So, given this long record of wimpishness, plus the possibly political blood-letting in store for them, why have Clark commissioners now suddenly, seemingly, gotten religion? Specifically, why are six of the seven commissioners now so fiercely opposed to Sheriff Bill Young’s proposed new contract with Metro cops that they’re willing, they say, to bounce Commissioner Tom Collins (a union rubber stamp) off of the Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs?
While grabbing a cup of coffee in the back of the room, Somer Hollingsworth was beaming. The president of the Nevada Development Authority quickly surveyed the crowd gathered in the UNLV Foundation's meeting room, noting the presence of university leaders, developers, gaming executives, bankers and business owners. "I love it," he said, "love it."
Hollingsworth then scrambled back to his table, returning to the series of projects that made up the Las Vegas Creative Economy Forum. The event revolved around the creative class theory popularized by economist Richard Florida. That theory pushes the idea that economic growth is driven by creative people who set up shop in diverse and tolerant areas.
AGC: Claims by unions turn out wrong
By Ned Randolph
Baton Rouge Advocate
Despite reports that Louisiana workers are having to compete against out-of-state workers for lower wages, a contractors association says that wages are in fact rising around the state because of the demand for workers in the New Orleans area.
At issue is whether the Bush administration's order on Sept. 8 suspending the Davis-Bacon Act has depressed local wages.
A look at employer-sponsored health benefits
By Jennifer Rachel Baumer
Nevada Business Journal
OFFERING a healthcare plan can mean the difference between getting the employees you want and not getting them. “It’s very important for employers to have a healthcare plan to offer potential employees,” said Ty Windfeldt, marketing director for Hometown Health, a not-for-profit division of Washoe Health System. “With the unemployment rate so low, employers are really competing for high-quality employees, and one way to compete is by having a health plan.”
By Tony Illia
LV Business Press
MGM Mirage's mammoth new Strip development, Project CityCenter, will not only be the state's largest megaresort, it will also be its largest energy user. The $5 billion complex of hotels, residences, shops and casinos will require enough electricity to power 91,000 homes.
Internal survey shows members are mostly conservative, say they had no choice in joining
Is the National Education Association worried that it is out of touch? Not as much as it should be. At its annual meeting, the union presented some new internal survey results that show the NEA wants to sell itself better to the 2.7 million teachers and education professionals who make up its membership.
It's no surprise to education insiders, but half of the NEA's membership self-identify as political conservatives. According to its survey results, 50 percent of members call themselves conservatives, while only 40 percent call themselves liberals. That's a problem for a lobbying powerhouse like the NEA which espouses down-the-line liberal positions in exchange for bigger budgets and political favors.
Stephen Hannock's landscapes have become highly prized by an elite clientele. So how come you've never heard of him?
By Andy Serwer
One Sunday morning last April, a somber, well-turned-out crowd of 100 or so gathered in Manhattan's Madison Square Park for a memorial service. It was a sunny day, and in an adjacent playground dads with laughing kids barely glanced up at the ceremony, except perhaps to notice a teary 4-year-old girl holding the hand of a handsome, stoic man.
After some opening remarks someone with a guitar got up and began to sing. It was obviously a tribute to the deceased, and at first no one outside the group paid any attention. But wait a minute—wasn't that voice familiar? The dads strayed from their kids and moved closer to listen. It was Sting, singing "Fields of Gold"....
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