Letter to the editor: dismayed by law enforcement

On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM, Keary Gregg <[email protected]> wrote:

I love driving scenic 395 every year I have gone to the Burning Man festival since 2002. Oftentimes I will spend the night in Bishop, in which case we eat out at least two times, and of course, fill up on gas and snacks.

This year, in Bridgeport, in the late afternoon, I ran into a full vehicle “Sobriety Checkpoint” stop, drivers license inspection, questioning by the officer as to where I was coming from and where I was going. There were many officers on hand, including search dog. It was intimidating and un-nerving, especially considering the light traffic due to the nearby fires and smoke in the air. Night time sobriety checkpoints in the restaurant and bar heavy tourist town of Laguna Beach are not manned as heavily. But tiny Bridgeport? Do people there start drinking earlier in the day? It felt like an international border crossing.

I believe that because I and my passenger are in our 60’s and do not look like “Burners” were treated better than some of my friends in other vehicles.

In other towns, friends of mine traveling at different times in a caravan were pulled over en mass for what they felt were flimsy and spurious reasons. There were no arrests or citations.

I am not willing to travel 395 again, having to worry about whether I am going slow enough across an empty crosswalk even though I am under the speed limit, or if I happen to “swerve” while watching for pedestrians, or worry about a warrantless search that leaves my belongings in a mess because a canine handler gets bored and decides his dog “signaled” even though the vehicle was clean. These are some of the experiences that I heard about from others this year.

I had already decided not to travel 395 next year even before I heard about the proposed boycott. Hopefully at next year’s event I will hear good news about the 395 route and feel comfortable enough to return to using it. I believe that the local law enforcement ultimately is responsive to the community will, and doesn’t care a hoot what tourists from outside the county think about their enforcement “style”. If this year’s example of law enforcement on the 395 is a demonstration of the communities desire, hopefully the communities will reconsider.


K. Gregg

Laguna Niguel


146 Responses to Letter to the editor: dismayed by law enforcement

  1. Jim Shelley June 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    I had planned on a roadtrip from ~Palm Springs to South Lake Tahoe in July, 2018. Looked at the 395 as that was my direct route. Had considered the 99… even the 5. Then I found this page. I’ll eat the extra hour and take the 99. Thank you for saving me a LOT of money. I don’t do the speed limit on the open desert.

  2. Brandon August 12, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Mono County residents have spoken on your overzealous sherrif and his tactics. There have been many matters brought to light about how he treats people including his own coworkers. Wrongfully firing Ingrid Braun (that worked out well for him since she is taking his job). This isnt just about burners. There have several cases of tourists driving through Mono being harrassed by law enforcement. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/jan/21/stringers-encinitas-man-arrested-guns-mono-county/. Mono county does depend on alot of tourism approx 80% according to the Bridgeport chamber of commerce. Even the Bridgeport chamber of commerce has acknowleged that law enforcement has been harrassing tourist not just during burning man. If you as a citizen think it is ok to aggressively follow people for no reason. Pull them over. Plant evidence as in the case above. Putting a campers gun in the front seat when it was clearly in the trunk then when his attorney asks for the dash video evidence is suppresed and the case is thrown out. Burners will not be coming up through mono this year. There a several routes to get to Reno, but when San Diego news media is talking about Mono’s law enforcement paractice people need to take note. That can spread to LA, Riverside atc…. Just like all the negative publicity from heckling a few burners. When Sherrif Braun comes into office ill give Mono another shot. I love the scenery and stores but its not worth being harrassed. FB is blowing up right now telling people to avoid Mono.

  3. Flower Power September 16, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Save your energy everyone! All locals in favor of making a change need to do so amicably when the polls open, which is a long time from now. Maybe we can cut the Sherrif ranks in half the way Mammoth did with its police force? In the meantime, where do we send our donation to the codewriter making next year’s real-time BM checkpoint app?

  4. The Aggressive Progressive! September 11, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Athough drug use has been steady for most ages but it has been booming for “baby boomers” here watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug2hqSq8QgM
    If you don’t care to watch it here’s the stats (source is Raw story.com)
    2002 -2012 ages 50 – 54 (2002 3.4% admitted to using in the last month) (2012 7.2 admitted to using in the last month)
    ages 55-59 2002, 1.9% admitted and in 2012 6.6% admitted, and ages 60-64 in 2002 1.1 admitted and in 2012 3.6 admitted to using in the last month.

    with all the money spent on defense, the drug war, subsidies to big industries, not to mention how all the tax rates are in the the top 10% favor, we continue to waste money waging war on our own people when we see it is leading to counter productive deliverables, of course we can’t forget those who are in favor of the status quo really fear their own self preservation over anything else…no matter how good it would be for the country, if they are okay who cares about those people..

  5. Really? September 11, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    There are a lot of good people working for our community in local departments. They are a cross section of the community as a whole and sometimes are seen as good doing what they have to do and sometimes not so much. The Sheriff is one of them. They are not pursuing headlines but just out doing their jobs. If something interesting happens while doing the job and it is worth the press writing about then the community would probably like to hear about it. Your commentary though sounds like some one out with just negative views…

  6. In the know September 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Obenberger is so desperate for good public relations he will attach his department to anything that give him or his department headlines! His department is under such scrutiny he will do what ever he can!
    Guess his own conscious is catching up! Don’t worry his true colors are already realized by the community! That’s why they don’t cal 911 anymore unless it’s way out of their own control!

  7. Curious September 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    YOUR sheriff has a contract with Forrest Service to patrol the campgrounds. If you have never seen one in a campground maybe you should ask him why. He is getting paid for it. Just ask him.

  8. Ice Cream Bob September 10, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t recall the orignal article saying anything about anyone being arrested for driving under the influence. So everyone’s concern about burners drivng up 395 high on dope isn’t realistic.

    The fact is they’re saving their recreational drugs for the playa.

    Does anyone know if K9’s can detect tabs of LSD? If I ever go to burning man I think I’d like to try some.

  9. donegal September 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Profiling? Going to Burning Man. Check. Boycotting.check. Dwells on Police State. Check. Anarchist. definitely.Must be an absolute joy to travel with. Give our cops a break. They are trying to keep some drunk jerk from killing you.

  10. Sick of Mono County September 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Guess we need to amend the Mono County Code exemption that excludes locals from the law to include “Burners” to. I guess we should just not enforce any law because its bad for business. The City of Newport Beach has a very aggressive enforcement posture yet millions of people visit their city each year. The arrest stats listed in the Sheriff’s Department press release, indicated most of the arrests were for possession of dangerous drugs. Do you really want those people in our communities and driving impaired on our roads? I guess $$$$ is more important than our safety!

