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Customers versus residents

June 5, 2013

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.

It’s time to allow single-family home rentals

May 29, 2013

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.

Dear Town of Mammoth Lakes council members

May 29, 2013

I spoke at the council meeting last week against the TBID. I am certainly no public speaker, as was evident. And I am certainly no lawyer, as was also evident.

However, my dad practiced law for several counties and cities in the Bay Area and was the town attorney for multiple towns for many decades.  

He was well known in municipal law circles statewide, and was thus retained many times by Mono and other rural counties for his unique expertise—in taxation, among other things.

Thank you from MHS senior class of 2013

May 29, 2013

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.

TBID’d into oblivion

May 29, 2013

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.

Local blood drive a huge success

May 29, 2013

A BIG “thank you” goes out to all who donated blood at the bi-annual United Blood Services Blood Drive held on May 13, 14, and 15.

The Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary coordinated the drive, which was held at the Mammoth Fire Department.

Did you know that one unit of blood can help three people and that one out of seven people that go to the emergency room will have to have a blood transfusion? The United States needs approximately 42,000 units of blood A DAY. That’s a whole lot of blood!

The gift of a guide dog

May 15, 2013

 

April 24 was International Guide Dog Day, a very important day.

The Guide Dogs For The Blind” (GDB) is a nonprofit organization that helps those who are visually impaired with the gift of independence, freedom, and the gift of helping them continue their journey in life with very special dogs—mostly yellow and black Labradors, golden retrievers, or a mix between a golden retriever and a Labrador.

Amazing Mammoth

May 15, 2013

 

Today’s (May 6) snow deserves an entry into my diary.

Being May, it’s warm, for Christ’s sake! Friday, some young lovelies were in sport bras—stirring my sports briefs. The snow surface was warm, soft groom. Ideal spring conditions!

During the last few days, thunderstorms settled over Mammoth. Some rain, some warm snow, some hail.

Thanks for the continued generosity

May 15, 2013

 

The Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol would like to take this opportunity to thank all the local establishments that donated awards to our 2012-13 Ski Patrol Awards Banquet.  

The continued generosity and support of our Ski Patrol helps to make this event a huge success.  

Thanks for the Ski Day

April 23, 2013

 

Dear Editor,

 

The students and staff of Mammoth Elementary School would like our community to know about a wonderful event that was made available to us by the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. 

This past Monday and Wednesday, our 2nd-5th grade students were welcomed at the Mountain to enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding, completely free of charge. 

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