Mammoth’s TBID approved; no decision on ‘mrf’

– Public release from Mammoth Lakes Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez:

Town’s accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2012-13:


• The Town has developed a succinct list of major accomplishments for Fiscal

Year 20 12-13. We will publish it in the local media, online and in print by the end of August / early September.


• At the last night’s Town Council meeting, an announcement was made, following the closed session, regarding the following: (i) that no decision was made on the parcel of land intended for the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), in the Industrial Park; and (ii) there will be an extensive public process regarding the MRF facility, regardless of the Town’s decision — or its timing — on the parcel.


• Also at the last night’s Town Council meeting, formation of the Tourism Improvement Distort was approved, effective September 1, 2013. The district would add close to $5 million annually to the current Measure A / General Fund budget provided by the Town to Mammoth Lakes Tourism for tourism promotion and marketing. The new money will flow directly to MLT, with the collections processed by the Town under a contract with MLT.

Contract for Ongoing IT services with Mono County:

• Last night, the Town Council approved the scope of work, and authorized me to enter into a five-year contract with Mono County for the ongoing IT and GIS services. Same request will now go to the Board of Supervisors, in August. We hope to have an agreement in place by the end of August.

CED Director Selection:

• A 6-person panel interviewed 3 leading candidates on Monday. We have two strong finalists based on the panel’s feedback.

• For the leading finalist, we will soon start an extensive background check, as well as a reference check. These will be conducted in August.

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• At the end of August, a follow up phone interview will be held with the leading finalist. Joining me for this interview will be a business owner / community member, Pam Kobylarz, and a staff person from CED. I also have encouraged up to two Council members to be included; Rick Wood and Matthew Lehman were on the interview panel.

• After reviewing the background and reference checks, and conducting the follow up interview, I hope to be able to make a hiring decision. (Which I will do quickly if I am comfortable with the information.) We may be able to have the incumbent on board in September.

Personnel and Risk Analyst Selection:

• Initial panel interviews were held a few weeks ago. The group of candidates was narrowed down by the panel to three.

• A follow up panel interview with the three panelists was held on Monday. We

had a tie between two strong candidates. One of the candidates, unfortunately, accepted another offer a day after the interview.

• For the leading finalist, we will soon start an extensive background check, as well as a reference check. These will be conducted in August.

• At the end of August, I will review the background and reference checks, and hope to be able to make a hiring decision. (Which I will do quickly if I am

comfortable with the information.) We may be able to have the incumbent on board in September.

Plan for Ray Jarvis’s and Johnny Goetz’s Replacements:


• Public Works & Transportation Director: At the recommendation of Ray Jarvis and Peter Bernasconi, no interim will be used. Peter Bernasconi will perform day-to-day administrative tasks of the director, until a permanent replacement is found. In addition, recruitment for a budgeted but vacant Assistant Engineer will begin as soon as possible, to help the engineering staff (including Peter) with the management of the existing workload.

• Assistant Building Official: At the recommendation of Sandra Moberly and Johnny Goetz, the current Public Works Inspector will handle building inspections/code compliance services with Sierra Geotechnical Services (SGS) Inc. providing additional support for inspections that cannot be handled by the Public Works Inspector. SGS is a local company that Johnny has worked with in the past and has a lot of confidence in. SGS started work on July 22, to allow time for a two-week transition with Johnny.


• Public Works & Transportation Director: We are looking to start recruitments by August, with a professionally designed brochure (prepared in-house) and outreach through local printed media, the Town’s website and a number of

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professional organizations. The deadline will likely be at the end of August, with interviews and selection happening in September.

