MARE ISLAND STRAITS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Meeting
April 30, 2014
Attendees:
Jess Malgapo –Vallejo City Councilmember
Pippin Dew-Costa –Vallejo City Councilmember
Mel Orpilla - District Rep. 5th Congressional District, Office of U.S Rep. Mike Thompson
Brian Hooker - District Rep. 3rd Congressional District, Office of U.S. Rep. John Garamendi
Danny Bernardini - District Rep. 3rd District, Office of State Senator Lois Wolk
Tom Bartee –District Rep. 4th District, Office of Assembly Member Mariko Yamada
Steve Dileo –CEO, Mare Island Dry Dock, LLC
Christina Snyder –Vice President, Mare Island Dry Dock, LLC

AGENDA
 
Funding Strategy for the Dredging of Mare Island Straits
 
Minutes
  

  • Introduction by attendees

  • Dredging defined for MIDD purposes. Dredge to 34 feet in order to bring in large vessels for ship repair. Currently one dry dock is at 12 feet and another at 25 feet.

  • Estimated dredging cost - $15 Million

  • Congressional reps to investigate; inquire; look for funding sources at the federal level.

  • State reps to investigate funding at the state level.

  • City Council reps to brief Mayor about the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee whose mission will be to specifically look for ways to facilitate the dredging of Mare Island Straits. Create a new and distinct Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee

  • Recognize Mare Island Straits as an economic engine and that if dredging were to occur the economic benefits will be far reaching.

  • A suggestion was made to form a coalition to give congressional leaders ammunition to lobby for funding.

  • Shipyard Grant for small business (fewer than 1000 employees) was discussed. Temporarily shelved due to no funding available.

  • Suggestions to invite representatives form Solano Board of Supervisors, District 1 and 2, Michael and Belinda.

  • Explore the possibility of including the following people / organizations when forming the larger coalition:

  •     Joe Callaghan –Business Owner

  •     Dan Armenta –grant writer

  •     Cal Maritime Academy

  •     ORCEM

  •     Kewitt

  •     WETA

  •     Vallejo Yacht Club

  •     Vallejo Marina

  •     US Coast Guard

  •     MIDD, LLC

  •     Lennar Mare Island, LLC

  •     US Army Reserves

  •     US Navy Reserves

Explore the possibility of a combined permit for all stake holders, for longer period of time. Suggests 15 years for the combined permit.

MIDD stated that once the core dredging is done, the cost of maintenance dredging can be incorporated into the MIDD business plan.

Tiger Fund was discussed, but abandoned as an overly subscribed fund.

MIDD expressed concern about permitting and compliance. Tom Bartee offered his expertise in this area.

Admin Note: Page 3 is the contact list of committee members.

To preserve the momentum –a second meeting has been scheduled for 12 noon, May 28th, 2014 at Zio Fraedos, pending the formation of a more formal coalition.

Minutes prepared by:
Jess Malgapo
Councilmember
City of Vallejo
 

 

From: Jess Malgapo, Chair, Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee, Est. 4/30/14

Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014

To: Mr. Arijs Rakstins, Deputy for Project Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco

Subject: Invitation to Visit Mare Island, Vallejo, California on September 17, 2014

Dear Arijs,

Following our August 23, 2014 committee meeting, we were unanimous in extending to you a formal invitation to visit Mare Island, Vallejo, California. The attached invitation includes a list of committee members for your information and a proposed itinerary for you review. 

A hard copy of this invitation will go out in the mail tomorrow.  I am using email also to make sure you receive it in a timely fashion. We look forward to your visit. You are welcome to bring a delegation with you at your discretion.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Jess Malgapo  MISEDC Chair

 

From: Rakstins, Arijs A SPN To: Jess Malgapo Sent: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 Subject:  San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait

Sir,

I’m still planning to attend your events as scheduled. Don’t know yet who else might be accompanying me, but I intend to be there for sure.

Regards,Arijs Rakstins,

PMP Deputy District Engineer for Project Management U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,San Francisco District

 

Jess Malgapo   9/8/2014

Dear MISEDC Committee Members:

Attached, please find the minutes from this morning's conference call. Not everyone was on the call due to our large membership.

Please review the minutes.I want to express my gratitude on behalf of all of you - to Mel Orpilla and Tamara Ward for their tremendous support.  

Important Reminder: It is critical to our success for as many of you as possible to find the time to spend 2 to 3 hours on September 17th, starting at 10A.M. to get on the bus tour of Mare Island with our guest Mr. Arijs Rakstins, Deputy for Project Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco.

Please RSVP by replying to this email if you already have not done so. Through the generosity of Lennar, we will have a "bus" available. Tour is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by presentations at the Vallejo Welcome Center 375 G Street... Lunch will be served at 12 noon... and I expect we will be adjourned by 1p.m.

Steve Bryan, Matt and Blaise - hope you are all in town that day!  I'm grateful to all of you.

Sincerely and respectfully,Jess Malgapo

MISEDC Chair

 

From: Kathleen Diohep - Economic Development Manager for the City of Vallejo

Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014

To: Mark Sawicki - Community & Economic Development Director for the City of Vallejo

Subject: Minutes of Today's Conference Call with Tamara Ward, of MikeThompson's Office,Wash. DC

Attachments: Conference Call With Tamara Ward of Mike Thompson's Office WashingtonDC  09082014.pdf 

Expires: Friday, November 07, 2014 12:00 AM

Dan and Mark - You all weren't copied on this. Turns out this call wasn't that "small".

It included Councilmembers Malgapo; Dew-Costa and Verder-Aliga; Mel Orpilla; Tom Sheaff; Chris Snyder; Kathleen Diohep; Tom Bartee, Belinda Smith, and Tamara Ward.   We should discuss this.

The Congressman's office has identified a program to apply for dredging funds.   The City would need to be the applicant.  

I don't know yet the complexity of the application; or what would be involved if the City takes the lead with the Corps (I know there can be matching funds).

