed up kWh per kWh by the capital and operating cost of maintaining a fossil fuelfired generator for when the wind dies down or a cloud passes overhead. They get us to pay the bill, coming and going. At least we can enjoy watching them squabble. Chicken Coop (Continued from Page 1) oath to tell the whole truth. By 2013, State of Nevada’s Attorney General memorialized on public record the Office’s knowledge of Clark County courts’ criminal activity. This knowledge “should have been known” to Deputy Attorney General Andrews housed in Clark County as a state of Nevada litigator. History may repeat itself where attorney Andrews is concerned regarding guardianship cases. As both a staff attorney general and assistant court administrator, attorney Andrews contributes to the guardianship problems by not disclosing the negligence in their oversight. Guardianship cases are overseen by Clark County court employee Jon Norheim. Mr. Norheim is housed at the Family Division of the Clark County District Courts located at Bonanza and Pecos in Las Vegas. This court is overseen by attorney Andrews. Mr. Norheim has been documented a dozen times to have cancelled child abuse case proceedings. Recently, Clark County Commissioners Chair Steve Sisolak and Vice Chair Larry Brown have called for the investigation of Jon Norheim in guardianship cases. Both commissioners have voiced the need for prosecution of Jon Norheim if warranted. If attorney Andrews continues in his nondisclosure of criminal activity, the damaged parties have recourse. The parties have already submitted numerous reports to the FBI Las Vegas field office, which has jurisdiction and authority over Tim Andrews. FBI agent Joseph Dickey has memorialized his knowledge of Clark County courts’ criminal activity. May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 5 Court ruling gagging judicial candidates really a ploy to stop electing judges By Thomas Mitchell “I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” — Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820 No doubt about it, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows Florida to bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funding is not just a blow to free speech, but is another volley in the ongoing campaign to have judges appointed by elite committees of lawyers and judges and not voted into office by ignorant citizens who don’t know a judicial canon from a howitzer. The court ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s liberal faction, against Lanell Williams-Yulee, a 2009 county court judge candidate in Tampa. The Florida’s Supreme Court reprimanded her for a mailer asking for donations. Though the Florida Bar code does not allow candidates to solicit funds, they may set up committees to seek funding, and the candidate may send personal thank you notes to donors, which seems to obviate the whole concept of separating judicial candidates from the squalor of being beholding to donors. It is all a ruse. The dissent in the case by Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, makes clear the court’s ulterior motives. Scalia wrote that the Florida code “scope suggests that it has nothing to do with the appearances created by judges’ asking for money, and everything to do with hostility toward judicial campaigning. How else to explain the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to ban all personal appeals for campaign Special to the Las Vegas Tribune Nevada ranks among the top three states in the nation registering the highest retail gas prices, according to AAA Nevada’s latest monthly gas survey. Today’s gas price is $3.22 on average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline — that’s $0.44 more than prices since AAA Nevada’s latest monthly gas survey of April 14, 2015. In all Nevada metro areas tracked by AAA, Reno is registering the state’s highest pump price, with drivers paying an average price of $3.37 per gallon for unleaded regular gas. Elko registers Nevada’s lowest price, at $3.07 a gallon. “Although regional refinery issues continue to push prices higher for Western states,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Nevada spokesperson. “Nationally, AAA predicts that gas prices may not change significantly by the holiday weekend. This relatively stable price would result in the cheapest gas prices for Memorial Day travelers in at least five years.” The national average price of gas has increased for 26 of the previous 28 days to $2.66 per gallon, which is the highest average of the year. Drivers are paying about four cents more per gallon than one week ago and 27 cents more per gallon than one month ago. However, relatively low crude costs continue to translate to significant savings at the pump for consumers. Today’s national average is about a dollar less than a year ago and is at the cheapest level for this date since 2009. The price of crude has moved higher since the middle of March due to slowing U.S. production, a weakening U.S. dollar and speculation of demand growth from China. Despite the price increase, many market watchers believe that the recent rally may be nearing an end due to oversupply continuing to characterize the global market, putting a ceiling on how high the price can go. The global oil cartel OPEC appears to be maintaining its strategy of high production levels The offending flier funds (even when the solicitee could never appear before the candidate), but to tolerate appeals for other kinds of funds (even when the solicitee will surely appear before the candidate)? It should come as no surprise that the ABA (American Bar Association),whose model rules the Florida Supreme Court followed when framing Canon 7C(1), opposes judicial elections — preferring instead a system in which (surprise!) a committee of lawyers proposes candidates from among whom the Governor must make his selection.” Thirty-nine states elect judges, including Nevada. An effort in 2010 to have Nevada judges appointed failed by a 58-42 margin, despite a vigorous campaign on its behalf. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Nevada Supreme Court Justice Bill Maupin and former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor appeared at a Las Vegas newspaper editorial board seeking support for the ballot measure. The newspaper editorially opposed it, and I wrote a column against the idea. “I think Americans want and expect to have one safe place in government, and that’s the court,” Justice O’Connor testified before the assembled journalists, “where somebody with a legal dispute can and is scheduled to convene in June go and have somebody deciding the to reassess supply quotas, but in the issue, based on the law, who is fair, meantime all eyes remain on U.S. independent and qualified. And I production levels based on its new think your best chance of getting position as swing producer. that is with this kind of a system. Nevada’s gas prices are third highest in nation INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT? You have the right to choose your own attorney. 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In most cases this has pushed courts to the activist left.” Yes, there is a problem with voters not being well enough informed about judicial candidates, but that is partly the fault of the legal community, which sets itself up as some bastion of virtuous objectivity, prohibited from sullying its robes in the mud wrestle that is electioneering. The current ruling in a Florida case runs counter to a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, in which the court said judicial canons limiting judges’ ability to address legal and political issues violates the First Amendment. Asking for money is also a free speech right. If selection panels are needed to help a governor appoint and evaluation panels are needed to give voters information about whether or not to retain a judge, why not create them informally and present the information directly to the voters? I asked at the time. Scalia also noted that the Florida ruling “banning candidates from asking for money personally ‘favors some candidates over others — incumbent judges (who benefit from their current status) over nonjudicial candidates, the well-to-do (who may not need to raise any money at all) over lower-income candidates, and the well-connected (who have an army of potential fundraisers) over outsiders.’ ...This danger of legislated (or judicially imposed) favoritism is the very reason the First Amendment exists.” The court majority danced around so many precedents in law — using speculative phrases like “possible temptation,” “might lead” and “even unknowingly” — that Scalia at one point exclaimed: “This is not strict scrutiny; it is sleight of hand.” Page 6 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 Four years after: On the whims, happenstances and vicissitudes, dude By Thomas Mitchell I used to stand on the upper floors of the parking garage at McCarran when I flew in or out of town, gaze over the city and think: This is my town. I’m a part of it. I can make things happen. Or at least stir the pot. I knew casino owners, council members, commissioners, lawmakers, government executives of every stripe. I conducted newspaper editorial boards with billionaires, governors, congressmen, senators, heads of federal agencies, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice and more than a few gadflies and crackpots. I had one billionaire call me stupid to my face in front of my boss. After another meeting, he held onto my arm as I escorted him down a hallway he could not see to where his driver waited. I was one of those bastards on Bonanza, as one former mayor called us. On this day four years ago, I walked unceremoniously and unlamented out of the offices of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and have never returned. That was after nearly 23 years as managing editor and editor — in charge of the news and opinion pages, along with a multimillion-dollar budget and nearly 150 reporters, editors, artists, photographers and more. I was also a column writer with the self-appointed role of standing up for free speech and press, access to public records and open meetings, as well as being the ombudsman heralding the paper’s successes and explaining why we did things the way we did when controversy arose. When I interviewed for the job, I was asked about my politics. Though I had written columns over the years, I was not steeped in politics. I said I was a liberal, but a fiscal conservative. It took me a couple of years to discover the label for my politics all along was libertarian. Over the years I had come up with policies for newsroom staff, such as no comps. A reviewer could accept a ticket for a show being reviewed but no other. I spelled out when anonymous sources could be Las Vegas as seen from the McCarran parking garage used and why. I insisted a supervi- umns, but with a different tack, as office to learn that the newspaper’s sor approve and must know the well as editorials and opinion pieces longtime publisher and CEO of the source’s name and reason for ano- on topics of the day at the bidding parent media company had been nymity. of the new publisher. replaced with a new publisher and For my last few months I had the The beginning of the end came a separate person as CEO and that title — and it was title only — of about a week after Harry Reid was I had the choice of leaving with a senior opinion editor. I wrote col- re-elected. I was called into a front modest severance package or stay on with a new job. It took me awhile to realize I had made a mistake by staying, for more reasons than I care to explain. I asked repeatedly why I was being ousted, what I had done to deserve this treatment after decades of loyal service and incredibly long hours. I got no answer, just some mumbling about change. Not change for the better, just change. I later learned that the room I was in was like the end of the chute at the slaughterhouse. A half a dozen other longtime executives in departments across the building were being shown the door that very day. So my suspicions about the re-election of Reid — who the paper had editorially strongly opposed with the support and encouragement of the owners — being the cause of the coup were placed into question, though not completely dismissed. Nevada is an at-will state. Unless you have a contract, you can be terminated for cause, no cause or whim. It is no consolation that both the new publisher and new CEO have both since been terminated. And it is with considerable chagrin that I (See Mitchell, Page 7) MAIL RECEIVING AND FORWARDING Mail Receiving/Forwarding DO YOU NEED AN EDITOR? Have you been embarrassed lately when someone pointed out to you that you misspelled a word in your report or maybe had a whole sentence all messed up? 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A group wants to replace Andrew Jackson’s portrait with the image of Harriet Tubman. Would this be a recognition of African-American achievement or ‘hush money’ papering over a lack of progress? Harriet Tubman, circa 1885 By Husna Haq Christian Science Monitor If a group of pro-women campaigners has its way, by 2020, when Americans withdraw cash from an ATM, it will be Harriet Tubman’s portrait gracing the $20 bill, not Andrew Jackson’s. Women On 20s, a group that wants to boot Jackson from the bill, has tallied the online votes and declared Tubman the successor. But while advocates hail the choice as a move forward for women and for African-Americans, the campaign has, unexpectedly, come under fire by critics who call the move superficial rather than substantive. Replacing Jackson with Tubman isn’t progress, said The Root writer Kirsten West Savali in an article entitled “Why we should keep Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks off the $20 bill,” “It’s hush money.” Tubman, an abolitionist best known for freeing hundreds of slaves through her role as a “conductor” for the Underground Railroad, beat out three other candidates: former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and the first woman elected chief of a Native American tribe, Wilma Mankiller. “We believe this simple, symbolic, and long-overdue change could be an important stepping stone for other initiatives promoting gender equality,” the group says on its website. “Our money does say something about us, about what we value.” Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, has come under scrutiny in recent years. Once celebrated for his role in the Battle of Orleans, Jackson is perhaps now better known for his crushing policy toward Native Americans and his ownership of slaves. His Indian Removal Act of 1830 relocated several Native American tribes. “Thousands died as they were forced from their homes and marched across the country in a brutal series of events that came to be known as The Trail of Tears,” The Christian Science Monitor reported. Advocates, including President Obama, say replacing Jackson’s portrait with a woman’s signals a significant step forward for women. “Last week, a young girl wrote to me to ask why aren’t there any women on our currency,” President Obama said in a July speech in Kansas City, according to the Washington Post. “And then she gave me a long list of possible women to put on our dollar bills and quarters and stuff – which I thought was a pretty good idea.