Category Archives: Benicia CA

Important Benicia City Council meeting this Tuesday Nov. 20

By Roger Straw, Monday, November 19, 2018
[Editor:  Highly recommended: Mayor Patterson’s Air monitors and public health – Council agenda for Tuesday.  Also, see Kathy Kerridge’s  invitation to this meeting.  – R.S.]

Valero and City staff report on air monitor progress required by ISO denial

You may want to attend the Benicia City Council meeting this Tuesday evening, November 20, or watch it on Benicia TV.

Last June, City Council chose NOT to review a draft Industrial Safety Ordinance (ISO) prepared by a local citizen activist Working Group.  However, the presentation and discussion at Council that night highlighted a unanimous concern that Benicia needs better air quality monitors and better communication between Valero refinery and the City.

At the end of the Council’s discussion last June, Council members Campbell and Schwartzman demanded that Valero install certain air monitors and undertake improved communications with the City in six months, OR ELSE.  Or else, that  is, they would vote in favor of an ISO to better protect the interests of the City.

Well, the six months has passed, and this Tuesday City Council will hear reports and discuss progress made – or not made.  As always, public comments, written or spoken, are welcome.  (See “Where to write…”)

IMPORTANT PREPARATION MATERIALS: see the Nov. 20 staff report and attachments here, beginning on p. 6 of the agenda.

City Council will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday November 20 in chambers at City Hall, 250 East L Street.  The meeting will be broadcast live on your tv at home on Comcast channel 27 or AT&T U-Verse channel 99 or via live streaming on your computer at Benicia TV, https://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/btv.

    Benicia City Council interviewing candidates to replace City Attorney Heather McLaughlin

    Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald

    Benicia council to interview law firms on Wednesday

    By JOHN GLIDDEN, November 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Heather Mc Laughlin, Benicia City Attorney

    BENICIA » The City Council will meet in a special closed session on Wednesday to interview several law firms that have applied to provide city attorney services.

    Benicia City Attorney Heather Mc Laughlin confirmed Tuesday that five firms responded to a request for proposals (RFP) the city released in September.

    She declined to provide the names of the firms — citing applicant privacy.

    The City Council voted 4-0 during its Sept. 4 meeting to release the RFP after Mc Laughlin announced she will be retiring as city attorney at the end of March 2019. Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson was absent from that meeting.

    Mc Laughlin said Tuesday that the selected law firm will provide an individual to serve as city attorney but the person will not be a city employee. Mc Laughlin, who was hired in 1997, is a city employee.

    The city attorney serves as chief legal counsel for the city, representing the City Council, city manager, and city staff.Responsibilities include attending all council meetings and advising the council regarding matters on the agenda. The person will also attend Open Government Commission, and Planning Commission meetings.

    Additional services include keeping the council informed about all legislation or judicial opinions which could impact the city, recommending policies, interpreting the Benicia Municipal Code and prosecuting misdemeanor and ordinance infractions, among other duties.

    It’s not known yet how much the new attorney services will cost the city, however, Mc Laughlin currently receives an annual base salary of $207,106.

    Councilors are expected to award the new legal services agreement on Nov. 29 with a March 1, 2019 start date.

    The general public will have a chance to address the council prior to the closed session portion of the meeting.

    The special Benicia City Council meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, and will be held inside the Benicia Community Center, Room 2, located at 370 L St.

      Benicia election results – unofficial but unlikely to change

      By Roger Straw, November 7, 2018
      [Editor – this is NOT the latest update.  For that, see Latest Benicia Election Results – no changes, just new numbers.  – R.S.]

      Unofficial at this hour, but unlikely to change:
      City Council: Strawbridge and Largaespada
      School Board: Maselli, Zada and Ferrucci
      Measure E Cannabis: YES

      Solano County Registrar of Voters
      Election Results

      Run Date:11/07/18 01:14 AM (Next update 11/7/2018 at EOD)

      Same information as above, in text, can be copied/pasted:

      County of Solano
      UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
      Statewide General Election November 6, 2018
      Run Date:11/07/18 01:14 AM

      TOTAL VOTES     %    ELECTION DAY  VOTE BY MAIL   PROVISIONAL

      City of Benicia Member, City Council
      Vote for no more than  2    (WITH 8 OF 8 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
      CHRISTINA STRAWBRIDGE  .  .  .  .  .  .      6,279   33.47         2,195         4,084             0
      LIONEL LARGAESPADA  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      5,554   29.61         1,933         3,621             0
      KARI BIRDSEYE .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      4,919   26.22         1,749         3,170             0
      WILLIAM EMES JR. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      1,934   10.31           717         1,217             0
      WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         72     .38            33            39             0

      Benicia Unified School District Member, Governing Board
      Vote for no more than  3    (WITH 10 OF 10 PRECINCTS COUNTED) MARK MASELLI  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      7,138   28.61         2,507         4,631             0
      SHERI ZADA .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      6,582   26.38         2,375         4,207             0
      DIANE FERRUCCI.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      5,202   20.85         1,678         3,524             0
      ADREAN HAYASHI.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      3,082   12.35         1,058         2,024             0
      GETHSEMANE MOSS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      2,810   11.26         1,082         1,728             0
      WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        132     .53            45            87             0

      City of Benicia Measure E – Cannabis tax
      Vote for no more than  1    (WITH 8 OF 8 PRECINCTS COUNTED) YES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      8,421   76.17         2,892         5,529             0
      NO.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      2,634   23.83         1,132         1,502             0