  11. johnjcampnfish September 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I have to chuckle at everybody that thinks it’s going to be better to drive I5 than 395. Sure, there is cheaper gas and the motels are half the price. As someone who lives in the San Joaquin valley, I can tell you that after a trip or two through this area with its brown air and ugly scenery some tailgating cops and/or speed traps and/or dui checkpoints aren’t quite such intolerable conditions.
    I’m glad to hear of so many law enforcement personnel around the Inyo/Mono area. I hope they patrol through the campgrounds a dozen times a day and night too. You ever try to padlock a tent before going out for a while?

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

      Why on Earth would Law Enforcement patrol a campground filled with cheap campers when the big bucks on the roads? I’ve NEVER seen a cop in a campground EVER!

    • Stacks September 10, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Good concept but they do not patrol the campgrounds, most likely because there is no revenue to be generated there.

      • Well alrighty then September 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

        Most campgrounds, not all, but most are either Forest Service or BLM. Those campgrounds have their own Law Enforcement which is why you would not see a police officer or sheriff patrol. They arrive if needed/called. Just an FYI

        • johnjcampnfish September 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

          I can’t remember now whether it was MLPD or Mono Sheriffs, but a couple years ago I was camping at Sherwin cg when an officer drove through the campground. He even stopped and complimented me on the Gadsden flag sticker on my trailer.
          BTW, if a local economy is so fragile that it cannot survive without the business of once a year freak show attendees that pass through, then it is already without hope.

          • Mark September 11, 2013 at 9:39 am #

            You don’t have to worry about the freak show anymore. The word is out and they’ll be avoiding Mono County all together.

            Talk about having all your eggs in one basket; the local economy is so fragile it relies on a trout species that isn’t even native to the area. If it wasn’t for DFW stocking fish the local economy would be much worse then it is.

    • Pedro September 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      I have driven 5, 99, and 395 for decades and have never seen checkpoints other than 395. Northern Mono has more tailgating stink eye officers than any other stretch I have seen.

      • free advice September 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

        Pedro –
        Just obey the law and everything will work out fine.

        • Pedro September 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

          Yes, Daddy.

          “You must obey the law, always, not just when they grab you by your special place.” Vladimir Putin

  12. Falling Leaf September 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    What’s going on with the people in Mammoth Lakes? All I see is a lot of personal attacks on people and a lot of hate and uneducated guesses.

    • Why the negativity towards Mammoth? September 10, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Nothing is going on with the people in Mammoth Lakes.
      Blogs such as these do not exactly attract the happiest people in the world. (I thought EVERYBODY knew that)
      Also, there seems to be a lot of negativity from those who do NOT live in Mammoth (mostly from Inyo County) for reasons they alone may or may not understand why the negativity.
      Mammoth Lakes is appearing more and more on Great Places To Live lists.
      I’d say that’s a pretty good barometer.

      • Benett Kessler September 10, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        Mr. Negativity, You have no idea where the critics live.

        • a no-brainer September 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

          It’s not that easy to figure out, Ms. Kessler.
          Nobody really disses where they live.

          • Benett Kessler September 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

            I would disagree with that statement.

          • If it sounds like a duck ... September 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

            Kindly speak for yourself, Ms. Kessler.
            It’s well known how a lot of people from Inyo County feel about our wonderful town of Mammoth Lakes and its wonderful people.

          • Benett Kessler September 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

            I always do speak for myself and my own experiences.
            Benett Kessler

      • Pedro September 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

        I live in Mono County and I don’t like Mammoth. Why, Mammoth thinks it is Mono County. This entire thread has largely been about Bridgeport and you still think it is about Mammoth. Best thing about Mammoth is that it went bankrupt to provide me with subsidized flights out of town.

        • Benett Kessler September 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

          The Town never went bankrupt. Point of fact.

          • LaFawnduh September 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

            A few more buyouts and a few more lawsuits and TOML might go bankrupt yet.

          • Pedro September 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

            Not legally, just ethically.

          • Uncle Rico September 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

            The Town is morally bankrupt under the leadership of Mr. Rick Wood…

  13. dm September 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    This accomplished two things:

    It caused locals to lose even more respect for law enforcement. And it caused locals to lose a lot of business.

    Did you see the vehicles the Burners are driving? They aren’t exactly run-down VW vans left over from the last Dead tour. These people have money. If they can afford to sink an obscene amount of money into vehicles/costumes/art/etc… then it’s safe to assume they aren’t poor. They do not simply stop for “gas and a candy bar”. This event brought in a lot of tourist dollars, at a time of year when business in the Eastern Sierra is slowing down.

    And if a person can afford to go to Burning Man, they can also afford proper legal representation. None of these arrests are going to stick, so what was the purpose of this checkpoint?

    • Wayne Deja September 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      dm…What it will do ….if these arrests made “don’t stick”….is maybe teach them,and some others too,that Inyo County and Mono County isn’t an area where it’s O.K. to drive and transport illegal drugs….or be hopped up on them while your doing it….What makes you think these arrests “won’t stick” ?….from what I read,some of those clowns had some serious dope with….much more than a little bit of weed for personal use…Do you think it’s O.K. to transport meth,cocaine,pills and other dangerous drugs through the valley with no consequences if your caught ?…Like some posters have said concerning these check-points…..if your not transporting or high on drugs,drunk on alcohol,and don’t have any warrants,you got nothing to worry about.I’m sure most citizens in Inyo and Mono County would prefer a 30 second sobriety-check point stop over being cut out of a vehicle with the jaws-of-life after an accident brought on by a drunk or impaired driver

      • MonoResident September 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

        I was stopped in the checkpoint. It took a minute or two. The officer was professional and personable. I would prefer checkpoints and law enforcement over being smeared on the highway or having one of my loved ones killed by someone jacked up on alcohol, caffeine, whatever – and a sense of entitlement that apparently overwhelms any concept that you are sharing the road with others who have the same rights and responsibilities. I have lived here in Mono County for 18 years and while I do not always agree with the way laws are enforced or not enforced I fully support any attempt to remind drivers of the rules of the road.