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) of New Hampshire, who has introduced a bill asking the Treasury Department to consider the issue of putting a woman’s face on American currency, has been a major advocate of the campaign. “I think there are, going back to the revolution, lots of women whose contributions have been significant and have not gotten the same kind of attention,” Senator Shaheen told the Washington Post. Even TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has weighed in, saying “It’s about darn time.” But the campaign has sparked a vigorous counter-campaign, with petitions to keep Andrew Jackson on the currency, editorials defending Jackson’s contribution to history and his place on the bill, even opposition from black news and culture site The Root. “Specifically, there is something both distasteful and ironic about putting a black woman’s face on the most frequently counterfeited and most commonly traded dollar bill in this country,” writes Savali for The Root. “Haven’t we been commodified and trafficked enough? Slapping a black female face, one of our radical icons, on a $20 bill as if it’s some attainment of the American dream would be adding insult to injury.” She pointed out that AfricanAmerican women earn on average 64 cents for every dollar paid to (Continued from Page 6) contemplate the several dozen top editors and reporters who were let go in what was doubtless a bid to improve the bottom line and facilitate the recent sale of the entire newspaper chain to another soulless chain. There is not a day goes by that I don’t think about those people whose lives were upended without the courtesy of an explanation. A few familiar bylines remain, but not many. Some have landed on their feet, others on hard times. To the bosses they were just nameless, faceless pieces on the game board. I miss them and the hustle of daily journalism and being an integral part of the community. When I now look out from that parking garage, it is just a city of meandering people trying to do their jobs and live their lives with dignity, never knowing when or why the wrecking ball will fall. Mitchell white, non-Hispanic men and that nearly half of all single AfricanAmerican women have zero or negative wealth, and their median wealth is $100 – compared with just over $41,000 for single white American women. Putting Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill doesn’t solve anything, Savali argued. But Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone told the Washington Post the move would elevate a notable African-American woman’s achievements. “Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history.” Be heard anywhere in the world (only $50 per hour) RadioTribune Special 12 hours only $400 20 hours only $600 (Payment due upon contract signing) • Talk Shows • Infomercials • • Community Involvement • • Business Promotions • • Political Agendas • • Marketing Promotions • www.RadioTribune.com 820 S. 7th Street • Las Vegas, NV 89101 For additional information Call (702) 699-8111 Page 8 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 From The Desk (Continued from Page 1) It would be safe to say that the corruption in Clark County, if not in the entire state of Nevada, is so touched by and entrenched in the ensuing rot that it encompasses every avenue of our daily lives one way or another. One example is that of officers not responding to minor traffic accidents — the lawyers love that one; it makes them more money. But getting back to the Feds having to investigate and prosecute the HOA thieves: if you recall, even the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office was stripped of its responsibility to honorably investigate and prosecute this case because of allegations of misconduct. The Justice Department in Washington D.C. had to take over to allegedly properly investigate and prosecute this case. How embarrassing is that? It seems that whatever touches the State of Nevada becomes instantly tainted, corrupted and stinks to high heaven. Thirty-eight people responsible for this massive HOA fraud? The numbers just don’t add up. It would seem that the true number should be around 100 or more. I understand the concept of needing to plea-bargain with crooks in order to get to the upper crust, as it were, but I just don’t see any former Sheriffs, Assistant Sheriffs, Deputy Chiefs, District Attorneys, Assemblymen, Judges, Lawyers, County Commissioners, or City Counsel Members on the list. Hopefully, when they publish the entire list of thieves for all to see, some of those names will appear out of the shadows, all in an effort to be more transparent (laugh). For those who believe justice in this case has been fully met, let me throw in another wrinkle for all to ponder: The 2006 submitted, but still unaddressed, complaint to the Washoe County District Court whereby then-Attorney General Brian Sandoval, now Governor Brian Sandoval, and then-Governor Kenny Guinn, both conspired with others to illegally transfer ONE BILLION DOLLARS of Nevada taxpayer monies into the private bank accounts of Employees Insurance Company of Nevada (EICON). The complaint was submitted by Deputy Attorney General David Otto, Esq, against EICON, and was never addressed by the Washoe County District Court. It appears that the Feds in Washington once again need to intervene and properly address this complaint because obviously the State of Nevada will not and cannot handle such a massive criminal fraud because they are all involved. (See Internet, Google, pdf, EICON, disclosure statement by Attorney David Otto, Esq.) I might add that the 2007 still unsolved murder of LVMPD Officer Kevin Scott Dailey, whereby the LVMPD, Henderson P.D., and Clark County Coroner’s Office have all concurred that this death is to be ruled “Undetermined,” are all allegedly complicit in the commission and cover-up of this grisly beheading murder, which is more than likely associated with the HOA Scandal in its entirety. I do hope that certain members of the Russian Mafia are also named in this “38person” sentencing for the HOA Scandal, as they should be. I personally don’t see the entrenched corruption in our community disappearing any time soon, but I do believe that chipping away the phony facade now and again will slow the infection down a bit, so that we can all live better lives. Remember to keep the faith, keep your gun, and they can keep the change. IN GOD WE TRUST ***** Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He was a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines has appeared on “Face The Tribune” radio show several times and is currently the host of “Open Mic” on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. He contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas. RadioTribune Lineup Open Mic Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m., Gordon Martines hosts “Open Mic,” a popular RadioTribune.com show. The Anti-Corruption Coalition of Nevada is the basis for and theme of “Open Mic.” Gordon Martines was a career police officer with 39 years of on-thejob Law Enforcement experience. Past cases involving Kevin Daley, Trayvon Cole and a variety of other covered-up criminal cases, and a billion dollars worth of missing taxpayer money, are discussed in depth and at length on the show. Martines spent four years as police officer with the Hermosa Beach Police Department before moving here and resuming his police career in Las Vegas as a Detective in the Robbery/Homicide Bureau, retiring from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after 36 years of police service. The amount of corruption and cover-ups by executive Police Administrative officers witnessed by Martines inside the department led to his decision to contest the good ol’ boy’s club and run for Clark County Sheriff three times against what he knew were almost insurmountable odds. “Open Mic” carries the voice the LVMPD does not want you to hear, yet it is always there, every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. on www.radiotribune.com. Tune in! ***** Face The Tribune Face the Tribune is heard every Monday through Friday at 12 noon, hosted by Rolando Larraz. For the last five years “Face The Tribune” has been the premier show for interviews with politicians, civil service workers, government officials and activists, and a voice for those everyday citizens who needed to air their legal grievances. 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You’ll discover different personalities and hear different opinions, but when it comes to the facts, you’ll always get the truth from us! Face the TRIBUNE ‘Face the Tribune’ is hosted by Rolando Larraz Monday thru Friday at 12 noon on www.RadioTribune.com Open Mic with Gordon Martines 11:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays on RadioTribune.com EDITORIALS May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 9 A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson Our Point of View What’s behind the Blue Ribbon Panel? The month of May saw the establishment of the Clark County Blue Ribbon Panel Commission on Guardianships in Nevada. The Commission was formed upon testimony from Clark County District Courts’ Chief Judge David Barker to the Clark County Commissioners. The Las Vegas Tribune reported the panel is the precursor to numerous lawsuits against the State of Nevada and Clark County. Chief Judge Barker knows of these lawsuits in his capacity as overseer of Eighth Judicial District Courts Divisional monthly meetings. The three divisional monthly meetings take place with the Eighth Judicial Criminal, Civil and Family Divisions. Chief Judge David Barker Administrative Duties Over the Criminal, Civil and Family Divisions When elected chief judge by his peers, David Barker became overseer of court administrative duties. In this capacity, Chief Judge Barker hears reports of court errors in each division of the Eighth Judicial District. Chief Judge Barker is responsible for reporting to the Nevada Supreme Court the court’s errors and how he addresses the errors. Chief Judge Barker has discretion as overseer of the Court Administrator as to how to address these court errors. Each of the divisional meetings have written agendas. The Court Administrator is responsible for placing the court’s errors on the agenda. The divisional meetings result in meeting minutes. The meetings are not open to the public; however, the meetings’ minutes are court-ordered released and continue to be withheld by Clark County District Attorney Wolfson. DA Wolfson withholds the quantified errors reported by Eighth Judicial District Court Administrator Steve Grierson. The last public report of errors stated 3 percent of court filings contain errors. One must remember that Court Administrator Grierson reports errors made by him and his staff. This reporting cannot be relied upon because the report is not generated by an independent audit. Additional Administrative Duties of Chief Judge David Barker In his capacity as Chief Judge, David Barker oversees the duties of the appointed presiding judges of each division and the court administrator. Court Administrator (over all three divisions), Steve Grierson, is required by the United States Department of Justice to quantify and report court errors. The former Family Division administrator, Brandi Wardel, testified on the witness stand the errors are “numerous.” Litigants in cases containing court errors have sought remedy. However, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld Mack-Manley v. Manley and sent the erring court orders to re-hear cases. Family Division Presiding Judges have chosen not to deviate from their original decisions. Litigants then moved to another division within the Eighth Judicial District. Still receiving no remedy, the litigants are moving to new venues. The Tribune is tracking these cases which are moved to functioning, transparent judiciaries. Chief Judge Barker Oversees Family Division Presiding Judge Charles “Chuck” Hoskin Family Division Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin oversees guardianship lawsuits. These include lawsuits against protected citizens — minors and elders. One need only read social media (i.e. blogs) to learn of the errors of Judge Hoskin. A review of Judge Hoskin’s history might explain his errant discretion in guardianship cases. Attorney Charles Hoskin teamed with attorney Robert Graham running a family law business. Their secretary was named Teri. After dissolution of the law firm, attorney Robert Graham reported his former law partner, “Chuck” Hoskin, left his wife and three children, one a baby, for his secretary, Teri. The two formed a new law firm. Mrs. Teri Hoskin was now the office manager. When $1,000 went missing from the newly-formed law firm, Teri Hoskin filed an affidavit in court contradicting a receipt signed by the law firm’s employee that the law firm received the $1,000. The troubles afflicting attorney Hoskin’s firm continued when he staffed an employee named McLaughlin. The Nevada Supreme Court case of McLaughlin v. Primmer resulted in the fact finding by the Nevada Supreme Court that procedural errors occur in the Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division. Presiding Judge Hoskin is now overseeing cases in his administrative capacity in which he was a part of the problem as attorney Hoskin. Transparency and truthfulness by Chief Judge David Barker will be key in plaintiffs’ proceedings against Clark County and State of Nevada in their new venues. Lawmakers should leave Nevada’s strong anti-SLAPP law alone By Thomas Mitchell as Nevada’s. When your only tool is a hammer, Langberg made a point of noting every problem is a nail. that the Nevada Constitution guarWith lawyers, the solution to evantees freedom of speech but also ery problem is a lawsuit. says people are responsible for the A bill to drastically alter Nevada’s abuse of that right. strong anti-SLAPP law (Strategic Article 1, Section 9 says: “Every Lawsuit Against Public Participation) citizen may freely speak, write and breezed through the state Senate, publish his sentiments on all subjects where never was heard a disparagbeing responsible for the abuse of ing word. The only testimony in the that right; and no law shall be passed Senate Judiciary Committee was to restrain or abridge the liberty of from a California attorney who speech or of the press. In all crimihelped draft the bill on behalf of nal prosecutions and civil actions for THOMAS MITCHELL Wynn Resorts, whose owner over the libels, the truth may be given in eviyears has filed a few defamation suits against those dence to the Jury; and if it shall appear to the Jury that who commented about him in a manner he did not the matter charged as libelous is true and was published like. with good motives and for justifiable ends, the party The Assembly recently heard nearly three hours of shall be acquitted or exonerated.” testimony for and against Senate Bill 444. Truth is a defense, but SB444 deletes a section of California attorney Mitchell Langberg and Senate the current law that declares immune from