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Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 27, 2015

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWN! ORDINANCE NOT FOLLOWED
Municipalities adopt ordinances, in part, to ensure that everyone is on a level playing field when it comes to things like special use permits. Unfortunately, one of the city of Las Vegas’ ordinances wasn’t followed recently when the Board of Adjustment and city staff signed off on an 11-day special use permit for a Santa Fe car dealership to set up a temporary car lot here. The ordinance allows for a three-day permit; unfortunately when that ordinance was being incorporated into the city Code Book, the “three” turned into a blank. We don’t fault Santa Fe Mazda-Volvo for the situation; after all, the company was following the permit it was granted. But the city does need to do a better job of following its ordinances. The next time they see a blank in a city law, we hope that city staff and board members take the time to research it before making assumptions.

THUMBS UP! FIESTA DE LA HISPANIDAD IS FRIDAY
Fiesta de la Hispanidad has become an event that many of us in Las Vegas and surrounding communities look forward to because it celebrates our rich culture. This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium. This is the 21st year of the event, which is a major accomplishment. We thank Sara Harris and her many helpers for dedicating their time to putting on such a wonderful event. The cost of the event is $5 per person, and proceeds go to a scholarship fund for Highlands students.

THUMBS DOWN! FAKE IRS CALLS
It’s unfortunate that there are people in this world who make their living by scamming good, hard-working people. Like it or not, that’s the world we live in these days. The latest example is the calls area residents have been receiving from individuals claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. In one instance, the caller left a threatening message saying the IRS was getting ready to file a lawsuit against the Las Vegas homeowners. Don’t fall for it. The IRS has been warning about this scam for several months.

AND WE QUOTE
“The (Democratic) caucus was pretty firm: we were not gonna let the governor take away from families, schools to help her friends down in the oil patch.”
— Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, speaking about the demise of the nearly $270 million capital outlay bill

“They killed jobs all over the state.”
— Gov. Susana Martinez, referring to Senate
Democrats