Building Official / Code Compliance / Solid Waste duties: In consultation with Johnny Goetz and Sandra Moberly, the following recruitment / replacement plan has been developed. (Subject to discussions with the impacted unions, and modification as necessary.)

a) Building Official: The Town is legally required to have a certified Building Official. Many smaller cities contract out this function, on an as-needed basis. We would like to do the same, and will seek proposals from at least three entities including Mono County. The contract will be for a not- to-exceed annual hours and amount, to be determined.

b) Building inspections: The Town will recruit for a certified Building Inspector to perform duties currently handled by Johnny Goetz. The position will also be in charge of higher-level solid waste tasks, such as coordination with CalRecycle, long-term regional planning, etc.

c) Code Compliance: The Town will recruit for part-time Code Compliance officer. The position will also be in charge of lower-level solid waste tasks, such as education of businesses on recycling requirements, working with Steve Searles on trash issues, etc.

Please let me know if anyone has questions.

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez

Town Manager

34 Responses to Mammoth’s TBID approved; no decision on ‘mrf’

  1. pj July 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Another issue kicked down the road, Mammoth will be left with what to do with their waste and recycling. Johnston and his side kick Lisa Isaacs have spread their venom. Why diidnt Johnston and company budget vehicle replacement, 6 million worth for the landfill? How much does the MRF cost Johnston? Less then your mismanaged landfill. TOML will finally have a long range plan…if they are smart enough to do what has been suggested….The County keeps sending increases to balance their waste fund. What will the County do next, how many increases to cover your unbudgeted costs on vehicle replacements when the landfill has to close anyway. Mammoth close a deal for once…or you will be searching for a home your garbage
    hicle replacement

    • One and the same Johnston? July 31, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      @ pj –

      Is that the same Johnston whom after he and his wife gleefully took the taxpayers’ money and ran when both were on the County and Town payroll and now thinks it’s a swell idea to create a bogus “crisis” in order to justify slashing every civil workers’ paycheck insisting its what he and his constituents are demanding … to keep him elected.

  2. lefty July 30, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I for one will spend less in town, I will not help fund a bad idea. The airport doesn’t work. People from all over the country are not going to fly over Utah, Colorado, or Tahoe for that matter to ski Mammoth, PERIOD. And it’s easier to drive from LA. Whose idea is this anyway? Is it the same guy who runs Mammoth Mountain with all of the other brilliant ideas that has left this community in such good shape?

  3. Steve July 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Mark this post, in the next five years the increase in taxes will not bring extra tourist revenue to Mammoth, the airport will still be dependent on tax dollars and when this plan does not work the people in charge will again blame the weather or say it would have been much worse without the TBID. Of course when there is a significant amount of snowfall, they will say their plan is working.

    Watch as the Town of Mammoth Lakes will be the first in history to become rich through increase taxation.

    • Ken Warner July 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm #


      If you have a store or a product and people are not coming into your store or buying your product, do you raise prices to attract more business? Of course not. You lower prices.

      Yet the geniuses who claim to be our leaders raise prices whenever their business plans fail — which seems to be quite frequently probably becaue of the high prices for an old worn out store and product.

      Is that called a “Death Spiral”?

      • Desert Tortoise July 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

        Or perhaps rather than letting your store fall apart completely you raise your prices to cover the loan you took out to repaint, re-sign and redesign the interior of your store while upgrading the merchandise you sell. Maybe you don’t lower your prices and let your store fall further into disrepair attracting only the most down market clientele.

        • Ken Warner July 29, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

          Or one could do it the Mammoth Way — raise prices and do nothing to upgrade facilities or merchandise.

          Then apply the Homer Principle — if you did it once and it didn’t work, do it again and again until it does work.

          So keep sticking that fork in the toster, sooner or later you won’t get a shock…

      • Expect more graft July 30, 2013 at 9:07 am #

        The fish always stinks worst at the head.
        And that head consists of people whose fingers are in lots of pies at the town and county levels.
        And as the economy worsens, expect more graft, more corruption, and no desire whatsoever for the head to lead by example and work for smaller salaries. But they will fire, and try to reduce everyone else’s salary … but their own.

    • Desert Tortoise July 29, 2013 at 5:17 am #

      Show me one airport that doesn’t rely on tax dollars? I get so tired of reading all the complaints about the airport. Every harbor and airport in the world exists because tax dollars paid for their construction and in pretty much every case tax dollars pays for their maintenance. They are required infrastructure like highways, water and sewer systems, electrical grids, and increasingly high speed broadband.

