THE PDB MEMBERSHIP MEETING
MAY 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
First off, PDB member Kari Birdseye invited all to attend on Sunday, May 22 when she announces her candidacy for Benicia City Council. You are invited to attend the Kickoff Rally on Sunday, May 22, 2-4pm at Benicia’s City Park Gazebo. Kari presented her views about her campaign and local issues specific to Benicia. She encouraged volunteers to sign up at her website, karibirdseyeforbenicia.com/.
Election next month – June 7
- Democratic Suisun City Councilwoman Wanda Williams discussed her candidacy for Solano County District 3 Supervisor.
- Solano County Sheriff candidate Daryl Snedeker discussed his reasons for running. (Snedeker is No-Party-Preference)
- Two Democratic candidates for the State Board of Equalization, Braden Murphy and Jose Alatmirano shared with us why we should vote for them in the primary.
Progressive Democrats of Benicia proudly ENDORSE:
- Wanda Williams for Solano County Board of Supervisors, District 3 electwandawilliams.com
- Braden Murphy for California’s State Board of Equalization bradenforboe.com
Progressive Democrats of Benicia RECOMMEND:
- Daryl Snedeker for Solano County Sheriff snedekerforsheriff.com
Also at our May 10 meeting:
Benicia Mayor Steve Young talked about the Valero-supported PAC and the expected negative ad campaign anticipated this election year. Because the “independent expenditures” of PACs are not limited by Benicia’s Voluntary Code of Fair Campaign Practices or state law, the Valero-supported PAC is not limited in the amounts it can spend. In contrast, expenditures by candidates and their campaigns are limited. Learn more about this important dynamic of local politics.
- Mayor Steve Young discussed issues to be considered at the May 17 City Council meeting: the current emergency water conservation order, a proposed contract to fix the breakwater outside the Benicia Marina, and proposal to put renewal of Measure K on the November ballot (Open Space Initiative north of Lake Herman Road)
- Women’s March – Keep your Bans off my Body – Saturday, May 14 noon-1:30pm, Benicia Green beniciaindependent.com/benicia-gathering-saturday-may-14-for-womens-reproductive-rights/
- Kari Birdseye Campaign Kickoff Rally – Sunday, May 22, 2-4pm, Benicia City Park Gazebo karibirdseyeforbenicia.com/coming-events/
- Juneteenth Celebration – Sunday, June 19, 11am-5pm, Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall facebook.com/BeniciaBLM and beniciablacklivesmatter.weebly.com/juneteenth.html
- Welcome/Goodbye Party for Garamendi & Thompson – Sunday, June 26, 2-4pm, Benicia Vets Hall. Fundraiser for United Dems, details to follow.
- Benicia Library Book to Action Series, From Just Us to Justice: A community Equity Challenge – sessions in May/June, benicialibrary.org/book-to-action