litigation a Judiciary Chair Greg Brower said the bill restores communication “which is truthful or is made without balance to the state anti-SLAPP law because a 2013 knowledge of its falsehood.” revision went too far in favor of defendants. They arBoth Trevor Hayes, a former newspaper business gued that those who have been defamed now face too writer and now an attorney representing the Nevada great a burden to prove their case. Under the current Press Association, and John L. Smith, a longtime Las law a plaintiff must show clear and convincing evi- Vegas columnist and biographer, both testified the prodence of their claims. SB444 lowers the standard of posed change to the anti-SLAPP law could have a chillproof to prima facia evidence and repeals a provision ing effect on reporting and commentary across all methat awards $10,000 to successful defendants. dia. Hayes noted that newspapers today are far less Langberg at one point seemed to imply that the only profitable and a major consideration before publishrecourse for a person who had been falsely accused ing a story would be whether it could cost the paper — in an Internet business review for example — was hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation. vindication by a jury. Can’t people effectively counter Before Nevada passed its anti-SLAPP law that false speech with truthful speech? awards court costs and attorney fees to successful deLangberg recently had a defamation case brought fendants, Smith and his publisher were sued over an by Steve Wynn in California dismissed because of advertisement for a book about Wynn. The Nevada (See Mitchell, Page 12) that state’s anti-SLAPP law, which is not as strong ON A PERSONAL NOTE Forgiveness: The antidote to a whole mess of problems By Maramis tightly to their back, pulling on their Not that we need a special month, shoulders, and making it impossible week or day in order for us to examto feel the lightness and freedom that ine Forgiveness, but if we can have comes with letting it all go and reMuseum Day, Coeliac Awareness placing it with the genuine feelings Week and Hamburger Month, we of brotherly — if not familial — can certainly have a period of time love! in which to reflect on the concept of Forgiveness is a funny thing: forgiveness. when we give it to another, we are Maybe, in order to keep it manactually giving it to ourselves. Unageable and make it seem even more like actual tangible gifts — with or significant by its brevity, we can without the wrapping paper — forhave a Forgiveness Hour, or even a giveness cannot be given back or reMARAMIS CHOUFANI Forgiveness Minute. Knowing it is fused because it is not in that realm; coming (I’d be happy to remind people who can then it is in the realm of love, and no one can stop our love remind other people, and so on), people can collect from “breaking through” any amount of rejection, since their thoughts in that direction and start listing the it is rejection-proof. Forgiveness is in a world of its people in their life against whom they may have some own, and is under our own control (so to speak), since if we choose to forgive, that heavy burden is taken grudge or towards whom they carry some ill will. It was brought to my attention this past week that right off our own heart. We’ve heard that love has to be a two-way street, there are some people unknowingly carrying around the heavy burden of ill will towards others from even and so it is assumed, I assume, that people think anytwenty or more years ago and they might not ever thing originating with one person (love or forgiveness) know it until or unless it comes to light in some ordi- has to be accepted by the other person for it to have validity, meaning, or life. Based on that premise, if nary or unexpected way! I was having a conversation with this very intelli- someone loves you and you don’t love them back, gent and articulate woman the other day, and when apparently there is no love going on. And, accordingly, the subject somehow got around to Christmas gifts, if you forgive someone for something they did and all the old feelings she’s been carrying around all these they reject your forgiveness, there can then be no foryears — regarding the fact that her particular gifts to giveness taking place. Wrong! someone in her family were not only not liked, but No “love” is ever wasted, whether accepted and actually rejected — came to the forefront of her mind and her emotions. She could hardly tell me about how reciprocated or not, because the act of loving is good horrible it made her feel to be so rejected — since the for the lover. In that same way, forgiveness is never rejecting of her gifts seemed to be the rejecting of her, wasted, even if rejected, since the act of forgiving enas well. She to this day believes that person hated her riches the forgiver, and lightens the heart as it removes (or strongly disliked her then and probably still does), the burden of carrying around that ill will toward another. and used that as her way of showing it. How many times have any of us been having a conShe spoke to me about it with extreme emotion, and realized that all the old original bad feelings she versation with someone when all of a sudden a name felt then — about 28 years ago — were still weighing from the past pops up, or a situation comes back to heavily on her shoulders and mind in the present day. mind (as happened with that woman mentioned above) After we spoke, I just knew that she was not the and all the unhappy, bitter, or even hateful feelings only person who didn’t even know they had that old, attached to that person or situation come flooding right (See Maramis, Page 13) ugly, useless, and extremely heavy burden strapped VIEW POINTS Page 10 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 Editors note: The views expressed are entirely those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Las Vegas Tribune. Time for Nevada to join the rest of the world and legalize Uber regulations on the private By Chuck Muth affairs of a private memA very successful rebership club – let alone tired businessman and socking those members former high-ranking govwith a new tax to pay for ernment official in the the construction of a new Bush administration sent medical school at UNLV! an email to some friends Are these people inon Sunday letting us know sane? he was in Singapore using We haven’t seen extorUber — the worldwide tion such as this since the ride-sharing membership mob was run out of town club. by corporate bean “Yet I couldn’t use it in CHUCK MUTH counters on the Strip. Reno to get to the airport to fly here. Or in Las Vegas last week inBut back to that list. stead of renting a car.” If Uber is good enough to operate in One of this gentlemen’s friends replied these places... to the email... North America “And I am in London using it now, havAkron, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Ann Aring traveled from the apartment to San Fran- bor, Asheville NC, Athens, Atlanta, Auburn cisco airport using Uber as well.” AL, Augusta, Austin, Bakersfield, BaltiIndeed, the author of the original email more, Baton Rouge, Bloomington-Normal, linked to a global list of where Uber’s ser- Boise, Boston, Broward and Palm Beach, vice is available. Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Central Atlan“Look at this list of U.S. cities and coun- tic Coast FL, Champaign, Charleston SC, tries around the globe where Uber operates Charlotte, Charlottesville VA, Chattanooga, and tell me Las Vegas is not setting itself Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, College up to be regarded as third world.” Station, Columbia MO, Columbia SC, CoIndeed! lumbus, Connecticut, Corpus Christi, DalAs the Nevada Legislature continues to las, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, botch what should be the simple task of sim- Edmonton, El Paso, Erie, Fayetteville AR, ply declaring that – contrary to a highly- Fayetteville NC, Flagstaff, Flint, Florida suspect judicial opinion of one court- Keys, Fort Myers-Naples, Fort Wayne, shopped judge in Reno – it is legal in a pri- Fresno, Gainesville, Grand Rapids, Greater vate transaction for one consenting adult to Maryland, Green Bay, Greenville SC, provide a ride to the grocery store to an- Guadalajara, Halifax, Hampton Roads, other consenting adult at a mutually agreed Hamptons, Harrisburg, Honolulu, Houston, upon fee. Indianapolis, Inland Empire, Jackson, JackIn addition, that declaration of legality sonville, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Knoxneed not include imposing ridiculous, un- ville, Lafayette LA, Lancaster PA, Lansing, necessary and unwarranted government (See Chuck Muth, Page 13) BEHIND THE MIKE Is the Mike On? By Michael A. Aun call him Jim Shorts. My daughter-in-law One of the little girls Jessica Aun is a doctor in who used to babysit my the same Emergency Room twin sons when they were as my son Christopher, growing up was named prompting people to sing Candy. I ran across a Dr. the popular lyrics to the Apple. Her first name tune “On and On as Aun was Kandi! and Aun...” And if your name is Of all the professions, Lance Boyle or Lily the medical business seems Ponde, you have to find to be populated the most a way to change somewith unusual names that thing. raise an eyebrow or cause One of my good MICHAEL A. AUN a chuckle. friends in the speaking Years ago, I recall getting a physical profession is Lisa Ford, CSP, CPAE from Dr. Hirt. I always chuckled at the name Speaker Hall of Fame. I never gave much and embarked on a lifelong journey of col- thought to it until I ran across a doctor lecting funny doctor’s names. And lo and named Lisa Honda, MD. Really? behold, they’re everywhere. That’s almost as bad as Luke Warm or When you’re in the insurance business, the dentist named Les Plak or good ole Dr. one of the common questions on every life Stitch. And why would Dr. Richard Head insurance form is the full name and address allow the nickname of “Dick”? How would of the client’s doctor. you like to be named Dr. Harry Beaver? One client in south Florida went to the I was once on a program with Dr. Rocco medical firm of Conda and Plummer, PA., Bottums, who went by the nickname Rock. Anna Conda and Anita Plummer. You can’t That’s as bad as being named Seth Poole make this stuff up folks! and pronouncing it with a lisp. And if your And then there’s Dr. Charles Munk, who last name is Butts, why in the world would actually uses the nickname “Chip.” I can’t you name your son Harry? And if your last even believe he didn’t do that on purpose. name is Pepper, really, why would you purWhat’s he thinking? sue medicine? One of my own doctors I visit for a quarThe co-author one of my nine books terly shot is Dr. Hatue (pronounced hate). “The Toastmasters International Guide to He tells me he once had a partner named Successful Speaking” is Jeff Slutsky. You Jennifer Love, MD. You can guess the name can imagine the jokes he hears surroundof their medical practice. It’s not as bad as ing that name. the urologist named Dr. Richard Head. FigAn attorney friend of mine in South ure it out. Carolina was John Cheatham. I used to jokMy own doctor growing up in the town ingly call him part of the law firm of of Lexington, SC was J.S. Liverman. No, I Hookem, Crookem and Cheatham. didn’t go to him for liver problems. He acThere’s a race car driver in Formula One tually delivered me into this world along named Will Power. That’s a great racing with most of my ten brothers and sisters. name. There’s a NASCAR driver now reOne insurance client went to Dr. Croak. tired by the name of Dick Trickle. Don’t Another went to Dr. Slaughter. I admit, I’m go there Mike. sure I would have considered changing My wife actually once had a doctor by those names as well as Dr. Payne. the name of Dr. Weiner. The good news was Some of my best friends growing up his first name wasn’t Harry. Could be were the Looney boys. I never gave their worse, I suppose. name much thought until I came across a One of my clients went to an OBGYN psychiatrist named Dr. Looney. I couldn’t named Dr. Wiwi. The actual name of a stop laughing and then I met another shrink noted urologist in St. Petersburg, FL is Dr. by the name of Dr. Nutt. Cockburn. I recently had hand surgery thanks to When your name is Michael Aun, you getting rear-ended in an auto accident. I really don’t have much room to make fun couldn’t stop laughing when the anesthesi- of other people with odd monikers. If I’ve ologist came over and introduced herself heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand as Dr. Good. Her first initial on her badge times... “Is the mike on?” was the letter “F” which prompted me to Michael Aun is a syndicated columnist nickname her Dr. Feelgood! and writes a weekly column for this newsAnd then there is the doctor in Utah paper. To contact Michael Aun, email him named James Shorts. You guessed it, they at [email protected] N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules By Mace Yampolsky tucky, the majority leader. As reported in the NY Mr. McConnell has resoTimes, a federal appeals lutely pressed to maintain court in New York on the N.S.A.’s existing proThursday, May 7, 2015 gram against bipartisan ruled that the once-secret pressure to scale it back, National Security Agency and has proposed simply program that is systematiextending the statute. But cally collecting Amerithe court’s ruling calls into cans’ phone records in question whether that statbulk is illegal. The deciute can still be used to ission comes as a fight in sue fresh orders to phone Congress is intensifying companies requiring them MACE YAMPOLSKY over whether to end and to turn over their customreplace the program, or to extend it with- ers’ records. out changes. Thursday’s ruling is the first time a In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel higher-level court in the regular judicial for the United States Court of Appeals for system has reviewed the N.S.A. phone the Second Circuit held that a provision of records program. It did not come with any the U.S.A. Patriot Act, known as Section injunction ordering the program to cease, 215, cannot be legitimately interpreted to and it is not clear that anything else will allow the bulk collection of domestic call- happen in the judicial system before Coning records. gress has to make a decision about the exThe ruling was certain to increase the piring law. tension that has been building in Congress The data collection had repeatedly been as the provision of the act that has been cited approved in secret by judges serving on the to justify the bulk data collection program Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, nears a June 1 expiration. It also comes known as the FISA court, which oversees amid a global uptick in controversy over national security surveillance. Those electronic surveillance, including a push in judges, who hear arguments only from the France to increase domestic spying and a government, were willing to accept an indecision by Germany to reduce coopera- terpretation of Section 215 that the appeals tion on surveillance with the United States. court rejected on Thursday. The ruling ratchets up pressure on SenaThe court, in a unanimous ruling writtor