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Week of Monday, May 18, 2015


QUICK NOTES FROM TIM

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEWSLETTER
Please click on the link below, to read the entire Newsletter from the Mono County Board of Supervisors.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 18, 2015 NEWSLETTER >

2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA DEADLINE SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE >

GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING DROUGHT, MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER >

ROUND FIRE INFO

ROUND FIRE DESIGNATED A DISASTER AREA. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE LOANS AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
ROUND FIRE DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE. CLICK TO READ THE PAPERWORK >
INFO FROM MARCH 10TH MEETING. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ROUND FIRE DEBRIS CLEAN-UP INFO. CLICK TO READ INFO FROM MONO COUNTY >
LEARN HOW TO RE-SEED NATIVES ON YOUR PROPERTY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
ROUND FIRE BAER ASSESMENT REPORT. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE 18 PAGE REPORT >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO AND TO ASSIST THOSE EFFECTED BY THE ROUND FIRE >
WHAT TO DO IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING >

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT INFO >
ROUND FIRE RECOVERY RESOURCES >
DISASTER RELEIF AID >
DIGITAL 395 PRESS RELEASE >
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM ASSEMBLED FOR ROUND FIRE >
CLICK TO READ INFO REGARDING DEBRIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING APRIL 29TH >
APPLICATION FORM FOR DEBRIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING APRIL 29TH >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL FOR MARCH 23 THRU MARCH 25 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 26 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 27 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 28 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 30 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MARCH 31 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 2 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 16 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 24 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 28 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF APRIL 30 >
CLICK TO READ INFO ON THE DEBRIS REMOVAL STATUS AS OF MAY 5 >




ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Letter to the Mono County Planning…
May 14, 2015, Submitted by Ann Tozier & Joe Blommer, Sierra Wave
Mono County Planning Commission
May 14, 2015
Dear Commissioners:
Due to the magnitude of the potential negative impacts to my neighborhood, I (Ann) have taken a half day off from our fulltime job to attend this meeting in opposition to the proposed TROD for six parcels in the Clark tract. My husband and I live above the parcels in the proposed General Plan Amendment, and we believe such a designation would be inappropriate and troublesome. Although our property does not directly adjoin any of the parcels in question, we are aware that some of our neighbors have already had conflicts with at least one of the properties, one that we are aware has been conducting illegal short-term rentals for many years, blatantly advertising with a listing on VRBO.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Inyo Supervisors discuss marijuana dispensaries
May 13, 2015, Deb Murphy, Sierra Wave
While the Board of Supervisors and law enforcement expressed support for the Compassionate Use Act, marijuana took a pretty heavy hit at Tuesday’s meeting with dispensaries described as “(expletive deleted) magnets” by Ed Obayashi of the Sheriff’s Department.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mammoth Lakes Town Clean-Up Day this Saturday
May 13, 2015, Sierra Wave
Hey Mammoth Lakes residents! it’s time to pitch in and volunteer to help clean-up our town! On Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. drop off your trash, recycling, and green waste at the TOWN CLEAN-UP DAY STATIONS conveniently located at the Mammoth High School Parking Lot, the Community Center, Sierra Valley Sites, and the Mammoth Disposal Transfer Station.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Dr. John Ungersma named Trustee of the Year
May 13, 2015, Sierra Wave
John Ungersma, MD, was named Healthcare District Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) during the group’s annual conference last week in Monterey, Calif.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Inyo supes dig in their heels versus LADWP
May 8, 2015, Charles James, The Sheet
You could be forgiven if you thought there were two completely different conversations taking place at the second drought workshop held this past Tuesday by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors in Independence.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Bishop seeks input on ‘active’ transportation projects
May 11, 2015, Sierra Wave
What Sidewalk, Bike Path, or Other Project Should Bishop Do Next? The City of Bishop invites the public to a series of meetings over the next three weeks to gain public input on the city’s next “active” transportation projects.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


Jerry Brown’s new budget plan freezes UC tuition, offers new tax credit for poor
May 14, 2015, David Siders & Jim Miller, SacBee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown presented a revised $115.3 billion general fund spending plan Thursday that includes hundreds of millions in additional money for the University of California in return for a tuition freeze on in-state students.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Gov. Brown's budget: Where your money could be going, other things you need to know
May 1, 2015, Chris Megerian, LATimes.com
Brown proposes to cut California's reliance on out-of-state private prisons by half, but seeks to postpone longterm discussion about the state's own aging lockups and need to rent space from others until next year.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >


