From: Dan Keen - Vallejo City Manager
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2014
To: Kathleen Diohep; Mark Sawicki

Subject: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14
Kathleen -
Yes, that is a commitment I made to the council member.  Plus, we need to have the rest of the council aware of what has been going on with Council member Malgapo's Committee, and make sure they are buying in to this as a Council priority.

Dan

 

 

Voices Note:  Here is what passes for transparency in Vallejo City Government.  Instead of giving the three excluded members of our City Council any clue as to what has been going on with this secret committee, Staff makes sure they are "buying in" through manipulation and trickery.  They will use a similar ploy with a goal setting exercise in the Spring of 2015.

 

At the October 28, 2014 Special Council Meeting with a packed agenda of unrelated business, the last item on the Consent portion of the agenda that just gets approved without discussion is Item J, to Authorize a Letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers to Assess Resumption of  Mare Island Strait Dredging.  There was nothing at all to indicate that Malgapo's Committee even existed, or all the staff time spent in research and lobbying, or the fact that Army representatives had just taken local a tour and explained in detail how to make the request. 

 

The actual document is buried on page 374 of the 377 page staff report.  It wouldn't merit a second glance in the context of all the business the Council was trying to deal with at the Special Meeting.  There can be little doubt that this was intended to get the whole Council on record to provide some cover while revealing nothing to the public or three of our elected representatives:

 

MISEDC Meeting October 29, 2014

City of Vallejo Welcome Center, 375 G Street

Light refreshments at 11:30 a.m. Meeting starts at 12 noon. The agenda is still a work in progress, however, the Section 216 letter is top priority... with a goal of sending the draft version to Mr. Arijs Rakstins, for comments on October 30, 2014.  USACE will perform the initial appraisal at no cost to the City of Vallejo.  The final letter will be signed by our City Manager.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Jess Malgapo

MISEDC Chair         (Voices Note:  this was written before the Special Council Meeting.)

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT CORPS OF ENGINEERS
333 MARKET STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94105-2187
Planning Branch
December 5, 2000

Honorable Anthony J. Intintoli, Jr.
Mayor, City of Vallejo
555 Santa Clara Street
P.O. Box 3058
Vallejo, CA 94590-5934


Dear Mayor Intintoli:

    Enclosed is the Mare Island Strait Channel General Re-evaluation Report (GRR).  The purpose of this GRR was to determine whether there is a Federal interest in reconfiguring the Mare Island Strait Channel, based on the potential future uses of the Channel.

    This study determined that there is no justification to realign and/or maintaining the Federal Channel at this time.  After close examination of normal shipping practices, it was found that shipping inefficiencies do not occur directly as a result of an inadequate channel depth of alignment, but because of lack of maintenance near the dry docks and piers, outside the Federally-authorized channel.  In examining the actual boundaries of the project authorization, it was found that none of the problems cited by the companies occur in the channel itself, but within areas closer to shore, which include the dry docks and piers.  The shallow areas near the piers and mooring areas are the responsibility of the non-Federal sponsors to maintain (these areas have been previously dredged by the U.S. Navy to attain adequate depths for the mooring ad docking of vessels).  Secondly, the channel is already deep enough to support present and future user navigational needs (the deepest draft will possibly be 13 feet).

    A recent condition survey (conducted in April, 2000) indicates the channel depths vary between minus 25 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW).  The areas adjacent to the dry dock and piers showed depths in range of minus 22 to minus 24 feet MLLW.

    The Federal Channel is maintained by the Corps to an economically justified project depth of minus 15 feet at MLLW.  Should new economic conditions be developed in the next five years (i.e. additional user requiring deeper drafts in the Mare Island Strait Channel) to warrant re-evaluation of the determination another analysis concerning Mare Island Strait Channel could be carried out.

