L.A. Beating Up Mammoth Over WaterBy Steve Casimiro on June 29th, 2012
Los Angeles is suing the town of Mammoth Lakers over water, adding another chapter in the long power struggle between the sprawling beast in the south and the mostly blue collar residents of the eastern Sierra. The gist is that L.A. has water rights to Mammoth Creek dating to 1905, and when Mammoth was a flyspeck that water didn’t matter much, but now that it has golf courses and condos it does. What’s fascinating about this story, though, isn’t the wrestling match but the window to how a ski town can go from boom to bust in a blink: Mammoth’s real estate values have dropped in half in the last five years, the town is flirting with bankruptcy, and the ski area laid off 70 employees last winter, then just announced nearby June Mountain won’t operate next season. Via LA Times.
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