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Governor outlines 10 action items for Guam

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Governor Eddie Baza Calvo delivered his fourth and final State of the Island Address of his term last night at the Plaza de Espana.  The Governor said he wanted to hold it there to allow for the people of Guam to attend and not just dignitaries. He said the people of Guam were VIP's too.   

During his address the Governor revealed his "Achievable Agenda for 2014" which he said is an agenda to lower your cost of living, help more people out of poverty, keep you safe and build something lasting for the future.

 His agenda has 10 goals:

1-The Governor plans to provide housing for the homeless and expand Guma San Jose. He said this will not be a regular homeless shelter. He expect citizens to take advantage of the opportunity and support themselves are receiving a hand up. They will offer programs such as mandatory job training.

2-The Governor announced that there is funding to build the Rigalu House and are in the process of identifying a site. The Rigalu House is a project spearheaded by First Lady Christine Calvo to provide a temporary home for children who have been abandoned, neglected, abused and forgotten.

3-You can expect to see 100 police officers and corrections officers being hired. Funding has been provided in the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

4-The Governor said he will be suing the federal government. He announced that Sen. Chris Duenas on Friday will be introducing a bill that will authorize him to file the court  action in the District Court of Guam. Calvo plans on suing the federal government over the contamination at the Ordot Dump.

5-Governor Calvo signed an Executive directing the Department of Public Works, the Division of Senior Citizens and the Mass Transit Agency to develop a pilot project in Tamuning, Harmon, and Dededo to consolidate all bus operations into one mass transit system. If the pilot program is successful the Governor said this will lessen traffic on roads, provide gas savings. Calvo said the expanded bus service will also spur job growth for residents who could not work because they didn't have a ride.

6-Governor Calvo said his administration will embark on more road and bridge construction projects his year and that DPW will be filling potholes on village streets.

7-The Governor said the revitalization of Hagatna will continue.

8-Number eight on his agenda, the Governor plans to go after landowners that are delinquent in paying property taxes for forfeiture of property.

9-The Governor talked about the issuance of an RFP earlier this week for the financing and development of $100M in construction to modernize all public schools and build at least one more. Related to this goal, the Governor talked about the opening of the new Central High School in Tiyan in August.

10-His final proposal is an investment in universal pre-k for 4-year-olds.

There was a noticeable absence from the Governor's State of the Island Address. Senators were not in attendance for a majority of the speech. Speaker Judi Won Pat called her colleagues in to a legislative session at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon to discuss Bill 278 which was introduced at 1:32pm.  Senators were still in session when the Governor began his address and remained in debate for a majority of  his speech. Bill 278 passed at around 7:30pm.

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