City Center has been exposed as containing substandard construction work. Just like the Harrah’s remodeling scandal, the scofflaws and/or incompetents who let this happen are likely to get away scot free. Do buildings have to collapse and kills hundreds of tourists before our local officials take these crimes seriously? No one has gone to jail for the Harrah’s crimes. There has not even been a meaningful fine levied. I am willing to bet that no one will go to jail for these City Center crimes, either.
Ron Lynn, the county’s director of development services, said Wednesday that engineering consulting firm Converse Consultants repeatedly filed rebar inspection reports indicating there were no problems with The Harmon. So the inspectors were either incompetent or simply lied. What is going to be done about it? Probably nothing.
The Gaming Control Board also has done nothing, though shoddy construction appears to be a violation of Gaming Regulation 5.011.1 … Failure to exercise discretion and sound judgment to prevent incidents which might reflect on the repute of the State of Nevada and act as a detriment to the development of the industry. It customary for counties, not the state, to police the construction trades. But when it becomes obvious that the county is unable and/or refuses to do its duty, the state should step in to protect the public. It refused to do so in the various Harrah’s incidents, and so far it has refused to do so in the City Center incident.
Shame on the Gaming Control Board, shame on Ron Lynn, shame on District Attorney David Roger, shame on MGM and Harrah’s, and shame on the Clark County Commission for failing to properly oversee development services and related departments.