Benicia Independent, by Roger Straw, December 30, 2020
The City of Benicia released its City Council agenda for January 5, including an important discussion of air monitoring in our refinery town.
Local environmental activists (including me) are hailing this effort on the part of City staff as a show of responsiveness to years of citizen requests for more and better access to real-time air quality information.
Your thoughts are being sought by Benicia elected officials and staff. Please read the staff report, and plan to attend the zoom Council meeting on January 5.
Staff Report: STATUS UPDATE: Benicia Air Monitoring and Improvements to the City’s Community Emergency Notifications
Agenda: (including instructions for virtual attendance and how to comment) Benicia City Council virtual meeting January 5, AGENDA
From the Benicia Independent, by Roger Straw, October 23, 2019
Here is filmmaker Constance Beutel’s video of the City of Benicia’s Air Monitoring Workshop with representatives from Benicia Fire Department, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Valero and the newly forming non profit, Benicia Community Air Monitoring Program.
For more background and the staff report, see Mayor Patterson’s invitation, Benicia City Council workshop on Air Monitoring.
Presentations on Air Quality and Air Monitoring
May 14, Tues 7:00 pm, Benicia Library
On May 14, Progressive Dems of Benicia hosted expert speakers on air monitoring and air quality in Benicia, with a special focus on pet coke. Many thanks to Constance Beutel and Pat Toth-Smith for the video documenting the program below.
Video of the May 14 program on Benicia’s air
» Not included in the video: Mayor Patterson updated us on efforts between the City of Benicia and Valero to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will follow up on actions Valero agreed to after defeat of the proposed Industrial Safety Ordinance. (The MOU will be helpful, but legally unenforceable.)