Letter to the editor: Town Council’s “ridiculous vendettas”

mltc8_6_13Town Council – Mammoth Lakes,

This letter is in direct response to the resignation of our Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.  

I will keep this as short as possible – since our Town Council has no time for the tax payers.  Spending the majority of their time on their own arrogant, self-serving and at times stupid agenda!!   Haven’t we all figured out that the majority of our Town Council bases how they operate on self-preservation and ridiculous vendettas?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • WHAT IS THE AGENDA OF THREE OF OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS?
  • WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR TOWN MANAGER?
  • HOW AND WHY WAS SHE FORCED TO RESIGN?
  • WHY WERE THE CITIZENS OF MAMMOTH NOT INFORMED?
  • IS THERE REALLY THE TRANSPERANCY IN OUR GOVERNMENT WE WERE PROMISED?

This extremely poor way of governing our town has been going on for years.  Since the citizens have not taken the Town Council to task for their POOR judgment and leadership (i.e.:  multi-million dollar lawsuit, the 4.5 million dollar ice rink, millions of dollars in severance pay, etc.)

THEY HAVE BECOME ARROGANT!!!!!!!  WITH A LARGE DOSE OF I DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER TO ANYONE!!!!!

There are still other legal issues we have no answers to as well, which we need!

Our Town Council is out of control and we need change.  We as a community can’t wait until June for a change we need accountability NOW!!!

Please enter this letter into the record of the council meeting tonight.  I want a copy forwarded to the Town Attorney for comment as well.

John T. Vereuck

 

 

 

5 Responses to Letter to the editor: Town Council’s “ridiculous vendettas”

  1. Yes! September 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Thank you John!

     
  2. realist September 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    How can 3 people be so out of touch? Great letter John, thank you.

     
  3. Sean September 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    More candidates need to run for the positions on the council. But who wants to do that for free? I don’t. And a few hundred dollars a month and some dental insurance isn’t going to motivate people to run for the positions.

    You’re going to have to put up with a lot even if you’re always doing the right thing as a council member.

    I know this will be an unpopular idea but I think town council members need to be paid a wage. I think more qualified people in this town need compensation in order to consider running for the positions. Qualified people I know say they’d rather be at home with their families then dealing with city council meetings at 5 PM on a Friday night. Maybe if they were being paid something they might be more willing to get involved.

    There is plenty of talent, experience and brains within the city of Mammoth. I meet smart and passionate people in town every day with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. I feel It’s just a matter of motivating some of these qualified individuals to come forward and run for Office. Competition causes the cream to rise to the top.

    And if the councilmember has something to lose like some income from the position he or she holds I would think he or she would be far more attentive to their perception and to the will of the people.

    The majority of people talk about how we need change. But how exactly do we effect that change? What is the procedure within the town of Mammoth Lakes? If you know please post a comment about how that is done.

    And seriously even if you don’t like my idea above what are your ideas? This is a serious question to me because I feel like I’m on some sort of losing team by being a resident of the town of Mammoth Lakes. If you have a real idea that is actionable and can be realistically executed upon then post it below. You never know – you might be the inspiration for some sort of grass roots operation/movement.

     
  4. Fact Checker September 5, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    John, thanks for putting words to the obvious.

    I’m really trying to figure out this dysfunctional Mammoth Bureaucratic system.

    How it looks is that Mayor Wood is President of Mammoth? His limp, soft spoken way seems to thrive only in closed session.

    He passive-aggressively controls every situation. It is not working.

    If Wood is so gun ho about his job, CAN HE ANSWER THIS:
    Why did he install freshman councilman Lehman as Mayor in the worst time of Mammoth’s history?

    Why didn’t he take the job himself?
    This is a very interesting and revealing question.

    Fact is, if you don’t align with Wood, nothing gets done. He has made this crystal clear.

    If you listen to Wood’s words from last nights council meeting, He and the track (Wood’s pet project, built during bankruptcy proceedings) are responsible for all the success Mammoth had this Summer. LOL

    This reminds me when Ralph McMullen took credit for the big snow year.

    We are going to have to wait until Wood retires for anything to happen.

    Why doesn’t he just retire now?

    When I wrote this, the post above had 21 likes supporting Vereuck’s letter and one dislike (probably Wood’s). That says it all.

    Remember, we give direction to Council, Council gives direction to the town Manager, the town Manager gives direction to Staff.

    Where did we go wrong?

     
    • Desert Tortoise September 6, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Where you went wrong is by not having competitive elections. If no one has the energy to challenge incumbents at election time, don’t complain about the results. Instead of bellyaching here, become a member of a city council committee, or at the very least become a regular at both council meetings and committee meetings of committees that interest you and speak out regularly. I am a committee member in my community and, trust me, public pressure applied during public comments is heard.

       

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