By Roger Straw, May 26, 2020
Benicia City Councilmembers discussed, amended and passed a Climate Emergency Resolution on May 19, 2020.
- Here is Mayor Patterson’s Original Sept 2019 DRAFT resolution.
- Here is a REDLINE version, showing how the Subcommittee’s abbreviated May 2020 proposed resolution was further amended by Council on May 19.
- Here is the FINAL Resolution, passed on May 19
Below you will find the 29-minute video of Council deliberations leading to passage of the resolution. Changes in the proposed resolution include:
- Mayor Patterson re-inserted a strong paragraph on Benicia’s Climate Action Plan, goals and past efforts: “WHEREAS, as outlined in the Benicia Climate Action Plan it is the goal of the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create green jobs, and prepare for the impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, the economy, ecosystems, and public spaces in our community, and Benicia has repeatedly upheld this mission through resolutions to protect the environment and divest from extractive industries…”
- Vice Mayor Strawbridge and Councilmember Largaespada added several amendments. One promotes Benicia business interests and the interests of other Solano County cities, and two others soften the aspirational language: “actively reduce” rather than “end” Citywide greenhouse gas emissions; and transition to electric vehicles “where economically feasible.”
- Mayor Patterson and Councilmember Young expressed mild discomfort over some of the amendments, but all suggestions were accepted and the resolution passed unanimously.