Friday, January 30, 2009

North Las Vegas police seek man in pizza delivery homicide

More at Las Vegas Sun: “North Las Vegas Police Department detectives are asking for the public's help in finding "a person of interest" in the death of pizza deliveryman John Norris on Saturday night.

The suspect was seen in the area before the attack on Norris in the 5800 block of Rose Sage Street. He is described as a black man between 17 and 25 years old, 5-foot-10, heavy set and wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time.

Pizza Hut and another local business are offering cash rewards up to $22,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. This amount includes $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.”

Boulder City Mayor says city needs to tighten its belt - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Boulder City needs to focus on saving money this year so it can afford to stay safe and clean, Mayor Roger Tobler told a packed council chambers Thursday during his second State of the City address.

Tobler presented a four-pronged approach to preserving the city's needs and wants: cutting expenses, leasing land, reducing the debt and increasing residents' water and power bills.

For now, he said, money woes haven't changed the things that make Boulder City unique.

"Fortunately, financial difficulties and economic downturns do not change who we are as a community," Tobler said.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lou Dobbs Is An Idiot On The Economy

When it comes to the Economy, Lou Dobbs is an idiot who does not get that we've lost 15 million jobs over the last 11 years or that 7 trillion in consumer debt is seeking payers and is not finding them because there's no jobs.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MLK Day Wright Elementary School Ms. Lane 3rd Grade Class

Las Vegas Channel 13 News MLK Day William V. Wright Elementary School January 19, 2009. Ms. Lane's 3rd Grade

CES 2009, Las Vegas

YouTubes MimiSwanks reports: CES is the International Consumer Electronics Show, "Where Entertainment, Technology, and Business Converge". (Watch in high quality!) This year had a particularly GREEN theme, in other words, lots of renewable energy technologies. So, it was very exciting. The newest technology on the market was presented. Good times had by all at the Las Vegas Convention Center! Special Thanks to my interviewees! And a shout-out to the folks at Intel who let me use the DJ booth!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Las Vegas Sands: A big rise, a big fall - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Las Vegas Sands was once the envy of Wall Street. In fall 2007, with seemingly unlimited growth prospects in Macau, the most lucrative gambling market in the world, the company’s share price topped out at nearly $150.

Founder and Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson’s personal fortune rose with the company’s. On the strength of his stake in Las Vegas Sands, his net worth reached an estimated $28 billion, according to Forbes’ list of richest Americans in 2007.

Adelson, the combative son of a cabdriver, peaked at No. 3 on that list and had his eye on the top spot, held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

But then came the fall, a drop so fast and long that even in this era of suicidal reversals on Wall Street, Sands stands out.

The company’s market value plummeted more than 90 percent”

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

School zoning proposals prompt heated debate - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Hundreds of Henderson parents and a few high school students were at Foothill High School Monday night to voice opinions on the school district's attendance zoning proposals for elementary and high schools.

For more than a month, members of the Clark County School District Attendance Zone Advisory Commission have been looking at possibly changing school boundaries for Sue Morrow, C.T. Sewell and Robert Taylor elementary schools. Changes to the zoning boundaries for Coronado, Foothill, Green Valley, Liberty and Silverado high schools are also on the table.

The commission will decide at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday which proposals or combination of proposals will be accepted as recommendations. Those recommendations will be presented to the School Board Feb. 24 and March 3.”

35,000 CityCenter Job Applicants for 12,000 Jobs - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Shellshocked from months of fruitless searching, job seekers showed up Monday with scrubbed faces and sharp suits at a large building behind the Mirage.

As many as 700 people per day will enter the building to await a turn with CityCenter human resources staffers, who will hire a Las Vegas record of more than 12,000 people over the next several months.

CityCenter likely broke another record last week, receiving about 35,000 online applications in less than seven days.

There wasn’t any good or bad news on Monday. Staffers made sure the online applications were filled out properly and determined whether the candidates are seeking the most appropriate jobs. The positions will be filled in August.”

