My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
The other day I was driving from Las Vegas Boulevard to Casino Center Boulevard and it took me ten minutes for a ride only three blocks long and my friend asked me how come it took me so long.
My response was very simple and very fast: because the person in charge of setting up the traffic lights in the city of Las Vegas must have sawdust for brains or is mentally incapable of figuring things out.
At Las Vegas Boulevard and Gass the light was red so I had to sit there for a very long time. Then when I got to 4th Street (just one block over), the light turned red while the light on 3rd Street was green and by the time I got to 3rd Street the light had turned red and I had to wait another few long minutes; the light then turned green and I proceeded to Casino Center Boulevard that had a green light but by the time I got there, the light had turned red for another few long minutes.
Then I got to Wyoming and Main where the left lane is marked to go straight and the right lane is marked for a right turn only, but people in the right lane take it upon themselves to go straight at any speed they desire, disregarding the safety of others.
We wrote about this before and predicted that the intersection of Main Street and Wyoming is one ripe for an accident to happen, but no one wants to listen. I even published a picture of that intersection but that is another city of Las Vegas department with sawdust for brains.
Keep going two more blocks to Industrial and you may run into a train crossing; the train normally passes at 8:00 a.m., noon or 5:00 p.m. without question and one is forced to sit at the railroad crossing for twenty minutes.
One would think that a city like Las Vegas that is “repairing” street after street would have a better system, but it does not. They could build an overpass like the one on Charleston Boulevard, but that is too convenient for the local drivers and that is a no-no in the eyes of government employees.
In Ward One, Sahara and Arville, maybe a few feet from that intersection, there is a pothole that has been there for twenty-one years, but no one is willing to raise their hand to volunteer for the fixing of the street.
But assuming that the pothole is too difficult or too hard to fix, one block south of Sahara someone left three tires on the sidewalk and they have been there for three weeks and no one picked them up; no city code enforcement, no trash company, and no one even tried to remove them, so people walking by have to go into the street, taking the risk that a passing car might run them down.
No wonder the Alpine Hotel caught on fire; for two years the code enforcement did not stop by to check on the property; they did not even stop by and say hello to the hotel manager.
The daily newspaper pointed out that the code violations lasted more than ten years without fixing the violations. Isn’t that worth commenting on?
As I said before, with too many chiefs and no Indians (no disrespect to the American Indians) and every one of them walking around like their poop doesn’t stink, perhaps they spend most of their time home until it is time to go back to punch out on the time clock, if in fact the city has the money to have time clocks.
But again, why would the city spend the money on buying any type of employee control when in reality they trust each other and every one is a supervisor, a director, a manager or any other type of boss? (As I said, too many chiefs and no ordinary workers. )
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.
Vicky Osuna, the code enforcement supervisor, has left her post indefinitely and it is my understanding that no one has taken her place as yet so it is one less chief so far.
It is sad to see a beautiful city such as Las Vegas being abused by the same people that should be protecting and defending our city.
Some people abuse the benefit of their labor union and others just simply do not care one way or another and instead of being grateful to have a good job, they get an attitude that they are God’s gift to the world; and as I said before, they work for the taxpayers; they work for the people of Las Vegas.
They may not have respect for their immediate supervisor because they hide under the union blanket, but they should have respect for the people of Las Vegas.
No one knows what they have until they lose it and the employees of the city of Las Vegas are no exception to the rule.
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My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column. 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: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.