Sincerely,

Timothy S. O’Rourke
Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of Engineers
District Engineer

 


Kathleen Diohep
From: Jess Malgapo <jcmalgapo@aol.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:48 PM
To: Annette Taylor; Kathleen Diohep; Mark Sawicki; Strykers, Fiona; Rojas, Roland;
tom.bartee@asm.ca.gov; dr.rozzana@comcast.net; pippindew8@gmail.com;
tom.sheaff@lennar.com; mel.orpilla@mail.house.gov;
csnyder@mareislanddrydock.com; sdileo@mareislanddrydock.com; steve@orcem.com;
Danny.Bernardini@sen.ca.gov; btsmith@solanocounty.com;
mfettig@vallejomarineterminal.com; blaise@vortex-sfb.com; aintintoli@yahoo.com;
twin2greg@yahoo.com
Cc: Dan Keen
Subject: Upcoming Visit by Mr. Arijs Rakstins, Deputy for Project Management, US Army Corps
of Engineers, San Francisco September 17, 2014
To All:
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Great news! Mr. Arijs Rakstins confirmed his visit to Mare Island on September 17th, 2014. His visit will start with a
guided tour. All committee members are encouraged to please save the date and please plan to join the tour. If this is
your first tour, it will be very educational. If you've done the tour before, this is an opportunity to get updated by Tom
Sheaff and Steve Dileo. We want to board the "tour bus", soon as our guest/s arrive. If you are unable to be on the tour -
please plan on being at the Vallejo Welcome Center, 375 G Street no later than 11 a.m. for the remainder of the day's
activities. Lunch will be served.
Schedule of Events, September 17, 2014:
 10:00 a.m. - Assemble at 375 G Street, at the Welcome Center Parking Lot. Board tour bus / commence tour.
 11:00 a.m. - Conclude tour - return to 375 G Street parking lot.
 11:10 a.m. - Everyone assemble inside the Welcome Center for Introductions.
 11:15 a.m. - Introduce Guest
 11:20 a.m. - Remarks by Mr. Rakstins / Brief Q&A.
 12:00 noon - Lunch is served
 1:00 p.m. - Adjournment / Next meeting October 15, 2014 at 375 G Street City of Vallejo Welcome Center
Again, our goal, is to demonstrate to USACE, significant commercial activity on Mare Island, and particularly, maritime commercial activity.
Thank you for your unwavering support.
Respectfully,
Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair
 

 

Kathleen Diohep | Economic Development Manager
City of Vallejo, California
555 Santa Clara Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 553-7283
kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us
( mailto:msawicki@ci.vallejo.ca.us Kathleen Diohep 11/19/2014 6:51 PM >>>
Matt
Sorry I didn't get a chance to call today. The City wants to be part of the meeting with the EDA and we have rescheduled to December 9. Give me a call at some point to discuss.
The letter to the Army Corps regarding dredging did go out. I'm attaching it, so we are making progress on federal funds efforts.
Thanks
Kathleen
Kathleen Diohep | Economic Development Manager
City of Vallejo, California
555 Santa Clara Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us

 

 

"Matt Fettig" 12/8/2014 8:38 AM
We can meet at the site. The forecast isn't calling for rain. but in that event, we can drive the site in my van. We can also meet in the office to look over the plans.
The VMT portion of the project is fairly straight forward. I'll see what we might have that's more of a sales-pitch type document.  Unfortunately, everything that we've needed to produce for permitting and CEQA is at the other end of that spectrum.
Sincerely,
Matthew Fettig
Vallejo Marine Terminal
Project Manager

 

 

Note from Voices

EDA is the Economic Development Alliance, a lobbying group.  This is from their East Bay web site:

 

"EDA resolves Port of Oakland channel dredging impasse by convening and building consensus among fishermen, conservation groups, shipping interests, and others to use spoils from dredging the channel 42 feet deep to create wetlands (1991). EDA continued support to dredge the Port of Oakland to 50 feet, enabling the newest and largest container ships to make deliveries directly from Asia and shorten the supply chain (2009).This effort increased the region’s competitiveness and brought in the biggest container ship to ever enter the San Francisco Bay (2012)"

 

 

