Town Hall: AUGUST 12, 12-2, 332 Georgia Street When it comes to stopping Orcem/VMT… Do you have two hours to make a real difference? What we do now counts for 65 years: The brief history of the Orcem/VMT proposal – They asked the city of Vallejo to change a land use designation to heavy industry in an area adjacent to a residential area with two […]
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WHAT HAPPENED AT CITY COUNCIL ON JUNE 1, 2017?
A resolution was passed requiring city staff and VMT/Orcem to develop a “stable, mutually-agreed- upon project description” by July 15.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER JULY 15, 2017?
The city and applicant failed to agree on a “stable, mutually agreed-upon project description.” They brought this back to the City Council on July 25th for further guidance. The Council voted to accept the first of three Staff recommendations: continuing to work with VMT/Orcem to determine and “stable and finite” project definition with an August 25 deadline. They were unable to agree on a recommended “tolling agreement” to bring VMT / Orcem’s financial accounts current and confirm mutual agreements to avoid a lawsuit; and unable to reach an agreement on what to do if they are unable to reach an agreement by August 25th.
Our legal team sent an open letter asking Councilmembers Malgapo, Verder-Aliga, and Dew-Costa to recuse themselves from any VMT/Orcem vote, explaining why this is necessary going forward and the consequences for failing to to do so. This letter went unheeded by two of those Councilmembers on July 25th.
WHAT HAPPENED ON JULY 28th:
The California Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously to approve the landmarking nomination of the Sperry Flour Mills Historic District , which creates an historic landmark for entire Flour mill citing specific buildings as contributing factors. The commission did this overriding objections from representatives of VMT / Orcem.
WHAT HAPPENED REGARDING THE VMT/ORCEM PROJECT AT CITY COUNCIL ON JUNE 1, 2017?
A resolution was introduced and passed by four city council members which requires city staff to meet with theVMT/Orce m applicants to develop a “stable, mutually-agreed- upon project description” and come back to council by July 15 with this new “project description.” January 2018 was given as the “drop-dead” decision date for this project.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON AND AFTER JULY 15, 2017?
The city and applicant will come back to city council with, or without, a “stable, mutually agreed-upon project description.”
Orcem CEO Steve Bryan said that slag is so safe that he can eat it. Huh??? I guess he is too busy to read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for slag. Here are MSDSs for several materials that Orcem/VMT would be handling on site. Take a look and decide for yourself if these materials […]
Is slag toxic? Here is the answer for you. Taken from a Material Safety Data Sheet for the primary material used in Orcem’s “Green Cement” products.- GBFS Section 2 – Hazards Identification Granulated Blast Furnace Slag is hazardous according to the criteria specified in European Directives 67/548/EEC, EU directive 1999/45/EC and OSHA Hazard Communication Standard […]
Fairness has been talked about a lot since last Monday’s Vallejo Planning Commission meeting (Feb. 27, 2017) and the request was: “Finishing the EIR so people can judge it fairly.” I talked with several people holding this view and it occurred to me that this request may be coming from missing a few pieces of […]
Planning Commission Meeting Part 2: The Q&A Monday, March 6th 6-10 PM 555 Santa Clara St, Vallejo CA 94590 Stay Strong! Come down to the Vallejo City Hall for the Q&A portion of the Planning Commission Meeting on the VMT/Orcem project. Thanks to all who came out for the Part 1–especially the many residents of Vallejo not allowed in Chambers […]
Town Hall Meeting Sunday February 19th, 2-4 PM Norman King Center 359 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA 94590 Rally with neighbors fighting the Orcem cement plant.Co-hosts Fresh Air Vallejo & Voices of Vallejo will outline what to expect from the City of Vallejo hearing process. Hear from local/regional organizations on how to protect ourselves from asthma and […]
With all the waterfront acreage VMT is leasing from our city, how much do you think they have to pay? Currently (2016, June), VMT is paying $0, yes, zero, nada, zip per month to the City of Vallejo. And it’s been that for four years. Their current lease will allow them to pay as little […]
Gift or Graft? Vallejo’s Lease with VMT On a typical ferry ride from San Francisco to Vallejo, as you approach your destination, the boat abruptly slows down as it enters the Mare Island Strait. On your starboard, you are greeted by the massive silos and historic buildings of the old Sperry Mill site: buildings as […]