      • Ken Warner July 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

        D.T. It’s not that Mammoth Yosemite International Airport gets tax dollars — it’s how much tax dollars it gets and how much money it brings in.

        Where’s the break even point?

        • JJ July 30, 2013 at 6:40 am #

          What right does the flying public have to get subsidized airline tickets at the expensive of every other taxpayer who spends dollars in Mammoth based on a vote of just a few town businesses and the three stooges on the town council is my question?

          • Desert Tortoise July 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

            What right does the motorist have to get subsidized highways at the expense of every other taxpayer? Transportation infrastructure, whether it is sea ports, river locks and dams, railroads (ours were subsidized to the tune of twenty square miles of free Federal land for every mile of railroad opened, many railroads became wealthy by selling their land and failed miserably as profitable railroads) highways and airports are all part and parcel of the mobility infrastructure a nation requires to develop economically.

            By the way, if it wasn’t for taxpayer subsidies you would not have electric power, gas or a water utility to your home. In no case anywhere in the developed world do utilities fully pay for themselves, and this is especially true in rural areas. Also in no case do revenues from homeowners and renters even begin to pay to build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to bring those utilities to private homes and apartments. Tax dollars and higher utility rates paid by big commercial users subsidize utility service to homes and apartments pretty much everywhere in the world.

      • Mark July 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

        Maybe it’s as simple as Mono County can’t afford an airport?

        • Desert Tortoise July 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

          Find out how much airline service to rural areas of the US are subsidized by Federal and state tax dollars. Places like Tonopah and Ely would not have air service were it not for a Federal subsidy.

          • JJ July 31, 2013 at 5:29 am #

            Are they all funded by Bids imposed on taxpayers by the vote of a minority of businesses with local government approval too D.T.?

  4. MJA July 26, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Revolution any One? =

    • Desert Tortoise July 29, 2013 at 5:14 am #

      Why? We elect our governments here and are not going to put up with armed thugs trying to hijack that. Don’t like who we elect? Run for office yourself and offer an alternative. We don’t change governments at the point of a gun, want no part of that and arrest and convict those who try.

      • Tortoise Taco July 29, 2013 at 10:15 am #

        “We don’t change governments at the point of a gun.”

        Really? You must have slept through history class my dear.

        What planet are you from anyway?

        • Desert Tortoise July 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

          I was wide awake. How about you? We did not elect the British monarch to rule us and we had no say in the size of our taxes or how those taxes were spent. We elect those who represent us, if you haven’t noticed, so comparisons to the Revolution are fatuous to put it politely. Grow up. You won’t always get your way in an elected representative government. Unless your rights are at stake, the majority has a right to set the rules. That is the foundation of elected government. Crying and threatening to take up arms because you didn’t get your way isn’t going to get you any place but a jail cell, and rightly so. You emphatically have no moral right to overthrow by arms a freely elected government and don’t be too surpised when those of us who deeply value the right to elect our leaders rush to protect that right. That is worth fighting for, not the likes of you.

      • MJA July 30, 2013 at 10:13 am #

        I think governments should be restricted to delivering the mail. And as for electing others to lead, govern or control me, I would only vote for self-control, equality or freedom. What about the rest of you? =

  5. Trimming the fat July 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Next watch the elected officials “trim the fat” and start cutting salaries of all the at will people (who have been at the city for years), while keeping their salaries intact.
    The Larry Johnston style of management.
    In the end only the least qualified and least productive will remain.
    And the elected officials could give a damn.

    • sean July 26, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      @ Trimming the fat – When you say “while keeping their salaries intact” who are you talking about?

      Correct me if I am wrong but don’t the city counsel members get paid $300 a month ?

      • Part-timers with all the power July 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

        County Supervisors get over $54K plus benefits a year. Do some number-crunching and they pull in more per hour than a brain surgeon.
        Not bad for a part-time job. Couple meetings a month, sitting in the position of Supreme Court Justices while those who elected them grovel at their feet – I want to be elected as a County Supervisor.

