Bankruptcy mediation and closed sessions continue in Mammoth

After Measure U Committee concerns and lots of public comment, the Council voted unanimously for a loan from Measure U.Attorneys and officials from the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition continue to mediate a deal on the $43 million lawsuit debt.

Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez said there is nothing new to report. She said both sides continue with mediation talks by phone and email. Martinez said, “There is no deal yet.” She said that there is no significance to the fact that mediations are not taking place in person. She called it a matter of geographical convenience.

After Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Holman ordered the two parties into mediation, their attorneys did meet in person at the office of MLLA lawyers in the Los Angeles area. Then talks went to phone conference.

Mediation talks started August 6, and the Mammoth Town Council has continued to hold special closed sessions to discuss the points made in mediation. The Council discussed the issues in a closed session Wednesday night with nothing to report publicly. The Council scheduled another special meeting and closed session at 1:30pm Friday on bankruptcy issues.

It is unknown how long the Bankruptcy Judge will allow mediation to continue. MLLA has made it clear that in the absence of a settlement they will object to the Town of Mammoth entering bankruptcy protection.


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14 Responses to Bankruptcy mediation and closed sessions continue in Mammoth

  1. A Taxpayer August 18, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Q: “From city halls to county courthouses, from the State house to the White House – bureaucrats control our lives. Public servants who often try to become our masters. People whose salaries we pay, but what goods and services do we get?”

    A: I attended college nights while working 9-5. I am still paying off my student loan. Consequently due to my hard work I’ve become moderately successful and am more than willing to pay taxes for these services you ask about:

    Police Protection
    Municipal Courts
    Snow Removal
    Voter Services
    Fire Protection
    Ambulance Service
    Sewer and Refuse Removal
    Road Maintenance
    Cable Televison
    Health Department Issues
    Mosquito Abatement
    Animal Control
    Building Permits
    Business Licenses
    Child Support Services
    Community Centers
    Correctional Facilities
    Health Department
    Drug Awareness Programs
    Homeland Security
    Marriage Licenses
    Pet Licensing
    Social Services
    Special Events

    That’s just for starters. Need more?

    • Benett Kessler August 18, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      Bureaucrat Beat is an opinion piece designed to make people think about our lives, how much control
      we want to hand over to government, how the bureaucracies misbehave and impact our lives. If you notice, there’s a lot more in Bureaucrat Beat about life generally and local bits of gossip. It’s for fun and its for contemplation on what’s important. It’s not a complete indictment on services that do count. Of course, even the ones that do count may be delivered in less than efficient ways. We need to watch.

      By the way, cable tv, gas and electric are usually provided by private companies supported by rate payers.

      Benett Kessler

      • Taxpayer August 18, 2012 at 11:28 am #

        “…cable tv, gas and electric are usually provided by private companies supported by rate payers”.

        So in the spirit of black-and-whitening all topics today (especially when it comes to “bureaucrats” government and those that work for government are as Rush Limbaugh (who has an audience of millions) calls, part of the “New Class Warfare.”

        Sorry, but I appreciate all the hard work those evil bureaucrats do for myself and family. I’m not ready to join any militia or teaparty to “correct things.”

        • Benett Kessler August 18, 2012 at 11:58 am #

          You react with hyberbole. No one has suggested joining “any militia or teaparty to ‘correct things.'” The job of the media is to watchdog our lives. An article just today discusses how California Parks employees used a code meant to pay parks managers overtime under disaster conditions. They scammed the government out of nearly $300,000.

          No one is black and whiting issues here but perhaps you.

          Benett Kessler

          • Taxpayer August 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

            Okay Bennet.

            Since you have a problem with bureaucrats in general and don’t believe they are delivering the services as you state on your webpage,
            please disclose those services that you would deem to be eliminated.

            And sorry, but your “down with bureacrats” message is exactly what the Tea Party people are advocating.

          • Benett Kessler August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

            Oh, Taxpayer, look for the fun in life a bit. You have misinterpreted Bureaucrat Beat. There’s lots of poetic license there. I don’t “have a problem with bureaucrats in general.” The creation of Bureaucrat Beat happened many years ago when I was still broadcasting on radio – playing the sound of a manual typewriter in the background as I read the intro, which was inspired by repeated complaints from citizens about the nature of bureaucracy. They are still complaining and feel they have no control over sometimes unfair regulation at their expense.

            When citizens feel powerless in the face of any aspect of government, media can help them. Media can, if they will, speak truth to power. In our region, government does intrude – LADWP, BLM, USFS, DFG, Inyo and Mono Counties, Cities of Bishop and Mammoth. And, in Mammoth Lakes, it’s a company town. Over the years, many citizens have confided that they fear speaking out because of retribution from any of the above.

            Look at the facts presented in Bureaucrat Beat. Think something’s inaccurate? let me know.
            Meanwhile, I will continue with freedom of expression and the hope that it will prompt intelligent thought and feeling.

            Benett Kessler

        • Sandy B. August 19, 2012 at 12:46 am #

          Neo con liberal Taxpayer – Im sure many of those bureaucrats are enjoying the benefits of taxing you more and more cash while you pay your college lone that is compounding in interest to the banks that fund the democrats and the republicans, the tea party and any other politician. All you can do is blame the problem on a blind drugged up delusional rush L. You actually think the system is there to protect you,LOL I feel sorry for you.

    • Ken Warner August 18, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      I did somewhat the same. Borrowed money to go to college. Later, earned enough that I was paying more than a third of my income in taxes. While that’s painful, I still understood those taxes went to support the greater good.

      I agree that government could spend available money more wisely. But that largely depends on an informed electorate making wise choices about who they elect to represent them and their interests.

      What we got is the result of a mostly apathetic, ignorant, emotional electorate that can’t think their way out of a paper bag.

      The government is not something that landed here from outer space — it’s us. We can’t just stand back and blame uncontrollable forces for the state of our state. It’s us…

      • SierraFan August 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

        Well said Ken and of course Bennett!!

    • Eternal Liberal August 19, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      A Taxpayer,

      The problem is that you are NOT paying enough taxes !!!

      If you were paying 75% of your income in taxes ( like France ) maybe we could balance the budget.

      Although balancing the budget is not something we are concerned about.

      • Taxpayer August 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

        “you are NOT paying enough taxes !!!”
        Tell that to Mitt Romney.

      • SierraFan August 20, 2012 at 8:48 am #

        Eternal Liberal,

        It seems that you like the extremely high taxes you speak of. If that’s the case then perhaps you might consider moving there and eating the fruit that you like so much… unless you are just being abstinent and trying to create opposition.

  2. Fool me once! August 18, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    What’s to negotiate if we’re broke? I wouldn’t buy a used car from this cast of characters, trust them to settle this in the best interest of the town citizens? NEVER !

    • Thomas Lett August 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Hey at least they got the blue smurf logo for a paltry 30K …. and you trust these people to do whats in the best interest of the people. Ha!


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