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Chris Platzer announces his run for city office

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#2 Aug 14, 2013
Too hot to handle? Someone removed the original Topix post (link). Looks like the running comments were not to the liking of someone with powerful influence.
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2385...

Absent his election as vice president of his 7th grade class, Chris Platzer is making his first run for political office in Vallejo's upcoming city council race.

Skills Platzer said he would bring to the council skills including being a quick study and being able to see the big picture.

"I've got the D.A.R.E. I've got the desire, the aptitude, the resources and the energy to do a good job as a city councilor," Platzer said.

Platzer, who previously served five years on the city's Housing and Redevelopment Commission, said he is seeking one of three four-year council terms in an effort to bring his vision of a privately owned port authority or district to Vallejo's Mare Island.

"I'm interested in driving this (port) forward because this impacts everything else," Platzer said. "Obviously I'm interested in public safety issues, community concerns about the level of education or quality of education, and the quality of life issues that every community has.

"But I'd rather focus on how we can use the Island as the locomotive that will drive the entire economy in a better and forward direction for Vallejo."

Platzer, 52, grew up in Monterey, the son of Austrian immigrants. He moved to Vallejo 19 years ago, as a strategic location between Sacramento and San Francisco.

"And I got stuck, because it's such a nice place to live," Platzer said.

Platzer's worked in sales and marketing for a technology company early in his career, but veered from this path when he sought a Bachelor's of Science degree at the California Maritime Academy later in life.

Platzer now works as large-scale ocean-going vessels' deck officer, mostly working with container ships traveling to and from Japan, China and Korea.

Work has allowed Platzer to interact with a number of different, thriving ports, he said.

"I've been to ports and I've seen the efficiencies, the benefits and the prosperity that a thriving maritime use of Mare Island .... what that can bring to a community and how it can benefit," Platzer said. "I don't think anyone would be opposed to putting 10,000 jobs on Mare Island by 2020."

The Nov. 5 city election will feature three full-term council seats and one half-term seat. Fellow four-year seat candidates include: Pippin Dew, Jess Malgapo, Tony Mapalo, Liat Meitzenheimer, Katy Miessner, Tony Summers and Platzer, as of Tuesday. The filing period closes Wednesday.

Ronald Johnson Jr., Joanne Schivley and Rozzana Verder-Aliga are candidates for the separate two-year council seat. The person elected to that office will complete the term vacated when Erin Hannigan was elected to the board of supervisors.
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#3 Aug 14, 2013
Absent his election as vice president of his 7th grade class, Chris Platzer is making his first run for political office in Vallejo's upcoming city council race.

Skills Platzer said he would bring to the council skills including being a quick study and being able to see the big picture.

"I've got the D.A.R.E. I've got the desire, the aptitude, the resources and the energy to do a good job as a city councilor," Platzer said.

Platzer, who previously served five years on the city's Housing and Redevelopment Commission, said he is seeking one of three four-year council terms in an effort to bring his vision of a privately owned port authority or district to Vallejo's Mare Island.

"I'm interested in driving this (port) forward because this impacts everything else," Platzer said. "Obviously I'm interested in public safety issues, community concerns about the level of education or quality of education, and the quality of life issues that every community has.

"But I'd rather focus on how we can use the Island as the locomotive that will drive the entire economy in a better and forward direction for Vallejo."

Platzer, 52, grew up in Monterey, the son of Austrian immigrants. He moved to Vallejo 19 years ago, as a strategic location between Sacramento and San Francisco.

"And I got stuck, because it's such a nice place to live," Platzer said.

Platzer's worked in sales and marketing for a technology company early in his career, but veered from this path when he sought a Bachelor's of Science degree at the California Maritime Academy later in life.

Platzer now works as large-scale ocean-going vessels' deck officer, mostly working with container ships traveling to and from Japan, China and Korea.

Work has allowed Platzer to interact with a number of different, thriving ports, he said.

"I've been to ports and I've seen the efficiencies, the benefits and the prosperity that a thriving maritime use of Mare Island .... what that can bring to a community and how it can benefit," Platzer said. "I don't think anyone would be opposed to putting 10,000 jobs on Mare Island by 2020."

The Nov. 5 city election will feature three full-term council seats and one half-term seat. Fellow four-year seat candidates include: Pippin Dew, Jess Malgapo, Tony Mapalo, Liat Meitzenheimer, Katy Miessner, Tony Summers and Platzer, as of Tuesday. The filing period closes Wednesday.

Ronald Johnson Jr., Joanne Schivley and Rozzana Verder-Aliga are candidates for the separate two-year council seat. The person elected to that office will complete the term vacated when Erin Hannigan was elected to the board of supervisors.
sam ghost army

Vallejo, CA

#4 Aug 14, 2013
now here is a bona fide smart man, but his vision runs counter to the gomers. they have consistently rejected expanded industrial uses at mare island.
Jim in SF

Vallejo, CA

#5 Aug 14, 2013
Just watch the folks down at Sandy Beech and the Mayor of Mare Island trot out all kinds of nonsense as to why talking about and debating the merits of port operations is a bad idea. These are self serving, selfish people who like to wave rainbow flags and proclaim "equality for all" but when it comes to putting people to work and giving them a sense of self worth and self esteem, these evil people only care about their little corner of the world and their cocktail parties.

