Tit for Tat
COMMENTARY by Steve Miller
November 29, 2002
"There's no prostitution taking place, and if there was, they should
arrest them, not make some big fuss as to what some 18-year-old girl is
doing to make a living." "I think anything that's legal should be here."
"When you're 18, you're allowed to die for your country, so why can't some
young lady or young man perform?" - Mayor
The rumor on the street is that several owners of county-based adult
businesses are putting oodles of cash on the line to change county laws
to allow anything sexual - sans fellatio or penetration - to go on in their
county based T&A bars.
They were inspired by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman who divulged that his brand
of Downtown Redevelopment is to turn parts of the city into another Block
16; the infamous nightlife and red-light district of the early 1900s centered
on what was the "anything goes" block between Ogden and Stewart, and First
and Second Streets. However, local people with family values find Oscar's
plan just as unsuitable today as it was in 1906.
Speculation is that some bar owners are counting on outgoing Commissioners
Erin Kenny and Dario Herrera to go to work for the adult industry before
and after leaving office December 31. With their help, it is speculated
that two mega-gentleman's clubs in the county could go bottomless if a
law is passed allowing clubs in excess of 20,000 square feet to drop their
G-strings. After January when at least two new Commissioners are sworn
in, the law could find backers.
This law, if passed, would hurt smaller venues such as Club Paradise
and others - something that would please certain M-1 (industrial) zoned
club owners who have always envied the Club Paradise's H-1 (Hotel/Casino)
zoned location, gourmet restaurant, and proximity to the Hard Rock.
But there's a tit for tat, so to speak. Mike Galardi of Jaguars on Desert
Inn Road, a road that is “contiguous” to the city limits, is reportedly
interested in having his mega-club annexed
into the city where the laws are not enforced.
I am told that he wants to take advantage of Oscar's Sin City dream
in the event the county persists in strengthening its laws. The city limits
jog over to D.I. Road for a few blocks between the tracks and Valley View
Blvd. in Councilman Mike McDonald’s Ward One, however, McDonald does favors
Rick Rizzolo, Galardi’s biggest competitor,
and would have to stay clear of the issue.
To back up the annexation possibilities, NRS 268.580 says: "(1.) The
governing body of any city may extend the corporate limits of the city
to include any territory which meets the general standards of subsection
2…(2.) The total area proposed to be annexed must meet the following standards:
(a) It must be contiguous to the annexing city's boundaries at the time
the annexation proceedings are instituted...The owners of record of…parcels
of land within the territory sign a petition requesting the governing body
to annex the territory to the municipality."
Sapphire, the new 40,000 square foot mega-gentleman's club set to open
on December 13 is just outside the city limits on Industrial Road and would
qualify for annexation. It sits just on the other side of the Union Pacific
tracks from the city's boundaries and is therefore also "contiguous to
the annexing city's boundry."
Mr. Galardi, or Pete Eliadis, Sapphire's owner, need only sign
a petition and let Oscar do the rest. The annexation theory is being called
"a carrot" because of its effect on certain County Commissioners who do
not want the city to gain Jaguars' and Sapphire's tax generating potential
and may therefore reconsider relaxing their more restrictive laws. But,
I’ve been told there’s more to the bargain.
If Jaguars and Sapphire are to remain in the county, they reportedly
want a new ordinance passed to allow them to go bottomless in order to
counterbalance Oscar’s "I think anything that's legal should be here" offer.
So, in the best tradition of Nevada politics, a compromise may be in the
Metro will find it impossible to enforce separate city and county laws
if adult businesses are divided into the following four proposed categories:
(1.) Anything goes within the city limits except fellatio or penetration,
(2.) County based liquor clubs in excess of 20,000 square feet go bottomless,
(3.) Juice bars stay bottomless, and (4.) County based liquor clubs under
20,000 square feet remain topless only.
If bifurcated laws are found to be impractical, then heavy campaign
contributing adult club owners can get together with the city and county
and draw up one uniform ordinance that can be enforced equitably - or the
entire matter can be dropped and Metro Police told to tread lightly on
certain favored properties. It all depends on how acrimonious the owners
become toward one another and how much infighting the politicians will
Of course, this won’t appease some greedy owners who want to unfairly
capture their competitor's clientele.
If varying standards are enacted, Metro will have to set up a new enforcement
unit. Male officers will be equipped with plastic protective cups so their
private parts won't get chaffed from checking lap dance distance in the
county while ignoring the clubs inside the old - or new - city limits where
lap dances will be the least of their worries.
And then there's the most important part: eighteen-year-olds. I'm told
that without them, our revived Sin City image would go away along with
tens-of-thousands of conventioneers. They say the Britney Spears and Christina
Agulara lookalikes and wannabes are the real gold mines. The club owners
and the mayor have no qualms about letting teenagers burn away their most
formative years grinding old men's laps in private rooms. In other words,
teen dancers bring in BIG bucks!
There's one small detail being overlooked. NRS 202.060 clearly states:
"Any proprietor, keeper or manager of a saloon or resort where (liquor)
is sold, who shall, knowingly, allow or permit any person under the age
of 21 years to remain therein shall be punished by a fine of not more than
If the campaign contributor adult club owners and their City Council
and County Commission cronies can't find common ground, someone with family
values might just file a Writ of Mandamus in Federal Court to require enforcement
of the long-ignored state law. If this happens, the female teenage gold
mines may be forced to leave the saloon or resort after they get off stage,
i.e., no more teens hustling $400 bottles of bubbly or vanishing into VIP
rooms with horney senior citizens. Or, the law may be changed to allow
ALL 18 year olds - including males - to hang out inside the topless bars,
something only females are presently allowed to do.
Oscar did say "When you're 18, you're allowed to die for your country,
so why can't some young lady or young man perform?" Did he also mean
teenage boys should be allowed in the audience? You can't have it both
Las Vegas can still be Sin City, but it doesn’t need to be a city of
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