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.