Local election re-cap

votersA re-cap of last week’s election shows two new supervisors in Mono County and one run-off election.  In Inyo, one new supervisor and two run-off elections to come.  Incumbents mostly got the boot.

The final results in Inyo County show Jeff Griffiths as the new supervisor in Bishop’s District 2.  Griffiths gained 434 votes and 53% of the vote.  Incumbent Susan Cash lost with 270 votes and candidate Russ Aldridge with 112 votes.

In District 4, incumbent Marty Fortney will have to square off with challenger Mark Tillemans of Big Pine.  Fortney gathered 432 votes or 40% of the vote to Tillemans’ 356 votes which was 33%.  Candidate Nina Weisman had 263 votes and Chris Dangwillo, 42 votes.

In District 5, Jim Gentry and Matt Kingsley will face a run-off election in November.  Kingsley had the most votes at 398 followed by Gentry’s 279 votes.  Supervisor Richard Cervantes had 179 votes.

In Mono County the semi-official results show District 2 where Fred Stump beat Supervisor Hap Hazard.  Stump gained 476 votes to Hazard’s 389. In District 3, Tim Alpers soundly beat Supervisor Vikki Bauer – 449 to 216. In District 4, Tim Fesko and Bob Peters will compete in a November run-off.  Peters had 296 votes, Fesko, 272 and Jan Huggans, 121.

New supervisors take office in January of 2013.


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63 Responses to Local election re-cap

  1. NewDay June 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Finally a liberal environmentalist on the Inyo Board! Now the county can work cooperatively with the Friends of the Inyo, the Owens Valley Committee, and the Sierra Club instead of against them – go Jeff!

    • NewEra June 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm #


      The way I see it if your not for the environment, you have lost touch to what makes our lives possible. Or just take it for granted!!!!!

      • NewDay June 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

        So true. When I moved here I couldn’t believe how the “locals” take this natural beauty for granted. This is a tourism economy – who wants to see it all ripped up for mining or off-road vehicles? The politics here needed new blood. Change is coming!

        • Rob June 12, 2012 at 9:08 am #

          Actually NewDay It’s an agriculture economy. Do your homework.

          and off roading is a form of tourism, get your facts straight before you start spewing your greenie environmental bs.

          You’re pretty much standing in the corner of special interest are you not? Which is nothing more than a vocal minority. Please stop you’ve done enough damage.

          • NewDay June 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

            I think you misunderstand how an election works, Rob. The MAJORITY chose Jeff – not one of your conservative “good old boys”. A victory for th environment!

    • Rob June 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      Count on Jeff to be against just about anything that brings good jobs to an area while your at it.

      Like the saying goes; you get the government you deserve. Good luck!

      • Big AL June 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

        Amen Rob

    • george burns June 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Geesh, can you guys not recognize that NewEra and NewDay are trolls? What has Jeff ever done to indicate that he is against access, or do you just believe everything that Susan says? I know, I’ve gone ATVing with him! Jeff is a regular guy that represents everyone equally.

      • NewEra June 14, 2012 at 9:12 am #

        We Humans tend to think we know what is best for all. We feel we can own everything!
        OK Mr. George Burns because you went ATVing with Jeff allows you to call us Trolls?
        It is so easy for people to focus on what is in front of them and around them.
        And it is easier to just not care about stuff that dosent affect you. So go ahead keep consuming your products and forget that if there wasent natural resources your convienent life would’nt be possible.
        And of course your life is more important then the future generations so you will continue to consume at your normal rate and not even think twice.

        Prove to yourself and Mother Earth that you do appreciate what you recieve. But if that idea is too BIG for you DONT PUT US DOWN FOR STANDING UP FOR SOMETHING THAT WE ALL RELY ON.

    • Mammothite June 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      The “Friends of the Inyo” are the ones being paid by the US Forest Service to close off dirt roads around Mammoth that have been there for many decades. If you see a sticker on a Mammoth vehicle that says “EOI” it stands for “Enemies Of the Inyo”.

