TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022, 7:00 PM
THIRD Tuesday this month!
Our normally scheduled Second Tuesday meeting would fall on election day this month. We have many, many members who will be working in one capacity or another on that day – or gathering for post-election parties, so we postponed our PDB meeting for a week, until the Third Tuesday, November 15.
After a year of jam-packed meetings this one will simply offer us time to reflect and discuss the outcome of the elections and where we go from here.
We will also want to hear from YOU about program ideas for next year, so please think about what issues you would like more information on.
Read summary reflections below. Watch the Zoom recordinghere.
Candidate for Assembly Lori Wilson
Our program this month featured Lori Wilson, our District 11 California Assembly Member, who is running for re-election. Ms. Wilson talked about issues facing the District and State. (See recorded video for intro at minute 2:50 and Assemblywoman Wilson at 4:00.)
State Ballot Propositions
We also heard speakers and discussed the following important State ballot propositions:
Proposition 1: The Proposition is a legislatively proposed amendment to the California Constitution to prohibit the State from denying or interfering with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. Gina Fisher, Speakers Bureau Director of the Yes on Prop. 1, shared the campaign’s perspective on the proposition. (See recorded video at minute 32:00)
Proposition 28: The Proposition proposes to provide additional funding for arts and music education in all K-12 public schools by annually allocating from state General Fund an amount equaling 1% of required state and local funding for public schools and a greater allocation to schools serving economically disadvantaged areas. Danielle Bunch of Create CA spoke about why her group supports the proposition. (See recorded video at minute 49:21)
Proposition 30: Proposition 30 is the increasingly controversial proposition that proposes to fund programs to reduce greenhouse gasses by imposing taxes on Californian with personal incomes exceeding $2 million. Max Baumhefner, an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, and a member of the coalition supporting the Yes on 30 campaign, will speak about the need for the proposition. (See recorded video at minute 1:08:08)
Local Candidates Birdseye and Scott
We heard from our two endorsed candidates for Benicia City Council, who shared recent campaign efforts and the need for volunteers in these final weeks before the Nov 8 election. See the recorded video – Terry Scott spoke at minute 1:24:54 and Kari Birdseye spoke at minute 1:27:04.
Valero/Labor PAC Update and discussion
Mayor Steve Young offered comments about the Valero/Labor PAC’s apparent lack of involvement this year (so far) in supporting or opposing candidates for Benicia City Council. The PAC is sitting on a war chest of over $220,000, and PDB members have not received any mailers from the PAC as yet. The PAC has yet to file a campaign finance report with the City of Benicia, which would indicate that they have not exceeded $1,000 for or against any given candidate.
Bart Sullivan promoted the October 12, 2022 local Candidate Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters Solano and the American Association of University Women. [Later: recording of the Forum is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m49BYWS4bg ]
Bart also shared information about Benicia Voice Podcast, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts at https://anchor.fm/beniciavoice/. Recent Benicia Voice topics have included Clean and Fair Elections in Benicia and interviews with all five candidates for Benicia City Council.
Maggie Kolk shared information about a SafeQuest Solano fundraiser, Art From the Heart, on October 24. SafeQuest Solano organizes domestic violence and sexual assault response programs.
Maggie also encouraged members to consider serving on the PDB Steering Committee. PDB is also looking for someone to serve as our next club Secretary. Maggie, who has served as Secretary since the 2017 planning stages of PDB, will be stepping down after 6 years of exemplary service. THANKS, MAGGIE!!
Lisa Reinertson and Roger Straw announced a forthcoming members only survey, asking for input to our Steering Committee on our monthly meeting format: Zoom, In-Person, or both?
Lisa concluded with a reminder for all members to vote, and to remind all family members and friends to vote.
Support for Kari Birdseye & Terry Scott – our Benicia City Council candidates
(NOTICE: AUCTION EXTENDED TO 8PM ON THURS. AUG 15.)
Scores of Benicia artists have created original, handmade campaign yard signs to support our two favorite candidates, Kari Birdseye and Terry Scott which will be installed in yards all over town, and widely posted on social media.
From the Artists:“Our hope is that all the signs find homes in front of Benicia domiciles, and that we raise some serious money for the two campaigns. And finally we hope this helps get Kari and Terry seats on our City Council. Our vibrant and genuine affirmations in the form of campaign signs will balance the negative campaigning we may soon see from Big Oil interests. Thanks for your support ~ have fun bidding!”