Weâ€™ll be honest.
We donâ€™t know Mammothâ€™s new town manager, Dan Holler, all that well yet.
He has only been here a few months, after all.
But there is a cool wind blowing through the town these days, a hint of welcome change, and we think it might have something, though certainly not everything, to do with Holler.
Itâ€™s not about Hollerâ€™s personality, character, or management style, although those all seem fine enough.
Itâ€™s something else.
Most Town voters are unaware of the proposal to use Measure U and Measure R funds to fund a new recreation organization known as MLR (â€śMammoth Lakes Recreationâ€ť).
At the MLR Steering Committeeâ€™s Jan. 6 meeting, SMG consultants presented a draft report proposing to use up to 25 percent of those dedicated tax funds for â€śoverheadâ€ť for the new organization.
The report offered vague â€śstrategiesâ€ť for MLR to adopt Measures U, R, Trails, Special Events and other responsibilities currently managed by our current Recreation Department.
I’d like to offer my congratulations to Mono County for being honored with a special award from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), which annually recognizes innovative, cost-effective county programs that improve service.
Mono County, specifically the behavioral health department, was honored at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting for an innovative program that started with taking the blood pressure of every behavioral health consumer who walked into the office.
One bear got out of line and went to Vons for some apples, but at least we have a Wildlife Specialist to teach them it is out of bounds.
Why don’t we have someone to step in when the town council gets out of control?
Our black bears know they can’t violate the Brown Act, but council members don’t know better than to conduct “serial meetings” individually with someone they want to launch into the town manager’s position.
We need a Council Wildlife Specialist to jump in here.
Town managers are a little bit like baseball managers.
When they’re good, everybody heaps praise all over them, saying there is no way in the world the team would have won without them.
More times than not, though, the awesomely great baseball manager becomes a bum in two or three years. The manager, universally despised at that point, then rotates to a different team and the process repeats itself
So it is with town managers, who on average last just over seven years before moving on to the next town.
Congratulations to Mammoth for stepping up and hiring a true professional manager. Now, it is time to work together, adopt your policies and step aside and allow professional management to achieve the goals the Council sets.
If the Council can resist the temptations to micro manage and stick with establishing policies of excellent governance, Mammoth will be back on top in no time.