Beni­cia com­mit­tee re­ceives $200,000 from Valero

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­line. com @glid24 on Twit­ter Con­tact re­porter John Glid­den at 707-553-6832.

BENI­CIA >> While many of the ac­tive po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns in town were quiet dur­ing the sec­ond half of 2019, a spe­cial gen­eral pur­pose re­cip­i­ent com­mit­tee re­ceived $200,000 in cash from the Valero Beni­cia Re­fin­ery, ac­cord­ing to con­tri­bu­tion forms sub­mit­ted to the Beni­cia City Clerk’s Of­fice.

The com­mit­tee, Work­ing Fam­i­lies for a Strong Beni­cia, a Coali­tion of La­bor, In­dus­trial Ser­vices Com­pa­nies, re­ceived the donation on Nov. 20. It re­ported a cash bal­ance of $248,111 at the end of the year.

The com­mit­tee was ac­tive dur­ing the Beni­cia City Coun­cil elec­tions in 2018, rais­ing thou­sands of dol­lars from Valero, unions, and busi­nesses. The com­mit­tee ac­tively sup­ported Vice Mayor Christina Straw­bridge and Coun­cilmem­ber Lionel Lar­gaes­pada, while op­pos­ing un­suc­cess­ful coun­cil can­di­date Kari Bird­s­eye.

All open cam­paign com­mit­tee were re­quired to sub­mit re­ports on Jan. 31, 2020 for the pe­riod cov­er­ing July 1 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Beni­cia Mayor El­iz­a­beth Pat­ter­son re­ported hav­ing a cash bal­ance of $1,277 at the end of 2019, while Straw­bridge re­ported a zero bal­ance af­ter pay­ing her­self back $1,500 of a $4,000 loan she gave her com­mit­tee. She for­gave the rest.

Lar­gaes­pada said he had a $95 bal­ance as coun­cilmem­bers Tom Camp­bell and Steve Young re­ported no ac­tion.

The Pro­gres­sive Democrats of Beni­cia picked up $180 from Solano County Su­per­vi­sor Mon­ica Brown. The club re­ported a cash bal­ance of $1,196 on Dec. 31.

Fi­nally, the Beni­cia Po­lice Of­fi­cers’ As­so­ci­a­tion re­ported no ac­tion dur­ing the same time pe­riod. It ended the year with $4,581 in cash.

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