Our Board of supervisors is frequently frustrating and when it comes to spending our tax dollars, often in need of adult supervision. Case in point: At the last meeting of the Board, a City Staff member was called to answer for the sole-source contract for food and beverages for Parks and Recreation. Turns out that this is a profitable venture by Parks and Recreation to sell beer and peanuts at various venues within the City.carson politics

So…we have by comparison, a City entity busily marking up the price of beer and peanuts to make some spare change while, within the last year, the Board has given away 70 percent of the fees for building permits, outsourced the animal shelter for at least $800,000, and spent several hundred thousand dollars on studies and reports. But…making a profit on the peanuts…that’s good government and if it wasn’t so stupid, it’d be funny.

Which brings us to today’s release of the Board of Supervisors Agenda wherein the second agenda item sponsored by our feckless City Manager is to introduce fascism to City Government. Nick Marano (likely at the direction of his betters), has included aResolution which in paragraph 2, B, states “Except as expressly provided in this resolution, the members of the Board of Supervisors, the City Manager and staff (including the City’s contract lobbyist) shall not communicate a Board minority position.”

So on any given issue, the information given to a State Legislator will be entirely one sided, with no dissent, no alternative views, and no intellectual integrity.  Instead, our strategy is to lie by omission.  Really?

Instead of saying “The majority of the Board is in favor of (pick an issue) with one Board member opposed due to (pick a reason)” we will lie. Our government leaders will intentionally, and soon by resolution, deliberately lie to a member of the state’s legislative body because lying, boys and girls, will make the city seem unified and further marginalize those who are brave enough to have a dissenting perspective on the usual Carson City shenanigans.

“Oh but if we don’t do this, it will seem like we don’t know what we’re doing!” you say. Perhaps we don’t but even the Supreme Court has a dissenting view published with every decision. Surely if the Supremes can handle the truth, a little bit in Carson City can be tolerated.  Or maybe we just need to hide our crazy?

Or… this could just be a jobs program…”WANTED City Liar: responsible for telling one sided stories to state legislative leadership. Must be willing to misrepresent the residents of Carson City and deny the existence of independent thought on any issue.” We already have more than enough in City government who are over qualified for the position.

So when you’re done reading all the sweetness and light published lately in the Appeal about our current and future Board members (save one), read this: “fascism, noun, a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” Thus far we lack the “racism” but the rest sure fits.

If you follow local politics, its crystal clear who this resolution is targeted at and why. So let’s be like China or Russia and stifle dissent as a matter of policy. And we can certainly be proud to put on our City’s historical record that on January 5th, 2015, our Board of Supervisors voted to…lie.  Shame on us.

Where will embroiled former Carson City DA Neil Rombardo go now that he’s unemployed and unemployable

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Marena Works

Marena Works

Where will embroiled former Carson City DA Neil Rombardo go now that he’s unemployed and unemployable?

And the speculation of Neil Rombardo taking over Marena Works  job as Deputy City Manager.

What is it with these folks from the DAs office and wanting to be jacks of all trades. First Melanie Bruketta goes from Civil Deputy Chief in the DAs office to being the City’s HR director, to Rombardo somehow thinking being a failure of anything but a respectable and competent DA to being a Deputy City Manager.

Make him go and find a job in this tough job market like many of the 43 plus employees who left the DAs office under his watch had to.

Nick "The Dick" Marano - Carson City Manager

Nick “The Dick” Marano – Carson City Manager

What a slap in the face to those people who voted against having Krueger as their DA, and the people Rombardo has belittled and bullied over the years of his failed DA tenure. Nice way to do your research Marano. What a way to come in and change things from the status quo.

Let these folks see the real world struggle of how hard it is to find work, better yet, how hard it would be to go somewhere other than Carson City to get paid as much as they do.

Sure they might get paid more in Reno or Vegas, but there are way more people and a lot more headaches to deal with in those places. I am guessing Mark Krueger will be appointed Juvenile Court Master since Kristin Luis will takeover his position as Assistant DA come January 1st.

After all of the Shenanigans Rombardo and Krueger have engaged in over at the DA’s office, city administration still even considers putting them in another city position??!

Carson City Deputy city manager to lead senior center

John Barrette December 13, 2014

Marena Works, who was named deputy city manager in 2013, is moving to Carson City’s Senior Center.

She will become director there when Janice McIntosh retires next year. McIntosh, senior center director since March of 2000, is retiring in the spring from the center located at 911 Beverly St.

The announcement came Friday from City Manager Nick Marano in coordination with the senior center board. Works met with board members on Friday.

“They’re very happy with the discussion they had with her,” said Marano, noting there would be some overlap to smooth the transition. He anticipated Works would start at the center soon.

Works became deputy city manager in May 2013. Late that year she was named interim city manager when Larry Werner, who had been city manager for about six years, retired. She was the interim during a search for Werner’s replacement. She returned to deputy status when Marano was hired to take over city staff and head government executive operations at mid-year.

