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
Official" in Southern Nevada. Visit his
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Frankly, I'd rather be attacked
by a swarm of malaria-crazed mosquitoes
than have Miller and Barrier on
my case. - John L. Smith,
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
August 1, 2005
Miller and Barrier chill
out in Al Capone's cell - Alcatraz, California,
LAS VEGAS - Should Steve Miller be throwing stones? That's the question
just asked by anonymous friends
Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo as reported
by award winning Las Vegas Review
Journal columnist John L. Smith in last Wednesday's paper.
his column, Smith also stated, "In addition to reporting issues
in his Americanmafia.com Web column, Miller has teamed with James
'Buffalo Jim' Barrier to barb Rizzolo and his crew on an almost
basis. Barrier owns Auto & Marine Electric, which leases space next
to the Industrial Road club."
Barrier, a former pro wrestler, has successfully been battling Rizzolo
from his next door space for the past 26 years,
and has no intention of backing down.
The anonymous friend's question
is based on the worst kept secret in Sin City -- that
family has owned the dirt under an adult cabaret on Paradise Road since
1973. The property has
been the criticism of choice in my four political campaigns,
reported in the pages of both daily newspapers time and again, and I've
proudly disclosed it in my campaign finance reports, and on my Internet
over ten years.
like some great excuse for murder, robbery and mayhem, Rick
2001, came forward for the first time to claim that I should not be the
one to criticize his bizarre method of
That I have a secret
"conflict of interest."
"Mr. Miller is the landlord of Club Paradise.
Club Paradise, an adult dance establishment, is a direct business
competitor of the club I operate, Crazy Horse Too. A mere glance at the
titles to Mr. Miller's articles clearly reveals Mr. Miller's bias
against his competitor, the Crazy Horse Too and myself, and his
complete lack of journalistic professionalism." - Rick
vehicles in front of Crazy Horse
In other words, I should stop reporting on the alleged violence,
corruption, credit card fraud, and coercion at his business because I
am the landlord
of a purported "competitor."
It always amuses me when Rizzolo or his anonymous friends try to compare
their blood soaked
converted 1950's era warehouse to Club
The Crazy Horse is located in the worst
part of town, an
industrially zoned area a half mile west of the Strip, 3.1 miles north
of Club Paradise.
Club Paradise is a free standing building constructed in 1994, located
directly across the street from the Hard
Rock Hotel on Las Vegas' second Strip, Paradise Road, and is less
than a one block walk from over 3,000 luxury hotel rooms. In contrast,
one would risk his life if he were to try to walk the mean streets
leading to the Crazy Horse (going inside is often riskier).
Club Paradise is also the only local club that
requires that all cars be valet parked, and has a dress code that is
strictly enforced. Furthermore, my long term ground lease is
triple-net, without including a percentage of the business, meaning
that no matter what I write, negative or positive, it could not affect
my family's income in any way. In
other words, I am not a "competitor" to Rizzolo's topless bar.
describes how rizzolo's anonymous friends whine that Steve Miller
apply his "meat ax editorial
style" to Sam Cecola, the owner of Club Paradise.
My simple answer? Mr. Cecola has
never been accused of murdering, robbing or beating his customers. Nor
is he the target of a federal RICO, and political corruption
investigation, nor has his general manager been indicted for
Robbery, False Statements, and
Tax Evasion. That's the exclusive province
of Mr. Rizzolo.
Also, Mr. Cecola has also never
been the subject of recent newspaper articles with titles such as:
July 22, 2005
Columnist Jeff German: Problems grow for Rizzolo
Friday, July 22, 2005
LAS VEGAS SUN
Columnist Jeff German: Rizzolo to feel
long arm of law
It should be clear by now who's the one living in a glass house, and
why I concentrate so much of my journalistic efforts on this particular
story. And it should also be clear that no other club in Sin City has
had its manager indicted
to US Dept. of Justice
) with the picture of his take down plastered
all over the front
Bobby D'Apice being arrested outside club, January 2005
Review-Journal photo by John Gurzinski
Because of my experience
since 1973 as a landlord to a (real) gentleman's club, I am more aware
than other local journalists of how these type businesses should be
run. The literary stones I've been throwing for over six years were
intended solely to stop people from being maimed or killed by Rizzolo's
goons who I know so well, and to try to help the other - legitimate -
clubs to not be tarnished by Rizzolo's brush. An entire industry should
not suffer for the actions of one.
