Sheriff candidate Joe Lombardo refused to appear on Face The Tribune or to meet with the Editorial Board of Las Vegas Tribune because he does “not like what the Las Vegas Tribune contributor Norm Jahn writes” about him.The managing team of the newspaper believes that Lombardo is full of excuses when it comes to the Las Vegas Tribune and refuses to better the relationship that the present administration of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department under Sheriff Doug Gillespie has with the Las Vegas Tribune and which he created since he took over after being elected to that position.Lombardo is giving the impression that he is planning to maintain the same antagonistic and discriminatory relationship with the weekly newspaper created by his boss because the newspaper refused to support or endorse him in the last two election cycles.
The newspaper looks at what is best for the community and the Las Vegas Tribune’s record speaks for itself when the newspaper endorsed most of the Democrat Clark County Commissioners before the endorsement process was eliminated.
Gillespie inherited his position from former Sheriff Bill Young, who the Las Vegas Tribune was ready to endorse when he decided not to run for a second term; but the newspaper could not follow Young’s decision of supporting Gillespie. Neither the newspaper nor the endorsement committee felt or believed that Gillespie was a positive candidate then, or a good sheriff after being elected.
“Not once, even by mistake, did we believe that Gillespie was a positive candidate for sheriff — and history has proven us right; all we have to do is to take a look at his record, the rising crime in the community, the low morale among the decent and hard-working police officers on the streets, and the frustration of the rank-and-file, of those who care for the department,” explained Las Vegas Tribune founder and publisher Rolando Larraz, who has voiced his opposition to Gillespie since day one.
We know that Lombardo has been secluded in his office for a very long time; he has not been seen anywhere, and everyone is of the opinion that his regime would just be a continuation of the Gillespie regime, being a “ghost sheriff” to the community and seen only by the gaming executives and the elite circle of those who believe they are above the law and above everyone else.
Despite the opinion of Gillespie that Larraz has a conspiracy theory mentality, the fact is that crime is not down as the sheriff likes to mislead the public into believing; in fact, the citizens of Las Vegas are in danger when out and about on the same streets they once used to swarm.
In just one week, for example, the same mainstream media and television channels that bow to the Gillespie administration have reported many crimes.
“Two people were hospitalized after suffering gunshot wounds Thursday night,” reported a local television station on August 1.“Police say a vehicle pulled up to a fast food restaurant near Nellis Boulevard and Bonanza Road shortly before 9 p.m. The two males inside the vehicle had been shot” and many people wonder how many families may take their kids to eat at that fast food establishment and risk being in the middle of a shooting.But that is not important to Gillespie, Lombardo or anyone in the administration because the area of Nellis Boulevard and Bonanza Road is predominantly a Latino area far from the world-famous and wealthy Strip that has given Lombardo over one million dollars in campaign contributions.
Another Hispanic, Manuel Guadalupe Acosta, died of a gunshot wound to the chest late Wednesday on Eastern Avenue and the well-known Fremont Street, just a few blocks from the now very popular Fremont Street
Experience, and during the First Friday festivities.
On Sunday morning, Metro Police confirm a Metro sergeant shot a suspect in the Northeast area of Las Vegas, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the man pulled a handgun on them during a vehicle chase. The chase began shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, when police were called to the 4800 block of Cleopatra near East Gowan and North Nellis for reports of shots fired.
One may wonder how many children could have been playing on the streets on a Sunday morning, their lives at risk.
The voters in Clark County should keep in mind the two home invasions that happened last week when a pair, Natasha Jackson and Cody Winter, robbed a freeway service patrol worker, invaded two homes, shot two
people and stabbed another, proving once again that people, voters and residents in Clark County cannot even be safe in their own home any more.
And Las Vegas police were called to a barricade situation in a trailer on Friday around 3:45 p.m., on the 2600 block of Betty Lane near Nellis and Cheyenne. Isn’t that about the time when children are home from school playing outside in front of their trailer homes? Maybe trailer residents are just not part of Lombardo’s campaign issues.
On the other hand, Lombardo’s challenger, Larry Burns, is a police captain that was in the field hand-in-hand with his men while in charge of the Bolden Station, which is a predominately minority area that was plagued with crime before Captain Burns took over the command position of the Bolden Sub Station on Lake Mead and Martin Luther King Boulevards.
The management of the Las Vegas Tribune believes that Lombardo’s dislike for what Norm Jahn writes about him is nothing but an excuse to continue the same discriminatory policy against a publication that did not support or endorse his “protector” and boss.
“Norm Jahn is a contributor to the Las Vegas Tribune and is in no way part of the administration, the Editorial Board, or part of the management team. And Norm no longer lives in Nevada,” explained Perly Viasmensky, the newspaper’s General Manager.