        The timing of this checkpoint was a cause of some amusement to more than a couple of locals. My car was broken into at this time of year, another friend’s truck and camper was stolen and found on the playa. I doubt we are the only victims of the “wealthy” BM “tourists” We locals make sure our stuff is locked up during certain times – BM is one of them. If the decent folks who frequent BM don’t like the “profile” it is your problem to solve from within your chosen group. and until then enjoy the checkpoints or enjoy that scenic drive up I 5!

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

      amen DM!

    • Mark September 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      Hopefully BK follows the court cases and reports back on the outcome

  14. Wayne Deja September 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    JCH…As far as “some of the posts”…and “unwarranted road blocks” go in the Bridgeport area,maybe we should ask what the citizens and visitors to that area think…..especially when it concerns the travelers to Burning Man……Would the business’ in Bridgeport rather rake in the $$$ from the sale of alcohol and cigarette papers from them each year…..or keep their town,their residents,and the families vacationing there that week or so in late August safe from drunk and/or drug impared drivers on the highway.

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      No one pulled over by the Bridgeport checkpoint was intoxicated….only nabbed for possession.

  15. Upset local September 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I think it’s ridiculous that we don’t support our local law enforcement. If you don’t have anything to hide then what’s the big deal. What everyone seems to forget is that our local law enforcement officers are also citizens of our very own community and have wife’s, husbands, and most importantly children. This effects there family’s, show a little support and respect cause if you ever need help who do you call, not the druggies driving on our highways.

    • Rob September 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      “If you don’t have anything to hide then what’s the big deal.”

      The “big deal” is that cops are sworn to uphold the Constitution. Stopping anyone without probable cause is a violation of the law. I am pro-law enforcement until they break the law.

    • Mark September 11, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      It’s hard to support Mono County law enforcement when they terminate very very qualified people like the women who worked for L.A. internal affairs.

      She could bring a lot of grief to the Sheriff like the other deputy is doing now.

    • The Aggressive Progressive! September 13, 2013 at 7:31 am #

      What’s the big deal? the big deal is our country is hurting for new direction and new ideology’s that fit the times.. (deficit, police state, world police, the fact our votes mean little compared to big donors, fractional reserve banking, the monetary system, outdated power sources, climate destabilization, the fact a lot of kids a being fed legal drugs for behavior issues, the fact corporations have first amendment rights but have no accountability for messing up the environment and no accountability for the working conditions they create overseas, income inequality, the new bubble being created with Wall ST., etc. etc.)
      It’s ridiculous how America thinks we have any room to talk when it comes to chemical weapons, like we haven’t used them, but look at who voted yes for war in Syria, those that voted yes got campaign donations from defense contractors and those who benefit from war, and your asking what is the big deal?? oh right you must be okay so everything else is peachy?
      I don’t see anyway to congratulate any officer who thinks they are doing good by taking any possession off the street, for the reasons of southern inyo is sick with METH right now…
      We live in a sick society, but for some of you are so complacent and okay with the waste of finite resources on a grand scale… as if you only care about your world and not the one you are leaving behind.

  16. Steve September 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Glad I read this thread, never heading north to Bridgeport again… time to spread the word.

    • Desert Tortoise September 10, 2013 at 7:27 am #

      The area around Mojave is worse than anything up in Bridgeport, and Chippies hang out on the on ramps to Hwy 14 at California City Bl, on Garlock Road and they hide in the access road turn outs alongside US 395 north of Inyokern. That whole region from Rosamond north on 14 and Adelanto north on 395 is a problem. Chippies will climb into your car, open your glove box and rummage through your stuff even if you tell them to stay outside your car. The judges don’t care because you don’t live in their district and will never have an opportunity to vote them out in any election. Chippies will lie about your speed under oath in court and it doesn’t matter. No matter how much evidence you can offer the judges, especially Judge Pritchard, will never rule against the cop. The cop can make a complete fool of himself asking you why it mattered when you ask him what mode he was operating his radar in (something that very much matters) and the judge will still find you guilty. The judges are as much a part of the problem as the cops because they condone what the cops do, and the cops know that no matter how sloppy or lazy they are, the judge will never make them look bad in court.

      • Mark September 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

        Give me a break

        I’ve never heard of a check point with K9’s anywhere but in Mono County.

        • Benett Kessler September 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

          I don’t believe there were dogs at any check point. There was a CHP checkpoint in August. I believe it was August 17.
          Then, the next weekend the saturation patrol. The Sheriff’s Department did not have a checkpoint. As we understand it,
          officers stopped people with traffic violations.
          Benett Kessler

          • Mark September 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

            Can anyone tell me if they had to wait while the K9 unit arrived?

            If so that is a start to getting cases thrown out of court

          • Mark September 11, 2013 at 9:09 am #

            Being that the dog ‘hit’ on vehicles that lead to a search and no drugs being found I would also go after the crediblity of the K9.

  17. JCH September 9, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Well, I have experienced the tail gating police in BP before. Never got pulled over nor have I stopped in BP. However, after the above posts and the unwarranted road blocks I will take my annual trip to Lake Tahoe up the 5 thru Sacramento and skip BP altogether. Usually I would spend a night in Bishop or Mammoth and break the drive into two days. Sorry to deny Mammoth the hotel and meal $$ I would spend there, but don’t need the drama of driving through BP.

    • Mark September 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      If I was completely legal I’d brake check the fool

      • Desert Tortoise September 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

        If the leo rear ends you it is their fault, period. I brake checked a San Diego PD cop tail gating me in the fog one night (so foggy you could not tell it was a cop on my back bumper). Made the fool swerve real hard, gave me the stink eye but what could they do? They were too close.

  18. Tony Cumia September 9, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    At the last Grenade Games at June Mountain I got stopped as i was heading back into town….no big deal…guess why? BECAUSE I HAD NOTHING TO HIDE.

    • Tourbillon September 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Good obedient boy Tony. Some of us, however, chafe when told “show me your papers, citizen”, even when we have nothing to hide. This is because we were raised to believe we are free people who consent to be governed, not subjects of a divinely imposed regency that can pry and spy as much as they like “to keep us safe” and “enforce the law”.

  19. Tony Cumia September 9, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    If we can all be honest about what Burning Man is all about, then we can understand why this happened. Does anyone remember the last Grenade Games at June Mountain?When your logo promoting the event is a pot bud…what do you expect?

  20. Charles O. Jones September 9, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Anyone who chooses to buy gas in Bridgeport is DEFINITELY driving impaired!