From: Jess Malgapo <malgapo@aol.com>

To: jcmalgapo <malgapo@aol.com>; pippindew <pippindew@gmail.com>; tom.bartee <tom.bartee@asm.ca.gov>; rozzana <rozzana@comcast.net>; csnyder  <mareislanddrydock.com>; mel.orpilla <mel.orpilla@mail.house.gov>;  Danny.Bernardini <Danny.Bernardini@sen.ca.gov>; sdileo <mareislanddrydock.com>; tom.sheaff <sheaff@lennar.com>; intintoli <intintoli@yahoo.com>; btsmith <btsmith@solanocounty.com>; fstrykers <fstrykers@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; kdiohep <kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; rrojas <rrojas@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; blaise <blaise@vortex.com>; steve <steve@orcem.com>; fettig <fettig@vallejomarineterminal.com>; erin.hanford <erin.hanford@cityofvallejo.net>

Sent: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 10:34 am  (Voices Note: Two days before a goal setting workshop where Jess slipped in a reference to dredging the Strait that he claims 'formalized' City staff participation)

Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 - Meet & Greet Jennifer Dale, Legislative Assistant to Mike Thompson, Washington DC

Dear MISEDC Committee Members

While our next regular meeting is scheduled for March 11th - we received a request from Mel Orpilla to convene a special meeting so we could welcome Ms. Jennifer Dale, Legislative Fellow, for Congressman Mike Thompson's office in Washington, DC. So, tomorrow, FEBRUARY 17TH, at 11:30 a.m. we will convene a special meeting, 375G Street, Mare Island.  Agenda will be distributed at the meeting.
Attendees so far:
Jess Malgapo
Pippin Dew-Costa
Rozzana Verder-Aliga
Kathleen Diohep
Erin Hanford (Mare Island Project Manager)
Tom Bartee
Mel Orpilla
Matt Fettig (Vortex / VMT)
Chris Snyder
If you did not RSVP, it is ok to walk in. We need all of you to participate.

Our Special Guests: Jennifer Dale;  Kiewitt Pacific Co.
Our hope is that Kiewitt will become a member of MISEDC. Again, I hope for a bigger turnout. Let's give Jennifer a warm welcome. Admin Notes:
1. At the last meeting, we were a bit late opening the door. We should be ok tomorrow.
2. The Army Corps of Engineers will be represented during our March 11th meeting. Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair

 

 

From: Matthew Fettig @vallejomarineterminal.com
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2015 9:35 PM
To: Kathleen Diohep Subject:
Re: MISEDC - VMT Dredging
Kathleen -

I'd like to discuss another grant idea with you next week.  In discussions with one of our environmental consultants, I learned of a piece of equipment that's used at the Port of LA to help reduce emissions from ship engines.  Depending on how it is configured (what specific emissions  need to be reduced), the cost can range from something in the area of $500K to over $1 Million.

If VMT used this piece of equipment, our air quality and HRA issues would go away completely, but it isn't financially feasible at this time, and not even necessary until the facility is operating at a very high volume.  If grant money were available to purchase this, we could put this piece of equipment into use very early in our operations and come across as a highly environmentally conscious marine terminal.
 
If you have any thoughts, please let me know.
Sincerely, Matthew Fettig Project Manager Vallejo Marine Terminal

 

(The concern shown here for the health of our most vulnerable citizens is heartwarming.)

 

From: "Smith, Belinda T." <BTSmith@SolanoCounty.com>
To: Kathleen Diohep <Kathleen.Diohep@cityofvallejo.net>
Subject: RE: VMT Grant ask ...

Forgot, air quality is certainly an area that is of interest to the County.