      The USFS refused to allow any public input into the road closures.

      The FOI are just Eco-Mercenaries who would do anything for money.

      • hisierragal June 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

        Mammothite is factually challenged. There was plenty of “opportunity” for the public to comment on road closures. Sorry you would prefer to spread untruth and sit around to complain after the fact instead of getting involved.

  2. Me too June 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    And speaking of politics …
    Glenn Beck just signed a talk-radio contract for $100 million.
    He trails the other far-righters Hannity and Limbaugh in salary.
    I want to be a hate and fear mongering conservative talk radio host.

    But like the three above – nobody would ever listen to me

    • Ed Shultz is a fat pig June 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      Hey you can always be a liberal hate and fear mongering anti american talk show like Ed Shultz and Bill Press.

      • Me too June 14, 2012 at 8:51 am #

        Ed who?
        Bill who?

        Certainly you’re not saying these people rival neocon kingpin Limbaugh who is on the air 3 hrs a day, 5 days a week and reruns on weekends?
        Can you say hate-mongering brainwashing?

    • sierragrl June 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      actually Ed, they don’t exist. When I’m on long trips in my car I like to listen to talk radio. I don’t actually know who any of the repub hate mongers are (ie. what their names are), but I’ve heard them on the radio. It is disgusting what they say and they truly are hate and fear mongers. And I’ve found a ‘liberal ‘ talk show on the rare occasion. there they have a topic for discussion and ask people from both sides to call in a rationally debate the topic…and that’s what happens. they take a call from one side and some from the other and in between they discuss the points raised. So much more enjoyable and healthy. I don’t see anyway someone could routinely listen to the hatemongers and not become a hateful person

      • Not a Liberal Girly Man June 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

        Then you Really need to open your ears and your mind. Ed Shultz and Bill Press have way too much hate at those who oppose what they believe. Why don’t you google Bill Press and the Star Spangled Banner and see what kind of Socialist Filth spews out of his mouth.

    • What?!!!! June 15, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      The easiest way to make fortunes today is to get conservatives riled up (which isn’t too hard – they are mad at everything and anything.

  3. Persuaded.... June 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    You have it right….we don’t listen to you. Maybe I do need to join the Tea Party and start listening to Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh.

    Somebody must be directing traffic for Mono County and isn’t that Mr. Arken? With all the negative going on…… Is he really that powerful?

    • just one June 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Well, lets see, Mr Arkens is in charge of HR, of Public works AND he is CAO, yeah he is pretty much King. Something just isn’t right

      • Just two June 14, 2012 at 8:29 am #

        Things could be worse.
        You could have one of those guys who think nothing of beating on each other in the workplace calling the shots for everyone.

  4. JR June 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I never met Jeff, but Underhill assured us he was ok with access, I hope so, I have OHV’s and was looking forward to Jeff working with the City to get the Trails system in town.

    • Rob June 13, 2012 at 8:31 am #

      I guess it depends how much his supporters like NewDay can influence his decisions. I know Friends of the Inyo are against OHV trails and grazing cattle on public land.

      Most elected officials give in to the special interest groups that helped them get elected.

      • Big AL June 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

        Friends of the inyo .. while some members mean good and are good people, there are some in their ranks that hinge on the green terrorists. They are not for access I don’t feel, from what I have seen. Not too many people I have talked to about them have a lot of good to say about their organization, because of the ones in their ranks that screw it up for everyone.

        The bottom line is if you like to recreate with any sort of motorized transportation, their organization is against your rights and access.

        It’s one thing to stand up for the environment, it is another thing to go overboard to the point of being underhanded in denying access for all users.

        A majority of OHV users are for the environment and enjoy getting out and seeing things and are friends of the Inyos, friends of the Whites, friends of the table lands, friends of the desert .. basically they are environmentalist as well as public lands users.

