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Neil Grad: The next Sparks city attorney
by Jeff Blanck
Aug 11, 2008 | 1109 views | 31 31 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It is time for a new city attorney in Sparks. The city of Sparks needs legal advice that doesn’t favor developers but instead supports the rights of its citizens. The primary role of the city attorney is to advise the city council and its departments on legal matters and to handle litigation.

Neil Grad has the experience and the backbone to do just that. He won’t roll over just because a developer threatens a million dollar lawsuit. He knows that threats are easy to make but judgments of one hundred million dollars are hard to get.

Grad will bring honesty, integrity and accountability to the office. Unlike the incumbent, Grad won’t have improper relationships with his subordinates that end up in litigation nor cause the council to investigate him for unprofessional conduct. Grad will not shy away from pointing out conflicts of interest in the city’s decision making and will give the council comprehensive legal advice. Grad also will review how litigation is handled and how settlement decisions will be made.

Grad will be a breath of fresh air for the city of Sparks. He is not one of the “good old boys” and the city attorney shouldn’t be. As an elected official, Grad will have the independence to do what is right and to properly advise his client. The purpose of city attorney’s office is to inform the city of the legal parameters within which they can act.

The Sparks city attorney’s office should not be the focus of attention it has been in the past several years. If the city attorney wasn’t an elected position, the incumbent would have been fired years ago. If a supervisor admitted to having improper relations with one of his subordinates that resulted in a lawsuit they would be terminated. But as we saw with President Clinton, improper sexual conduct by elected officials is not grounds to be removed from office, at least not until the next election.

Sparks doesn’t need more of the same legal problems that it has had for the past several years. We are facing water shortages, traffic jams and rampant development. Our elected officials need to know what the law is and how to make decisions in compliance with the law. The incumbent has shown that he can’t do the job. We need to do what Lee Iacocca said about most of the politicians running our country: “Throw the bums out”. Elect Neil Grad as the next Sparks City Attorney.

Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at: jblanck@jeffreyblancklaw.com.
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bystander
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October 21, 2008
Wow Nelly!!! Hey, what is good about Chet? I haven't heard anything that he will do for the city. I have heard what Neil will do for the city. Isn't it about time that the candidate actually says what he will do, instead of saying what's so wrong with his opponent??? If you want good government, then you need to have an honest politician (what an oxymoron) at the helm. I haven't heard one honest thing about Chet, only his indiscretions, and I don't even live in the area! Either say something nice about Chet, or don't say anything at all. If you can't say something nice about Chet, then why the heck is he running in the first place?
Baseball Fan
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August 19, 2008
Who is talking about felonies? Do you actually read these posts? And no one needs to make Adams look bad. He does that quite well himself.
Wrong Again
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August 19, 2008
Everyone knows that the city does not have the power to prosecute a felony. What a bunch of liars. You people will make up anything just to make Adams look bad.
Wrong Again
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August 19, 2008
no joke
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August 18, 2008
just as i suspected. the posts start back up on monday morning. that's ms. is about to take the roller coaster ride the rest of the women subordinates took with chet in the driver's seat. get a life and quit stooping to the ultimate low level you are be being involved with the sick pervert.
Baseball Fan
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August 18, 2008
Chet Adams would stoop way below anyone's level.

He lied about his convictions and jail time. Should he put that on his resume'? The city manager is not going to get his contract renewed because he did not tell the Council about all of the money being spent on Chet's sexual misconduct. When a man can't take responsibility for his misconduct and keeps repeating it, he is certainly not the person for the job. You are one deluded lady if you are romantically involved with someone as sick as Adams.
That's Ms.
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August 18, 2008
Once again I'm not Chet Adams. He would never stoop to your level.
no joke
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August 16, 2008
well, its been surprisingly quiet since honestnot last posted on friday. after he left the office - the city attorneys office and went out for a couple of drinks, he forgot about the blog place. guaranteed he will be posting again monday morning after he gets back into the office - the city attorneys office. and as for you, chet adams - mr. honestnot - did you ever apply for a job and put on your resume , oh, by the way i was fired from the da's office twice and i was arrested for dui and my dishonesty about it prevented me from practicing law for a very long time. did you tell steve elliott when you applied for the job in his office when he was city attorney about that? you are a sad sorry individual. i feel so sorry for your ex wife and children and the hell you have put them through. i also feel sorry for women in your office whose careers and reputations and self esteem you have stepped all over. you are a sick sorry lying sob that needs to be taken down. have you ever heard what goes around comes around. its about to get you. and this time you can't hide and pretend you are mr. perfect high and mighty. youre about to be knocked off the pedestal you have been sitting on for a long time.
Deep2Right
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August 14, 2008
HonestNOT!, Reading your comments, you are claiming Adams' innocence of all the sexual harrassment and other allegations against him because of no proof. It is a true fact that when somebody is accused of misconduct, usually the City will try to negotiate a settlement without going to court, which they did at least three times, and that is a fact. That's why you can't find a court document. Though you claim that there is no proof, there is proof, in fact, that the City did make settlements to various individuals which cost all of us taxpayers money. Only in-house settlements with the City and his victims, which again is a documented fact. An honest man would admit to his mistakes, apologize to the public and his family for his behavior, and move on. So, if you need proof, here's some homework for you. Call Mayor Martini and ask him what ever happened with the most recent investigation conducted by an outside attorney for Adams' last known improprieties while in office. All of us taxpayers, including you, paid for that investigation months ago. Don't we, including you, all deserve to know the outcome?

And, as for Chocomom's comments, I as a taxpayer am terribly sorry for the loss of your son, and VERY embarassed by the treatment you received from Adams. NO ONE should be treated with such indifference and disrespect.