  21. Stacks September 9, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    ……they are not from around there, it really crushing the tourist business. I’m so paranoid going through town. Paranoid I might look away for a second and touch the yellow line, or simply just catch a 22 yr old chp officer who is bored and ready to “see what I’m up to”. It’s very unnerving and equally unnerving for my small children. They are not developing the best opinion of law enforcement.

  22. Bportlocal September 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    The people leaving these messages that state we don’t need our want money from ANYONE…it’s an absolute rediculous statement! Obviously they don’t own a business! Obviously they don’t have bills to pay in the winter when there is NO business! And obviously they are not thinking of those that do. I don’t know of one business owner that was happy about this at all! Should have been dealt with more professionally!

    • Stacks September 9, 2013 at 6:37 am #

      Although this originated from the burning man time frame, I think it’s important to reiterate Bportlocal that this is not isolated to burning man or the roving patrols. It is all the time. Even my extended family that visits BP for vacation experience the same issues. I can tell you it is costing locals thousands of dollars over the season just from my immediate and extended family alone.
      I’m not sure of a solution, as I imagine local business members will be treated with the same condescending manner by those above the law if they tried to come to an agreement. We are not asking to get away with crimes, and by all means if I’m speeding through town, disobeying and traffic laws then pull me over, but when you’ve got average law abiding (non drinking, non drug carrying) citizens getting pulled over or followed simply because they look like

    • Mark September 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      The people saying the don’t want burners money are the very same people that if they would leave the area… the area would be a better place.

    • Big Rick OBrien September 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      I hope all the business owners remember this when it comes to the next Mono County election.

  23. SMH September 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    On Aug. 28 I was travelling North on 395 around 11:30pm. As soon as I went over the bridge into the town of Bridgeport a cop was sitting there waiting for someone to come into town. He was facing South. As soon as I drove passed him he made a quick U turn and was on my ass. I felt as if I was being chased out of town. He was so close to me, if I would have breaked, he would have rear ended me. As soon as I reached Busters Market on my right, the cop turned off the road.
    Ive been travelling 395 my whole life. I have never felt so unwanted in Bridgeport, CA. Very very SAD 🙁

  24. Roy September 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    The best thing about being retired after 30 years in law enforcement is I don’t have to listen to you anti cop people whine and complain….

    • Sean September 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      I love you Roy

    • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Not anticop just anti bully.

    • Tourbillon September 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Poor Roy. Well chin up bucko, look on the bright side. While you whine and complain about those 30 awful years serving the public, you are enjoying full retirement pay at what, 50? 55? Plus extensive health care that most eastern Sierrans can only dream about. All at the expense of the taxpayers, you know, the “you people” you are so resentful of.

      Suggest you find a nice quiet fishing hole somewhere suitable. Like a zillion miles from the fellow citizens you were sworn to protect but found to be so distasteful, even as they paid your salary and now fund your retirement. Before you go, why don’t you try something new and look up a novel word for your vocabulary: misanthrope.

    • The Aggressive Progressive! September 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Okay, so in your years of service where do “check points” and the “drug war” fit into anything that is productive for society? like say how much of those activities led to less drug activity in the future?
      The stats say it leads to counter-productive deliverable’s, so was it a waste or do you still believe we can eliminate all drugs from the face of the earth by combating the people who pick them up?

  25. Alocal September 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    When you drive around LA at 70 mph, you get passed like you are standing still. But then South of Bridgeport, I received from a very arrogant young CHP officer, a ticket for going 60mph in a 55mph zone. It was 10 o’clock at night with no one else on the road. I hardly ever speed and have no other tickets on my record and explained that to the CHP officer who encouraged me to come to court to fight it. I did that. The CHP showed up to court with his chest puffed up, and truly treated me like a criminal in court saying I was speeding and breaking the law. My fine was actually increased in court. I wanted to crawl out of the courtroom. So is there a double standard in this state? When you drive on the 395 corridor in both Inyo and Mono Counties, the CHP’s are swarming all over the place. It does feel like a police state, not real friendly for our visitors or locals. Perhaps our resources could be better spent.

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 9, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      You should’ve contacted Caltrans for the latest speed survey conducted in the area….if 60 mph was within the 85% then the ticket would have had to be thrown out. If a speed survey is older than 5 years it also isn’t a valid ticket.

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 9, 2013 at 9:21 am #

      It’s quiet interesting reading the “Hooray for police” comments. People in this country have become so reliant on police and the long arm of the law to “protect” them that it’s rather sad. It’s not OK for “domestic violence” but it’s OK for police officers to beat the citizens in a police stop? WOW!

      Police in this area are rather draconian in general. Up until 2001, the CHP had on the highways an average of 7 officers in Inyo/Mono Counties during a shift. Since 2001, it has gone up to 30 officers a shift yet the population of the two counties and the amount of traffic on those same highways HASN’T increased at all…interesting? In Bishop alone there are the City Police, the Sheriffs, the CHP, the BLM wardens, and Fish and Game wardens leaving their offices everyday and all told it accounts for ~50 officers leaving Bishop; people are you seriously happy about this? Police don’t stop crime they only “catch” the perpetrators and most police are trained from their first day that all people are guilty and assume as much.

      On the flip side, I highly doubt that “Burners” actually make a big dent in the local economy…..Caltrans traffic studies have found that traffic in Bishop (Main and Line St) peaks for the year the first week of August and it steadily declines until the week in between Xmas and New Year’s. And as being a host to MANY burners at my house leading up to the burn as well as after the burn, I know that they are too excited to get to BRC and too exhausted and want to get home afterwards to stay locally for more than one day and that any money spent locally is mostly on gas and food.

      However, in a society that doesn’t “discriminate” (wink-wink) we need to embrace all people and all walks of life equally and regardless of the amount of money or time people stay in the area and “profiling” them and setting up “Checkpoints” on a week day that are CLEARLY intended to catch people with personal use amounts of intoxicants is a waste of my taxpayer money.

      I am not proud of the Police State that this Country, State, or two local counties have become over the past 10 years and neither should you. It’s rather embarrassing to me that I have to experience this or explain this to my friends and family. And anyone who thinks that these “sobriety check points” during the week of Burning Man is a great thing then I’m really sad that recent history have caused you to believe that Big Brother and his long hairy arm infringing on our American freedoms is a “good thing.”

