We’re starting the year off with a bang. We will have our first meeting on Tuesday, January 9, at 7pm, held on Zoom.
Monica Brown (left) and Rochelle Sherlock, Democratic candidates for Board of Supervisors in District 2, will speak. I have asked the candidates to answer a few questions and the answers we have received are now available on the Progressive Democrats of Benicia website, with the specific page linked below:
After the interviews, we will open an endorsement poll online for our members (the poll will be open to members starting after the candidate interviews through to midnight on Friday).
Mayor Steve Young will also be speaking about the tax measures A and B on the March 5 ballot. Members can vote on whether or not the club should endorse these measures using that same online poll for the supervisor endorsements. (Terry Mollica was originally scheduled to speak in January but will now be speaking in February to update us on the latest information on the Benicia Industrial Safety and Health Ordinance.)
Renew Your Membership
Be on the lookout for our next meeting notice with the Zoom link and don’t forget that our membership dues are now due. Membership dues will increase to $30 a year (please contact me if this is a hardship) so PDB can take a more active role in the upcoming elections. You can renew your membership, or submit an application to become a new member, at this link: https://progressivedemocratsofbenicia.org/pay-dues-donate/.
Our Zoom meeting details are below.
The link and sign-in information for most PDB membership meetings in 2024 is below. If we have an off-schedule or special meeting we may have a special link, but for the most part you can use this link, meeting ID, and passcode through 2024. To download the invitation to your preferred electronic calendar system, you can click the link and follow the instructions below. And we will always resend the Zoom details with our meeting notices.
Topic: PDB General Meeting
Time: Jan 9, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
THE PDB MEMBERSHIP MEETING
MAY 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
The May 10th general meeting focused on key political campaigns.
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
We also heard from several June 7 election candidates, and voted whether to offer endorsements:
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.
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)