Mammoth officials meet with MLLA


Marianna Marysheva-Martinez reports talks with MLLA are on schedule.

Still on schedule for financial discussions and finally meaningful options for settlement of their $41 million debt, Town of Mammoth officials confirmed they are meeting with representatives of the Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition at the Town Offices this week.

On Tuesday, Town Financial Advisor Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, confirmed the the second meeting with MLLA had just concluded and that the final meeting was scheduled for Wednesday morning (today).  The three meetings this week were focused on financial documents the Town has given to MLLA.  Martinez said Mammoth wants to make sure MLLA has all questions answered and understands line items and other issues.  She said, “We want to make sure their understanding of our budget is okay.”

As an example, Martinez said that the line item of planning would include personnel, programs, goals and accomplishments.  “They want to know what’s behind the numbers,” she said.  MLLA representatives Terry Ballas and Jay Becker were named as those attending meetings in Mammoth Lakes.

They currently plan to return for more meetings September 12 through the 14th at the Mammoth Town Offices.  Martinez had earlier said that the purpose of the meeting in September is to “begin brainstorming ideas regarding possible settlement options that MLLA may be interested in and that the Town could afford, keeping in mind our finances and the resort status.”

Beyond that time, in late September or early October, officials will present what Martinez described as a preliminary and broad set of possible options to the Town Council in closed session. Once the Town Council, Town Management and MLLA narrow down the set of options, according to Martinez, there will be a public process to review and debate them.

Martinez had commented in July that “We hope that all of this will lead to a settlement plan presented to the Council for approval, perhaps as early as December.”  The Financial Advisor said that once a plan is approved, there will be a lot of tedious work to implement the actual plan and its impact on the Town.


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17 Responses to Mammoth officials meet with MLLA

  1. upthecreek August 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    September ..I smell it in the air

  2. HH August 17, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    QUICK…everyone to the Smurf Cave!!!

    • Bob Loblaw August 22, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      maybe I missed something, but I always thought they lived in mushrooms.

      • HH August 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

        Bob, do you mean the smurfs or the hispanic population live in mushrooms?
        In any event, the smurfs aren’t even American, they’re a French cartoon so maybe they live in truffles

        • Bob Loblaw August 23, 2011 at 10:16 am #

          Actually, the Smurfs were first debuted in Belgium. And live in mushrooms. Truffles are likely their basement.

          • HH August 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

            you’re exactly right Bob, they are a Belgian construct, but since it originated with please pass the “schtroumpf” I threw the french bit in there and to anger “real” amercians as they munch their freedom fries….with plenty of schtroumpf.

  3. Ken Warner August 17, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    “begin brainstorming ideas regarding possible settlement options that MLLA may be interested in and that the Town could afford, keeping in mind our finances and the resort status.”

    Translation: we don’t have a friggin’ clue….

  4. johndoeml August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    How about a nonbinding referendum of the townspeople prior to council acceptance of any deal?

  5. jose chavez August 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    again, with the towns population being near or at 50% hispanic, how aware is the towns hispanic population about the towns financial status?

    • Steve S. August 19, 2011 at 6:42 am #

      I dont mean this in a mean way, but my guess is that of the 50% of the Hispanics mentioned above, only 10% of them are legal citizens of this Country. Illegal Aliens do not know and do not care. They refuse to learn the language of America, ENGLISH, so they probably will never know what is going on. Assimilate or be left behind. It’s as simple as that.
      As for behind door sneakiness, what do we expect! It’s the Government. SHHHHHHHH!

      • Rob August 24, 2011 at 10:56 am #

        “Assimilate or be left behind. It’s as simple as that.”

        As the hispanic population continues to grow it is us Americans that will need to assimilate or be left behind. The Mayor of Los Angeles will be elected governor by the ever increasing hispanic population. Then I’m sure he’ll set his sights on the Presidency.

        I suggest learning to speak Spanish soon.

        • Steve S. August 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

          I have got a great education and have a great job that pays really well and I never had to learn a lick of that third world language.
          It is they that will be left behind with low wages and poverty.
          With some greedy American people who are too lazy to do the work themselves, or pay a fair wage, they will always have a substandard job for some bossy sell out to take advantage of.
          And by the way Rob, Illegal aliens cannot vote! That is the majority in Smell A!
          Long live America and long live the English language.

  6. John Barton August 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    “Jose”- Again, when all 50% are documented and legally here and paying taxes and speak English maybe they’ll care about the fiscal situation. In the meantime they continue to use and abuse the system put in place by those who earrned the right to be here and financially supported it through taxes. The financial drain of those here illegally offset the benefit of “cheap” labor. I urge everyone reading these posts to boycott businesses known to hire people who are illegally in this country.

  7. jose chavez August 22, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    i dont know what is being mentioned at the hispanic-white committee meetings, but i’d figure a towns budget is a much more important issue than why are we being targeted by police?. or how can I (hispanics) get something for free (toys, school supplies, medical). its no secret. and i agree with a lot fo your comments. most of them are draining the system. However, not making them aware of the towns financial status does not help the situation eather. Years ago, while visiting mammoth, the Mammoth Times had a head line on an article saying ” NO AY TRABAJO”. clearly misspelled as AY has a silent “H”(HAY).it was in regards there being no work.Well looking at things, right now ” no HAY dinero”. with there being no dinero, well there is no ayuda (help), with no ayuda, people will start looking for somewhere else to live!!!!. the towns financial decisions have driven the midlle class out of town. Alot of my friends, whom i had the prvilage of growing up with, choose to take their business else where (bishop) where they are now successful bussiness owners and hold steady carreers!. regardless of legal status, its something ALL citizens of mammoth need to be aware of!

    Thank you all for reading this, All replys are welcome!

    Jose Chavez

    • Bob Loblaw August 22, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      Town budget issues are not as pressing to most people as being harrassed by police is. In fact, chances are the town’s fiscal situation is of little consequence to everyone who doesn’t actually follow such things. For the most part, the people working the lower wage jobs (hispanic or otherwise) don’t care, because if the town goes belly up, they will move to somewhere there are jobs. As such police harrassment, or free stuff is a far more pressing issue than whether or not the town itself is in the black.

  8. Jake Steel August 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Terry Ballas and Jay Becker please leave our town we do not want you here ever! Do your dirty work out of town limits…

  9. jose chavez August 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    well said bob, all am saying is the mesage getting across to all people living there…..


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