El Niño strengthens. Hope for serious drought relief?
May 14, 2015, Rong-Gong Lin II, LaTimes
El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean that were first identified in March are strengthening, federal scientists said Thursday, renewing hope that the next winter could be a long-awaited wet one for California.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sonora, Tioga Close Again
May 12, 2015, Wendilyn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
Tioga Pass will close on May 13, at 8 p.m.; Sonora Pass closed this afternoon at 4 p.m., in advance of an incoming snowstorm that is expected to bring at least several inches and possibly a foot of snow to the higher elevations of Mono County, beginning Thursday. A 'Hazardous Weather' alert has been posted by the National Weather Service for Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra. The storm is expected to last through Friday at least, with a slow, warming and drying trend for the weekend.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mammoth Mountain Extends Season
May 8, 2015, Wendilyn Grasseschi, Mammoth Times
A planned closing date of May 10 for Mammoth Mountain has been extended at least a week due to a foot-plus of new snow, according to the Mountain's "Snow Report."
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Mammoth locals aid earthquake victims
May 8, 2015, Cherise Tuttle, The Sheet
Mammoth locals, Cody and Cherise Tuttle, left the East Side at the beginning of April as part of an expedition team to film climbers Don Bowie, Jess Rosskelley, and Ben Erdmann as they attempted to summit Annapurna, an 8,000 meter peak in Nepal, without oxygen. Before summiting, the entire team had returned to base camp based on forecasts of snow when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, causing a death-toll of more than 7,000, devastated the small Himalayan Country. Cherise writes about the experience and the team’s new objective.

The team has raised $15,000 in a few days and hopes to triple that in the coming weeks. To donate visit http://www.morethansport.org/partner/nepalrelief Read daily updates on Facebook by following Cody or Cherise.

Dr. Mike Karch of Mammoth Hospital also left this week to aid in relief efforts through International Medical Corps.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sheriff, undersheriff show that cops love to shop!
May 8, 2015, Bodine, The Sheet
“Why not buy them a tank?” Mono County Supervisor Johnston responded to the Sheriff’s Department request for the purchase of new and bigger vehicles.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Page 2: SFR ballot initiative submitted
May 8, 2015, Jack Lunch, The Sheet
Single-family rental (SFR) ballot initiative proponent Kathy Cage announced on Thursday that the initiative has received 1,071 signatures (about four times the number needed) and has been submitted to Mammoth Town Clerk Jamie Gray
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

LADWP GM delivers keynote at Andrea Lawrence Dinner
May 1, 2015, Katie Vane, The Sheet
Diners at Parallax Restaurant inside McCoy Station may not have been able to catch a glimpse of Mt. Andrea Lawrence at the stormy April 24 Andrea Mead Lawrence Award Dinner, but the sense of Lawrence’s legacy was still strong. An Olympic double gold medalist and visionary environmentalist, Lawrence established the Award and presented it as part of her Institute of Mountains and Rivers in 2007. The first award recipient was Friends of the Inyo; the second, Mono Lake Committee.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

CalACT recognizes ESTA as outstanding
May 1, 2015, Angela Evans, The Sheet
The California Association of Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) recognized the Eastern Sierra Transit Agency (ESTA) as the 2015 Outstanding Rural Transit Agency at an awards luncheon on April 14. CalACT is a non-profit representing small, rural, and specialized transportation providers statewide, and is the largest transit association in the nation.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >

Sierra storm to drop rain, snow in Reno-Tahoe
May 7, 2015, Marcella Corona, Reno Gazette-Journal
1 p.m. updated: A Sierra storm is on track to hit the region dropping rain and snow through Friday, National Weather Service forecasters said.
CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE >






NEWSLETTERS & OTHER COUNTY INFO

MONO COUNTY
MAY IS EASTERN SIERRA BIKE MONTH >
HWY395 HIGHLIGHTED IN GERMAN TRAVEL MAGAZINE AMERICA >
GET YOUR PET A RABIES VACCINE FOR A LOW FEE. CLICK TO SEE WHERE & DATES >
OFFICERS OF THE YEAR CEREMONY MAY 21 IN BRIDGEPORT >
JIM LEDDY MOVING ON >
MONO COUNTY & INYO COUNTY VETS CAN GET LOCAL HEALTH CARE >
MONO COUNTY CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CLICK HERE FOR INFO >
MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT EBOLA REDINESS MEMO >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE ONLINE PASSWORD HELP >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO FROM CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL >
CLICK FOR INFO ON EARLY CHILDHOOD PARENTING WORKSHOP >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO PUT YOUR BABY TO SLEEP SAFELY >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO ON HOW TO TEST FOR RADON >
CLICK HERE TAKE FREE WORKFORCE SKILLS WORKSHOPS >
MONO COUNTY WINTER FISHING HIGHLIGHTED IN MAGAZINE. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
PENSION POACHING SCAM OF SENIORS. CLICK HERE TO READ INFO >
COMMUNITY EVENT MARKETING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EVENT >

