Town Council: Finances, MLLA, internet service, medical marijuana

mltcWhen the Mammoth Town Council meets Wednesday night they will tell the public about budget problems, and MLLA issues. They will hear an update on the status of internet services in Mammoth, and they will consider a formal ordinance to set up a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Last week, officials revealed the dire straits of the Town’s budget into the future and the need for more severe cuts.  They also confirmed that the Town is on a course that could lead to bankruptcy but that they still hold out hopes that MLLA will negotiate a settlement for payment of the $42 million owed the company by the Town.

Wednesday night, right after the start of the meeting at 6pm, Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez will give a report on the budget and the Town’s finances, MLLA issues and Assembly Bill 506 mediation with various Town creditors.  Martinez will offer a proposed schedule of public meetings to discuss the Town’s services, spending priorities, necessary budget cuts and a settlement with MLLA.

Then, after public comments and Council reports, representatives of Suddenlink and Verizon are expected to talk about the status of internet services in the Town of Mammoth Lakes.  At the last Town Council meeting, Councilman Matthew Lehman reported that internet service in Mammoth is “not great and getting worse.”  He called for a solution before the Digital 395 project brings expanded bandwidth in a year or so.

Councilman Lehman told Sierra Wave Media that after his comments at the last Council meeting, he received lots of calls.  He said the problem is bigger than he thought.  Lehman said he personally has problems with internet service at his business and his home.  Lehman said condo and property managers are trying to get bandwidth for their units.  Visitors like to come to Mammoth for a working vacation but can’t get internet service.

After that issue, the Council will look at an urgency ordinance to establish a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Police Chief Dan Watson explained in the agenda bill on this issue that in 2010 Mammoth voters approved two medical marijuana dispensaries in Town.  One of them decided not to renew his application this year.  Now, the Chief says that “a number of court cases and other factors have thrown California’s medical marijuana laws into a state of flux.”  Chief Watson says that between the possibility of a voter approved initiative to legalize marijuana, legislation that could change law, additional case law and direction from the California Supreme Court, it is likely that clarification on medical marijuana will happen in one to two years.

Meanwhile, the Chief says at least two court cases pending could put Mammoth’s medical marijuana ordinance out of business.  Watson says it would “be prudent for the Town to postpone the issuance of an additional medical marijuana permit until further direction is received.”  The current dispensary, Mammoth Wellness, will continue to operate.

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21 Responses to Town Council: Finances, MLLA, internet service, medical marijuana

  1. Will You Attend The Town Council Meeting Tonight (WED)? April 18, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Will You Attend The Town Council Meeting Tonight?


    WHEN: TONIGHT (Wed 4/18/12)
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    (437 Old Mammoth Road)

    Maybe the Citizens of Mammoth could Voice their Opinions on…
    – How Happy we are with the Town Council’s Activities (or lack of)
    – How Happy we are with the Town Council’s CLOSED SESSION MEETINGS
    – TOML’s BANKRUPTCY – What are our options
    – What will BANKRUPTCY Do to the Town (taxes, services, etc..)

    Or … You can stay home and Watch American Idol ….

    And in a few months when the TOML is in more of a Quandary…..

    And likened to the City of Bell…..

    And the word Mammoth is synonymous with the word APATHY….

    And the Town is BANKRUPT….

    You can get up, and off your couch …. And say….




  2. Jeremiah Joseph April 17, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    I stand by my opinions. Our federal government is the reason we are in the predicament we are in now. And us to blame liberals or conservatives why it is messed up is exactly what they want us to do. So that small group of individuals that run the monetary flow, will forever prosper from our debt that they rigged! It’s time we stand up and not let them hold down our real chance to thrive. But not only do we have the feds to defeat but people like those that support what they do. It’s up to us. Why should us youth have to wait for all the old conditioned mentality’s to die off so we can tackle and confront the issues that really hold us down?

