Speaker weighs in on E-911 matter, telling FCC Adelup is “false on their face”

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Guam – “How then can the Calvo Administration admit to a violation of local law, regarding special fund transfers before the Guam Legislature, and then represent that neither federal or local law was violated to the FCC?” That is the question posed by Speaker BJ Cruz, a question he also answers.

“False on their face,” stated Speaker BJ Cruz in a letter to FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly relative to statements made by Governor Calvo in response to O’Rielly’s inquiry on the diverted E-911 funds.

Speaker Cruz clarified the alleged misstatements conveyed to the commissioner by Governor Eddie Calvo, making it clear that the transfers from the E-911 system fund to the general fund are a violation of Guam Law.

The Speaker also attached a letter he wrote to then Director of Administration Christine Baleto insisting that these transfers stop.

Further noting that over $3,000,000 was transferred out of the E-911 fund between 2014 and 2016.

According to the speaker, Gov. Calvo then authorized an additional $839,583 to be transferred out of the special fund in 2017, also in violation of the law.

Speaker Cruz makes it clear that the governor’s representation that PL 34-42 section 22 language authorizes the use of the Special Revenue Funds for purposes outside the scope of the stated statutory purposes of the fund is “wrong.”

He further states that the same section that authorizes GFD to expend all revenues collected by the designated fund for the purpose authorized by statue negates the governor’s assertion that excess funds could be expended outside the statute.

Speaker Cruz also confirms that PL 34-42 cannot be applied retroactively, calling the Governor’s interpretation a “never-never land” reading of the law.

He points out that when the legislature questioned the illegality of the special funds transfer they were told by DOA, “Which law do you want me to break? The federal law with payroll or these special revenues?”

 

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.