Belinda

 

(It's of even more interest to residents of south Vallejo)

 

 

 

Date: Thu, 21 May 2015  (Second set of minutes for the same meeting - see Shadow Puppets)
From: jcmalgapo@aol.com
To: MISEDC
Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 - May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Dear Committee Members:
First of all thank you for your continued support. Your attendance means a lot to the work of the committee and to me personally.  I want to thank our guests; Mayor Osby Davis; Captain Steve Teague from the San Francisco Bar Pilot Unit 12; and Mark O'Brien, a COV consultant.
 Highlights of the meeting: (please read in its entirety)

 

Section 216 Study Status: - Source: Email from Jay Kinberger, USACE 5/20/15
1. "The traditional use of the 216 study, is to establish a federal interest in developing a new cost shared Corps Feasibility Study.  However, in this instance, the intent of the Corps was to focus more on O&M viability rather than the development of a new study.  At this time, USACE, is still trying to balance the two goals." As a committee; we have indicated support for this approach.

2. In addition; Irene Lee, a Senior PM, from the San Francisco Office, has been assigned as the new "Lead" on this project.  Her email address is: IreneLee@usace.army

Kathleen and Erin will be coordinating with Irene Lee.

3. US Army Corps looking at two possible approaches to Mare Island Straits...
    a) as a new Civil Works Project or
    b) a continuation of existing Operation and Maintenance.  This is preferred path.

4. "But here is a shorthand update on where we are right now.  Our initial effort was to focus on developing a preliminary economic analysis to support a reprioritization of existing Operations and Maintenance Dredging priorities.   Scott's team has developed a preliminary analysis and we are using this draft to reconcile our streamlined effort with the need for additional study." This paragraph indicates that there is at least a "preliminary draft" already developed by Seattle Economist Scott Long.
 
USACE Deputy for Preject Management Perspective: Deputy Arijs Rakstins, USACE Email 5/20/15 "We have to determine the best way to secure Civil Works Authority to resume maintenance dredging of all or part of the former Navy/military channel.  This next level study cannot exceed 36 months and $3 Million Dollar.  However, once funded, it must be "co-shared" 50/50 between the Corps and a non-federal sponsor, such as a City, County, Port, Assessment District, etc.  

This causes problems for our committee.  We do not have $1.5 Million. "The study is intended to identify whether Congress needs to authorize Mare Island channel as:
1) a new "Civil Works" construction project or
 
2) if construction (and follow on maintenance) can be funded by the federal government under an existing authority. Note: With the entire committee's support, I am confident we will find a way to obtain sufficient matching funds.
 
New Opportunity to Lobby for Dredging Funds: Steve Dileo and myself will b= e attending an event on May 27th in Sausalito. Event is by invitation only. Participation was arranged by Mel Orpilla. T= he "roundtable" to discuss regional dredging is being led by Congressman Hu= ffman; 2nd District, CA. and Congressman Thompson, 5th District, CA. Our next meeting will be on July 15, 2015...
Onward and Upward,
Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair

 

More MISDEC

 

The Open Meeting Act implements a provision of the California Constitution which declares that "the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies shall be open to public scrutiny", and  also reaffirms:

 "The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created."

 


From: Jess Malgapo <jmalgapo>
To: "jmalgapo" <jmalgapo>, "pippindew"
    <pippindew>, "tom.bartee@asm.ca.gov" <tom.bartee@asm.ca.gov>,
    "rozzana" <rozzana>, <snyder@mareislanddrydock.com>,
    "mel.orpilla@mail.house.gov" <mel.orpilla@mail.house.gov>,
    "Danny.Bernardini@sen.ca.gov" <Danny.Bernardini@sen.ca.gov>,
    "dileo@mareislanddrydock.com" <dileo@mareislanddrydock.com>,
    "sheaff@.com" <sheaff@.com>, "antintoli"
    <intintoli>, "Smith, Belinda T." <BTSmith@SolanoCounty.com>,
    "Ron.Turner@asm.ca.gov" <Ron.Turner@asm.ca.gov>, "fstrykers@ci.vallejo.ca.us"
    <fstrykers@ci.vallejo.ca.us>, "msawicki@ci.vallejo.ca.us"
    <msawicki@ci.vallejo.ca.us>, "kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us"
    <kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us>,"rrojas@ci.vallejo.ca.us" <rrojas@ci.vallejo.ca.us>
CC: "blaise" <blaise>, "steve"
    <steve>, "fettig@vallejomarineterminal.com"
    <fettig@vallejomarineterminal.com>, "annette@ci.vallejo.ca.us"
    <annette@ci.vallejo.ca.us>
From: Jess Malgapo
Subject: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 -
 August 20th, 2014 Meeting
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014
To All:

Attached is the agenda for our upcoming meeting tomorrow, August 20th, at the City of Vallejo Marketing Center 375G Street, Mare Island.