-- As I said to a friend, this is the shot in the arm Vegas needs: a building boom at the right time.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Group proposes new taxes to fix state budget - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “A liberal group proposed a host of new and higher taxes in order to avoid steep budget cuts over this upcoming biennium.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada presented the plan Monday to raise, according to their figures, $1.259 billion a year. Officials with the organization said Nevada's tax structure places an unfair burden on the poor and middle class, and lets profitable businesses largely off the hook.

The plan would:

Eliminate most tax exemptions deducted by mining companies before they pay the net proceeds of minerals -- $141 million a year.
Institute a "business profits tax" of 5 percent on businesses with profits between $50,000 and $100,000. Businesses with profits over $100,000 a year would pay 7 percent -- $194 million a year.
Double the modified business tax, which is a tax businesses pay based on payroll -- $279 million a year.
Tax meals that the gaming industry comps to players. PLAN says this would generate $140 million a year. The Department of Taxation, though, has said that paying back taxes from 2002 owed to gaming companies under a recent Supreme Court ruling would cost the state a total of $60 million and local governments $40 million.
Increase the room tax by 3 percentage points in Clark and Washoe counties. PLAN says that would generate $125 million a year, but that was before the serious downturn in the tourism market. More recent estimates have put that number at $100 million a year.
Institute an "unearned income tax" of 3 percent on income over $200,000 per year. That includes money from capital gains, interest and dividends. That would bring in $380 million a year. It would also require a constitutional amendment, which would require approval from the voters twice, in 2010 and 2012 before it could be enacted in 2013.
Income tax. It would also require constitutional amendment, though PLAN does not lay out specific rates.
PLAN said Nevada's tax structure, which relies heavily on sales tax and gaming tax, has the poorest of the state paying a disproportionately higher percent of their incomes in taxes.”

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Driving past Palazzo Resort night of Grand Opening, 1-17-2008

Palazzo Resort Hotel Grand Opening Fireworks. Las Vegas, NV. 1-17-2008

Encore Resort Hotel and Casino has Grand Opening in Las Vegas 12-22-2008

Steve Wynn's Encore Resort Hotel and Casino opens on Las Vegas strip. 12-22-2008.

Touring Steve Wynn's Encore Resort Hotel on Opening Night in Las Vegas Pt. 1

Steve Wynn opens Encore Resort Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Porn industry feeling pain as expo hits Vegas - Las Vegas Sun

Porn industry feeling pain as expo hits Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: “The economic downturn has many companies looking for ways to survive, and those in the adult-entertainment industry are also finding it’s not always easy to shake a recession.

Amid tough times, the industry’s largest convention, the Adult Video Network’s Adult Entertainment Expo, hits Las Vegas today with steady fan attendance and a host of challenges on the exhibit floor.

AVN’s four-day expo is expected to lure adult stars, about 25,000 visitors and 250-plus exhibitors showcasing the latest in adult novelties, DVDs and technology.

But aside from economic problems, porn professionals are confronting changing times in the industry with a new presidential administration, the ongoing threat of Internet pirating and challenges of marketing not-so-essential adult products during a recession.

Adult Entertainment Expo spokesman Sean Devlin said despite the tough economic climate, the mood on the eve of the Vegas convention was mostly upbeat.”

Strip gaming win lowest in five years - Las Vegas Sun

More at the Sun: “CARSON CITY – Winnings at Strip casinos dropped to a five-year low in November as the resorts recorded their second straight month of double-digit declines.

The state Gaming Control Board reported today the gross win at the 41 Strip casinos was $437.6 million, off 16.2 percent from a year ago.

Board Spokesman Frank Streshley said this November was compared to a “soft” November in 2007, when the gross win, before expenses and taxes, fell 19.2 percent.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tropicana hires Thacker to run Las Vegas casino - San Jose Mercury News

More at San Jose Mercury News: “LAS VEGAS—Tropicana Entertainment LLC says it has hired Ron Thacker as president of its casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The company said in a release on Tuesday that the former vice president of casino operations at Fontainebleau Resorts will oversee all property operations once regulators approve the hiring.
Tropicana says Thacker has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He's held executive positions at the Flamingo Las Vegas, the former Casino Windsor in Ontario, Canada, and the Flamingo Hilton in Kansas City, Mo.
The Tropicana Las Vegas opened in 1957 on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. It has 1,800 rooms in two high-rise towers of 21 and 22 stories.”

