writer R. Scott Moxley opened a giant can of worms that put the Vegas
underworld on the Southern California map.
"Carona’s job comes with a $550 million annual budget, 1,800 deputies
and access to
. If he’s really unaware of the activities of La Cosa
Nostra (LCN) in Orange County, state investigators aren’t," according
raises speculation that Rizzolo and Glusman have
more to gain by schmoozing Carona than just being his pals. In other
words, a friend with such access is a friend indeed to wannabes who
have ties to
Nostra guys. Meanwhile, Carona is the subject of a grand jury
investigation in Southern California.
Within hours, Moxley's Weekly
was picked up the the Los Angeles Times
. In their
April 28, 2006 article, "Criticism follows reserve deputy problems
and publication of photo of the owner of an investigated strip club," Times
Christine Hanley and Christopher
Goffard, let Las Vegas' biggest tourist market know that Orange County
Sheriff Carona had "disgraced his office by posing for the pictures in
uniform and for swearing in some reserve deputies who were unfit to
carry a badge," according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Commander
Ralph Martin, one of three candidates hoping to unseat Carona in this
"Unfit to carry a badge?" Didn't Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman name
Freddie Glusman "Las
Vegas Citizen of the Month
" in September 2002 a few weeks after he
publicly referred to an African American City Councilwoman as a
And wasn't it Mayor Goodman who told the LV
on April 1, "I like Rick Rizzolo. He goes to Piero's every Thanksgiving and feeds hundreds of needy
people. And he treats them with dignity."
However, Rizzolo has not always been known for treating people with
e pleaded guilty in 1985 to battery after bashing
a Crazy Horse patron's head with a baseball bat! The man
died three years later of complications.
On Friday, November 11, 2005, Orange County Register writers
Tony Saavedra and Chris Knap embarrassed Glusman in their story, "
donor resigns from reserve, Ritz restaurateur accused of showing badge
in Newport parking dispute."
Glusman became angry when a Laguna Beach merchant told him he couldn't
park in his private parking space. Glusman flashed his badge, the
merchant grabbed it and called police. It just so happened that the
merchant was a retired police officer.
Now, the LA Times quotes
another police officer saying Mr. Glusman was "unfit to carry a badge!"
does this say about our LV Mayor who is a regular at Glusman's LV and
Newport Beach eateries; Piero's and the Ritz, and dedicated a Vegas
month to the guy? (Rick Rizzolo is suspected of having hidden ownership
in the Ritz.)
Hello Mayor Goodman! If the mere presence of
your cronies being
photographed standing next to a Sheriff threatens to end a law
enforcement career, what does that say about the tolerance level of Las
Vegas -- a town where the Mayor heaps praise so recklessly -- but
remains in high esteem with voters?
No wonder the
reputation of Las Vegas is going down the toilet! Fred "Man of the
Glusman, and Rick "Treats them with dignity" Rizzolo should not be the
standards of Vegas society. We deserve better, and so does Orange
Sunday, Apr. 30, 2006
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