I did not expressly agree to the City staffing this application, especially without knowing the scope of obligations.  However, Councilmember Malgapo has written up that I will be doing this.   There is a complicated dialague between who is leading this from the Task Force and the Congressional team and I need coaching on how to handle assignments coming to me in this manner.   I did say that we may need a specialist that really understands the Corps to compete well for this grant and asked if I can have technical call with Tamara once we see the regs.

Kathleen

 

From: Jess Malgap Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014

To: Rakstins, Arijs A SPN

Subject: Re: San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait Dear Arijs,

For your visit, we have a tour bus lined up. We also have audio visual equipment set up in the event you need to use it.   There will be a brief presentation and an opportunity for you to address the committee.  Lunch will be served after your remarks.   Should members of your staff be interested in accompanying you to Vallejo, we welcome them as well.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Jess Malgapo  MISEDC Chair

 

From: Rakstins, Arijs A SPN

To: Jess Malgapo

Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Subject: San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait Thanks, Jess;

I don’t have any formal presentation planned, but will make a few remarks.  I will be accompanied by Arden Sansom, our Senior Economist, and Rob Lawrence, who heads up our Dredged Material Management Office.    There may be a few others, as yet unconfirmed, or it just may be the three of us.    See you on Wed.

Regards,  Arijs Rakstins, 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

 

Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14
DRAFT - Schedule of Events
Mr. Arijs Rakstins – Deputy for Project Management Visit
September 17, 2014
10:00 Arrival / Meet and Greet at Lennar Mare Island Conference Room
10:05 Lennar Mare Island Presentation – Tom Sheaff, VP Lennar Mare Island, LLC
10:20 Mare Island Dry Dock, LLC Presentation – Steve Dileo, President, MIDD, LLC
10:35 WETA Presentation – Tony Intintoli, Director, WETA
10:50 ORCEM Presentation – Steve Bryan, President, ORCEM
11:15 Lennar Mare Island Tour / Mare Island Dry Dock Tour
12:15 Lunch – Zio Fraedos
12:45 Keynote Address – Mr. Arijs Rakstins
1:30 Adjournment
Notes:
Telephone conversation between Jess Malgapo, MISEDC Chair and Mr. Arijs Rakstins, Deputy for Projects Management, USACE SFO, 8/18/14. Summary below:
1. Deputy Rakstins is very receptive to a dialogue between his office and MISEDC about dredging MI Straits.
2. Deputy Rakstins believes it is possible that Mare Island Straits could come back as a project for USACE SFO, if we could prove there is a revival of commercial activity.
3. Deputy Rakstins penciled in a trip to Vallejo on September 17th, pending receipt of a formal invitation from the committee. It is possible he will be accompanied by one of his planners!
4. Deputy Rakstins informed Jess that he has corresponded with Mike Thompson’s Reps, Tamara Ward and Mel Orpilla, about the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 which was signed into law on June 10, 2014 by President Obama. He cautioned that WRRDA is not a funding document and that his office has yet to come up with a plan as they continue to review the legislation.
5. It is possible there could be something for Mare Island Straits resulting from WRRDA. I think USACE SFO has a lot of say how future funding is developed/allocated, as a result of WRRDA. Of course Mike Thompson will be a “major” player / along with Mel, a member of our committee.
6. It is my hope that a group of us will be invited to visit USACE SFO office to continue this dialogue.

 

From: Jess Malgapo

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014

To: Rakstins, Arijs

c: Sansom, Arden K SPN; Lawrence, Robert J SPN

Subject: Re: San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait Dear Arijs,

It was a pleasure to meet you, Rob and Arden. Thank you for visiting Mare Island.   We are grateful to you beyond words.   Arijs, you brought great insight to the committee.   Thank you Sir.

You were willing to listen and observe and we appreciated your candid remarks and guidance.   We appreciate your sage advice, and explanation of the politics revolving around dredging and the current budget process... which is now "performance based" like you said.  

We thank you for showing us the road map how to get the dredging of Mare Island Straits back as a line item in your O&M Project budget...beginning with our letter request for a Section 216 Initial Appraisal.   Thank you for sharing with us sample Section 216 letters written by other cities.  We thank you for the time you took in researching Corps archives and sharing with us historical records of the Corps' previous findings in response to a "re-evaluation" of Mare Island Straits, under Section 509, requested by the City of Vallejo, 15 years ago, in August of 1999, which failed to provide sufficient justification for dredging.  

It was also a pleasure to meet Arden Sansom, Senior Economist.   The significance of his role in an "Initial Appraisal"study and beyond, is duly noted and we look forward to working with him.   We also noted Arden's cautious optimism and we totally understand his position.  To meet Rob Lawrence in person, and to put a face to his title, Head of DMMO, makes him less mysterious, and we appreciated the time he took in responding to questions from the committee.  Dredging permit applications live or die at his desk.   This job is for a professional like Rob because of the risks associated with his decisions.   We are grateful that Mare Island Dry Docks received permits to dredge the entrance to dry dock 2 which paved the way to bring in the Coast Guard Icebreaker, Polar Star, and that the City of Vallejo received permits to dredge the Vallejo Marina.

Thank you for allowing me to introduce you to the committee. We truly hope you enjoyed the tour, and we hope this is the beginning of a great working relationship going forward.   Together with your office, and I quote our Economic Development Manager, Kathleen Diohep, "we hope to unlock the economic potential of this 150 year old former Naval Base /Naval Shipyard, now that significant commercial marine activity and marine traffic has returned to Mare Island Straits".

Sincerely and respectfully,

Jess Malgapo  MISEDC Chair

 

From: "Rakstins, Arijs   09/18/2014

To: Jess Malgapo

Cc: "Sansom, Arden K SPN" ,"Lawrence, Robert J SPN" ,"BurtonEvans, Jessica L SPN" ,"Patterson, David R SPN","Dillabough, Michael A SPN" ,"Mull, Peter A SPN" ,"Kendall, Thomas R SPN" ,"Gillespie, Lyn SPN"

Subject: San Francisco District Contact Form: Mare Island Strait

It was our pleasure, Jess, in meeting your Committee membership. Mare Island, and the Vallejo Waterfront, are truly outstanding regional assets.  Please feel free to contact us at any time, and we look forward to working with you on your Sec. 216 request.

