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Oakland mayor’s ‘rough desert’ comment prompts reaction in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The mayor of Oakland rioted on Twitter, calling Las Vegas a “rude wasteland” as she spoke about the prospects of building a stadium in Oakland to keep athletics from packing their bags and heading for southern Nevada.

In an interview with ABC 7 News, a Bay Area television station, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said, “It’s going to be more complicated and you have to be a lot more environmentally focused when you expand on the precious California coastline than in the big. Las Vegas desert. So, yes, it’s more complicated, and it’s definitely worth it.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman had this response: “Mayor @LibbySchaaf has this right – sustainability is a priority. The beautiful @cityoflasvegas is a global leader in sustainability and a destination of choice. @LibbySchaaf join the over 42 million visitors a year and enjoy a trip to Las Vegas. We can go to a @Raiders Game.”

Some different responses on Twitter criticized Schaaf’s comment.

Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft said on Twitter, “Mayor @LibbySchaaf, this ignorant and elitist comment may be one of the reasons so many people, businesses and teams want to get rid of your I invite you to come to the #LasVegas Strip at @ClarkCountyNV anytime and I’ll be happy to keep you better informed.

“Just a thought: Athletes would rather play in a ‘rough desert’ than a stadium with long standing sewers and lifeless mice,” tweeted Danny Webster, a Las Vegas Sun reporter who covers the Golden Knights.

“’Gross desert of Las Vegas’ the fight phrases,”’s Alan Snel said.

“Yeah the desert is disgusting @LibbySchaaf because you Californians are taking our water,” said Tony Cordasco, sports commentator and radio show personality. It followed “Viva Gross Vegas”.


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