Mitch McConnell, Republican of Ken(See Mace, Page 12) Why Do The Good Ones Leave? By Doug Dickerson clear vision for the future If your actions inspire there is no future to be others to dream more, learn had by staying. more, do more and become The good ones more, you are a leader. — leave because of John Quincy Adams leaders with no skin How is the organizain the game tional culture where you It will be hard to comwork? How is morale? Demand the respect of your pending on the day and people if you have no when asked, the answers skin in the game as it recan run the gambit of relates to your organization sponses and emotions. and its mission. You can’t A document was discovexpect a buy-in from your ered in the ruins of a LonDOUG DICKERSON people if you are not fully don office building. It was dated 1852. Here invested yourself. The good ones seek to are a few of the notices that were posted be with leaders who are as passionately infor a group of employees: 1) This firm has vested as they are. reduced the hours of work, and clerical staff The good ones leave because will only have to be present between the of leaders who place limits hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, 2) on their potential Now that the hours of business have been The good ones will thrive in a culture drastically reduced, the partaking of food of excellence where their hard work and is allowed between 11:30 and noon, but talents are put to best use. The good ones work will not on any account cease, 3) No will not sit idly by while the leader plays talking is allowed during business hours, politics or favorites and be denied the opand 4) The craving for tobacco, wine, or portunity to advance professionally. spirits is a human weakness, and as such is The good ones leave because of forbidden to all members of the clerical leaders with no accountability staff. The good ones fundamentally underWould you like to reconsider your an- stand that accountability and transparency swer about morale in your organization are the cornerstones of success. When a now? leader no longer feels the need to be transHere’s what we do know from polling parent or be accountable for his or her acand surveys, like this one from Gallup that tions, then the good ones will not stay. Trust reports employees are just not as engaged is like glue for the leader, is there is none, as they once were. people won’t stick. It’s been said that people don’t quit orThe good ones leave because of ganizations, they quit leaders. It’s a sad but leaders with no boundaries true commentary on the lack of leadership Ultimately, the leader is responsible for skills that are so desperately needed in the the culture of the organization. If proper workplace. boundaries are not being observed and inThere are consequences to poor leader- appropriate behaviors are being tolerated ship and where it’s not present, people will — such as bullying, then the good ones will leave to find it. Inevitably it’s the good not stay in that environment. employees who leave. Left behind is a The good ones leave because of weakened and demoralized team forced to leaders with no integrity pick up the pieces. At the end of the day it all comes down But why do the good ones leave? What to the integrity of the leader. The good ones is the tipping point in which a good em- want their leader to be a person of integployee will cash in the chips and bolt? The rity and one they can trust. If integrity is specifics vary, of course, but typically the lacking in the leader then integrity will be good ones leave for these reasons. lacking in the culture. The good ones will The good ones leave because of leave to avoid the connection. leaders with no backbone Many personal factors contribute to the This type of leader plays to the crowd reasons why the good ones tend to leave and will say whatever he or she thinks you and move on. I’ve discovered that it’s not want to hear. The good ones had rather hear always for the money or a promotion. The the uncomfortable truth than the pleasant good ones understand the wisdom of the sounds of an appeaser. The good ones want words of John Maxwell who once said, a leader who is not afraid to make the diffi- “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” cult decisions. That’s why the good ones leave — to be The good ones leave because of with good leaders. leaders with no vision What do you say? The good ones long for and thrive in an Doug Dickerson is a syndicated columenvironment where the leader has a vision nist. He writes a weekly column for this for the future, can articulate it, and sets a newspaper. To contact Doug Dickerson, course of action that will take them there. email him at [email protected] The good ones understand that without a lasvegastribune.com. COMMENTARIES May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 11 Editors note: The views expressed are entirely those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Las Vegas Tribune. De-policing: Just Plain Dumb? By Norman Jahn Individual police officers are starting to face more serious consequences for their actions — perhaps more than at any time in the history of policing. This is due, in part, to the availability of video from in-car cameras and body cameras. This is also due to citizens having cameras or cell phones to capture a version of the events and share it through social media. Video delivered to Internal Affairs or the local news makes it a little more difficult to ‘tamp down’ the story. Police agencies (and those individual officers) don’t much like this increased scrutiny and are getting defensive. Too many are in serious DENIAL. Instead of correcting problems (this includes firing officers at times) agencies and associations and individuals now want sympathy. Of course, they deserve sympathy and support after officers are killed, but also scrutiny after major incidents and an analysis of how they could possibly have been avoided. Few agencies have publicly acknowledged their screw-ups (as if officers never screw up) but they want to deflect and complain about any focus on legitimate issues. Numerous recent articles address a response by the police known as DEPOLICING. De-policing is when the police intentionally provide only minimal services. Will police across America ‘slow down’ in response to the charges against officers in Baltimore? Will police across America stay out of tough neighborhoods because they are afraid they will get in trouble? De-policing is a disservice to those who are in most desperate need in the inner city. This would devastate poor neighborhoods and give criminals and thugs the green light to do just what they want to do. The threat of de-policing (and any suggestion that this ‘should’ happen so that citizens learn to ‘appreciate’ their police) is disgusting to me. I also think it is just plain DUMB! The public is no longer willing to ‘defer’ to the police when so many questionable shootings (fre- NORMAN JAHN quently involving unarmed individuals) have occurred across the country! It is pathetic that there aren’t even accurate statistics on officer-involved shootings on a national level. We don’t even know how many people (armed or unarmed) the police have killed in large cities, in each state, and nationally! Several years ago, a NativeAmerican woodcarver was shot and killed in Seattle. Car video showed part of the incident and audio captured the entire incident. The young officer was fired for what his agency determined was a ‘bad’ shoot. Civil lawsuits are frequently settled (i.e., paid for by the taxpayers) and it is rare that the ‘shooting’ officer pays a dime out of his pocket. At least some of these shootings involve egregious violations of policy, although they may not be in violation of the law. I’m afraid that the general public is just ignorant of the concepts of self-defense and how our justice system works. A sign with the pictures of the six Baltimore officers with the words, “Convictions Matter” is an example of ignorance and bias! Too many people lack even a basic knowledge of how our system works. A poor education can’t be blamed on the police. I’m afraid that immigrants taking ‘citizenship classes’ are much more informed about being responsible citizens than the anarchists. Seattle was one officer and one agency, but scrutiny of the incident was necessary and we better learn to accept this in the future in cities across the country. There was depolicing in Seattle, but there were also opportunities for improvement of the police department. Cops pouted about one of their own being held accountable, but it is impossible to ignore some of these problems! The video is still available on the Internet and so are many others. When the police think that they should be given the benefit of the doubt in ALL of these shootings (or in-custody deaths such as in Baltimore) and they can withdraw services, they are damaging their credibility. Has everyone already forgotten the recent ‘accidental’ shooting by a rookie Asian officer in New York? He killed a black man in a stairwell by firing a round that ricocheted and struck the man. Commissioner Bratton explained it, apologized, and will pay out a fat check to the family of the dead man. How many individual officers across the country spent a moment discussing this death and consequences of these types of incidents where the police were responsible? When I worked the housing projects in Las Vegas (Gerson ParkSherman Gardens) and supervised officers as part of the Neighborhood Police Team, I experienced a sad reality. There are many decent people trying to parent children in these ‘projects’ and inner city areas such as Baltimore. They have few, if any, options because they are trapped in their own homes because of their economic status. They watch crime and violence occur right outside their doors. If the police decide to ‘back-off’ and crime increases, this is a denial of equal protection to the people that are most desperate for protection. How do you try to control (and set an example for your kids) when they see drug dealers who are no longer getting arrested because the police don’t like what happened in Baltimore and they have morale problems? I would argue, C’mon folks — Police the best you can in your own community and don’t worry about what others need to deal with! Nationwide de-policing would be a disgrace. It is time to accept the fact that there are police problems that need to be fixed and move forward. Police are not PERFECT! Too often (and for far too long) individual officers were protected and they didn’t get disciplined, they didn’t get prosecuted, and they didn’t pay out of their own pockets for the civil suits. There was a paradigm (if you are a cop) that you shouldn’t judge another officer’s actions unless you were there. That is just idiotic. Everyone is judged in our system of justice (initial contact by police, decision to arrest, probable cause review by prosecutors, preliminary hearings, trials, and sentencing). Decisions are made every day even though all ‘jurors’ are not on the scene to observe crimes taking place. They evaluate the evidence, the testimony, and apply the law — there is no immunity for police officers BUT THERE ARE ALSO NO DIMINISHED RIGHTS JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A POLICE OFFICER. Some lessons are about to be learned in Baltimore! Is the LVMPD learning anything from all of this? Norm Jahn is a former LVMPD lieutenant, who has also served as a police chief in Shawano, Wisconsin, and has nearly 25 years of police experience. Jahn now contributes his opinions and ideas to help improve policing in general, and in Las Vegas in particular, through his weekly column in the Las Vegas Tribune. LETTER TO THE EDITOR National Dog Bite Prevention Week In light of National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23), here are some ways that each of us can help protect ourselves and our loved ones from being bitten. Have your dog spayed or neutered. It reduces aggression and territoriality that can lead to biting — unaltered dogs are three times more likely to bite. Let dogs live indoors and treat them as family members. Chained dogs are nearly three times more likely to attack, because they are often unsocialized and they have no way to retreat from people who encroach on their tiny patch of dirt. Children are often their victims. Always supervise animals and children when they are together. Both can be unpredictable, and even the most docile dog may bite if a child pulls the animal’s tail or startles a sleeping dog. And always report known or suspected cruelty to animals immediately. Dogfighters and people who use dogs as “guard dogs” often beat, starve, and taunt them to make them aggressive and more likely to attack. For more ways to have a happy, healthy, friendly dog, visit www.PETA.org. Lindsay Pollard-Post, The PETA Foundation [email protected] Page 12 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 Mitchell (Continued from Page 9) Supreme Court eventually dismissed the suit, but not before the publisher went bankrupt. Smith was denied any costs and attorney fees. Attorney Marc Randazza, who helped draft the current law, said he would have no problem acting as an attorney for a person who believes he or she has been defamed, despite Nevada’s strong antiSLAPP law, because he does his homework and makes sure he has the evidence. “Frankly, I do get calls, frequently, from people who ask me, ‘Won’t you just file it? I know we don’t have much chance of winning, but we’ll drag these guys into discovery and they don’t want that,’” Randazza said. “When that happens I do hear the cash register ringing in my ears. And I think I could keep this case going for 18 months or so. I don’t use my law license that way. I won’t do it, because I believe in freedom of expression and I don’t believe in bullying people with lawsuits designed to suppress their First Amendment rights.” The Assembly should bury this misbegotten and mischievous attempt to weaken Nevada’s law on free speech. ***** Thomas Mitchell is a former newspaper editor who now writes conservative/libertarian columns for weekly papers in Nevada. (Continued from Page 10) ten by Judge Gerard E. Lynch, held that Section 215 “cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and that it does not authorize the telephone metadata program.” It declared the program illegal, saying, “We do so comfortably in the full understanding that if Congress chooses to authorize such a far-reaching and unprecedented program, it has every opportunity to do so, and to do so unambiguously.” The House appears ready to pass a bill next week that would end the government’s bulk collection of phone records. That bill, known as the U.S.A. Freedom Act, would replace it with a new program that would preserve the N.S.A.’s ability to analyze links between callers to hunt for terrorists, but keep the bulk records in the hands of phone companies, which would be free to dispose of them after 18 months. The N.S.A. keeps them for five years. But the appeals court ruling raises the question of whether Section 215, extended or not, has ever legitimately authorized the program. The statute on its face permits only the collection of records deemed “relevant” to