Mammoth voters give “Yes” to Measure Z

Measure Z “Yes” votes far outnumbered no votes during the special ballot election Tuesday in Mammoth Lakes.

The semi-official results from the Mono County Elections Department showed 858 “Yes” votes for a 69.87 percent total and 370 “No” votes, equaling 30.13 percent.

Votes were received 1,228 of 2,900 registered voters, according to the Mono County Elections Department, which noted it will have official numbers Friday afternoon.

The “Yes” vote on Measure Z means that if the Mammoth Lakes Town Council wishes to expand nightly rentals into residential zones, that the people will have the right to vote on it first.

Supporters of “Yes on Measure Z” stressed that “Measure Z does not deal with any properties outside of the residential zones, it does not lock anything in forever, it does not touch the commercial or resort zones, and it does not restrict the Town Council from doing a single thing other than requiring them to ask the voter’s permission before expanding nightly rentals into residential zones.”

“Yes” supporters also quoted Mammoth Lakes Town Attorney Andy Morris from a July 1st Town Council meeting: “A YES on Measure Z “does not change the zoning code…. It doesn’t ask people to vote yes or no on single family rentals, all it does is say that the voters will have to weigh-in before any changes can be made in [the three residential] zones.”

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dbdubya
dbdubya
6 years ago

The reason, Elizabeth, that only full time residents get to vote is simple. You can only vote in an official election where you are registered to vote, which is your primary residence. How could this happen anywhere? It happens everywhere!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
6 years ago

If the town gets to now “vote” on nightly rentals, you better make sure that EVERY property owner that pays their property taxes gets to vote on this. Not just the full time residents! Even if a property owner is there 2 months a year what business is this for… Read more »

JA2
JA2
6 years ago

The noz group, which included Fernie, Richardson, Wentworth and Raimondo, made Z all about whether Mammoth should open nightly rentals in residential neighborhoods and they got whooped. If they were actually concerned with the community good they would have been working to make the resort zones stronger by shutting down… Read more »

MJA
MJA
6 years ago

The only person I would ever trust to rule over me is myself and could never vote for anyone else. Who or what is better then self-control? Who are you going to vote for, Hillary, Donald, or another “smoking gun”? And if I ever were to be elected king, King… Read more »

maureen McClain
maureen McClain
6 years ago

In situations where the people trust the town council, trust the governing process, trust the numbers that are reported, I agree, these kind of elections are unnecessary. Obviously whether they are necessary really isn’t the point. Neither is number of turn out. The size of voters is ample enough to… Read more »

MJA
MJA
6 years ago

In this age of instant communication, why do we need to be represented by anyone but ourselves. Why do we elect others to control us? This representative form of democracy in America was necessary at a time when there was no communication, telephones, etc., nor were there expedient forms of… Read more »

NotRealistic
NotRealistic
6 years ago
Reply to  MJA

While the idea of direct democracy, on the face of it, is appealing (who WOULDN’T want to vote on the things they care about?), it would be a failure. As it is, less than half of the registered voters bother to regularly vote. Do you really have the time and… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
6 years ago
Reply to  NotRealistic

Yeah! What we need is a few rich landowners (stakeholders) who will take the responsibility of making the decisions for what we the people need so that we the people can get back to watching sporting events on TV. That’s what the founding fathers intended…

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago

Sorry Mammoth, I haven’t been attention on this matter. But did I just read that you had a vote on being allowed to vote?

Roger Rilling
Roger Rilling
6 years ago

Sure glad town council wasted $50,000- we’ve got all that extra airport
money as well as measure “R” funds and the TBID tax. Thanks Again

Three Stooges
Three Stooges
6 years ago

Should we rename this town to Boondoggleville ?