Mayor Wood explains “transition” of Town, compliments Cage

mltc9_18Since the end of August when word leaked out that the Town Council might dismiss their manager, residents of Mammoth have pointed fingers at what some see as a dysfunctional and secretive Council. Mayor Rick Wood spoke to that when the Council met last week.

Wood’s comments followed statements made by long-time resident Paul Rudder. He stood up during public comment and brought up a potential 30 year contract with Mammoth Disposal. Rudder said he hopes the Council will appoint a commission to look at that. He said there needs to be a great deal of transparency and much more community involvement. The Council has talked in closed session about buying land next to the disposal company and letting them use it for a recycling center. There has been no open talk about this on the Council’s agenda. Rudder’s comments echoed earlier criticisms about a lack of transparency in what the Council does.

Mayor Wood told Rudder that the process will be very public and transparent. Then he moved on to say that it’s not a secret that the Town has been in transition. He said it’s been “an extraordinary couple of years. We’ve faced down the worst economic crisis in this Town’s history,” Wood also said there there have been some “tough and politically controversial decisions.” He said the Council has five thoughtful members that come from different perspectives. Referring to the apparent ouster of the Town Manager, Wood said, “We’ve made some difficult decisions in the last couple of weeks.”

Then he turned to Tom Cage, sitting in the audience, who Wood said was “bold enough to suggest he might be able to help in a position of leadership.” Reliable sources had said the Council was considering firing Manager Martinez and hiring Cage. The community feedback was critical. Mayor Wood said that Cage “got blasted pretty hard by people in the community for volunteering to do what he thought in his heart and in his head could be something for this Council to consider.”

Although Council members have said virtually nothing about what went on with their manager, Mayor Wood did say, “For the record, this Council did not vote to replace the Town Manager with another Town Manager. We have considered a whole lot of options.” Wood then thanked Cage for “stepping up. You didn’t have to do that,” he said. “You didn’t have to take the heat.”

Later, Cage said it was nice of Wood to say what he said. Said Cage, “He did not need to do that. So I appreciated it very much.” He went on to say, “As you know my intent was to try to help the community, which I feel I could have. It would have been a difficult and bold move for the Town Council to institute such a change in management. I respect their decision or non-action and will continue to be involved in my community.”


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7 Responses to Mayor Wood explains “transition” of Town, compliments Cage

  1. h September 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Simply put, Mr. Wood is the worst kind of politician to lead this community into the future – someone with “god complex.” If these two (Wood and Eastman) had any honor left, they would recuse themselves from making important decisions for the community (and defer to the wishes of the people) for the next 9 months.

  2. SierraFan September 24, 2013 at 11:29 am #


    Why not add another few hundred thousand to his pocket book. Who knows, Cage could be a great fit but with the close ties to business people in town it wouldn’t look right. We need someone like MMM from the outside that’s not afraid to tell the truth and act accordingly instead of a “yes” person in this position.

  3. MJA September 24, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    The owner and manager of multiple businesses in Mammoth and member of the water board is looking for work? =

  4. Desert Tortoise September 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Unless Mr. Cage has a degree in either public finance or public administration, and preferably some hands on in public service management, he is utterly unqualified to be a town manager. Mammoth Lakes will suffer great damage if someone as unqualified as he is becomes the next city manager.

  5. SkiJohn September 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Cage got blasted for “volunteering?” Since when does making $200k a year plus benefits count as volunteering?? Nothing against Cage at all. If I had known one could apply for that job with no experience, I would have as well!

  6. Sad State of Affairs September 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    I’ll “volunteer” for a $200K/year job! Pick me, pick me!

    • Watcher September 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Just because Rick Wood said it, doesn’t make it true.
      In fact, the more Wood talks in front of the cameras, the more he shows his Ineptness.
      After Council axed MMM in closed session the only one waiting was Cage. The only person who talked to Cage after waiting for hours was Wood. I wish we could have heard the conversation when Wood dismissed Cage and the non-existent volunteer 200k job that Cage had been talking all over town that he was getting. Woods actions and words support yet more Council shenanigans.
      Mr Rudder has brought up great reasons to be vigilant over this Councils latest endeavor.


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