Best wishes, and thanks again!

Arijs Rakstins, PMPDeputy District Engineer for Project Management U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,San Francisco District1

 

jcmalgapo  9/18/2014

Mark, Kathleen,

FYI.   Thank you for your continued support.  The next step is drafting the Section 216 letter for Corps review.  Kathleen, please take the lead with Mark's concurrence.  We can share the draft letter to the committee at our next meeting on October 15th.  It will be an agenda item.

Sincerely,  Jess Malgapo

 

From: Mark Sawicki

Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014

To: Dan Keen

Cc: Kathleen Diohep

Subject: Mare Island Strait Dredging project

Dan -

As we discussed, I believe the direction of staff and allocation of resources for this project is really something that should come from the whole Council through you.   Staff's participation in the "ad hoc committee" to date has already diverted our limited ED resources from our other priorities.   The Councilmember is further committing the City and staff to this project, without us fully understanding the implications.   The Congressman's office has also.

Perhaps Councilmember Malgapo should agendize this for discussion and determine where it fits in Council (and staff's) priorities?   If it is a priority, it may likely require contracting with an outside resource that can provide better focus and attention, including understanding the implications for the City.

Mark Sawicki | Community & Economic Development Director

 

Jess Malgapo  10/2/2014

Dear Committee Members:

We last met on September 17th... when we were visited by the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a result of the USACE visit, one key action item was agreed upon during the meeting.

We asked Kathleen to take the lead in writing the Section 216 Initial Appraisal Letter to be submitted to USACE in draft form on October 15, 2014.   Sample letters provided by USACE.  However, Kathleen is attending to other pressing matters.  In addition, I received correspondence that some of you are not available to meet on October 15th.  In view of the above, our next meeting will be 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.

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

 

Kathleen Diohep  10/03/14

Dan and Mark‐

Do you still want me to have a staff report for the 10/28 Council meeting on this?  

My suggestion would be that it is simple, and delegates to the City manager sending a letter to the Corps, but that since we want to iterate with the Corps prior to sending and have the meeting slated below for after that meeting, that I don't try to have a draft of the letter in the report. 

Going through the files, the City attempted this in 1999.  In fact, Mr. Rakstins was the engineer that said no.   However, since the meeting on 9/17, a large group from the Army Corps came and toured MIDD.  Also since this meeting, there has been a meeting with Feinstein's office with lead by Thompson's.

I also got the sense on 9/17, that the Corps wanted staff, not just Council, in the loop.  My thought is to push this back quickly to the Corps (which I understand means going through Council) ‐‐ as once we have the request into the Corps, then they take 6‐12 months to do the study, which gives us time.

Kathleen

 

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.

 

From: Jess Malgapo

To: jcmalgapo; pippindew; tom.bartee; dr.rozzana; csnyder; mel.orpilla; Danny.Bernardini; sdileo ; tom.sheaff; aintintoli ; btsmith ;fstrykers <fstrykers@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; msawicki <msawicki@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; kdiohep<kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us>; rrojas <rrojas@ci.vallejo.ca.us>;

Sent: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

Dear MISEDC Committee Members:

Just a gentle reminder that we will be "dark" during the months of November and December and we will reconvene on January 14, 2015.  Attached, please find the City of Vallejo Section 216 Initial Appraisal letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers.   As a committee, each one of you played a major role to get us this far.  Thank you.

While much work lay ahead, we can certainly pause and celebrate this milestone.  I wish all of you a safe and Happy Holidays!

Jess Malgapo  MISEDC Chair

 

From: "Jess Malgapo"

Date: January 9

Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

Dear MISEDC Committee Members:

We are at the beginning of a brand new year!  Hope everyone is well rested ready to take on 2015 !  We will meet on January 14th as follows:

Time: 11:30 a.m. / Light Refreshments - 12:00 noon - meeting starts.

Venue: 375 G Street, Vallejo Welcome Center

Agenda: Being finalized - and will be forwarded separately.

The US Army Corps of Engineers informed me that they have identified a source to fund the Section 216 study.   The amount is $20,000 and they are now in the process of staffing the project team.  I will update you further at the meeting.  We will be taking on new initiatives for 2015 to build on what we have accomplished so far.

Fiona and Roland - if you could attend this initial meeting for 2015 it will be great.

SincerelyJess Malgapo  MISEDC Chair

 

From: Mark Sawicki

Sent: Friday, January 9, 2015

To: Daniel Keen; Craig Whittom

Cc: Kathleen Diohep

Subject: Fwd: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

Dan/Craig ‐

As Councilmember Malgapo pushes forward with his Straits Committee, we remain concerned with:

1. Councilmember rather than staff being point of contact with USACE

2. Indication that "we will be taking on new initiatives for 2015"

3. His directly asking additional city staff (Fiona, Roland) to attend without clearing with you and David, or clarifying what their role or need is.

Mark Sawicki

 

From: Craig Whittom

Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2015

To: Mark Sawicki

Cc: Kathleen Diohep; Daniel Keen

Subject: Next steps RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

Mark,

What do you propose as the solution to the items you raised?  Let us know.

Thanks.Craig

 

From: Kathleen Diohep

Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

To: Craig Whittom; Mark Sawicki

Cc: Daniel Keen

Subject: RE: Next steps RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

All-

I did not see a follow up on this, but here is my recommendation.  When I spoke with the Corps last year, they wanted to work with staff not the Council/Congressman’s office – but that is who their primary contact has been.  My thought is I reply to this email and say that Erin Hanford and myself will be attending the meeting.

I think that the request for PW staff is regarding marina dredging, but the federal channel will not handle that.   I saw myself or Erin as being the city’s point for the Corps.  Let me know if that works.

