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No December Meeting – Happy Holidays!





In case you missed the message at our last meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia will not meet in December.  Instead, on behalf of the steering committee, please accept our best wishes for happy holidays and a great start to your new year.

Invitation to December 11 NSDC Meeting

While PDB won’t be meeting this month, our friends from the Northern Solano Democratic Club (NSDC) are inviting PDB members to attend their upcoming December meeting.  This is a meeting you will not want to miss.  They are having an informational deep-dive on the history of Flannery Associates/California Forever’s activity in Solano County, what is going on right now, what is coming up, and what we can do about it – together.  NSDC’s meeting will feature speakers Duane Kromm and Marilyn Farley (and others to be confirmed).

All are welcome to attend NSDC’s (free) Monday, December 11 meeting, to be held at 7pm over Zoom.  To get the Zoom link, email NSDC President Jeanie White at [email protected], and she’ll work with her team to ensure you get the Zoom invitation when it’s ready.

California Forever: Benicia Town Hall

Meanwhile, if you haven’t signed up to attend California Forever’s Town Hall in Benicia, scheduled for Thursday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm, you can do so by clicking this link and ordering mobile tickets.  There are very few tickets left so sign up now if you want to join.  I’ll be there, and I hope to see many of our members there, too.

Our Next Meeting

PDB’s next meeting will be Tuesday, January 9, at 7pm, and will be held over Zoom.  By then our membership renewal drive for 2024 will be in full swing.  We’ll send out more emails about that as we get closer and let you know more about our program for that meeting.  If you’d like to renew early, you can click this link and follow instructions.

We look forward to reconnecting with you in 2024.

Our Next Meeting – Tuesday, November 14

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2023, 7:00 PM



Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 14, at 7pm, held on Zoom.

Carbon Dumping may be coming to the Bay Area, especially refinery communities.  If you aren’t sure what that is, you are not alone.  Another name for it is Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).  That sounds good at first glance – who doesn’t want to get rid of the CO2 that is driving climate chaos?

But did you know it has never worked?  Did you know “permanent storage” may be for as little as 50 years?  Did you know that a leak can be FATAL?  YIKES!  This is where national policy to promote Carbon Capture and local interests collide.

Come find out more about the proposals in California, including the proposed Montezuma Carbon Project along the Carquinez Strait.  Victoria Bogdan Tejeda, a Staff Attorney at the Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity,  will be speaking at our next meeting and filling us in on these new threats.  Please invite your friends.

Speaker Bio

Victoria Bogdan Tejeda (she/her) (pictured right) is a Staff Attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, where she fights false climate solutions like carbon capture and storage, as well as polluting industries such as petrochemicals and biomass energy.  Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an Associate Attorney with Earthjustice.  There, her role included litigating toxic chemical regulations and assisting overburdened communities in advancing environmental justice.  She holds a law degree from U.C. Davis School of Law.

Zoom Sign-In

Our Zoom meeting details are below.

Join PDB Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 885 5503 2712
Passcode: 290521

Don’t miss this important meeting!

See you on Zoom, Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM! 


Meeting Notes – September 13, 2023

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023


Our September general membership meeting was held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 7pm, via Zoom.


  • Call to Order
  • Quorum
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Acknowledgements/Announcements
  • CA State Senate District 3 Candidates
  • Endorsement Poll – membership discussion
  • Vote to support Solano Co. Boards & Commissions
  • Wrap Up


  • 9/30 – Northern Solano Dems 71st Anniversary Dinner
  • PDB – Subcommittee and Steering Committee volunteers
  • Save Our Streets – Maggie Kolk
  • Google Docs – Jack Kolk

State Senate District 3 Candidates

There is a hotly contested State Senate race this year to replace Bill Dodd.  The candidates (in alphabetical order) are Christopher Cabaldon, former Mayor of West Sacramento, Jackie Elward, City Council Member of Rohnert Park, and Dr. Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Vice-Mayor of Vallejo. We heard from all three candidates who are running to replace Bill Dodd in the State Senate.

Membership Poll

We have offered members an opportunity to vote on which candidate to endorse via the PDB website.  The bylaws state “New Members shall be entitled to vote on all Club matters sixty (60) days after payment of dues. Existing members, upon payment of membership renewal dues, shall be eligible immediately to vote on all Club matters.”

The membership voted to endorse Christopher Cabaldon for California State Senate.

Meeting Link

Here is the link to the video recording of this important meeting! If asked, enter the passcode:   %.iqbYM3

Next Meeting: Tuesday October 10, 7:00 pm on Zoom

We’re excited to have our new city manager, Mario Giuliani, as our guest speaker.  He’ll be addressing Benicia’s budget crisis and the various and complementary ways the City is working to manage it.  We’ll also have a Q&A period for our attendees.

Don’t miss this important meeting!