Homeless situation out of control

By Perly Viasmensky

Brian Knudsen

There is a parasite that has nothing better to do than trying to insult me over and over again. I said “trying” because it takes a real man to be able to insult me without knowing who I am for the simple reason that I am totally against the homeless people who sleep at the front door of my business, urinating and defecating without any respect for others’ property; stealing security cameras without
realizing that by the time they reach the camera, a picture of their faces has been recorded and we and the police can tell who they are.
The homeless situation in downtown Las Vegas is totally impossible to deal with. But this is not only a problem of Ward 3. Ward 1 is probably even worse, considering the fact that Ward 1 is mainly a residential area. People now have to deal with homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks completely across from a private home. The parking lot of one of the Churches of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints (Mormon) is nothing now but a cheap “Mercado,” homeless people sleeping next to its walls and vendors selling almost everything without a business license and/or Health Department approval, of course.
I always wonder where the City of Las Vegas inspectors are and the Health Department to that effect, which is paying no attention to the kind of food those people are selling and how clean or sanitary it might be.
The area of Ward 1 used to be a mess, but when former police officer Michael McDonald was elected City Council in 1995, a great difference was noticed. McDonald implemented mini-police stations in neighborhood convenience stores where police officers could write their reports, and the simple presence of police officers in the area cleaned the neighborhood of criminal elements and undesirable people.
Thanks to the incompetence of Lois Tarkanian the neighborhood became a total mess again. When Brian Knudsen ran for City Council of Ward 1 many residents had their hopes on Knudsen so they could have their neighborhood as it used to be, a “residential neighborhood.”
Apparently and unfortunately, Mr. Brian Knudsen is more concerned with the downtown homeless situation. Knudsen expressed an opinion publicly as “whether the homeless are truly impeding the business community downtown,” which he describes as “booming.”
I firmly believe Councilwoman Olivia Diaz can take care of the mess she has, and ignore downtown Las Vegas without the help of Brian Knudsen since he has plenty to do in his own Ward doing what he was elected to do.
I wonder how Mr. Knudsen would like to visit a downtown business with his children to find, in plain view, feces, condoms, and semen, plus drug paraphernalia. I wonder how he would feel if he is ever in need of renting moving equipment and while inspecting the cleanness of the equipment finds that in plain daylight and to the view of his little children and everybody else two people having sex who jump out completely naked running into the middle of the street without any concern for the innocence of children.
Business in downtown Las Vegas cannot be booming when the front parking lot of an attorney’s office on South 9th and Charleston Blvd. is full of garbage of all kinds.
It is time for all City Councils to take care of their respective wards and display some consideration for the residents of their areas.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.

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