Now, Benicia doesn’t get a ton of media attention…
KQED News, by Alan Montecillo and Maria Esquinca, Oct 19, 2022
The politics of fossil fuels in Benicia’s City Council race
Benicia is home to an oil refinery operated by Valero, which employs hundreds of people and contributes tax revenue totaling an estimated 20% of the city’s general budget.
The company has also played a very active role in local elections. Valero’s political action committee spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2018 and 2020.
Now, with this year’s city council race underway — and residents frustrated over recent controversies at the refinery — Valero’s role in Benicia looms large once again.
Guest: Scott Morris, reporter for the Vallejo Sun