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Apparently, only God herself can come to the aid of local bus passengers and workers. I am thus sending this column to every religious organization in the area.

Please dispatch prayers/emanations/vibrations/meditations for picketing workers at bus garage central across from Wooster High and Reno's E. 4th Street bus station. Four of six were hit with BB gun rounds from a red pickup in a drive-by last Friday in the downtown casino district. No eyes blinded.

With catatonic local, state and federal governments sitting shiva, 200 or so RTCRide transit system strikers will be having Scroogey gruel for dinner this Thursday.

The foreign-owned managers apparently have no intention of ending Strike 3 anytime soon. Today marks the 16th day of the third strike in four months against the corpulent overlords of the local bus system. (The only other strike came in 2002.)

The Hot August Strike followed by Striketober ran for 35 days, so today marks day 51 of work stoppages not counting the additional day or two that the system always needs to get back to "normal."

ABNORMAL R US. We will not have normal bus service in Washoe County for the foreseeable future.

Because Regional Transportation Commission Executive(?) Director(?) Bill Thomas singlehandedly waived all cash performance penalties in March of last year, Keolis Transit of Texas, Boston and France can just sit back and clip coupons. Rumble in the asphalt jungle sez they want to starve out the union. They long ago broke their contract. Today, their required 176 drivers are down to about 90. Would you work for a COVID-19 superspreader?

Some have gone to freelancing for Uber or Lyft. Some have moved over to the Washoe or Carson school districts which have offering the same signing bonuses or more but without the cavalier attitude toward the plague. Some have simply found other jobs.

This situation is a throwback to the patriarchal plantation psychology of a Reno-Sparks that is now an endangered species itself. "The hired help" is not made up of interchangeable parts. Still, without a personal services or union contract, workers in fire-at-will Nevada pretty much have no rights under state law. (I wish I had a dollar for every time I've written or said that over the past five decades.)

Mass transit service went downhill from the moment Keolis took over. That's not an exaggeration, that's hard fact. Using RTC's own 2021 annual report (link and graph at, starting in July 2019 when Keolis took over, ridership nosedived for the entire eight months BEFORE the pandemic hit.

Same system, same Bill Thomas, same employees. So what was the only difference, the Giants losing?

That sound you hear comes from vultures vulching overhead. This is a conservative propagandist's dream: The current system cannot maintain service, so sell it at bargain basement prices and make it a totally capitalistic. What could go wrong?

Well, a for-profit conglomerate whose forebears transported Jews to the ovens for Hitler is already running the system to ruination, but that won't stop the buzzards from buzzing.

The malady's roots lie in an abusive layer cake structure. I have long termed the local Convention Authority, Airport Authority and RTC as Washoe's unelected empires. All enjoy earmarked funding which automatically insulates them from accountability.

All were created that way to better serve the gambling-industrial complex. I thus wonder why casino overlords have not brought pressure. Oh, yeah. They're dead.

Once upon a time, a call to John Ascuaga at the Sparks Nugget, Don Carano at the Silver Legacy or Mayor Bob Cashell at Boomtown and Reno City Hall would have brought quick results. The gambling patriarchs of yesteryear enjoyed supreme clout over governments within their fiefdoms. Today, the Carano kids may be so busy with their sprawling Caesars empire that the old hometown merits not an afterthought. None of them enjoy the juice of dear old dad.

RTC is a squishy four-layer pastry. At bottom are workers expected to show up and shut up. Next, the contractor hired to flog the peons. Above the dungeon, RTC staff, which should be running the system, and at far lower cost.

A few years back, RTC created a make-work job because they had a staff position that completely duplicated one of the contractor's. Rather than eliminate and save lots of money, they featherbedded a desk-filler to inflate their budget. (The Barbwire never forgets.)

As rancid prune atop this half-baked bizarro sits the elected five-member RTC, all of whom are direct descendants of Pontius Pilate. Whenever some controversy arises, they simply wash their hands and say "that's not my department," a perpetual game of ring-around-the-blame.

Mr. Thomas flails about because he captains a rudderless ship that can drift along just fine — everybody can go to lunch at 11:00 a.m. and leave early on Friday — until stormy weather hits.

What's that over there? Is that an iceberg?

