City is protecting its Code Enforcement

By Sunny Day
Las Vegas Tribune
It’s been eleven months to the day since that fire at the Alpine Hotel in downtown Las Vegas happened and there have been no repercussions for anyone else besides the owner and the property manager of the hotel.
According to a city spokesperson, the Code Enforcement Supervisor, Vicky Ozuna, was promoted to manager after the fire and the Code Enforcement Agent in charge at the time of the fire, Anthony Rogers, is still employed by the city.
When asked by Las Vegas Tribune if any of the city employees assigned to the area of the Alpine Hotel had been questioned in regard to the lack of inspection visits to the hotel and follow-ups to their previous visits, the city responded with an email that stated “the city does not comment on personnel issues” and when asked if anyone has been disciplined, reprimanded or even fired as a result of not following up with regular inspections, the city spokesman responded in an email, “Your other questions all relate to possible disciplinary action taken.”
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, so why not hold them responsible for some of the errors and mistakes that have surfaced after the fire?
Just because they work for the city does not mean that they are immune to reprimands or do not have to answer to someone; they should have to answer to the residents of Las Vegas who are the ones they work for.
The daily newspaper pointed out that the code violations lasted more than ten years without their fixing the violations. Isn’t that worth commenting on?
As we have pointed out 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 at home.
No wonder the Alpine Hotel caught on fire.
The people of Las Vegas should have the right to request an investigation of the city Code Enforcement Department and learn what it is that these code enforcement agents do all day, how many inspections they conduct on a daily basis, and what the results of those investigations are.
Instead of being so concerned about trucks that are parked in private driveways or where a car is parked on private property, for work or not, code enforcement agents should be more concerned about whether a business has the proper licensing and if the people are operating a business in a residential location.
Perhaps the Code Enforcement people and the business license people should start working more like a team, communicating with each other and helping each other make things work smoothly instead of holding onto that old mentality of “it’s not my table”; if one department runs into a violation somewhere along the line they should notify the other department; if they all work for the city of Las Vegas it should not matter who can intervene to help pull things all together.
When a police officer sees a crime being committed, they take action even if they are off duty and even if they do not work in that jurisdiction — and whether they are in plain cloths or uniform; they can be Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City or even some other city or state police.
If a police officer is responsible for the safety of the citizens on or off duty, why cannot the city employees have the same pride in their work and concern for the city that pays their salary to work together for the best of that city? We think we’re worth it.
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