BREAKING: Benicia City Council votes to continue At-Large elections

By Roger Straw, January 22, 2020

4-1 vote: Young, Campbell, Largaespada and Patterson YES, Strawbridge NO

Late last night, Benicia resident Judi Sullivan reported:

“…For those who weren’t there or didn’t watch the vote, it was four to one to keep the ‘at large’ elections instead of switching to district ones mandated by the state for reasons not seen to apply to our population.
An additional caveat was added to this vote, which was to connect with other common cause cities in the state who have similar smaller populations and demographics which don’t fit the state’s mandated purpose for switching to district elections.
Public Comments were strongly in support of continuing with ‘at large’ elections.
City Council members Tom Campbell, Steve Young,  Lionel Largaespada and Mayor Elizabeth Patterson voted to uphold “at large” elections with Vice Mayor Christina Strawbridge voting against this choice.”

The video of January 21 Council meeting, including citizen comments, Council discussion and vote can be viewed on video at the City of Benicia website.  [This item begins at minute 24:30 of the video.]