He said $20,000 of the funding is earmarked for...shuttle companies including Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
The truth is stranger than fiction.
If I'm following along, the taxpayers have $20,000 to help June motel owners convince a family on ski vacation to spend what? $120 a night at their motel? For each $300 for MMSA (approx. lift tickets for a family)? And the taxpayers drive 'em to the Mammoth Mountain lift ticket window?
This is the same town that wanted to make sure that "Letter of Non-Compliance" went out to MMSA??? Hmmm...
MM: Hey June, we're going to close your mountain down!
MC: Don't worry June we'll get ya through this. Here's some money.
JLV: MM, can we pay you to run a shuttle between here and Mammoth?
MM: Depends....how much does the gig pay?
Amusing as it is, I think JLV business owners are backed against the wall. Deals with the devil may be (probably "appears to be" for them) the only way to survive the winter.
Everyone is obviously hoping things will change and that JM will reopen in 2013-2014.
Me? Let's just say, once bitten, twice shy.