  3. Rob April 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Hopefully Jerry’s kind will all die off soon.

    Tis the season, sprout those seeds, and happy growing!

    btw, smoking anything is bad, vaborizing or etables are much better for your lungs.

    It’s tabacco that should be illegal. It’s never been about health and welfare, it’s always been about MONEY.

    • NewEra/ Jeremiah Joseph April 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      It’s always been about money and to hear jerry support that makes me sick!
      My turn to pass judgement!
      Jerry you are a old white male that is boarder line racist, with no kids.

    • Trouble April 18, 2012 at 5:12 am #

      Rob-I checked dislike on your comment only because you seem a little hypocritical toward tobacco smokers. If you enjoy a joint , beer or cigar I say enjoy. Don’t make criminals out of people with laws that are proven pointless.

  4. Trouble April 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Dear Chief,
    Have some guts, uphold the laws the people that pay you voted on.

    • Jerry April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      The federal government bans marijuana so it is illegal even in California. I hope every last person that smokes marijuana will go to federal prison.

      • NewEra April 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

        So you are behind everything the federal gov’t does huh?
        well I hope everybody that gets a DUI should go to federal prison!
        All that money our goverment spends to try to get rid of it has been a real success right Jerry?
        So you are willing to waste our precious resources on something that will always grow wild somewhere?
        Its been a proven medicine, so those people that use it when they are deathly ill should go to prison also?

        Your remark makes me sick that there is the mentality like yours still out tainting the world.

        I will be waiting for your response!

        • Jerry April 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm #


          People with DUI’s can’t go to federal prison because it is only a state crime. Therefore your argument is false! How much do you smoke. I bet you are a drain on our society. Do you even have a job?

          • NewEra/ Jeremiah Joseph April 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

            Yeah it is a state crime but will always be way more dangerous to the person driving and those around them then a weed smoker!
            And don’t pass judgement on me! I have no safety net, I have never been on food stamps in my adult life. Everything I have I have earned! Of course I have had a lot of help along the way, but I do my part.
            I would love to look you in the eye and make this argument!!!!!!!
            So would you still put the sick that benefit from it in prison?

      • Christian Patriot April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

        Jerry, it won’t be long now before a righteous man will finding his way into the White House.Not only will smoking marijuana cigarettes be viewed as an abomination, but also alcohol in general. Hopefully alcohol will only be sold in State Liquor stores as in the Latter-Day-Saint state – Utah.
        Then all the liberals will have to go somewhere else for their weird kicks.

        • Benett Kessler April 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

          Just curious – are you calling martinis weird? Benett Kessler

          • Christian Patriot April 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

            In the Latter Day Saint Doctrine and Covenants the Word of Wisdom is the common name in this section. W of W prohibits strong drink especially alcohol and includes coffee and tea. Joseph Smith received the Word of Wisdom in 1833 as a revelation from God. Marijuana is another evil intoxicant.
            There is a righteous man today who is prepared to establish the Kingdom on Earth through the presidency.

          • Benett Kessler April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

            I’ll drink to that! BK

        • NewEra/ Jeremiah Joseph April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

          All liberals? Your are out there too Christian patriot!

      • Jack Daniels April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

        I’ll drink to that…oh, wait…

        • NewEra/ Jeremiah Joseph April 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

          You not gonna make a believer!! My religion is treat people plants and animals the way I would want to be treated. Religion should be simple, not full of loop holes. Nobody is perfect!!! stop talking like you know perfect!

      • Trouble April 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

        Jerry- so you would lock up three fourths of our citizens? It be cheaper to lock up all bloggers.

      • Christian Patriot April 18, 2012 at 8:59 am #

        The law is the law. Liberals don’t want any laws. They want to do whatever they want. We will soon have a righteous and conservative president in the White House who will put an end to liberal America and would never be so low as to smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.

        • Benett Kessler April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am #

          Dear Christian, Check out Matthew 15:11 – “Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Benett Kessler

        • uff-da April 18, 2012 at 11:54 am #

          “Christian Patriot”- Your type scare me and give religion a bad name.


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