4/5/16 —  In a just released letter dated March 25, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission has laid out  strong opposition to phase one of the Vallejo Marine Terminal Project: The Orcem Cement Plant.

The BCDC letter makes it clear that the agency will stand as a roadblock to the project as it is currently proposed. The main objection is the potential use of the site as a hub for shipping various undetermined materials not related to cement production.


You can read the letter in its entirety below:


BCDC response to VMT that only 40% of materials will be used by a water related industry--Orcem


BCDC response to VMT that only 40_2


BCDC response to VMT that only 40_3








  1. April 5, 2016 @ 11:14 am Jay

    Just as I suspected! The shenanigans from the mayor and his three toadies will run into a brick wall when they are confronted with the saner minds of those at BCDC. This is good news for everyone who wants sustainable development in Vallejo.


    • Vallejo Voter

      April 8, 2016 @ 8:17 am Vallejo Voter

      The letter, as I read it, is only asking for clarification re: the use of the pier: for shipping raw materials to Orcem so they can process it and then ship off what they make, compared with using the site as a port to ship in bulk cargo. As long as the latter is addressed and if needed, removed from the Phase 1 of the Orcem EIR, the BCDC may give approval. They mention at the beginning of the letter that they understood the shipping of bulk cargo was a Phase 2 issue. I’m not reading BCDC’s issues as a doomsday call for the Orcem project.


  2. April 5, 2016 @ 12:29 pm Concerned

    It’s good to know that the Bay Area has some regional oversight to how our wonderful waterways are used and not abused. BCDC was created to do just that. I further checked into BCDC scope and they are also attempting to keep access to waterfront areas open to the public which this use clearly does not allow (less a kayak ramp). Thanks to the BCDC for your efforts.

    While we have these agencies to point us in the right direction we must also take into account the “policing” of those who are approved as well. I have notice a trend in companies saying whatever it takes to get the permit knowing full well there is no one to hold them accountable. Do these companies pay into a fund that allows for that? Who pays for policing and holds the authority to stop them should they not comply? As we move toward a more harmonious future with nature I would hope we can get all the required enforcement in place before such environmental destruction is allowed to occur.


  3. April 6, 2016 @ 7:33 am GaryD

    The Osby Davis Cement Crony’s have been frozen solid in there Tracks!!! Again Vallejo has been spared another circus ride and the environment has been spared! Rejoice and bask in the sweet sunshine of Victory beautiful people of Vallejo!


  4. April 6, 2016 @ 1:17 pm Not Highering

    How could this affect job numbers? ORCEM’s permit application says 20-30 jobs but its spokesman often combines the ORCEM numbers with the VMT numbers for a higher total. If VMT doesn’t get its port then would the total number of jobs only be the 20-30 that ORCEM can offer?


    • April 6, 2016 @ 8:49 pm Haze

      VMT says Orcem are linked exonerably – take it or leave it proposition. So I am wondering where that leaves VMT/The Fettig’s who actually own that property. Is our fight finally over or just delayed?


  5. April 7, 2016 @ 7:44 am wharf rat

    By Wharf Rat: a rant redux: September 14, 2015
    Here we go again , another proposed prostitution of our waterfront that we hold stewardship over for generations to come! and a very valuable asset that Vallejo City Administration has no concept or even an ability to manage as evidenced by existing Development deals and a poorly functioning Municipal Marina (that would be the envy of many Communities) yet has so many unusable berths that it is an embarrassment , it was once an enterprise department (it made a profit) now half of it is a mudflat, while priorities such as Administrative positions and submerged parking structures are sucking our infrastructure dollars as do bloated compensation packages we can ill afford . Add to this Staffs latest bedfellow the Vallejo Marine Terminal proposed development DEIR
    Vallejo Marine Terminal/ORCEM EIR – City of Vallejo

    This document should go down in history as one of the most inept and poorly executed EIR’s in history ! it deserves a place in a Museum of municipal malfeasance as a part of a Vallejo exhibit featuring the decades of bloated management , past to present . The cost to defend this EIR in court should only be borne by Dan Keen and his Managers as a direct salary deduction to cover the legal expenses anticipated .

    To read the entire rant: here’s a link


    ”When this rant was posted to VIB the MISEDC was in full swing ! in fact it’s evolution predates any published dates ! it began with a ”promoters” efforts to influence the development of a Casino complex on north Mare Island , the ”promoter” was allegedly compensated for his efforts and latter won a seat on a local government body .

    Exactly when this ”compensation” ended is subject to speculation ? with no investigation or opinion from the FPPC this remains just conjecture , rumors are that this pipeline continued after this ”promoter” was a sworn office holder ? . Seems this pipeline had numerous branches and flowed both ways , suggested connections to current and past public office holders who have now been defined as the ”Shadow Government” might reveal a ”spaghetti system” , far eclipsing currently known or believed magnitude ”. (wr)

    Note: I have not diligently saved all the many links and references to these issues and for that I apologize ! I hope the many Citizens who have been fighting this travesty can fill in some blanks ? here is one I saved http://www.voicesofvallejo.com/#!shadow/c1cv8 .


  6. April 10, 2016 @ 5:15 am John_K

    A modern, Class A, state of the art marine terminal might be a good thing, but after reading the proposal and the draft EIR, it appears that the “V” in VMT is in name only, and the “Vallejo” Marine Terminal is intended to be a private shipping dock, with little or no benefits for the city. Instead of a modern facility, there will be no requirement for ships to use shore power, no diesel smoke pollution controls, as well as no revenue for Vallejo, no port authority, and no citizen control over what materials are imported or exported in addition to cement producing materials. Without any specific controls, traders and shippers would have State and Interstate Federal regs favoring their business. We could be informed that City Of Vallejo has no say in the matter of commercial trucking or rail traffic, and that the private VMT marine dock does not come under Vallejo’s jurisdiction. I think we can safely assume that a corporation will do what it is allowed to do. In the case of a private industrial port and a weak city council, that is an ominous prospect.

    Thanks for keeping us informed, Marc. Once again, VIB steps up to the plate when the local rag fails.


    • April 10, 2016 @ 11:22 am wharf rat

      AMEN !


    • April 10, 2016 @ 12:35 pm carol pearlman

      thank you, john. will you communicate this vital food-for-thought to the deciders? surely this will change their minds if they were thinking of voting for it. how could it not?


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