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What we really need is less town government

October 12, 2012

 

As a business owner and resident of Mammoth Lakes, I am angry—angry that once again the Town of Mammoth Lakes appears to be taking out its shortcomings on its residents and police.  

All we heard about last time there was a budget shortfall was what would be “fair.” Apparently fair was cutting 10 percent from every department.

Forget for a moment that fair should never have been a consideration.  You know what would be fair? Making the over-staffed entity responsible for the current financial mess take the cuts.

Dear Mayor Lehman and Members of the Council,

October 12, 2012

 

I am writing in regard to the proposed use of voter-approved funds in conjunction with the current fiscal difficulties of the town and the settlement of the MLLA judgment.

Following the intent of the voters in passing the various measures has been a core principle of the council since 1986. This appears no longer to be true based upon the adoption of the FY 2012-13 budget and the Baseline Before Settlement Expenditures distributed as a part of the package presented to the public on Sept. 27.

Open letter to the citizens of Mammoth Lakes

October 12, 2012

 

When I was a child in San Diego, my parents would always take me shopping. Whether it was to the grocery store or one of the two new shopping malls, I would have to tag along and most of the time, I was bored out of my mind.

When my eye would catch a glimpse of an item of merchandise that interested me, invariably I would reach out to grasp the object. I remember my mom or dad telling me not to touch it; that if I broke it they would have to pay for it.

A letter from the Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association

October 12, 2012

 

The Mammoth Lakes Police Officers Association (MLPOA) would like to thank the residents, business owners, visitors, and part-time residents of Mammoth Lakes who have been supportive of us for the past 26 years.

We would also like to express our sincere thank you for your support over the past couple of weeks during these trying times.

Something will have to give

October 12, 2012

 

Two millions dollars a year for 23 years in a town of barely 8,000 people is going to cause inevitable heartache.

Don’t expect to be happy—regardless of the outcome.

The first round of potential cuts drafted by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and presented at the Sept. 27 Town Council meeting caused an explosion of emotions across town.

The most drastic of the proposed cuts is the elimination of seven sworn officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.

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