Kathleen

 

From: Daniel Keen

Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To: Kathleen Diohep; Craig Whittom; Mark Sawicki

Subject: RE: Next steps RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14

Kathleen –Yes, that works.

 

Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Meeting January 14, 2015

Est. 4/30/14 MISEDC is an Ad Hoc Committee not currently sanctioned by any public agency but was formed for a specific purpose and will cease to exist once the stated goals are achieved.

MISEDC Goals:

1. Research and take action necessary to secure Federal funding for the long term and sustained dredging of Mare Island Straits for public, private, commercial use.

2. Explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo and other stakeholders. 

Committee Members -

Pippin Dew-Costa, Vallejo Councilmember;

Jess Malgapo, Vallejo Councilmember;

Rozzana Verder-Aliga; Vallejo Councilmember;

Mel Orpilla, District Representative for Congressman Mike Thompson;

Tom Bartee, District Director Assembly Member. Bill Dodd;

Danny Bernardini, District Representative Senator Wolk;

Belinda Smith, District Representative Supervisor Seifert;

Steve Dileo, President, Mare Island Dry Dock;

Christina Snyder, Vice President Mare Island Dry Dock,

Anthony Intintoli –WETA (Ferry Authority, former Vallejo Mayor);

Tom Sheaff, Vice President Lennar MI,

Matt Fettig, Blaise Fettig of Vallejo Marine Terminal;

Steve Bryan, President, ORCEM America,

From City Staff: Mark Sawicki, Kathleen Diohep, Fiona Stryker, Roland Rojas

Agenda January 14, 2015

1. Introductions.

2. Approval of Minutes and Agenda (No minutes as we were dark in November and December)

3. Presentations:

4. Kathleen Diohep: Section 216 Initial Appraisal Letter and Data Collection update

5. Tom Sheaff: Finger Piers

6. Matt Fettig –VMT update

7. Steve Bryant  –Orcem update

8. Steve Delio / Chris Snyder –update on Montford and Aspen

9. New Business

10. Next meeting: March 11, 2015. Committee meeting will be every other month; 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Special meetings if needed.

11. Adjournment.

Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Venue: City of Vallejo Marketing Center 375G Street, Mare Island.

Prepared by: Jess Malgapo

 

Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Special Meeting, February 17, 2015

Est. 4/30/14 MISEDC is an Ad Hoc Committee not currently sanctioned by any public agency but was formed for a specific purpose and will cease to exist once the stated goals are achieved.

MISEDC Goals:

1. Research and take action necessary to secure Federal funding for the long term and sustained dredging of Mare Island Straits for public, private, commercial use.

2. Explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo and other stakeholders.

Agenda

1. Introductions.

2. Approval of Minutes and Agenda (No minutes taken last January, however, committee voted to meet every other month).

3. Welcome –Jennifer Dale, Legislative Fellow, CA 5th District, Washington DC Office

4. Presentations / Quick updates

a. LENNAR

b. MIDD

c. WETA

d. ORCEM

e. VMT

f. COV

g. Council Members

h. Chair

5. Action Item:

a. Create a sub-committee to prepare for next month’s presentation to the US Army Corps of Engineers.   Sub-committee to make the presentation to USACE.

i. Prepare an updated power point presentation (visual)

ii. Prepare an updated power point presentation (data)

iii. Presentation to include an update on North Mare Island economic development as it relates to use of the water way

6. New Business: For future discussion –return of the Trawler Fest to Vallejo.

7. Next meeting: March 11, 2015

8. Adjournment.   Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, every other month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm.

Venue: City of Vallejo Marketing Center 375G Street, Mare Island. Prepared by: Jess Malgapo

 

Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee March 11, 2015 Est. 4/30/14

MISEDC is an Ad Hoc Committee not currently sanctioned by any public agency but was formed for a specific purpose and will cease to exist once the stated goals are achieved.

MISEDC Goals:

1. Research and take action necessary to secure Federal funding for the long term and sustained dredging of Mare Island Straits for public, private, commercial use.

2. Explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo and other stakeholders.

Agenda

1. Introductions

2. Approval of Minutes and Agenda

3. Welcome remarks –Chair.

4. Presentations:

a. Lennar M.I. LLC

b. Major user presentations:

i. Mare Island Dry Dock

ii. Vallejo Marine Terminal

iii. Orcem

iv. WETA

5. Q&A –USACE / MISEDC

6. Next meeting:  May 13, 2015

7. Adjournment.  Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Venue: City of Vallejo Marketing Center 375G Street, Mare Island.

Prepared by: Jess Malgapo

 

Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Meeting
May 20, 2015

MISEDC is an Ad Hoc Committee not currently sanctioned by any public agency but has the endorsement and support of the Vallejo City Council as an informal citizens committee.
MISEDC Goals:
1. Research and take action necessary to secure Federal or State funding for the long term and sustained dredging of Mare Island Straits for public, private, commercial use.
2. Explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo and Solano County.
Committee Members - Pippin Dew-Costa, Vallejo Councilmember; Jess Malgapo, Vallejo Councilmember; Rozzana Verder-Aliga; Vallejo Councilmember; Mel Orpilla, Dist. Rep for Mike Thompson; Tom Bartee, Dist. Director Asm. Dodd; Danny Bernardini, Dist. Rep. Sen. Wolk; Belinda Smith, Dist. Rep. Supervisor Seifert; Steve Dileo, President, MIDD; Christina Snyder, VP MIDD, Anthony Intintoli – Board Member; WETA; Tom Sheaff, VP Lennar MI; Matt Fettig, Blaise Fettig of Vallejo Marine Terminal; Steve Bryan, President, ORCEM America, Kathleen Diohep; Economic Development Manager, City of Vallejo; Erin Hanford; Project Manager, Mare Island, City of Vallejo.
Guest: Osby Davis – Mayor, City of Vallejo
Agenda
May 20, 2015
1. Introductions.
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Presentations
4. Kathleen Diohep – brief update on Section 216 status.
5. Mark O’Brien – brief remarks (Mark will be joining the committee).
6. Reports of the Chair and Committee Members
7. Next steps
8. Mayor Davis – remarks.
9. New Business / Announcements
10. Adjournment.
Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month. 11:30 a.m. Light Lunch; Convene Meeting at 12 noon. The next meeting will be on July 15, 2015. Venue, unless modified, will be 435 G Street, Mare Island.
Prepared by: Jess Malgapo

 

From: Jess Malgapo <jcmalgapo@aol.com>Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015

To:  MISEDC Committee email list

Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 

May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Dear Committee Members:

Following a disappointing week because of the revelation that even a positive initial letter from USACE only leads to yet another study... which requires matching funds... I found the attached document, which clearly shows the entire "Standard Corps Project Delivery Process".