The doors open at 11:30 for light refreshments (sandwiches / drinks).  Meeting starts at 12 noon.

Minutes from the July 23rd meeting will be distributed tomorrow for your review.

Your presence and continued participation is crucial to our success.  I have some positive news to share tomorrow.  Please RSVP so I know how much food to order.

Reminder:  Our meetings are privileged and attendance by invitation only.

Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair

Attending so far:
Jess Malgapo
Tom Bartee
Mel Orpilla


Excused absence:
Pippin Dew-Costa

 

 

From: Bartee, Tom <Tom.Bartee@asm.ca.gov>
To: All
Sent: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 4:57 pm
Subject: RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

We have a potential change of venue and date for our next meeting.

*       Tom Sheaff was gracious enough not only to offer his conference room for our next meeting and to provide lunch as well!

*       The Date change will allow us to invite Mr. Jon Coleman of the Bay Area Coalition to be a speaker at the meeting.

Please advise your availability to attend a meeting at noon on Monday June 23rd, at Lennar Mare Island.

 


From: Jess Malgapo <jmalgapo>
To:All
Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14
Thread-Topic: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 01:39

Hey everybody.  I am available.

Jess Malgapo

 

 

From: Ward, Tamara    <Tamara.Ward@mail.house.govCongressional staffers
To: Orpilla, Mel    <Mel.Orpilla@mail.house.gov>
Cc: Goedke, Jennifer    <Jennifer.Goedke@mail.house.gov>


Subject: Follow Up for MISEDC Strategy and Messaging Meeting
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:59


Thank you all for your time today.  As we discussed, our ultimate goal is to obtain Federal resources to dredge the Mare Island Strait. In order to do so, we need to :


1. To restore San Pablo Bay/Mare Island Strait designation as a Federally Authorized Navigation Channel


2. Secure appropriations/funding for dredging the project


Strategy
Messaging
      o Not a new project
      o Build on Economic Activity that existed prior to the closure of Mare Island Naval Shipyard
      o Reinstatement of the strait’s status as a Federally Authorized Navigation Channel
      o Resumption of previous dredging specifications as an authorized Operations and                           Maintenance (O&M) project…


San Pablo Bay and Mare Island Strait, which are located in Solano County, California, provide
deep-water access to the Suisun Bay Channel and the Ports of Sacramento and Stockton.
This project provides for maintenance dredging of

(1) a 600-foot wide channel to a depth of 35 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), which is approximately 11 miles long, in San Pablo Bay across Pinole Shoal with a maneuvering area adjacent to Oleum Pier at the mouth of Carquinez Strait;

(2) a 600-foot wide channel to 30 feet MLLW through Mare Island Strait, flaring to a turning basin generally 1,000 feet wide, from former dike number 6 to within 75 feet south of the causeway between Mare Island and Vallejo;

(3) a channel to 30 feet MLLW up the Napa River, except (4) at the northerly end, at the City of Vallejo Marina, where the project depth is 26 feet MLLW.


Quantify Use and Need of Strait
     o Survey of businesses’ need of the strait (Mare Island, Vallejo and beyond)


Show of Support
     o Letters of support from area businesses (Mare Island, Vallejo and beyond)


Action Items
City – Lead on re-authorization request to the USACE, submit response to Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 150 /


Tuesday, August 5, 2014 / Notices
Lennar – Survey of Business Utilization of Mare Island Strait, preliminary results by September 12, 2014
Rep. Thompson’s office – Pursue appropriations for dredging, ongoing
Rep. Thompson’s office – draft letter of support strait maintenance for businesses to use as guide, by September 12, 2014
Businesses – Write letters of support for strait maintenance, TBD
Businesses – Acquire letters of endorsement from customers and/or vendors for the need for the strait to access or provide services along the strait (optional)


