PDB MEMBERSHIP MEETING
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2022, 7:00 PM
(Please note: this meeting is NOT on our usual 2nd Tuesday)
Local candidate interviews and endorsements
Our monthly meeting, which normally would be held on the second Tuesday, August 9, will be delayed until Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m.
This meeting will focus on the upcoming fall election, so the meeting was scheduled to allow all potential candidates to file the necessary papers to officially declare their candidacies prior to our meeting.
Democratic City Council candidates have been invited and are expected to present their case for PDB endorsements. You will want to attend this important meeting.
The endorsement vote
Please remember that only members who are current with their dues will be allowed to vote. According to our bylaws 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. Existing members for voting purposes will be considered those who were paid members in 2019, 2020, or 2021. If you want to pay your dues before the meeting please send early enough for us to receive it or if paying by Act Blue (via our website) try to do it by the day prior to the meeting since we don’t get immediate notification.
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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
MARCH 8, 2022 at 7 pm
Perspectives on Diversity in Benicia–A Panel Discussion
PDB’s March 8th membership meeting was attended by over 40 members, friends and our guest panel.
The meeting focused on racial equity, diversity and inclusion in Benicia and featured a panel discussion with Dr. Maliika Chambers and Kashanna Harmon-Lee.
Dr. Maliika Chambers is the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the City of Benicia. Kashanna Harmon-Lee is a member of Benicia Black Lives Matter’s (BBLM) Leadership Team. They shared their perspectives on the state of racial equity in our town, and alerted us to upcoming events and ways in which our club can help with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in Benicia.
Terry Mollica, Vice Chair of the City of Benicia Planning Commission, offered an update on the Benicia Housing Element, timetable, upcoming workshops and meetings:
- City Council Study Session: March 22 at 6 p.m. | Meeting held via Zoom
- Virtual Open House : March 31 at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Meeting held via Zoom
- In-Person Open House: April 6 at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Location TBA
- Planning Commission Study Session : April 7 at 7 p.m
- More information: https://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/housingelement
We also heard from Cheryl Sudduth, who is running in the June primary for the Democratic nomination for the US House to represent California’s 8th Congressional District. She shared about her platform, life experiences and values. Ms. Sudduth is running against Congressman John Garamendi, who was recently featured at the PDB meeting in February, 2002.
- Kathy Kerridge: Call for volunteers for Women’s & Youth Caucus; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Elizabeth Patterson is willing to spearhead and needs others to join in). Contact Kathy if interested.
- BAAQMD Hearing Board meeting March 15 starting at 9:30am. Details and link here.
- Lisa Reinertson: Encouraged attendees to email CA Fish and Game Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org) in support of Petition 2022-01. The petition will be reviewed and discussed at the Fish and Game Commission meeting on April 20-21. The petition can be reviewed at crowcanyon.info/petition-2022.1.pdf.
General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, February 8
Panel on Biofuels and Expanding PDB Membership
Our February monthly meeting was held on February 8th.
We learned a lot from our distinguished panelists, discussing biofuels, including two projects proposed by refineries in the Bay Area.
Two oil companies, Marathon and Phillips 66, propose to convert their refineries from processing crude oil to possibly vegetable oil, animal fats, or used cooking oil to create biofuels—what the industry refers to as renewable diesel. The proponents of the projects describe these projects as part of California’s plan to transition from fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But local activists and environmental organizations are voicing reservations as Contra Costa County officials consider whether they should grant permits in the coming months. In addition, a local Benicia company has partnered with a Wyoming-based renewable fuels company which converts organic waste to clean hydrogen and synthetic fuels.
Our panelists for this discussion, which was moderated by Kari Birdseye:
A Q&A session followed the presentation by our panelists.
In advance of the meeting, members were encouraged to read DEIR Comments by Jay Gunkelman, submitted for the Phillips 66 proposed biofuels conversion in Rodeo. Jay Gunkelman is our highly respected community expert on refineries and toxic emissions. Of note is Mr. Gunkelman’s second paragraph where he compares Phillips 66 to other refineries including Valero Benicia, with regard to required fence line detection limits to operate a 5 parts-per-billion. Note that Valero’s detection is significantly above that parameter for Xylene.
The second part of our program was open to PDB voting members only. We concluded our previous discussions on expanding PDB membership, voting on two motions:
- The first motion passed almost unanimously: to appoint an ad hoc committee to plan how to expand diversity within PDB and unite with other Democrats.
- The second motion failed by a large margin: to change the name of the club to “Benicia Democrats.” We remain the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.