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The Nevada Assembly was just about to vote on the bill for the proposed Las Vegas Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium, and including a $750 million subsidy ostensibly for billionaire Sheldon Adelson, when it got news of a new price tag, and that was unearthed by a reporter with a publication Adelson owns. 

As this post is being written, members of the Nevada Assembly are on their way to their hotels, after their half of the Special Session that was called to evaluate and vote on the proposed legislation crafted by the staff and members of Governor Brian Sandoval’s Southern Nevada Tourism and Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC), was adjourned.

 

 

A little known report released by the Nevada Department of Transportation, or N-DOT, estimates that needed improvements to freeways and roads around the sites for a proposed Las Vegas Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium will total $900 million.

 

Nevada Legislature Gets Damaging Las Vegas Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium Transit Report

Nevada Legislature Gets Damaging Las Vegas Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium Transit Report

 

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The report, finished and printed by N-DOT on October 4th, was just shown to members of the Nevada Assembly today, and toward the late hours of the special session. When the news hit the Las Vegas Review Journal, and then social media, content on the Twitter hashtag under #nvleg went negative toward the stadium, and faster than you could say Super Bowl Las Vegas or Michaan’s Auctions Annex.

 

 

 

Prior to the report, media observers in Carson City, Nevada noted that stadium legislation opponents were just six votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for the legislation to pass. Had that happened, the Nevada Assembly would have joined the Nevada Senate in approving a bill that included a $750 million public subsidy to help billionaire Sheldon Adelson pay for the construction of a near $2 billion stadium for the Raiders to move from Oakland to Las Vegas.

 

 

 

Then, and thanks ironically to a reporter with the Las Vegas Review Journal – the same news organization owned by the same billionaire Sheldon Adelson – a news report popped up that focused on the N-DOT study and the giant additional cost. And with that, the idea that the legislation was worth supporting, even with the stadiums myriad of planning problems, went out the window.

 

 

 

On social media, the unraveling of support spread like a rash – in order to stop the bleeding, the Las Vegas Review Journal took down the report (which was immediately noted on Twitter) and then posted it with adjusted information. But the damage was done.

 

 

 

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman asked questions about traffic improvements costs at Thursday’s Nevada Regional Transportation Committee meeting, and were told that no information was available. That was said even though the N-DOT report had been released on October 4th – something clearly obvious when the document was presented within the Las Vegas Review post because the date was clearly printed on it.

 

 

 

In an attempt to quell the rising anger of many Nevada Assemblymembers, the N-DOT director and the N-DOT staffer who wrote the report were called to the special session. What began was a grilling by politicians that lasted until after 1 in the morning.

 

 

 

The most notable set of questions came from Reno Senator Amber Joiner (District Four) who said “To find out it’s $900M is staggering. But that’s not worst thing. We’re going to have to reprioritize all of our projects.”

 

 

 

That observation was taken up by the N-DOT director Rudy Malfabon and his answers gave no one any comfort, especially in Las Vegas. Mr. Malfabon admitted that if road projects are delayed in lieu of moving up those for the Las Vegas NFL stadium project, Southern Nevada projects would be moved up, not northern ones.

 

 

 

Considering that Governor Sandoval created the SOUTHERN Nevada Tourism and Infrastructure Committee, that news had to be the cause of a massive bellyache for the state’s leader. Basically, the N-DOT Director admitted that a whole set of road infrastructure improvements in Southern Nevada would go unaddressed if the stadium were approved and then moved to creation by NFL Owners.

 

 

 

Add to that, the news is the noted improvements are without specific, identified funding sources. The N-DOT Director never named the exact federal funding sources to be used, so the Las Vegas Review Journal originally reported the while $900 million of road improvements as ‘unfunded’.

 

 

 

If those costs as added to the currently estimated stadium price tag of $2 billion, the cost zooms to $3 billion. At present, there’s no language in the proposed legislation to completely protect the State of Nevada from paying for any additional costs. The way the bill is written, the stadium authority would be able to create new taxes and, using Clark County’s bonding capacity, then float a new bond for the stadium.

 

 

 

It’s provisions like that one, which had the small number of five of Nevada Senators who voted against the bill in on Wednesday, up in arms (16 voted for it.)

 

 

 

Of course, that body was never told about the N-DOT report.

 

 

 

Wow.

 

 

 

Now, we go into a new day for the special session, starting at 9 am PST.

 

 

 

Stay tuned.

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Oakland Post: January 26 – February 1, 2022

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Alexandre Dumas: The French Author of ‘The Three Musketeers’

Alexandre Dumas wrote plays, both comedies and dramas. Scholars describe his writing as having a “heavy emphasis on plot; his primary skill as a writer consisted of his capacity to imagine and execute tales of breathtaking adventures that cause the reader to experience feelings of excitement.”

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By Tamara Shiloh

Best known for having penned the historical adventure novels “The Three Musketeers” (1844) and “The Count of Monte Cristo,” (1846) Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) established himself as one of the most popular and prolific authors in France.

He wrote essays, short stories, volumes of romantic novels, plays, and travelogues, many having been translated into more than 100 languages and adapted for numerous films. But Dumas’ own story begins with his father, Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie.

Thomas-Alexandre adopted the Dumas name from his Haitian grandmother. He did so just prior to enlisting in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. He rose to the rank of general, the highest rank of any Black man in a European army. He would separate from the military after clashing with Bonaparte over his Egyptian Campaign.

