Meeting Notes – January 9, 2024

JANUARY 9, 2024


Our January general membership meeting was held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 7pm, via Zoom.


  • Call to Order
  • Quorum
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Acknowledgements/Announcements
  • Mayor Steve Young
    • Measure A – Hotel Tax (Transient Occupancy Tax)
    • Measure B – Public Safety and Essential Services Measure
  • Nathalie Christian – Online Endorsement Poll explained
  • Solano County Board of Supervisors District 2 Candidates Forum
    • Monica Brown, Incumbant
    • Rochelle Sherlock
  • Wrap Up – Next Meeting February 13, 2024


  • Welcome New Members
  • Renew your dues!
  • Believe In Benicia Events
    • January 15-26 – Community Survey
    • January 17 – 6pm Virtual Workshop
    • January 18 – 6-8pm In Person Workshop (Benicia Library)
    • January 24 – 6pm Virtual Workshop
    • January 25 – 6-8pm In Person Workshop (Community Center)
  • Solano County Democratic Central Committee Awards Dinner
    • January 27 at 5-8pm – County Event Center, 601 Texas St., Fairfield. PDB has reserved a table.
  • Passion for Performance – fundraiser for local performing arts organizations
    • February 24, Clock Tower: VIP Artist Reception – 4:30-5:30pm; Doors open 5:30 pm; Performances: 6-9pm; Tickets: – Concerts
  • Christopher Cabaldon (PDB endorsed candidate for State Senate) needs hosts for meet and greets. Contact Kathy Kerridge.
  • Democratic Central Committee Candidates for District 2: Kathy Kerridge, Pat Toth-Smith, Paula Bauer, and Monica Brown. Vote March 5.
  • Consider volunteering to work the poll on March 5

Mayor Steve Young and Ballot Measures

Mayor Young discussed the ballot measures and the importance of their passing, described the upcoming events, and fielded questions.

Solano County Board of Supervisors District 2 Candidates Forum

We heard from the two candidates who are running for County Supervisor for District 2, and both candidates fielded questions.   The candidates (in alphabetical order) are Monica Brown, incumbent, and Rochelle Sherlock, entrepreneur, community advocate, and small business owner.

Membership Poll

We have offered members an opportunity to vote on which candidate to endorse via the PDB website.  The bylaws state “New Members shall be entitled to vote on all Club matters sixty (60) days after payment of dues. Existing members, upon payment of membership renewal dues, shall be eligible immediately to vote on all Club matters.”

The membership voted to endorse Monica Brown for Solano County Board of Supervisors. The members also voted to endorse Ballot Measures A and B.

Meeting Link

Here is a link to the video recording of this important meeting! If asked, enter the passcode: 4S*V+ap=

Next Meeting: Tuesday February 13, 7:00 pm on Zoom

Don’t miss this important meeting!


Our Next Meeting – Tuesday, January 9

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2024, 7:00 PM



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:

→ Supervisor Candidate Questions & Answers


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:

Zoom Sign-In

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)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 7382 1941
Passcode: 528756

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See you on Zoom, Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM! 


No December Meeting – Happy Holidays!





In case you missed the message at our last meeting, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia will not meet in December.  Instead, on behalf of the steering committee, please accept our best wishes for happy holidays and a great start to your new year.

Invitation to December 11 NSDC Meeting

While PDB won’t be meeting this month, our friends from the Northern Solano Democratic Club (NSDC) are inviting PDB members to attend their upcoming December meeting.  This is a meeting you will not want to miss.  They are having an informational deep-dive on the history of Flannery Associates/California Forever’s activity in Solano County, what is going on right now, what is coming up, and what we can do about it – together.  NSDC’s meeting will feature speakers Duane Kromm and Marilyn Farley (and others to be confirmed).

All are welcome to attend NSDC’s (free) Monday, December 11 meeting, to be held at 7pm over Zoom.  To get the Zoom link, email NSDC President Jeanie White at [email protected], and she’ll work with her team to ensure you get the Zoom invitation when it’s ready.

California Forever: Benicia Town Hall

Meanwhile, if you haven’t signed up to attend California Forever’s Town Hall in Benicia, scheduled for Thursday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm, you can do so by clicking this link and ordering mobile tickets.  There are very few tickets left so sign up now if you want to join.  I’ll be there, and I hope to see many of our members there, too.

Our Next Meeting

PDB’s next meeting will be Tuesday, January 9, at 7pm, and will be held over Zoom.  By then our membership renewal drive for 2024 will be in full swing.  We’ll send out more emails about that as we get closer and let you know more about our program for that meeting.  If you’d like to renew early, you can click this link and follow instructions.

We look forward to reconnecting with you in 2024.

Equity & Justice For All