Another successful Hispanic Advisory Committee meeting

– Press release from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department

On Thursday, November 20, the eighth semi-annual Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Mammoth Lakes Hispanic Advisory Committee was held at the Grand Sierra Lodge.

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Approximately 50 community members attended and heard presentations from representatives of Community Services Solutions who provided information on obtaining medical coverage, the Mono County Department of Behavioral Health on services they provide, Wild Iris on domestic violence counseling services and foster, Mammoth Lakes Housing about services, and the DMV.  Jose Melara, the Office Manager of the Lancaster DMV Office provided information on AB 60 which takes effect on January 1.  AB 60 will allow undocumented persons the ability to obtain driving privileges so long as they meet specific criteria.

The series of Town Hall meetings have been well received by the community.  The goal of the Hispanic Advisory Committee is to educate the public and improve understanding and communication between law enforcement and the community.

Special thanks go to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for making the Emerald Room at the Grand Sierra Lodge available and the following restaurants who provided food for the participants:  Subway, Von’s, Dominos, Lakanuki, Twomeys, Gomez’s, Smokeyard, Salsas, and Goodlife.

 

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Tony Cumia
Tony Cumia
7 years ago

Post 911, employers have to ask the prospective employee of proof of citizen ship or work papers…..Its not up to the employer to determine if the papers are fake or real…usually in a year or 2 the employer will receive a letter stating the illegal status and then we have… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

Pickles…compared to the living conditions of their home countries, most illegal immigrants DO consider this the land of riches and MOST of them I would imagine, are not disappointed.

Mitch Green
Mitch Green
7 years ago

Gerardo- You sound like an American hating, self righteous union leader just wanting to rant about “holy” undocumented workers. I know a very qualified teacher with 15 years experience that could not get a teaching job in Mammoth because she didn’t speak Spanish. I think the “undocumented workers(kids)” took a… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago
Reply to  Mitch Green

Mitch Green….I read a good quote the other day for those that are against immigration,cause let’s face it…in most cases THAT is what most of the angry people see it as,not so much if it’s legal or illegal immigration…..The quote said “This is the way it is now,like it or… Read more »

Mr. Pickles
Mr. Pickles
7 years ago

Once our country is done exploiting central americans, we will just move on to another group. It’s been happening for hundreds of years. The chinese built our railroads. The black slaves worked the plantations.The one percenters thrive on cheap labor while our immigrants are lured in with the promise of… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Pickles

Mr. Pickle, the Indians were actually the first ones that were in slaved be our founding fathers. Don’t tell any one.

Mark
Mark
7 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Pickles

I feel this is true. And exactly what businesses within TOML are doing. These employers hire illegals because they can pay them less then someone here legally. These employers are in fact exploiting these people. Had employers been cited and fined for their illegal employment practices illegal immigrants would not… Read more »

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

This would be a better Country if all law enforcement would quit catering to illegals, do their job, and arrested those here illegally.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, I don’t think local police are really allowed to enforce immigration laws.

Mark
Mark
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

At the most basic level, county sheriffs are the ones tasked with the implementation of whatever federal or state laws are passed,

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Mark

@Mark,
Would that include arresting all the local contractors, business owners and home owners who willingly hire undocumented workers? After all, the ones providing the work are just as “illegal” as those doing the work.

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Absolutely. That is exactly where it should start.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

i think the top one percent in this country is laughing all the way to the bank at us all, `once again! But what do I know?

P.s. I’m getting tired of having to check this I’m” not a spammer” thingy!

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Just don’t do it. BK

Eastside Bum
Eastside Bum
7 years ago

Chief Watson; wasn’t the Hispanic Advisory Committee created years ago in response to “certain issues” which came up from particular individuals? Also, did it come about because Mammoth’s demographics changed so radically during the 2000s? If a committee had to be formed in order to educate a certain populace about… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
7 years ago
Reply to  Eastside Bum

Bum – The Hispanic Advisory Committee was created in late 2010 after I arrived as Police Chief. A couple of my officers told me that there was a disconnect between the Police Department and the Hispanic community, especially with undocumented persons. As in a lot of immigrant communities, there was… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

Chief Watson, I wish all law enforcement had the same mentality and ability to communicate as you. if it’s true your moving on, I wish ya the best!

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

Spanish was the language California. Then the English speaking people immigrated here.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Tell a indian that Christopher Columbus discovered America and watch their reaction.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
7 years ago

Blaze….And how do you know that ?…Do you take it upon yourself to ask them,or just assume ?….Do they volunteer their immigration status to you when you ask or demand? And is that before or after you go off on some righteous speech telling them to learn English or better… Read more »

Blaze
Blaze
7 years ago

Too many “undocumented persons ” in Mammoth Lakes. Learn English and we can all attend the event together.

Gerardo
Gerardo
7 years ago
Reply to  Blaze

Listen up, Blaze -The three meals you put away each day were cultivated, harvested, packed and loaded by a workforce that is vastly – if not mostly – made up of undocumented workers. American agriculture and food packers can’t find enough U.S. born, fair-skinned folks like you to do the… Read more »

KJ
KJ
7 years ago
Reply to  Gerardo

Gerardo- I don’t think he said anything about hating a specific race. I think he merely stated that he doesn’t like that fact that immigrants want to come here but don’t learn or care much to learn the native language. What do you think the French would say if i… Read more »

Gerardo
Gerardo
7 years ago
Reply to  KJ

Hello, KJ – I did not accuse anyone of hating a specific race – please review what I said – but I did suggest that the comments made by “Blaze” showed a depreciation of people’s labor and its importance to our economy. And what I said applies to our local… Read more »

KJ
KJ
7 years ago
Reply to  Gerardo

Gerardo- I don’t understand how that rant you just made relates to the topic and argument that other guy said. It sounds like you want to voice your opinion about what appears to be your passionate feelings rather than keep to the topic of him immigrants speaking english in order… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Gerardo

Gerardo: Our society has become dependent on immigrant labor. It’s like a drug. A cheap fix. The average white guy used to do those jobs. I was one of them for a while. But it’s gotten impossible for most to justify working those jobs simply because more and more work… Read more »

Gerardo
Gerardo
7 years ago
Reply to  KJ

Hello again, KJ – You are the one who keeps mentioning race. I haven’t once mentioned race or accused anyone of racism. My comments are not a rant – you should look up the word rant and learn its meaning before you use it. What I have said are principled… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
7 years ago
Reply to  Gerardo

Gerardo: What you say is true. And it’s not right to exploit the desperation of the people who are exploited. It didn’t use to be so. Up until the factory farm concept became standard, many white Americans were the backbone of the agriculture industry. They were displaced by immigrant labor… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago
Reply to  Blaze

Yeah Blaze, I have trouble understanding those ski intstructors from New Zealand and Australia too. You’d think they could speak English like us by now.

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
7 years ago

Good question KJ. No tax dollars are involved. The meeting room is donated by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and the food provided is donated by local restaurants. The members of the committee that put these meetings together are also all community volunteers. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is full of… Read more »

KJ
KJ
7 years ago

I really hope mine and other’s tax dollars aren’t going to a special interest group with a race helping goal oriented agenda. If there are tax dollars paying for this committee then i ask when is ok to favor a person’s skin color to receive help from tax dollars. Shouldn’t… Read more »