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
- Our chair mentioned campaign volunteer opportunities for City Council candidate and PDB member Kari Birdseye: Sign up for emails and sign up to volunteer at karibirdseyeforbenicia.com/how-can-I-help
- Mayor Steve Young alerted us to upcoming issues and events:
- Next Tuesday, June 21, Council will examine the situation as Benicia enters into stage 2 of water conservation
- On July 5, Council will
- consider placing on the November ballot a 3/4 cent sales tax measure for roads
- consider placing renewal of Measure K on the November ballot, Open Space
- consider updating our ordinance governing temporary signs, which includes political signs
- On Sunday July 3, the City will celebrate the traditional (6:30pm?)Torchlight Parade and a first time Drone Show, which will start at dark. Fireworks will fill our skies on Monday, July 4.