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   The Dean of Reno Bloggers could very well be Andrew Barbano, self-described "fighter of public demons," who started putting his "Barbwire" columns online in 1996 and now runs 10 sites.

RENO NEWS & REVIEW, 11-9-2006

 

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SITE NAVIGATION TIPS: When all else fails, read the instructions (A favorite John Hanks aphorism I've been using for decades)

Je Suis Charlie
"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together." — Joseph Pulitzer

Alabaster Bastion bucks up superspreaders
Dirty words to remember on the Ides of September
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-15-2021

SUPERSPREADER ALERT
Teamsters handbill downtown Reno bus terminal
Charges filed against transit bosses for cell-block bidding
Foreign corporation ignores union contract offer, insists on running scheduling from Texas
Mask mandate compliance still ignored
9-14-2021

We have met the enemy and he is us
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-8-2021

HOT AUGUST STRIKE!

SUPERSPREADER ALERT
Déjà vu all over again
Transit bosses announce mask mandate compliance, then admit they won't enforce
Foreign contractor refuses to negotiate with Teamsters
RENO, Nev. (9-1-2021) — "Who's in charge here?" asked Teamsters Local 533 President Gary Watson.
[Much more]

Hail to the Chief
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-1-2021

The bitter taste of positive PR
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from Sparks Tribune 8-25-2021

Union president excoriates Regional Transportation Commissioners' dereliction

Eternal reruns of toxic movies and PR spin
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from Sparks Tribune 8-18-2021

BREAKING NEWS 8-16-2021 5:00 pm PDT / 00:00 8-17 (midnight) GMT

MEDIA ADVISORY
8-16-2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
GARY WATSON, President
Teamsters Union Local 533
(775) 348-6060 ext. 104

Keolis Transit refuses to meet with union


BREAKING NEWS 8-12-2021 11:00 pm PDT —
Teamsters win on health care, end Reno-Sparks transit strike

Bus bosses sic cops & doorshaker goons on peaceful picketers

Get on your hiking boots and pick up a picket
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / NevadaLabor.com 8-10-2021 / Expanded from Sparks Tribune 8-11-2021 / Expansions in blue
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WEB EXTRA: BARBWIRE CONFIDENTIAL—>Softshoe fascism in Reno

MEOW MIX: Laborers' Union goes after Harrah's rat remodeling with a giant inflatable fat cat
By Jason Hidalgo / rgj.com 8-9-2021

BARBWIRE CONFIDENTIAL—>HushHush!
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / SPECIAL WEB INVESTIGATIVE EXTRA 8-4-2021
BIZ BOSS: NEVADA STRIKE NEEDS TRUMP

Mississippi West re-run & Hot August Strike 1.911
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from Sparks Tribune 8-4-2021

HOT AUGUST STRIKE!
Continuing Updates
Teamsters Local 533 strikes foreign-owned RTC bus contractor Keolis Transit


Results of the first day of long-delayed contract negotiation—

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: STRIKE ONE

 

 

BAD NEWS: First RTCRide employee diagnosed with deadly Delta variant
"Confidential" Keolis-19 memo to all workers — except their union
7-29-2021 (.pdf)

The sporting Keolis negotiation style: Russian Roulette
Barbwire by Barbano / Sparks Tribune 7-28-2021

BREAKING NEWS —>
Union files major new federal charges vs. Keolis-19
7-27-2021
(.pdf)

Media: Teamsters 533 President Gary Watson will try to return phone calls as promptly as possible. (775) 348-6060 ext. 104

Nevada State AFL-CIO: Solidarity & Support
By Rusty McAllister / 7-26-2021

Pertinent contract negotiation documents

Gary Watson on General Strike Radio
Reno KWNK 97.7-fm / 33 minutes / 7-20-2021
Gary Watson comments begin about 11:18 into the recording

BUS BOSSES PUSH PR, IGNORE SAFETY
Not hiring enough drivers? Blame the drivers, of course.
Enriching a foreign corporation at taxpayer expense
Bus boss pay raise not granted
RTC Meeting 7-23-2021

Union leaders: Foreign contractor endangers bus riders, workers and community
By Mike Pilcher and Gary Watson
rgj.com 7-16-2021 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-18-2021

 

Lies, loves, loss, laughs & other L-words
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from Sparks Tribune 7-28-2021

Losers, winners, saint, sinners & Yogi
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from Sparks Tribune 7-21-2021

ISN'T $220,000 A YEAR ENOUGH PAY?
Bus drivers' union opposes rewarding RTC boss for abuses
Enriching a foreign corporation at taxpayer expense
"Show up. Stand up. Speak up before Friday vote."
UPDATE: Two dozen union members, along with Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus showed up to speak.
The board pulled the Thomas pay raise off the agenda for consideration at a later date. See you there. Great job!

