Channel 13 joins the LV Tribune’s homeless awareness campaign

By Perly Viasmensky
Las Vegas Tribune
A Channel 13 story on last Saturday morning’s newscast on the drastic homeless situation in the downtown area is what we have been reporting on for the last several years with the elected officials ignoring our reporting and other media outlets not wanting to credit our reports.
It is not a vendetta against city councilman Bob Coffin, as the city higher-ups claim and use as an excuse for our reporting, it is a reality, but they refuse to acknowledge the existence of the Las Vegas Tribune and the truthful reporting outside the media’s local clique.
“A longtime Las Vegas attorney is begging for help after people experiencing homelessness started using a back alley for bathroom needs and sex acts near 4th Street and Clark in downtown Las Vegas” as it was reported during a KTNV Channel 13 report on the June 8 local news segment.
And yet they say it is not true the homeless people are using the side of a 7-Eleven store, the alley next to the Las Vegas Tribune business office and the parking lot of another business in the center of downtown Las Vegas as it has been proven by pictures published in the Las Vegas Tribune in the last three years with the knowledge of the entire city council and the councilman of Ward 3, Bob Coffin, as it has been reported in the Las Vegas Tribune for several months and ignored by every city official elected and not elected. It is disgusting to come to work every morning to find feces stuck to your front office walls and used condoms on the ground visible to everyone, including children in the company of their parents.
It is a known fact that the city is in complete denial of the problems that have existed in the community. Talking about another new stadium and many others is all a dream or a way of misleading the citizens of Las Vegas.
It seems like Wards 1, 3 and 5 are treated like the step-children of the city or the city just plain doesn’t care about those areas or the opinions of many people who own businesses, work or live in those areas.
The situation of the homeless in downtown Las Vegas is similar to the situation in Venezuela, and South America, until the Cuban troops are not taken out of that country peace and freedom will not exist because the Cuban troops are the poising in that war.
In Las Vegas the situation is similar; until the city officials take action against the homeless they can keep building stadiums all they want, but the homeless will not let it be a success.
The homeless have to go, they need to go back to their respective cities and states; it is like former Mayor Oscar Goodman had planned—buy a nonrefundable one-way ticket to their home town and it will at ease their population.
Nevada, but in particular Clark County and Las Vegas, cannot keep being the capital of the homeless because it is not fair; a great number of the homeless have retirement checks, social security checks or SSI checks (some of them receive two checks per month); they can afford to rent a room and get out of the sun, the rain, the heat or the cold, and away from our buildings.
Both County and City elected officials can work out some type of a deal with many of the local landlords asking to be fair by lowering the requirements to move in, split the security deposit and lower rent and force those who are homeless to get a place of their own.
Another option is instead of using millions that the city does not have for a stadium or projects that they know will never work, they can invest in some of these old downtown buildings and house these people at these locations.
Homeless who do not like to follow the rules and the regulations implemented by the landlords or by those supervising the city or county-owned buildings can take a bus back to their own city.
The homeless invasion will not be ended as long as the elected officials do not want to end that issue; throwing money after money at endless projects that goes to salaries, office equipment and office supplies is not the solution.
Meeting after meeting, study after study, conference after conference, and all those gatherings that the government calls “projects” or other fancy names have not solved the problem and will not solve the problem either; action is what is needed.
That long-time downtown attorney featured on the Channel 13 story is not the only attorney that is thinking about moving his law office; many have already done so. Look at the area of Rampart and Alta where several law offices have turned up lately rather than keep their once great locations now infested with the homeless problem.
Mayor Oscar Goodman’s dream of making downtown a place to work and live may be ruined if the homeless issue does not come to an end—unless someone in city hall is investing in properties out of downtown and is speculating with the homeless to move professionals out of our beautiful city.

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