Council says “slap in the face” from BOS

mltc1_15_14Members of the Mammoth Town Council said it felt like a “slap in the face” when the Mono Supervisors declined to directly contribute to Fourth of July events at Crowley Lake.

Councilman John Eastman pointed to the letter that came from Mono County Administrator Jim Leddy that said the Supervisors were willing to consider the request from the Town for $5,000 in cash to help fund the Fourth of July. But, he said they were actually willing to consider that the Town could apply for a grant through the County to get the money. Councilwoman Jo Bacon said the application date had passed. Town Manager Dan Holler said the grant would have put the Town in competition with County agencies that would have been hard to beat. Holler said the idea was “not viable.”

Councilman Eastman said, “Maybe I’m missing something. I can’t understand why the Fourth of July at Crowley would not be looked at by the Board of Supervisors, especially those who represent Mammoth Lakes,” said Eastman, “and not fall all over themselves to fund a menial distribution for a County function.” Eastman said the Board members were “playing a game and creating reasons for not funding this.” He said voters in Mammoth Lakes and Crowley should be upset.

Mayor Rick Wood and Mayor Pro Tem Bacon agreed. Eastman turned to an old joke about getting elected. He said, “There’s been a saying for many years that Mammoth Lakes elects Board members and at the first meeting a lobotomy is performed in Bridgeport. From then on,” he said, “it’s difficult for them to represent the community of Mammoth Lakes.” Mayor Wood chimed in, “I couldn’t have said it better.” Councilman Matthew Lehman said the Town did not apply for the County grant, as he saw it, on principle. Said Lehman, “The Fourth of July is something that financially benefits all of us.”

Lehman had earlier reported that community efforts had galvanized private donations toward the ultimate goal of $28,000 for fireworks and pops in the park. He said the event will work with private money and a little Town funding. Lehman added that with the dismal winter right now, a focus on summer would help the area “re-cap our losses.”

As for the political discord, Mayor Wood added that there is an election June 3rd and Mammoth Supervisors’ seats are up for election. Said Wood, “Voters can and do make a difference.”



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20 Responses to Council says “slap in the face” from BOS

  1. Curious January 21, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Alms for the poor?

    Anything funnier than multi millionaires crying poor house again. The rich continue to get richer by using tax monies to promote their business interest.

    Let me guess, someone who profited most over the TBID vote, kicked in the five grand for the 4th of July fireworks?

    When does the taxpayer get to collect on their losses caused by these tax eaters?

    There’s an even older joke about crooked politicians and nepotism, something about one’s memory being as long as their manhood.

    • Ken Warner January 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Eighty-five people control the same amount of wealth as half the world’s population. That is 85 people compared with 3.5 billion.A new report from Oxfam has been published in time for the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

      It shows the world’s ultra-wealthy have not only recovered from the global financial crisis, they have positively blossomed.

      The report shows the wealth of the 1 per cent richest people in the world is worth about $US110 trillion, 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.

      It also shows the world’s richest 85 people control about $US1.7 trillion in wealth, equivalent to the bottom half of the world’s population.

      And if it wasn’t for all those damn pensions, they’d all be rich instead of just scraping by….

  2. upthecreek January 21, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Why is the Mammoth CC so surprised ??
    Do they not understand the county needs ever Penny they can get for their huge Pension payout..
    Tic Tic Tic……


    • Ken Warner January 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      How much is Mono County’s annual pension pay out exactly? Where does that money come from? Who do you think you are saving from what? Explain how pensions destroy our economy.

      You’ve found a nice little imaginary demon to confront whenever you think you need to win a fight and prove yourself a visionary. I don’t think you really know what you are talking about because you are only echoing the spin masters employed by big money.

  3. MJA January 21, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    The 4th of July is all about the independence from government, isn’t it? So rather than funding explosives to fizzle frivolously in the sky I think the time has come to free ourselves from government again, time for a new Independence Day. the time has come to unincorporate the town of Mammoth Lakes. Let the revolution begin! =

    • Shine January 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      If TOML unincorporates, rest of county will have to incorporate to protect themselves.

    • Desert Tortoise January 22, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but no. It was about founding a nation independent of Great Britain and about founding a government that was elected and thus derived it’s authority from the very people it governed. It was never about the absence of government.

  4. Eastern Sierra Local January 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    It’s deja vue all over again; seems like every year the issue of the Crowley Lake fireworks comes up.

  5. Local Yokel January 21, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Jim Leddy at the meeting this morning, made it quite clear the officials from the Town of Mammoth Lakes were notified long ago as to how to request monies for this event (as always) – and ignored the correspondence. And like clockwork, the usual inept suspects are now whining like babies that THEY were ignored. Such childishness! Such lies! Throw all the bums out!

    • MeadowGal January 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      Local Yokel, I was thinking the same thing. What are they crying about? They had a deadline, missed it, then are complaining because they didn’t get the money they felt they deserved – without going through the process? John Eastman, it’s the right decision not to run again.

      On the flip side – the fireworks show brings thousand of people, and their dollars, to Mono County. Just because you don’t live in Mammoth doesn’t mean you don’t benefit from those tourists’ dollars.

      • Tearing the County apart? January 22, 2014 at 10:43 am #

        It is rumored that long-timer local politician John Eastman has a huge photo of Ronald Reagan behind his desk. Perhaps Eastman should take a cue from another conservative Glenn Beck, who recently apologized on conservative-operated Fox TV for “Helping tear the country apart.”
        We can’t allow any useless, pointless Town of Mammoth vs. Mono County games today, people. It does not promote harmony. Eastman, like Beck should offer an apology for his Glenn Beck-like polarizing and childish antics, admit the Town of Mammoth group of councilmen failed to follow a simple process, and/or resign immediately.

  6. Jay Wheaton January 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank You Mono County Supervisors, the county does not revolve around Mammoth Lakes. I am a homeowner in Mono County, there are more important issues for the county residents than to piss away money on fireworks. Waaaaaaa!!! Mammoth Lakes fund your own unnecessary crap.

  7. Scott turner January 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    haha TOML..Im glad the county isn’t spending its money on you!

    • Wake UP! January 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      I Kinda wonder that myself.

      Abuse of discretion , willfully causing multi- million dollar judgements , Bank ruptcy

      These guys are Blind.

  8. Local Yokel January 22, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Since the ugly $30 million judgment against the Town of Mammoth Lakes for breach of a development agreement took place in Mammoth Lakes (with Eastman right in the middle of the fiasco), perhaps Eastman should be the one to be slapped in the face for once again ignoring the rules set forth and choosing to play BS political games instead.

    • Desert Tortoise January 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      The FAA screwed TOML if you ask me.

      • Mk January 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

        Yea Maybe so but they are the Feds , they get away with that sort of thing.
        The Town does not have that power, although they think they do!

      • Roger January 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

        DT- the FAA did not screw Mammoth- Greed and Arrogance screwed Mammoth.

      • Bemused January 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

        That’s completely false. MMSA (Rusty), MLTC, and TOML “screwed” Mammoth…along with various attorneys (but of course).


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