Meeting Reflections – April 11, 2023

APRIL 11, 2023


Our April meeting was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 via Zoom.


  • Call to Order
  • Quorum
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Acknowledgements
  • Announcements
  • Program
    • Benicia’s Budget Crisis: The Problem and Potential Solutions
  • Wrap Up – Actions


  • Diversity Festival – April 22, 11 to 5,  at Benicia Marina.   It’s Free!
  • City council meeting on the budget –  April 25, 2023
  • Solano County Democratic Central Committee Barbeque in the Park – May 20, 2023, Allan Witt Park in Fairfield, flyer to follow


The focus of the meeting was “Benicia’s Budget Crisis: The Problem and Potential Solutions.”  Our city budget’s multi-million dollar shortfall stretches far beyond this year, into the indefinite future.  It forces all of us to confront some tough funding decisions:

  • What City services are at risk?
  • Is there a tax increase in the future?
  • How can we increase the City’s revenues?
  • What other solutions are available?

“Benicia’s Budget Crisis” Panel

Mayor Steve Young, County Supervisor Monica Brown and Assistant City Manager Bret Prebula, who was Benicia’s Finance Director up until December 2022, explained the nature and extent of this serious challenge and discussed potential approaches to generating revenue or cutting costs.  The panel answered questions during an extended Q&A period.

Here is the link to the video recording of this important meeting! If asked, enter the passcode:   =N5u4#Rm

Monthly Action

Email the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Staff to support refinery fenceline systems that work.

How to comment
  • IMPORTANT: the deadline for comments is Thursday, April 20 at 5pm. Don’t delay! Please act now.
  • Please send your comment to Joe Lapka at [email protected]
  • Please put in the subject line: “Comment on Revised Draft Refinery Fenceline Air Monitoring Plans for Valero, Phillips 66, Tesoro and Chevron.”

See the Action Alert at this link emailed to all members and friends on April 13, 2023 for more details.

Next Meeting: May 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Our next meeting will focus on Valero – Problems and Potential Local Solutions. You won’t want to miss this important meeting.

See you on Zoom, Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 PM! Please invite your friends and anyone who is interested in keeping Benicia thriving.