Shady Steve became a Clark County kingpin by trading government favors for political donations. Sometimes, it works smoothly, like when he took a $5,000 donation in installments—before the bidding process and after. Sometimes, a judge stops him and calls his behavior “illegal” and “corrupt.”

Steve Sisolak feverishly worked to fix the bidding process for a company—admittedly because of “pressure” from his political ally—and got $37,000 from the company and associated union. When a judge stopped him, he tried to kill the project altogether. He was called out for this effort by the judge who called it “illegal.”

On April 21, 2009, a road-widening project on the Las Vegas Beltway at Decatur Boulevard and Tenaya Way was awarded to Las Vegas Paving (LVP), a unionized-labor company. Their bid, at $117 million, was $4.6 million higher than the bid of a nonunionized, North Dakota company called Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. (FSG).

Steve Sisolak made the motion to reject FSG’s less-expensive bid and succeeded. FSG protested the decision, and two weeks later a judge ruled that the commission must reconsider the matter. They did so, and again chose the more-expensive LVP.

During the process, Sisolak admitted that he was doing all of this because of his political loyalties. The attorney for FSG said he had spoken to Sisolak just days earlier, and the commissioner had told him that he respects FSG but the union was forcing his hand.

“Sisolak talked with Tommy Fisher, the company president, a couple of days before the meeting and told him he respected Fisher but was getting union pressure, Parry said.”

The county manager, Virginia Valentine, had already certified FSG as a responsible bidder continued to recommend FSG as the awardee even after the more expensive unionized company, Las Vegas Paving, filed numerous protests to their bid.

After the second meeting, FSG filed a lawsuit, and in September of that year, a U.S. District Court judge ordered the contract voided, and required that it be reconsidered. The Court even barred Commissioner Sisolak and one other commissioner from participating due to their demonstrated bias.

On November 17, 2009, the commission tried to blow up the project all together. They voted to reject all bids and cancel the bidding process.

On January 6, 2010, the judge ordered that the contract be awarded to FSG, and lambasted Sisolak and the commission’s corruption.

“Like a jealous lover who murders the object of his affection so that no one else may have her, the Board killed the repaving project, which it had previously determined was needed to serve the people of Las Vegas, and on which it had previously accepted a bid higher than Fisher’s, out of fear that the “wrong” company may win the bid if it comported with the due process this Court demanded.”

“‘You know it, and it’s in the back of your head, and that is illegally they were denying this bid because they (Fisher) are not a union shop,’ Jones said, according to court documents. ‘We all know that’s what was unspoken. Maybe it was spoken at the prior hearings. And corruptly they did it.’” – Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Sisolak got $37,000 from the company and union that he was trying to help score this contract.

Shady Steve may not always be able to get away with his “corrupt” behavior, but he thinks the press and people of Nevada will overlook it. He thinks he’ll get a pass in this election and be allowed to move his political machine into the Governor’s Mansion. That’s not going to happen.


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