The Final Word Forum was challenged by the Valero/Labor PAC but went on as scheduled. See the video here: youtube.com/watch?v=9CB2Dd6qcS0
[PREVIOUS NOTICE] – Mark your calendar and plan to attend this Saturday – this could be a VERY interesting forum, and your last chance before the election to ask questions and express your thoughts about recent negative campaigning by corporate giant Valero Services, Inc. and its affiliates.
Please show up WAY EARLY!! We’ve learned that oil industry people will try to pack the house and dominate the debate.
CITY TO HOST CANDIDATES FORUM TO ADDRESS NEGATIVE MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AND “HIT PIECES”
“The City of Benicia code(Sec 1.42.110) allows for a last minute candidate forum to allow candidates to address last minute “hit pieces” and to respond to inflammatory statements and misinformation.
This forum does not always happen but, given the amount of negative campaigning happening in the City Council race, the City’s Open Government Commission will sponsor such a session this Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9-11am at the City Council chambers.
The event will be televised live on Ch. 27, and rebroadcast at 7pm on Sunday and Monday nights, Nov. 4 and 5. It will also be streamed on the City website.
The forum will be moderated by Open Government Commission Chair Bonnie Silvera, with assistance from two other OGC members. Questions from audience will be written on 3×5 cards and selected by OGC members. Questions will be addressed to all candidates. Only questions that deal with the purpose of the forum will be addressed. Candidates are asked to speak to the issues and not make personal comments about other candidates, especially in a negative manner.
On Tuesday, on October 9, instead of our monthly meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia invited Benicians to come to a work party for our endorsed City Council candidate, Kari Birdseye.
We changed the location from the Library to 1215 West Second Street for this phone/postcard make-a-difference party!
This was an opportunity to put words and support into action. We made phone calls on behalf of our endorsed candidate for Benicia City Council, Kari Birdseye and wrote postcards to Democrats in districts that the Democrats hope to flip. Kari was present for a brief campaign update.
To help with the phone banking everyone was asked to bring a cell phone and a laptop along with necessary chargers. Training was provided. Those without laptops sent postcards to help flip a District.
There was also a brief summary of the propositions on the state ballot with the PDB Steering Committee recommendations and an update on our endorsed and recommended candidates.
Progressive Democrats of Benicia ENDORSEMENTS
Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald
Birdseye gets nod from Progressive Dems of Benicia
Staff report, 08/15/18, 4:55 PM PDT
BENICIA >> The Progressive Democrats of Benicia have endorsed Kari Birdseye in her bid for a seat on the Benicia City Council.
The group’s membership voted on the endorsement during a membership meeting Tuesday night.
Birdseye is current chair of the city’s Planning Commission.
Fellow candidate and former Councilwoman Christina Strawbridge failed to secure the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats, group officials said.
Strawbridge, who served on the council from 2011 to 2016, is also a member of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.
Two seats are open on the Benicia City Council this fall. Incumbents Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman are leaving the council after their terms end this year. Current Economic Development Board Chair Lionel Largaespada is also a candidate for a council seat.
Members further endorsed Dana Dean for the Solano County Board of Education Trustee Area 3. Dean was the only person to pull and submit candidacy paperwork prior to the Aug. 10 deadline. Thus, her contest was removed from the ballot and she was automatically re-elected to a new four-year term.
The election is Nov. 6.
For more information, visit progressivedemocratsofbenicia.com.