Steve Miller is a former Las Vegas City Councilman. In 1991, the readers
of the Las Vegas Review Journal voted him the "Most Effective Public
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With friends like these, we don't need enemies!
VEGAS by Steve Miller
January 15, 2007
Wynn entices Michael Jackson to move to Sin City
First, Steve Wynn brought us a pipe
dream called the "Fremont
Street Experience;" a sixty million dollar canopy and street
closure that distracted from Downtown gaming revenues while disfiguring
our city's icon --
Casino Center. After he and ex-city Mayor Jan Jones saw
that their taxpayer funded experiment was about to flop,
both sold their stock in the Golden Nugget and abandoned Downtown for
greener pastures on the Strip located in the county -- Wynn to his new
resort hotel, and
Jones to a position as VP of Harrah's where she helped remove
the last of our Downtown's major attractions,
the Horseshoe World Series of Poker, and place it in one of Harrah's
Strip hotels. Since their hasty departure and the scorched earth they
left behind, the Horseshoe went broke; the Golden Nugget
twice changed hands; and Downtown gaming
revenues have fallen an average of 6% per year.
the man often described as a "visionary" is gifting our humble
community with none other
than Michael Jackson!
Fresh from the oil rich Kingdom of Bahrain,
up residency in -- where else? Sin City.
I've confirmed that the once-gifted entertainer and his children
have moved into a
10-bedroom, 11-bath, 20,000-square foot private estate owned by San
Francisco real estate tycoon Luke
Brugnara, who last year tried to buy the Crazy Horse Too topless
club (another LV embarrassment), but his offer was squelched in favor
of a straw man. (More on this later.)
"Why can't you share your bed? That's
the most loving thing to do, to share your bed with someone," in
response to questions about his relationships with young boys, will
have a 3,000-square foot master bedroom with a 2,000-square-foot closet
(for toy storage?), along with basketball and tennis courts.
He's reportedly here to prepare for a Vegas
premier. Jackson is expected to replace a show that flopped
at the new Wynn Las Vegas resort in a showroom being redesigned and
dedicated to Mr.
Wynn's friendship with the fallen pop idol. But based on the less than
reception Wynn's "Avenue Q" show received, Jackson
tickets may be hard to sell to anyone over the age of thirteen.
not yet known whether unescorted pubescent boys will be welcome in
the casino or have reserved front row seats in the showroom, but it's
planned that Jackson will attract more than little boys to his
performances, and that may be the impetus behind Wynn's less-than-civic
action in bringing him here.
living in the male dominated Middle East, Jackson enamored himself to
Arabs who are expected to become Whales
at Wynn's casino after Jackson's show opens and they learn Las Vegas
In the Kingdom of Bahrain, Jackson was photographed wearing
a black tunic and veil traditionally worn by Arab women.
But in the Kingdom of Vegas,
he'd be wise to switch to cowboy garb. The locals around here don't
cotton much to men dressing like Arab women.
emergence in Vegas -- especially at the Wynn -- harkens memories of
February 26, 2004
when the Las Vegas SUN headline
read: "Feds search house of Steve Wynn's brother." "Las Vegas
executive Kenny Wynn, the brother of casino-hotel magnate Steve Wynn,
recently was served with a search warrant at his home in connection
with a child pornography
investigation, according to law enforcement sources."
Then on March 29, 2004, the SUN reported:
"No charges have been filed against Wynn, and federal officials would
not comment on the search warrant, which is sealed."
We were never allowed to
the details of the investigation because there were only two
news stories ever written on the subject. Such news is commonly blacked
out or sealed if it offends prominent local people.
was also exonerated of all charges though his legal tangles were much
Nonetheless, Ken Wynn is
of the community," a
keynote speaker at the Urban Land Institute, and currently holds a key
gaming license at the Wynn resort -- the same place that's about to
covet Michael Jackson.
He was also the construction
manager for the Fremont Street Experience during a two year
suspension of his gaming license for a narcotics violation.
Based on the standards of a town that elects and reelects a mob
lawyer as mayor, maybe Michael Jackson will be called a "Pillar
of the community", or be named our next Man
of the Year!
Steve Wynn by enticing Michael Jackson to Vegas is proving our town
is truly The Last Resort.
Rizzolo sentencing Tuesday. Straw man faces three month
Convicted strip bar owner Rick
Rizzolo will appear for sentencing before U.S. Federal
Court Chief Judge Philip M. Pro on Tuesday January 16, at 1:30 PM.