Word Works is moving to the senior center came just a day after the city manager said he would have Michael Salogga, city business development manager, take on additional roles and move into the city manager’s office. Salogga will continue with development matters, handle internal communications, in part to shift from paper documents to electronic messaging and retrieval, and will work on a LEAN management efficiency initiative.

Marano said for the present, he will do without a deputy city manager.

Offices of the city’s four supervisors also are being moved across Proctor Street to the Business Resource Innovation Center (BRIC), which is just northeast of City Hall and is where Salogga has been located, but Marano said full details about the various changes at City Hall and the BRIC still are being sorted out.

Works, who earned a master’s in nursing and public health in 2007 and a bachelor’s in nursing 12 years earlier, serves on the Nevada Public Health Foundation Board and the University of Nevada Reno School of Community Health Sciences Advisory Board. She holds certification in public/community health nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has an endorsement as a school nurse in Nevada.

She was Carson City’s director of Health and Human Services before she became deputy city manager under Werner.

She headed the city’s HHS office since 2008 and before that, she served at HHS as clinic manager.

Works was chief school nurse for the Carson City School District from 2001 until 2005. She also has worked in both pediatrics and hospice nursing roles.

During her tenure as both deputy and interim city manager, Works spearheaded a months long drive to put on this year’s Nevada 150 Fair at Fuji Park and Fairgrounds. which was a signature event during the Silver State’s Sesquicentennial celebration. After the late July and early August fair, she won kudos from the Board of Supervisors, as well as virtually everyone involved, for her role in making it successful.




Nick Marano

Proving to be more politician than manager, Nick Marano avoided providing direct answers and instead delivered the now familiar optimistic pitch for a Carson City better poised for future job growth through a revitalized downtown.

Providing more than fair treatment in a September 29th article, the Nevada Appeal story “War for jobs spurs change in Carson City, says City Manager Nick Marano”covered Nick Marano’s appearance at the Chamber of Commerce “Soups on” luncheon.

Proving to be more politician than manager, Nick Marano avoided providing direct answers and instead delivered the now familiar optimistic pitch for a Carson City better poised for future job growth through a revitalized downtown.

Declining job numbers lacked the context of a declining population but Marano accurately identified that there are fewer firms operating in Carson City.  As noted elsewhere, Marano then became the shill for the downtown-narrowing the lanes projects which has never yet provided a plausible explanation on how it will provide job growth. One is reminded more of a street con playing three card monte than of a City Manager being paid in the low six figures for real answers.

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Town Hall/Open House – Downtown Corridor Improvements

Tap dancing aside, the Appeal got it wrong when discussing the NNDA contract which doesn’t actually bring business to the City, it merely studies the phenomenon of who is here, how to make them stay, and what can be done to get more.  Quite a bankroll for a study, which like Marano’s pitch, fails to actually deliver anything if substance.

ormsby house guns and rosesAsked about the completion of the Ormsby House, Marano again resorted to vaudeville and instead of answers, we got smoke and mirrors.  

No one knows what the real limit of citizen patience is but it ‘s no hard guess to believe we’re close to finding out.ORMSBY

Gratuitous applause at the end will buy Marano some time but the City needs real movement in a direction that doesn’t focus on narrowing a road for a few city blocks. Marano may be hedging his bets by pandering to members of the current board, but he should keep in mind that his real boss (that’d be you) will be expecting some real results and soon.

Ormsby House Hits 10 Years of Dormancy

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Today is a momentous anniversary. It was 10 years ago today, September 21, 2000, that the owners of the Ormsby House announced that they would be closing the hotel for a major remodel. They had been trying to keep the place openwhile they remodeled it, they even publicly said it would not be closing as late as August 2000. But at every turn in the construction they ran into setbacks. leaking pipes, crumbling walls, outdated electrical systems. They finally decided it would be best to just shut the doors and let the place be overrun with construction workers. Nine months, tops, and they would be ready for a grand re-opening. The actual closure came on October 29, 2000. That night at midnight they locked the doors for the last time.

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New Carson City manager Nick Marano’s salary maxed out at at $171,000

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New Carson City manager Nick Marano’s salary maxed out at at $171,000

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BIG MONEY: New Carson City manager Nick Marano’s salary maxed out at at $171,000

A compensation package with annual pay of $171,500 for Nick Marano, city manager-designate, goes to Carson City’s Board of Supervisors on Thursday.

The proposed contract, which also calls for up to $10,000 for Marano to move his household here from Southern California, was negotiated with the retired Marine Corps colonel and current management consultant by Mayor Robert Crowell; Heather Renschler of Ralph Andersen and Associates, the city’s head hunting consultant; and District Attorney Neil Rombardo. “The employee shall be paid biweekly base salary of $6,596.15 ($171,500),”

CARSON CITY CORRUPTION: A father/son team took on city government full tilt Thursday, telling the Board of Supervisors to stop monopolistic contracts and rein in spending for city staff

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A father/son team took on city government full tilt Thursday, telling the Board of Supervisors to stop monopolistic contracts and rein in spending for city staff.