Updated 7-15, 7-16, 7-17, 7-22 & 7-23-2021
View video of the meeting

Czar Donaldov infects Reno-Sparks bus system
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the 7-14-2021 Sparks Tribune

BUS SYSTEM BARBECUES BUS RIDERS
SUPERSPREADER SENTENCES PASSENGERS TO HEATSTROKE

19 buses sit idle on record 104-degree day / 16 routes affected
Teamsters Union president blocked from seeing members

HOT AUGUST STRIKE 2.0 ?

Union busters bust bus system
Reno-Sparks-Washoe transit drivers vote to strike
Teamsters Union sues for unpaid health insurance premiums

Last of the Sparks-Reno royals
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from Wednesday 7-7-2021 Sparks Tribune

John Ascuaga: Frycook who ruled the roost
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-30-2021 Sparks Tribune

Deus Ex Machinations
Barbwire June 16 and 23, 2021

Regional Union Council Passes Strike Sanction
Bus contractor sued for unpaid health insurance premiums

 

"Those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it"— George Santayana 1905, sixteen years before the Tulsa massacre

Accepting acceptable deaths
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-9-2021 Sparks Tribune

June 8 2021—>Moonhowlers mob Washoe County School Board meeting
Ongoing coverage at rgj.com / kolotv.com / ktvn.com / mynews4.com

Chickening Out: Study it to Death
The truth can wait another hundred years, right?

Washoe County School District pauses on social justice
"Task force on curriculum forms following backlash" (Unintentionally brutal and ironic subheadline?)
By Siobahn McAndrew / Reno Gazette-Journal 6-8-2021

TOM HANKS: We should all learn about Tulsa
Why didn't schools and the film industry tell us about the 1921 race massacre?
By Tom Hanks / New York Times Guest Commentary 6-6-2021

Family demands Washoe DA reopen Miciah Lee shooting case
By Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal Sunday 6-6-2021

Keepin' the young'uns moral after school
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 6-2-2021 Sparks Tribune

Republican bills across U.S. challenge teaching of racism's scope
By Trip Gabriel & Dana Goldstein / The New York Times 6-2-2021

When Chinatown was burned to the ground — twice
Unearthing Reno's Chinese immigrant worker pogroms of 1878 & 1908
By Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal 6-1-2021



BREAKING NEWS OR BREAKING BAD? —>
KTVN TV-2 trucks with The Terminator

 

Harry Potter, he ain't

In a Monday, May 24, Facebook post, longtime Reno media personality and rock musician Steve Funk trashed KTVN TV-2's John Potter for an untrue story Potter reported about Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Steve Funk
: To John Potter, CH2 morning anchor: John, you are playing fast and loose with the facts. Dr. Fauci did not say he doubts COVID-19 has a natural origin. He actually said his mind is open to new information about it. That's it. He's a scientist, after all. I wish you would refrain from misinformation about this. Have a splendid day! (Posted at 6:52 a.m. 5-24-2021)

That drew more than 60 responses by Wednesday, all negative, some extremely. Potter's lack of professionalism does not come as news to me or Teamsters Local 533

I added this to the thread: I'm 1 for 2 with KTVN News this year. Not bad but not so good, either. News Director Jason Pasco saw to it that an erroneous mass transit COVID-19 safety story was re-made in a balanced manner. Both the point of view of the for-profit Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) contractor and that of the endangered drivers and passengers were presented. Mr. Potter was involved in neither version.

On Feb. 2, with Mr. Pasco on medical leave, Mr. Potter produced a story that probably had RTC's PR department popping champagne about Channel 2's report endorsing the awesome safety of their bus system. It was all simply untrue — but if you can get major media to publish your unverified press releases, it's party time.

I again contacted Mr. Pasco. He said he would look into the second erroneous and public-endangering story. I never heard back. Mr. Potter is not a journalist, he just plays one on TV.

