César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Highlights of the 2015 event at Circus Circus Reno
Sparks, politics isn't personal, just business
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 1-12-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-14-2016
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The Dec. 14 Sparks City Council action to wipe out licensing standards for plumbers and electricians must be agendized for reconsideration.
Lawson failed to disclose a glaring conflict of interest and voted with
the 4-0 majority to allow just about anybody with a pulse to plumb and wire
Councilmember Charlene Bybee did the right thing by abstaining, so advised by legal counsel because her nephew is executive director of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The city website lists Mr. Lawson as vice-president of business development of Sierra Builders of Nevada which has 60 building permits on file, some involving plumbing and electrical work. Cutting labor costs certainly develops a business.
Mr. Lawson's actions appear to violate Nevada Revised Statutes 281A.420(1) barring participation by an official with "a significant pecuniary interest."
Mayor Geno Martini opened the Dec. 14 hearing with a legendary quote from The Godfather: "It's not personal, it's business."
Lawson: "I just work for them"
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He could not have been
FYI: I consulted on campaigns against City Attorney Chester Adams in 2008 and Mr. Lawson in 2010.
THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE. Procurer Dennis Hof has declared his Libertarian Party candidacy for the western Washoe state senate seat being vacated by Republican Greg Brower. Former Assemblymembe Heidi Gansert has announced for the GOP. The brothel boss thus splits the moonhowler vote and paves the way for a Democrat.
DUST DEVIL DUSTUP. Dayton High School history teacher Elizabeth Clausen has been suspended after redneck pressure on Lyon County bureaucrats. Fortunately, she has a strong union representing her in the kind of case that usually costs school districts a couple of hundred grand.
She asked students their opinions of a painting which artist Michael D'Antuono illustrated after the 2012 execution of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
"A Tale of Two Hoodies" shows a uniformed officer wearing a KKK hood pointing his .45 at the head of little black boy pointing a package of Skittles. The kid wears a hooded sweatshirt like Martin wore the night he was exterminated.
Clausen's students are supporting her online.
You will find TV stories, the painting and the artist's response linked to the web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com/
FADING INTEREST. The Reno Gazette-Journal ignored the Dec. 14 Sparks result. They did publish a contributed guest column on Jan. 3 but there has been no news coverage of the decision. The Reno newspaper likewise has printed nothing about the Dayton travesty disappointing, given that the RGJ owns Lyon County's venerable Mason Valley News. (They did post a very brief Associated Press pickup from a TV station on their website).
Meanwhile, the penny-pinching carnage continues. The RGJ ousted 22-year reporter Guy Clifton last week, which pretty well erases the outfit's institutional memory.
AFFAIRS OF THE HEART. Heading a National Alliance for Retired Americans affiliate apparently constitutes hazardous duty. Former state president Scott Watts just went home after bypass surgery. Women of Washoe President Wendy Boszak just had a short hospital stay for arterial blockage.
Can they apply for combat
pay in an election year?
LIP SERVICE. Somebody finally came up with an appropriate remedy for football season chapped lips: Beer-flavored lip balm with "natural paraben-free beeswax, aloe and Vitamin E."
I'm licking my chops.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS... TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2014) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail 11 October 2012
FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry,
be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment > If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.
In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects > It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.
Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, whom can you trust?
DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material. UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.
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Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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