By: Rana Goodman – Political Editor
In the last legislative session, a bill to legalize “Death with Dignity,” - a physician assisted method of taking one’s own life in the case of a terminal illness, never came to the floor for discussion. However, word has it that Senator David Parks will be presenting it once again in the 2017 session.
Under several different names, depending on the state you live in, this type of bill has seen much controversy. It has however now become legal in California and has been in Oregon since 1998 and is slowly creeping across the country.
I have no idea how many of you have had to care for a loved one with a terminal illness, or have had to watch them waste away knowing there was nothing you or the medical community could do to help them any longer. It leaves you with a feeling of such desperate hopelessness.
Are Seniors/Vulnerable Victims Disposable? Crime and the Clark County Judicial System Re -Victimization: An Indignity Crime Victims Must Face
By: Angel De Fazio, BSAT/ Investigative Reporter
Clark County seniors owe Vegas Voice political editor Rana Goodman gratitude for her tireless advocacy to protect them from predatory guardians. Through her efforts, with the help of victim family members, the Guardianship Court removed hearing master Norheim and Judge Hoskins and brought some sanity back into the Family Court system. Metro and the District Attorney’s office supported creation of this new court.
Even with this new Court, seniors and vulnerable victims (often one in the same) are arguably treated with less respect and consideration in the local judicial system than any other local demographic.
by: Mike Kosor
Southern Highlands Community Association owner
I spent the first 24 years of my adult life as a military pilot and officer defending the basic principles that make this country great. I have long held the cornerstone of those principles is the right of all to choose those who represent them in the governing process-at all levels. Unfortunately, this fundamental right may not exist if you reside in one of the nearly 3,000 Nevada homeowner’s associations (HOAs), where half of all Southern Nevada’s live.
HOAs levy controls, rules, and “taxes”, in the form of assessments, on those that reside within their boundaries. It is widely recognized an HOA is a quasi-governmental body with the “laws” commonly referred to as CC&Rs (convents, conditions, and restrictions).
By: Angel De Fazio, Investigative Reporter
Fast-food chain Wendy’s once had an elderly, spritely woman named Clara utter this famous question promoting its hamburgers. The PUC has not answered a similar question.
Where’s the proposed ruling?
The controversial draft decision regarding who will pay what for existing and new residences equipped with solar panels has not been issued. The subject is to be considered by Commissioners tomorrow morning, Tuesday, December 22nd. But as of 5:00 p.m. on the 18th, no information has been released to the public for its review. Where is the draft decision? As currently for the agenda meeting on the 22nd, according to the currently released draft orders etc., there are over 384 pages to read, review and formulate an opinion.
Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Commissioner Noble Will Need Time Management Skills for the Upcoming NV Energy General Rate Cases
By: Angel De Fazio
PUC Commissioner David Noble has been presiding over the temporary and permanent net metering dockets determining compensation to those with rooftop solar electricity generation systems and NV Energy (NVE).
Thus far, the relatively few Nevadans with solar panels have been compensated at artificially subsidized rates for the electricity they generate but do not use themselves. These subsidies are continuing to be borne by other ratepayers.
By: Angel DeFazio
What if it is a pitch black night and a driver is having a hard time navigating roads with no working headlights. Under those circumstances, would the average person claim transparency? You might think this an 'extreme' reality show story line, but this apt analogy symbolizes the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on another one of its opaque objectives to keep the public at bay. Read the following and draw your own conclusions.
In short order, operating under the very inexperienced new Chair, Paul Thomsen, the PUC has rapidly regressed from a long-standing, tepid effort toward transparency and ratepayer involvement into an absolute abyss of darkness.
NV Public Utilities Commissioner (PUC) David Noble Maliciously Wastes Ratepayers’/Taxpayers’ Dollars
95 Year Old WW 2 Hero Liberated From Exploiter/Guardian Jared Shafer, Celebrates New Year with Family
By Steve Miller
LAS VEGAS - On September 23, 2010, WW 2 hero Guadalupe Olvera, then 91, ordered his daughter Becky and son-in-law, Bob Schultz, to rescue him from the quasi-legal guardianship of Las Vegas for-hire "guardian" Jared E. Shafer of Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada, Inc. (PFSN).
Lured by promises made in glossy brochures sent to them by Del Webb Corporation, Guadalupe and his late wife, Carmela, moved to Sun City Anthem several years before her death, leaving family and friends behind in California.
Several years passed, and Carmela died. Days after Carmela's passing, it was discovered that the Olveras were wealthy. Appointed Clark County Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim was notified, and Guadalupe was immediately made a ward of the court and assigned PFSN guardians Jared Shafer and Patience Bristol (Bristol is now in Nevada State Prison for elder exploitation.)