THE PDB MEMBERSHIP MEETING JUNE 14, 2022, introducing candidate Terry Scott, and hearing from climate change heroes Jim Thompson and Jack Ruszel
A featured speaker at our June 14 meeting was candidate for Benicia City Council Terry Scott. Terry Scott shared about his life and qualifications, his vision for the City of Benicia and his perspective on current Benicia issues. Scott is running for one of two City Council seats up for election this November.
We continued our discussions about climate change, focusing this month on actions that can be taken to help make a difference. Jim Thompson of This! Is What We Did discussed ways in which each person can help to address the challenge of climate change.
Local business owner Jack Ruszel described the many ways his Benicia company, Ruszel Woodworks, has taken to reduce its carbon footprint.
We closed with a short film presentation by Third Act on how we can encourage banks to stop investing in fossil fuels:
Alicia Brewster thanked PDB for it’s backing and financial support of the June 11 Benicia March For Our Lives.
Our chair announced that Michelle Pellegrin is PDB’s newest member.
Michelle Pellegrin announced a Welcome/Goodbye party for our incoming and outgoing U.S. Representatives, John Garamendi and Mike Thompson. We keep both of them in Solano County — they are just switching which parts of the county they represent. Note: Proof of vaccination is required to attend. All welcome this Sunday, June 19, 2-4pm, Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall. Purchase tickets here by June 18 at $25 each (or pick a sponsorship level).
A member invited everyone to attend Benicia’s 2022 Juneteenth Celebration, this Sunday, June 19, 11am-5pm at Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall, hosted by Benicia Black Lives Matter. More on BBLM website. or at facebook.com/BeniciaBLM
Our chair reminded everyone about the Benicia Library’s Book to Action program, From Just Us to Justice: A Community Equity Challenge, benicialibrary.org/book-to-action
Climate Change: what we can be doing…
Also: District Attorney candidate Sharon Henry
PDB’s April 12th membership meeting was attended by 39 members, friends and our guest speakers.
First we heard from Sharon Henry, candidate for Solano County District Attorney. Because there are only two candidates in the race for DA, it is likely to be decided at the June 7 primary election, rather than on November 8th. Ms. Henry shared her background and values and explained her platform. She has been endorsed by the Solano County Democratic Central Committee and Mayor Steve Young. After questions and answers, we held an endorsement vote. PDB members voted almost unanimously to endorse Ms. Henry.
The remainder of the meeting focused on Climate change and action-based solutions presented by local climate activists:
Ben Keller – Co-chair, Legislative Committee 350 Bay Area Action – described 350BAA and explained the role of the Legislative Committee – Work on Legislation, Building Relationships with Legislators and Education and Mobilizing Public and Partners. Outlined priority bills for 2022-AB 2419; SB 917; SB 1482, SB 1010.
Nik Evasco, Youth Climate Organizer and Program Manager, 350 Bay Area – described his role as an organizer and profiled recent actions taken by 350BA. Expressed need for a Solano County 350 faction.
Interim Chair Kathy Kerridge presented a spreadsheet and web addresses for members to take a few minutes and either commit to taking climate action or perform actions in real time. Tap here to view the suggested action items.
Elected officials present: Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown and Benicia Mayor Steve Young.
Mayor Young provided an update on City of Benicia events and issues:
Update on the recent weekend fire at Amports and the status of the pier, which was built and maintained by Amports.
Update on the Mayor’s first meeting as a BAAQMD member. Discussed the status of fine for Valero’s 15-year emissions cover-up. The Mayor is open for suggestions on how the settlement funds are to be spent.
Goal setting meeting: City Council – Saturday, April 23, 8:30am to 6:30pm at the Community Center. Open for public comment, most likely in the morning.
Diversity Festival: April 23 beginning at noon on the Marina Green.
Council Meeting, 4/19/22 – Financial Forecast is the topic.
Saturday, April 30, 1-3pm Candidate Fundraiser – for Sharon Henry, hosted by Terry Mollica at his home
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Save Rooftop Solar in California! Sign the Petition by November 30
Our investor-owned utilities are again lobbying for a change in rules that would make rooftop solar prohibitively expensive. This time they’re trying it at the Public Utilities Commission. Sign the petition to stop them!
Stand up for environmental justice in California! On December 1 at 5:00 pm CalGEM is holding the first of two workshops to collect public comments. Once you register for the workshop you can speak for up to two minutes to the regulators who have written draft proposed setback rules for oil and gas wells. Provide your comments on why you think the 3200′ setback rule proposed is critical and why it must be for all drilling and not just new wells. Your public comments in support of the health and safety of frontline communities will make an impact!
Big Oil pays workers to call in and drown out our voice. Let’s show up in force! Please join the workshop, provide your brief comments, and show your support!
Register for the Dec. 1 workshop – This is our chance to show our strength directly in front of key CalGEM Decision Makers on this draft rule. Anyone can register and give a public comment.
Learn about expected sea level rises throughout the Bay Area
Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Contamination Workshop, December 8 and 9. What will the coming rise in sea level – and ground water – do to the San Francisco Bay Area, and what can we do about it? Learn more at this community/government workshop. Learn more about the workshop and RSVP here!