The Alpine Hotel, City Code Enforcement saga lingers on

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.
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.

Seven lives could have been saved from the Alpine Hotel fire if the Las Vegas Code Enforcement would have done their job halfway as well as they were supposed to.
Now, the Las Vegas daily newspaper makes a big deal in what appears to be a public relations stint in its Business section just because “Las Vegas officials inspected more than 2,000 businesses for compliance with public health rules intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”
We cannot see the need to publicize what the city is supposed to be doing in the first place, unless they are expecting a pat on the back or trophy for doing what they were supposed to be doing in the first place.
We would like to know why it is that no one is moving a finger to reprimand, punish or fire all those city code enforcement agents that are as guilty or even more guilty than the hotel owner, property manager, or hotel manager of the Alpine Hotel.
For the next couple of months the city will put out all the effort necessary to make people believe that they are doing their job, but after awhile everything will go back to the same old routine of attacking or abusing those who have no connections, no political clout, no friends anywhere, or no money to spread around to keep their code enforcement agents away from their premises so they can operate freely.
It is very important since obviously there is a need to change the city charter where the city council can have more power and control over the city employees.
If the city employees don’t have anyone to control them and they are on their own, the uncontrollable staff will keep doing the same things as they always have. But if the city council holds them responsible, and their jobs are at risk in the next election cycle if they don’t do the right thing, chances are we will get the changes we need.
We believe that it is very important and necessary that the city take control of the city employees; they should not be allowed to hold the city officials and the elected officials hostages by the staff of every one of the departments that are up to now operating freely under their own rules, regulations and wishes.
The blame of the fire should not be put on the owner and administration of the small hotel; as we have previously said, the owners are not responsible to go get the code enforcement agents by the hand and beg them to come to inspect their violations.
If they go to a hotel or an apartment building and they write up several violations, they should have a specific designated time to come back and make sure the property officials have complied with their rules and orders, but two years is a little bit too long a follow-up time for our taste.
We believe that it’s time for the entire code enforcement department, along with several other of the city departments, to get a needed and deserved complete overhaul from top to bottom and from left to right.
It is time to put those city employees to work. Those who do work, those who earn their salaries honorably, deserve to be recognized within the city building limits, but not by the daily newspaper or by any other media outlets; the only thing left right now is to have the city of Las Vegas name Anthony Rogers employee of the year and have the Las Vegas Review-Journal honor him with a full-page picture and article for the Sunday feature section.
Anthony Rogers was assigned to the Alpine Hotel in Ward Five of the city council; he is the one who did not follow up with the inspection for two long years and we are wondering where he spent those two years that he did not have time to come back and re-inspect the Alpine Hotel.
We understand that the former city council of Ward Five, Ricky Barlow, did not have time to walk around his ward because he was too busy playing politics and too busy with his life of crime, the same life of crime that placed him behind bars for one measly month because of the color of his skin, Black, while a White person would have been
punished for at least two years, befitting the crime, and forced out of his elected job, but Barlow would have also embarrassed the city and his constituents and his family name (on his mother’s side), since it was connected to a government-managed building complex on the historic West Side.
We believe that ALL city councils should be in more and closer contact with the constituents in their respective wards and make sure that they all — the council, the business licensing, and code enforcement — work together.
Being a city councilperson doesn’t mean stopping by for campaign contributions every election cycle. It means doing the job that goes with the office.

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