Kindly read the attachment at your leisure, but please pay particular attention to pages 4thru 7.   This is our process.  Now it is very clear the path we are taking... where it starts and where it ends. WRDA definitely comes into play. 

The "roundtable" on May 27th in Sausalito will give us more insight.  It will certainly allow me and Steve Dileo to expand our committee contacts/networks by meeting some of the folks that will be attending the roundtable who I suspect are like us looking to start a project or in the middle of a project but are faced with funding issues, or looking for efficiencies.

God help our committee.  Onward and upward

Jess

 

From: Kathleen Diohep

Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2015

To: Andrea Ouse; Daniel Keen; Craig Whittom

Subject: FW: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 ‐ May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

All ‐

We actually do not yet have the 'bad news' that is relayed in this email and the Corps told us from the beginning that this was a two step process.  The second study may not cost as much as the $3 million.  I'm working to propose some consultant help on this effort and will be coordinating with Thompson's office.

The WRDA route that Jess is recommending is a long haul; I think it is for Thompson's office to determine that tactic  .I can tell from the record that the (unsuccessful) efforts in the 1990s to get federal dredging had significant Mayor involvement.  

I need some guidance on how you want this staffed.  I've been working with the Corps assigned staff, while Jess is working the SF District head.

Kathleen

 

From: Craig Whittom

Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2015

To: Kathleen Diohep

Cc: Andrea Ouse; Daniel Keen

Subject: RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 ‐ May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Kathleen,

Having the 2015 RBPM plan in place will help provide guidance on questions such as this.  I don't consider this a priority in the context of your other ED initiatives.  Not sure that you have the capacity to dedicate staff resources to this.  I don't have any guidance to offer that is different than your current approach. 

Spend as little time as needed to manage communication with the elected official and keep open communication with the Army corps staff.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks.Craig

 

From: Andrea Ouse

Sent: Monday, May 25, 2015

To: Craig Whittom; Kathleen Diohep

Cc: Daniel Keen

Subject: RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 ‐ May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

I concur with Craig; this is one of the many potential torpedoes that will divert focus away from ED's dedicated priorities.  However, it is still important to maintain communications with elected officials ‐ so continue on that path without committing to tasks that will require a significant dedication of resources. 

Andrea

 

From: Daniel Keen

Sent: Monday, May 25, 2015

To: Andrea Ouse; Craig Whittom; Kathleen Diohep

Subject: RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 ‐ May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

     I concur with Craig’s viewpoint as well.

Daniel E. Keen- City Manager

 

From: Kathleen Diohep

Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To: Daniel Keen; Andrea Ouse; Craig Whittom

Subject: RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 ‐ May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Dan/Andrea/Craig

We have been proceeding with the lightest touch possible.  For example, LMI and MIDD did most of the data collection for the Corps study so far.  Recall this was added as a council priority in January. Also this group is now meeting every other month, not monthly. 

This is a very technical area, the folks in the room don’t really understand the regs/process.  I tried to cancel last week’s meeting as we did not have the study from the Corps yet.   Jess would not cancel, likely as he had invited the Mayor .

This group is reps of a full set of elected officials and the maritime industry (with MIDD and VMT/Orcem being the most frequent attending). 

Instead we met and discussed this worst case of a required $1.5 million local match.   There is a lot of talk about whether we should create a port (Bartee as strongest voice).   Tom Sheaff and I have been voicing the difference between ship repair/shipyard industries and Port.   We were well able to deflect that last week with the explanation that the uses in discussion for North Island are much more job dense than a goods movement Port.

I want to note that MIDD has invested $5million in the last two years and is at 100 jobs and says with more berths they could grow to hundreds.  They also have a 20 year lease with LMI, so it does make sense to seek to support this industry.   My recommendation is that the Congressional office lead, but still think there could be room for an actual expert to support this effort.

Kathleen

 

From: Daniel Keen

Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

To: Kathleen Diohep; Andrea Ouse; Craig Whittom

Subject: RE: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 - May 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Kathleen –

Thanks for reminding me that this was made a Council priority in January.  I think the approach you’re taking works, for now.

 

Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee July 15, 2015 MISEDC is an Ad Hoc Citizens Committee of the City of Vallejo. It is not a formal City Commission.

MISEDC Goals:

1. Conduct research and take action necessary to secure federal funding for the long term and sustained dredging of Mare Island Straits for public, private, commercial use.

2. Explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo.

Committee Members –City of Vallejo Councilmembers: Pippin Dew-Costa, Jess Malgapo, Rozzana Verder-Aliga; Mel Orpilla, Dist. Rep for Mike Thompson; Tom Bartee, Dist. Director Asm. Bill Dodd; Danny Bernardini, Dist. Rep. Sen. Wolk; Belinda Smith, Dist. Rep. Supervisor Seifert; Steve Dileo, President, MIDD; Christina Snyder, VP MIDD, Anthony Intintoli –WETA; Tom Sheaff, VP Lennar MI, Matt Fettig, Blaise Fettig of Vallejo Marine Terminal; Steve Bryan, President, ORCEM America, City Staff: Andrea Ouse, Kathleen Diohep, Erin Hanford, Mark Hoffheimer; Fiona Stryker, Roland Rojas

Agenda Regular Meeting, July 15, 2015 '

1. Introductions.

2. Approval of Agenda (No minutes taken, no meeting held during the month of June).

3. Welcome –Andrea Ouse, Community and Economic Development Director; Mark Hoffheimer, Senior Planner; James M. Haussener, Executive Director, California Marine Affairs & Navigation Conference (CMANC).