a national security case. The government secretly decided, with the FISA court’s secret approval, that this could be interpreted to mean collection of all records, so long as only those that later turn out to be relevant are scrutinized by analysts. However, Judge Lynch wrote: “Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans. Perhaps such a contraction is required by national security needs in the face of the dangers of contemporary domestic and international terrorism. But we would expect such a momentous decision to be preceded by substantial debate, and expressed in unmistakable language.” Judge Lynch was appointed by President Obama. He was joined in the decision by Judge Robert D. Sack, a Clinton appointee, and Judge Vernon S. Broderick, another Obama appointee. Judge Broderick usually hears Federal District Court cases but was sitting on the appeals court for this case as a visiting judge. The appeals court sent the matter back to a Federal District Court judge to decide what to do next. The government could also appeal the ruling to the full appeals court, or to the Supreme Court. Parallel cases are pending before two other appeals courts that have not yet ruled. Alexander Abdo, who argued the case for the American Civil Liberties Union, praised the ruling as a “victory for the rule of law that should spur Congress into action.” Several lawmakers who helped draft the U.S.A. Freedom Act seized on it as justification for enacting their bill. Among them, Senators Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, said in a joint statement: “Congress should not reauthorize a bulk collection program that the court has found to violate the law. We will not consent to any extension of this program.” Mr. McConnell and another supporter of the existing program, Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, took to the Senate floor on Thursday and gave no ground. Mr. McConnell blasted the House bill as “an untested, untried and more cumbersome system” that would neither “keep us safe or protect our privacy.” I guess he likes Big Brother. Section 215 helps us find a needle in the haystack,” he said. “But under the U.S.A. Freedom Act, there might not be a haystack at all.” But Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said both sides now have to come to the table because it was not clear that either option — the U.S.A. Freedom Act or extending the existing program — has the 60-vote support necessary to overcome a filibuster. Mr. McConnell has the power to decide which bills get brought up for a vote. To create more time for debate, Democrats might permit an extension of the existing statute for a month, said a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their progress. The Democrats would do that in exchange for a promise by Mr. McConnell to allow a vote on the House bill in June. Still, even if there were votes in Congress for a short-term extension of the existing statute, Thursday’s ruling would create potential political and legal difficulties for keeping the program going in the interim. To bridge any gap between the existing program and a new one, the Obama administration would have to ask the FISA court to reauthorize the program and a FISA judge would have to agree to do so, notwithstanding the Second Circuit’s ruling that Section 215 cannot authorize such an order. (The FISA court is not directly subject to the Second Circuit’s authority because it has its own appeals court.) In a statement, Edward Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the administration was still evaluating the ruling but reiterated that President Obama’s support for legislation that would transform the program is in line with the U.S.A. Freedom Act. The bulk phone records program traces back to October 2001. After the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush secretly authorized the N.S.A. to begin a group of surveillance and data-collection programs, without obeying statutory limits on government spying, for the purpose of hunting for hidden terrorist cells. Over time, the legal basis for each component of that program, known as Stellarwind, evolved. In 2006, the administration persuaded a FISA court judge to issue an order approving the bulk phone records component, based on the idea that Section 215 could be interpreted as authorizing bulk collection. Many other judges serving on the FISA court have subsequently renewed the program at roughly 90day intervals. It came to light in June 2013 as part of the leaks by the intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden. The revelation led to a series of lawsuits challenging the program. Different district court judges reached opposing conclusions about its legality. Thursday’s ruling did not address the A.C.L.U.’s separate argument that bulk collection of records about Americans — regardless of the claimed statutory basis — is unconstitutional. Also, if the NSA phone program is illegal, should Edward Snowden still be subject to arrest after alerting American Citizens to the NSA’s intrusive tactic and wholesale indiscriminate spying on U.S. citizens? ***** Mace J. Yampolsky is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, 625 South Sixth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101; He can be reached at: Phone 702-385-9777 or fax 702385-300. His website is located at: www.macelaw.com. Mace Maramis May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 13 (Continued from Page 9) back along with that memory? If that’s ever happened, the one feeling those feelings needs to apply some healing forgiveness to the open wound. That is really the only balm that one needs to soothe the rawness of such resurrected pain. Usually someone will say something like, “But you don’t know what so-and-so did! how it not only hurt me, but ruined my reputation/ finances/marriage/life!” To which I say, perhaps in my own “Daisyworld” kind of way, “It’s not about that person. Forgiveness is about YOU. Forgiveness may or may not change the one forgiven — and may or may not even be “deserved” by the one who may still be out there hurting others — but it WILL change you. It will dissolve the hate or anger or ill will that you’ve been carrying around all this time, keeping you chained to that person or event in some way, which in essence allows that person or event to go on hurting you for the rest of your life, if you let it. Having been hurt at the time is enough. It’s over. Let it go. Cut the chains of attachment to it and free yourself from that burden, remembering that you are forgiving because it’s a good thing to do for yourself; and maybe...just maybe...it can be an impetus for the so-called offender to start down a better path — but you needn’t put any stock in that. That is up to the one so forgiven. It is actually not your concern or “job” to see that there are any changes made on his or her side of the fence. You simply forgive and move on to loving that person as we are advised to love all our neighbors, as ourself. In short, check yourself out: are there any persons toward which you hold hateful, revengeful feelings? Is there anyone that the mere thought of brings tightness to the chest, heaviness to the heart, or malice to the mind? Consider loving yourself more and freeing yourself from such thoughts and feelings by forgiveness. Besides being a balm for your spirit and soul, it will confuse the heck out of your “enemy” or adversary. And heaven only knows how it will be the very antidote for a whole mess of problems in your life. ***** Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email her at [email protected] (Continued from Page 10) Las Cruces, Lawrence, Lehigh Valley, Lexington, Lincoln, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lubbock, Madison, Manhattan, Maui, Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Modesto, Monterrey, Montreal, Myrtle Beach, NW Indiana, Nashville, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Jersey (Shore), New Orleans, New York City, Ocala FL, Oklahoma City. 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It’s an embarrassment that legislative Republicans haven’t legalized Uber yet. It’s long past time to “git ‘er done.” Just do it already. Sheesh. ***** Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached by email at [email protected] Chuck Muth CENEGENICS MEDICAL INSTITUE HAWAIIAN PLANTATION HOUSE FOUNDATION MORTGAGE TGS OFFICE BUILDING POOLSIDE CAFE Ken Small can get a Clark County Building Department Permit for Architecural Construction one day after your plans are drawn. This is a savings of weeks! Call Ken to find out the details or check SmallStudioAssociates.com/PermitNow.html ENTERTAINMENT Page 14 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 Master Magician Lance Burton with an adaptive bicycle, a special type of tricycle, for a child with autism. Variety — The Children’s Charity By Sandy Zimmerman Las Vegas Tribune Photos by Variety except the photo of Ms. Thompson by Sandy Zimmerman We discuss the Academy Awards films, the stars and everything about the event. An important aspect of the Academy Awards, this is one of the events responsible for raising money for Variety — the Children’s Charity. Lauri Thompson, Chairman of the Board for Variety — the Children’s Hospital of Southern Nevada, feels, “Oscar Night is for them. “Variety — the Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada has been in Las Vegas for over 60 years helping children with special needs. Las Vegas Variety was first started by most of the casino owners in the 1950’s who build three schools. We have the Variety School, now known as the Miller School, and the Variety Early Learning Center. “As we celebrate the Oscars at the Academy, we are raising money for a compassion fund. This is a wonderful compassion fund, it provides emergency assistance to any children and their families who have a special need for a medical bill or a hotel they need if something happened. Social workers can see them immediately and provide assistance. “The Oscar Night is a big night but Variety — the Children’s Char- Lauri Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Variety, the Children’s Charity, Las Vegas. ity arranges fundraising events all year to continue helping the children. “Variety gives money to provide for children with special needs. We try to raise money for the Variety School for bicycles, games and other equipment. “We just gave an adaptive bicycle, a special type of tricycle, for a child with autism. There is a type of handle behind it for the parent to steer and push as well. The child can actually pedal. That gets the child active playing and having fun. He can do things a normal child would do. “We also brought three swings from Australia which are wheel chairs. The wheel chair loads up into the swing giving the child the experience of swinging. “These are new applications for special needs children. It is all with the help of the community. We are supported by the community and people who come to the Variety events.” Variety also provides specially equipped passenger vans to local nonprofit organizations for transport of children with physical limitations to and from medical facilities, schools and community enrichment programs. Variety — The Children’s Charity is an enthusiastic group of business leaders who donate their time, resources and energy to positively impact the lives of children in their own communities and around the world. VARIETY Southern Nevada has served more than 20,000 children and raised and distributed more than $7,000,000 in grants and specialized equipment in our community. For information about Variety — The Children’s Charity events during the year, contact Variety of Southern Nevada, at 3401 Sirius Ave., Suite 1, Las Vegas. Tel: (702)383-8466; Email: [email protected]; Websites: http://onalv.org/ and www.varietysn.org. ***** Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, travel, health, spas, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you want to suggest topics for articles, for information or to ask any questions about Sandy’s articles, call 702-735-5974. May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 15 Journey with “Open Arms” nineshow residency at Hard Rock Hotel This Week in Las Vegas By Mike Kermani In honor of JOURNEY’s first-ever, nine-show residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Clark County declared April 29, 2015 as Journey Las Vegas Day. Pictured left to right are: Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo. —Photo credit: Erik Kabik /www.KabikPhotoGroup.com. By Mike Kermani Deck is Downtown Las Vegas’ big***** Las Vegas Tribune gest pool with more than 35,000 GATEWAY ARTS Journey performs a nine-show square feet of lounge seating and FOUNDATION & CIRQUE DU residency at The Joint at Hard Rock cabanas, as well as a walk up bar SOLEIL SUMMER YOUTH Hotel & Casino April 29–May 16. and outdoor gaming tables. 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For information on the workshop and performance call 702255-0695 or 702-369-6649 or visit http://MORMediaGroup.us10.list***** TIGER WOODS FOUNDATION ROCKS LAS VEGAS WITH NEW EXPERIENCES The Tiger Woods Foundation announced the 17th-annual Tiger Jam will take its ultimate Vegas weekend to MGM Grand, May 1516. The two-day charity event hosted by Tiger Woods entertains world-class golf, high-stakes poker, gourmet cuisine and exclusive VIP experiences in a star-studded weekend benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation’s college-access programs. New to the 2015 event, the Tiger Jam golf outings will be contested at Shadow Creek, a bucket list course among avid golf fans and players. Tiger Jam guests, staying at host site MGM Grand, will take their skills to the Tom Fazio-design for two unforgettable rounds and an exhibition with Tiger Woods. “Tiger Jam is bringing so much more to the event model this year, allowing my guests to personalize their experiences,” Woods said. “My foundation is always a great host to our guests and supporters, and with moments like the private concert with Ed Sheeran and golf at Shadow Creek, it will be a weekend to remember.” Tiger Jam will kick off Friday, May 15 when poker legend Phil Hellmuth teams up with Woods to host Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour at MGM Grand’s Poker Room. For a $10,000 buyin, participants will join Woods, Hellmuth and other prestigious players for an exclusive night. Tournament prizes include unique golf experiences, Pro-Am playing spots in premier PGA TOUR events and other exclusive items. Prior to Saturday evening’s private concert, guests can participate in a morning golf outing at Shadow Creek before attending the VIP reception at MGM Grand. This exclusive pre-concert party will feature gourmet food and spirits as well as live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. Following a private performance from Ed Sheeran, the night will conclude with a postconcert party at Hakkasan Nightclub, new to the Tiger Jam lineup. A variety of VIP packages are available for guests to create their one-of-a-kind Vegas event. Packages include golf, deluxe hospitality, invitations to private parties, premier tickets to the concert and seats in the poker tournament, all leading to an amazing Vegas experience. For more information on 2015 Tiger Jam opportunities or to attend the dinner and auction, please call Jason Andrea at (949) 725-3003 or [email protected] ***** Mike Kermani is an entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper. He writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Mike Kermani, email [email protected] lasvegas tribune.com Page 16 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 M Resort presents ‘Hotel California,’ the original Eagles tribute By Jerry Fink Las Vegas Tribune On Saturday, May 23, Hotel California, the original Eagles tribute, will take the stage at M Resort’s 2,300-seat M Pavilion, recreating the remarkable hits of one of the best-selling bands of all time. