Town Council: logo, smoke and bears

With the heavy, dark cloud of the more than $40 million debt that hangs over the Town of Mammoth Lakes, officials focused on smaller issues at their meeting last week.mltc8

The Town’s new logo, described as mountains with snow and a smurf-like mountain, appeared behind the Town Council on the wall.  Tourism
Director John Urdi told the Council that the re-branding of the Town with the new logo will continue with new signs, and 100,000 new stickers. He said Mammoth residents will receive stickers in the mail – a special deal for locals.

In other matters, Councilman John Eastman asked to agendize the possibility of an audit of the High Sierra Energy Foundation since the town has given the organization funds over time. The resignation of the foundation’s 5-member board is believed to have contributed to Eastman’s request.

Eastman also complained about smoke in Mammoth Lakes from the Lion Fire, left to reduce fuels in the Sequoia National Forest. “It’s a good thing in theory,” he said, “but the consequences are a fire around 20,000 acres which is ten times the size of Mammoth Lakes.”  Eastman said the cost to let fuels burn will rise into the hundreds of thousands.  He also complained about protections for habitat of the spotted owls and frogs in the course of handling the Lion Fire.

Councilman Rick Wood said he was among dozens recreating on Lake Mary when Wildlife specialist Steve Searles and Police Officer Jesse Gorham responded to a bear call.  Wood and many others watched as the two managed a mother bear and two cubs.  Wood said one person asked him if that were the Bear Whisperer at work.  Wood called it a “priceless experience” for visitors.

On the issue of bears, Police Chief Dan Watson said that overall bears are behaving well.  As for the human side, Chief Watson said he awaits a meeting soon with the Forest Supervisor and others over the issue of Searles’ use of non-lethal weapons for bear control on forest land.

The Council will show up for a special meeting in Suite Z Wednesday at 6 pm.  Among other things, they will decide on elimination of developer impact fees on smaller projects for one year.

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14 Responses to Town Council: logo, smoke and bears

  1. Terribone August 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Pathetic. But personally, I welcome the eventual downfall of the town, it’s council, corrupt and overpaid cops, and the eventual exodus of the fair-weather, SoCal wannabe snobs that have invaded this village for the last twenty years. As Travis Bickle said, “Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”

    Let it pour.

  2. Steve S. August 16, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Obviously not to many people, including us locals, like the new brand. The stickers went directly into the recycle bin at the post office. They are not worthy of my car!
    It is a great example of our so called Government wasting money we simply do not have.
    The old brand was not that old and did the job, however they wanted what they wanted.
    After all is said and done, this lame brand will cost the town and taxpayers $500,000.
    This for something that looks like a pair of breasts with no belly button!
    I hope the next batch of council members can actually start thinking about saving money and paying off it’s debt, like we hire them to do. After all, it is our money, not theirs!
    Get it together or step aside and let someone who knows what to do take a shot at it.

  3. upthecreek August 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    maybe the MMSA should paint the snow Blue and start a “Smurf camp adventure land”.


  4. HH August 10, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Does this make John Urdi, executive director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism and head cheerleader for the new branding…Papa Smurf?

  5. LP August 9, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    No wonder the town’s broke, reality is not necessary to be on the town council. They continue to rely only on the ignorant emotions of others through their own arrogance, to promote their agenda no matter how much money the town doesn’t have. Although the statement doesn’t “cost” anything except to continue to show how out of touch these imbeciles are:

    “He (Eastman) also complained about protections for habitat of the spotted owls and frogs in the course of handling the Lion Fire.”

    From 2005-
    “The Western Council of Industrial Workers, which represents workers in all aspects of the forest products business, took the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court in 2002 to force the government to conduct the mandatory ‘five-year’ review of the Northern spotted owl’s status as required in the federal Endangered Species Act. When the results of the review were made public several months ago, the researchers determined that the spotted owl is not ‘endangered,’ not in California and not even in the northern part of the bird’s range where scientists said demographic results were least promising.”

    Oh please. You’re really pulling that card, Eastman?

    Yes the fire and resulting smoke is annoying, so is the smoke that continues to pour from the town with the ignorant statements of elected officials. And all without even delving into the Smurf Mountain advertising campaign.

    Better check to see if there are any ‘green’ flakes in the council’s granola.

  6. Grrrr! August 9, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I received my stickers in the mail last week…..they went right into the into the “mixed paper” can at the Post Office…..after a good laugh, of course. What a waste of $$!!

  7. HH August 9, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    We had to get the new brand because the Smurf Cartel was extremely persuasive. They made us an offer we couldn’t smurfing refuse.

    • bobbie lee swagger August 9, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      smurf u and the smurf board u rode in on

  8. esfotoguy August 9, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    I dont understand why they didnt have the kids at the college design the logo in a contest..Imagine having that on your resume.
    Instead the town has a logo that looked like it was designed on the 4th floor of MMSA

  9. Jake Steel August 9, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I am sure the 100k we have wasted on the logo will bring in lot’s of visitors… ROFLOL NOT!

    PS why do we hire people who know nothing about Mammoth?


  10. bobbie lee swagger August 9, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    “rebranding” ? was something wrong w/ the “old” mammoth ?

  11. Ken Warner August 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    “He said Mammoth residents will receive stickers in the mail – a special deal for locals.”

    Good, I’m nearly out of toilet paper… is it squeezably soft?

    But seriously — is there something in the water?

  12. upthecreek August 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    100,000 bumpers Stickers

    LOL Give me a break
    This is advertising???
    another closed session for the advertising budget

    • upthecreek August 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm #




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