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By The Staff

thumbs UP ... PUBLIC INFORMED. A little communication can go a long way — a truism that applies to movie projects in Las Vegas. “Due Date” starts filming Saturday in Las Vegas, and the producers have already put out public announcements about their schedule.

This is thanks to new city requirements that notice be given to residents about filming. To their credit, officials appear to be following through on the rules drafted in the spring.

thumbs DOWN for ... PRAYER PROPOSED. Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wants to institute prayer at City Council meetings. On behalf of a religiously diverse society, we’ve got a question: Whose prayer?

thumbs UP for ... COUNCIL, KEEP OUT. Last week, the City Council passed a resolution setting out rules for how its members can deal with contractors and bidders. In short, the mayor and council members are barred from discussing negotiations and procurement of contracts with those interested in doing business with the city. And now there are penalties from doing so.

Councilman Morris Madrid said that in the past, council members have become involved in procurement of contracts. Let’s hope this resolution makes it clear that such behavior is clearly unacceptable.

thumbs UP for  ... IGNORING THE SIDESHOWS. City Manager Timothy Dodge has been city manager for more than six months, and in our view, he has done a good job for the community in that time. He’s done well, in part, because he has avoided the embarrassing sideshows involving Mayor Tony Marquez and City Attorney Carlos Quiñones.

thumbs DOWN for ... THE SIDESHOWS. While Quiñones focuses his attention on finding out who has legally leaked public documents, and Marquez continues his doublespeak about “transparency,” the silliness continues. But at least Dodge can put his efforts into making sure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely. All he has to do is put some distance between himself and the politically petty pair.

thumbs UP for ... A FINE JOB. A local panel of citizens has drafted a proposed new city charter, which is essentially the community’s constitution. The current charter has been in place for four decades, and we’ve learned much since then. That existing charter has its advantages, but the panel has found ways to greatly improve the document.

While the forces of the status quo may disagree, we think it’s high time for a new charter.

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“It’s interesting that the city attorney is still trying to find a leak for something that can’t be leaked.”

— Sarah Welsh, executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, in response to City Attorney Carlos Quiñones’ determination that someone breached the city’s confidentiality by releasing documents that the state attorney general has deemed open to public inspection.