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the M Resort Box Office, by phone at 800745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. Acclaimed for having a sound closest to Don Henley, Hotel California has toured the world, sharing the stage with legendary rock artists including the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, STYX and Gretchen Wilson. ***** “KICKIN’ IT” AT RON DECAR’S EVENT CENTER ‘Kickin It’ is a versatile rhythm based dance show premiering at Ron Decar’s Event Center at 7 p.m. May 23. The Coppola Dance Ensemble will present routines with varied rhythms in tap: From Latin to Hula, Burlesque to R&B, ‘Kickin It’ guarantees something for everyone. Guest vocalist Chadwick Johnson will present his singing talents and will serve as emcee for this very special performance. LV show producer/writer, Jeanne Bavaro, has been collaborating and consulting with the show for the past year and is proud to associate-produce this event. Executive Producer, Drew Vamosi, is a seasoned Broadway performer, owner of Leap, national dance competition and an astute business man. He will be in Las Vegas to celebrate this exciting presentation. Mr. Vamosi has been a constant supporter of the show’s creator, Tony Coppola, for many years. Coppola has the long-standing national recognition of a tap dance virtuoso, and conceived, choreographed, and developed ‘Kickin It’. He is an All-American gymnast, master dance teacher and professional percussionist. Tony’s television choreographic credits include commercials for McDonalds, Aramis Cologne, and Autolite auto parts, as well as the Superstars of Gymnastics for the USA TV network, John Tesh Live at Redrocks for PBS, The Mystery and Magic of Nadia Comaneci for ABC TV, and The World Gold Gymnastics Tour starring Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Keri Strug and a cast of Olympic Gymnasts. Featured for his solo tap dancing on various TV shows and in Las Vegas, Coppola can also be seen in many dance magazines for his authoritative articles on jazz and tap, and ads promoting Capezio’s Coppola Tap Shoes, introduced in 1990. ‘Kickin It’, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 23, Ron Decar’s Event Center, 1201 Las Vegas Blvd. S. For further information call Jeanne Bavaro at 702-336-8471 and for reservations or tickets call, 702384-0772. ***** BOULDER BLUES FEATURING GUITAR SHORTY Guitar Shorty will perform at The Railhead’s Boulder Blues concert May 21. Doors open 6 p.m., $5 cover at the door. Guitar Shorty, aka David Kearney, began playing guitar at an early age. When other kids were in high school, Shorty was a student by day and a working musician by night. Right out of high school, Shorty joined Ray Charles and his band for a year. Shorty recorded his first single “You Don’t Treat Me Right” in 1957 under the direction of Willie Dixon. He eventually moved to New Orleans and joined Slim’s band. While in New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group, which became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There, he played with such greats as T. Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. He released his first album On the Rampage in 1985 and has since released 12 studio albums, including 2010’s Bare Knuckle . Must be 21 years or older ***** SUZANNE SOMERS RETURNS WITH HER CABARET SHOW AT “SUZANNE SIZZLES” RESIDENCY SET TO BEGIN MAY 23 Suzanne Somers, one of America’s most popular and beloved personalities, and for years a top-selling Las Vegas headliner, is stepping back onstage to launch a ‘Kickin It’ premiering at Ron Decar’s Event Center sophisticated nightclub act at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Scheduled to debut May 23, 2015, “Suzanne Sizzles” will entertain for a total of 28 weeks through May 2016 in the newly named cabaret venue, “SUZANNE’S” at the Westgate. “I’m thrilled to be back in Las Vegas with my new show,” said Suzanne. “I’m excited to perform songs I love to sing, in such an intimate setting where I can interact with the audience, and create a very special evening.” “Suzanne Sizzles,” a 70-minute show, will be performed at 7 p.m. five days a week, dark Sundays and Mondays. On sale now, general admission tickets; VIP and meet-andgreet tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 2225361 or online at www.westgatevegas.com. For more information or to book accommodations, call (800) 732-7117. Each show night, Somers will prepare in the dressing room she designed, using materials that are hypoallergenic and green. A pioneering health and wellness advocate, Somers, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written a new book, TOX- SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick , an exposÈ on the immediate and long-term dangers of living in a world that has become increasingly toxic to our health. TOXSICK will be published by Harmony Books in April 2015. Suzanne has also been hitting the dance floor with ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” 10th anniversary season, airing now. ***** TRIO OF COMEDIANS AT LAUGH FACTORY A vigorous trio of comedians will take over the stage inside the Laugh Factory Monday through Sunday (May 11-May 17), at the New Tropicana Hotel, with comedy star Basile headlining what is sure to be a great week of zingers. Holding down the featured position will be Spencer James, with Traci Skene hosting. Show times are 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Basile is one of the most diverse and sought after entertainers in the world today. He has entertained millions of comedy fans in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa with his unique blend of material and improvisation. Currently, he is touring North America with his show “A Pinch of Basile.” He also stars in the critically acclaimed comedy series “Growing Up Greek in America,” which is spoken in Greek and English, and has sold over a million copies worldwide. Spencer James’ comedy career started very early on, namely as an 11-year-old over-weight kid getting picked on by school bullies, while also being ignored by seemingly every girl within his vicinity. James has gritted his comedy teeth on bars and comedy clubs across America, including performances for the fisherman of Dutch Harbor, AK, which has been made famous by the hit TV show “Deadliest Catch.” Writer and professional stand-up comedian Traci Skene has been called the “funniest woman in Philadelphia.” Not only has she performed in all 50 states, but she has also appeared on VH1’s “Fools for Love,” VH1’s “Stand-Up Spotlight,” A&E’s “Comedy on the Road,” and was featured on Season 7 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Skene also co-wrote “The Comedy Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians” with Brian McKim, which made its debut in 2011. For further information call 702739-2411 or 800-829-9034. ***** THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: MAY 12-17 The world-famous Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas is the longestrunning comedy club on the Las Vegas Strip. The Improv’s ability to showcase young comedians, as well as bring in big names, has attributed to its longevity and success. Each week, The Improv showcases some of the funniest and freshest faces in comedy, creating a show that is always unique and definitely funny. The comedians who will perform May 12-17 are: Tommy Savitt: Multi-award winning comedian, Tommy Savitt, unorthodox comedy routine envelops his audience and teleports them into a domain of hilarity and pure craftsmanship. Savitt has been seen on WGN’s “The Bob & Tom Show,” SI Tv’s “Funny is Funny,” Comcast On Demand’s “Man up, Stand-Up” on mav.tv and on JLTV’s “James and Sunda.” Tommy has dedicated this past decade to performing for our troops here and abroad and has brought laughter to those that sacrifice for our country has taken him to air force, army, and naval bases in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Japan, South Korea, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Curacao, Honduras, and Ecuador. Jesus Trejo: Stand-up comedian Jesus Trejo’s high-energy performance is a fusion of characters, storytelling and physical comedy, which paints a picture of his childhood.. His work ethic has earned him spots opening for the likes of Steve Trevino, Pauly Shore, Steve Byrne and Russell Peters. Trejo recently landed a reoccurring role as “Javier” on the new TBS sitcom titled “Sullivan & Son.” Andy Ostroff: Growing up in Natick, Massachusetts, Andy Ostroff was pulled between two choices: follow his father’s footsteps and go to law school or move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in entertainment. Since then he has filled his résumé with many leading film roles, television guest appearances and theatre work as a sketch comedy participant. Ostroff is best known for his work in “Roommate,” “Chicks Who Click” and “Panman.” Shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Special VIP tickets include special seating, an Improv T-shirt and postshow meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also available for locals for the 10 p.m. show. Tickets and ticket prices are available at Harrah’s Box Office 702-369-5223 and online at www.harrahslasvegas.com. ***** Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Jerry Fink, email him at [email protected] lasvegastribune.com. ‘Oliver Twist’ rings true at Sandy Valley School Partial cast stirring a pot of “gruel” By Marianne Donnelly pieces) for a full-house in the multi-purpose room Las Vegas Tribune (gymnasium acoustics!). Charles Dickens left school at 11 to work in a facMakeup, costumes, set and direction evoked essentory when his father was incarcerated in debtors’ tial themes of this pertinent book. prison. This harsh experience is the root of “Oliver The cast ranged from 6- to 17-year-olds and was Twist,” a most enduring excoriation of the (still) uniformly enthusiastic in all parts. Oliver was perfectly clueless upper-class to conditions of working-poor in cast and played, as were all other characters. industrial Victorian England (or even today). It is reassuring to see great classics revered in Despite his lack of formal education, Dickens wrote schools. Valiantly mounted school productions (no 15 novels, and campaigned vigorously for children’s budget and challenging physical spaces) ring truest of rights, education, and other social reforms. His novels all with earnest young actors discovering and displayare lauded for their impact on social reform and law. ing their understanding of this classic play’s purpose. In Sandy Valley (50 miles south of Las Vegas) the Bravo and brava to these “Sidewinders” (school local K-12 school produced a heartfelt rendition of this mascot) for a fabulous evening of theatre just after their timeless classic (key moments recreated with large set fantastic annual PTO Carnival. & HEALTH LIFESTYLES May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 17 The Exciting Sneak- Peak Technique By Sandy Zimmerman Las Vegas Tribune Photos shot during the operation by Sandy Zimmerman A revolutionary new hair transplanting technique removes all of the doubts and fears of how a patient will look afterward the transplant. He/ she see the results immediately with Dr. Craig Ziering’s Sneak- Peak Technique or Long Hair Transplant. Internationally known and a leader in the hair transplant field, Dr. Ziering is the first surgeon to use this Sneak Peak Technique in the United States. With the traditional technique, the patient usually has to wait 5-10 months for the hair to grow out. Dr Ziering described the process, “We usually shave the donor hair very, very short on the back of their head and transplant it. With this improved Sneak-Peak Technique, the hair is kept at the same length as the donor’s hair. In both types of transplants, the hairs begin to fall out in 1-4 weeks and new follicles take their place in the same position, angle, direction, and location that the graphs were transplanted.” The Sneak Peak Technique operations are more difficult. This technique requires more skill from both the physician and surgical staff. “We are dissecting these graphs under the microscope dealing with longer hair and with the tissues. When we transplant them, the longer hairs are attached and could get in the way as we are preparing the design. It requires greater skill and demands from the physician to be up on the artistry because both the patient and physician are going to see the results of the surgery immediately. The patient sees if you do really nice work as far as design, angle, direction and orientation are concerned.” I like to create a hair line that matches with these facial features and gives the patient the greatest aesthetic look including not only the frontal hairline but the whorl in the back of the head as well as the temporal peaks.” This technique is interactive, with both the patient and the physician giving feedback. As Dr. Ziering places the graphs, the patient can see the balance that is necessary between the area that he is trying to cover as well as the desired density. Dr. Ziering can keep adding graphs to a zone in the frontal part of the head until he achieves the desired density the patient wants before moving further back. Patients are involved in the decision making process. One of the exciting results of this procedure, patients do not like the crusting and scabbing that occurs Dr. Craig Ziering the first week with the traditional Ziering’s delicate work close up. method, but now the long hairs Award-winning Sandy camouflage the area allowing pa- Zimmerman is a syndicated columtients to return to work the next day. nist featuring Show and Dining reThere are multiple benefits with this views, travel, health, spas, luxury procedure. In hair transplants, the and more. Sandy is talk show host hairs are so small with thousands of the Las Vegas Today Show proto fill a small space or the whole grams and Discover the Ultimate head. Vacation travel specials. If you wish For information about Dr. Craig information, have questions about Ziering, founder of Ziering Medi- any of Sandy’s articles, call (702) cal call (877)-ZM4-HAIR, (964- 735-5974. SUGGESTIONS: Do 4247) or visit the website you have a favorite restaurant in www.zieringmedical.com. Las Vegas or around the world? The patient is awake for both the Please let us know and you may win traditional method and Sneak Peak free show tickets or other prizes. Technique, I saw him eating lunch, Send the name of