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August 19, 2019

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Carolyn Goodman sets own style for mayor’s weekly news conferences

New Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Justin M. Bowen

Oscar Goodman swears in his wife, Carolyn Goodman, as the new Mayor of Las Vegas during the City Council meeting Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

There were no showgirls or martini glasses, but Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman continued her husband and former mayor Oscar Goodman's tradition of weekly press conferences at city hall Thursday morning.

During the half-hour event, Goodman said she's feeling comfortable in her new role and is slowly working her way around City Hall meeting all of its employees.

She said she's been through three floors of the ten-story building so far, and also plans to tour local fire stations and the new Metro police campus.

"It's been a very smooth [transition]. I feel very comfortable and very lucky."

Work on her office is also underway, as she clears out the 12-years' worth of knickknacks her husband collected while in office.

"It was amazing to me to find there's actually furniture in his office, it was buried by so much memorabilia," she said.

Many of his things have been donated to the city to be auctioned for charity, she said, but the throne Oscar received as a gift is still waiting for a new landing spot.

"I said that is not coming home," Carolyn Goodman said.

Most of the mayor's back-and-forth with reporters was dedicated to detailing her recent trip with city and county officials to participate in a FEMA training program in Maryland.

She also fielded questions about bringing an arena to Las Vegas, a major goal of the former mayor.

"I think a lot of headway has been made there. [We're] trying to move that further and faster," Carolyn Goodman said about a proposed plan to locate an arena in Symphony Park. "I'm passionate about professional and college sports, so I hope we'll have something. My full energy is going into that."

The press conference was Goodman's first as mayor, but she said she's not sure if she will continue them. She said she wants to spend more time learning about what's happening in the city before she decides whether to continue the tradition her husband started.

"I can talk about anything from changing diapers to education," she said, "so we'll see."

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