That action starts at  4:50

A father/son team took on city government full tilt

Carson City Mayor    Karen Abowd   Supervisor Ward 2   Supervisor, Ward 3   Supervisor, Ward 4
Robert Crowell
 Ward 1
Karen Abowd
 Ward 2
Brad Bonkowski
 Ward 3
John McKenna

Ward 4
Jim Shirk


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Jim Groth descend the escalator to the ground floor of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Jim and Josh Groth, respectively the father and his grown son, appeared back-to-back during the board’s open comment period to chide city officials for actions viewed as anti-competitive, inadvisable in tough economic times and a problem when viewed from the private sector.

“This is not sustainable,” said the younger Groth. He said that after citing data indicating that last year Carson City paid more than $56 million in payroll and more than 200 city …


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Former Marine Commanding Officer Nicholas “Nick” Marano picked as new Carson City Manager

The Carson City Board of Supervisors have selected Nick Marano, a consultant and former Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, as its new city manager.

Nicholas Marano, managing member since 2012 at Marano and Associates, Consultants, before that served in the military and from 2009-12 was a colonel and commanding officer at Marine Corps Base Camp at Pendleton, Calif. He characterized that as covering both the mayor and city manager roles for the Marine Corps’ largest base.

“My technical background and public works experience provide me with the essential tools to oversee Carson City’s financial, capital and resource needs,”.


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“I am experienced and comfortable working within a complex system, and understand the role of the city manager in relation to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials, department directors and the community,” he wrote.

Of the two Texans, Nichols’ cited municipal management experience and Rauhut pointed to his background in finance and the military.

Nichols, the Midland assistant city manager, has experience in Nevada and did post-graduate studies in Las Vegas. He has been in Midland since spring 2011, but from mid-2009 until April. 2011 he was deputy city manager in Las Vegas. He was deputy city manger in Goodyear, Ariz., from 2005 to 2009. He also has a public works background and is an engineer.

Carson City Tax hike done deal; city manager next

ImageBy John Barrette 

Carson City’s sales-tax increase for capital projects cleared the last hurdle Thursday, and the Board of Supervisors immediately turned to the task of choosing a new city manager.

Formal interviews start this morning in a public meeting at the Community Center; board members and the five candidates to head city staff spent Thursday afternoon meeting in one-on-one sessions privately, which allowed informal questions and discussions. One of the major tasks the winning candidate will tackle is overseeing what should prove to be a drawn-out process of capital projects under the tax hike adopted in final form Thursday morning.

“I am not in favor of this tax going through,” said Supervisor Jim Shirk, sticking with his opposition until the end. It was the fourth time the board voted 4-1 in favor of the one-eighth-of-a-penny hike, which will cost consumers $12.50 more for each $10,000 in taxable goods purchased. The tally was such a forgone conclusion that no one testified for or against the ordinance this time, though some proponents watched from the crowd.


“I am not in favor of this tax going through,” said Supervisor Jim Shirk, sticking with his opposition until the end.

Mayor Robert Crowell and Supervisors Karen Abowd, Brad Bonkowski and John McKenna supported the plan in February and March, when it was first approved, and again the past two weeks when it cleared first reading and was adopted once again Thursday because a notification glitch required the second go-round to assure it got done by the book. The glitch was caught by bond counsel.

Bonds amounting to some $17 million can be issued under the plan of expenditure and ordinance, which names and specifies the projects but doesn’t contain all the details of each capital improvement involved.

The projcts include a multipurpose athletic center, an animal shelter, downtown streetscape changes to make the business core pedestrian-friendly, other Carson Street and East William Street improvements outside downtown, and a Community Center upgrade to help improve cultural use of the Bob Boldrick Theater.

The tax hike to underpin the bonds and projects, which is expected to raise $900,000 to $1 million annually, required support from a supermajority, or four votes. That rendered Shirk’s effort to change the program insufficient. That wouldn’t stop him from making other efforts to shape the projects going forward, he said.

“I will make sure I play a role,” he said.

ImageHe reiterated, for example, he wants the athletic center in Mills Park rather than near the Boys & Girls Clubs. Another situation that could prove contentious, though it wasn’t raised Thursday, is whether downtown Carson Street will become one lane each way or remain two lanes both north and south. The current favored city staff plan calls for cutting down to a lane each way, but the board will approve final details later.

The five city manager candidates, meanwhile, were on hand Thursday for the one-on-one afternoon sessions conducted at the Community Center and City Hall.

The candidates are Jeff Fontaine, Nevada Association of Counties; Stacey Giomi, Carson City fire chief; Tim Hacker, former North Las Vegas city manager; Nick Marano, a consultant and former Marine Colonel who ran Camp Pendleton, and Jim Nichols, formerly assistant city manager in Midland, Texas, and deputy city manger in Las Vegas.

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