the restaurant, the watching television, and talking to reasons for your choice and your us. It was exciting taking photos telephone number. Information is during the operation, seeing Dr. listed above. Five photos directly above are of hair transplant operation Page 18 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 What You Need To Know By Dr Nina Radcliff Your nails are the windows to your health By Nina Radcliff, MD It’s all fun and games until someone breaks a nail. Correction. It’s all fun and games until someone’s nails become yellow, pit, club, or spoon. In addition to helping us scratch and protect our fingertips, nails have also been described as a window to the entire body. In other words, they can yield a tremendous amount of information about your overall health — including warning signs about malnutrition, infection, and serious disease. And it’s all right at your fingertips. What exactly are nails? The short answer is, they are composed of layers of keratin, a protein that’s also found in our skin and hair. The deeper understanding is that the nail is made up of six parts. The nail plate is the hard, protective piece that we see, cut, and polish. The nail fold is the skin around the plate and the site of pesky and painful hangnails. The nail bed is the skin underneath the transparent nail plate. The nail base is the whitish crescent moon at the nail base. The cuticle is the tissue overlapping the nail at the base. The matrix is the area under the protective cuticle at the base of the nail bed and the place where nail growth begins. Speed of growth Fingernails take six months to grow and toenails take a full year. As a result, they can tell a story of how long you have been ill. FUN FACT: They grow faster in the summer months, in men, and in the dominant hand. Yellow nail syndrome Nails thicken and growth slows. This causes a yellowish discoloration of the nail plate. The nail plate may also detach from the bed and the cuticle may disappear. Yellow nail syndrome is often a sign of respiratory disease such as chronic bronchitis. If your nails are yellow but growing normally, this may be a sign of diabetes. Glucose attaches to collagen proteins in the nails giving them the yellowish appearance. Nail pitting Small depressions in the nails. It is most common in people who have psoriasis (a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin), but can also be seen in connective tissue disorders. Nail clubbing The nails soften, bulge at the tips, and curve around the fingertips. They appear to float over the nail bed instead of being firmly attached. This can indicate chronic low levels of oxygen typically from lung disease or inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, or liver disease. Spoon nails (koilonychia) Nails become soft and concave (scooped away from the finger). The curvature becomes large enough to hold a drop of liquid. This can be related to an iron deficiency anemia, hypothyroidism, or liver disease. Terry’s nails The tip of each nail has a dark band. In some cases, this can be the result of aging. However, it may indicate liver disease, congestive heart failure, or diabetes. A single dark line or spot should also be investigated as soon as possible as it may be caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Beau’s lines Indentations that run across the nails. They result when growth under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness such as uncontrolled diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, high fever, or pneumonia. Leukonychia Most of the above conditions are, fortunately, rare. However, leukonychia, white spots in your nails, are relatively common. They do not represent calcium deficiency, but are most likely the result of a past injury to the nail plate or matrix (similar to folding or denting clear plastic). In some cases the white spots can result from an allergic reaction to nail polish or a mild infection. It is a code of silence that what happens at the nail salon stays at the nail salon. But if your nails appear to indent, club, or pit this is something that you should share with your doctor to rule out more serious illness. Nails serve as a window to our overall health. So make sure you look inside to see what is going on! ***** Dr. Nina Radcliff is dedicated to her profession, her patients and her community, at large. She is passionate about sharing truths for healthy, balanced living as well as wise preventive health measures. She completed medical school and residency training at UCLA and has served on the medical faculty at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists where she serves on committees for Young Physicians and Communications. Author of more than 200 textbook chapters, research articles, medical opinions and reviews; she is often called upon by media to speak on medical, fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle topics impacting our lives, today. May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 19 SOCIAL SECURITY AWARENESS The Best Way to Reform Social Security Eliminating the payroll tax is the key. Yes, really. By Dean Clancy The best way to reform Social Security is to eliminate the payroll tax. Seriously. Social Security is going bankrupt, but official Washington can’t agree on how to fix it. Payroll tax receipts are insufficient to pay promised benefits. For decades, the trustees of the Social Security program have annually warned that the trust fund is out of balance and, absent reforms, will go broke. Current projections show the fund will be exhausted by the early 2030s (15 to 20 years from now). At that point, there will be only enough tax revenue coming in to fund about 75 percent of promised benefits. The options will be unpleasant. Either everyone’s monthly Social Security check will have to be reduced by 25 percent, or payroll receipts will have to be increased by 25 percent, or millions of retirees will have to be dropped from the rolls. Realistically, politicians will balk. Acting sooner makes reform somewhat easier, but there are still only three ways to remedy this problem: a) cut benefits, b) increase receipts or c) both. Cutting benefits is unpopular, so politicians never embrace benefit cuts, except to the extent they only affect future generations not yet old enough to vote. Increasing taxes is also bad politics, but a bit more politically acceptable, because there’s less pain per person: it’s spread over a larger population. There are about 59 million retirees, but 144 million workers. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has called Social Security’s bankruptcy the “most predictable” crisis in history. All can see it coming, yet none takes evasive action. Why? Because conservatives and progressives can’t agree on the remedy, and don’t trust each other enough to compromise. And voters don’t seem to like any of the proposed remedies. So the default position is to do nothing. Progressives want to raise the payroll tax. Conservatives are opposed. Conservatives want to reduce benefits. Progressives are opposed. Conservatives want to create personal accounts. Progressives are opposed. Progressives want to increase benefits. Conservatives are opposed. Progressives probably have the upper hand with their preferred remedy of increasing the payroll tax that currently funds Social Security. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. It’s a bad idea, because the tax is already too high (15.3 percent of wages, including the employer share), and destroys jobs and hurts workers, especially those with the lowest incomes. Some progressives want to increase the tax only on upper-income earners, who are currently exempted from it on wage income above $118,500 a year. That would help restore balance, but only partly. Conservatives have a basically sound idea with their proposal to invest some or all of Social Security’s receipts in the stock market via personal accounts. Doing so would fetch higher returns than the government can provide. But it’s also risky. Crashes happen. Either retirees would lose money or taxpayers would be forced to provide bailouts. At any rate, the idea is going nowhere, because Democrats strongly oppose it, and so, quietly, do many Republicans. President George W. Bush’s 2005 personal accounts proposal never came to a vote in either house of Congress, even though Republican controlled both. Voters love the security part of Social Security, and that means avoiding risk. The most practical, and in my view, the best way to restore system balance would be to simply supplement the payroll tax from other revenue sources, and in particular from the general fund (i.e., income taxes). That would make the program solvent forever. Presto! No more bankruptcy threat. Which leads to a further idea: Why not supplant the payroll tax altogether, and as soon as possible? The payroll tax is the biggest tax most Americans pay, and regressive. It falls hardest on low-wage workers. Eliminating it would provide meaningful relief to every American wage-earner, with the greatest relief going to those who need the the help the most. Abolishing it would be economically beneficial and politically popular. To avoid increasing the deficit, we could raise or impose other taxes that are less regressive — although, to be honest, I’m not sure we really need to. If anything, America’s lessthan-stellar economy could stand a tax cut right now, and what better kind of tax cut than one that reduces burdens on job creation? The conventional wisdom says we’ll eventually meet in the middle by swallowing a mixture of tax hikes, benefit cuts and a higher retirement age. Don’t believe it. No such “grand bargain” will materialize until demanded by voters. Realistically, that will only happen when the crisis is upon us, by which point, it will be too late. The closer we get to bankruptcy, the less effective, and less politically viable, each of the traditional remedies becomes. It’s a game of chicken, and seems destined to end badly, absent some creative thinking. But wait. Isn’t a “grand bargain” exactly what happened back in 1983, when the trust fund was on the brink of exhaustion and a Democratic Congress and President Ronald Reagan reluctantly came together to enact the Greenspan Commission’s proposed compromise of payroll tax hikes and a higher retirement age? Yes, that did happen. But this is not 1983. The problem is much bigger now, thanks to the baby-boom generation, which began retiring in 2010 and is now joining the rolls at the rate of 10,000 seniors a day. Back in 1983, there were 3.2 workers for every retiree. By 2030, there will be only about 2 workers for every retiree. The Greenspan age hike was phased in slowly, over 40 years. (In fact, it’s still being phased in.) Any large, last-minute age hike would be politically unacceptable to those near-retirees directly affected by it. And while the Greenspan tax hike amounted to a 63 percent increase, that was from a smaller base. It went from 9.35 percent of wages in 1983 to 15.3 percent in 1990 and thereafter. A solvency-restoring tax hike in 2030 would take us from 15.3 percent to at least 19 percent. It’s hard to imagine voters going along with that high a rate. The best time to reform Social Security was four or five decades ago. The next best time is today. But lacking a consensus, we procrastinate. And the more we procrastinate, the more politically impractical our options become — and the further a second Greenspan “grand bargain” recedes into the mists of fantasy-land. I can predict with near-100 per- cent certainty what will actually happen. Barring the miraculous, Congress will bail out the Social Security trust fund from the general fund, supplementing payroll tax receipts with other kinds. It’s the path of least resistance, and therefore the path most likely to be taken. So the real question is not whether to tap the general fund, but when? And if we’re going to move away from reliance on the payroll tax, why not eliminate it altogether? Question: Won’t abolishing the payroll tax hurt Social Security politically? Voters view the tax as a contribution for insurance, as funding for a “pension.” Won’t ending the tax make Social Security look like welfare and thus expose it to deficit-reduction efforts? Response: That won’t happen. What actually protects Social Security benefits is their tremendous popularity with voters. And that popularity will not diminish when we change how they’re funded, something we will inevitably be forced to do. Believe me, seniors will still cherish and defend their monthly checks, and politicians will (See Social Security, Page 20) Page 20 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 How to Avoid Running Out of Money in Retirement These strategies will help you prevent outliving your retirement savings. By Emily Brandon One of the most common retirement concerns is spending down your savings too quickly and having to cut your standard of living in the later part of retirement. But there are a variety of ways to ensure that your nest egg will last for the rest of your life, no matter how long that is. Here are some strategies to make sure your retirement savings will provide you with enough income throughout retirement. Maximize Social Security Your first line of defense against running out of money is Social Security. Social Security payments are guaranteed to continue for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live, and are adjusted for inflation each year. However, it’s a good idea to take steps to maximize your payments by carefully deciding when to sign up for benefits and coordinating claiming decisions with your spouse. “Every year that you delay taking Social Security, you get an 8 percent increase in the benefits that you take,” says Cathy Pareto, a certified financial planner and president of Cathy Pareto and Associates in Coral Gables, Florida. Spouses can claim as much as half of the higher earner’s benefit, and widows and widowers can inherit a spouse’s benefit payments if they are larger than their own. Plan to live until old age While a 65-year-old man in 2015 has an average life expectancy of 84, and a woman the same age has a life expectancy of 87, there’s certainly a significant possibility that you will live longer than average. Many financial advisers recommend that you plan as if you will live into your 90s or even until age 100 in case you do. “We generally fall somewhere between ages 90 and 105,” says Bo Hanson, a certified financial planner for Preston & Cleveland Wealth Management in Franklin, Tennessee. “We make that determination based off of what their family history and health issues are.” It’s better to save up for too many years of retirement and leave the excess wealth to relatives than to prepare for too few years and end up depending completely on Social Security. Protect yourself from inflation Inflation can erode the purchasing power of your retirement savings. But you can allocate some of your money to investments that are guaranteed to keep up with inflation. Your Social Security payments and some types of government bonds automatically keep pace with inflation. “There’s a government bond that is adjusted for inflation, Treasury inflation-protected securities, so we can