Public, elected officials need to stop playing politics and do what is best for community.

Has anyone written any kind of reprimand to the code enforcement agent that was assigned to inspect the Alpine Hotel? Probably not, most likely it is business as usual.
My Point of View
By Rolando Larraz
Those who have lived in Las Vegas for some time may remember the old MGM fire where Bally’s is located now and code enforcement agents and building and fire inspectors started to “investigate” the why, how, when, and other questions that have been covered over with many excuses.
The same thing happened in our city after an employee of the old Las Vegas International Hotel set one of the floors on fire and the building and fire inspectors, as well as code enforcement agents, started to “investigate” why, how, when, and how long it took for it to happen.
The Las Vegas International Hotel later became the Las Vegas Hilton, and later on, operated under many other names, including the Westgate on Paradise Road.
Even if most people believe that they are in Las Vegas, both of the above-mentioned places, the MGM and the Las Vegas International, were located in Paradise Valley in Clark County.
Now the same thing is happening after the Alpine Hotel fire where several people died and many have been displaced; all the fire and building inspectors, two code enforcement supervisors, one manager and thirteen code enforcement agents are trying to “investigate” the whys, hows, whens, and how long it took for it to happen and all are trying to blame the owners of the old deteriorated piece of property in the center of our beautiful city’s downtown area.
Three years have passed without inspecting the place and no one has stopped by to inspect or check on the condition of the old Alpine Hotel; it is truly unbelievable!
They all make the lives of those short term operators, small business operators and law-abiding citizens miserable and difficult while others have the luxury of not even being inspected once in a three-year period.
The code enforcement supervisor named Vicky allowed an apartment to be built under the assumption that it was to be a shed to please a neighbor, and even the planning commissioners questioned the fact that everything that neighbor builds is without a permit. Vicky needs to come out of her little hiding cave and start earning her city salary
by serving the community.
It is time that the employees of the city start doing their jobs so there will not be any more Alpine Hotel incidents or the like any more.
The Las Vegas Fire Department needs to stop asking for fire extinguishers to give to small businesses that do not have any city connections or friends on the city council and treat everyone the sameway and with the same respect before and after grabbing their money and before they are able to earn money out of their small city-controlled small business.
Maybe they need to start enforcing the city’s homeless ordinance so the small businesses in the downtown area can open their doors without having to clean up feces and urine and remove drug paraphernalia from their parking lots.
It is sad to see how the police officers are scared of enforcing the city homeless ordinances that the city council just passed and how skeptical the police department is about the enforcement of any ordinance that can help the businesses in the downtown area by removing the homeless from properties in that area.
Most of the homeless people do not want to be helped because they do not want to stop doing drugs or drinking alcohol.
If the city officials or the law enforcement groups want to feel sorry for someone they should feel sorry for people of the community who could get contagious diseases; feces can be a carrier of many diseases that can spread into the community.
Public and elected officials need to stop playing politics and do what is best for the community.
If they do not want to work for the community they need to take another job and work for a living like the rest of us.
Most of them are elected to make laws that can help and benefit the community; others are there to enforce those laws and if they cannot do that, they need to find another way of living.
It is time for those so-called politicians to learn that elected jobs are not for-life positions, not to be made into careers. They need to run for office, serve their term and then get back to a regular life like everyone else and work for a living.
Those people who run for office need to accept the fact that those positions are not for life. If they want to serve their community, they can do that on their own, without collecting a government check.
They can do it for the love of the city and the community.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: or at 702-272-4634.

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