By: Rana Goodman
Vegas Voice Political Editor
Clark County chronic police shortage creates problems dealing with real crimes such as robberies, shootings, hostage situations, human-on-human assaults, and vehicle accidents. We need our police to timely respond when life-threatening situations surface.
Instead of dealing with such grave priorities, we have a governor-appointed PUC Commissioner David Noble, who summoned Metro because he singularly determined that a less than one pound video camera was disruptive.
Could any of us make this stuff up?
Yes, a camera Noble and many others present witnessed behaving for four years sitting on its little tripod in the corner of a PUC meeting room, had been suddenly determined to be naughty.
With a room full of executives and lawyers, Noble arbitrarily decided this little camera was disruptive. Was the camera yelling, running amok or bothering any person in attendance? No.
Noble chose to anthropomorphize an inanimate object into something displaying human characteristics. He physically stormed toward the innocent video camera.
The owner told him, "don't you dare touch that camera, it is my personal property." As is so often the case when bullies are challenged, Noble stopped dead in his tracks.
Noble’s not-so-hidden agenda was to demonstrate to any skeptics he holds unbridled power. He would not commence the meeting when a member of the press refused to punish the camera by turning it off. Noble’s temper tantrum toward public disclosure of the meeting’s content caused the hearing to be delayed for over four hours.
Denying the press the ability to record a meeting that was open to the public violates basic U.S. Constitutional Rights of the press to cover public events. Noble told the press member that Noble had to have a 24-hour advance notice so he could give his permission for videotaping. Since when does a press member have to request a public employee’s approval?
Metro deemed this call such a low priority that they responded hours later, exactly how it should have been handled. This bizarre request for officer assistance will be remembered for some time.
Even attorneys consult attorneys because they are suppose to remain, cool, calm, collected, and unemotional. Did Noble miss those law school classes? But this was not the first time Noble displayed imperious tendencies.
A consumer group, Checks and Balances, stated that on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 it attended a Carson City PUC meeting presided over by Noble. At that meeting Noble lashed out at a lawyer from the pro-solar group TASC for being professional during official meetings, but antagonistic in public. Noble again displayed his thin-skinned nature despite his long-time public servant status.
Apparently, Noble deems it within his dominion to control how people speak and interact outside of the PUC.
So our readers can be apprised of further violations of the Freedom of the Press, and uncovering what public entities do, we will be providing on an ongoing series as this saga unfolds. Transparency at public agencies which can affect all Nevadan’ financial standing is a critical function of the press.
As the famous U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal."
Angel De Fazio was our special reporter for this event and also the target of Noble’s tyranny.
We applaud her for standing up for her rights as a member of the public and a member of the press.
We will be publishing her subsequent articles online as things progress to keep our readers up to date on this evolving attack on our lives and freedoms.
As television character Ricky Ricardo frequently said to Lucy, “you got some ‘splaining to do.”
Next installment: Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC)—Steadily Becoming a Stealth, Dictatorial Agency