      • The Aggressive Progressive! September 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

        I love your response Eastern Sierra Local.
        Here’s my two cents;
        Prohibition denies our most basic human right. Prohibition takes away our right of sovereignty over our own bodies and gives this power to government. Does any other human right make sense if we don’t have sovereignty over our own bodies?
        There’s a word for people who don’t have sovereignty over their own bodies = SLAVES!
        copy and paste of the day;
        The drug war is a vast government scam guaranteed to be perpetually futile. Prohibition only pretends to fight drugs. In fact, it guarantees massive profits to anyone on the planet who can produce and deliver prohibited drugs to our streets.
        Jailing drug dealers just creates lucrative job openings for more efficient, more ruthless, eager replacements. Only a small percentage of illegal drugs are intercepted, and these are easily and cheaply replaced.
        Prohibition creates, sustains and handsomely rewards the illegal drug industry while pretending to fight that very same industry. Like the classic mafia protection racket, our government creates a perpetual problem and then charges us exorbitantly to “protect” us from it.
        This abomination continues unabated because our government is addicted to the taxpayer billions it wastes year after year after year pretending to fight an enemy created and sustained by prohibition itself.

    • Desert Tortoise September 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      ESL, there are statutory speed limits that do not require a traffic survey to make a radar ticket or any ticket valid. Don’t ask me how I know this. On a four lane divided highway you need a traffic survey to justify any speed over 55, but you poke a 55 mph sign in the ground and enforce this speed limit with radar legally even in the absence of a current traffic survey, or one that does not validate a 55 mph limit.

      Having said that, we suffer much more stringent speed limit enforcement up here than anyone in LA does. Face it, it is technically very difficult to use radar in crowded freeway conditions, and Chippies down there are spread thinner than the paint on an abandoned building in Dunmovin.

    • Big Rick OBrien September 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

      Of COURSE he encouraged you to fight the ticket in court…He wanted the over-time pay !

  26. Dingo September 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I would have expected somebody in their 60″s to be smarter than that, Keary Gregg.

  27. BobK September 8, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Wow. I didn’t realize congratulating the Sheriffs Dept./CHP was “mean, useless rhetoric” Sorry.

    • Benett Kessler September 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      It’s not. We are highly in favor of congratulating work well done. I’m not sure what comment you are talking about.
      All I was responding to was the fact that I delete some comments. Trying to keep the conversation productive and fun.
      Benett Kessler

  28. Tom O. September 8, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Apparently these fools dont know how to read maps…..avoid Inyo/Mono Counties to go north of Reno?…enjoy your 6 hour[at least] detour.

    • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      Laguna to Reno about 500 miles via 395. About 570 miles via Sacramento and straight shot up 5 with cheaper gas, lodging and food. An hour or less difference, if any. take 6 out of Bishop and work your way north and it is less miles and you avoid Mono and Reno altogether along with Mammoth’s new Tax. Mina could use the business if you can’t.

      • Desert Tortoise September 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

        US 6 over to US 95 is interesting and scenic, one of my preferred mototcycle adventures. That 70 mile difference between taking Hwy 99 to I-80 or taking US 395 to Reno evaporates time wise when you consider the higher speeds you can maintain, with no small towns to slow down for, taking freeways all the way.

      • Desert Tortoise September 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

        The radio stations going up through the San Joaquin Valley are better than anything on US 395 too. If you have to sit for hours in a cage (car) little things like that start to matter.

        • Benett Kessler September 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

          I would take major exception to that!

          • Mongo The Idiot September 12, 2013 at 8:17 am #

            It’s true, Bakersfield has a great Country and Western station that plays the new and the old. I remember the last time I drove through hearing Wichita Lineman, Cash, and Haggard alongside Crash My Party. Their classic rock station is also very progressive and diverse. When I drive 395 I typically put a CD in or listen to the wind; I may check Wave Media, but not for long. I notice that even the classical station up 395 can’t keep my attention because it is too personalized to the programmer’s taste. I want to hear Tannhauser, Brandenburg, Air, and other spoon fed popular classics.
            Not meant to hurt, meant to help.

          • Mark September 12, 2013 at 10:21 am #

            One thing Bako has that Inyo/Mono counties do not is a thriving economy. Between the oil industry and the agriculture Bakersfield is a place to make some money. All industries that pay better then the tourism industry.

            I’m a bit old school where there’s only two types of music; Country & Western 😉

        • Russ Monroe September 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

          Is it; Arrogance or is it; Ignorance?
          Doesn’t matter; it’s just an irrelevant pseudonym exercising it’s cruelty….

  29. angel cordero September 8, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Hard drugs are a cancer on OUR country ! Our grandparents would not tolerate the way politicians and law enforcement are treating people. This is a scary place to be sometimes, for crooks and cops and you and me. I am thankful we have a system of brave men and women who risk there lives everyday servingtheir communities, many of them are parents and are taking care of their own elders and church members. This country was created by people who knew the bible and what the lack of freedom felt like. Many thanks for those who gave their lives in the defense of this country and the rights we have. This is a very important and precious reality we have fought for and forged with our own blood. We have many enemy’s both foreign and domestic. We are also the largest consumer of recreational and prescription drugs. We need jobs not dope ! Laws need to be changed to eliminate this cancer.There is a natural balance between crime and the reaction from law enforcement but it will take a while before that balance is reached. New laws will have to be very severe to be effective to stop the intended destruction of our country. I am faithful God will return soon.

    • The 10th Letter September 8, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Unless god’s the DA, no action will be taken.

    • Trouble September 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Angel- what generation did you grow up in? The Nacey Reagan generation? The war on drugs is now going on 40 years and the real truth of the matter is it has failed completely. The real drug problem our youth face today is with our drug manufactures.

    • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      My grandparents remembered when cocaine, heroin and cannabis were sold over the counter. They still managed to be godfearing folk. What is your point.

    • The Aggressive Progressive! September 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      I wonder if one can believe in the second coming of Jesus or GOD, and at the same time believe in Climate Change? LOL
      No money in politics is the cancer in our country, and those who vote blindly are the cancer in this country. I would love to hear somebody who voted for Willard “Mitt” Romney defend his words of “corporations are people my friend” ??? Did you know what that meant? and you still voted for him anyway…..Not that Mr. Obama turned out to be much better, as a matter of a fact he took Bush policies and put them on steroids, so please stop saying you miss Bush as well….

    • Steve September 9, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      This country was created by murders who stole the land from the Natives.. get a clue or take a real history lesson.

      • The Aggressive Progressive! September 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

        Excuse me? Gee you must have voted for mitt, a real history lesson? Like about when the calvery came to the valley and would take the young toddler natives and hit their heads against the pine trees, or the “good” people of Lone Pine who massacred all the natives at owens lake in the late1800’s!
        All the wild wild west themes and all that which is still embraced to this day makes me vomit, also the fact those who committed such crimes might have clung to a bible in seek of justification of their actions.