ONLY the Teamsters and Reno Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jenny Brekhus have been standing for the least among us every step of the way. If the drivers and support workers did not have the union, Keolis abuses of passengers and employees (like continuing refusal to take COVID-19 safety precautions) would go all but unnoticed.

Frontline workers like casino and low-wage employees, the very young, the very old, the poor and homeless, the sick, the mentally and physically disabled — all would have no power. (Business as usual on the High Desert Plantation.)

Is the money there to pay for what the workers want? (Fair wages, health insurance and benefits.)

Hell, yes. Plenty. Since 1982, every time you buy a car or a flower, you pay a sales tax, part of which goes to support the bus system.

Strike 3 directly resulted from Keolis making a "last-best-final-non-negotiable" demand for a "pay raise" two or three percentage points below inflation. In other words, come back to work and take a 36-month cut in wages.

Why? Executive egos, bragging rights, "win-win-win" no matter what .

Keolis is looking for a scalp in a small market where you need not spend much money. That's why we've always been a good product test market. We're cheap.

However, an inexpensive win against the mighty Teamsters becomes a calling card to sell your services in a myriad of markets, liberal or conservative.

Alas and alack, screweth thee not with the Teamsters.

THE STRIKES HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD have generated heavyweight attention. This month, outgoing International President James Hoffa announced "Teamsters Local 533, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Amalgamated Transit Union will begin engaging in concerted activity [translation: union organizing] directed at roughly 3,000 transit authorities and other government entities that maintain public transit operations in the United States."

His just-elected successor, Boston's Sean O'Brien, said “We’ve got to negotiate the strongest contracts possible so that we can take it to workers at Amazon and point to it and say this is the benefit you get of being in a union. If we’re negotiating concessionary contracts and we’re negotiating substandard agreements, why would any member, why would any person want to join the Teamsters union?” (The New York Times Nov. 20, 2021)

As Sherlock Holmes said to Dr. Watson, the game's afoot. The largest private sector union in the country (1.4 million+ members) against a 16-country European vampire. Dr. Van Helsing, call your office and pack your wooden stakes.

While the minions of officialdom sit warm in their castles, their workers risk more violence on the picket lines. May Keolis soon join Mr. Thomas ($220,000 a year!) in the unemployment line — where they will probably apply for more federal assistance.

HELP THE FAMILIES of workers who have risked their lives (dozens hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past two years). Please send checks to United Labor Agency of Nevada, 1201 N. Decatur Blvd. Suite 106, Las Vegas, NV 89108; Attn: Teamsters Keolis Strike. You may also donate online at the web edition of this column at


Sign the FIRE KEOLIS petition

I ask all people of faith and their organizations to push Gov. Steve Sisolak and every level of government with which they are acquainted to take the part of the passengers and workers for whom there is no room in the inn.

Happy Thanksgibleting to you and yours anyway.

¡ se puede!

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
être bien, élever l'enfer (Pardon my French.)
Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)

Andrew Quarantino Barbano is a 52-year Nevadan and editor of,, BallotBoxing.US,,, and among others. He is a longtime member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his comments are entirely his own. Assemblymember Krasner is also a member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988. E-mail <

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Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-17-2021/ Updated 11-20 & 11-23-2021/ Expansions in blue

Sometimes the Barbwire writes itself and reduces your humble scribe to the role of stenographer. Herewith examples of self-satirical moral obtuseness.

JUNGLE JIM'S GENDER GAP. I got an e-mail on Nov. 8 from (I'm not making this up) "Assemblywoman Jim Wheeler," R-Douglas County, Nevada's most high profile if not most intelligent freedom-loving racist. ("I'd vote for slavery if my constituents wanted me to.")

"This district has been a deep red one for a long, long time now. It's a true rural Nevada district and one that thinks a little bit different (sic) than your average big city. Send a message that this campaign is here to fight for your values."

He wants me to send him money so that he can whup them dastardly Democrats.

The Alabaster Bastion's favorite Dastard is apparently having an identity crisis. Either Ms/Mr. Wheeler, his campaign managers, his e-mail program or all of the above are unsure of his/her plumbing. (Plumbing is basically the theme of this column. See below.)

Wheeler is running for state senate in whatever the ledge decides is his new district and just got his shill appointed to the Washoe/Carson senate seat next door. Don Tatro was juiced into office to fill an unexpired term in Nevada's upper house over two eminently qualified candidates.

