City may set up Fiestas committee

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By The Staff

The Las Vegas City Council will consider a resolution to set up a city committee for the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.

Under the resolution, the city would invite current and past Fiestas volunteers to take part on the new committee. The city noted in the resolution that the Fiestas take  place on city property.

The resolution is the recommendation of City Manager Timothy Dodge. The council will take up the matter at its regular meeting tonight.

As it stands, the independent Fiesta Council runs the annual event, which takes place around the Fourth of July.

Councilman Andrew Feldman said he planned to vote against the resolution, saying he would like to see the Fiesta Council run the 2011 festivities with certain measures of accountability.

“I want to see accountability and transparency. The city donates a large in-kind contribution. Much of that money goes to overtime,” he said.

Councilwoman Diane Moore said the resolution would bring stability and trust to the Fiestas.

“This will avoid the perception of a self-serving group,” she said.

Mathew Martinez, the Fiesta Council’s president, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday. Only Martinez is allowed to speak to the media on behalf of the council.

Since July, the council has been the subject of much public controversy. It started when Martinez ousted six of the 18 board members without giving them any notice.

The council hasn’t released a financial report to the public in months, botched this year’s event schedule, turned in a late permit to the city, forgot to request an annual monetary donation from the city and got into a public battle with the former Fiestas queen.

Martinez has blamed the problems on the six ousted members, saying they distracted him and others from the mission at hand.

He has also accused them of conspiring to undermine him.


At a glance

What: City Council regular meeting.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: Council’s chambers at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

Information: Call city manager’s office at 454-1401.