Rizzolo who was once referred to as a "Pillar
of the community" by a City
Councilman, and described as having a "good
name in the
community" by Judge Nancy M. Saitta, was convicted last year of
racketeering and tax
evasion. In a U.S. Department of Justice
Release dated June 1, 2006, Rizzolo's strip bar, the Crazy Horse
Too, was described as a "serious
threat... to the community."
Though the Federal Government intended to permanently close
the criminal enterprise, and despite Las Vegas City Attorney Brad
Jerbic describing it as a "public
nuisance," the Las Vegas City Council in October defiantly voted to
allow the bar to reopen for a six month period, possibly as a favor to
Rizzolo's old attorney, Mayor Oscar Goodman.
A Three Month Review of the present
operator is scheduled during the morning session of the
Council on Wednesday, January 17. Goodman has a conflict
of interest and will not vote, though his wishes are clearly known
throughout City Hall.
The operator, Mike
Signorelli, has been shadowed at each of his Council
appearances by City Director of Business Activity Jim DiFiore who
appears to be
photo by Mike Christ)
A special City Council hearing was called in November after I
employed three members of Rizzolo's immediate family. It was
apparent at the hearing that Signorelli was incapable of explaining without
DiFiore's help just why he violated the
Council's order that no Rizzolo step foot on the property.
At the hearing Signorelli nervously said, "Please
respond by and from please Mr.
DiFiore or Mr. Jerbic or anyone..."
not back here because I did
something that I didn't live up to. When I go into a facility like this
and I go down a list and I don't see the last name, being that it's
very difficult to find out whose related and whose not (laugh). Very
candidly, I sit there hours and hours and try to find out whose on
first base and whose on second, so actually I saw, I saw to call the
city, and Mr. DiFiore will know himself (looking and gesturing toward DiFiore), I contacted
him myself and said I may need some help. So I actually called and
asked for what's happening today in a semi way myself, just so you know
that. So it's not a problem I committed probably. But else, (looking at DiFiore) if I'm incorrect please tell me (gestures toward DiFiore). So its not for that reason, so you know. I was trying to ask
for help, so they showed me how to do it correctly."
FULL VIDEO: http://lasvegas.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=29 Slide timer
bar to 9 minutes into video to see and hear Signorelli's amazing
the Council bought his strained story, and he was forced to immediately
remove his general manager,
assistant general manager, and bookkeeper.
past week I learned that several persons will
visit with members of the City Council in their City Hall offices and
ask them to deny Signorelli an extension of time to operate the club.
They say they'll tell the Council members that Rizzolo has no intention
of following Federal Court orders to sell the club; he turned down
legitimate purchase offers; and that Signorelli is simply a straw man
put there to stall
the court until Rizzolo is released from prison and can resume covertly
operating his criminal enterprise.
One of the persons stated he received a call from Signorelli's
attorney Steven Caruso threatening to sue for "tortuous
interference with private enterprise" if he
makes any contact
with public officials.
Judge Pro ordered the bar be sold by June 2007, and though two
buyers have made offers, Signorelli who has twice declared
bankruptcy and cannot produce a financial statement, was the only buyer
considered qualified by
Rizzolo who must approve the purchase. This reinforces suspicions that
Signorelli is merely a straw man working at Rizzolo's behest.
racketeering lawsuit recently filed in Federal Court quotes Rizzolo
telling a buyer he wants to keep a piece of the action and that
has no money and has not paid a penny in rent since taking over the
Caruso's threatened litigation is a perfect example of a SLAPP suit; a "strategic
lawsuit against public participation," and if filed should be summarily
Two thwarted buyers say they're not
intimidated by Caruso's
threat, and fully intend to contact City Council
members prior to Wednesday's hearing. One is even so put off by
Caruso's threat that he's now volunteering to appear in
person at the hearing and tell his story from the podium.
Also, Nick Steffora, a former business
partner of Signorelli who says he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars
bankruptcies, is also attempting to contact members of
the Council to tell them about his experiences with the man
Caruso described as a "highly successful gaming entrepreneur and
As we did in June, INSIDE VEGAS will cover the two hearings and let you
know the results in next week's column.
I'd rather be attacked by a swarm of malaria-crazed mosquitoes
than have Miller and Barrier on my case." - John L.
Smith, LV Review-Journal, 07/27/05
© Steve Miller
Rizzolo is followed out of Las Vegas Federal Court House by Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim Barrier
after pleading guilty to
racketeering and tax evasion. (AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike
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