VIDEO: Cruz Says JGPO Should Declare How Much Civilian Land They Need for Firing Range

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Guam – Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz is asking the Joint Guam Program office to let the public know exactly how much civilian land may be needed for the proposed firing range at the Naval Magazine. DOD is currently considering using the Naval Magazine or Fena area as a potential site for the firing range complex required by marines but they have yet to release any details surrounding the civilian land that may be needed.

 

Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz has written a letter to the Joint Guam Program office asking for more information on their plans for using the Naval Magazine or Fena area as a firing range complex for marines.

Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz has written a letter to the Joint Guam Program office asking for more information on their plans for using the Naval Magazine or Fena area as a firing range complex for marines.

“One I need to know how much land you are going to require from the private and the government entities either CLTC or ancestral lands two I need to know what historical and archaeological sites there are that are involved,” said Vice-Speaker Cruz. The local lawmaker says the current maps that have been shared with the public don’t include any specifics with regards to the acreage needed. The Vice-Speaker went to all three public scoping meetings recently held by JGPO and found that the acreage was not available at the meetings either.

“At southern high school I asked how much area was going to be and at Yigo they finally pulled out a report that was dated may 2011.” He says this report which was shared with him by a major in the marines showed a breakdown of how many acres of civilian land would be required for the three alternatives at the naval magazine.

“When I went to Yigo first they said it was behind the screens or the displays then they realized it wasn’t there so one of the majors ran and got a report and was pulling it and he said oh that one the East-West is gonna be 2,800 acres the l shape would require an additional 350 acres the North South would require an additional 50 acres and the route 15 would be the 12 hundred or 13 hundred and I said why isn’t that public?” Thus the vice-speaker is asking that JGPO share all the information it has on it’s plans for a firing range with the public so that the public can make a more informed decision.

 Meanwhile buildup chair Senator Judi Guthertz held an informational briefing on the buildup with the Governor’s Guam Military Buildup Director Mark Calvo. Calvo told lawmakers that the buildup as far as he can tell is still on track to occur. At the end of the hearing Guthertz said that she was upset with “special interest” groups that have hijacked the buildup debate because of their concerns with profit and money making.

In fact she said that she has been receiving nasty emails from people who are upset with her over her stance on the military buildup. Guthertz and other democratic law makers have been accused of causing the U.S. to rethink the buildup because of their concerns over mitigating potentially negative impacts.

“I really don’t relish getting up in the morning and seeing these nasty emails I have an email perpetuating me as a very mean person a person that hates people and I can’t understand that because all my life I’ve loved people and honored people from all diversities all walks of life and all faiths,” said Guthertz adding, “I wanna ask those that are perpetuating this kind of lack of oneness to please stop to please stop and understand that what really comes first is Guam and it’s future and that is not inconsistent with being patriotic for our country.”

 Calvo also told lawmakers that no one will really know the fate of the buildup until this summer when congress and the president must agree on ways to reduce the U.S. deficit.