Benicia ISO in a nutshell

Benicia needs an Industrial Safety Ordinance – 3 important points to be made

By Roger Straw

1.  We don’t know what is in the air, and we have asthma rates three times the state average. We need air monitors NOW, and state/regional regulations will be slow in coming.

2. ISO is budget neutral for the City.

3.  We need the experts that an ISO will provide, participating as equals at the table reviewing documents and regulations on our behalf.

Check out our ISO page for way more information.  And show up at City Council on June 19th!  And please write to the news media, social media, and/or City Council members – contacts listed here.


    Benicia City Council to discuss Industrial Safety Ordinance on June 19

    A Year Later, ISO is on Council’s agenda

    By Roger Straw, May 13, 2018

    Almost exactly a year ago (on 05/23/17), Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson succeeded in requesting that Council direct staff to agendize future Council discussion of drafting and adopting a community Industrial Safety Ordinance.  The Council voted 4-1 to approve and calendar further discussion.

    This was the first step in Benicia’s cumbersome 2-step process for a Councilmember or Mayor to agendize a new topic.

    Well, it has taken a year, but the good news is that this item will finally come up on the June 19, 2018 Council agendaMark your calendar and plan to attend!
    AND/OR… write! 
     (click here for info on where to write)

    Here are the relevant documents from May of 2017:

    For much more, see Benicia Independent’s ISO Page (letters from concerned Benicians, original documents, video and much more).


      Mail-in balloting has started – ENDORSEMENTS for JUNE 5 Primary

      Repost from Progressive Democrats of Benicia

      Progressive Dems of Benicia Recommend…

      Mail-in balloting has started already!  Just in time, Progressive Democrats of Benicia met last night, shared in deep and significant conversation on the issues and candidates, and voted our endorsements… see below (or go to our Endorsements page for even more detail.  Share this information with folks you know, write letters, and get your ballot turned in!


      Below you will find Progressive Democrats of Benicia endorsements for the June 5, 2018 Primary Election.  In March and April, an Endorsement Committee met and carefully researched state and regional propositions and candidates, and presented its recommendations to the Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee received those reports and voted on recommendations for the Club’s membership.  The members held substantive discussions on the issues and candidates, and voted the following endorsements.

      Propositions & Measure 3

      Proposition 68 Support
      Proposition 69 Support
      Proposition 70 Oppose
      Proposition 71 Support
      Proposition 72 Support
      Regional Measure 3 Oppose

      More Proposition details on our Endorsements page…

      Candidate Endorsements

      U. S. Senate Kevin de Leon
      U. S. Congress District 5 Mike Thompson
      Governor Delaine Eastin
      Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
      State Assembly District 14 Tim Grayson
      Attorney General Dave Jones 
      Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
      State Controller Betty Yee
      Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
      Secretary of State Alex Padilla
      State Treasurer Fiona Ma
      Solano County Superior Court Judge Steve Gizzi

      More Candidate details on our Endorsement page…


        California Gubernatorial debate – Delaine Eastin scores!

        Repost from NBC Bay Area
        (Editor: The small video works better if you click on the small square in lower right for FULL SCREEN viewing.  Apologies for the ad that precedes this 31-minute debate.)

        California Gubernatorial Debate Presented by NBC Bay Area and SVCF

        By NBC Bay Area,  May 8, 2018

        The Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area hosted “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor,” a debate among candidates running for California governor, on May 8.  The debate was moderated by Chuck Todd, NBC News’ Political Director and Moderator of “Meet the Press.”

        Part 1 of “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor” debate hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area focuses on issues and topics surrounding the Bay Area.  (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018)