Daily Archives: January 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr. Las Vegas Casino Mogul … Happy Birthday Steve Wynn

One thing is certain:  Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn really craves his birthdays, making them a weeklongstevewynn extravaganza.  Saturday night during the gala Encore opening Harry Connick Jr. was the featured entertainer that joined a star-studded crowd in celebrating the 67th birthday for Steve Wynn.   The highlight of the evening’s performance was when Connick sang Frank Sinatra songs,  “Luck Be A Lady,” and “Here’s to the Losers.”   Steve Wynn loves anything to do with Frank Sinatra.

harryconnickjrEarlier on Thursday, Wynn called up Connick and they dined at Encore’s Sinatra restaurant.  Then on Friday Wynn called up Connick again and they hooked up for dinner with Donald Trump, Neil Diamond, and others. 

Wynn’s real birthday is Tuesday and the rumor is that Wynn plans to spend it in the posh Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz.

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Las Vegas Restaurants Win Five Mobile Five-Star Awards

Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas restaurants hit a triple when the Mobil Five-Star Awards were announced on January 22. alex1Wynn’s Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, Alex restaurant, and the Spa at Wynn Las Vegas all are Five Stars rated for 2009. 

Adding to our city’s hardware haul, the Skylofts at MGM Grand and the Joe Robuchon restaurant also garnered awards this year. 

Las Vegas just three years ago had no Five Stars- it now has five.

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Hookers Bailout Las Vegas?

In Las Vegas it’s okay to walk around with an open alcohol container.  But you can’t legally rent a hooker or an “escort” in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.  Go figure. What can I say… it’s Vegas, Baby!

Prostitutes and Johns listen up:  The times they may be changin’.  Although Nevada is the only state that allows legal brothel prostitution (just outside of Clark County borders), it appears that in the wake of Nevada’s current budget shortfalls, the Nevada legislature is once again considering propositioning the legalization of prostitution.   hooker

The revenue idea is about as old as the prostitution profession itself.   During “hard” times our politicians routinely dip their wick into their bag of tricks.  One of the biggest proponents to legalize and tax all the fun is Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.   He has always liked the idea.  After all, he says, it should be considered, adding it could bring perhaps $200 million to our parched coffers, aiding downtown redevelopment initiatives.

Nevada State Senator Bob Coffin (yes, that’s not a typo) is hammering another nail in the old idea, bringing it up recently as a serious Nevada legislative proposal.  But why shouldn’t he? He need not care about any red light political fallout as he has reached his term limit for service and will not have to run again. 

The fact of the matter is that the Nevada state legislature would first have to pass a law allowing prostitution in Clark County and that would supposedly severely hurt the tax base of the smaller Nevada counties that depend on the money that comes from brothels. 

Not only that, but Nevada’s once burgeoning casino industry has in the past vehemently opposed any attempt to legalize prostitution in Vegas so not to impinge on their revenues.

Most everyone accepts the fact that lots of prostitution is going on unregulated and untaxed in Las Vegas.  The question is what to do with it- and when.  Times are much different now.   Las Vegas continues to lose gaming revenue; residents and visitors are dropping from the borders like flies; education is at risk of losing half of their funding; and houses are morphing into ghost towns.

Perhaps now is the time for not just another round of idle lip service, but true legislation that could help make our lives a little bit easier.

But, for now, if you feel the urge, the closest legal brothel to Las Vegas is the Chicken Ranch in Nye County, which is just minutes from the Clark County line.

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