Cowards have to depend on their vendettas and lies and innuendos to hurt the one behind the eyes of the beholder. Cowards are the ones who lie and create problems where there are no problems and do so behind the scenes, hiding under the skirts of an old female or by snitching on someone without proof.
Everything this newspaper has been reporting about people working as mechanics without a license, without insurance, without paying taxes or without reporting income to the local state treasurer or any other government office, has been the truth and nothing but the truth.
Cowards hiding under the skirt of the old woman of the house called Animal Control accusing the family of the Las Vegas Tribune owners of fake charges connecting them to animal abuse knowing that no one loves animals more than the Larraz family.
First the people from across the street claimed that the family has several dogs in the house when nothing is further from the truth; the family did have two German Shepherds for protection of their life and their property, but the dogs were poisoned, coincidentally, after the newspaper started the series of articles about people operating businesses in residential areas without any city business license.
They reported the family as having ignored the care of the back and front yards not knowing that city personnel are aware that neither the back nor front yards are going to be “taken care of” until the business in the residential area stops or starts operating in a residential area with a business license, something that the city of Las Vegas cannot give them for a residential area.
It all started when the original owner of the house, one of the founders of the Las Vegas Tribune now deceased, requested a permit to build a storage room and was denied for unknown reasons, yet later the next door neighbor built an apartment in his back yard and the Larraz family questioned code enforcement for the difference in treatment between a Cuban-American individual and a Mexican by agents of the code enforcement department.
The Mercedes Benz owned by one Larraz family member who at the time was not living at the address was left parked in front of the Larraz home while on an out-of-town trip; the car was registered, has a license plate and insurance, but a code enforcement agent by the name of Tony Rogers ticketed the car anyway, while the “mechanic” parks cars up and down the street waiting to be worked on.
The incident was reported to city officials, business license and code enforcement officials, yet Tony Rogers went away and Lisa Hartman, a female code enforcement officer with an attitude, and friend of the across-the-street neighbor, had the audacity to give the Larraz family a citation for having the trash bins by the garage door because the residents at that address are too old to take the containers to the back of the house.
When the wall in the Larraz home was taken down by a drunk driver, Hartman had the audacity to want to charge the family a $120.00 fine for the wall, making it very obvious that the Larraz family was “persona non grata” in the code enforcement department of city hall.
We are aware that criminals have rights. Metro always reminds us of that fact. And we understand that there are always three sides to every story, but the fact is that it is not fair that many people have to pay for their business licenses and taxes (reporting annually to the Internal Revenue Service), pay rent or mortgage, power bills, internet access and many other incidentals, while others work out of their female friend’s home, making money fixing cars that may not be too well fixed after all because the same cars keep coming back over and over, perhaps with the same mechanical problem, while the city continues playing defense attorney for a Mexican that built apartments without code, permits, or even insurance.
It is unknown at this time if the controversy is due to the antagonistic gestures of the councilwoman toward the newspaper, the negative articles of the newspaper toward the councilwoman, the reporting of businesses operating in a residential area without licenses for as far back as five years, or that we, the newspaper, stopped erecting a building without permits, or because of the possible connection between some of the members of the code enforcement department with some residents on the controversial city street, but what is a reality is that the tension is getting very tight and getting to an extremely dangerous level. The city, code enforcement and business license departments and even Metro may need to intervene to avoid a sad ending to this family feud.