Benjamin Acuna and Anabel Valenzuela - Las Vegas couple get hefty sentences

More at San Jose Mercury News: “HONOLULU—A Las Vegas couple convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Hawaii and related money laundering offenses was sentenced in Honolulu to 32 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said Benjamin Acuna and Anabel Valenzuela were the leaders of a ring that shipped 2,000 pounds of meth from Nevada to Hawaii between 2002 and 2005.
U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway on Monday also ordered Acuna and Valenzuela to forfeit five Las Vegas properties, five bank accounts and the contents of a safety deposit box.
The jury that convicted the two in September ordered them to forfeit to the government $8 million, representing the ring's profits.”

New resorts in Las Vegas hiring for thousands of positions

More at AZ Republic: “Hospitality workers who are finding it hard to find a job or advancement opportunities in the Phoenix area might want to try Las Vegas.

A spate of mega resort hotels set to open there this year will create openings for tens of thousands of workers, and hotel operators are already looking outside the Las Vegas area to make hires.

The $9 billion CityCenter project in Las Vegas is targeting the metro Phoenix area to fill more than 12,000 jobs needed to staff the 18 million-square-foot development, set to open later this year.

The Valley has tens of thousands of trained hospitality industry employees, and many of them are looking for work due to the ailing economy.

"In this economy, people are going to have to go where the jobs are," said Patti Urias, an Arizona Department of Commerce spokeswoman.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Arizona shed 7,000 hospitality jobs from November 2007 to November 2008 as the worsening economy cut into tourism and business travel.”

CES 2009 Preview: Why Mobile WorkHorse is THE Blog for CES Coverage - CIO - Blogs and Discussion

More at CIO: “This Thursday, January 8 marks the start of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running in Las Vegas through Sunday, January 11. And while there will certainly be no shortage of blogs and news outlets covering the plethora of tech news that will emerge, there's only one destination for the kind of mobile specific, in-depth analysis you've come to expect from my blog: The Mobile WorkHorse. Here's why.

As you may or may not know, is an IDG-owned website, as are a variety of additional tech sites including the venerable, the esteemed and the uber-popular As such, all of these publications, and more, share online content. Because these three tech powerhouses will also be at CES and they're news outlets first and foremost, ”

Monday, January 5, 2009

MGM Mirage City Center Job Application Process Open

I saw this at the Las Vegas Review Journal...

MGM Mirage opens CityCenter job application process

Construction at City Center is shown in this file photo taken from Planet Hollywood on Nov. 14. The nearly $10 billion project is scheduled to open late 2009.

MGM Mirage opened the job application process today for the more than 12,000 positions it needs to fill at the massive $9.1 billion CityCenter development.MGM Mirage opens CityCenter job application process

-- Nice to see that Las Vegas is still making large scale projects in this economy, but to be more accurate, it looks like this one got off the ground a long tme ago before the economy went south. Now, come the summer, Vegas will have new jobs filled at a time when other cities are hurting.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

$940,000 Luxury Condo On The Las Vegas Strip!

Ever wonder what a lux condo on the Las Vegas Strip looks like? This is what you get for $1 million...

2009 New Year's Eve Countdown On The Las Vegas Strip

Drunk Women in Las Vegas - What Happens In Vegas..

This video is a kind of hidden, sloppy camera shot of a group of people escorting a drunk women to her room, where there were more drunk women. Only in Las Vegas, now on video.

Runway Show by Marciano at the Fashionshow Mall in Las Vegas

Runway Show by Marciano at the Fashionshow Mall in Las Vegas is just a slice of life if you're in the fashion business in this town.

Are Las Vegas Waiters Really That Rude?

More at VEGAS HAPPENS HERE Think Las Vegas waiters are being rude? According to this blogger, they're just saving water!:

"Vegas waiters aren't being rude,
they're just saving water.
Remember, this is a desert.
Water is served by request only
at participating restaurants."

