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    LET’S HOPE HE’S RIGHT. West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova took a popular position recently, saying that he didn’t want to close any of the schools on the west side. Here’s hoping that he can pull it off.

  • Don’t base it on politics

    We don’t care whether the administrator of the state hospital is a Democrat or Republican. Frankly, we don’t want that official to cozy up to any governor or elected official.

    Rather, the administrator should focus on the job at hand.

    Troy Jones, the hospital’s chief for the last two and a half years, hasn’t been a political guy, thankfully. Not long before he took the reins, the administrator’s position was made exempt — in other words, an appointee of the governor.

  • Right to reverse

    The Las Vegas City Council was right to reverse its decision on a proposed subdivision in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue.

    During a public hearing last year, some neighbors testified that they thought the subdivision would consist of low-income homes attracting a criminal element. Afterward, the council voted 3-2 to reject the proposal by local developer Phil Warfield. One member voting against the development said he feared an increase in traffic; the other two didn’t give reasons for their vote.

  • Good ideas for Fiestas

    Now that the city is running the show, it is coming up with some good ideas on how to make Fiestas de Las Vegas an even better event.

    Its best one is to develop ways to bring more children to the annual July event. As it stands, the main attraction at Fiestas is the entertainment in the Plaza gazebo. And that should remain the case.

    But as for kids’ activities, there are very few, other than a jumping castle and a few games. City officials are thinking of bringing other things to attract children such as a climbing wall and a mini-carnival.

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    UNNECESSARILY BUREAUCRATIC. During a hearing on an annexation proposal last week, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said he would like concerned residents in attendance to get minutes of the meeting.

  • Challenges for new CEO

    Congratulations to Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who, after about three months as interim CEO, now takes the reins on a more permanent basis. We wish her well.

    We anticipate she will be welcomed as an important leader in our city, since the local hospital is such a critical element to the area’s quality of life. And she’s off to a good start, having been introduced to the community through her interim position. So far she’s left a good impression.

  • We’re in this together

    We fully realize that the city of Las Vegas and the East and West school districts are separate entities.

    But we need to forget about that when the issue is water.

    In  recent weeks, city officials have made presentations to both school boards, requesting they give up their water rights to the city.
    For free.

    The city made the same request a few years ago, but didn’t get any response.

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    EXCLUSIVE AND SECRET. The Las Vegas Fiesta Council recently sent out a letter stating, among other things, that it hasn’t kept its finances a secret from either its members or the city of Las Vegas. But it added that no one has requested the documents.
    Despite its claim to openness, no one outside that exclusive group has apparently seen its detailed finances. There may be no problems at all with the council’s books, but the group’s secrecy has bred suspicion. The council has only itself to blame for that.

  • Sick of bad behavior

    What we’re about to write may rub some people the wrong way. They may say we’re being judgmental. But we believe it’s time someone said it.


    As the Las Vegas City Schools board grapples with the question of whom to hire as its next district superintendent, now that Richard Romero has stepped aside amid cloudy conditions, we hope morality will be considered. Yes, morality.

  • Joining groups may be right

    An organization is likely not in a good position when it has to put out a press release disputing rumors that it is defunct.


    But that is exactly what the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation had to do last week. The group insisted it is alive and well.