Who does the PIO team inform?

By Las Vegas Tribune Staff
Once Las Vegas was known as what one of the most popular newsmen of the day, Forest Duke, baptized our city to be called and that was “the best city of them all”; if those days had social media like we have today, that name would have gotten many “likes,” as they say in social media jargon.
Paul Price was hated by many, but everyone read his column in the Las Vegas Sun before going to bed. Yes, before going to bed because back then, Las Vegas was a normal city with three daily newspapers, with two of them with two (2) editions, the morning and the evening editions, like any big city in America.
Politicians used to fight and attack each other on the stage and in front of the microphones, but once they got off the stage they acted like civilized human beings and respected each other.
Politicians used to read their own media attacks and many times even call the writer who criticized them and correct the errors in the story, but never, not even once, did they ever ignore the members of the media, regardless of how big or how small the media outlet was.
The late Ned Day was perhaps the best newsman of that era and despite the fact that many accepted the “news report” that he died of a heart attack while vacationing in Hawaii, many believed that he was killed because of some troubling articles he used to write, as well as the deep investigations he used to conduct.
Today, not only the politicians but even their “spokespersons” hold hatred in their hearts against those reporters who criticize those politicians, who disagree or have a difference of opinion from their bosses.
There was a police cadet name Kevin Buckley that used to have a desk a few feet away from his boss’s office, that of Sheriff Ralph Lamb, and any given morning those who walked on the third floor of the County Courthouse, where the office of the sheriff was located, could see Cadet Kevin Buckley turning every page of all three local newspapers
and even looking at the La Verdad Spanish newspaper, the only Spanish newspaper in Nevada in those days.
If he saw a picture that had to do with his office, his boss, or the under-sheriff he would ask what it said so he could tell others what his community’s reaction to some of the issues in the community was or the outcome of any controversy that could have happened.
Mayor William Briare had his team of Public Information Officers (PIO) and they were also well informed of what the news media wrote, said or broadcast about the Mayor’s Office or the city of Las Vegas as a whole.
Mayor Jan Jones had her “useless team” of spokespersons besides the office of Public Information that was a little better than the Mayor’s own personal spokesperson, whose name slips our mind at the present time.
Rosa Mendez is the spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, but she does not read newspapers because “it is too depressing”; the County of Clark communications office does not read newspapers because they “do not have time to read any newspaper,” because they are “too busy” — most likely doing very little or running errands for the commissioners; the Department of Motor Vehicles do not read newspapers either because “there is nothing good to read.”
We do not know what excuse the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Office of Public Information uses because they are not open to serve the media personnel that do not agree with the METRO brass or do not agree with the PIO office, which is managed by a civilian female former reporter who only serves those who bow to her.
The Governor’s office supposedly has its own Public Information Office, but they do not answer the telephone, do not return telephone calls, and do not send press releases.
It is a wonder if they do not read newspapers, do not watch newscasts, and do not listen to the radio talk shows how they keep the city and the city officials informed of the approval or disapproval of their constituents in regard to issues that are of everyone’s concern.
With that pattern of communication between the elected officials and the community, why have so many personnel (Metro has more than nine) in those offices when other departments lack the personnel to serve the community well? We ask why they call themselves a “communications office,” and most especially, who do they communicate with?

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