July 2012 - Sierra Scoop Column

Changes have been happening in Mono County. First, the Solid Waste Program (Mono County Garbage) has a new department head. Tony has come over from the Planning department and is bright, intelligent and brings a fresh look to this troubled department. Tony has also been the County’s liaison for the Antelope Valley RPAC and Bridgeport RPAC for several years now. Speaking as a long time Antelope Valley RPAC member, I know that the RPAC will miss Tony’s insight and enthusiasm.

It looks like we will be getting a new County Assessor. Our previously elected Assessor has decided to resign early and effective the end of June. Her early resignation raises quite a few questions regarding why an early departure. Now the question is who will become our next Assessor? Per County Code 25304, the Board of Supervisors “shall fill by appointment” and “The appointee shall hold office for the unexpired term…”. The question on the Public’s mind is “Will this appointment be from within the current County Staff or someone from outside?”. Time will only tell.

Long time Supervisors Hap Hazard and Vikki Magee-Bauer, both up for reelection this past June, have been ousted by Fred Stump and Tim Alpers, respectively. Fred Stump has been Chief of a Volunteer Fire Department for 11 years and seems to bring a wide breath of knowledge and experience with him. Fred will be replacing Hap Hazard in District 2. Tim Alpers, widely known as “The Fish Man”, will replace Vikki Bauer in District 3. Tim brings a vast knowledge of County government of the past (he has served in prior years) along with his common sense approach to business, finances and the County employees.

The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce’s “Eastern Sierra ATV Jamboree” took place in mid June. This was the Jamboree’s 5th year and was its BIGGEST and BEST yet! With over 180 participants during this 5 day event, the Antelope Valley saw a huge gain from this wonderful event. Congratulations to the Chamber and its members for a job well done! And a special thanks to the Eastern Sierra Ridge Riders and many others for your unselfish dedication to this event.  GREAT JOB to EVERYONE!