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Meeting of April 18 – Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

March 25, 2019

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
Thursday, April 18, 7pm, Benicia Library

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Earth Day’s 50th anniversary was this year.  At our April meeting we celebrated!!!

The first Earth Day in 1970 enlisted 20 million Americans and is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Sen. Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment”; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land, and April 22 was selected as the date.

On April 18th our program highlighted 350 Bay Area and its Electrify Everything in 2019 program, explaining all the new options for electric alternatives – for cars, air heating and cooling, water heating, and cooking.

What can I do to help avoid climate chaos? – this discussion offered some answers, providing everyday people – just like us – what we can do in our daily lives to move off fossil fuels. Living in California means there is already legislation that makes it easier to accomplish these goals. 350 Bay Area led a discussion of the areas where our choices really can make a difference, including support for AB40.

In addition to the Electrify Everything discussion, Kathy Kerridge, (a PDBer), and David Lindsay of Benicia’s Community Sustainability Commission discussed the commission and it’s current programs.

We began by honoring the hard work and the tremendous accomplishments of the Good Neighbor Steering Committee which recently secured an additional settlement with Valero that brought more money for air monitoring, water conservation and Sustainable Solano.

PDB members are working with 350 Bay Area’s legislative action committee tracking bills to support or oppose those that impact CA’s present renewable energy goals and climate change trends.

Download the AGENDA here.

Close the Gap California – new look, quarterly report

April 10, 2019See what Close the Gap California accomplished in the first quarter of 2019: Quarterly Report CTG-CA.

You will recall that Close the Gap California’s Executive Director, Susannah Delano, was part of the panel for PDB’s Women Forum on March 8 organized by our Women’s Caucus.  The quarterly report mentions Benicia, and pictures Susannah along with State Controller Betty Yee at the event with others during the evening.

Local Forum with five candidates running for chair of the CA Dem party

Important event – get to know candidates for our next California Dem leader…

April 7, 2019, 1:30 – 4:30pm, JFK Library, Vallejo.

The United Democrats of Southern Solano County, Stonewall Democrats of Solano County, Solano County Young Democrats and Progressive Democrats of Benicia are co-sponsoring a forum for the five candidates vying for chair of the California Democratic party.  See program agenda below…

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Forum Program

1:30             Doors Open! People arrive, Register
1:45             Welcome and Introductions, Delegate Meet & Greet
2:00 – 2:10       Forum Start and Process Explanation
2:10 – 2:20       Candidate Introductions (2 minutes each)
2:20 – 3:20        Questions from Organizing Clubs
3:20 – 4:10       Questions from the Audience via submitted cards
4:10 – 4:20        Candidate Final Statement (2 minutes)
4:20 – 5:00       Visiting Time, Refreshments