Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz has released a statement expressing optimism following her meeting last week with new JGPO Director Joesph Ludovici.
During his meeting with the legislators last week, Director Ludovici explained that his previous Navy experience had been that the military focused on meetings and planning with local executive branches. He said he could now see Guam required a different approach and promised meetings in the new year involving all parties to keep buildup progress on track.
In a letter to Ludovici, Guthertz praised the JPGO Director for his willingness to consider alternatives to existing plans.
“This is what should have occurred back in 2007 and 2008, I am so gratified to hear that you now recognize the importance of bringing the Guam Legislature into the loop.”
Senator Guthertz said the meeting revealed to her that Director Ludovici’s colleagues had not been sharing some of the many documents and counter proposals to the buildup plans that she spent months drafting and sending to JGPO in Washington, so the long time academic assigned a hefty piece of homework: A total of 39 documents are on their way to D.C. for Ludovici’s review.
“[T]here are many options including building multistory housing units like in Pearl Harbor and San Diego and also constructing housing for our Marines on Andersen Air Force base…”
One housing option, Guthertz said, would be going up instead of spreading out: “Your admission that building vertically is indeed an option to the acquisition of 680 acres of new land is a noteworthy revelation of your character and honesty.”
Senator Guthertz laid a number of past problems with the buildup at the door of JGPO, including a previous policy of dealing directly with the executive branch and cutting out the legislature.
“You may be interested to know that Assistant Secretary Jacky Pfannenstiel recently wrote to me pledging that the Legislature would receive the next version of the Guam Joint Military Master Plan. JGPO denied my request for a copy of the July 2008 version while giving it to our Governor and various civilian consultants,” Senator Guthertz said.