MLR right around the corner

mltc3_19_14The Mammoth Lakes Recreation Formation Committee planned to meet Monday afternoon at 3pm for their final discussion before the Mammoth Town Council considers approval of the Committee’s recommendations to form a new recreation entity, MLR.

Town Council members, some citizens and some political candidates have expressed support for MLR. Others say it will cost too much and should be delayed for the new Town Council members to consider. Sandy Hogan distributed a letter from someone who wished to remain anonymous. That letter indicates it represents more than one person and that there are serious questions about using tax money from Measures R & U to form and finance the new recreation entity.

The letter, which lacks some credibility because it is anonymous, says Measures R & U were never meant to fund events and that a new Town Council should not be saddled with a decision made before they even arrive.

The MLR Formation Committee says the Town Attorney has okayed their plans, which include authorizing MLR to make recommendations for use of tax money from Measures R and U. MLR would work with the Town on a contract to provide specific recreation products.

The MLR Formation Committee has created a Draft Working Plan. The agenda packet says, “MLR is intended to be the lead entity for advancing recreation initiatives, program implementation where identified, and facilitating collaborative efforts.”

The MLR Board would consist of nine directors. Seven would represent recreation interests. One would be an appointed representative of the Town Council and one, from the Mammoth Lakes Tourism Board.

More on all of this Monday at 3pm and again Wednesday night when the Town Council weighs in on the issue. MLR is number 9 on the Council’s 11-item agenda.


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11 Responses to MLR right around the corner

  1. Russ Reese May 19, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    The Basin Lakes attract a huge number of people during fishing season and all need more care and attention, not more boaters and fishermen. As a starter, gas powered boat engines should be banned, electric motors only. More and more people are storing canoes, kayaks, and small alum boats around the shoreline of Lake Mary. Everyone of them should be hauled away.And every underwater stump, log and rock in all the lakes have hundreds of snagged lures, hooks and trilene line. The shorelines are pounded down from foot traffic and lead to soil erosion. There’s more, but don’t let the grab for more tourist dollars destroy the beauty of the Basin Lakes

    • Ken Warner May 19, 2014 at 9:28 am #

      You are completely right. But the only motivation for action in the Mammoth Lakes area is money. They would sell whatever is left of their souls to make money. Making the Lakes Basin look like an inner city wasteland is of no concern as long as somebody somewhere makes money.

  2. Bob May 19, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    You won’t have to worry about me adding to the environmental impact in the lakes basin.

    To many other places to go where there is a lot less people.

    TOML is nothing more than an extension of Los Angeles, and you won’t find me in L.A. either.

    • Wayne Deja May 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      …Bob…Isn’t that the truth !!……another 20 miles north you have Lee Vining ,where some campgrounds are almost vacant along the creek, even in early summer….and GREAT fishing…or go an extra 25 miles or so from there and you got Bridgeport…..Twin Lakes,Robinson Creek,Honeymoon Flat….and if you tire of catching fish, Bodie a half hour away….and then for the evening,a nice quiet walk through the town…try doing that in Mammoth Lakes.

      • Ken Warner May 20, 2014 at 7:46 am #

        Wayne: You’ve made yourself a target of the Mammothistas.

        Spend your money in Mammoth — OR ELSE!

  3. Wayne Deja May 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Ken….Last time I HAD to go to Mammoth Lakes on a dish-install job at the village mid-week AND arriving in the late morning wasn’t impressed at all with the rude people I had to deal with on the job or the intoxicated ones wandering about….and the time before that….on my way up to Lee Vining on a fishing-camping trip and my check-engine light came on going up Sherwin Grade in a truck I just purchased and wanted to get it checked out just in case of a problem ,but knew probably a wait at a garage….pulled into the TOML around 9 A.M.,and low and behold pulled into a garage with 3 or 4 mechanics sitting around with no vehicles in the bays and seemingly able to have the time to check it out without a long wait…was greeted rudely like I was annoying them with my business and questions,and then told they were “busy” untill about 1 P.M….then they could “MAYBE check it out”…decided to chance the extra 20 miles or so and go into Lee Vining to their garage where I had previous vehicle problems they took care of the year before…. they got right to it…checked it out….fixed it….and within an hour I was pitching my tent and ready to go fishing in a nice quiet campground….do the math….TOML….or Lee Vining ?……..Think I’ll take Lee Vining !!.

    • Benett Kessler May 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Wayne, Start thinking positive thoughts about Mammoth and maybe you will start to attract the many positive people who do live and work there. Just an idea.

      • Ken Warner May 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

        Benett: It’s a silly and unrealistic idea. The quest for tourist dollars has soiled the soul of Mammoth Lakes. There are exceptions like the Hospital and the Library and maybe Vons but there is a lot of realism in Wayne’s post.

        • Benett Kessler May 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

          That may be true of some, but there are also fine people to be found in Mammoth. BK

          • Ken Warner May 21, 2014 at 8:31 am #

            “So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
            ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan: Fairy Tales

          • Benett Kessler May 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

            Ken, There is a difference between healthy positive thinking and fantasy. Benett Kessler


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