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Jon Ralston says boardÕs waffling on nightclub vote had side of juice

The only thing that surprised me in the latest chapter of the serpentine, sleazy tale of Prive nightclub at Planet Hollywood is that paramedics didnÕt rush into the County Commission chambers Tuesday and apply a defibrillator defibrillator, device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart in order to stop certain forms of rapid heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). The shock changes a fibrillation to an organized rhythm or changes a very rapid and ineffective cardiac rhythm to a  to nightclub attorney Jay Brown.

Brown, whose ability to snake controversial issues through government boards is legendary, appeared to have this one juiced See Joost. See also juice. : Business License Director Jacqueline Holloway had recommended a 90-day temporary license for the nightclub and the commissioners, while asking pointed questions, seemed willing to go along.

What followed was a memorable Grand Central Parkway The Grand Central Parkway is a parkway that stretches from the Triborough Bridge in New York City to Nassau County on Long Island. At the Queens-Nassau border, it becomes the Northern State Parkway, which runs across the northern part of Long Island through Nassau County and into  spectacle, with commissioners coming a hairÕs breadth away from not granting the license after raising issues about the possibilities of what Chris Giunchigliani Chris Giunchigliani (b.November 27, 1954) (pronounced june-kil-E-on-e)[1] is a Clark County Commissioner for District E in Clark County, Nevada which includes Las Vegas. She is often referred to as "Chris G.  called Òa shell gameÓ with owners being shifted for appearances. But even after those concerns were raised by Giunchigliani and others, even after commissioners were furious that Planet Hollywood officials were not there, they still seemed poised to approve what Brown wanted.

Then, just as the vote appeared certain, Barry Reinink of Metro Special Investigations came forward and raised the question that Pete Townshend would appreciate: Is the new boss the same as the old boss?

ÒSome of those names were involved with the club, working at the club,Ó Reinink told the board. ÒThere are probably going to be some concerns with those individuals based on the role they had. Some of those names were involved with problems with the club.Ó

Reinink also suggested he go to Florida to see how the Prive owners operate in that state.

Commissioner Tom Collins rejoined that the only motion he would support is one Òto not let them open until Metro gets back from Florida.Ó You could hear audible groans and someone should have attached a blood pressure meter to Brown.

The attorney quickly jumped in and lavished smarmy praise on Holloway, saying, ÒThis is not the directorÕs first rodeo.Ó Earlier he had patronized pa·tron·ize  
tr.v. pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing, pa·tron·iz·es
1. To act as a patron to; support or sponsor.

2. To go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis.

 her thusly thus·ly  
adv. Usage Problem

Usage Note: Thusly was introduced in the 19th century as an alternative to thus in sentences such as Hold it thus or He put it thus.
: ÒShe has thought this thing through. Her experience and reputation speaks for itself.Ó

Hmmm. This was the attorney who surely was apoplectic ap·o·plec·tic
Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.

 a few weeks ago that Holloway wouldnÕt let the nightclub reopen. I wonder what words Brown had for Holloway then.

The spectacle went on.

After Reinink made it clear that Metro was enormously concerned, Commissioner Steve Sisolak jumped in. ÒCan I move to hold this for two weeks?Ó

At this point, I didnÕt think even Dr. Michael Debakey could have saved Brown.

But no heart specialist was needed. Brown, after huddling with the ÒnewÓ Prive owners, had a solution for one employee Metro might have a problem with at the ÒnewÓ Prive.

ÒLetÕs let that one person go,Ó he said matter-of-factly. ÒOr suspend him and not put a hundred people out of work.Ó

So cut loose the guy who is a problem and pull at the commissionersÕ heartstrings on the employees. No wonder Brown is so successful.

But Reinink wasnÕt buying it and said there were at least two crossover names. ÒSo suspend them if it will put people back to work,Ó Brown repeated.

Yes, folks. This really happened. And it gets better.

Chairman Rory Reid Rory Reid is an American attorney and political figure. He currently serves as Chairman of the Clark County Commission in Clark County, Nevada.

Reid is a graduate of Brigham Young University and its J. Reuben Clark Law School.
, who had to abstain because his law firm now represents Prive, asked for a vote on SisolakÕs motion and it looked as if Brown had lost. But Reid saw that Giunchigliani wanted to say something. And she inadvertently saved BrownÕs client, even though that surely was not her intention, by saying that she wanted to ask questions of Planet Hollywood folks and gaming regulators, especially after Sisolak raised the issue of the resort passing the half-million-dollar state gaming fine on to the nightclub.

Collins then allowed Brown to recover from his cardiac arrest cardiac arrest
Abbr. CA A sudden cessation of cardiac function, resulting in loss of effective circulation.

Cardiac arrest
A condition in which the heart stops functioning.
 by proposing a 30-day temporary license — only minutes after he said the only motion he would support was contingent on Adj. 1. contingent on - determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
contingent upon, dependant on, dependant upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on, contingent
 the Metro probe being completed.

ÒThat works for us, sir,Ó Brown said deferentially def·er·en·tial  
Marked by or exhibiting deference.

 and enthusiastically.

And the inconsistent Collins, who consistently provides memorable quotes, warned Brown what Metro might find: ÒYou got the same guy running the Chicken Ranch; the Chicken Ranch is still the Chicken Ranch.Ó

And then it was done, unanimously, almost as quickly as it had fallen apart, thanks to the boardÕs flip-flopping and BrownÕs desperate pitch, with no questions about why Reinink wasnÕt the first to speak at the hearing and how Holloway could have agreed to what Brown wanted with the policeÕs obvious concerns.

Just another day at the County Commission, where juice still usually wins, no matter how winding the road may be.

Yes, Brown left with his heart intact. And probably a bonus, too. Maybe he should celebrate at Prive this weekend — I hear the place is wild, even wilder than a County Commission meeting.

Jon Ralston hosts the news discussion program ÒFace to Face With Jon RalstonÓ on Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  ONE and publishes the daily e-mail newsletter ÒÓ His column for the Las Vegas Sun The Las Vegas Sun is one of Las Vegas, Nevada's two daily newspapers. It is owned by the Greenspun family and is affiliated with Greenspun Media Group.

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