Community Forum on Benicia Local Poverty – Wed. Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. 2nd St. near Military East. Come hear reps. from 5 local agencies that help people in need: Benicia Community Action Council, Families in Transition, Family Resource Center, Benicia Housing Authority, and St. Vincent de Paul. Come hear their mission, services they provide and ways the community can help them serve others. This program is part of an ongoing series for Benicians on “Making the World a Better Place.” More info? email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is more information on Facebook on the Heritage Presbyterian Church Page.
California’s Primary Election is Tuesday, June 5. If you’re voting by mail, you may have already received your absentee ballot.
Did you know that you can drop it off in the City Manager/City Clerk’s office at City Hall? Just place it in the secure official Vote-by-Mail ballot box.
Ballots will be picked up on a regular basis by the Solano County Registrar of Voters office until 5 p.m. on Election Day.
One new exciting change this year is that anyone from any other city or county in California may drop their ballot in this box. The Solano County Registrar of Voters will make sure it gets to the appropriate location in a timely manner. The hope is to make voting more convenient for people who work in Benicia, but do not live here.
Not voting absentee? Find info about voter registration, polling places and more on the Registrar’s website at solanocounty.com/depts/rov/. The last day to register to vote in the Primary Election is Monday, May 21.
A Year Later, Industrial Safety Ordinance is on Council’s agenda
By Roger Straw, May 13, 2018
Almost exactly a year ago (on 05/23/17), Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson succeeded in requesting that Council direct staff to agendize future Council discussion of drafting and adopting a community Industrial Safety Ordinance. The Council voted 4-1 to approve and calendar further discussion.This was the first step in Benicia’s cumbersome 2-step process for a Councilmember or Mayor to agendize a new topic.
Well, it has taken a year, but the good news is that this item will finally come up on the June 19, 2018 Council agenda. Mark your calendar and plan to attend! And WRITE! (click here for info on where to write)
Benicia needs an ISO: three important points to be made
By Roger Straw
1. We don’t know what is in the air, and we have asthma rates three times the state average. We need air monitors NOW, and state/regional regulations will be slow in coming.
2. ISO is budget neutral for the City.
3. We need the experts that an ISO will provide, participating as equals at the table reviewing documents and regulations on our behalf.