When it comes to putting on an event as large as the 25th Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, it really does take a town.
What most people see and hear is the finished result of over a whole year’s worth of work by a small army of very dedicated volunteers.
The tents that go up and come down very quickly, the variety of music played that fills the air all hours of the day and night during the event, the amount of increased foot traffic in several locations around town, and the many smiling faces were all part of this annual July event.
There is an arrogant dominance of incivility passing for dialogue today.
We are beginning to hear more and more disagreements of the heated variety, most of them are underlying political and/or ideological in nature that any reasonable person might deem as uncivil.
We are witnessing angry talking heads on television, talk-radio designed to infuriate and demean, email blogging that promotes insulting exchanges, and even our local media is sometimes prone to childish sniping of its own.
The recent Eastern Sierra Philanthropy Guide is an impressive, high quality publication.
It is good to see many nonprofit, volunteer organizations serving our area. I couldn’t help being surprised, however, by the omission of many other great groups that do wonderful work and also need support.
Just two of the ones I am personally familiar with are Laws Museum and The Salvation Army.
At town meetings, we are beginning to hear more and more references to the term “customers” and less and less of the term “residents.”
Like other small, rural communities in California, Mammoth Lakes faces issues pertaining to a tourist-based economy that involves striking a yin-yang balance between competing economic forces and cultural opportunities that include quality of life for its residents.
I attended the council meeting in December 2012 and voiced my support of providing single-family homeowners with a pathway to TOT compliance. The council voted at that time to commission a study of the issue.
We are still waiting for a decision on the issue, but I understand there may be some new movement with the new support of Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory and Snowcreek.
Now is the time for the town council to finally show some leadership and move forward on this issue.
A humongous thank you to Nancy Mahannah of Mono County Health Department for organizing our senior activities during STAR testing.
Nancy yearly organizes this symposium for the entire senior class at Mammoth High School. The idea behind the symposium is to help the kids at the end of the school year prepare for the next steps after high school.
It is such a valuable, rewarding experience for the kids to participate in during STAR testing and senior dinners.
Those who know me would tell you that I harbor no love for government, town or otherwise. When an entity such as the Town of Mammoth Lakes decides to circumvent the democratic process by passing measures of taxation that have otherwise failed to garner approval from voters in the past, I can only assume they missed a valuable lesson from history that revolved around the simple idea of no taxation without representation.