Mammoth Town Council has no comment on MLLA, approves $4.4 million internal loan

mltc2-1-12They spent an hour in a closed session Thursday, but the Mammoth Town Council said nothing in public about the recent offer from Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition to resolve the $42 million lawsuit debt.  Now, officials say they will speak openly to the public at their next regular meeting on April 4th.

Assistant Town Manager, Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, told Sierra Wave that the Town does plan to update the community in an open session at the next Town Council meeting.  She said that discussion will include some response to MLLA’s letter that offered a settlement.

In that letter, MLLA lawyer Eric Winston said that the company declined to participate in mediation.  He said the Town has “studiously avoided accepting any responsibility for its contractual obligations to MLLA.” With the debt now swollen to nearly $43 million, MLLA offered that the Town can pay $2 million now and $2.8 million per year for 30 years, with other terms.

Meanwhile, the Town remains in a downward financial slide, short $700,000 this fiscal year and an estimated $2.2 million next fiscal year.  Martinez said the Town is working with one of its consultants, FTI, to put out budget projections to reveal cash flow and expenses over a longer period of time – up to 5 years.  Of course, projections of revenue depend largely on snowfall which is unpredictable.

The Town Council did vote unanimously in favor of an internal loan of $4.4 million from the some $10 million Vehicle Replacement Fund to pay for lawyers dealing with MLLA and financial consultants helping with the debt and budget problems. A total of nearly $3 million will be set aside for those fees.

Martinez asked for the resolution on the internal loan to be revised to increase the amount of money going to a bond advisor that would help the Town figure out how to finance its debt.  NHA’s future payments went from $7500 to $45,000.

Martinez said that this would take away money set aside for mediation.  Of course, MLLA’s attorney has said they won’t mediate.

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8 Responses to Mammoth Town Council has no comment on MLLA, approves $4.4 million internal loan

  1. d kostecki April 3, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I am unsure as to what “P&B” is driving at.

    Could you kindly furnish more info re: your conspiracy theory?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Shocked! March 30, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    “Assistant Town Manager, Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, told Sierra Wave that . . .”

    Assistant Town Manager? Former MLLA negotiations consultant extraordinaire? Former Interim Town Manager?

    Is MMM now an employee? With all those benefits that are costing the Town so much? And all in addition to her $4,000 a week “unemployment check”?

    Is she still flying up to Mammoth from her winter palace in Pasadena — at Town expense? Staying at the Town’s VIP condo? Getting picked up and dropped off at Mammoth International Airport by one of the Town limos?

    Maybe that’s why the titular town manager gets a $500 a month car allowance in addition to his $200,000 a year salary – and all those benefits that are costing the Town so much.

    And they’ll have you believe that it is those greedy little union employees who are costing so much!

    • Dingo March 30, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      The town has limos?

    • Trouble April 1, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Shocked, you are right on the money on this one.

    • P&B April 2, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Interesting – County Board member Johnstons’ wife was let go prior to Wilbrecht coming on and now MMM is the new Assistant City Manager. Could it be that this was always the plan????

    • Problem Solved April 2, 2012 at 7:48 am #


      Obviously you are part of the MLLA team.

      Pitting the employees against management works great for people that don’t know any better.

      Terry Ballas is a very intelligent person.

      Do you think Terry didn’t know that the FAA would not issue any grants if he did his project? OF COURSE HE KNEW !!!

      He was just hoping that nobody else would figure out his plan.

      His plan worked very well. Then he sold his lawsuit to a group of attorney’s. He made over $3,000,000. plus over all of his costs.

      Do you think Terry cares about the citizens of Mammoth? NO.

      • MJA April 2, 2012 at 8:44 am #

        Dear Mammoth,

        Don’t give Ballas a dime.
        He lied in court.


  3. MJA March 30, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Give Mr. Ballas an offer he can’t refuse, terminate his lease, and then throw him out of a plane.
    Business is business,



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