(Mono Supervisor Candidate Bob Peters responds to Evans’ letter):
Evans comment #1: The effort to increase the TOT tax to 12% in 2002 was led by John Wuhlmuth, the CAO of Mono County and the Board of Supervisors. I was asked to be the business community leader on the Ad Hoc committee that was formed. I served in that role and allowed my name to be placed on the ballot in support of the initiative in the 2002 election. It was successful. Like all efforts of this type, many individuals worked separately and together to get this initiative passed.
Evans comment #2: The ATV event planned for June 2010 was, in fact, in trouble and in danger of being cancelled. The CHP, and Caltrans were both angry and were not in favor of going forward with the plan for the event as submitted. Mono County, at my request, came to the rescue. Everyone involved, including the Northern Mono County Chamber of Commerce worked to solve the problems and preserve this important Antelope Valley event. I don’t recall Evans having anything to do with the event.
Evans comment #3: When I became involved with the lease issue for the Thrift Store and Re-cycling Center I was informed by the Mono County CAO that Mr. Reid had asked that the non-profit responsible for managing the operations be removed from the Senior Center that houses the operation. I know that the lease difficulties had been going on for several years. I don’t know all the details about how the situation became so dysfunctional. However, with the help of Lynne Katusich (Chair of the non-profit), and her Board of Directors, and the Mono County Counsel, we were able to solve the problems.
I have found in my many years of volunteer service and business experience that no one person is ever solely responsible for successes or failures. That certainly has been the case in my career in Mono County and elsewhere.