Mr. Tatro stated he's not interested in running for a full term next year. He may have an identity crisis of ambition and re-think.

Rich white Douglas County is as bedrock moonhowler as most of its fellow Cow Counties with one distinction: It's by far the richest, which makes the Alabaster Bastion doubly dangerous.

See my August/September 2020 series "Machine Guns & Racism in Nevada's Alabaster Bastion" at Barbwire.US/

With Tatro, son of Mr/Ms. Wheeler's longtime legislative secretary, Jungle Jim Wheeler is poised to control 10 percent of the Nevada State Senate for the next 12 years.

If they both make it, Nevada's new lieutenant governor may provide a serious case of karma. Douglas County Democratic Chair Kimi Cole just declared her candidacy for light-guv. If so, she would become Nevada's first transgender officeholder.

Kimi is a very brave person. In Dastardly Douglas, they usually shoot Democrats on site.

Although legislative police and the senate sgt. at arms threw me out of the State Assembly peanut gallery in 2017 for the crime of wearing a hat (turned out they lied, there ain't no such rule), I will be there, fedora and all, when Lt. Gov. Kimi Cole gavels the state senate to order in February, 2023. Just to see the look on Ms. Wheeler's face.

No hard feelings. My column about getting 86'd scored a Nevada Press Association first-place award. (Which, with about six bucks, will get you some foul Starbux caffeine concoction.)

MORE WHITE SPACE. The Zuckerman Empire just renamed Facebook to Meta, as in "I never META white person I didn't like." Trisha Melynkov-Ackerman, who as Patricia Ackerman was the 2020 Democratic nominee for the northern Nevada congressional seat, posted this in ZuckLand: "The whistleblower Frances Haugen has brought the evidence forward that Facebook is toxic and dangerous to well being. What compelled me to make this rare post is this Facebook name change. Meta in Hebrew means 'DEAD'. I find this amusing and even prophetic."

Mrs. Ackerman lives in Douglas County and is a constituent of — drum roll, please — Ms/Mr. Wheeler.

Oy vey.

SPARKS CITY HALL FUNNIES. WHO KNEW? In last week's Trib, the usually staid City Council Meeting Highlights contained a couple of gems about labor pains.

Councilcritters approved a $125k reimbursement to the CIty of Reno for the Rail City's share of a "construction contraction." Call the maternity ward.

You gotta hang around Sparks to appreciate the pain of that one. The council proclaimed this week as "National Apprenticeship Week" and extolled the virtues of apprenticeships as "a pathway to well-paying jobs in the City of Sparks and nationwide."

Well, except if a developer wants City Hall to approve construction with unskilled labor. Sparks long mandated that building within the city required journeyman electricians and plumbers — you know, workers trained thru...drum roll, please...apprenticeship programs.

But when they decided to bulldoze Victorian Square in 2015 so that a developer could turn downtown into rabbit warren apartments, the council, with Mayor Geno Martini and City Attorney Chet Adams' acquiescence, removed the licensing mandates. ("And we didn't even get kissed afterward," Barbwire 12-14-2015 et seq.)

Like I said, sometimes this column just writes itself.

CORPORATE WELFARE UPDATE. Siegel Suites, which owns apartments everywhere, turned the former Sparks Nugget Roof Garden Motel into rentals. They are currently under congressional investigation for wholesale evictions during the pandemic "moratorium."

Former Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Anjeanette Damon just published her first ProPublica investigative report about the predatory Jacobs Entertainment empire which has been bulldozing old motels and evicting poor people. (Great minds think alike. See "Jacob Marley's Freakers Ball @ City Hall," Barbwire 10-20-2021)

Anjeanette's magnum opus will be linked to the web edition of this column at The most egregious revelation of the series thus far: Reno City Manager Doug Thornley acting as point man for Jacobs by calling motel owners to pressure them to sell. Some have courageously refused. Somebody needs to file a complaint with the Nevada Ethics Commission.

[UPDATE: Anjeanette, too: What happens to the unfortunates displaced by Jacob Marley's greed? Her stories have been picked up by, The Nevada Current, the Reno Gazette-Journal and many others. Another public relations coup for Nevada.]

