Critical thinking is so over rated. Get with the times people, it's the 2020's where critical thinking is only for a fringe minority labeled by the government and media as conspiracy theorists and grandma killing terrorists. Politicians swapped out, "critical thinking", for "critical doing", a long time ago. Nancy Pelosi first made critical doing trendy in 2010 when she famously said this about the Obama health care bill, "but we have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it". Being incapable of critical thinking or a "trans thinker", is considered a top quality for good governance.
The de facto Mono County Board of Supervisors are making sure to be equitably stupid about their short-term rental moratorium in unincorporated Mono County. Instead of using critical thinking to do a cost-benefit analysis of imposing a short-term rental moratorium they are taking the politically correct course of action. There is a workforce housing crisis after all, so they claim. There is no time for critical thinking, only critical doing. They admittedly have no idea what the impacts and consequences of the short-term rental moratorium will be. They doubled down on their critical doing by making sure they have no study or funding for a study that could determine what if any results a short-term rental moratorium would have. Act now think later. As the de facto Mono County Supervisor Rhonda Duggan and Director of Community Development Wendy Sugimura brilliantly pointed out, "22 months is not long at all".
Board member John Peters must have toned down his consumption of aspartame sweetened chewing gum and diet coke because he broke protocol and started thinking. Mr. Peters questioned the reasoning of the short-term rental moratorium in unincorporated Mono County because it conflicts with the current system they already have in place to address short-term rentals. [Video below]
In another act of shortsightedness, the de facto Mono County Board of Supervisors postponed the decision to terminate the local emergencies for the Mountain View Fire. About 19 months ago they declared a local emergency and a local health emergency for the Mountain View Fire. Signed, sealed, and undelivered. They signed off on the agenda item to terminate the local emergencies, sealed their criminal negligence, and did not deliver. After 19 months, in what were supposed to be the final moments for these two emergencies, they had an epiphany. Does terminating the local emergencies disqualify transportation and CHP escort fee waivers? What happens to the 5 properties left that have not been cleaned up? Where we gonna get more money? They need more time to think about it, cause a year and a half is not ample enough when you don't use critical thinking.
Operations Section Chief, Louis Molina recommended that the BOS terminate the local emergencies for the Mountain View Fire. Mr. Molina said, "With the remaining properties that still need some cleanup, that doesn't really justify keeping the emergencies open". The BOS disregarded direction from their own staff to terminate the local emergencies. Not because of the 5 properties remaining that have not been cleaned up or because of possible toxic soils or because of remaining emergency conditions. They continued the emergencies once again, for the sole reason that they wanted to remain eligible for funding by the state. According to the California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 101080, the law that describes what the conditions of an emergency are and when to terminate a local emergency, "remaining eligible for funding" is not a condition of emergency. There are no conditions described anywhere in the law that recognizes a lack of funding, desire for funding, or who's gonna pay for that as an emergency. HSC § 101080 makes it clear that the BOS are required, BY THEIR OWN LAW, to proclaim the termination of the local emergencies at the EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE THAT CONDITIONS WARRANT THE TERMINATION! Mr. Molina said the conditions no longer justify keeping the emergencies open but the BOS broke the law. Again. Even against the direction from their own staff.
In a followup phone call to Mr. Molina, he admitted that every other property that burned in the Mountain View Fire had been cleaned up over 6 months ago. Yet, at the June 14 BOS meeting, he claimed the 5 properties that have not been cleaned up don't really justify keeping the emergencies going. However, that has been the case for over six months now! They are all in on the fraud. There is no local emergency or local health emergency occurring due to the Mountain View Fire. Speaking of the local health emergency.. where was the health department on this? You would think that the health officer and or director would chime in on this health EMERGENCY. How about give everyone some details as to why now, a year and seven months later, the health conditions for the emergency you declared, no longer exist. [video below]
There was also no Covid-19 update at the June 14 BOS meeting. I guess the local health emergency for Covid-19 took the week off. Maybe it was just a really uneventful emergency this week. So uneventful that It almost kind of felt like there was no emergency happening due to Covid-19. It kinda, sorta felt like the conditions of emergency did not exist or something. Let's not think about that though, it hurts to much to think.
Don't forget to vote and I voted are the go to slogans commonly used by the plebians who pretend to give a shit on election days. Let's be honest though, apart from filling in some bubbles next to names on a sheet of paper once every couple years or so do people actually care? If you asked your friends and neighbors to name people on their Town Council or County Board of Supervisors what would they say? Most likely you would invoke a blank slated face and the sound of crickets would suddenly fill the awkward situation you put your friend or neighbor in by asking such a ridiculous question. Nobody knows, nobody cares apart from election days. Even then, most people don't vote anymore. So long as the bread and circus continues and the United States Inc. can maintain the unsustainable standard of living enjoyed by blissfully ignorant American plebians, the nobody cares mantra will remain the norm. For the average person, their concept of voting means having someone else deal with all the problems. Yet, despite the obvious, that there are more problems than ever before... people still seem to think government solves problems when the exact opposite is the truth. All government does is create problems. You see, a government that solves problems is like a pharmaceutical company curing a disease.. It simply does not happen because it would be bad for business. Sure, a pharmaceutical company might create a product that lessens the symptoms of one ailment but not without creating a whole slew of new health side effects. The same is true of government. Pretend to solve one problem that creates more problems so they can justify their existence. More problems, more crises, more emergencies is good business for government. Granted, most of the people in government are so incredibly stupid they don't realize they are the problem. They consistently feed their indoctrination with regular ass slapping and proclamations of appreciation. Ensuring to themselves that there could be no other possible reality. Need I remind them, nobody knows and nobody cares?
The De Facto Mono County government is back to in-person meetings. The in-person part which means not on a web cam is still optional. Only 3 out of 5 board of supervisors opted to attend the meeting in person at the massive 33,000 square foot Mono County Civic Center. Curious number that 33,000 square feet... Why not 30,000 or 31,000 or 32,422 or any other number for that matter? I guess its no secret that a lot of these government gang members fancy themselves as part of some kind of superior class of "in the know" type societies. The number 33 is often associated in far out conspiracy theories that involve masonic and satanic cult organizations. There is also a biblical significance to many numbers including the number 33. We are not going to go down that whole shabang in this article but it is something we can't ignore. Especially when you take into consideration that Mono County Inc. spent $20.5 million dollars to build the 33,000 square foot civic center. What! $20.5 million dollars? Yeah, you read that right. They made it extra nice for all the plebians clamoring to take part in government meetings! Except there were no plebs clamoring to get into the civic center to attend the board meeting on June 7. The only people at the government meeting were people in the government, as is par for the course. In fact, almost nobody who does not work in or for the local de facto government even knows there is a civic center in Mammoth Lakes. Most locals have no clue that their taxes funded a $20.5 million dollar civic center so lifelong parasites such as Bob Gardner, Bob Lawton, Ingrid Braun, and Stacey Simon could feed their narcissistic delusions of self worth. News flash government scum! Nobody knows, nobody cares! Until they do... and when the plebs are forced to start caring you will finally get your audience clamoring to get into the civic center. Unfortunately for you, they won't be there to give applause and pat you on the back in recognition of all your great accomplishments like your fellow gang members routinely do.
I for one will miss the zoom meetings. Those zoom boxes that oh so fittingly resemble prison cells containing the mad men and mad women who fancy themselves as leaders. Their new normal of Zoom prison cells are being swapped out for a 33,000 square foot government echo chamber. The perfect place where they can seal their mental illness of grandiosity.