Please let the Congressman’s office know if you need any additional support.
Tamara Ward
Brookings Legis Fellow
Legislative Assistant
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05)
231 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202)225-3311
tamara.ward@mail.house.gov

 

 

From: Ward, Tamara <Tamara.Ward@mail.house.gov>
To: Tom Sheaff <Tom.Sheaff@lennar.com>; Jess Malgapo
Cc: csnyder-mareislanddrydock; dr.rozzana <dr.rozzana verder-aliga; kdiohep
<kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; Orpilla, Mel <Mel.Orpilla@mail.house.gov>; pippin dew
s dileom areislanddrydock; Tom.Bartee <Tom.Bartee@asm.ca.gov>
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 9:31 am
Subject: RE: Dredging Survey - 1st draft


Thanks Tom. Jess and MISEDC - I’ve got updated info from the USACE that is beneficial for your tour with the Corps on Wednesday.  The approach area on the Vallejo side of the strait is the only portion that is not currently authorized as a Federally Authorized Navigation Channel (marked "deauthorized" on the 2014 project map below).  It is actually a very small maneuvering area that is about 20' outside of the channel lines shown. The Corps has no evidence that the footprint was ever dredged. My understanding is the Vallejo Marine Terminal is considering
this area for a future shipping port. So, your commission needs to decide if you are going to pursue  reauthorization.


Good News: The remainder of the Mare Island Strait that is marked as "Not Maintained", indicates that the project is still authorized but that the Corps is not currently maintaining the channel. We still have an uphill battle. The Corps periodically inspects the channel condition and believes the channel has reached a general equilibrium around -25', which is sufficient depth for the Vallejo Ferry and recreational access to the Napa River.


For the authorized portions of the strait,

1) we have to secure funding through the annual Federal appropriations process and

2) provide strong enough justification for the Corps to maintain the channel to its authorized dimensions.

Mel and I doubled back to our research arm and they gave us the specific the Corps’ criteria for evaluating Federal waterways, as follows:
1) National impact (demonstrate Mare Island Strait’s value to rest of country, i.e., access and/or
savings in having this West Coast harbor for …)
2) Cost savings to shippers (quantify how coming to Mare Island would be cheaper for shippers
instead of going to Richmond, Sacramento or other ports for servicing, offloading, fuel, time, etc.)
3) Estimated commercial tonnage (quantify how much traffic is coming into strait in commercial
tons)
Through the survey you are collecting estimated frequency and purpose waterways traffic, in lieu of #3 commercial tonnage, and demonstrating that the strait is not a sole purpose channel. In 2012, total traffic for the Bay and Strait was 29 million short tons. We can use that for Wednesday, but at some point we will need to get updated numbers for the official authorization and funding requests.
Right now, we do need to show #1 national impact and #2 shipper savings. Christina, and any other biz –can you help Tom with that? A generic paragraph or two with national impact and shipper cost savingsscenarios would be great, not specific to MIDD. Include examples prior to  BRAC if necessary.   Jess - This high level info should be part of your conversation Wednesday.
For the portion that is not authorized,

1) we must submit a request to the Corps via the Federal Register notice I referenced in my email last Monday, attached,

2) pursue funding through appropriations and

3) provide strong enough justification for the Corps to maintain.
Your messaging for your meeting with Arijs Rakstins (pronounced AR-RIS, the “J” is silent) is fairly the same.

  • Not a new project

  • Build on economic activity that existed prior to the closure of Mare Island Naval Shipyard

  • Reinstatement of the DEAUTHORIZED portion of the strait’s status as a Federally Authorized Navigation Channel

  • Resumption of previous dredging specifications as an authorized Operations and Maintenance (O&M) project

  • National impact

  • Shipper savings

 

From: Jess Malgapo <jcmalgapo@aol.com>
To:All
Sent: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:06 am
Subject: Fwd: [EXTERNAL] San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island S=
trait (UNCLASSIFIED) - Urgent Action Requested

Dear MISEDC Committee Members:

The Mare Island Visit by the Deputy District Engineer for Project Management, USACE, Mr. Arijs Rakstins (first name pronounced "AR-RIS) is official.

