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August 1, 2014

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Reid’s son fought against brothels in Storey County 10 years ago

All in the family?

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is expected today to use the example of a business that did not relocate to Storey County in Northern Nevada because of its legalized prostitution to argue the industry stands in the way of economic development in the state.

It’s not the first time a Reid has gone to bat against brothels in Storey County.

Reid’s son Leif Reid, a Reno lawyer, led the fight in 2002 against allowing businessman Lance Gilman to open a brothel near his industrial complex in Storey County.

Leif Reid represented a group of businesses that didn’t want the Wild Horse Canyon Ranch in the vicinity.

Gilman also operates an industrial park in Storey County.

The legal fight against Gilman’s brothel was ultimately unsuccessful. But the fight was a bitter one.

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  1. I worked across the street from the Wild Horse in Storey County in 2005. A brothel across the street did not stop DELL computer from using the location as a shipping facility. It was more of a an amusing curiosity than ever an impediment to business.

    Tahoe Regional Industrial Park (TRIP) faces many challenges with growth and it would have been against Gilman's own interests in the rest of the park to place a business that would drive down the volume of tenants in the park.

    I think Harry has an easier time pointing to brothels as the problem versus the real reasons businesses stayed away from locating in Storey county. Just look at the list of businesses that are already out there http://www.lancegilman.com/clients.php

    Perhaps those companies are just too polite to say that Reno and Fernley as places to locate their own families or find a reliable workforce are unappealing.

    So why rock the boat on what is already a very good thing to have industrial employment in Northern Nevada. The industrial vacancy rate is still high in Sparks if the brothel so offends business, but you don't see them heading to Washoe county.

    If Harry is committed to jobs out in the area he should support better public transportation to the area so residents from Sparks can be employed out there. The largest problem I had as a human resources manager out there was adequate transportation for my lower wage earners to make it to work every day since it is 20 minutes outside of town.

  2. Another Reid, just what we don't need. The Reid's are not media-savay. Just what Nevada needs a big Drudge Report and talk radio driven frenzy about brothels, and not "Jobs" the kind that unnemployed people want. Reid has thrown the name Rob Roy of Switch Communications around in the past. Is this the "secret executive" Reid is talking about?

  3. More WAG THE DOG,...shut up Harry, your embarassing Nevada and yourself