The following was submitted to VIB by Valery Asenjo
Clearly Council Members Malgapo, Dew-Costa & Verder-Aliga have an ethical obligation to recuse themselves from voting on the ORCEM VMT application after involving themselves directly with the applicant VMT/Orcem. The Mayor also needs to explain his part in speaking before the MISEDC & the applicant VMT/Orcem. Should he too recuse himself?
There are petitions currently being circulated to recall Malgapo, Costa, Aliga & Davis.
We are looking to you for answers & Vallejoans deserve answers publicly – no more back room deals from members of City Council.
This is from Voices of Vallejo article on “Shadow Government”:
Note from the September 2015 MISEDC agenda:
Jess Malgapo states:
“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. ”
I found this searching the net for VMT & the Fettig Bros.
Matt Fettig speaking at the Coastal Conservancy re:
San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #13 March 6, 2015
pages 15 & 16
Here is what Mr. M. Fettig owner of VMT said about dredging for the VMT site:
Miramontes: Matthew Fettig of the Vallejo Marine terminal is still here, if you have additional questions.
Wells: Need a map of Vallejo waterfront to get a better sense.
(Google earth was accessed from the computer at the meeting.)
Showed location of proposed mitigation site they would improve.
Matthew: They would pull out old docks which are all sitting in mud but not the breakwater behind it. Folks would access the launch from land. Some dredging would be required; Vallejo Marina has a dredging permit that Vallejo Marine Terminals would like to go under.
L. Wilson: Why not create access at Vallejo Marine Terminal?
Miramonte: Can explain. Are seeking ideas for how to address public access for their very large site, which cannot have access on-site due to safety considerations. Are looking for an alternate location that would be open to the public.
Fettig: Not sure if current location being considered is the best. Another possibility is at an old breakwater south of the ferry terminal (Brinkman’s Marina). A beach could be created in the corner there. Vallejo Marine Terminal would make green cement at its site.
Wells: Brinkman’s Marina is pretty silted in. Would removal of breakwater fix that?
Matt: Don’t know. A local business organization is trying to get the Corps to dredge Mare Island Channel again.
It seems that Mr. Fettig /VMT is trying to get the city of Vallejo to pay for dredging at the VMT site & during this meeting proposed that it could be done under the current permit for the Vallejo Marina which is being done by Vortex – Blaise Fettig is CEO of Vortex. Are Matt & Blaise Brothers? A little inside game in which they both profit?
Why is the city allowing VMT to dredge under the COV permit? Why are we granting VMT that special favor? How much money is that saving VMT? How much $ is that costing the COV? By working under Vallejo Marina permit is VMT skirting the permit & environmental process – what other advantages does this arrangement provide to VMT?
Also when Matt tells the Coastal Conservancy “A local business organization is trying to get the Corps to dredge Mare Island Channel again.” Who is he talking about? Could it be Mare Island Straits Economic Development Committee of which he is a member but fails to disclose that info!?! I do think so.
Both of these documents point to that. If this is true then the City Council Members are playing a double handed game – 1 hand is actively working for VMT & even providing public funds for dredging the VMT site – while the other hand on City Council puts up the appearance of being impartial & not knowing if they are going to vote yea or nay for the Orcem Proposal. Malgapo, Drew-Pippin & Alida-Verga in fact are actually working to benefit VMT/Orcem right now & should not be allowed to vote to approve the Orcem Project proposal that will com before city hall & be the definitive vote to allow Orcem to be built in Vallejo. This is a definite conflict of interest.
This questions need to be asked so we can find out if our City Council has been working back room deals to by pass community input. I have also sent this info to Voices of Vallejo.
At the end of the last Council Mtg Pippin Dew-Costa starts speaking at 5:56 about her part in the dredging of Mare Island Straits & says that it was not meant to be “secretive” – she ends by saying Jess Malgapo will speak more on this subject at the next council meeting. Now would be the time to let City Council know if you think Malgapo, Costa & Aliga should recuse themselves from the Orcem vote
Now is the time to write to City Council & inform them that Malgapo, Costa & Aliga should recuse themselves from the Orcem Vote.