Pro-active accomplishments of Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson
By Susan Street
Reprinted from the Benicia Herald
October 21, 2016
At swearing in, council members raise their right hand and affirm that they
will uphold their duty to protect the health and welfare of their constituents.
During her years as a council member and then as mayor, that has been the first
endeavor of Elizabeth Patterson.
She is constantly presenting ideas, investigating possibilities, looking for more
information of ways to protect the health and welfare of you and me.
After reading transcripts of the EIR, taking hours of public testimony and
reviewing the Planning Commissions recommendation to deny Valeros
Crude By Rail project, she voted against it.
She has worked tirelessly for every sustainable action possible, including
sponsoring the creation of the Community Sustainability Commission and retention
of the Climate Action Coordinator. When elected in 2003, she immediately got
$250,000 for traffic calming to make our roads safer with bulb out
curbs and planted medians. She got $10,000 from Kinder Morgan for our tree fund
and $285,000 for architectural drawings for our community center to be LEED
certifiable (thanks to Valero/GNSC grant). Elizabeth also pursued the $2.8
million for building our Community Center (Also from the Valero/GNSC grant).
Sustainable living is core to the health and welfare of the public.
Elizabeth was for protecting the citizens against the coke domes on the
waterfront, chaired the General Plan Oversight Committee, fought for a significant
Specific Plan that protected Benicians from tacky Seeno urban sprawl and has
promoted more and safer bike lanes, traffic calming and infrastructure
improvements like solar energy.
We have yet to hear from her opponent on how he will protect the health and safety
of Benicians in terms of a cap on refinery emissions at Valero. His vote on the
Crude by Rail was too late in the game. After hours of testimony, more than 700
pages of documentation, a 6-0 vote to deny by the Planning Commission, why did he
need to wait for a ruling from the STB which had nothing to do with local control
He is a nice man. He has been deliberate in his decisions as a two term council
member. That is not enough. I believe he is not mayoral material. What is his
vision for Benicia? I fear it is more urban sprawl and more free reign for
I want a mayor who is pro-active in protecting my health and welfare and who will
stay ahead of threatening problems for Benicia. That person is Elizabeth
Patterson and I hope you will join me in keeping her as our Mayor for the next