        As I have said before, there is in any group, those who will screw it up for everyone else, it is usually a small number, but they sure can do damage. Everyone else pays for it.

        And it it those types that usually skate and legitimate users get crunched by law enforcement for their frustrations of not being able to catch the perps. At times ones that get crunched are really not even doing anything really bad, and in some cases not even doing wrong, but they pay for the 10% (Law enforcements frustration) Occasionally some of these buttheads do get caught but not nearly enough.

        OHV groups and user access advocate groups do a lot for the environment, that not too many people even hear about. I have even seen OHV users .. haul out trash and repair trails and even streams on their own.

        • NewEra June 14, 2012 at 9:32 am #

          Its one thing to stand for the environment, its another to step on peoples toes.
          Where do we draw the line? where it is convienent for us? What makes us so special?

        • Rob June 14, 2012 at 10:14 am #

          Excellent post Big Al. There really is a few in every group that ruins it for everyone else.

          • NewEra June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

            It will always be that way. Just because one dosent agree with anothers beliefs dosent mean they get to walk all over it!

  5. Watching Mono County Crumble June 13, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    To Just one… You are right there is something wrong with that! If you have a problem with the CAO or his “ways” who do you go to? There isn’t anyone, but that is just how he likes it! Plus he is asking the BOS for a huge raise for himself because he is doing three jobs. There is something not right with that also! He is also asking for his girl Rita Sherman to get a huge raise and gas stipend for the same reason, and who directs her? Him! Hello people read the writing on the wall!

  6. A different take! June 13, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    It would seem that Arkins saw his opportunity to bank in on the good old boy system! Let me see administrator after administrator is resigning! Arkins says this is not unusual! Employees are leaving seeking better conditions! The BOS needs to take a close look at these numerous issues and question the circumstances, the management, and their common practices that appear to be inherited and twisted by persons misusing their positions! Labor laws, Sop’s and disaplinary practices must be followed! These guidelines and laws are in place, not just for the employees benefit but also to protect the county from litigation! Of course this would only happen if the statutes and guidelines were followed and used fairly and equally!

    Maybe the BOS should look into continuing education programs for administrators and make this mandatory for all existing and newly hired managers and supervisors!

    Laws and rules change everyday people! Case law is made and changed! Let’s get out of the days of the 49ers and move into 2012!

    I fear that if this county does not make reasonable changes and hold misguided supervisors accountable, it will cost the Mono county taxpayers more in the long run!

    Additionally, perhaps the BOS should look into the qualifications and certifications of those administrators currently occupying positions in county government!

    Do they even evaluate their performances?

    • Just the facts June 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Re: A different take

      Some of those supervisors you are upset about are part of “continuing education programs” you want to “make mandatory” have advanced degrees in public administration, have graduated with honors, and have a solid track record of success in other parts of the country.
      So what’s to be done about government employee unions? Why is it impossible to fire a miscreant government employee who belongs to the union?
      I see nobody is addressing this very real problem.

      • just one June 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

        sometimes a degree just means you are an educated idiot. it is not the all being all knowing magical piece of paper that makes you a genius.

        • Sour Grapes June 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

          “sometimes a degree just means you are an educated idiot. it is not the all being all knowing magical piece of paper that makes you a genius.”

          Translation: I have a high school diploma.

          • just one June 14, 2012 at 8:00 am #

            actually I have an AA, I just know that it doesn’t necessarily mean that I am smarter than anyone else, or that I am somehow better than anyone else simply because I hold a degree

          • JeanGenie June 14, 2012 at 9:51 am #

            Sour grapes,
            Obviously one of the educated idiots with a chip on their shoulder. I have a degree and I have worked with a ton of them, maybe you are one I know personally!
            Lay off people who don’t have degrees, a degree does not mean you have any native intelligence, sometimes it just means your parents had enough money to send your Smart self to college.