Attached is the itinerary reminder of tomorrow's schedule of events.  Please do all you can to attend.

This is a rare and golden opportunity to show the US Army Corps we are united and serious about economic development and lobbying for the "resumption" of dredging Mare Island Straits.

In light of two recent emails from Tamara Ward of Congressman Mike Thompson's office we now have an urgent action item.

I would like the following organizations listed below to each prepare a brief statement, a paragraph or two, that will help us in the conversation with the Army keeping the criteria enumerated below in mind.  Please be prepared to take 2 or 3 minutes to explain the information when called upon.

City of Vallejo
Lennar MI LLC
MIDD, LLC
ORCEM
Vallejo Marine Terminal
WETA

US Army Corps of Engineers Criteria for Evaluating Federal Waterways (provided to us by Tamara and Mel).

1) National impact (demonstrate Mare Island Strait's value to rest of country, i.e., access and/or savings in having this West Coast harbor.)

2) Cost savings to shippers  (quantify how coming to Mare Island would be cheaper for shippers instead of going to Richmond, Sacramento or other ports for servicing, offloading, fuel, time, etc.)

3) Estimated commercial tonnage (quantify how much traffic is coming into strait in commercial tons)

I will take your input in a text format by email... and I will convert to a PowerPoint slide.  I do need it today please so I could email you back the "rough" power point for comments. Regret short notice.

Everyone should be able to link their business plan to "national impact".  Some of you are well suited to comment on "cost savings" and "commercial tonnage". (ORCEM; Vallejo Marine Terminal and others).

For Lennar MI, LLC:  Tom S., regardless of this new criteria for the Corps - your survey, in my view is of paramount importance and we will put it to good use.  Kindly fill in the missing data and send it to meand I will incorporate it into our presentation.  I would also like permission to  use your map that shows the businesses along the straits.

Steve, Matt and Blaise - we need your help and input and attendance.

Chief Petty Officer Wood, USCG, - please support us by attending.  Uniform of the Day is fine.  I want you to share your issues with launching your vessels based on tides, not when you want to.

I'm obviously scrambling because the clock is ticking.

Sincerely
Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair

 

 

From: Jess Malgapo [mailto:jcmalgapo@aol.com]
Sent: Tue 9/16/2014 11:42 AM
To: All
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait (UNCLASSIFIED) - Urgent Action Requested

Dear Committee Members

I'm now thinking let's keep the visit simple.  At the conclusion of the tour, a round of introductions of committee members and guests; a formal introduction of our key visitor, Arijs Rakstin, and listen to his comments / remarks... a nice lunch and then we adjourn.

To try to develop a pitch / justification for a budget request by our Congressman... and have this conversation with the Army tomorrow, this late in the game will involve some risks... and we can make mistakes.  We will have the conversation... minus the details which could be put together later.

I do believe we could present him with the spreadsheet that Tom S has put together... resulting from the survey of businesses.  We could show him the Lennar slide of businesses along the water... and we could show him a 3rd slide that shows the authorized areas (picture from Tamara).  I think that will be sufficient for tomorrow.  We will take on Tamara's road map... and make it a topic for future meetings.

I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow.

Sincerely
Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair

 

 

From: Matt Fettig
To: All
Subject: San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait (UNCLASSIFIED) - Urgent Action Requested
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:56:55

Jess - A quick perspective I obtained from the San Francisco Bar Pilots related to shipping cost savings for using the VMT terminal:

Transit times from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Port of Sacramento / Port of Stockton - 8 - 9.5 hours
Transit time form Golden Gate Bridge to VMT - 2.25 - 3 hours

I don't yet have fuel/operating costs savings estimates, but you can see a substantial difference in being able to load/unload closer to the mouth of the Bay.

