Federal Delegation On Island Today for Buildup Talks; Senator Guthertz Releases Her Talking Points

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Guam – A Senior delegation of federal officials is on island today [Thursday] to discuss buildup related issues with lawmakers and Governor Calvo.

The delegation is led by Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work.

According to a release from Senaotr Judi Guthertz, the only scheduled event for the delegation is a “courtesy meeting and working lunch” with members of the 31st Guam Legislature at 11:15 a.m., Carmen’s Restaurant in Hagatna.

In her release, Guthertz accuses the Joint Guam Program Office of wanting to “keep these visitors behind closed doors and out of public earshot.”

In response Guthertz states: ““The true business of the Navy and Marine Corps officials on the military buildup is with the people of Guam and they shouldn’t avoid any opportunity to communicate with them.” And she is promising members of the local media and the public that she’ll “pass on any information she can obtain.”

In keeping with that promise, Senator Guthertz has released the following talking points for today’s meeting.

1. BUILDUP TIMELINES  

2. ADAPTIVE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT  

* WHERE’S THE MONEY?  WHEN WILL WE SEE IT?

* CHALLENGES TO GOVGUAM NUMBERS OF TECHNICAL PROJECT REVIEW PEOPLE  SUCH AS H‐2 VISAs, ARCHELOGICAL              MONITORING, AND EPA ENGINEERING PERMITS.

* THANKS FOR COMMITTING TO PROVIDING COPY OF NEXT VERSION OF  DRAFT GUAM JOINT MILITARY MASTER PLAN (last version dated 31 July 2008)

* PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN SITING OF EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ALONG FENCE SO CAN HAVE DOUBLE FENCE AS DONE AT NAVAL HOSPITAL & GUAM HIGH SCHOOL COMPLEX.

* GUAM FIRST COMMISSION—SOON TO BE IMPANELED

* CIVIL‐MILITARY COORDINATING COUNCIL (CMCC) – MAKE UP

* PAGAT AND CARRIER BERTHING

* PAGAT ‐  NO WAY.  GOVERNOR CALVO SAID: “PAGAT IS NOT FOR SALE.”  AS CAMPAIGN ISSUE.

* HAND GRENADES – UNACCEPTABLE NOISE LEVEL FOR NELSON RESIDENCE AND NEGATIVE DESTRUCTIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.  HAVE ASKED FOR DETAILS AND MEETING WITH NELSONS.  LOCAL JGPO OFFICE NOT TALKING BECAUSE OF LAWSUIT? STILL NO RESPONSE AS OF January 20, 2011.

* FEDS  TAKING ONE OF TWO OPTIONS IF THEY STICK WITH ROUTE 15 SITE:

* LAND CONDEMNATION – WHICH WILL BE BLOCKED BY DELEGATE IN HOUSE COMMITTEE AND/ OR THE PEOPLE OF GUAM.

* LAWSUIT WHICH COULD CONTINUE FOR YEARS AND MARINES ARRIVE TO HAVE NO FIRING RANGES.

* CARRIER BERTH LOCATION – SAN LUIS SITE IS BEST.  ENDORSED BY U.S. EPA, NOAA, AND FISH & WILDLIFE.

* EDUCATION SYSTEMS –GUAM’S AND THE MILITARY’S (esp. UOG and GCC) NEED TO INTERACT BETTER WITH EACH OTHER.

* LOCAL JOB CREATION – RECENT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR CUTTING GRASS TO AN OFF‐ISLAND COMPANY.  DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE FEDERAL LAW TO GIVE LOCAL COMPANIES PRIORITY – GLAD TO WORK WITH OUR DELEGATE TO DO THAT IF NEEDED.

3. NEW ISSUES TO PRESENT AT THE JANUARY 20TH MEETING:

*SENATE REJECTS WORLD WAR II LOYALTY RECOGNITION ACT ‐  IMPACT ON “SOFT‐LANDING.”

*PROGRAMMATIC AGREEMENT – PRESSURE TO SIGN IT.   ROUTE 15 FIRING RANGES IN IT.  DOD COMMITMENT TO USE BEST EFFORTS TO GET 5 MILLION FOR CULTURAL CENTER IS AN INSULT.

*JAPANESE MEDIA REPORT STATES “CITIZENS OF GUAM” WILL SHARE REPAYMENT OF 400 MIL LOAN.

*STILL NO MITIGATION FUNDING PROVIDED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT