Mono County

District 1: Larry Johnston

 Larry Johnston photo

Thank you for visiting the Mono County web site and my web page.  I am honored to represent Supervisorial District #1, which is all within the central/eastern part of the Town of Mammoth Lakes (see map).

District #1 contains almost all of the major commercial and shopping establishments, restaurants, service stations, service commercial, and light industrial uses in the region.  It also contains the primary hardware store, a lumber yard, almost all financial institutions, a major pharmacy, and the regional hospital. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is found on the west side of the Town. The Town offices, many County offices, Cerro Coso College, and the main Library are nearby.  The Municipal Courts, the Mammoth Elementary, and the Middle and High Schools, are also found here. Moreover, the primary grocery store, the Post Office, the Police Station, the Main Fire Station and the Visitor Center are just “across the street” from District #1.  There is also a wide mix of single family, apartments, condominiums, and transient residential uses which house some 2800 permanent residents.  A large percentage of the full time and seasonal workforce lives in the District, and there are about 700 registered voters.

My Background

Residency/Family Background

  • 20+ year resident of Mammoth Lakes (10 years private business / 10 years public sector).
  • Designed and built own home in Mammoth Lakes in 1989 – a family undertaking.
  • Grew up in Waterford, a small town in the Central Valley of California.
  • Father and mother met in the army during WW II - both from humble roots. He was a barber, volunteer fireman, and sewer board President. She is a true “Grapes of Wrath” migrant farm worker from Arkansas, later learning to weld as a “Rosie the Riveter” on the Liberty Ships in Alameda; both had/have strong volunteer and work ethics. All four of their Baby Boomer children went to college earning BS and MS degrees (my two sisters are teachers and my brother is the Finance Director for the City of Tracy).
  • Married, four children, two grand-daughters. My wife worked for the Town of Mammoth Lakes for over 22 years. All my children attended Mammoth Schools (youngest son is enrolled at SDSU). The oldest daughter is married to a California Highway Patrolman, middle daughter is a teacher in Berkeley (she’s fluent in both French and Spanish), and my oldest son has a mechanical engineering degree and works for an engineering company in San Diego.

Education

  • UC Davis Bachelor of Science Degree – Environmental Planning and Management.
  • Modesto Junior College Associate of Arts Degree – Mathematics.

Work Experience

  • 4 years State Park Ranger (Permanent Intermittent) – worked my way through college.
  • 15 years Senior Planner with the City of Merced (the “Gateway to Yosemite”).
  • 10 years L.K. Johnston and Associates, a planning, environmental review and landscape architecture private firm in Mammoth Lakes. Notable accomplishments include most of the existing bike path system in Mammoth and the Main Street Promenade – pathway, street lighting, artwork.
  • 10 years Assistant Community Development Director, Mono County (now retired) - many environmental, specific plan and community-based planning projects.
  • Supervisor District 1 since January 4, 2011.  Committee assignments include the Local Transportation Commission, the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and Mammoth Lakes Housing Board.

Community Involvement

  • Mono County Little League - long time volunteer coach, manager, umpire, board member and three years as President of the organization.
  • Mono County Local Transportation Commission – former member in mid 90's and Chairman (volunteer appointed position at that time).
  • Mammoth Boosters – long time supporter and member.
  • July 4th Parade Float Builder – over the last several years family and friends have constructed numerous creative float entries including the “Black Pearl” pirate ship (shown at right), “Jaws,” , the “Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars,” and most recently the "Titanic.”
  • The Trails Halloween Haunted House - together with other neighbors helped establish The Trails as the premier Halloween destination for area youth where for almost 20 years the Johnston’s have voluntarily built and operated the 'famous' Trails Haunted House.
  • Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Foundation – long time member.
  • USFS Volunteer Interpretive Ski Host – former volunteer at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
  • Sierra Cycling Foundation – member.
  • Eastside Velo – member.
  • Mammoth Nordic - member.
  • “Habitat for Mono County” –helped establish and participate in a habitat-like group that rehabilitated two homes in Mono County.
  • The Trails Homeowners Association – past Board member and President.

Other Interests

  • Mountaineering
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Hiking

CHALLENGES AHEAD

We are living in uncertain times and there are many challenges that lie ahead. To this end, I will be working with fellow Board members on a number of ideas, most of which I have gleaned from citizen input. Some of these include the following:

  • Increase Public Input to County Policy and Budget Decisions
  • Stabilize the Tourism Base
  • Diversify the Economic Base
  • Stimulate the Local Construction Workforce
  • Pursue Energy Conservation and Taxpayer Savings
  • Analyze Development Projects for Long Term Sustainability and Community “Fit”

Mono County is a very special place and I will do my best to sustain its unique qualities. Your ideas and input are more important than ever - together we can make a difference!

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