-- Thanks for the note!

"RateVegas "Best Las Vegas Blog" - Two Way Hard Three | Las Vegas Casino & Design Blog | from

Two Way Hard Three | Las Vegas Casino & Design Blog | from “Tonight, on the live Web cast, I was very surprised to learn that this blog was a winner in the 2008 Trippies for 'Best Vegas Blog'.

The competition was very stiff - these are all names you know and you probably read all of them (you should). I've been lucky enough to meet a few and call them friends - they all publish on a regular basis and give a lot to their readers.

* Die is Cast
* The Movable Buffet
* Stiffs & Georges
* Vegas Happens Here
* Vegas Links
* Vegas Rex”

-- Enjoy it while it lasts, because there's a new sherriff in town, and you're reading it!

CHILD KILLED: Brother shot girl in the chest - - News

More at Las Vegas : “The gunshot that killed a 6-year-old Las Vegas girl Wednesday night was fired by her 7-year-old brother, who told police he found the gun in a bedroom closet and thought it was a BB gun.

The girl, who was identified by the Clark County coroner's office Friday as Jorden Jackson, died of a gunshot wound to the chest in what has been ruled an accident.”

Forecast: 1 in 10 Nevadans jobless - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Nevada’s unemployment rate may top 10 percent this year, UNLV economist Keith Schwer says, before any benefits of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic plan are felt here.

But once Nevada gets through 2009 — when unemployment will fluctuate between 9 percent and 10 percent, it can exhale and expect better days, says Schwer, director of UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

In November the state recorded a 24-year-high unemployment rate of 8 percent, up from 7.7 percent the previous month, according to the Labor Statistics Bureau. The national unemployment rate in November was 6.7 percent.

In October, state economists had forecast the unemployment rate at 8.2 percent at the start of the new year and peaking at 8.8 percent by the end of 2009.”

Official Encore Las Vegas TV Commercial With Steve Wynn- 2008

And this is the commercial with Wynn sitting at the top of his new hotel, Encore. Really. That's him.

Steve Wynn Is REALLY On Encore Las Vegas In TV Commercial Starring Steve Wynn

I have to admit I didn't believe that was Las Vegas Real Estate Developer Steve Wynn sitting atop his new hotel Encore, but one look at this video convinced me it was him. I first saw the video at the website of the Las Vegas Sun, which reports:

"The television commercial in which Wynn perches atop his new copper-colored hotel like it’s a billion-dollar lawn chair is no product of Hollywood trickery.

In the Encore ad, Wynn reprises the commercial he did for Wynn Las Vegas, in which he stood atop that hotel.

As proof Wynn was really there, the hotel prepared a behind-the-scenes video showing the preparations for the shoot on and above the 48-story hotel. Wynn rehearses his lines with director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”). The casino developer is shown walking up the building’s sloping rooftop and then seated at its pinnacle with his legs crossed and dangling 675 feet above the ground. A camera-carrying chopper hovers nearby.

“This should lay the question to rest,” the narrator says. “Yes, Steve really was on the building.”"

I've got to give it to Steve. That took guts -- I guess that's how he managed to stay on top of the Las Vegas Hotel game.

North wins in Gibbons’ naming of top officials - Las Vegas Sun

More at The Las Vegas Sun: “CARSON CITY — Lost in the debate over the legality of Gov. Jim Gibbons’ attempted appointment of the friend of a friend to head the state Tourism Commission is the governor’s penchant for another kind of favoritism.

Gibbons overwhelmingly favors Northern Nevadans in his appointments to top salaried administrative posts — including the controversial attempted appointment of Kirk Montero of Reno as tourism chief.

Few residents of Clark County, home to 70 percent of the state’s population, serve in the governor’s Cabinet or in senior staff positions.

His chief of staff, Josh Hicks; assistant chief of staff, Mendy Elliott; and chief counsel, Chris Nielsen, are from the Reno-Carson City area. Until November, Gibbons’ communications director was a Northern Nevadan, Ben Kieckhefer.”

-- Seems Illinois isn't the only state with a Governor problem.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

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