County clerk certifies election results
County to see new sheriff, district supervisors
Inyo County Clerk/ Registrar of Voters
Danielle Sexton certified results of the Nov. 8 election last week, which shows that the county officially will have a new sheriff and two new members to the board of county supervisors.
According to the report, which Sexton signed off on Wednesday, Nov. 23, the county had a 70.57% voter turnout. Sexton stated this was the fourth highest voter turnout among California’s 58 counties.
She stated that more than 900 Inyo County residents voted in person and more than 1,000 residents dropped off their mail-in ballots at county polling locations on Election Day.
local election results
What follows are select local results from the county’s Elections Office released Wednesday as the Statement of Votes Cast for Inyo County.
To see the complete report and subsequent reports, go to www.elections.inyocounty.us.
inyo County sheriff
• Stephanie Rennie, 3,630 (51.87%)
Eric Pritchard, 3,368 votes (48.13%)
district 1 supervisor
Trina M. Orrill, 880 votes (55.70%)
Jeff Gabriel, 700 votes (44.30%)
district 3 supervisor
Scott E. Marcellin, 763 votes (52.80%)
Kody Jaeger, 682 votes (47.20%)
Big Pine school Board
The two candidates receiving the most votes were:
Kami Bayer, 423 votes
additional recommendations for amending the county’s short-term rental ordinance, including a possible new requirement that all short-term rental operations obtain a business license from the county.
According to today’s meeting documents, staff has continued to work on adjusted areas as well as proposed amendments to the short-term rental ordinance, but needs more time to prepare a comprehensive package for the board.
“In light of this, and the urgency of preserving long-term housing for county residents in the meantime, staff is recommending the board adopt an interim ordinance temporarily suspending the processing of any new short-term rental applications until a comprehensive amendment package is finalized,” according to county staff.
Land for Lone Pine housing
This morning’s consent agenda, which is usually passed by supervisors with one motion unless items are pulled for further discussion, includes an agreement that supervisors are expected to ratify for real property in Lone Pine that ultimately would be developed for housing.
The agreement would be between Inyo County and the Carl Shrawder Trust for the purchase of real property located at 605 S. Main Street, Lone Pine.
According to county staff, the county was alerted earlier this month that a few parcels of land would soon be put on the market, including the .40 acre vacant lot at 605 S. Main Street in Lone Pine.
The county submitted, and the seller accepted, a non-binding offer to purchase the land for $160,000, subject to a series of contingencies that allow the county to withdraw the offer within the due diligence period. County staff is in the process of conducting extensive due diligence on the lot, including ascertaining the availability of nearby utilities, access and rightof-way.
The lot is zoned Central Business District (CBD), staff noted, allowing the lot to be used for a variety of commercial, residential, or mixed-use development with a maximum of 24 dwelling units per acre.
According to county staff, it is the county’s intention to partner with a developer to ensure that the lot’s development plan is consistent with Lone Pine’s housing needs and the local vision for downtown Main Street development.
Assuming the county’s due diligence does not result in the withdrawal of the offer, escrow will close Jan. 12, 2023, staff noted.
The board of supervisors is scheduled to meet as the board of equalization at 8:30 a.m. today with business that includes an ongoing property tax appeal submitted by Xanterra Parks and
Resorts, Inc., which operates in Death Valley.
The board is set to meet in regular session at 10 a.m. with the agenda available at the county website, www.inyocounty.us. The meeting will be held in the Board Chambers at the County Administrative Center in Independence, 224 N. Edwards St. You can stream meetings live and participate via Zoom through the county’s website at www.inyocounty. us/.