        • Huh? July 28, 2013 at 12:47 am #

          This has nothing to do with county supervisors. This is all on Mammoth Lakes Town Council who get paid $300 a month.

          • Recall the County Supes July 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

            Nonsense. The County is in good shape and the town is trying to get the county to bail them out of the mess they are in.
            I thought EVERYBODY knew that.
            But the ego-crazed County Supervisors we have now have, have been trying to BS their constituents into believing that it is now necessary to dock all the At-Will employees’ pay (after they hoodwinked the same At-Will people to work without a union contract) knowing they can do nothing about the deadbeats and non-productive employees protected by the f-ing union.
            You will never see the County supervisors leading by example and docking their own part-time jobs pay in this process.
            Time to recall the hypocrites..
            Get somebody in there to call the shots or else the morale will be so low in the county (like it is in the town) all that will be left will be “you can’t fire me – I’m in the union!” bozos pretending to run things.

          • H July 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

            Along with taxpayer paid health, vision, and dental benefits for the Council Member and his/her entire family…

    • Worst Supervisors Ever July 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      The present Mono County Supervisors are cowards and the worst board we’ve ever seen.
      Ask them what they’re going to do about the union employees in the county insofar as reducing their salaries and benefits – “to satisfy the constituents”. Then ask them what they themselves are willing to give up for the Fatherland.

      • Desert Tortoise July 29, 2013 at 5:13 am #

        And next you will tell us all the hard work you have done for the community. Right? Sour grapes maybe because you don’t have the ambition to join a committee, run for office or do anything else useful for your community. Try becoming a member of a committee, just a committee, not even elected office and see how much of your time it consumes. You won’t be here bellyaching on the internet, I can guarantee that, if you do you job. Go ahead, I dare you.

        • E-Hypocrisy July 29, 2013 at 10:06 am #

          And just what have YOU done for your community, Tortoise?

          • Desert Tortoise July 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

            I am on a City Council tax oversight committee in my city and it has been effective in changing decisions the Council was considering.

        • Give the money back Larry Johnston! July 29, 2013 at 11:14 am #

          Sitting in chairs in front of the citizens acting like Supreme Court Judges, and trying to BS the community into believing it is a good idea to reduce the salaries of those who have been working their asses off without the benefit of a union (county policemen, and the majority of county employees) is not exactly what I would call a time-consuming member of the community.
          Show us the money that will be returned to we constituents when Mr. And Mrs Larry Johnston were both OVERPAID as civil servants when they were living high on the hog from our tax dollars, and then maybe we’ll listen to your self-righteous, budget-trimming and sanctimonious BS.

      • Sick of the self-centered County Supes July 30, 2013 at 11:48 am #

        We are all sick and tired of our elected officials, in this case the Mono County Supervisors who know the county is in such good shape (MMM recently contacted them to help bail the Town of Mammoth out) but continue to try and hoodwink we constituents into believing a bogus crisis situation exists that justifies a serious reduction in pay for the 30+ At-Will employees (who voluntarily accepted non-union status back when) while taking no pay cut for themselves nor doing anything about altering the pay scale for the majority of county employees (police included) who are union members.
        This can only result in less-than-motivated and happy employees and will sooner or later backfire as the best people will leave and the less-qualified people floundering while trying to correct the mess the supervisors have created.

  6. Ken Warner July 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Spending more money on plans to make plans than actually doing something that would make the plans unnecessary.

    And making the plans to make plans short term plans to make plans so they can do it all over again before they actually implement the plans that they spent so much time planing for.

    Almost perfect bureaucratic self perpetuation. Don’t ever get anything completely done because if you do, you might not be needed anymore. And make things as opaque as possible so that you can’t be replaced in the interim because nobody understands what you are doing.

    • Trouble July 26, 2013 at 5:46 am #

      Well said Ken. It’s like studying for a urine test.


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