Inyo County Pitch in to Help IMACA With $100,000 – Bishop City Council to Vote Next Meeting on $25,000.

 

PLEASE NOTE MARCH 19,2022

UPDATED STORY:   DEB MURPHY SUBMITTED CORRECTIONS TO THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE REGARDING BISHOP CITY COUNCIL ACTION AT THE LAST MEETING.  THERE WAS NO VOTE ON THE AMOUNT TO ALLOCATE AND A VOTE WILL BE TAKEN AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  IN ADDITION, LESLIE CHAPMAN WAS INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED AS LINDA CHAPMAN AND KATE MORLEY’S NAME WAS MISSPELLED.  SIERRA WAVE MEDIA IS SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED AND HAS CORRECTED THE ARTICLE.

Three weeks after Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes allocated $100,000 each to keep the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA) functioning, the City of Bishop and Inyo County Board of Supervisors dealt with the issue.  Inyo came up with  $100,000.  Bishop Cty Council to vote on $25,000 at their next meeting.  Councilmember Stephen Muchovej explained Bishop is the smallest of the four impacted entities with less available monies.

Kate Morley, IMACA’s executive director hired just prior to the financial implosion, repeated
the details of the organization’s financial issues for the third and fourth time in the last month.
The organization lost its controller and got behind on billing. IMACA is grant funded; those
grants are reimbursable, meaning the services are provided and the grantor is billed before any
money comes down to the organization. COVID and the subsequent shut-down of businesses
across the county increased the demand on services.

Supervisor Jeff Griffiths, who also sits on the IMACA Board of Directors, explained the depth of
red tape attached to the billing process. With the reporting requirements and requests for
additional information, a bill for $1,300 could cost $1,500 in staff time.

Moberly explained the organization has 30 contracts, representing “a lot of balls in the air.” As
an example, the food bank provided supplemental goods for 450 families prior to COVID.
During the pandemic, that number ballooned to more than 1,000 families.

IMACA also staffed and ran pre-schools; those will be handed off to the Inyo Office of Education as of April 1. The organization is still looking for a home for its housing assistance work.

In response to a public comment citing IMACA’s “bloated salaries,” Griffiths noted that a former pre-school teacher at IMACA was now working at a local fast food restaurant because it paid more.

In general, the Board was sympathetic to IMACA’s situation, but a bit guarded on providing
funding, asking for a budget and forecast within the next six months. Morley was willing to
comply with whatever contingencies were placed on the funding.

Griffiths made the motion to provide the $100,000; the motion was seconded and the Board
voted 4-1 to approve. Supervisor Jennifer Roeser was the “no” vote, explaining that her
constituents “wanted sidewalks.” Leslie Chapman, Inyo Chief Administrative Officer, explained
the funding would come from contingency funds “set aside for unforeseen emergencies,” not
capital improvement funding for sidewalks.

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John
John
6 months ago

You know what would be really great? If some of those folks with massive homes up in Aspendell who don’t even work for or contribute to our local economy in any way? Some of which rake in cash from out of area jobs and then buy and build these huge… Read more »

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Concerned
Concerned
6 months ago

I’m also interested in the rules on conflict of interest for Inyo county supervisors to give county money to organizations that they sit on the boards of? Conflict of interest..

Deborah A Murphy
Deborah A Murphy
6 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

Supervisor Griffiths explained that he was appointed to the IMACA board by the Board of Supervisors. All the Supes sit on other boards, like ESTA, OVGA, etc. OVGA (when it was forming) requested funding from all participants; that vote came to and was approved by the Supervisors.

Bishop resident
Bishop resident
6 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

In this case there is no conflict. Jeff Griffiths is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to sit on the IMACA board

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
6 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

Understand your point, but not sure it is applicable to what you may be thinking: “members of the Board of Supervisors are themselves appointed each year to serve on a variety of local, regional, state, and national committees, subcommittees, commissions and boards of directors for organizations and other agencies large… Read more »

Former Director
Former Director
6 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

First, IMACA has all of the tools necessary to sustain itself. The ED should be reaching out to her funding sources (CSD, HCD, CSBG) for cash assistance. Second, ask the Board Chair to call the former Controller for help, I did. She was willing to help, thus far has not… Read more »

Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark
6 months ago

Deb Murphy, I’m confused by this report. I listened to the entire Bishop city council meeting. The council did not vote on any monies for IMACA. The mayor mentioned 25k and there was agreement to discuss it at the next council meeting. No money was allocated. (Unless there has been… Read more »

Deborah A Murphy
Deborah A Murphy
6 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Clark

You’re right; I got it wrong in the story, along with screwing up a few names. Was obviously having a serious case of brain fade. Here’s the fixed story. March 16, 2022 Bishop, Inyo County Pitch in to Help IMACA Three weeks after Mono County and the Town of Mammoth… Read more »

Concerned
Concerned
6 months ago

Thanks for the correction. Did you listen or attend the city council meeting prior to writing the first story? The direction from Council was to have staff look into funding. I’m still not positive that means a yes or no vote on anything by next meeting. We will see how… Read more »

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
6 months ago

I’m a constituent of Supervisor Roeser and I do NOT prefer sidewalks over feeding and housing the homeless. Thank you to the other supervisors who have their priorities straight.

Bishop resident
Bishop resident
6 months ago
Reply to  Kay Kramer

I agree I’m so disappointed with her. We have a huge housing problem in this community. Even those with money can’t get housing. But that was just one of may disturbing and tone deaf statements of the meeting. It’s clear who she believes who her constituents are and many of… Read more »

Concerned
Concerned
6 months ago
Reply to  Kay Kramer

Kay,
Are you the same Kay quoted on the IMACA site thanking them for the gift of weatherization program? How much grant money did they “gift” you?
Looking for some transparency on IMACA programs..

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
6 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

No, not the same person, I’ve not received any funding nor support from them. But, I do know a number of people who have, all very deserving.

David Dennison
David Dennison
6 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

Concerned

Seems you’re more concerned about,and against what you perceive as being “free-hees” or “hand-outs” coming from IMACA to those in need of financial help…not so much how they are dispersing the funds to those in need…

Mono Person
Mono Person
6 months ago

Unspent Covid monies?

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Not at all.

Harold
Harold
6 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

What kind of evil is Roeser. Imaca does so much than I’m sure she is aware of. Some day when she’s old I hope she has a limited income and gets turned down for heat assistance and winterization. Let’s not let her have another term, she doesn’t deserve the overly… Read more »