Our Next Meeting – July 13th, 2021 7:00 PM – Affordable Housing in Benicia Part 2

General Membership Meeting
July 13th pm as a
Zoom Meeting

Meeting Reminder!!!

Tuesday night July 13 7:00 pm

 Members and Supporters,

Next Meeting. Don’t forget to join us for Part 2 of our discussion on affordable housing at our next general membership meeting, next Tuesday July 13 at 7:00 pm. We’ll also discuss the recall against Gov. Newsom and provide first notice to our members of a proposed change to our bylaws to provide tiered membership options – Individual, Family, and Sponsor levels. Here is the Zoom link info to join the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84364545701?pwd=RnhiSUxpcXlmMUhBT3lodDBBZUdOUT09

Meeting ID: 843 6454 5701

Passcode: 175959

One tap mobile

+16699006833,,84364545701#,,,,*175959# US (San Jose)

 

Last month, we heard about Benicia’s current efforts to meet state-mandated affordable housing requirements, and some of the issues and options facing the City. On July 13, our program will expand on that discussion with a second panel of speakers, including our present and past Mayors who will return to talk about Benicia’s housing issues and ways to address them. Here are the additional panelists for July 13:

  • Daniel Saver (Invited). Asst. Dir., Housing and Planning, MTC/ABAG. A regional perspective on affordable housing needs, how Benicia fits into that view, and how MTC/ABAG can help Benicia meet its needs.
  • Rich Wallach. Senior Director, Finance and Business Development, Burbank Housing. Experiences with affordable housing developments and working with local communities.
  • Bart Sullivan and Terry Scott. Access Benicia, Issues and local options for Benicia.
  • Steve Young and Elizabeth Patterson. Continue their discussion on how to address the issues facing Benicia, and learning from examples in other communities.

At the conclusion of the panel discussion we’ll have a Q&A session and discussion with the audience, and hopefully identify some recommendations to the City – goals and actions for City Council, actions and next steps PDB should take in support, suggestions on projects, or what not to do. You tell us!

For those that missed the meeting in June featured a panel discussion on affordable housing in Benicia issues. Brad Misner spoke, as well as Steve and Elizabeth. Here’s a link to the recording of that discussion if you’re interested – https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/-KHy277j3W2m8mrvqMo6-eY-VqVFvSMGvQreqPCfJZK_GbdBU9cWFBf164WpodR.97YArVRrSGMnuSXs. The Affordable Housing panel discussion begins around minute 35:30.

 Additional News

Stop the recall of Gov. Newsom! It was just announced that Californians will vote on Sept. 14 whether to recall Gov. Newsom. We need to launch a local organizing effort around the recall to raise awareness and educate voters. The principle threat facing Gov. Newsom is voter apathy by Democrats resulting in a low turnout by Democratic voters, which coupled with a large turnout by highly motivated Republicans could lead to a majority voting yes to recall.

  • PDB will be organizing informational and action events in the coming weeks to help GET OUT THE VOTE by Democrats. Hopefully you’ll be able to help in some way!
  • The CA Democratic Party has volunteer opportunities to canvass neighborhoods and hold postcard parties.
  • On July 10 register at us/meeting/register/tJIpceytpjgjH92yeGNO-kc5yHuM7A7fgFEw when the Progressive Democrats of America-CA will hold a strategy discussion and Q&A with California Democratic Party “No on the recall” campaign staff, including Lizzie Heyboer (invited), campaign coordinator, other office holders, and a pre-recorded message from Gov. Newsom.

July 12 – Attorney Rob Bonta. Just a quick announcement and invitation to all club members and supporters:  the Northern Solano Democratic Club’s featured speaker for their Monday, July 12th General Meeting is California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta, and will be held via Zoom  at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Jeanie White at pres.nsdc@gmail.com.

Support your club and join the discussion on July 13 at 7:00 pm! As always, you can contact us through the PDB website with any questions or suggestions. See you next Tuesday night!!!

Ongoing Membership Drive! You’ve probably noticed that we are also in the midst of a membership drive. Steering Committee members have been busy calling past members and asking them to renew, and we’ve been actively seeking new members to join. We’re also exploring new ways to pay dues—through family memberships or sustaining and recurring memberships, for example. Nathalie will share some of these ideas on Tuesday night, as well as an update on our efforts to solicit donations to help support a candidate’s fund for the upcoming 2022 elections (two Council seats and two BUSD board seats will be open).

We need help! As PDB continues to grow, create change, and fight voter suppression, we are reaching out with opportunities to become even more involved in your Club’s activities. We’re asking for help from those who have some time—and maybe some specific skills—and the desire to join in with steering the Club in the directions we choose to go.