4. Presentations

a. Tiger Grant 2016 - James M. Haussener

b. Standard Corps Project Delivery Process - City of Vallejo (Andrea/Kathleen/Mark) Update on Status of 216 Economic Analysis

5. Next steps.

6. Committee Member Reports:

a. Lennar Mare Island, LLC

b. Mare Island Dry Dock, LLC

c. Vallejo Marine Terminal

d. Orcem America

e. WETA

f. Council Members

g. District Representatives

7. Dredging –Rivers, inlets, marinas (shallow dredge) –informational.

8. Next meeting:

a. Special –August 19, 2015 with Congressman Mike Thompson

b. Regular –September 16, 2015

9. Adjournment. Meetings are held on the 3nd Wednesday of the month, every other month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Venue: City of Vallejo Marketing Center 375G Street, Mare Island.

Prepared by:

Jess Malgapo Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee

 

Special Meeting, August 25, 2015

Est. 4/30/14, MISEDC is an Ad Hoc Citizens Committee of the City of Vallejo.   It is not a formal City Commission.

MISEDC Goals:

1. Conduct research and take action necessary to secure federal funding for the long term and sustained dredging of Mare Island Straits for public, private, commercial use.

2. Explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo and Solano County.

Committee Members –City of Vallejo Councilmembers: Pippin Dew-Costa, Jess Malgapo, Rozzana Verder-Aliga; Mel Orpilla, Dist. Rep for Mike Thompson; Tom Bartee, Dist. Director Asm. Bill Dodd; Danny Bernardini, Dist. Rep. Sen. Wolk; Belinda Smith, Dist. Rep. Supervisor Seifert; Michael Wilson, Dist. Rep. for Supervisor Hannigan; Steve Dileo, President, MIDD; Christina Snyder, VP MIDD, Anthony Intintoli –WETA; Tom Sheaff, VP Lennar MI, Matt Fettig, Blaise Fettig of Vallejo Marine Terminal; Steve Bryan, President, ORCEM America, Phil DuBuis, Senior Business Development Manager, Kiewit; City Staff: Andrea Ouse, Community and Economic Development Director; Kathleen Diohep, Economic Development Manager; Erin Hanford, Mare Island Project Manager; Mark O’Brien; City of Vallejo Consultant Agenda

1. Welcome –Special Guest, Congressman Mike Thompson, 5th District, CA.

2. Introductions

3. Presentations and Committee Member Reports

a. Jess Malgapo –MISEDC History / Standard USACE Project Acquisition Process / Tiger Grant

b. Tom Sheaff –Lennar Update

c. Steve Delio –MIDD Update

d. Blaise or Matt Fettig –Vallejo Marine Terminal Update

e. Steve Bryan –ORCEM Update

f. Tony Intintoli –WETA Update

g. Phil DuBuis - Kiewit

h. Kathleen Diohep –Status of Section 216 and next steps

i. Remarks –The Honorable U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson

4. Next meeting: a. Regular –September 16, 2015 (tentative).

5. Adjournment. Meetings are held on the 3nd Wednesday of the month, every other month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Venue: City of Vallejo Marketing Center 375G Street, Mare Island.

Prepared by: Jess Malgapo

 

From: Jess Malgapo

To Committee email list now including Phil Dupuis from Kiewit, plus Vallejo city employees Andrea Ouse <Andrea.Ouse@cityofvallejo.net>, Kathleen Diohep <Kathleen.Diohep@cityofvallejo.net>, Erin Hanford <Erin.Hanford@cityofvallejo.net>

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015

Subject: MISEDC Meeting Tentatively Scheduled for September 16th is CANCELLED plus Admin announcements...

Dear MISEDC Committee Members:

1. Please read the entire email. Thank you very much

.2. Our meeting tentatively scheduled for September 16, 2015 is cancelled due to a light agenda.

3. Our NEXT MEETING will be on October 21, 2015. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, every other month.

4. We will be DARK in December of 2015. I will publish a 2016 schedule after I consult with Ms. Andrea Ouse and Kathleen Diohep.

5. I do wish to share with you a summary reminder of what we have done thus far in our efforts to obtain dredging funds and the most recent developments. As you know we have taken the following steps: a.   Pursue dredging funds via the traditional US Army Corps of Engineers Acquisition Process - which started with the Section 216 study... Status: USACE has for action.

b.   Tiger Grant Application - which will be led by the City Economic Development Team (Andrea, Kathleen, Mark) has the support of Mr. Dan Keen.

Status: To be submitted early 2016. Deadline is May 2016, and we are adding another angle in our search for funding (see below).

c.   Include the dredging of Mare Island Straits" on the list of Solano County "FEDERAL PROJECTS.  Following my meetings with MTC Commissioner and Supervisor Jim Spering and Mr. Daryl Halls, Executive Director of the Solano Transportation Authority and Dan Keen (separate meeting)... the City has submitted a revised list of city priority FEDERAL Projects to STA.  The STA list now includes dredging of Mare Island Straits as a top priority for Vallejo/Solano County.

 

In addition, Dan Keen is working on a letter to STA asking that the STA Washington DC lobbyist begin to actively lobby for dredging funds.

6. You will recall that we have two goals; one is to search for dredging funds but our second goal is to explore how Mare Island Straits could be transformed into an economic driver for the City of Vallejo and Solano County.   In this regard, let us congratulate our committee members, "Vallejo Marine Terminal / ORCEM" as they reached a key milestone with their project.   Their EIR was released very recently on September 3, 2015. This document took many months to complete.  The 45 day public comment period is now underway.  Here's the link to the EIR.  Let us all wish them all the best and a successful public review. http://www.cityofvallejo.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=5045937.