        • Big AL June 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

          Amen to that

          • Me too June 14, 2012 at 9:15 am #

            If you don’t believe a higher education is going to open doors for you -that’s your business.
            But do your kids and grandkids a big favor.
            Remind them that with the job market tightening each year, it would be a terrific idea to try and understand that the human resource people in every organization weed out the degree-less applicants.
            It’s the world we live in – like it or not.

      • Me too June 14, 2012 at 8:57 am #

        There are employees in Bridgeport who have worked in a union most of their lives, and no matter how hard they work they still get the same raise as the lazy people. Is that the philosophy we want to immerse America in?
        This is pure and simple – bad socialism.

  7. Lone Ranger June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Are you really saying that Mono County doesn’t hire people who have good track records and don’t know what they are doing? Maybe that is why nobody knows how to properly handle personnel matters.

    Just think…..Doctors, teachers, cops, nurses, etc are all required to take ongoing education to keep themselves current in their field. I like it! Don’t you?

    Are you an “AT WiLL” employee and your only argument is how ugly the union is?

  8. A different take! June 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Just the facts: cant you read? Continuing education! Disaplinary actions against employees should be done fairly and equal across the board in any workplace! You don’t agree or is it that you wish every workplace was a dictatorship! As long as the employer or supervisor does their duties according to the law and by policy and procedure there should be no problem! Do it right and do it fairly! Your too quick to attack!

    In turn the employee who is being disaplined was treated fairly then what can be argued! No unlawful termination no litigation no loss of public funds or at least a lot smaller of an amount!

    • Just the facts June 14, 2012 at 5:18 am #

      Re: A different take!

      “cant you read? Continuing education! Disaplinary actions”
      Can’t you spell?

      • JeanGenie June 14, 2012 at 9:56 am #

        Bad spelling doesn’t mean you are not intelligent.

  9. Just the facts June 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    So, no responses to the government union thing – just the usual “thumbs down” routine and this is going to solve the problems.

    • Dave June 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm #


  10. Watching Mono County Crumble June 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Just one I am with you! Common sense can’t be bought! Money can get you a piece of paper, but it still can’t buy a bond that you have from employees that trust you and are willing to work hard for you because they know how hard you have worked to move up the ladder. They also know and will come to you when they need to stand up for them if they need you! YOU “Just the Facts” will never get that union or no union, because just from your posts you obviously don’t get it or what true of heart hard workers no matter what their occupation are all about! I feel sorry for you!

    • Deadbeats Galore June 14, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      I worked for a union for 26yrs.It’s the same all over.They protect all the dead beats and the dead beats reap all the rewards that the union can negotiate for all the members.

      Unions cannot exist without socialism, and socialism cannot exist without unions.

      • JeanGenie June 14, 2012 at 10:00 am #

        I worked for the government for over 20 years. Although we had no union, the worst employees were treated the same or better then the good ones. Actually, the lazy ones were able to pawn their work off on others, yet still get the same salary and raises as the rest of us.
        These type of employers pretend to follow personnel rules and laws.

  11. News of the Wierd June 14, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    This blog is a reminder of what is happening today in America.
    Nothing of substance offered but a nasty thumbs down to everything.
    The present Congress has now officially claimed the distinction of passing less legislation than any other Congress before it.
    Merely fold your arms and say no – to every idea that comes along.
    What a world! What a world!

  12. Tough Times? June 14, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    While perusing the angst-filled postings on almost every subject on this blog, one is left with this thought:
    When the going gets tough – the angriest of us sound like Rush Limbaugh.

    • Dave June 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #


  13. Sick Sick Sick June 14, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    This isn’t really the place for this post….but something needs to be said.

    You anti-human rights (anti Union) people need to realize that there are people who will do whatever it takes to maintain their power. The Luman hearing is a total fiasco…. transcripts that were transcribed with parts listed as “Inaudible” that actually evidenced Luman was not the aggressor; documents/reports withheld or missing that indicate there was an agenda by certain people to make Mr. Luman a mutual combatant; a Lieutenant who can’t recall or remember authorizing or reviewing supplemental reports and why…and there is more.

