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October 1st, 2012
In sorting out the history of the town’s path toward a near-crippling $29.4 million, 23-year legal settlement, Mammoth Councilman Rick Wood said a big chunk of blame should go to North Mono County.
Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman took off into the backcountry this past weekend, dropping by Rock Creek Resort for a slice of “Pie in the Sky.”
Anticipating a number of questions regarding the MLLA settlement, the town published the following expected questions.
The Mammoth Lakes Town Council on Thursday put the town’s police department on the chopping block, proposing deep cuts as a result of the $29.5 million settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, Inc.
Mammoth Town Councilman Michael Raimondo, the newest voice on the embattled five-member council, didn’t let his empty chair go silent Thursday night.
Writing from Mexico, where he is vacationing, the owner of Old New York Deli & Bagel Co. in the Village ripped into the $29.5 million settlement agreement the town made with MLLA.
“This settlement and the path taken to get to the settlement were executed and implemented in a fashion that did not and will not serve the community’s best interests.
Mammoth councilmember Rick Wood said he wants to set the record straight on the events leading up to the town’s $29.5 million, 23-year settlement in the MLLA case.
Here is the full text of Mammoth councilmember’s Rick Wood on the MLLA settlement, delivered Thursday, Sept. 27 at a special meeting of the Town Council:
You can only imagine the frustration of a lawyer and a politician being muzzled for a year on this.
I thought that I would not actually have any prepared remarks, but that I would see how things flowed.
For Mammoth to have continued its legal fight with lawyers representing both Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition and Terry Ballas, the town was subject to a "burn rate" of $1 million a month in legal costs, Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht said.
Speaking to a crowd at the Council Chambers on Thursday night, Welbrecht asserted that the legal costs in terms of attorneys fees and the costs of paperwork were so daunting that the town had little choice but to settle.
"We've talked about the cost for legal services," Wilbrecht said. "We talked about how expensive it is.
With the memory of a horrible ski season still fresh in their minds, skiers and snowboarders headed to western resorts are looking forward to the new season with a fair amount of apprehension.
“The summer season was impressive for participating western resorts but pretty much everyone is now watching the Weather Channel, checking the Farmer’s Almanac, and getting their snow dance ensembles cleaned and pressed,” said Joan Christianson of the Denver-based Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRiP) data collection agency.
Town leaders of Mammoth Lakes last night issued a clarion call for action by the town’s citizens in the wake of its $29.5 million, 23-year settlement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition (MLLA).
The call came from town councilmembers and Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht, who together face the prospect of paying off a $2 million annual payment over the next 23 years to end the breach of trust judgment against the town.
Welcome Robin Roberts, the new department director for the county’s revamped Mental Health Department, now to be called the Department of Behavioral Health. Roberts has been with the county for some time now, but was just promoted to the new title, taking over former Mental Health Director Ann Gimpel’sposition….
Chamber Music Unbound opens its 2012-13 winter season this weekend with â€śFantasia,â€ť performed by the resident Felici Piano Trio and renowned violinist, Corey Cerovsek.
The program begins tonight (Friday) at Bishop Union High School, and then repeats at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth on Saturday. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $25/adult, $17/senior and $7/student and can be purchased at the door after 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are online at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org, at the Booky Joint and at The Inyo Council for the Arts.
The Mammoth Unified School District this week received $300,000 for alleviating problems and/or enhancing programs, according to foundation executive director Stacy Corless.
She said the money will go toward increased class offerings/ academic flexibility; technology; language path- ways, and visual/performing arts.
â€śItâ€™s a win-win,â€ť Corless said in a press release, â€śallowing MMCF to bring additional resources to Mammothâ€™s schools while also creating a program that supports student athletes on Mammoth Mountain teams.â€ť
A gift of brand new iPads and laptops for Mammoth Elementary School students last year has allowed students to jump-start their roles as technologically savvy global citizens.
Even students as young as kindergarteners can now learn how to use the digital devices, whether their families at home have them, or can afford them or not, according to former Mammoth Elementary PTO member and president Pamela Bold.
A new virtual charter school is available in the Bishop/Mammoth area and itâ€™s free and open to most students.
The new, 501c3 nonprofit academy is called Golden State Virtual Academy. Itâ€™s a state-sponsored school and is thus free to students. It already has about 80 students, according to Principal Randy Cook.