Finally, I want to thank departing committee member, Danny Bernardini (District Rep for Senator Wolk) who was with us from the very beginning, and is moving on to a new career with the Napa Solano Building Trades council. 

Sincerely and respectfully,

Jess Malgapo   MISEDC Chair

 

From: Jess Malgapo

To: Full Committee email list including the members using redacted private accounts , plus the following city and state gov addresses: "mel.orpilla@mail.house.gov" , "Alex.Pader@sen.ca.gov" <Alex.Pader@sen.ca.gov>, "btsmith@solanocounty.com" <btsmith@solanocounty.com>, "kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us" <kdiohep@ci.vallejo.ca.us>, "mlwilson@solanocounty.com" <mlwilson@solanocounty.com>, "tom.bartee@asm.ca.gov" <tom.bartee@asm.ca.gov>, Andrea Ouse <Andrea.Ouse@cityofvallejo.net>, Erin Hanford <Erin.Hanford@cityofvallejo.net>, David Kleinschmidt <David.Kleinschmidt@cityofvallejo.net>

Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2015

Subject: Re: Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee Est. 4/30/14 - OCTOBER Meeting CANCELLATION

Dear MISEDC Committee Members

Our meeting scheduled for October 21, 2015 is CANCELLED.  Cancellation is due to lack of agenda.  However, you will recall that we have established three pathways to obtain funding to deepen MareIsland Straits. Below is a brief summary:

1. Standard Federal Project Acquisition / Section 216.  While the Corps has not issued a "formal" reply to the Section 216 - we have information that they are looking for a way to simply put Mare Island Straits back on their list of existing ongoing projects.  Kathleen will continue to have this conversation with the Corps in the weeks ahead.  If this comes to fruition - it is basically a "home run".

2. The idea of a Tiger Grant request to be submitted in early 2016 (application is due in May 2016)... received the support of the City Manager.   Through Kathleen, we will pursue and apply for a Tiger Grant.  In 2015, $500 Million was available.  A similar amount is available in 2016.  Kathleen will be supported by a city consultant.

3. Over the last few weeks, I have also met with a senior member of MTC and Supervisor Jim Spering and STA Executive Director Daryl Hall.  I also met separately with the City Manager - specifically about adding"Dredging" MI Straits as a City of Vallejo Federal Project Priority.

City Manager Keen submitted a formal COV letter to STA last September.  Dredging MI Straits is now part of the Solano County Federal Projects Priority giving it greater visibility in Washington with the help ofthe STA Lobbyist.  While we are no longer meeting this year, because we are dark inNovember and December - it does not mean we are not working.

I just exchanged emails last week with Arijs Rakstins, Deputy ProjectsDirector, US Army Corps SF District... and he continues to look for ways to help Vallejo.  Thank you everyone for all your efforts that brought us this far after 18 months.  I will keep you posted if a major development breaks between now and our next meeting in January 2016.

Membership update:  Danny Bernardini is now with Napa Solano Building Trades.  Alex Pader replaces Danny Bernardini.   Alex also works for Senator Lois Wolk.  David Kleinschmidt, City Of Vallejo Public Works Director.

Sincerely

Jess Malgapo Vice Mayor

 

 

Shadow Puppets

 

A perfect storm is building in Vallejo politics, as the planning vision developed with broad resident participation and three million of our tax dollars collides head on with a secret push by local officials, regional politicians, and big business interests to bring more polluting heavy industry to our waterfront.  See 'Shadow Govt' on the menu above and 'River City' in the Read More section for more background on this clandestine self styled "citizens committee."   Make no mistake, this initiative to dredge the length of the Mare Island Strait and bring in more heavy industry, like the proposed port/cement plant, would set the stage for future development that will largely determine the character of Vallejo and our quality of life for many decades to come.

 

We'd like to say at the outset that not all those involved in this sad story appear motivated by greed or personal ambition.   Councilmember Jess Malgapo, who has spearheaded the MISEDC project, is a 25 year Navy veteran who came to Vallejo in the Mare Island glory days.  He appears sincerely convinced that what he's been doing is all for the good of the city.  He knows one way, and seems unaware that there are alternative models for economic development we can pursue, just as he seems unaware that most of us do not share his vision to turn back the clock.

 

He also seems to have no grasp of how representative democracy is supposed to work, or that holding a seat on council does not give you the power to just assign paid city employees to personal projects.  Members of city staff, however, most certainly do know better.  All in all, Mr. Malgapo appears to be a well intentioned individual who is singularly unsuited to hold elected office at this pivotal juncture for the future development of Vallejo. 

 

Freedom of Information requests by one of our more persistent and dedicated citizens continue to lift the curtain and provide a behind the scenes look at what has been going on without the knowledge of ordinary citizens and half of our City Council.  What we're seeing is not pretty.  It's not only the elected officials working outside of the legislative process to undercut the public planning process that need to come clean, it is also becoming clear that our top city staff also have a great deal to answer for. 

 

The following email exchanges reveal a group of city technocrats who feel that they are the only players with the competence to decide how the city should be run.  The other players, including the MISEDC, the JumpStart Councilmembers,  the non-MISEDC Councilmembers,  City Commissioners, and the citizen's General Plan Working Group, are only given enough information to keep them out of the way.  Little wonder that Vallejo city government looks like a dysfunctional, wasteful mess.

 

A little background.  There was a time when the Army Corps of Engineers routinely dredged the Strait to maintain draft for large ocean going vessels, which has not happened now for decades.  Spot dredging has been necessary to support current activity in places like the Marina, the Mare Island Dry Dock facility and the Kiewit construction yard.  In 1999, an effort spearheaded by Vallejo's Mayor to get the Army to resume its maintenance dredging program was turned down, because there was not enough maritime activity to justify federal funding. 

