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Final court decision goes against Mono County, for Madrid

In a recently filed decision, Judge James Garbolino has upheld the Arbitrator’s 2013 decision to reinstate Mono County Deputy Jon Madrid and denied the County a delay in enforcement of that decision. The Judge also awarded Madrid costs and attorneys’ fees. He once more said that evidence showed Madrid was harassed and the victim of […]

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Mono County continues to search for budget solutions

All of the government agencies in Inyo-Mono have budget problems. The recession hurt revenue and continues to hurt. In Mammoth’s case it was also the big lawsuit pay-off. Problems common to all are drops in property taxes and other taxes. More than one local government has talked about a “structural deficit” that means ongoing budget […]

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Luman case decision within 30 days

Former Mono County Road Department mechanic Dick Luman went to court nearly two years ago to fight for reinstatement to his job. The petition filed accused Mono County and others of “prejudicial abuse of discretion” and failure to grant Luman a fair appeal hearing. Judge Stan Eller heard arguments Wednesday and will issue a written […]

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Inyo explores new way to deliver service

Since Inyo officials approved some $2 million in wage hikes that they can’t pay for next fiscal year, they are involved in what they call Service Redesign to save money and increase revenue. Consultant Frank Benest has led teams of department heads and officials from Inyo County, Mono County, City of Bishop, BLM, and the […]

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Judge rules against Mono County and for former Deputy Madrid

Mono County, represented by John Vallejo of the County Counsel’s Office, petitioned Superior Court to set aside last February’s arbitration decision in the termination of Deputy Jon Madrid. In a tentative decision, Judge James Garbolino ruled solidly against Mono County and included several quotes in his decision, highly critical of the Mono Sheriff’s Department. He […]

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Wordsmithing politics

What seems simple to many has become a complex game of words in Mono County – how to tell employees and officials not to politick on the job. After a confusing conversation last week, the Mono Supervisors will bring back the issue next month. In January, the Mono County Counsel made it clear that County […]

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Competition line-up

For Mono County – the June 3rd election races have shaped up for two Supervisor Districts, the Sheriff and the Assessor. For Inyo County – there are election races for District Attorney and Supervisor District 1. The deadline for filing petitions in lieu of filing fees is February 10th. Last go around for Mammoth’s Supervisor […]

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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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Motorist files claim against Mono County, Sheriff

In a claim filed against Mono County, attorney Allen Berrey says in July his client was “unconstitutionally and unlawfully seized, searched, arrested and jailed by two Mono County Sheriff’s officers – a sergeant and a deputy – in a way that made him feel as if he had been baited, hunted and trapped for no […]

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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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Hope for the new year: government make-over

After last week’s workshop with budget consultant Dr. Frank Benest with the Inyo Supervisors, some 55 participants met again the next day at the Fairgrounds for more talk about service collaboration and, as Benest put it, “re-design of services.” This talk comes in the face of a $2 million budget shortfall next year and a […]

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