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November 9th

No new taxes

November 9, 2012

We do not like taxes.

We can live with taxes that make sense, but to raise Mammoth’s taxes to help the town raise money to alleviate its $29.5 million, 23-year MLLA judgment is a nonsense tax—a kneejerk tax, as it were.

There is a lot of talk among the citizenry about taxing ourselves. You can hear it from the Town Council Chambers to the beer aisle at Vons. The council itself rightly has the yips over any proposal to put a tax-raising measure before the voters, knowing as it does that Mammoth already is at a breaking point.

November 2nd

Being a veteran

November 2, 2012

 

Editor’s note: All Veterans and their friends and families are welcome at the Second annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Fire Station on Main Street, Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. with breakfast provided. A graduate of Mammoth High School—and a veteran—offers the following comments.

It’s a strange feeling to think of one’s self as a veteran at the age of 23.  

Doing what's best for our kids

November 2, 2012

 

Thank you for running your recent article “Four candidates aim for two Eastern Sierra Unified board seats.”

I appreciate the information and coverage you’ve provided for voters and communities of the Eastern Sierra Unified School District. We have some important decisions to make regarding the ESUSD Board of Trustees in this election.

Strong support for Ted Schade our local air pollution control officer

November 2, 2012

 

I, for one, refuse to stand by and not support Ted Schade, our Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control officer, and my friend, who is currently under attack by the City of Los Angeles.

Ted is tirelessly working to ensure public health in the Eastern Sierra and to enforce the laws of our country.

All of us who live here must oppose the strong interests who seek to once again divide and conquer the “Owens Valley folk.” Wolves hunt in that fashion.

Thank you Whiskey Creek

November 2, 2012

 

The Senior Class of Mammoth High School 2013 would like to extend our thanks to Whiskey Creek for hosting our fall senior dinners.

Our senior dinners pay for the end of the year senior trip where we get to enjoy the last bits of high school.

Urging a yes vote on Prop. 36

November 2, 2012

 

I urge a yes vote on Proposition 36 on the November ballot. It would change the “Three Strikes” law to permit consideration of the seriousness of the third strike.

As it now stands, a third felony mandates a sentence of 25 years to life regardless of the nature of the offense. It has been imposed for such things as theft of a pair of shoes, a golf club, and a package of bubble gum. Authorities need the flexibility to consider whether the third crime threatens the safety of the public.

Greg Norby

November 2, 2012

 

We’re going to miss Greg Norby around here.

As the manager of the Mammoth Community Water District for four years, he ran the utility with aplomb, efficiency, and a sense of humor that hardly anyone ever got to see.

We were reminded of a Planning Commission meeting more than a year ago, when Norby gave the commissioners the bad news about the then-upcoming litigation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

It was a sobering presentation, at a time when Mammoth really did not seem ready for another load of lawsuits.

Greg Norby

November 2, 2012

 

We’re going to miss Greg Norby around here.

As the manager of the Mammoth Community Water District for four years, he ran the utility with aplomb, efficiency, and a sense of humor that hardly anyone ever got to see.

We were reminded of a Planning Commission meeting more than a year ago, when Norby gave the commissioners the bad news about the then-upcoming litigation with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

It was a sobering presentation, at a time when Mammoth really did not seem ready for another load of lawsuits.

October 26th

Vote Yes on Prop. 34

October 26, 2012

 

According to the impartial analysis of Prop. 34 and potential costs to taxpayers prepared by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor in the Official Voter information Guide, “since the death penalty law was enacted in California in 1978, around 900 individuals have received a death sentence.

“Of these, 14 have been executed, 83 have died prior to being executed and about 75 have had their sentences reduced by the courts. As of July 2012, California had 725 offenders in state prison who were sentenced to death.”

A response to Mr. Harris about Mammoth Police Department

October 26, 2012

 

I would like to respond to some of the comments made by Jean Harris in his letter that was published in the Oct. 19 issue of the Mammoth Times.

Mr. Harris believes that the Police Department is “bloated” and that crime will not increase if the department loses 46 percent of its officers.

A bend in the road

October 26, 2012

 

We haven’t had a lot of rah-rah moments around here lately, so two of them, within a week’s span, were particularly noteworthy.

The first one was a rah-rah for the snow. We couldn’t help feeling a little extra bounce in our feet on Monday morning, right through the whatever-it-was snow shower on Wednesday. It looks like winter is here to stay.

October 19th

Regarding proposal to reduce police expenses in Mammoth

October 19, 2012

 

Please consider the probable effect on tourism when the first article appears in the L.A. Times reporting a mugging or gang shooting in Mammoth Lakes.

It will immediately undo years of promotional advertising.  

Who wants to take the kids to a “Family Resort” with drug deals going down in the Vons parking lot?

If the town skimps on public safety, all the money spent on promotion, recreation, airline subsidies, transit, and public art won’t save us.

The judgment is the Town of Mammoth’s fault, period

October 19, 2012

 

As a concerned individual, who has actually read the court opinion, I found it very difficult to read the Oct 5 issue of the Mammoth Times. 

Rather than accept the facts revealed in the court opinion, showing corruption and mismanagement of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, the issue was replete with finger pointing and artificial conclusion.

One councilmember, seriously suffering from self denial, even attempted to blame the judgment on North Mono County.

Prop. 30 is an important issue

October 19, 2012

 

Proposition 30 on the November ballot is a very important issue regarding school funding.

As your Inyo and Mono County Superintendents of Schools, we believe it is our obligation to inform the electorate of matters that directly affect our local schools.

Furthermore, we know that you are looking for factual, nonbiased data to make an informed decision at the ballot box.

The Snow Dance

October 19, 2012

 

Not long ago, we got a phone call from a radio station in Los Angeles, asking if the town’s fiscal situation will help, hamper, or change the skier experience in Mammoth this season.

We said no—nothing will change as long as people do a proper snow dance right about now.

One of them goes off tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. at The Village. The people at the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation are throwing a bonfire party and ski burn as a sacrifice to Ullr. If you have to ask who the heck Ullr is, you’re in the wrong town.

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