  30. John September 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

  31. Stacks September 8, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Wow, SW! Have you really resorted to deleting comments?

    • Benett Kessler September 8, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Absolutely! Not interested in mean, useless rhetoric.
      Benett Kessler

      • Mongo The Idiot September 12, 2013 at 7:41 am #

        Obviously this is your blog so its your rules, I respect that. I would like to point out though that lately your judgement been a bit too strict for a conversation that would be valued by a reader like myself. In my experience blogging on less regulated sites; wrong, humorous, and seemingly inappropriate comments can spark real conversation which aids in producing fruitful discussion. I completely agree that hurtful, vulgar, or personal attacks should not be allowed because they derail discussion. If the conversation is however to be “genuine”, comments that do not pass the scrutiny of your personal constitution and subjective judgement should be allowed. I expect large media groups owned by special interest to have heavy handed censorship of their article comments, it is clearly in their interest to use media influence to shape ideals around advertisers and products. Please think about it; do you want to have an authentic conversation where ideas different than yours may be accepted after being given an opportunity, or do you rest in the power of influence afforded to a media owner?
        Respectfully and kindly submitted,
        Mongo is defective and frequently wrong yet willing and anxious to discuss it.

        • Benett Kessler September 12, 2013 at 8:35 am #

          I do not censor comments around products or advertisers. Some comments are useless rhetoric and mostly arrogant. Not interested.
          Others are repetitive ad nauseam. Different views are great. My goal is for the conversation to stay civil, interesting and fun.
          Benett Kessler

  32. Pine Cone September 8, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Just move Burning Man to Juarez Mexico!

  33. Stacks September 8, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    My family and I are part time residents and I can tell you local law enforcement has been costing Bridgeport and Lee Vining our money. Run down to town for dinner on Friday night? Pass and eat in, for no other reason then local LE. Being less than 40 yrs old and driving said “fancy” vehicle apparently puts me in the target group. So as some so boldly mentioned here, we will keep our “snack” money in our pocket and spend it elsewhere. What’s my $100-150 once or twice a week to a local restaurant anyways.

    • Wayne Deja September 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      I’ll tell you what costed Lee Vining a LOT of tourist money…..Over the Labor Day week-end,MANY,MANY tourists headed north from L.A. going to Yosemite were told both by the flashing “HWY 120 closed” CalTrans signs along HWY 395….and by some uninformed visitor centers… that Hwy 120 was closed from the east going into Yosemite..when,in fact,it was not..causing,at least many of the tourists passing through my town,to change their plans on their 3 day week-end into the park and Yosemite Valley, to either alter theirs plans or turn back and visit King’s Canyon instead,or settling for somewhere else along the way, thinking Yosemite was either closed or could not be entered from the east….I wonder if Lee Vining and it’s business’ know that,and the reason for their I’m sure lack of business over the years biggest tourist week-end….if they didn’t know…..they know now !!

  34. Rob September 8, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    I am fascinated by the pro-checkpoint posters and those who think profiling “burners” is any way OK. It isn’t – it is a violation of the 4th Amendment, and letting local cops and overzealous CHP get away with it is BS.

    The only way checkpoints are legal is if they are random, meaning every 3rd (or some other number) vehicle, unless something gives the cops probable cause to stop a vehicle. Guess what, having a dusty car or looking like you may have been at BM is NOT probable cause.

    I have been driving the 395 for 30 years, and have never encountered a checkpoint. There simply is no justification for them on a road with such (relatively) light traffic. They ARE expensive and divert law enforcement resources from where they are actually needed. Roving patrols or just good police work accomplish far more.

    Giving anyone, even less than 20% of 60,000 people, a reason to avoid economically depressed Inyo and Mono counties is idiotic and only serves the egos of lazy cops. Every dollar spent, whether on gas, Cheetos, or cigarettes – is needed.

    • Sean September 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm #


      Can you point us to some case law to back up your statements about the 4th Amendment or maybe some laws on how checkpoints are to be conducted?

      And just to be clear you are OK with the Mexican Mafia operating pot grows In the forrest with guys with AK-47’s protecting them because they buy gas and Cheetos on their way up to the grows along the 395? I just want to make sure I understand your logic. If I buy gas and Cheetos then I should have a get out of jail FREE card right?

      • Ingrid Braun September 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

        To answer the case law question:
        A K9 sniff can be conducted during a lawful traffic stop as long as it occurs in the time reasonably necessary to conduct the stop (Illinois v. Caballes). Having a K9 sniff a vehicle at a sobriety / license / registration checkpoint is not a violation of the Fourth Amendment, as long as the K9 sniff does not unreasonably delay the motorist (Merrett v. Moore). Checkpoints intended to interdict narcotics contravene the Fourth Amendment (City of Indianapolis v. Edmond).

        The press release by the Sheriff’s Department made no mention of checkpoints, only “saturation patrol” with the intent “to combat people trafficking illegal narcotics through and to our communities.”

        • Pedro September 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

          I.B., Are checkpoints considered a practice of saturation patrol? I thought saturation patrol was having more patrol cars and officers in a given area, route or call.

          So, if the Sheriff primarily intended to combat trafficking as they stated, and used a checkpoint, they may have contravened the Fourth Amendment as found in City of Indianapolis v. Edmond.

          Sounds like they could have used your advice on setting up this saturation patrol.

          • Mark September 12, 2013 at 11:06 am #

            I believe there was no checkpoint. They pulled people over for minor vehicle violations then ran the K9 around the car.

            If the citizen had to wait for the K9 to arrive on scene then their 4th amendment rights were violated.

            Another problem is the dogs hit on vehicles where no drugs were found. This puts the dog’s crediblity in question.

            I also wouldn’t put it past some LEO’S to plant drugs in the car lets say when the detained citizen starts giving them a piece of their first amendment rights.

            I’m also curious about someone saying they were removed from the view of their vehicle when their vehicle was being searched. So now what happened to that hundred dollars cash I had in my ash tray?

          • Pedro September 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

            Sort of slick if they used the town of Bridgeport. Pretty much a de facto checkpoint with no alternative to being scrutinized at low speed and no way to opt out. Maybe we should rename it “Fish Barrel”.

            Planting drugs is more of a solo thing. Too many honest officers and citizens around on this one. And no confiscation with warning ( catch and release fishing), too many coworkers to split the drugs with.