 

Mr. Malgapo came in determined to revive that effort based on recent additions like the dry docks and Keiwit, and with the addition of still more heavy industry like the Orcem cement plant.  Dredging the entire Strait would open the waterfront to a lot more of the same.  That dream looks like the nightmare we see in many other communities that have gone down this road.

 

In the left hand column below are the emails and MISEDC agendas obtained under the Freedom of Information requests released so far in chronological order.  The right hand column contains our comments on the corresponding material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Davis is briefed on the creation of this ad hoc committee which already has its twin goals identified.  With the immediate addition of Councilmember Verder-Aliga to the MISEDC, that makes a quorum of the Council that are directly involved or aware of the activities of this committee which has not been discussed or approved by the whole council.   Three of our Councilmembers were never informed and discovered what had been going on a year and a half later through public information requests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That attached list sure looks impressive by this time.  Do you think the Army knew they were dealing with an ad hoc unsanctioned "citizen's committee"?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember that three of our elected councilmembers have no idea any of this is going on.

 

 

 

 

Jess is proud of the assemblage of movers and shakers who like his version of economic development and are more than happy to help him help them.  Tamara Ward is a political operative out of 5th District Congressman Mike Thompson's office, as is Mel Orpilla.

 

 

 

The private interests who stand to

benefit largely fund the lobbying effort.  How much Vallejo city staff time is going into this private "citizen's" project?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vallejo Economic Development Manager sounds a little surprised that Mr. Malgapo's project has gained so much traction. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She very clearly understands that they are not supposed to be devoting staff time to activities that have not been in front of the entire Council for a vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like a port and cement plant

 

 

 

 

I guess locals don't need to be involved with all the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An embarrasing dispay of butt smooching on behalf of the city. Again,  three of our Councilmembers have no idea that any of this has taken place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smooch, smooch, smooch

 

 

I don't think she's quite as enthused as all that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to keep them as outstanding assets for the city, not sold off for the benefit of regional interests.  These assets can help serve as the basis for a tourism based economic sector if we don't turn it into Stockton or west Oakland.

 

 

Thank you for your tax-funded support for our private project?

 

Where did he get the idea that staff works for him and he can just direct them to pursue his personal agenda?  Bizarre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a voice of reason!  Of course it should come from the Council as a whole, as each and every one of you knows perfectly well.

How often have we been told that we can't do this or that worthwhile project because the city just can't afford the staff time?  And how can a Congressman commit our city resources to anything without the knowledge of nearly half our elected Councilmembers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No kidding, like actual city business?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now comes the part where they have to figure out how to finesse this thing, since they know the whole council hasn't signed off on any of this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful, now we're all the way up to a US Senator's office.

 

 

It should have been going through Council from the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But they don't make the rest of the Council aware.  Instead they put some of the MISEDC goals language into a document on the city letterhead and slipped it into the consent item agenda, which doesn't get discussed.  It's all disingenuously couched as just an initial exploratory letter of inquiry with no hint that the Army had been out for a tour and an in depth discussion of the application process a month earlier.  It looks for all the world like Consent Item J is staff trying to cover theiractions by getting the whole council on record, without the nuisance of having the long overdue public discussio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The port of Stockton and Conta Costa county are listed as non federal sponsors on the ACOE web site.

 

Yep, just grab those city employees, they are yours to command.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of remaining concerned, why not just correct this obviously bad situation, when you know it's all wrong?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you going to do about it?  Blow the whistle?  Oh, you're going to quit. 

 

 

The General Plan Working group is also well under way by now, and they are not coming up with anything like the secret committee's vision for future economic development.  A collision course.

 

 

 

We need to get the people who don't know what they're talking about out of the loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever kicks the can down the road?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later they specifically identify Orcem/VMT as a step toward fulfilling that second goal.

 

Impressive list, no?  Would you think you were dealing with an unsanctioned "citizen's committee" if you were the Army?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They just keep showing up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three of our elected officials have still not been informed of the existence of this committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of all the things so obviously wrong with this picture,  this statement was what Councilmember Dew-Costa felt it necessary to apologize to her excluded fellow Councilmembers for.  The rest of the city still waits for our apologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Mayor is in the loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He apparently hadn't done his homework.  The fact that this is a two step process is not hard to dig up.

 

 

 

 

 

God might show more concern for the health of the children of south Vallejo than for your committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They obviously don't think this is  going anywhere given that the ACOE has a backlog of more than a thousand projects already approved that haven't been funded, and know they shouldn't be devoting staff time to an unsanctioned long shot effort, even with the help of the big shot politicos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's just continue to manage these elected officials by controlling the flow of information among all these various disconnected groups.  One more shadow goverment that is not answering to residents and voters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, why not?  You're only the City Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'll just do the bare minimum to string these yokels along.  We know who's really in charge.

 

 

 

 

You can say that again.

 

 

 

Wasting staff time holding hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now there's a novel idea.  An actual expert!  Why didn't we think of that sooner?  It might even work in other situations as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really.  How did you manage that while still not letting three of our Councilmembers  know what has been going on?  A neat trick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, the more the merrier!  Some of you know all about the Bay and River City scenario currently making its way through the real citizen planning process, right?  This committee welcoming you has gone miles down the road in the opposite direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dredging our way to the promised land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He loves going dark.  The whole enterprise has been done in the dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What?

 

 

 

 

Mr. Keen has a whole lot of explaining to do.

 

 

Here it comes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because that's how it's done inside a crony network.

 

 

 

 

 

We have redacted the email addresses of members who are using personal accounts.  Taxpayer funded government accounts should be accessible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we going dark on this one too?

 

 

 

 

Now that the other Councilmembers and the public have discovered this concerted effort to go around the democratic process, that Tiger might turn around and bite.  I'm afraid this will all have to come out into the light, and now things will get just a bit more complicated.  I suggest anyone who has not been sucked in too deeply to distance yourself as far and fast from this as possible.