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Mammoth Lakes facing bankruptcy

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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The city of Mammoth Lakes, CA. After a costly lawsuit, the city now faces the possibility of bankruptcy. BasicGov/Flickr/Creative Commons

Things aren't looking too sunny in the snowy ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes. The city government could be headed for bankruptcy unless it can pay off a $43 million debt, which amounts to almost three times the annual operating budget for this small town of about 8,000 people.

Long considered a popular winter destination for many Southern Californians, the city owes the massive sum to real estate developer Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition, the result of a lawsuit dating back to 1997.

Mammoth Lakes Mayor Jo Bacon joins the show to discuss the town's future.


Jo Bacon is mayor of Mammoth Lakes.

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