Mammoth meetings with MLLA delayed

Interim Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-MartinezMeetings between officials of the Town of Mammoth and Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition have been delayed a few weeks.  Public review of plans to pay off the Town’s more than $40 million debt will go public after completion of meetings.

In an email, Mammoth Financial Advisor, Marianna Marysheva-Martinez revealed that the Town has asked to postpone the next series of meetings with MLLA, previously planned for September 12th through the 14th.  Martinez said the delay is “necessary to give the Town’s leadership an opportunity to spend uninterrupted time to discuss internally the information needed for our future meetings with MLLA, for management to obtain additional input from the Town Council on settlement parameters, and for the Town’s leaders to discuss how to inform and involve the community in this critical process.”

Martinez said that officials determined that the earliest date when all Council members and management are available for an MLLA-specific closed session discussion is September 28th.  Martinez said that as a result of this schedule, the meeting with MLLA has to be moved to the week of October 3rd.

Previous meetings were held in Mammoth Lakes last month with a review of financial documents and answers for MLLA’s questions.  Martinez had said earlier that the next meetings would be held to “begin brainstorming ideas regarding possible settlement options that MLLA may be interested in and that the Town could afford.”

A public process will follow all of these meetings.  Earlier, Martinez had said that after public input, a settlement plan would be introduced to the Council for approval possibly as early as December.

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12 Responses to Mammoth meetings with MLLA delayed

  1. Bounty Hunter September 11, 2011 at 9:27 am #


    The reason the citizens of Mammoth voted to form their own town government is because Mono County was not spending Mammoth’s share of the tax revenues in Mammoth. Mammoth was bankrolling projects in the rest of the county. Does anybody really want to go back to the level of service we had when Mono County was in charge? Would you really like to have the snow removal we had in 1981 when we had that much snow? I remember the county road workers repairing snow removal equipment outside in blizzards because they did not have a decent shop to work in. At the same time, the county built a nice big shop in Lee Vining!

    When you called for a Deputy they might be responding from June Lake or Crowley Lake. How’s that for service? Anyone could go into any bar in town and buy cocaine from someone that they never met before. In MLPD’s first year they arrested more dope dealers in Mammoth than the Sheriff’s Department did in the previous decade.

    Ken, the citizens of Mammoth continue to bankroll Mono county. I don’t know what the figures are today, but several years ago over 90% of the accessed value of Mono County was within the town limits. That means that the citizens of Mammoth pay 90% of the property taxes which is close to 90% of the county’s income.

    The big mistake that founders made back then was only asking for 5% of property tax revenue. This is a big reason why the county is doing fine and the town is broke. (Not to mention the law suit)

    • Ken Warner September 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      According to this wiki page:,_California

      Mammoth Lakes is the only incorporated town in Mono County. Now if June Lake and Crowley can get along with Mono County government, police enforcement, snow removal etc. Why can’t Mammoth Lakes?

      And do you really think that the Mono County Sheriff will just walk away from his responsibilities in Mammoth Lakes? Your suggestion that suddenly the level of service would deteriorate to some level equivalent to 30 years ago is a red herring.

      The equipment exists. The infrastructure exists. They will not evaporate because we no longer have a bunch of bobble heads acting like the local royal class.

      What we will eliminate is all the kowtowing to big out of state developers who are siphoning off most of our wealth. I think the town is so broken now that it is beyond repair. Think about the airport situation. All they can come up with is, “…well we think the judge was wrong…” and “…it’s not my fault…”

      If we cannot elect leaders better than what we have, better we have no leaders…

      • Bounty Hunter September 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

        If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result, the shoe fits you very well Ken.

    • upthecreek September 12, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      i vote for NO LEADERS

  2. V&R September 10, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Actually it is not in 3-M’s best interest to see this resolved quickly. The longer this drags on the more the Town pays that hefty $4000.00 per week.

    Obviously Dave Wilbrecht wants nothing to do with administrating this hot potato and the longer he can keep 3-M in the position of advising the longer he can deny any responsiblility or ownership, unless of course it turns out positively then it will be the result of his superior management – same behavior he exhited in the County with no true leadership only the search for deniability.

  3. Ken Warner September 10, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Declare bankruptcy — close down the whole town — get rid of our town government — revert to Mono County management.

    The town was incorporated in August, 1984. At the hands of our elected officials, Mammoth Lakes has turned into the bastard child of a strip-mall and a theme park.

    When is too much going to be enough? The Mammoth Lakes Illuminati have had 27 years to get it right. Look where we are now. Taxed 7 different ways from Sunday. Deep in dept. A continually diminishing quality of life sacrificed so big, out of state corporations can make money.

    Scrape it clean and start over with a town constitution that guarantees the concerns of the residents get primary consideration.

    • downthecreek September 11, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      Agree 100%

      Couldn’t have said it better


  4. jose chavez September 10, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    great. a meeting to see when they can have more meetings…..makes sence!!!

  5. johndoeml September 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    This needs a referendum. Payment versus bankruptcy, with a financial analysis of the implications of each.

  6. upthecreek September 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the September 14th closing of the town offices..

    No…Ya think

    or maybe the town can’t afford the gas money.

    Have you seen the gas prices in Mammoth Lately.

  7. Home girl September 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    Isn’t interest accruing on this while they continue to postpone and delay???

  8. Nancy Tucker Baker September 9, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I remain very upset that the Town officals and employees will not even show any settlement or payment options to the public until AFTER they have been determined. So we get public input? But after the fact? Since at least one of the possible plans put forth to date involves direct taxation of residents, I believe that this constitutes a violation of law. At best it is a violation of trust. I did not vote for these councilmembers to have them unilaterally decide without our input how to pay off MLLA.
    Please, someone more versed in California laws let me know…aren’t the citizens supposed to be allowed a vote prior to additional taxation?
    And please, must we continue paying $4000.00 a week plus expenses for this facilitator….


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