Lets hear more about your experiences with successful port operations Chris. That is a real winner on the campaign trail here in job starved Vallejo.
uts

Vallejo, CA

#6 Aug 14, 2013
I think this Guy might be the best candidate so far. Sure the ideas he is promoting are laborious and expensive but they are not impossible. There's money out there for something along these lines. But everyoneneeds to be on board for it and I don't see that happening. In fact some would rather fight tooth and nail against it while a strategic piece of land sits and rusts away and the city arounds it quickly follows. This city is Mare Island and will never be anything else. Think about that. This place is done. And its not just the idea of a port. Its a casino, a gas plant, a US naval shipyard, its things that could be or have been and are no more. That's vallejo.
uts

Vallejo, CA

#7 Aug 14, 2013
uts wrote:
I think this Guy might be the best candidate so far. Sure the ideas he is promoting are laborious and expensive but they are not impossible. There's money out there for something along these lines. But everyoneneeds to be on board for it and I don't see that happening. In fact some would rather fight tooth and nail against it while a strategic piece of land sits and rusts away and the city arounds it quickly follows. This city is Mare Island and will never be anything else. Think about that. This place is done. And its not just the idea of a port. Its a casino, a gas plant, a US naval shipyard, its things that could be or have been and are no more. That's vallejo.
I am a jackass who like to pontificate and hear my own meaningless babble
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#8 Aug 14, 2013
Port of South Vallejo, United States
http://ports.com/united-states/port-of-south-...
uts

Vallejo, CA

#9 Aug 14, 2013
I am still a jackass. A port with little potential.
early bird

Vallejo, CA

#10 Aug 15, 2013
this plan will meet as much resistance as the lng plant. these people do not want prosperity for all, just themselves. the gays that will holler the loudest are the most selfish people i have ever seen. this plan will never reach discussion level unless the majority swings back to pro-revenue/business/jobs members. this election will decide the fate of our city.
Greedy Union Thug

Campbell, CA

#11 Aug 15, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
Port of South Vallejo, United States
http://ports.com/united-states/port-of-south-...
The info at the link should be edited to reflect the availability of dry docks that can service shallow drafted container vessels.
Incompetent Employee

Campbell, CA

#12 Aug 15, 2013
When the shipyard business was trying to get going, I remember the wails of "clouds of toxic dust", "truck exhaust", "noise", "our waterfront will never be the same", and other imaginative assertions from people who simply do not like the idea of expanded marine-industrial uses at Mare Island. They will rise up in an organized effort to sink this plan if the majority shifts in November.
uts

Vallejo, CA

#13 Aug 15, 2013
Lol. I'm far worse than any jackass you'll ever come across. Get it right or shut your fat mouth.
uts

Vallejo, CA

#14 Aug 15, 2013
uts wrote:
Lol. I'm far worse than any jackass you'll ever come across. Get it right or shut your fat mouth.
I love showing the jackass in me. I do have a fat mouth.
Bald Fat Man in a Hula

Vallejo, CA

#15 Aug 15, 2013
What plan? What jobs? When will they come? How many? How much new revenue? With that many questions unanswered to this so called man of vision, he might as well hand out white canes at his campaign promotions.

LOL!

(t)urd enragement!
Fantasyland

Vallejo, CA

#16 Aug 15, 2013
The "port" idea is a non-starter. First & foremost, it would be HUGELY expensive. Oakland has invested $1.4 BILLION in dredging, cranes, and local infrastructure. The cranes alone cost $5.5 million and up -- and Oakland already has 30+ container cranes.
Who would front the money for another port 25 miles away from Oakland?
How would Vallejo develop a channel deep enough for large ships? Channel dept is currently 20' in North MI, with 13' shoals. Oakland's channel is 50'.
This whole port idea is a cynical attempt to sell a fantasy. Put the label of "jobs" on something -- even if it would never come to fruition -- and you can sell it in Vallejo. I smell a rail yard trying to wear lipstick. The rail yard is still a bad idea, no matter how you try to disguise it!
GEE

Alameda, CA

#17 Aug 15, 2013
Bald Fat Man in a Hula wrote:
What plan? What jobs? When will they come? How many? How much new revenue? With that many questions unanswered to this so called man of vision, he might as well hand out white canes at his campaign promotions.
What you want is a shovel ready project that already has the backing of private investors and possible users of the water front all lined up. The questions you pose can not be answered before a project, any project, is proposed, discussed in greater detail and stepped on as undoable.
Who did the behind the scenes work to make that possible, most certainly not any past councils, especially when council meetings are held to a minimum.

It seems Vallejo is torn again between "we want" and "but not that" without knowing any concrete facts about a circulating talking point.