NOW, TO BUSINESS. On Sunday morning, a bevy of politicos showed up to picket with striking Teamsters drivers and support staff at the downtown Reno bus station. Special thanks to Assemblymembers Natha Anderson, D-Sparks, Bea Duran, Michelle Gorelow and David Orentlicher, all D-Clark County, Democratic National Committeeman and Assembly District 27 candidate Alex Goff (a member of my union, CWA) and Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Director Susie Martinez.

The creme-de-la-creme, as always, was Reno Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jenny Brekhus, who biked there. Jenny's the ONLY elected official who has been by the workers' side every step of the way, now well into Strike 3 against the abusive, foreign owned bus mis-managers. Kudos.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, IRA. Thursday, Nov. 18, marks the seventh anniversary of the diminution of the ambition of overt racist Assemblymember Ira Hansen, R-Sparks. [1] He was slated to become speaker of the house in the 2015 legislative session until the Reno-Sparks NAACP (with a little help from me) and the late Hall of Fame ex-Trib reporter Dennis Myers started reminding people of his 17 years of weekly bigotry on the pages of this newspaper.

I started the landslide here, followed later that morning in my commentary on Sam Shad's Nevada Newsmakers TV show, then by Dennis in the Reno News & Review the next day. On Friday, I sent the story worldwide and Ira had to step down. He's never even said thanks that I got him a quarter-page with a photo in The New York Times and a writeup in The Guardian of London and multiple media from Maui to Miami.

He's now a state senator and should fit well with Tatro and Wheeler, especially when the moon's full.

Take care of each other and be careful out there.

¡ se puede!

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
être bien, élever l'enfer (Pardon my French.)
Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)

Andrew Quarantino Barbano is a 52-year Nevadan and editor of,, BallotBoxing.US,,, and among others. He is a longtime member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his comments are entirely his own. Assemblymember Krasner is also a member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988. E-mail <

[1] I APOLOGIZE TO READERS AND DEMOCRATS FOR MY FREUDIAN TYPO TERMING IRA AS A DEMOCRAT IN THE NOV. 17 PRINT EDITION. It's actually not the first time I've done that. Maybe I have yet to reconcile that, after 17 years on the same editorial page with him, how can such an intelligent man be such a moonhowler? Apparently, he really and truly believes the piffle he promulgates. We even agree on at least one issue: It's just flat wrong to skim taxpayer money to hand corporate welfare to wealthy individuals and corporations. Mea culpa and may enlightenment illuminate your path.

Strike 3: Washoe transit workers walk off again
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-9 & 11-10-2021 / Expansions in blue

Because this paper will hit the press in the wee hours of Tuesday, the Tribune will scoop most of the western world about the transit strike that's going to hit today.

Just before deadline on Monday, almost all unionized employees of the Washoe bus system voted down the foreign contractor/employer's deal with 9 out of 10 workers voting no.

The foreign contractor wanted the workers to take a three-year pay cut by voting for a below-inflation pay "raise." See you on the picket lines, dudes.

The blame lies squarely with the taxpayer-paid officials who always pull a Pontius Pilate and walk away. Contact and order them to protect the health, safety and livelihoods of their constituents. These bus bosses have refused to enforce mask mandates for two years. Dozens of workers and passengers have been sickened.

"This superspreader corporate virus has infected this community far too long in too many ways," Teamsters Union Local 533 President Gary Watson said.

"Keolis has been operating with a blank check authorized by RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas <>, which they kept secret until a few months ago," Watson added. "Their contract calls for substantial cash penalties for not providing service. For instance, $1,000 daily for every cancelled route. Acting on his own, Mr. Thomas secretly waived all penalties. How many people would hold their jobs if they didn't show up for work? Keolis can go fishing and still get paid. And they do, every day — at the expense of passengers, workers and taxpayers.

"We ask residents and transit system users to contact the responsible taxpayer-paid officials and order them to protect the health, safety and livelihoods of their constituents,. This superspreader corporate virus has infected this community far too long in too many ways," Watson concluded.

