Tag Archives | Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio

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LA exacts more water and fails to honor agreement

To cover Department of Water and Power and Inyo County meetings is painful. LA takes on the role of Colonial overlord and Inyo usually asks for crumbs in one way or another. This time, at the Inyo-LA Standing Committee meeting on Friday in Independence, Inyo officials did stand up against DWP’s years-long broken promises, but […]

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Inyo Board and elected officials’ pay

With a big budget shortfall next year, Inyo County government’s continued actions to raise employee pay has mystified some members of the public who have contacted our newsroom. The action at Tuesday’s Inyo Board meeting sets a new policy to review elected officials salaries every four years with no guarantee that they will go up. […]

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Inyo Supervisors: how to stay afloat

The disturbing news this fiscal year remains disturbing – Inyo County government will fall into a $1.8 million shortfall because of labor costs next fiscal year and double that the year beyond. In the somewhat strange world of government budgets, County Administrator Kevin Carunchio goes further to say that Inyo has a “structural deficit” that […]

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Collaboration over trash?

In the Town of Mammoth Lakes, officials struggle with trash and garbage issues. The Department of Water and Power wants Mammoth’s dump on Benton Crossing Road to close in ten years and on top of that problem, the Town faces state-required recycling. Meanwhile, to the south, Inyo County struggles with budget issues. Could regional collaboration […]

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Inyo County: the cost of workers

After Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio recently underlined the earlier news that pay raises for all classes of employees will cost the County $1.8 million more next fiscal year and more than double that the following year, some workers began to question what happened. Carunchio pointed to equity adjustments made for many workers who had […]

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Officials respond to questions about embezzlement

How did someone manage to steal more than $1.5 million in welfare funds in Inyo County, undetected for eight years? The District Attorney alleges Inyo’s Social Services Supervisor Dawndee Rossy conspired with her husband Ken to commit that crime. Director of Health and Human Services, Jean Turner, maintains that there were many safeguards in place. […]

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BrightSource pulls plug

After months of untold staff time, trips to Sacramento and a formal agreement, Inyo County learned Wednesday that BrightSource Energy suspended its permit application for the Hidden Hills Solar Energy project in Death Valley. Inyo officials had haggled repeatedly with BrightSource over how much the project would cost Inyo County. The County Administrator, Planning Director […]

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BrightSource solar hearings start

The big question now in the solar future of Inyo County is whether or not the State Energy Commission will let BrightSource Energy build its major Hidden Hills Solar project near Death Valley. Hearings on the proposed 500-megawatt project were scheduled to start Tuesday in Shoshone. Hearings will then take place next Monday and Tuesday […]

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BrightSource solar projects with “significant” impacts

While Inyo County remains in sharp disagreement with BrightSource Energy over the cost to the County of their Hidden Hills Solar project near Death Valley, BrightSource has other business issues that have made news. And, both parties now await a decision from the California Energy Commission on the Hidden Hills project permit. The CEC staff […]

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Inyo office complex project in “conceptual” phase

As Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio put it, “We’re not in an expansion mode, and I don’t expect us to be any time soon.” That’s what Carunchil told the Board of Supervisors in a discussion on the County consolidated office building proposal. The Board extended another deadline on the project. About a year ago, Inyo […]

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Inyo County negotiates with workers over pay raises

Inyo employee groups and the County continue with negotiations over pay raises for some workers but not others.  Officials say they can’t comment much because of the confidential nature of talks. Workers revealed that County Administrator Kevin Carunchio and Sue Dishion (Di-shon) of personnel will meet with some workers Thursday.  Another meeting had taken place […]

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