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October 1st, 2012

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.

Wood tells his side of the MLLA story; blasts back at Raimondo

October 1, 2012

Mammoth councilmember Rick Wood said he wants to set the record straight on the events leading up to the town’s $29.5 million, 23-year settlement  in the MLLA case.

September 29th

Full text of Rick Wood's Sept. 27 speech in the MLLA case

September 29, 2012

 

Here is the full text of Mammoth councilmember’s Rick Wood on the MLLA settlement, delivered Thursday, Sept. 27 at a special meeting of the Town Council:

You can only imagine the frustration of a lawyer and a politician being muzzled for a year on this.

I thought that I would not actually have any prepared remarks, but that I would see how things flowed.

September 28th

Mammoth's legal "burn rate" was $1 million a month

September 28, 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, Welbrecht 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.

"We've talked about the cost for legal services," Wilbrecht said. "We talked about how expensive it is.

Western mountain resorts uncertain about 2012-13

September 28, 2012

 

With the memory of a horrible ski season still fresh in their minds, skiers and snowboarders headed to western resorts are looking forward to the new season with a fair amount of apprehension.

“The summer season was impressive for participating western resorts but pretty much everyone is now watching the Weather Channel, checking the Farmer’s Almanac, and getting their snow dance ensembles cleaned and pressed,” said Joan Christianson of the Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) data collection agency.

Mammoth agrees to $2 million a year for 23 years in MLLA case

September 28, 2012

 

Town leaders of Mammoth Lakes last night issued a clarion call for action by the town’s citizens in the wake of its $29.5 million, 23-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).

The call came from town councilmembers and Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht, who together face the prospect of paying off a $2 million annual payment over the next 23 years to end the breach of trust judgment against the town.

What Up, Up Here?

September 28, 2012

 

Welcome Robin Roberts, the new department director for the county’s revamped Mental Health Department, now to be called the Department of Behavioral Health. Roberts has been with the county for some time now, but was just promoted to the new title, taking over former Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel’sposition….

Felici Trio and star violinist open winter concert series

September 28, 2012

Chamber Music Unbound opens its 2012-13 winter season this weekend with “Fantasia,” performed by the resident Felici Piano Trio and renowned violinist, Corey Cerovsek.

The program begins tonight (Friday) at Bishop Union High School, and then repeats at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adult, $17/senior and $7/student and can be purchased at the door after 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are online at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org, at the Booky Joint and at The Inyo Council for the Arts.

Local schools receive $300k boost

September 28, 2012

The Mammoth Unified School District this week received $300,000 for alleviating problems and/or enhancing programs, according to foundation executive director Stacy Corless.

She said the money will go toward increased class offerings/ academic flexibility; technology; language path- ways, and visual/performing arts.

“It’s a win-win,” Corless said in a press release, “allowing MMCF to bring additional resources to Mammoth’s schools while also creating a program that supports student athletes on Mammoth Mountain teams.”

September 27th

Young students get gift of iPads, laptops

September 27, 2012

A gift of brand new iPads and laptops for Mammoth Elementary School students last year has allowed students to jump-start their roles as technologically savvy global citizens.

Even students as young as kindergarteners can now learn how to use the digital devices, whether their families at home have them, or can afford them or not, according to former Mammoth Elementary PTO member and president Pamela Bold.

New charter school offers alternative education option

September 27, 2012

A new virtual charter school is available in the Bishop/Mammoth area and it’s free and open to most students.

The new, 501c3 nonprofit academy is called Golden State Virtual Academy. It’s a state-sponsored school and is thus free to students. It already has about 80 students, according to Principal Randy Cook.

Bullying awareness movie to be shown at Edison Theatre Saturday

September 27, 2012

It might begin with something as simple as an insult. “You’re fat.”

“You can’t do anything.”

“You are ugly.”


“Nobody likes you.”


The abuse might worsen—getting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.

It might get even worse—midnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.

It all might sound like no big deal. After all, “kids will be kids,” right? They will grow out of it, right? They are just words, right?

County braces for impacts after MLLA judgement

September 27, 2012

As the Town of Mammoth Lakes comes to terms with a $29.5 million lawsuit judgment, Mono County Supervisors weighed in on the possible effects it will have on the county.

Counties and incorporated municipalities have very different functions. Cities and towns create their own wealth through property taxes and use some of that money to improve their area—by building a recreation center, a park, public art displays—but by law, a chunk of that property tax revenue also goes to the county.

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