CALTRANS
395 IN LEE VINING CONTRUCTION BEGINS. ROAD CLOSURES UP TO 1 HR 6-7AM >

ESTA (EASTERN SIERRA TRANSIT AUTHORITY)
REIMBURSMENTS BEING OFFERED FOR DISABLED TRANSPORTATION. CLICK TO READ THE INFO >
DRIVER APPLICATION >
DRIVER RELEASE FORM >
REIMBURSEMENT FORM >

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
GET YOUR CHILD DENTAL CLEANINGS YEARLY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO IN ENGLISH >
GET YOUR CHILD DENTAL CLEANINGS YEARLY. CLICK TO READ THE INFO IN SPANISH >

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
READ HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY APPLY FOR AND GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN >
MONO COUNTY CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CLICK HERE FOR INFO >

FROM SENATOR BERRY HILL, 8TH DISTRICT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE 'BERRY HILL BULLETIN' MAY NEWSLETTER >

EASTERN SIERRA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM INFO >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE OF CA OFFERING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ALL IMMIGRANTS_FLYER IN ENGLISH >
STATE OF CA OFFERING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ALL IMMIGRANTS_FLYER IN SPANISH >

FEMA
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING PEDIATRIC DISASTER RESPONSE & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS >

OSHA (OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION) & NSC (NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL)
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTS >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES_ENGLISH >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES_SPANISH >

RED CROSS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A 21 WEEK CHECKLIST TO BE PREPARED FOR A NATURAL DISASTER >

KEEP KIDS LEAD-FREE PROGRAM
CLICK HERE TO READ THE GOVERNORS LETTER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER IN SPANISH >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FLYER IN ENGLISH >

CSAC (CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 15 BULLETIN >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 8 BULLETIN >
GOVERNOR DIRECTS MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS & ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 2015 REVISION OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SUMMARY OF THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET >

RCRC (RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA)
ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR'S REVISED BUDGET & OTHER BUDGETARY ISSUES >
BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING TO BE HELD JUNE 17, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER MAY 1, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE BARBED WIRE NEWSLETTER APRIL 24, 2015 >
GSFA PRESS RELEASE REGARDING NAME CHANGE >

NACO COUNTY NEWS ALERT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 27, 2015 >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS ALERT FOR MARCH 13, 2015 >

CDFW (CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND WATCH A VIDEO OF 'QUESTION THE LEADERS' PANEL DISCUSSION
THAT TIM ALPERS ATTENDED AND PARTICIPATED IN THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE RECENT FRED HALL SHOW >

USDA (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE)
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SAGE GROUSE >

USFS (UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE)
REVISIONS EFFECTING LOCAL LAND ACCESS, OFF-ROAD VEHICLES, ETC. STILL BEING WORKED ON >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE TRAIL ACCESS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING REVISED FOREST PLANS OF INYO, SEQUOIA AND SIERRA FORESTS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING NEW OVER-SNOW VEHICLES RULES >
SOUTH LAKE PARKING LOT AND BOAT LANDING CLOSURE SEPT 8 THRU OCT30 >
OAK CREEK FIELD TRIP & WORKSHOP MAY 17 >
FIREWOOD SEASON OPENED MAY 1 >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK >
REDS MEADOW THINNING FEEDBACK VERSION 2 >
SHADY REST THINNING PROJECT INFO >
WHITE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTER TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR RENOVATION >
SAGE GROUSE ENHANCEMENT INFO >
TRAVEL ANALYSIS PROJECT PUBLIC MEETING INFO >
LAKES BASIN BIKE PATH CONSTRUCTION INFO >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING PRESCRIBED BURNS >
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SUMMER 2015 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON CONVICT LAKE ROAD >

YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP NEWS
YOSEMITE GATEWAY PARTNERS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR ON ITS BOARD >
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER >
YOSEMITE CREATES $535,379 IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS. CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >
ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY REHAB PROJECT COMPLETED >
SPRING TRANSPORTAION PROJECTS UNDER WAY >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING ENTRANCE FEE RATE HIKE FOR 2015 >
BIG OAK FLAT TUNNEL REPAIRS>
RARE SIERRA NEVADA RED FOX SPOTTED ON YOSEMITE VIDEO. (PSST... ALSO SEEN IN CROWLEY) >
SPRING PRESCRIBED BURN INFO >
PARK SELECTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS >

SIERRA WELLNESS CENTER APRIL 2015 CALENDAR

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CALENDAR >

MONO COUNTY PROBATION INFO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO >

BODIE HILLS GAZETTE
CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD
WATER BOND PROCESS BACKGROUND >
WATER BOND DRAFT PROP 1 CALENDAR >

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS >

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INFO REGARDING WATERSHED IMPOROVEMENT >

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING STREET LIGHT OUTAGES >
CLICK HERE TO READ ENERGY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME AND OFFICE >
CLICK HERE TO READ INFO REGARDING VEGETATION MANAGEMENT >

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MEETING HELD MARCH 19_ENGLISH >