“There is always something happening in Mammoth Lakes,” was the proposed events strategy slogan. No kidding!
Keith Davies and his wife, Robin Galvan-Davies, CEO of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and former Grass Valley City Administrator Dan Holler almost teamed up together again in Mammoth Lakes, where Holler is now town manager.
But the three-year, $450,000 proposed contract with the Davies’ Sierra Nevada Destination Services for event planning was withdrawn when a conflict of interest came to light between Holler and Davies, according to The Sheet, a local weekly newspaper in Mammoth Lakes. The deal had gone before the town council earlier this week.
“As Holler acknowledged Thursday, the Davies’ rent Holler’s home from him,” the Sheet reported. “The Davies and Hollers also socialize together. Holler said that as of Thursday morning, based on various conflicts of interest between he and Keith Davies, that Davies had verbally withdrawn his name from consideration as Special Events Director.”
The article pointed to a report in The Union “that Davies and Holler together loaned NCTV $10,000 in 2013.”
The proposed 18-page contract was listed on the agenda of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting this week. It is here: agenda_item_9. “Staff recommends Council approve the proposed agreement with Sierra Nevada Destination Services to support economic development efforts through the implementation of the Town’s Special Events Strategy with first year funding of $125,000 and authorize the Town Manager to sign the agreement, subject to final legal review,” it began.
“After a mid-meeting recess, Mayor Shields Richardson announced that the agenda item was being pulled, so it never came up for discussion,” the newspaper said.
The report in The Sheet, an article titled “Friends with Benefits,” is here.
“So while $125,000 seems like a big number, $100,000 of it is already dedicated to various events, meaning there’s only $25,000 on the table in the first year which would be discretionary, and $50,000/year thereafter.”
The Sheet concluded: “So what happens from here? Holler said the town will either fly another RFP completely or it can approach the other people/firms which previously expressed interest and either did/did not make a formal proposal last time around.”
In an unsolicited email to this blog on the weekend, Davies wrote: ” As you know I am no longer the Co-CEO with the Chamber as I resigned my position in May to pursue another adventure, which by the way I got, and Robin is now the CEO.”
Here’s Peaches & Herb singing “Reunited and it feels so good,” one of my favorite tunes from the ’70s: