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October 5th, 2012

Greed, Terry Ballas, and MLLA

October 5, 2012

 

We’ve been so busy pointing fingers at the people who caused the MLLA crisis here in Mammoth that we have hardly touched a couple of central questions.

What would it feel like to put a town of 7,000 people at risk? How does a person sleep comfortably, knowing that a little, small town in the mountains would have to reduce its resources to below bare-bones levels?

Fido & Me Fidofeedback

October 5, 2012

 

“I think I’d like to try biofeedback.”

“Fido, that is SO 90s.”

“But I’d still like to try it. I am, to put it simply, a wreck!”

“Gosh Fido, I had no idea. You look OK to me and you seem to be sleeping all right, and your diet seems to be right on target.”

“Verily,” Fido said, “but I dissemble.”

Huskies on the road in L.A.

October 5, 2012

 

The Mammoth Huskies, coming off a road loss in Boron last week, take on Brentwood High School in Los Angeles tonight (Friday).

Husky fans are hoping for the best, even after last week’s 52-0 loss that dropped the team to 1-5 for the season and 1-1 in conference action.

Athlete of the week

October 5, 2012

 

Mammoth High School tennis player Jade DaCosta is this week’s Athlete of the Week. A junior, Jade is in her third year on the team. She won two of three sets against Desert last weekend. She also won her singles match against Bishop in an intense, close match.

Says Athletic Director Christopher Powell, “Jade competes day-in and day-out. Keep up the good work Jade! We will be watching your progress this season!”

What's Up, Up Here? Oct. 5 - Oct 11

October 5, 2012

 

A big thank you to Andrea Walkerand everyone at Stellar Brewfor catering and to Michael Edelshtainof Mammoth Creek Innfor hosting our Mammoth Sierra Magazine Launch Partythis past Wednesday. The food was fabulous, the company was fantastic, and the presidential debate was muted. …

Mammoth’s MLLA ‘burn rate’ pegged at $1 million a month

October 5, 2012

 

For Mammoth to have continued its legal fight with lawyers representing both Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and Terry Ballas, the town was subject to a “burn rate” of $1 million a month in legal costs, Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said.

Speaking to a crowd at the Council Chambers on Thursday night, Sept. 27, Wilbrecht asserted that the legal costs in terms of attorneys fees and the costs of paperwork were so daunting that the town had little choice but to settle.

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for ‘sticking it’ to Mammoth

October 5, 2012

 

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

With Terry Ballas and MLLA having successfully moved the original breach-of-contract civil case from Mammoth to Bridgeport, North County jurors “stuck it” to Mammoth, then celebrated afterward, Wood said.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge: ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’

October 5, 2012

 

Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.

But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.

“I always tell people when I start a mediation, don’t expect to be happy at the end of the mediation,” said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris.

School day could be five days shorter

October 5, 2012

CORRECTION: The print version of this story stated that the contract was approved by the teachers. That is incorrect. The vote is still being tallied. The Mammoth Times regrets the error.

Mammoth Unified School District teachers and administrators are hoping a contract to take five furlough days at the end of the school year averts a potential strike, according to union members.

Voting on the tentative contract ended Friday, Sept. 28 but the final vote has not yet been tallied, according to Mammoth Education Association (MEA) union president Michelle Quirsfeld.

October 2nd

Judge to Mammoth: Unhappiness with MLLA settlement is OK

October 2, 2012

Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.

But in the sometimes upside-down world of legal wrangling, universal disappointment is often a good thing, according to the mediating federal judge who helped steer the Town of Mammoth Lakes toward its $29.5 million, $2-million-a-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition.

October 1st

Wood blames Bridgeport jury for 'sticking it' to Mammoth

October 1, 2012

In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.

Lehman: Settlement 'a bitter pill to swallow'

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman took off into the backcountry this past weekend, dropping by Rock Creek Resort for a slice of “Pie in the Sky.”

RAW: Got MLLA questions? Town tries to answer them

October 1, 2012

Anticipating a number of questions regarding the MLLA settlement, the town published the following expected questions.

Town to cut 13 jobs, slice $1.9 million a year to pay for MLLA settlement; Police could lose nearly half its force, Watson takes big pay cut

October 1, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Thursday put the town’s police department on the chopping block, proposing deep cuts as a result of the $29.5 million settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, Inc.

Raimondo rips settlement agreement, points finger at Wood, Eastman, past councils

October 1, 2012

Mammoth Town Councilman Michael Raimondo, the newest voice on the embattled five-member council, didn’t let his empty chair go silent Thursday night.

Writing from Mexico, where he is vacationing, the owner of Old New York Deli & Bagel Co. in the Village ripped into the $29.5 million settlement agreement the town made with MLLA.

“This settlement and the path taken to get to the settlement were executed and implemented in a fashion that did not and will not serve the community’s best interests.

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