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Ada refutes allegations of micromanaging the Port

by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was late last week when Port general manager Joanne Brown shared her frustration on her oversight chair Senator Tom Ada and his introduction of a substituted version of the Port Master Plan Update Bill. And while Brown has accused Ada of "micromanaging" the Port, he's says that isn't the case.

"My reaction to that is that's absolutely inaccurate," he shared, "and I have other things to do than rather then try to micromanage an organization."

Senator Ada's measure was moved to the Voting File despite efforts by the Republicans to discuss it further on the floor. The new version amends some of the CIP projects and requires several reports the Port must file with the Legislature and Governor's Office as well as directs how certain revenues are spent. Senator Ada today says brown's negative opinion on the bill is matter of her perception. "The second thing was of course, it was felt that it was usurping the board's authority in so far how the Port's revenue are to be prioritized now remember, the Port is going to be going to the Public Utilities Commission to petition for a rate increase for the purpose of modernizing and improving our port, so in that regard, I would want to see the port's revenues be focused for that very purpose there and not for facilities outside of the cargo and the industrial terminal," he said.

Brown says she would urge Governor Eddie Calvo not to sign the bill should it pass by lawmakers. Calvo says he hasn't had the chance to review Bill 283 and was only aware that certain changes were made. "And what I'm concerned about is sometimes we've seen from the Legislature a desire to assume the roles and responsibility of either or Port board or management in dealing with the administrative decisions making that has occurred and I've seen that in many things," he said.

And while Calvo didn't indicate what direction he would take with the bill should it pass, he will be speaking with the Port board and management and would also like to hear input from Senator Ada. He does however take issue with how Ada did not entertain the request to return the bill back to the Second Reading File and meet in the Committee of the Whole in order to allow the Port to speak on the changes. "And that's when I caution for the Legislature that bills that are introduced particularly areas when it deals with a master plan that when there are changes that it should be working in consultation and with a two-way dialogue," he said.

Senator Ada meanwhile says its times to go beyond the perceptions and approve the master plan as soon as possible. 

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