build a ladder of those that mature each year in your retirement,” says Joel Shaps, a certified financial planner for Bedrock Capital Management in Los Altos, California. “Then they know that bond is going to mature when they need the money.” You could also keep a portion of your portfolio in investments that have historically kept pace with inflation such as equities, commodities or real estate. Consider an immediate annuity If you’re willing to hand over a chunk of money to an insurance company, you can purchase an immediate annuity that will provide a guaranteed stream of payments that will continue for the rest of your life. “Some people want to annuitize a part of their retirement savings to produce enough income that covers their fixed expenses,” Hanson says. “You essentially guarantee that no matter what happens with the financial market, you know that your mortgage payment is covered by the annuity.” The downside is that your heirs won’t receive the money you have annuitized, and some annuities have high fees and complicated mechanics. It’s also important not to invest all of your wealth in an annuity because you might need funds available to cope with emergencies. Withdraw 4 percent or less each year You should take only small distributions from your portfolio every year if you want the money to last the rest of your life. If you withdraw 4 percent annually from a portfolio invested in 35 percent U.S. stocks and 65 percent corporate bonds, there’s an 89 percent chance that the money will last 35 or more years, according to Congressional Research Service calculations. And if you withdraw less money in years when your portfolio performs poorly, it can help your investments recover faster. “When you get into retirement, if you really want to make sure that you don’t outlive your assets, you need to control your withdrawal rate,” Hanson says. “Somewhere around a 4 to 5 percent withdrawal rate of your assets is probably the most you can do. If you can make sure your lifestyle stays at or below that number, you are setting yourself up for success.” Emily Brandon is the senior editor for Retirement at U.S. News. You can contact her on Twitter @aiming2retire, circle her on Google+ or email her at [email protected] (Continued from Page 19) still be scared to death of touching them, regardless of the funding source. The fact is, legally speaking, the payroll tax is not a contribution for insurance, it’s just another tax. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed this. The benefits and the tax are technically unrelated. They have to be, for the courts to view them as constitutional. In fact, Congress could abolish all Social Security benefits this afternoon, and no court in the land could restore them. Likewise, if Congress were to repeal the tax, the benefits would go on being calculated and paid according to law, as they have since 1935. The payroll tax is ornamental, not essential. Question: Without the payroll tax, how would we calculate each person’s benefit amount? Response: The same way we do today, by tracking workers’ wages. Question: How would we fund Medicare Part A, which also relies on the tax? Response: The same way we’d fund Social Security: from general revenue. Question: Why now? Why not wait till “the crisis is upon us”? We’ve got 15 to 20 years, after all. Response: Actually, we’ve got fewer than 15 years. Social Security’s disability fund, which is separate from its retirement fund, is projected to go bankrupt next year. Most likely, Congress will bail it out by diverting money from the retirement fund, and thus accelerate the latter’s exhaustion. If, alternatively, Congress taps the general fund, well, I rest my case. Think of the upsides. With this one simple reform, we’d not only make Social Security permanently solvent, we’d also increase workers’ paychecks, make taxes less regressive and create more jobs. Admittedly, absent other reforms, we’d also increase the deficit. But that’s a problem we need to tackle, no matter what. The benefits of this Social Security reform would outweigh the downsides. And I suspect voters would love it. The best way to reform Social Security is to eliminate the payroll tax. Dean F. Clancy, a former senior official in the White House and Congress, writes on U.S. budget and constitutional issues. Follow him on Twitter: @DeanClancy. Social Security These tips can help to ensure your savings will last through retirement. EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/ subscribe; Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial. Dear EarthTalk: What is the Great Green Wall of China? — Jacob Williston, Tempe, AZ Unlike the Great Wall of China, a 5,000-mile fortification dating back to the 7th century BC that separates northern China from the Mongolian steppe, the Great Green Wall of China — otherwise known as the Three-North Shelter Forest Program — is the biggest tree planting project on the planet. Its goal is to create a 2,800-mile long green belt to hold back the quickly expanding Gobi Desert and sequester millions of tons of carbon dioxide in the process. If all goes according to plan, the completion of the Green Wall by 2050 will increase forest cover across China from five to 15 percent overall. The Chinese government first conceived of the Green Wall project in the late 1970s to combat desertification along the country’s vast northwest rim. Soon thereafter, China’s top legislative body passed a resolution requiring every citizen over the age of 11 to plant at least three Poplar, Eucalyptus, Larch and other saplings every year to reinforce official reforestation efforts. But despite progress — according to the United Nations’ most recent Global Forest Resources Assessment, China increased its overall forest cover by 11,500 square miles (an area the size of Massachusetts) between 2000 and 2010, with ordinary citizens alone plant- ing upwards of 60 billion trees — the situation is only getting worse. Analysts think China loses just as many square miles of grasslands and farms to desertification every year, so reforestation has proven to be an uphill battle. The encroaching Gobi has swallowed up entire villages and small cities and continues to cause air pollution problems in Beijing and elsewhere while racking up some $50 billion a year in economic losses. And tens of millions of environmental refugees are looking for new homes in other parts of China and beyond in what makes America’s Dust Bowl of the 1930s look trivial in comparison. “The desertification of north and western China is arguably the most under-reported environmental crisis facing China today and is little understood outside the circles of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and groups of scientists who are desperately fighting against it,” reports Sean Gallagher, an activist with Greenpeace. While climate change is certainly a big factor, Gallagher adds that overgrazing, water mismanagement, outdated agricultural methods and the swelling of human populations are also contributing to this wholesale conversion of the region’s once arable and habitable landscapes into sand dunes. “In China, approximately 20 percent of land is now classified as desert or arid, and desertification is adversely affecting the lives of over 400 million people in China alone.” More recently, the Green Wall project has taken on additional importance for its potential as a “car- Dust storms in the Gobi Desert (as seen from space) highlight the need for China’s Great Green Wall. May 13-19, 2015 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / Page 21 Amory Lovins of the Colorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). bon sink” to store greenhouse gases is the challenge. According to that would otherwise find their way Lovins, we already have the techinto the atmosphere and exacerbate nologies to help foster a rapid evoglobal warming. But critics point lution of our electricity system, but out that it’s hard to quantify just we still need the political and instihow much carbon the Green Wall tutional will to make it happen. can store, and that plantations of RMI has begun a dialogue with fast-growing non-native trees going utilities and other entities to align in as part of the project don’t store incentives and create more opporas much carbon as more diverse, tunities for electricity users to connaturally occurring native forests. tribute clean power to the grid Regardless, the Chinese govern- themselves through technologies ment is already talking up the Great like rooftop solar power. Green Wall as key weapon in its One key feature of RMI’s plan arsenal to fight global warming and is rate structures that reflect the true as proof to the rest of the world that benefits and costs of moving to China is taking strong steps to miti- more distributed (small scale/degate carbon emissions. With centralized) energy resources. The completion of the Great Green Wall group is working with utilities to still 35 years out, only time will tell launch six “Electricity Innovation how effective it will be as a solu- Labs” nationally as well as a “Sotion for some of China’s (and the lar Development Excellence Cenworld’s) most vexing environmen- ter” to highlight the feasibility of tal problems. distributed renewables. ***** RMI also wants to simplify comDear EarthTalk: How does the mercial photovoltaic financing, inRocky Mountain Institute think we corporate renewables into real escan get off of oil and coal by 2050 tate finance and make solar financand save money in the process? — ing affordable to underserved marJames Greenville, Redding, CT kets. RMI also wants to make large Colorado-based sustainability buildings much more energy effithink-tank Rocky Mountain Insti- cient, and aims to make a billion tute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by square feet of commercial space 35 American physicist and environ- percent more efficient by 2025 mentalist Amory Lovins to research through so-called “deep energy” and promote market-based solu- retrofits, including the adoption of tions to our energy crisis without more renewables. RMI is targeting breaking the bank. The group is fo- four of the largest, most influential cusing efforts on transforming do- segments of the buildings market— mestic and eventually global energy major companies, the General Seruse to create a clean, prosperous and vices Administration, the Departsecure energy future by mid-cen- ment of Defense and “activist” cittury. ies (those already on the green cut“We can eliminate our addiction ting edge)—for major energy retto oil and coal by 2050 and use one- rofits, and is working to persuade third less natural gas while switch- private investors to consider overing to efficient use and renewable all impact and long-term costs, not supply,” says Lovins, adding that just short term gains. doing so could actually cost less and Another major part of RMI’s support a more robust economy plan is to work with large metro than continuing with business-as- regions with upwards of 10 million usual: “Moreover, this transition residents, and with university camneeds no new inventions and no acts puses, to make major efficiency of Congress and no new federal gains. Other keys to getting us off taxes, mandate subsidies or laws...” oil and coal by 2050 include transTo get there, Lovins acknowl- forming how we design and use edges that we have to start thinking vehicles, and getting Fortune 500 differently now. RMI is advocating corporations to rejigger their energy cutting U.S. electricity consump- supply chains to facilitate procuretion by 18 percent over the next 10 ment of more renewable energy. years while almost doubling renew- Beyond the U.S., RMI is working able energy’s share of generation along similar lines with China and from 16 to 30 percent. other large developing countries to Few would argue with the cost help them avoid some of the energy savings and environmental benefits development missteps undertaken of such a plan — implementation here at home. PLACES TO GO Page 22 / LAS VEGAS TRIBUNE / May 13-19, 2015 QUICK GETAWAYS Beyond Paradise, the Riviera Maya Paradise is Forever By Sandy Zimmerman Las Vegas Tribune Photos by Sandy Zimmerman The Riviera Maya is so exciting, I was amazed to find the region is very different from what most people know Mexico has to offer. As Javier Aranda, the General Director of the Riviera Maya Tourism Board expressed his feelings, “We have the motto “Paradise is Forever.” Once you have seen the Riviera Maya, you will understand what we mean, with the sun, the beach, jungle, nature, eco-adventures, history, and culture, you have everything! It is that combination which Las Vegas Tribune columnist Mike Kermani with a dolphin makes us the Riviera Maya a completely different destination compared to the rest of Mexico. We are privileged first, to be a part of the Quintana Roo state, the only state in Mexico that neighbors the Caribbean Ocean, which gives us a completely different experience compared to being near the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. The Riviera Maya is where the Mayan civilization created amazing construction and villages thousands of years ago.” If anyone wants to do business, which may be difficult in this beautiful setting and with so many diversions, the Riviera Maya has many possibilities for meetings, conventions, incentive, and other types of groups. Aranda explained, “In the Riviera Maya, we have around 350 hotels with 37,000 rooms offering European or all-inclusive plans. “Most of these hotels are equipped for groups. Visitors will find a diverse selection from beachside cabanas, inns, small two star hotels, boutique hotels, fishing lodges, apartments, to luxury resorts. “Playa del Carman has a population of 100,000 and Tulum, not only an ancient archaeological site but a city with 20,000 people. You can come with your friend, couples, families, or seniors, the hotels can suit everybody’s needs. “I am sure if people come one time, they will want to return. There are so many flights from the United Indian craftsman States and such ease to travel here; you will find paradise as fast as you want, in just a few hours.” The stunning colors of the water which you seldom see anywhere else, meeting the friendly Mayan people and seeing how they live, all add to your experience. Yes, I agree, “Paradise is Forever” is a perfect motto for the Riviera Maya. Whether you want to build sandcastles on the beach, go fishing, disco all night, play golf, indulge in a spa treatment, or do nothing, you can do it all so well at the Riviera Maya. Mexico’s average temperatures range from 77-86 degrees F, the hottest time of the year is from May to September, especially on the coasts, and it gets cooler from October to April. For information, call (800)44-MEXICO. The Mexican Tourism Board can advise about settings for weddings, theme and other tours, restaurants, accommodations, eco-adventures, business meetings, attractions, and will be happy to answer your questions about Mexico. For more information visit the website www.rivieramaya.com Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, travel, health, spas, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. 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