From the LVRJ: A Las Vegas city councilman wants city leaders to back off plans to reopen a thoroughfare into a historically black neighborhood.
Councilman Bob Coffin said the proposal on today's City Council agenda to authorize more than $8.5 million to reopen F Street is a mistake. The street was closed in 2008 for upgrades to Interstate 15 near downtown.
Coffin said lawmakers, including himself, a former state senator, were fooled by assertions the community wasn't alerted to the pending closure when, in fact, notice was given....
Since then Coffin, who left the Senate because of term limits and won a seat on the City Council, has researched the project and found plenty of documentation he says shows residents were notified.
"I went along, (Horsford) was the leader, he needed this badly, he says it is important, it is the right thing to do," Coffin said of the bill. "Only it turned out not to be the right thing."
Horsford did not return a call for comment.
And Coffin is right, spending this money is a waste of money:
"If we spend all that money, all we are going to do is open up a bombed-out street one more time," Coffin said of the portion of F Street that was blocked. "What a horrible waste of money. It is as bad as that 'bridge to nowhere' up in Alaska."
And the reasons why they want the road open? Well, just because....there is no reason. It was just discrimination for them to close it in the first place.
So, Stephen Horsford, the Senate Majority leader in the Nevada Senate and the person who likes to park in handicapped parking places, lied about the project to his fellow senators. What a horrible shock: A liberal Democrat lied to get his way. Pretty soon, he will blame Republicans for his behavior.