            The Feds did bust an entire shift at one New York City precinct for shaking down dealers and splitting the proceeds…. Nah, too many agencies involved.

            Maybe they are old school and needed that Benjamin to field test the drugs.

        • Pedro September 13, 2013 at 9:26 am #

          One might argue that Bridgeport was used as de facto checkpoint in that it forces one to slow down to the point where officers can accomplish much of what a checkpoint does.. Observe your behavior, look into your vehicle, see if your eyes are red, etc. It also has the element of surprise from being hidden from view and having no way to go around.

          Police have the duty to arrest lawbreakers. They don’t have the right to break the law to do so.

      • Rob September 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm #


        Not sure why you felt it was necessary to play silly rhetorical games, my comment was crystal clear, but just in case you missed it:

        “…having a dusty car or looking like you may have been at BM is NOT probable cause.”

        The Fourth Amendment is also pretty unambiguous:

        “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

        California law is also clear regarding how checkpoints are to be conducted. The California Supreme Court, in Ingersoll v. Palmer, 43 Cal.3d 1321 (1987), described a number of factors, including the random, or “neutral formula” I described:

        “A related concern is that motorists should not be subject to the unbridled discretion of the officer in the field as to who is to be stopped. Instead, a neutral formula such as every driver or every third, fifth or tenth driver should be employed.”


      • Wayne Deja September 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

        Sean…Maybe some of those arrested can use the “cheetos” defense when their case goes to court.. agree with what you say 100 %…Don’t think it is
        a good idea to allow drug trafficing,transportation of illegal drugs,and other illegal practices to take place or be allowed…as long as they are spending money in our”economically depressed area”…but it seems,for some here,whenever there is a drug arrest,for some odd reason,they got to defend the person…or in this case,persons…that were doing it….maybe if it were a little bit of weed for personal use….but not with the smorgasboard of dangerous dope some of these clowns had with them…

  35. TomB September 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I drove threw the checkpoint three times that night and the wait was less than 30 seconds each time. The kids and I thought it was funny seeing some druggies getting arrested. My kids learned a valuable lesson about how drugs = jail. The LOCALS don’t care if you never come back. One DUI checkpoint, one night a year wont change the revenue from the highway! Sorry nice try!

    • Mark September 9, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      The locals are the reason I never exit 395 at 203. I’ve never met a larger group of takers in my life. I’d mention a list of names but BK wouldn’t let it post.

      • Steve September 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

        Thanks for putting us on in your box. What a loser!

  36. amiable September 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Being a summer resident here, I appreciate the quiet and beauty of Mono County and generally am glad that we have law enforcement there if we need it.

    That being said, I don’t know what earthly purpose is served by pulling over some Baby Boomers and grilling them. Especially since it sounds like there were no arrests or any significant results from the stoppings. How much all this cost us the taxpayers? Was overtime involved? Sierra Wave could do some meaningful investigative journalism if it found out and published the cost. It would also be helpful to learn if other jurisdictions do similar DUI stops after Burning Man.

    Mono County is highly dependent on tourism. Without it, many would be in dire economic straits. Yet I’ve seen many instances where the tourists are gouged (how about the obscenely high gas prices in Bridgeport?) or not treated with friendliness, merely tolerated. I wonder what our European visitors thought of the police state pull-overs. I can’t imagine anything more frightening than to be pulled over by the police in a foreign country for no apparent reason. The CHP/Sheriff should think about that.

    • Mark September 8, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      I believe it’s grant money, which means it’s free money right j/k

      spend, spend, spend,

      I really think the road block was to generate revenue. It sure was a good weekend to be in the bail bonds business 😉

  37. Desert Tortoise September 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Funny people these burners. If you stay on Hwy 99 and cross over the Sierras on I-80 they will never encounter a DUI check point. Major freeways are never blocked for DUI checkpoints.

  38. INTERNET REVENUE September 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Go for it, boycott the 395. I have an internet business and don’t depend on tourists for anything, other than honking their horns, driving their fancy cars and buying all the groceries from Vons during the holidays =)

    • Mark W September 9, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      You don’t depend on tourists for any thing but keeping the doors of the businesses you need open. Oh yeah, I forgot, you use the Internet to fix your car and fill it with gas, go out for dinner, buy groceries, buy sporting goods. The Internet just spits that all out of your modem. Heck, all you need is a satellite dish. If I could do that I would be living in Darwin. Seriously, I like Darwin, no tourists.

      • El Loco Local September 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

        Don’t be fooled, It’s not pulling in enough money to be a home owner.

      • Falling Leaf September 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

        That’s a bad Wardlaw!

  39. the walking dead (AKA MAMMOTH LOCAL) September 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Try living here and dealing with the local law enforcement for 20 years. You learn to see the forest through the trees. Mammoth Lakes Bankrupt town + no snow = how can we generate revenue? Now throw Burning Man into the mix and what do you get, drug stops with an army of egotistical Cops and their K-9 companions looking to generate revenue. Think about it, court fees, attorney fees, Mono county jail fees and the list goes on and on.

    Its reminiscent of Grateful Dead concerts. Get a bunch of local law enforcement together, arrest as many people as possible, generate local county revenue and that’s that!

    • Charles O. Jones September 9, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      There is no revenue generated from law abiding citizens.

      • RIP JH September 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

        There’s definitely revenue generated by law abiding citizens, its called tax placement!

        • Charles O. Jones September 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

          My statement was in the context of “the walking dead’s” comment above.

    • gwen September 10, 2013 at 4:01 am #

      So do the laws not apply to Burners? Should cops grant them a free pass that week? Just so our gas stations, campgrounds can make a few bucks. What a joke. As a local I am sick of these business owners in Mono County. They only want everyone to pay their high prices. That is why I end up going to Costco, Trader Joes, Home Depot, etc.

  40. enoughalready September 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Boycott Hwy 395? I would. The communities need the traffic. Obviously not the drug traffic. The local businesses need there income too. Not just revenue generated by tickets and shakedowns. Shooting fish in a barrel? Pretty soon you have no fish, then what? That was a low blow by the enforcers. Pat your selves on the back for a job well done and go shine your boots for next years Burning Man traffic. I would rather see them enforce their laws on a daily basis without the “police state” agressions. Ticket the Big Rigs that go barreling through Bishop at 40mph on Main St. Go bust some tweekers. Just do your job on a daily basis and stop making a spectical of our laws.