    What is going on? This is crazy…….I now see Mr. Arken, Ms. Sherman, Mr. Vallejo and Mr. Rudolph playing a power game with people’s lives. This is sick stuff and not a game! They should all go!

    • What?!!!! June 15, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      Two grown men hammering on each other to resolve their differences?

      Neither of them mature enough to realize how juvenile and barbaric this behavior is viewed today?

      An attorned trying to build a name for herself in another one of those “Wrongful Termination” suits – let’s see … my guess she’ll get 1/3 of thenon-violent taxpayers’ $$$.?

      This is Sick Sick Sick alright.

  14. NewEra June 14, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Check this study out y’all!! hahahahahahaha


    of course i will get more dislike then likes due to living in a conservative area, hahahahahaha.
    keep up the good work! lol hahahahaha

    • Not a Liberal Girly Man June 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      New Era,

      Could you have picked a more bias article from a Left Wing Bias Magazine. But then again you probably think Times and Newsweek are unbiased.

      • What?!!!! June 15, 2012 at 8:16 am #

        Those secure with their masculinity, have no deep-down concerns/paranoia for any “Liberal Girly Man” nonsense.
        I thought EVERYBODY knew that?

    • JeanGenie June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      Well, I read it, and it isn’t really conclusive, and it depends how you define liberal. One could be a liberal in a social context but not a political one, especially these days when liberal democrats are not really liberal, they are actually the worst kind of control freaks (read fascists). They are trying to force their political and social agenda on everyone and at that same time asking us to pay for what we don’t believe in.
      But I have to ask, I don’t quite understand how that applies to this thread?

      • What?!!!! June 15, 2012 at 7:35 am #

        And conservatives don’t try to force their political and social agenda on everyone?

      • What's in a word June 15, 2012 at 11:52 am #

        Webster: liberal – live and let live

        Limbaugh, Fox, Hannity, Coulter: anything goes. communists

        And of course, “nobody listens to Limbaugh, Fox, Hannity, and Coulter

        LOL! LOL! LOL!

    • eye of the beholder June 15, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Are Liberals smarter than conservatives?
      I dunno.
      Let me see what Rush, Glenn, Ann, Hannity and Fox have to say about it.

  15. Terry June 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Did you actually read the research or just the article referring to the research. The results of the research : INCONCLUSIVE.

    Keep up the good work1 LOL Hahahaha

  16. NewEra/JeremiahJoseph/not scared/haha June 15, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    hahahaha, I just had to throw this out there. It cracks me up.
    overall congress and politics has become ridiculous, but the way the republicans are willing to stall progress makes me sick, both sides feast on greed! for some reason the rich so want Romney in office, which is easy to figure out when you see his policies.
    @ girly man one of my main points I want everybody to know is there is a environmentalist in the valley that isnt a pacifist and will fight for what I believe in! and yeah I think a lot things.
    @ JeanGenie my main reason I shared this link is it applys to what I see on accasion to some of either belief.
    @ Terry I just read the title and first sentence.

  17. Neocon Nightmare June 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    A new study published in the American Sociological Review found today’s conservatives have less trust in science than the conservatives of the mid-1970s.

    Of course they do, when scientists go around saying crazy things like a pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of gold.

    Maybe science should go back to bringing us less of the AIDS and climate change, and more of the polio vaccines and atom bombs.

    The saddest part is the conservatives will never even believe this study.

  18. Neocon Teens June 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Recent surveys show that today’s teens are more conservative than the previous generation on issues like abortion and drug use.

    I did find it strange that my daughter’s prom song was ‘Hail To The Chief.’

    Who can blame them, what with all the conservative video games they’re playing?

    Of course teens are conservative. They’re rebelling against the liberal bias that controls the media.


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