He does fit another media category. Nevada Press Association Hall of Famer (and former TV-2 reporter) Dennis Myers called such media workers stenographers, typists who take dictation. Dennis is always with us. Alas, so are fields and fields of Potters.

You may view the entire story at NevadaLabor.com or contact me at <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

Andrew Quarantino Barbano

 

CASH COW COMPLAINS AS CONTRACT CLOCK TICKS DOWN
Legal confrontations continue between Teamsters & bus contractor
Union contract expiration looms
By Jeri Chadwell / ThisIsReno.com 6-8-2021

MILKING PROFITS: Teamsters protest Washoe RTC bus contractor
By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com + Video 5-21-2021

Teamsters Union Local 533 RTC/COVID-19 War Room

Nominations open for the Doofus Awards
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno /
Expanded from the Wednesday 5-26-2021 Sparks Tribune

MILK RUN before bus bosses Friday morning
Millions for profit & strikebreakers but no mercy for nursing mothers
This morning brings the Battle of Milk Run to the streets of Reno.

21 May 2021

Click here to read the whole sadly soggy story...


This meme material is blowing in the wind on 9th Street right now — all 12 feet of it. Feel free to print out this version. Suggestions below.
Use as a bookmark, bumper sticker or Internet meme. Potential caption hereinbelow —>

SUCK IT UP, RTC!

RENO, NV (Friday, 5-21-2021) — A lactation brigade will greet public officials at Friday morning's 9:00 meeting of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. All are welcome. [Read the whole sadly soggy story...]

Hot August Strike: Déjà vu all over again
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno /
Expanded from the Wednesday 5-19-2021 Sparks Tribune

Nevada State Senate Judiciary Committee kills police use of force bill

It's NOW or NEVER

5-14-2021

Dear Friends:

The chips are down at the biennial petting zoo we lovingly call the Nevada Legislature.
Assembly Bill 268, sponsored by Assemblymember Lisa Krasner, R-Reno, and Sen. Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas, faces do-or-die this afternoon in the Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee.
If you can, send your comments to the committee members noted hereinbelow and/or to the Judiciary Committee as a whole at <senjud@sen.state.nv.us> Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Melanie Scheible's phone number is (775) 684-1421.
Your consideration and your time are sincerely appreciated.
Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.
Andrew Barbano
MississippiWestNV.US

For more background, Google NevadaLabor.com + Miciah

Date: Fri, 14 May 2021 15:14:53 -0700
To: Melanie.Scheible@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Scheible)
From: Andrew Barbano <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Subject: AB268 -- just one for black moms
Cc: Nicole.Cannizzaro@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Cannizzaro), Ira.Hansen@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Ira Hansen), Dallas.Harris@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Harris), Keith.Pickard@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Pickard), James.Ohrenschall@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Ohrenschall), James.Settelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us (Sen. Settelmeyer)

Dear Sen. Scheible:

The cops and the Reno-Sparks NAACP stand in support of AB 268, which resulted from the killing of suicidal black teen Miciah Lee by Sparks police in January, 2020. I've viewed the video, as has his mother.
Washoe County already had a rapid response de-escalation structure in place but Sparks PD chose not to use it. This bill effectively says "ask questions first, shoot later."
Miciah's mom informed the police of her son's mental state, a call she perhaps now views as a fatal mistake. Please provide her a smidgen of surcease from a double sorrow.
Vote AB 268 to the senate floor with a do-pass.
Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

Andrew Barbano
CesarChavezNevada.com
RenoSparksNAACP.org
NevadaLabor.com
SenJoeNeal.org
MississippiWestNV.org


Note: Mr. Barbano serves as editor of the above websites and is a 33-year columnist for the Sparks Tribune. As always, his comments are his own.

UPDATE 5-17-2021: Mrs. Krasner's bi-partisan AB 268 was killed by the Nevada State Senate Judiciary Committee on May 14. Thanks to everyone who wrote and called. Assemblymember Krasner is a member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. Keep up the good work and the good fight.


CWA 9413/AFL-CIO


A brief Nevada history of shootings and choke holds

Choking on the bones of Mississippi West
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 4-28-2021 Sparks Tribune

Getting paid to choke in the clutch
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno /
Expanded from the Wednesday 4-21-2021 Sparks Tribune

Pardon me if I get all choked up