Excerpt from Mayor Patterson’s E-Alert
Mayor’s request for Benicia Industrial Safety Ordinance (ISO)June 15, 2018
I believe we need to have a seat at the table, the public’s right to know and air monitors to restore the public trust that we are putting health, safety and welfare at the top. I am asking the council to challenge the status quo by submitting a draft Industrial Safety Ordinance. I am asking the council to direct staff to review the draft ordinance with outside third party knowledgeable about industrial safety ordinances and report back to the city within a reasonable time such as 3 months or sooner.
The Industrial Safety Ordinance provides Benicia the where-with-all through proposed fees to review refinery safety, air pollution and public safety reports, update Benicia Emergency Response Plan, improve public alerts system and provide for air monitoring. This is a budget neutral proposal by setting up a fee structure to pay for the cost of the city having a seat at the table and expertise to review the reports. The expertise can be outsourced and does not require additional staff.
This Industrial Safety Ordinance is challenging the status quo. I believe the public has a right to know they can trust us to put them first in safety, air quality and public health.