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Benicia Fire Department: Valero reports flaring incident this morning

File photo from May 5, 2017 incident. The city of Benicia was given a shelter in place alert and areas south of the Valero Refinery were evacuated after a power outage caused a flare up sending plumes of black smoke across Interstate 680. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)

Benicia Fire Department on Facebook, March 6, 2023, around noon. (Also posted on City of Benicia Nextdoor.)

COVID-19 UPDATE – Solano County reports 27 new cases on April 27, gradual rise continues

Monday, April 27: 27 new cases over the weekend, no new deaths, total now 226 cases, 4 deaths

Solano County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates and Resources.  Check out basic information in this screenshot.   IMPORTANT: The County’s interactive page has more.  On the County website, you can click on “Number of cases” and then hover over the charts for detailed information.

Previous report, Friday, April 24


Solano County reported 27 NEW POSITIVE CASES over 3 days since last Friday – total is now 226No new deaths, total now at 4.


  • 21 new cases were reported on Saturday 4/18
  • 3 new cases were reported on Sunday 4/19
  • 3 new cases were reported today, Monday 4/20


  • 1 new positive case was a young person under 19 years of age, total of 5 cases, 2% of total confirmed cases.
  • 17 of the new cases were persons 19-64 years of age, total of 182 cases, 81%, of the total.   No new deaths, total of 2.
  • 9 of the new cases were persons 65 or older, total of 39 cases, 17% of the total (an increase of 2% over previous report).  No new deaths, total of 2.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: 51 of Solano’s 226 cases resulted in hospitalizations (1 more than previous report).

ACTIVE CASES:  44 of the 226 are active cases (22 more than previous report).

The County’s “Hospital Impact” graph (below) shows that only 9 of the 51 hospitalized cases are currently hospitalized, 2 less than previously reported.  Note also that only 9 of the 44 active cases are currently hospitalized.  The County’s count of ICU beds available returned to “GOOD” and ventilator supply continues “GOOD” at 31-100%. (No information is given on our supply of test kits, PPE and staff.)


  • Vallejo added 11 of today’s 27 new cases, total of 96.
  • Fairfield added 5 of today’s 27 new cases, 53 cases.
  • Vacaville added 6 of today’s 27 new cases, total of 34.
  • Suisun City added 4 of today’s 27 new cases, total of 15 cases.
  • Benicia remains at 12 cases.
  • Dixon, Rio Vista and “Unincorporated” are still not assigned numerical data: today all remain at <10 (less than 10).  1 new case unaccounted for above would have come from one of these jurisdictions.  Residents and city officials have been pressuring County officials for city case counts for many weeks.  Today’s data is welcome, but still incomplete.


The County reports that 3,065 residents have been tested as of today.  This is an increase of 438 individuals tested since Friday’s total of 2,627.  THIS IS AN IMPROVEMENT!  A week ago, around 150 new tests were reported daily.  The numbers dropped to well under 50 per day all last week.  So something has ramped up over the weekend.  We have a long way to go, though.  Under 7 tenths of 1% of Solano County’s 447,643 residents (2019) have been tested.

The blue bars in the chart, “Daily number of cases on the date that specimens were collected” shows why the County is interpreting a flattening of the curve.  Note that the daily date in that chart refers to the date a sample was drawn and so reflects the lag time in testing.

Solano’s upward curve in cumulative cases – as of April 27

The chart above shows the infection’s trajectory in Solano County.  It’s too soon to tell, but we may be seeing a flattening of the curve!

Still incredibly important – everyone stay home and be safe!

Three Benicia Workshops on How to Read and Respond to a Draft EIR


In the next few days, there will be THREE opportunities to learn more about how to read and respond to a Draft EIR (Environmental Impact Report).

  1. Workshop on How to Respond to Valero’s Draft Environmental Impact Report  (DEIR), This Saturday, June 28, 1-4pm, Benicia Public Library –  Sponsored by Benicians For a Safe and Healthy Community.  Learn about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the procedures governing review of Valero’s proposal, including how you can comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).  Instruction, brainstorming, and organizing our responses.  Refreshments included!  Bring a friend.
  2. Next Monday, 6/30, 5:30pm, Ironworkers Hall, 3120 Bayshore Road, Benicia, sponsored by Valero.
  3. Also on Monday, 6/30, 7pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 250 East L Street, Benicia, sponsored by City of Benicia staff at the request of the Benicia Planning Commission.

NOTE: If you can’t make one of these workshops, you are still encouraged to make your views known.  Commenting on the DEIR can be as hard or easy as you make it.  If you have something to say to the City of Benicia now, please send an email today.   Send your comments to:

    • Amy Million, Principal Planner, Community Development Department, by email: amillion@ci.benicia.ca.usAND
    • Brad Kilger, City Manager, by email: bkilger@ci.benicia.ca.us
      Amy and Brad may also be contacted by delivery to 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510, or by Fax: (707) 747-1637.
    • Benicia Planning Commissioners, send via email to Amy Million, requesting her to forward on to Planning Commissioners.