I do not know anything about this particular candidate and most likely not a lot of others do either. I would like to hear what he has to offer to Vallejo before his enemies get in line to bash him as incompetent and not knowing what he is talking about!

So far I have heard nothing but generalities from any candidate, but a lot from their followers who trumpet big money arriving at any time. Well to that I will say that I will not hold my breath until the ship arrives, I may have to wait a very long time! But to our credit we all do have a great deal of experience in the breath holding market. Don't we???

One thing is getting clearer to me though, are the "against" people in any way associated with the port idea at the old flour mill? Because as it appears that is going forward without much ado!
GEE

Alameda, CA

#18 Aug 15, 2013
Who is fronting the money for the Port of Benicia or any other location with anchorage for a shipping venue?
Do you believe that Vallejo would ever become Oakland, port wise of course? Of course not!

Oakland, as a port has been around forever and along with the auto industry was a mainstay in providing jobs. They have continually worked to market and expand to become what they are today; it did not happen over night!

The Vallejo port operation was floated as a barge transportation overflow jumping off point that would bring goods (on the Bay) from Oakland to Vallejo and from there either be placed on rail, smaller barges to ports like Sacramento and/or trucks for further distribution to areas not accessible by water.

Vallejo was never envisioned as a direct Port for Cruise Lines, tankers or other large sea going vessels.

So again, I am waiting until a detailed presentation does get floated and what really would be involved to even consider the idea.
ShowMeTheMoney

Vallejo, CA

#19 Aug 15, 2013
"Follow the money" is a good tool for trying to figure out who is behind what.
The cynical promoters of a port are not revealing themselves. But if you look at who they might be, the Mare Island rail service is at the top of the list. Lennar is more committed to residential, commercial & light industrial, so I doubt it would be them.
Before we go around debating pure fantasy ideas, let's have some actual proposals, showing the actual sources of investment dollars needed.
Or, if we are going to debate fantasy ideas, why stop at the idea of a port? Why not a space shuttle launch pad, a bridge to Marin, Disneyland Norcal, a cure for cancer and the common cold?
I'm all for big ideas, but unrealistic fantasies do not move us forward. Let's focus on real possibilities the by the way, fit in with the plans of the major leaseholders on the island. Heavy industry might have been an option before Vallejo accepted Lennar as a partner, but now that you have high-end residential, the heavy industrial ship has sailed. I believe the MI Master Plan is now oriented towards residential, commercial & light industrial. As for a MASSIVE capital investment, who has the money? Show me the money.
Anon

Vallejo, CA

#20 Aug 15, 2013
ShowMeTheMoney wrote:
"Follow the money" is a good tool for trying to figure out who is behind what.
The cynical promoters of a port are not revealing themselves. But if you look at who they might be, the Mare Island rail service is at the top of the list. Lennar is more committed to residential, commercial & light industrial, so I doubt it would be them.
Before we go around debating pure fantasy ideas, let's have some actual proposals, showing the actual sources of investment dollars needed.
Or, if we are going to debate fantasy ideas, why stop at the idea of a port? Why not a space shuttle launch pad, a bridge to Marin, Disneyland Norcal, a cure for cancer and the common cold?
I'm all for big ideas, but unrealistic fantasies do not move us forward. Let's focus on real possibilities the by the way, fit in with the plans of the major leaseholders on the island. Heavy industry might have been an option before Vallejo accepted Lennar as a partner, but now that you have high-end residential, the heavy industrial ship has sailed. I believe the MI Master Plan is now oriented towards residential, commercial & light industrial. As for a MASSIVE capital investment, who has the money? Show me the money.
Funny, I do not recall you demanding to see the money when Touro or Hollywood were shaking us up with nice slides but nothing after that.
We would first have to do an RFQ to see the money, for any development project. Would you agree to that? The last two had no real money, just promises that it would show up. You can say that so-and-so lost their funding, but fact is we never saw it in the first place, just slides and optimistic chatter like "we hope", "should", etc.
Get it now?
annoymous

Vacaville, CA

#21 Aug 15, 2013
Anon wrote:
<quoted text>Funny, I do not recall you demanding to see the money when Touro or Hollywood were shaking us up with nice slides but nothing after that.
We would first have to do an RFQ to see the money, for any development project. Would you agree to that? The last two had no real money, just promises that it would show up. You can say that so-and-so lost their funding, but fact is we never saw it in the first place, just slides and optimistic chatter like "we hope", "should", etc.
Get it now?
The Touro cancer research center was approved by a split majority of the University Board. They had the funding in place. When the Mayor arranged for and had the agreement of a majority of the then city council to fire city manager Joe Turner that city manager was bought out and paid by the city under his employment contract. Whether you liked or didn't like Turner because of his public safety position, he was the acknowledged expert on large scale developments in California cities. The City of Vallejo had no other expertise on staff to fill his shoes. Without that ability in the senior city staff the previously divided Touro Board of Directors pulled their commitment. Had Turner remained Touro would have continued with the cancer research center on the north part of Mare Island.

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