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February 25th

How Mammoth Lakes saved the world

February 25, 2011

Feb. 11, 2111

World leaders today gathered in the tiny mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, California, in homage to the people who a century ago solved the problems of the world.

They assembled at the monument to John Wentworth, a common citizen and folk hero. It was he who commissioned the document that today is known throughout the world as Revolution Strategies, or RevStrats, but then was simply known as Recreation Strategies, or RecStrats.

RecStrats helped guide the people of Mammoth Lakes into a coherent way to think about themselves and their warring factions.

February 4th

Gee, let’s have another committee

February 4, 2011

This is how government and bureaucracies work:

At Wednesday’s town council meeting, the members considered a proposal that they create a new committee, this one called “The Town Council and Planning Commission Liaison Committee.”

Planning Commission Chair Tony Barrett and Vice Chair Jay Deinken put it before the council.

They argued that the creation of such a committee “can ensure the effective and efficient completion of the Fiscal Year 2010-11 Budget Work Program.”

Town Manager: Worst Job?

February 4, 2011

We know a guy who keeps a list of the worst jobs in the world, or, if not the worst jobs, jobs he would never do, for whatever reason.

They’re the ones you might expect: summer highway construction in South Dakota; working the blood pit in your neighborhood slaughterhouse; working timber on the Sierra’s (hot) west side.

We’ve got another one: Town Manager.

There’s a reason why town managers last only four or five years on average.

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