RTC Washoe Contact Information

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is comprised of Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson (R), Washoe County Commissioners Vaughn Hartung (R) and Bob Lucey (R); Reno City Councilmembers Oscar Delgado (D) and Neoma Jardon, (R), board chair. RTC board e-mail <>

HIGHLIGHT, COPY AND PASTE (Reno Councilmember Oscar Delgado-D), (Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung-R), (Reno Councilmember/RTC Chair Neoma Jardon-R), (Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson-R), (County Commissioner Bob Lucey-R), (RTC Executive Director Bill Thomas), (RTC board e-mail),

The United Labor Agency of Nevada has helped arrange a strike fund. Please send checks to United Labor Agency of Nevada, 1201 N. Decatur Blvd. Suite 106,
Las Vegas, NV 89108; Attn: Teamsters Keolis Strike.


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BARBWIRE DINGBATS. As many of you know, my Italian fantasy Machine Gun Michele Fiori, R-Gomorrah South, is running for governor. She has now joined Assemblymember Jill Dickman, R-Sparks, in pimping anti-masking as a fundraising tool. In a fundraising appeal to lesser lights, Ms. Dickman, just touted that she was kicked off the Assembly floor for playing Superspreader. She may not know it, be we are kindred. I got kicked out because someone told a lie to security that males could not wear hats in the gallery. Won the Barbwire a first-place Nevada Press Association honor. I don't think Ms. Dickman's gonna score any honors but many misbegotten miscreants will send her their hard-earned money.

Hey, the sky is falling! Haven't you heard? Speaking of fall guys...

WHEELING AND DEALING. Am I psychic or what? Last week's column, which I sent to the newspaper on Monday, Nov. 1, accurately predicted that someone would want to give a Nevada Senate seat to a seat-warmer. Faith & begorrah, Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Lucey advocated exactly that on TV-4/TV-11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in an interview with reporter Ben Margiott.

Mr. Lucey said he favors a "placeholder until the 2022 election" as Washoe County's next state senator. Huh? A placeholder is somebody who takes your place in line to get concert tickets.

This isn't a buffet line and Nevada doesn't need a placeholder. We need a senator. A placeholder who has sworn not to seek election has no accountability to the public for the next year and will never have to face the voters. The new senator will have to hit the ground running not only at the redistricting special session which starts Friday but also by serving on important interim committees which will require participation in and reporting to the 2023 legislative session.

It is a sophistry upon the public to assert that whomever is chosen must commit to not seek election to a full term next year. That's a constitutional right and constitutional rights cannot be waived just to become a placeholder. It's rather morally obtuse to promise to waive a constitutional right when you can't be legally bound by the promise anyway.

I correctly called the two frontrunners. Long-retired three-term (1974-1980) Assemblymember Bob Weise, R-Washoe Valley, is now a Carson City resident. His home address won the non-binding support of Capital City officialdom last week.

Assemblymember Lisa Krasner, R-Reno, announced for the senate before Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, resigned to join the Nevada Gaming Commission.

They go into Tuesday's Washoe County Commission vote as the favorites. (The new senator who will fill the vacancy will be chosen Wednesday.) This paper will hit the streets as the selection process is underway. Stay tuned to

UPDATE: 2:08 P.M. PST 9 NOV. 2021— Wheeler's boy wins 4-1. Only Commissioner Jeanne Herman, who supported Melissa Clement, went against the grain in the first balloting. Commissioners Lucey, Hartung, Jung and Hill supported Don Tatro, son of Mr. Wheeler's longtime legislative secretary. The final vote was unanimous for Mr. Tatro. Because state law makes Washoe's vote pre-eminent based on population, Mr. Tatro can now start calling himself senator. Cowabunga.

I warned last week that flaming racist Jim "I'd vote for slavery if my constituents wanted me to" Wheeler, D-Douglas County, put his secretary's son into the race.

His name is Don Tatro, a Reno resident from an old Carson family. Nevada politics can be so incestuous.

Wheeler is running for senate in his Alabaster Bastion bailiwick and controlling the Carson-Washoe senator next door will make this troll mega-powerful for the next dozen years.

Stay tuned. Be very afraid.

Take care of each other and be careful out there.

¡ se puede!

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
être bien, élever l'enfer (Pardon my French.)
Stammi bene. Scatenare l'inferno. (And Italian.)

Andrew Quarantino Barbano is a 52-year Nevadan and editor of,, BallotBoxing.US,,, and among others. He is a longtime member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. As always, his comments are entirely his own. Assemblymember Krasner is also a member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988. E-mail <

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory owners Max Blank and Isaac Harris. Is not Mr. Harris eerily familiar to television junkies?

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