Vallejo Marina castaways facing removal as more owners abandon ...

Full story: Vallejo Times-Herald

In certain spots along the Vallejo Marina these days you may feel a bit taller than usual.
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Wanglow

Fort Bragg, CA

#1 Apr 11, 2009
One of the major reasons people leave the Vallejo Marina is directly related to the Harbor-master himself. This poor excuse for a government employee Haussener has insulted and intimidated many former berthers to the point where they have left the marina, with or without their boats. As a public-paid worker he has, for many years, by his rude, surly and sometimes inebriated demeaner irritated so many boaters that the Vallejo Marina now has less than 30% occupancy, and many of these boats are out of registration or sunk. This is a perfect example of how out of touch the Vallejo City council is with the Marina and other city agencies. As a government paid employee it would be difficult to have him removed and no one at the the Council has the courage or concern to do so, yet as Harbormaster he is charged to maintain and develop the facilities to the benefit of our town. He has and is failing in his job and until he is removed we cannot expect our tax dollars to be used wisely and for the purposes they are intended. Interesting article but the reporter SHOULD have interveiewed some of the berthers to get the real story. Selective journalism or just incompetance?
DecideNow

San Francisco, CA

#2 Apr 11, 2009
Amazing, I get ticketed for parking violation but it seems these boat owners are exempted from any legal punishments. What's the law doing about it, will the taxpayers again bear the burden of cleaning up the mess which could involve hazardous waste and a lot of money?
barnacle billed

San Jose, CA

#3 Apr 11, 2009
DecideNow wrote:
Amazing, I get ticketed for parking violation but it seems these boat owners are exempted from any legal punishments. What's the law doing about it, will the taxpayers again bear the burden of cleaning up the mess which could involve hazardous waste and a lot of money?
that's where the money comes from for these grants, federal or state, it is still our money paying for this shidt!!
tramky

Vacaville, CA

#4 Apr 11, 2009
This is largely unrelated to this story, but is the City of Vallejo going after Federal stimulus Brownfields environmental training funds? The Federal EPA has a program to fund Brownfields environmental training programs on a competitive basis. Grants under this program can be as large as $500,000.

The deadline for application to this program is April 20, 2009 and in general must be made by an appropriate local governmental agency. Applications have been accepted since February.

I don't think that marinas fit under the phrase 'brownfields site', but this article mentioned the City of Vallejo going after grant money to fund the removal of derelict boats. I hope the City is going after all available brownfields environmental cleanup funds offered by the Federal government and the State of California.

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency received a grant of $5 million from the California brownfields fund related to brownfield cleanup at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Apparently such funds were either not available or were not applied for byh the City of Vallejo regarding Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This may be because the Mare Island environmental cleanup project is funded by other means.

But Vallejo may have OTHER brownfield sites. Does anyone at 555 Santa Clara know?
Spook

Benicia, CA

#5 Apr 11, 2009
tramky wrote:
This is largely unrelated to this story, but is the City of Vallejo going after Federal stimulus Brownfields environmental training funds? The Federal EPA has a program to fund Brownfields environmental training programs on a competitive basis. Grants under this program can be as large as $500,000.
The deadline for application to this program is April 20, 2009 and in general must be made by an appropriate local governmental agency. Applications have been accepted since February.
I don't think that marinas fit under the phrase 'brownfields site', but this article mentioned the City of Vallejo going after grant money to fund the removal of derelict boats. I hope the City is going after all available brownfields environmental cleanup funds offered by the Federal government and the State of California.
The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency received a grant of $5 million from the California brownfields fund related to brownfield cleanup at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Apparently such funds were either not available or were not applied for byh the City of Vallejo regarding Mare Island Naval Shipyard. This may be because the Mare Island environmental cleanup project is funded by other means.
But Vallejo may have OTHER brownfield sites. Does anyone at 555 Santa Clara know?
Vallejo has traditionally ignored what was going on at MI, mainly because it was none of their business anyway, so this mindset of not paying attention across the river was the paradigm. Oddly enough, it still exists.
JadedFuzz

San Francisco, CA

#6 Apr 11, 2009
Would had helped Wanglow if the Harbormaster was as rude and obnoxious as you claim he was, there should had been a slew of complaints. Old fashion analogy of "No complaint...no crime". He/she may be a civil servant. I know many like you think again our jobs are paved with gold and we are immune from termination. It might take alittle longer however civil servants have come and gone as well! Document anything right and you will get results. Honestly myself I have not been down to the marina in quite some time. Used to walk my dog there and jogged/skated. It didn't look that bad to me then however granted these could be different times. Sadly complaining now about this Harbormaster might be too late. However who knows if no one acts upon him!
Sadie

Santa Barbara, CA

#7 Apr 12, 2009
Add the fees to the owners tax bills!
Wanglow

Fort Bragg, CA

#8 Apr 13, 2009
It looks as though our town is going to be receiving some of the newly printed "Stimulous" funds, some of which will go toward Marina activities. Sweet deal if you happen to own a lease on the local boat "yard". Scrapping those TOXIC derlicts will eat up a pretty penny. The Vultures continue to pick at poor old Vallejo's bones. An incompetant "Harbor Master" who couldn't care less about the facility, as long as he has a job, lets the Marina go to Hell, then another couple of local carrion-eaters swoop in the gobble up the sweets. The City Council is responsible for this, past and present. It is time for a COMPLETE CHANGE of guard down at City Hall. Not much we can do now but next election; ANYBODY is better than the well-connected dwarfs on the dais. VOTE THEM ALL OUT. Please?

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