Sincerely,

Matthew Fettig
Vallejo Marine Terminal
Project Manager

 

 

Utilization of Mare Island Strait
Business Survey – Sept 2014

The City of Vallejo (City) and Lennar Mare Island (LMI) have been in contact with federal agencies related to re-starting past dredging activities within the Mare Island Strait.  The US Army Corps of Engineers historically dredged Mare Island Strait, and the Navy and other parties dredged other areas along the along the Mare Island frontages.  For the most part, these activities ceased in the early 1990’s.  

In an effort to seek funding and re-start dredging, the City and LMI, in collaboration with local, State and Federal officials, request your feedback to the questions below.  The Mare Island waterfront has proven to be a valuable asset to the local and regional business community, and we would like to continue to keep these assets available.  Please take a few minutes and complete the questions below.  Thank you.

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Name of Business:      Vallejo Marine Terminal                    

Summary of Business Activities / Marine Uses:  Multi-modal marine terminal serving primarily dry bulk and breakbulk cargos with facilities to support ship, rail, and truck transportation.

Specific Business Need(s) for Mare Island Strait:  As a shipping terminal, we need deep water access for bulk carriers and inter-coastal and inland waterway barges.

List Categories of Customers (Refineries, Contractors, government,…etc.):  VMT anticipates most customers to be manufacturers/contractors involved in the construction, aggregate, prefabricated metals industries, but is open to any and all customers in need of our multi-modal facility.

Materials / Quantities Loaded or Unloaded:  Primarily dry bulk and breakbulk cargos. Specifically, construction aggregates, rip rap, lumber, pre-fabricated steel components

Type of Vessels Used:  Terminal is designed to support Handimax and light-loaded Panamax class vessels.

Frequency of Use:  Terminal use will ramp up over a period of years. The facility is designed to support an annual throughput of nearly 2 Million tons of cargo.

Needed Depth:  The terminal design depth is -38’ MLLW. Our Phase 2 wharf which will support barge traffic has a design depth of -25’ MLLW.

 

 

Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014

Dear Committee Members:

First of all a huge thank you to Tom Sheaff for being our tour guide today and for donating the tour bus. It was an amazing tour... seeing how much more economic development is possible.   To all public sector committee members... thank you.  To all private sector committee members... thank you. Today - we were essentially provided a road map by the corps as to how to proceed.

The City will initiate a letter for a Section 216 Study or Initial appraisal, which will be funded by the Corps. Cost is estimated to be about $25,000. Three key members of the US Army Corps of Engineers came to visit us today... "three". The Deputy, the Senior Economist, and the man who approves all dredging permits - the Head of DMMO.  

Although they were cautiously optimistic, the tour was a really strong argument to make our case.  Important notes:
a. The sample letter was provided by the Corps.
b. The Corps offered to edit our letter.
c. The Senior Economist who will conduct the Section 216 study was present at the meeting.

I'm grateful to all of you. Today was a good day for the committee and for the City of Vallejo. Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair

 

 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014
From: Jess Malgapo
To: MISEDC mail list

Dear MISEDC Committee Members:
Just a gentle reminder... we meet again on October 29, 2014 as follows:
MISEDC Meeting October 29, 2014
City of Vallejo Welcome Center, 375 G Street
Light refreshments at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting starts at 12 noon.
We have momentum and we must not lose it. Tamara Ward / Mel Orpilla - from Mike Thompson's office are working every angle. Tamara informed us that she has reached out to the offices of Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer in Washington DC as well and received positive feedback.
Here, local, USACE is waiting to receive the Section 216 Initial appraisal letter. Agenda items in the order of importance:
a. Committee review of draft Section 216 Initial Appraisal Letter (Kathleen Diohep - present/brief draft letter).
b. Possible expansion of MIDD operations with the use of one of the finger piers (Tom Sheaff / Steve Dileo - exploratory/informational only)
c. Regional Dredging (Jess - informational only).
Respectfully,
Jess Malgapo
MISEDC Chair