  41. Michael D. September 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    At the Burning Man festival and on BM discussion boards and social media sites, there was widespread warnings to avoid Inyo/Mono county, and many businesses who have become accustomed to seeing burners patronizing as they pass through, noticed a sharp drop in that traffic and the resulting revenue.

    When law enforcement creates an unfriendly atmosphere in a tourist corridor like our’s along 395, expect to see less business. It’s simple, really.

    And as far as I know, the checkpoints did not net any DUIs or large quantity drug arrests. The majority were possession charges for small amounts of recreational substances.

    Now, the important question that our local media don’t seem to be asking is, how much are these checkpoints costing taxpayers? The salaries and overtime of the officers, the cost of incarceration and processing, etc. Are these questions taboo? I think the answers would be shocking to most. Benett?

  42. MJA September 7, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I think the world would be better off without the police, sheriffs, highway patrols, guns, tassers, check-points, radar, speed traps, fines, jails, laws, rules, sirens, flashing lights, courts, traffic schools, etc.. =

    • Dingo September 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      MJA, dude, I hope your kidding because you sound like Rosie O’Donnell

    • Steve September 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      You wouldn’t survive one week,

    • Wayne Deja September 14, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Pedro…..Maybe you should get together with that guy in Mammoth that claims MX races up there would bring in millions of $$$ per week-end with their events….together,in a short while,you both would be multi-millionaires and maybe rule the World!!

  43. El Local Loco September 7, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    @K. Gregg It was a clear case of profiling people going to Burning Man.

    These people that don’t think the Eastern Sierra needs your money are fools. You are smart not to drive 395 for awhile. Let these over zealous cops target the very locals that are telling you see ya and that they don’t want your money.

    • sean September 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      There is a difference between “profiling” and “racial profiling”. There is nothing wrong with “profiling”. Thats what cops do to catch crooks. “Profiling” on things other than race is not against any laws. You are profiled everywhere you go from a sporting event, to an airport, or even a bar or casino.

      Re your money comment are you kidding? 60,000 people go to BM. Lets say 20% take the 395 (real % is less I bet). So 12,000 people pass through the 395 on two days (going up and coming back down). How many might stay the night, get gas or buy snacks? Hard to say. Obviously they all buy gas somewhere along the 395 but I bet a small % stay the night anywhere in Inyo or Mono counties. So some gas sales and Snicker bar sales revenue is lost.

      This traffic is insignificant and doesn’t even move the economic needle.

      I like the idea of living in a place were people dropping acid, meth, molly, GHB, coke FEAR driving on the 395 (pot left out of there because I personally could care less about it).

      I don’t want hard drug users around here. Stop them and arrest them!

      • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

        Not hard to move a needle pegged on empty.

      • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

        Dude, they probably bought the stuff here. You sure seem knowledgable about the market…. Focus on local enforcement and education would keep us much safer. But what cop wants to admit his family or coworkers have a problem?

        • Sean September 9, 2013 at 8:39 am #

          Pedro – As in from Napoleon Dynamite? Because you make about as much sense as he did.

          • Pedro September 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

            Does not make sense to focus limited resources on local treatment, education, and enforcement on a day to day basis? That police officers can hesitate to arrest or confront people they know? That there are a lot more drugs in our community than just those passing through?

            Sean, admitting you are delusional and in denial about it is the first step in your recovery. I am here for you brother.

            PS. They did tear down the Berlin Wall.

          • Pedro September 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

            I knew being obsessed with this thread would pay off.
            I set up a shop friendly to Burners in Bishop and Gardnerville have local hospital set up amnesty drug disposal and outreach in the parking lot. Get $20 sales x 12,000 x 2 days = $480,000 in sales for maybe 96k+ profit. Donate 48k to hospital, become local hero, take drugs off the street and still have 48k for two days.

            Burners that keep their drugs will avoid Mono and will still spend their money with me. Mono County SO would get the real stupid ones and slam dunk convictions.

            We all win!

  44. Local Resident September 7, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Many Mono County residents are unhappy with the way drivers on 395 were treated by local law enforcement in the recent weeks. This “police state” approach may reflect the desire of some residents. However, I can assure you that there are many local residents who are both disgusted and disturbed by what we could all see was happening.

  45. Sean September 7, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    OMG. What are we going to do without his $5 in snack revenue?

    This guy probably sits in traffic for an hour every day any time he goes on to the 405 freeway in LA Yet he’s complaining about being stopped for 60 seconds in Bridgeport.

    I know for a fact they have 10 times more checkpoints in and around Laguna Niguel (OC area). There’s always at least 10 cops standing around your typical checkpoint. Oh but the checkpoint we have up here is like something between East and West Germany?

    You’re just upset because you ran into one in Bridgeport? You send out a complaint letter every time you see a checkpoint anywhere in LA?

    • dean September 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      10x more checkpoints for 100x more people is 1/10th the rate per population…

    • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      Uh…there hasn’t been a East Germany for 23 yrs.

  46. Dean September 7, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Apparently the memo that Law Enforcement in the Sierra generates revenue through tourists and highly values drug interdiction is still getting to Southern California. I’d have thought they would have it figured out by now.

    • Pedro September 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

      Heck, there was a checkpoint just south of bishop a short while ago by Dept. of Fish and Game, good thing they weren’t carrying a fishing pole. What next, State Tax Board checking to see if I paid them use tax on the tire I replaced out of state?

      • Mark September 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

        Which reminds me the recent TV show “Wild Justice” had DFW officers spying on ice fisherman at Virgina lakes, following them to their condo in Mammoth, staking out the condo while other DFW officers followed them up to the lakes basin. All to cite them for over limits.

        Amazing amount of effort, man power and expense over a species that isn’t even native.

  47. Augustino September 7, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    See ya!

    • upthecreek September 8, 2013 at 7:08 am #

      @ k gregg
      Welcome to the new world of govt gone wild.
      The police state is here to stay.
      They need the over time to pump up their public pension ponzi scam pay rates

      In the name of public safety they can all retire at 55 with 150k plus for the rest of their lives
      Pensions for everyone.


      • Mark W September 9, 2013 at 12:37 am #

        You better get a job with a pension since the rhetoric blogging field is swamped and your not very good at it, unless it was congressmen manning that checkpoint.

      • gwen September 10, 2013 at 3:49 am #

        Up the creek.

        FYI, overtime is not used to calculate pensions. Obviously you do not know the facts. Also it is employees how contribute to their pension and not the public.


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