I have also written extensively about how I believe some local
politicians have been paid off to protect Mr. Rizzolo's interest and
let the carnage continue. I am not alone in writing about this subject.
"..in every article
devoted to myself or my club, Mr. Miller continues to make
unsubstantiated statements or make tenuous connections to unrelated
events in an attempt to show that I somehow run the City of Las Vegas,
including its prosecutors, the police and fire departments, the judges,
and the City Council."
I began to suspect political corruption in 1999 when Clark County
District Court Judge Nancy Siatta
sanctioned Buffalo Jim Barrier $4,500 after witnesses mysteriously
failed to show up in
court for a civil racketeering
action he brought against Rizzolo. She summarily dismissed the action
after saying, "Mr. Rizzolo has a good name in the community." Then,
Judge Saitta somehow again was selected
to rule on a motion for a gag
order brought by Rizzolo against me. She appeared poised to grant
the motion until she noticed attorneys for the ACLU and Review-Journal take seats in the
back of her courtroom. This is the same
judge who instructed jurors to
not consider the delayed effect of blunt force trauma as the cause of
death in a case
against the Crazy Horse brought by the widow of Scott
Fau who was found dead two hours after he was beaten by bouncers.
Then there's the late-Judge Gary Redmond who dismissed a lawsuit
the City of Las Vegas in 1999 after the then-mayor, Jan Jones, allowed
to expand his bar by 6,000 square feet without the benefit of extra
parking, a traffic study, or a building permit. The judge's excuse? The
attorney was late filing court papers.
In 2002, two weeks before leaving office, former Clark County District
Attorney Stu Bell told a TV audience that his successor, David Roger, would
have "probable cause" to prosecute employees of the Crazy Horse for the
beating of Kirk Henry
As soon as Roger was sworn in, he dropped all cases brought by the
Metro Police against Rizzolo.
In the meantime, Mayor Oscar Goodman and his obedient council ignored
over 737 police responses to the Horse, and instead passed an ordinance
allowing the bar to expand,
and refused to enforce state and county laws prohibiting the hiring of teenage
response to Goodman, Amy Henry, the wife of a man who had his neck
broken by Crazy Horse bouncers, stated
"I can't understand what kind of city or state would allow a place like
this to remain in business?"
Soon after Amy Henry's statement, Goodman
shamelessly accepted a $40,000 campaign contribution from Rizzolo.
Curiously, he was running unopposed -- but still took the money.
could have no justification for publishing false and misleading
information, especially considering Mr. Miller's inside information*,
Mr. Miller is a party to the lawsuits and has been privy to
all information. Everything Mr. Miller reports is also public
information and requires no diligence or investigative reporting. Yet,
Mr. Miller, in his article(s), omits, skews, or outwardly lies about
pertinent information." -- Rick
word on the street is that Rizzolo's attorneys, Dean Patti and Tony Sgro , are about to file frivolous lawsuits against me
(their second), and against certain other journalists, to try to stop
news stories about their client's pending indictment. They are
reportedly charging Rizzolo $500 per hour to write Demand for Retraction and Apology letters
that began being delivered last week, and I'm reportedly on the list.
However, it didn't work in 2001, and it won't work now. When and
if my threat letter arrives, I will again reply "Make my day,"
and continue exercising my First Amendment right to inform the public
about their client and his dangerous business. I expect other writers
covering this story will do likewise. And it would not shock me, if
followed through, these cases somehow end up in the court of Judge
Siatta, or another judge who accepted Rizzolo's largesse.
of these stories first. I did so from a glass house, and I will
the right reasons. If that's a
conflict of interest, then so be it.
Miller is a consultant to the Flangas McMillan Law Group
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