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By Michael Rudolph
GUAM - The day the federal government exercises eminent domain over land deemed necessary for government use is a reality that some land owners on Guam may soon face. While Senator Judi Guthertz engages the public on Resolution 258, which fights for 'good faith' negotiations between private landholders and the Defense Department, recent comments by the Office of the Attorney General of Guam raise a practical concern.
According to a statement made by the AG in a report appearing in the Pacific Daily News on Tuesday, "the government must file with the court a deposit in the amount of compensation estimated to cover the taking, as specified in the declaration. The title passes to the government immediately upon payment of compensation to the court."
The concern is this. If the government is supposed to pay the court for a private citizen's land, and the government receives title to the citizen's land before that citizen is actually paid for his/her land -- then how long must the land seller wait before they actually get cash in hand?

GUAM - Bordallo’s closed-door meeting with local Senators on Monday didn’t yield many details of President Obama’s expected visit this March.
"We know he's coming. And we don't have any details as yet. No details, no. Soon as we have them, we'll share them with you," Bordallo told reporters gathered outside the Legislature.
Although Bordallo couldn’t share much on the Obama trip, that’s not stopping Senators from pushing the issues they think the federal government must address for our island.
For more than a year, Senators Judi Guthertz, Rory Respicio, and Speaker Judi Won Pat have been led the charge on a host of unresolved federal issues affecting Guam – inside and outside the buildup.
They covered these concerns in a resolution presented to the President and Congress last year…aimed at clearing up land alienation, self-determination, economic disadvantage, and healthcare problems.
Now these same Senators want to add issues arising out of the planned military buildup – like $2.3 billion in utility upgrades and a ban on land condemnations.
Perhaps the most important addition will be the concerns Guam residents have expressed during recent meetings on the Navy’s Draft EIS.
According to Guthertz, she and her colleagues have pursued this agenda from the get-go and the Governor and Congresswoman are simply joining a fight certain senators started more than a year ago. With a united Guam voice, the delay in the buildup is more likely than ever.
Guthertz is confident the new resolution will pass by the end of the week. She says, "You will see a Legislative position probably in hardened form, final form, discussed on Friday."
Won Pat speculates that the timing of the Obama visit appears to be a “game-changing” move to gain local support. According to Won Pat, "A lot of people and world leaders and people throughout the world are enamored with the President. And, you know, by him personally coming, it says a lot. And it will definitely woo some people in terms of giving in, possibly, to his requests."

GUAM - We may have missed him in November when he was last in the region, but as details of President Obama’s trip to Guam slowly creep out, islanders are hanging on the edges of their seats waiting to find out whether his visit will be a pit stop on base, a meet-and- greet with local officials and everyday folk, or something in between.
After President Bill Clinton’s historic speech at Adelup and press-the-flesh, crowd-warming interaction in November 1998, expectations for President Obama’s March 2010 visit are running high on Guam.
Cindi Johnson, a school nurse from Umatac, asks, "Is he planning to take care of us and have a strong military here on the island?"
Former U.S. Marine Kyle Ngiratereged is fired up, patriotic and proud. "Military buildup! Yes! Asked whether he's in favor of armed forces expansion on Guam, Ngiratereged said, "Yes, I am. I’m in favor of jobs."
In fact, six months since she first invited President Obama to the island, Senator Judi Guthertz is reminding him again with a follow-up invitation. She’s hoping his stopover includes more than an on-base refueling and a quick chat with military officials.
Senator Guthertz is the Chair of the Guam Military Buildup and Homeland Security Committee. She told Guam News Factor, "We'd like him to come off the plane and spend time with us and maybe meet with the people through a town hall event. I don’t know if it’s possible."
But since the White House announced Tuesday morning that Obama would meet with U.S. service members on Guam, speculation is high the President won’t be getting up close and personal with many locals.
Laughing at the thought of meeting the commander in chief, disabled resident Rose Santos told the Factor, "I really do like to him personally if I could. But I know I can’t. I cannot get up close to the President and (shake) his hand."
Meanwhile, the Camacho Administration is tempering expectations. Can they tell us the level of engagement Guam residents can expect when the President gets here? "We don’t know at this time," said Shawn Gumataotao, Governor Camacho's Deputy Chief of Staff. "I think that it’s so early in the process. I mean we’re just still getting over the shock that he’s coming to Guam in general."
Gumataotao also said the local Administration has yet to be told whether Air Force One will land at Andersen Air Force Base or A.B. Won Pat International. But he added that the White House has called the Governor to be ready for President Obama’s advance team – and that the Camacho Administration remains actively engaged with White House officials.
Story credit: Written by Jeff Marchesseault, videotaped by David F. Macaluso and Eli Sommerfleck, and edited by Bobby Bonifacio Jr. Still photographs of President Clinton's 1998 Guam visit by Jeff Marchesseault.



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