The elder Dumas left Egypt in 1799 traveling on what was known to be an unsound vessel. The ship’s troubles forced it to put aground in Naples, a city in southern Italy. There Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was arrested, thrown into a dungeon, and held for two years.

After his release, he returned to France. The following year, Alexandre was born. Thomas-Alexandre died when his son was four.

Dumas’ mother, Marie Louise Labouret, took on several jobs to ensure that her son was educated. He attended Abbé Grégoire’s school, but later quit to take a job assisting a local notary.

He held such a great interest in reading and books that he relocated to Paris at age 20 to immerse himself in literature. There he met the duc d’Orléans (later named King Louis Philippe) and began working for him as a scribe. It was then that Dumas dreamed of publishing his own works.

He wrote plays, both comedies and dramas. Scholars describe his writing as having a “heavy emphasis on plot; his primary skill as a writer consisted of his capacity to imagine and execute tales of breathtaking adventures that cause the reader to experience feelings of excitement.”

Dumas’ style is often compared to that of his contemporary and rival Victor Hugo.

It is estimated that all his published writings, if placed in one document, would span about 100,000 pages.

Dumas did well financially, but his spending rivaled his earnings. He spent much of his life in debt because of his extravagant lifestyle. He built a home in the country himself (now a museum), but after two years of lavish living, financial difficulties forced him to sell it. Another downfall was that he kept several mistresses.

Dumas married actress Ida Ferrier (1840) yet continued to have relationships with other women. According to scholar Claude Schopp, Dumas entertained about 40 women and fathered at least four children outside of the marriage.

To escape creditors, Dumas fled to Belgium, then to Russia. Still, he published his work, including travel books on Russia. He continued to take on mistresses, including much younger women in his old age. He remained married to Ferrier until his death in 1870.

Suggested reading: “Alexandre Dumas: Genius of Life,” by Claude Schopp.

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Collaboration Key to Anti-Trafficking Efforts

According to District Attorney Lori Frugoli, community education is paramount in the work of the coalition. Student, parent, and teacher education is also something that MCCEHT strongly supports through the PROTECT program, coordinated with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). MCCEHT member Marlene Capra has worked with MCOE and the 3 Strands Global Foundation to keep efforts to stop human trafficking in the spotlight and teach residents and school educators about the realities of human trafficking.

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Many human trafficking victims are reluctant to report the crime as they are genuinely in fear for their life or that of their family.
Many human trafficking victims are reluctant to report the crime as they are genuinely in fear for their life or that of their family.

Local work t stop human exploitation coordinated through DA’s Office

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Bay region and San Francisco are among the top sex trafficking areas in the United States. As the co-chair organization of the Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking (MCCEHT), the Marin County District Attorney’s Office is addressing the problem and working with partnering nonprofits and agencies to increase public awareness, prosecute those who commit the crimes, and put a halt to all types of slavery.

On Jan. 11, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to proclaim the month of January as National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Jan. 11 happened to be Human Trafficking Awareness Day as well. Video of the presentation is on the County website (skip ahead to agenda item #4, Consent Calendar A).

The DA’s staff has worked closely with key stakeholders to make sure the red-flag warnings of human trafficking are widely known, even using advertisements at bus stops to urge people to speak up and report potential exploitation.

According to District Attorney Lori Frugoli, community education is paramount in the work of the coalition. Student, parent, and teacher education is also something that MCCEHT strongly supports through the PROTECT program, coordinated with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). MCCEHT member Marlene Capra has worked with MCOE and the 3 Strands Global Foundation to keep efforts to stop human trafficking in the spotlight and teach residents and school educators about the realities of human trafficking.

A new nonprofit created by Capra arose from her community work. SpeakSAFE, with SAFE meaning Save Adolescents from Exploitation, assists with local fundraising for educational efforts and has provided online learning opportunities during the pandemic.

“With our coalition, the DA’s Office [has] been extremely supportive and helpful in partnering on our work and connecting us with law enforcement, service providers and community members,” Capra said. “It really is all hands on deck, and their involvement has been pivotal. Our work has always been a priority with them in supporting our youth.”

Frugoli said human trafficking is difficult to detect and rarely reported. Many victims are moved from county to county or state to state, making the trafficker harder to follow and the victim feel isolated and unfamiliar with surroundings.

“Many victims are reluctant to report the crime as they are genuinely in fear for their life or that of their family,” Frugoli said. “Our coalition’s mission is to develop our regional collaborative approach to end all forms of human trafficking. We’ve focused our efforts on education and outreach advocacy. We have turned several cases over to state and federal authorities because the conduct occurred over multiple jurisdictions.”

Cecilia Zamora, Executive Director of the Latino Council and Co-Chair of MCCEHT, emphasized the need to have the coalition’s work be grounded in multicultural best practices, ensuring that the messaging and resources are shared with our thriving Latino communities across the county.

“We do this,” she said, “by successfully utilizing our nonprofit members as partners in the education and outreach to their own constituents.”

The Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act (AB 1227) became California law in 2017 and provides a basis for localized anti-trafficking work. The MCCEHT Steering Committee meets monthly. MCCEHT’s quarterly online meeting on Jan. 19 will feature guest speaker Antonia Lavine of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and County Supervisor Judy Arnold. The videoconference begins at 11 a.m., Spanish translation will be provided. Participation details are on the MCCEHT website.

Learn more about local anti-trafficking efforts via the PROTECT website or call the DA’s Office at (415) 473-6450.

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