By Sunny Day
Las Vegas Tribune
The testimony of the witnesses in the hearing of the Alpine Hotel fire proved once more that perhaps the wrong people are facing the eyes of the law.
One by one the witnesses proved that all the property manager and the owner of the Alpine Hotel did not do was to take the Code Enforcement Agents and the Fire Department inspectors by the hands and walk them through to see all the code violations they allowed to take place in the same hotel that took the lives of six people just before last Christmas.
The same Code Enforcement Agent that allowed Lilliput Lane to be a commercial area with mechanics, carwashes, and used car lots is the same Code Enforcement Agent, Anthony Rogers, who went three years without inspecting the property that is now involved in a controversial court battle over six dead bodies.
It was not the property manager’s duty to chase after the code enforcement crew to enforce the code violations that may or may not have existed in the place and it may not be the owner of the Alpine Hotel’s obligation to tell or beg the code enforcement crew to write up any code violations.
Code Enforcement on their own admission had not visited the Alpine Hotel for two years and the Las Vegas Fire Department hadn’t visited in even more than two years.
Perhaps part of the duties of a city council should be to visit some of those California slumlords that have taken over the Las Vegas territory and assure the community that they are confirming that the code enforcement and the fire department are doing their job.
Doors to the property are also specified during testimonies. Accounts from witnesses indicate one of the doors was blocked in violation of fire codes, but no one had checked on it for years.
In real life it is called “passing the buck” when the only people paying the consequences are the less guilty just to cover and protect the liability of government entities.
It is not the first time this happened; over twenty years ago six Nevada teenagers in a juvenile offender program working to pay off fees and restitution in lieu of doing time in a detention center were struck by a woman who fell asleep at the wheel of a minivan and killed the six.
The driver did twenty years in a Nevada penitentiary for falling asleep on the road, but the county did not take responsibility for having these teenagers on the highway without flashing lights and yellow vests.
Regarding the case of the Alpine Hotel, we called the office of Ward 5 Councilman, Cedric Crear, and we are still waiting for Councilman Crear to respond to our phone call, but we have learned that he might be too busy attacking a fellow council member and trying to become the first Black mayor in Las Vegas.
Telephone calls to Vicky Ozuna, the head of Code Enforcement for the City of Las Vegas, to learn the name of the code enforcement agent assigned to Ward 5 where the Alpine Hotel is located and to find out if she was aware that no one has visited the Alpine Hotel in years were never answered by press time.
With the city charter structure that is in place at this time, every department seems to work and operate independently and no one takes responsibility for their errors, mistakes and lack of regard for their duties.
Attorneys representing the owner and the property manager of the Alpine Hotel should look into who is in reality responsible for any and all violations that caused the death of six local individuals; there may be no need to “work deals” with the prosecutors and no need to advance to District Court.
Have a sunny day!