By Sunny Day
Las Vegas Tribune
Just weeks ago, while two Las Vegas city council members indirectly echoed Las Vegas Tribune’s suggestion that the city should bring its business back to Las Vegas, the city closed a $1.4 million deal with a California homecare agency to take care of the local homeless.
For years the Las Vegas Tribune has been critical of the city government sending all business out of the city and state limits; business licenses have to be paid in California, traffic tickets are payable to an Arizona call center.
It is hard to believe that there is not one single human being in Las Vegas that cannot be intelligent enough to collect traffic tickets or business license fees.
An over a million dollar deal is a very good amount of money with which to hire local personnel who can also spend the money in local grocery stores, beauty shops, shoe stores, at car washes and for any number of incidentals.
It has been this newspaper’s mentality that there is no good reason for sending the money outside of Nevada, assuming, of course, unless there is not one single person in Las Vegas, or maybe in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, Pahrump, Reno, Carson City or any other city within the state of Nevada, who is honest enough to handle finances for the city or state.
Note that the name Clark County was not mentioned because we also believe that there is no legitimate reason why Las Vegas has to be the stepchild of Clark County.
If consolidation is a way to “save” money, then they should consider consolidating the business license, planning, code enforcement and every other department in both jurisdictions; in fact, they should consider the dismissal of the city council in its entirety, including city attorney, city manager, and city marshals.
City government is infatuated with California and everything they do has to be equal and similar to California; it seems like we are becoming another California suburb like Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, or Hollywood.
While visiting the post office on Decatur and Oakey, you get the impression that you are in California, since seven out of ten cars in the parking lot display California plates, perhaps with the blessing of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
Californians come to Las Vegas, buy buildings with all the benefits that the city has to offer and those landlords raise the rent California-style and make it impossible for anyone to move in, increasing the homeless problem in Las Vegas.
A large percentage of the homeless people in Las Vegas receive one or two monthly government checks, but if they have to produce first and last month’s rent, plus a security deposit plus a fee to check credit and prior eviction notices, they will not have enough money left to buy their booze and their crack cocaine.
California landlords do not take care of their properties in Las Vegas with the blessing of city code enforcement that never takes care of their obligations while they live in a nice California home.
The City could make a condition that people who buy properties in Las Vegas have to maintain a residence in the city and make it a more “local investment,” benefiting the city coffers and protecting the city residents.
The Las Vegas Tribune has collected a list of seven people who are willing, able, and ready to take care of the homeless problem in Las Vegas for just one million dollars, saving the city the additional point four they are ready to give to a California company.