Las Vegas Tribune associate/writer property vandalized shortly after
speaking before the County Commissioners
Late this past Tuesday night — shortly after midnight on Wednesday
morning — the home of Las Vegas Tribune associate/writer Ed Uehling
was vandalized by unknown individuals.
The incident happened hours after Uehling spoke before the Board of
County Commissioners against several issues before the Board that day,
including the More Cops Tax increase, the Las Vegas Convention and
Visitors Authority request for a 50-million-dollar bond as a down
payment for a 2.5-billion-dollar expansion and a demand by employees
of the controversial University Medical Center (UMC) to become more
employee-centric rather than patient-centric.
Taking into consideration that the police and the hospital are
union-friendly, Uehling has wondered if union hard tactics are being
used against his properties as a “warning notice” for his disapproval
on these issues.
The Commission, which looked more like a police substation filled to
overcrowding by a hundred uniformed and plainclothes police officers
and detectives, plus employees of the police union, along with a
smaller but very aggressive group of members of Service Employees
International Union (SEIU), made others besides Uehling wonder who
could have committed that vandalistic act upon his home.
In a letter to County Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak, Uehling
expressed how sad and disappointed he was and also how horrified he
was to see these things happen in as civilized a city as Las Vegas.
As part of the letter he wrote, Uehling explained that he was riding
with a friend when at the corner of Paradise and Tropicana, his
friend’s car was rear-ended for no reason.
He also stated then when he got to his new home, he realized that he
had left his cell phone at his office, now his old residence, and
jumped in his car to go retrieve his phone and that is when he
discovered the act of vandalism.
In the letter, Uehling told the commission about what appears to be “a
message to the community” for not approving the More Cops Tax raise.
He explained that “at 2:15 a.m. I called 311 and was told that (a) the
police would not come to the house, (b) I could make a report at any
police station after they open in the morning, and (c) she (the
operator) would advise units in the area to keep an eye out for any
unusual activity in that area.”
Also, he said that about three years ago he questioned the actions of
the SEIU Union which went in front of the commission to argue for a
pay raise greater than the 2 percent offered at the time, claiming
that service at the hospital would be jeopardized and the patients
could get hurt; but now they want to turn the hospital into more
“employee-centric” rather than “patient-centric.”
Uehling doesn’t believe that the refusal to respond to his call on
Wednesday morning was in retaliation for his association with the
newspaper because he never mentioned that connection to the police
However, Uehling has been informed that the police have stopped going
to crime scenes for a long time unless the incident is on the Strip,
at which time every available patrol car and every sergeant,
lieutenant or higher ranking officer will show up to assist.
He was also reminded that because he did not mention to anyone that he
is part of the Las Vegas Tribune does not mean that the police don’t
recognize his name because every name that appears on the pages of the
newspaper is already on the blacklist of the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department, as sources have told the newspaper.
When a report was made after the purse of a member of the editorial
staff was stolen from the top of her desk, and the name and address of
the culprit was given to the police, they never did anything with that
information and never arrested the criminal. The thief is still
occasionally spotted around town.
Another member of the news department went to the police plaza to file
a report of identity theft and after two hours of intentionally-forced
waiting, he was told that a detective would contact him within 72
hours. It could be there was a language barrier and they really meant
72 years, because that victim is still waiting for the detective’s