March 2015 - Sierra Scoop Column

Wow what a thrill ride February was early on. On February 6th a fire broke out south of Bridgeport. The Bridgeport Fire Department jumped on it right away. With the high winds, it started to move towards town. Luckily it was put out with no homes damaged. A HUGE thank you to the Bridgeport Fire Department, US Forest Service, Antelope Valley Fire Department, BLM and everyone else that helped stopped this fire!

A shout out to the Antelope Valley CERT team for stepping up and manning the AV Community Center so that residents had a place to go get water, ice, and power during the 38+ hour power outage. The support they showed to the valley was great indeed!

I have written about the County’s CARB replacement vehicle program in the past. This program was valued at over $20 million dollars. Through the great work of the Public Works staff, and working closely with CARB in Sacramento, staff found ways to get some vehicles exempted from replacement and found engine replacements (versus complete vehicle replacement). The current value of getting the County’s fleet CARB compliant now sits at ~$3 million. This could change up or down in the future based on future CARB requirements, but to be able to get it reduced so drastically shows a great commitment by Public Works staff!

Mono County recently added FigTree Financing to its PACE program. If you need to replace windows, add insulation, install solar and much more, check out the great PACE programs available at

There’s a new Under Sheriff in town! Michael Moriarty was hired in early February. I urge all citizens to get out and meet with our new Sheriff and Under Sheriff.