Baseball Fan
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August 14, 2008
Chet, you know they were EEOC settlement agreements. Didn't you keep your copies? You are hiding behind the alleged confidentiality of them.

You still haven't explained why you lied to the state bar about your criminal convictions and all of the time you spent in jail. The only Sparks City Attorney who was a jailbird. And your maturity: "Neil the big fat liar." Tsk, tsk. The City's records will show the payouts in your behalf. The fact that you continue to lie demonstrates that you will continue to do so. When the state bar takes your license away, you are not going to get it back this time. And, there are 2 ladies who won money from the city for what you did to them will show their copies. One of those ladies lives in so. Nevada and one here in Sparks. Quit while you are ahead.
Honest NOT!
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August 14, 2008
I asked for proof like a court doc. Can anyone show me one???? A newspaper article is not proof. A legal piece of paper that is the proof I am asking for. I know why you can't find one because there aren't any and you all will have egg on your face when the lack of proof forces you to take a second look at Neil the big fat liar. You can say anything you want just as I can but can you prove it?
Chocomom
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August 14, 2008
OK HonestNot.....you can banter back and forth on who is bad and who is good. You can sling derogatory words about Neil, you sound as if you have had practice, or at least, been coached. I am not normally in the political arena; however, I am/was a business owner in Sparks. I have had personal contact with Mr. Adams, and if you were spoken to, or treated the way I was by him, you might keep your mouth shut. My son was killed by another drivers negligence. When asked why the City Attorneys office would not issue ANYTHING on this driver and hold him AT LEAST partially culpable, I was told directly to my face that "We don't care if anyone dies or not, if I can't prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, I won't take the case"....If this was your son or daughter, you wouldnt be running your misinformed mouth the way you are. The citizens of Sparks deserve a competent, sensitive, compassionate, moral and decent person in that position. Chet has proven to me, my family, our fellow employees, our neighbors, that he is not the man for this job....The Sparks City Council knows this also..Shame on all of them for allowing his despicable behavior to continue. I have closed my business in Sparks to validate my contempt for this man....Honor is important to us all. There will be no honor given to Sparks if he continues in office...Honestly, HONEST NOT, think about the rest of the families in Sparks, think of your own children if you have any....what would YOU do to protect them?
LADYVOTER
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August 14, 2008
Chet Adams, how dare you outright lie about about the sexual harassment allegations against you.
change needed
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August 14, 2008
Whoever you are, you obviously haven't read the paper for at least ten years. Because right there in the RGJ and Sparks Tribune on several occasions it discusses Adams and sexual harrassment allegations. That is a piece of paper or several pieces of paper as I see it. The name "HonestNOT!" suits you to a tee.
Baseball fan
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August 14, 2008
You have things confused Honest Not!

Chet has been fired from a lot of jobs. He was fired at least once from the DA's office. Chet lied to the state bar and the Nevada Supreme Court about his criminal convictions and the amount of time he spent in jail. He was too stupid to think that the state bar would not do background checks. Well they did, by the FBI. While he passed the bar in 1979, he could not get admitted until 1987.

As to his sexual harassment, hostile work environment suits, I think all of the women he hurt would disagree. And the fact that the taxpayers had to pay out all that money for his misconduct should have caused the city council to have him indicted. His incompetence as a liar (oopps, I mean lawyer) has cost the city at least a million dollars. He drafted an invalid ordinance which a street artist got $250,000 for. Can we say STUPID! And as to your accusation that Grad sexually harassed anyone, where is your proof? What proof do you have that he was fired from every job? If you mean the interview in the Tribune, she changed his words around and admitted that she had been fed information from Chet. She never asked Chet one hard question in his interview. The job that Neil got fired from was in the Sparks City Attorney's Office, because Neil got too close to Chet's relationship with his last girlfriend which cost the taxpayers $25,000 plus her attorney's fees. He lied about that one too until shown the cruise photo with the two of them in it. How you could cover up for a convicted, lying criminal is pathetic. Neil has no arrests or convictions. He is not going to treat the people of Sparks like crap or lie to them or the council. Further, he is not going to threaten councilmen with physcial violence like he did in the parking lot with Schmitt and Smith. Adams is probably the most corrupt public official in Nevada government today. Ladies, breath a sigh of relief. The pervert will be out of office in 3 months. He has never been in private practice where he could not get away with what he has been. And who cares if Grad had been fired? If that is important to you, don't vote for him next term after he turns the city attorney's office into a competent, capable one.
Honest NOT!
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August 14, 2008
I mean one job maybe but all of them. Come on people. That has got to send up some red flags.
Honest NOT
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August 14, 2008
I have a question for Neil. Why were you fired from every goverment job you've ever had????
Honest NOT!
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August 14, 2008
Let's get one thing clear. I do not work for the city of Sparks. What I do on my time is just that my time. Digging up dirt on Neil did not take up much time. Just the mention of his name was all it took. Show me one piece of paper that has Adams name on it charging him with sexual harrassment. I dare you. No I double dog dare you. It seems it is Neil who is the master here. The master of only telling lies.
change needed
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August 14, 2008
Sexual harrassment??????!!!!! Are you kidding???????!!!!!!!! Haven't you been reading the papers for the past several years??????!!!!!! Did you just move to the City of Sparks????????!!!!!!!! Are you trying to take away the thunder from Adams who is the master at sexual harrassment???!!!!
no joke
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August 14, 2008
it looks like someone's using city time and computers to post derrogatory comments about neil grad. and city time and employees to "dig up" dirt on neil grad as the post was being typed. HonestNOT is defrauding the citizens of sparks. look at the time of HonestNot's posts...
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