Luman carries legal fight to court

A Mono County Personnel Appeals Board upheld the termination of former Mono County mechanic Dick Luman, and now Luman has gone to Court for reinstatement of his job and all back pay and benefits.

Luman’s attorney, Katie Bellomo filed a petition for an administrative writ. This filing names the Mono County Personnel Appeals Board, Mono County, Administrator Jim Arkens, the Mono Board of Supervisors and others. The petition alleges that disciplinary action against Luman was based on policies not in effect until ten days after he allegedly got into a fight with one of his supervisors. Luman says the supervisor assaulted him. That was a year ago.

The Appeals Board found Luman had not engaged in physical fighting, but they claimed he verbally threatened his supervisor. The petition accuses the County and others of “prejudicial abuse of discretion” and failure to grant Luman a fair hearing. Attorney Bellomo also alleges conflicts of interest among appeal board members.

The document basically says the appeals board upheld Luman’s firing because he made a wisecrack to his supervisor, Brett McCurry, who was initially fire and then reinstated. The petition says Luman lost wages, benefits, retirement contributions and the right to public employment.

The petition asks that Luman be reinstated with all pay, benefits, seniority and other considerations.

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18 Responses to Luman carries legal fight to court

  1. Johnny law October 13, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Oh the real Johnny law will! It is just a matter of time!

  2. Summarizing October 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Mr. Luman was terminated for instigating a fight….but guess what? He didn’t and so the panel found some minor issue to be the basis to sustain the termination by determining some remark was a threat. I have read worse on POSTS.

    And then you consider Mr. Obenberger being a party to the initial investigation that should be described as “creative” at best. Obenberger rather than recuse himself stayed on the panel. Why? Somebody wanted Luman gone…..and then they have the odacity to reinstate the actual instigator of a fight!

    Please let some wise person step up and make everythig right by doing the right thing.

  3. Strange Attack alrigh October 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    “We stuck it to Mammoth Lakes!”
    From Bridgeport citizens on the jury ffter the town lost the lawsuit.

  4. Bridgeport and cage-fighting October 12, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Let the wild, wild west nonsense go, Bridgeport people.
    Beating on people, especially in the workplace, is in the same low category as cage-fighting today.
    Also drop the “everybody’s picking on me!” BS. It’s getting quite stale.

    • Benett Kessler October 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      So are your strange attacks on Bridgeport.

      • Well alrighty then October 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

        Thank you Bennett

    • Benett Kessler October 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      So are your strange attacks on Bridgeport.
      Benett Kessler

  5. Felipe October 12, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    This is good news. Based on previous accounts Mr. Luman seems to have been deprived of his rights during the administrative hearings. This is not so much the ‘doing’ of Bridgeport as the prevention of legal tricks in the administrative hearing (non-court) process.

  6. Reality bites again October 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    These Government entities just don’t get it. They think they are above it all and can do what they want. Well I hope they get their heads handed to them on a silver platter.

  7. Why not annex yourselves? October 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Ever think of annexing to Nevada, Bridgeport?
    You can put up casinos and all get rich.
    When are our elected officials going to make the right move and make Mammoth Lakes the County Seat (closer to the bulk of the citizens)?

    • Well alrighty then October 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      well why don’t you get busy and make that happen

    • Russoloco October 12, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      Someone needs to read their constitution. Portions of states can’t simply be “annexed”. Though I wish they could so the Owens Valley could get out of the sunken ship that is California.

      • We the People October 12, 2012 at 9:49 am #

        Well, with all its problems, the state of California is the 6th or 7th largest, free-standing economy in the entire world.

        I believe The People (if they can stand together) can accomplish anything.
        Including moving one county seat to another area to keep up with economic reality.

        • upthecreek October 12, 2012 at 10:21 am #

          @ We The People

          “Well, with all its problems, the state of California is the 6th or 7th largest, free-standing economy in the entire world.”

          It is now 8th or 9th .. You can thank the public unions of Taxifornia for chasing tens of Thousands of businesses out of this “Tax Happy” state to greener pastures.


          • Different Californians October 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

            There are Californians who became educated, got good jobs, watched their spending, etc., who are doing quite well today.
            Then there are those who were not paying attention to what the “New Norm” is today and are mad at the world.

  8. Justice will prevail October 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I am proud that there are a few people in this county willing to stand up for themselves. This county operates unfairly and on the good ole boy system. McCurry was the aggressor in this fight and he got a slap on the hand because he performed how Mono County promotes their supervisors to act. Through intimidation, harassment and by using bullying tactics. We all knew and predicted McCurry would get his job back. This county is underhanded and think they can treat their employees anyway they please. This is going to come to an end,,,, mark my words. There are a few strong proud people that are making that happen one step at a time.

  9. A nasty people October 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    More nonsense from those miscreants in Bridgeport.
    You remember Bridgeport.
    They are the people who applauded when their “jury” Stuck it to Mammoth Lakes on the bankruptcy crap.

    • Well alrighty then October 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      When a jury is selected BOTH sides decide who will sit in that box. Don’t spew your hatred on the good folks of Bridgeport. Plus not everyone on that jury was from Bridgeport. Your mess is yours not anyone elses.


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