We have specific needs in the following areas:

1. Website and MailChimp. Our primary webmaster and MailChimp master, Roger Straw, has stepped back from his duties for the present. Some others have stepped up, temporarily, to fill the need. We need a person with website and mailing list experience to assume this role for the remainder of the year. Back-up assistance and training will be available.
2. Development Committee. Join our new fundraising and membership arm! Help us plan events, recruit and support new members, and more. While fundraising experience is a plus, all are welcome and training is available.
3. Steering Committee. We have openings for 2 to 3 motivated individuals to join in monthly planning meetings to select and develop programs, agendas, and related activities. Relevant qualifications and experience are less important than your commitment to putting your time, energy, and bold new ideas to work in this friendly group.
4. Women’s and Youth Caucus. Help plan events and work to attract diversity to our membership, learn how to organize at the grassroots level, and more.

Ongoing Membership Drive! You’ve probably noticed that we are also in the midst of a membership drive. Steering Committee members have been busy calling past members and asking them to renew, and we’ve been actively seeking new members to join. We’re also exploring new ways to pay dues—through family memberships or sustaining and recurring memberships, for example. Nathalie will share some of these ideas on Tuesday night, as well as an update on our efforts to solicit donations to help support a candidate’s fund for the upcoming 2022 elections (two Council seats and two BUSD board seats will be open).

 

At long last! Getting closer to an Air District monitoring system in Benicia

By Roger Straw, Benicia Independent, June 17, 2021
Click here for background

ALERT!  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend on Wednesday, June 30.  See  the Air District ANNOUNCEMENT (with Zoom link) below.

First, here are links to important documents about the meeting:



Virtual Meeting on Benicia
Community Air Monitoring Site Selection

Dear Benicia Community and Stakeholders,

You are invited to attend a virtual community meeting to learn about air quality monitoring and help shape the future of community air monitoring in the Benicia area.

In a joint effort with the City of Benicia, the Air District identified candidate locations in Benicia for a new community air monitoring station. At this meeting, Air District staff will share the sites under consideration and information about how the sites were selected. Community members and stakeholders will have the opportunity to inform final site selection.

When:

The workshop will be held using Zoom and will take place on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

[sta_anchor id=”zoom” /]Zoom Link:

https://kearnswest.zoom.us/j/91068701818?pwd=WVR5d3JwVVFRUmpuaUQxWWpOVGFnZz09

Why:

The Air District monitors air quality as part of ongoing efforts to inform and protect public health. One of the ways the Air District does this is by collecting fees to install, operate, and maintain air monitoring stations in communities near refineries. These air monitoring stations will provide additional information about the levels of pollution experienced by these communities.

The Air District invites you to participate in this community meeting to discuss and review the site selection process and provide feedback on a community air monitoring station within the Benicia community.

Air District staff want to ensure a fair and equitable virtual workshop experience and provide opportunities for all interested parties to participate. Workshop materials are available on the Air District’s Workshop web page.

Simultaneous language interpretation can be provided upon request at least 72 hours before the event. Contact Brian Butler at bbutler@baaqmd.gov or 415-603-7721 to request interpretation.

Questions may be sent by e-mail to iperkins@baaqmd.gov.

Para información en español, llame al 415-749-4609
中文聯絡電話 415-749-4609
Nói Tiếng Việt xin gọi 415-749-4609

Working to protect public health, air quality, and the global climate,
Your Air District


Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States
(415) 749-4900 | 1-800-HELP-AIR | Email: feedback@baaqmd.gov

Meeting of March 9, 2021 – Benicia Black Lives Matter


Tuesday, March 9, 7 PM
Getting together with Benicia Black Lives Matter

Discussion with Benicia Black Lives Matter

On March 9, we welcomed about a dozen Benicia Black Lives Matter members who joined us in conversations and brainstorming how we might support one another and collaborate in the future.

First, each group gave a brief overview of their group’s origins, goals, successes, and membership.  Kari Birdseye, Ralph Dennis and Nathalie Christian presented for the Progressive Dems.  Nimat Shakoor-Grantham and Brandon Greene presented for Benicia Black Lives Matter.

Mayor Steve Young presented an update on the City of Benicia’s responses to BBLM issues, including the status on hiring of the Diversity and Equity Manager.

After these introductions, we divided into six ZOOM “breakout rooms with 5-7 participants, where we shared conversations around areas of work and issues where we might collaborate on projects and actions.

The reports back from the 6 breakout rooms were full of good ideas, comments and suggestions.

PDB looks forward to ongoing strong relationships with BBLM.

Benicia Black Lives Matter is a local, grassroots community group organized to address anti-Black racism in the city of Benicia.  BBLM is the principal reason the City of Benicia is presently interviewing for an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Manger, establishing a Commission United for Racial Equity (CURE), and will be conducting an Equity Audit of Benicia’s government and services.

We strongly support BBLM’s strategy to get Benicians to “Actively Commit to Change” and its mission to have the City create and target a specific, actionable vision of what a better, more inclusive and equitable future looks like.

PDB’s mission is to ensure equity and justice for all people, and support the election and appointment of officials that support this mission.  Our programs and actions since 2017 have promoted our mission, and we hope collaboration with BBLM will help us operationalize racial and social justice into our work more effectively.  More broadly, through collaboration we hope we can combine resources and energy for greater impact in Benicia and our communities.

Equity & Justice For All