Young an­nounces mayor run

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­den@timesher­al­don­ @glid24 on Twit­ter

BENI­CIA >> Coun­cil­man Steve Young of­fi­cially an­nounced his can­di­dacy for Beni­cia mayor Satur­day, promis­ing to “ad­dress the tough is­sues head on with in­tel­li­gence and an ef­fort to build con­sen­sus within our com­mu­nity.”

In a news re­lease, Young said his time on the Beni­cia City Coun­cil, and as a for­mer plan­ning com­mis­sioner in town, have pre­pared him to serve as the city’s next mayor.

“While on the coun­cil, I have worked to make prac­ti­cal de­ci­sions, which first look to­ward fis­cally re­spon­si­ble so­lu­tions to city prob­lems.” Young said in a state

ment from his cam­paign. “I have proven that I’m up for the job and look for­ward to run­ning a clean, thought­pro­vok­ing cam­paign.”

Young, who was first elected to the coun­cil in 2016, also ex­plained his goals:

“High on his pri­or­ity list of is­sues de­serv­ing smart lead­er­ship are eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, pro­vid­ing a con­sis­tent plan to re­pair our roads and streets, ad­dress­ing the lo­cal im­pacts of ac­cel­er­ated cli­mate change, tack­ling the con­tentious is­sues of wa­ter rates and con­tin­ued ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter, and meet­ing our pen­sion obli­ga­tions,” the re­lease states.

Young also touted his ser­vice on the Beni­cia Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, which re­jected the Crude by Rail (CBR) pro­posal, from the Texas-based Valero En­ergy. The pro­posal would have al­lowed for crude oil to be de­liv­ered to Beni­cia’s re­fin­ery by rail. Many in the com­mu­nity ex­pressed con­cerns about the project’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

“Steve’s lead­er­ship in ask­ing the crit­i­cal ques­tions dur­ing the crude by rail hear­ings was in­stru­men­tal to our com­mu­nity un­der­stand­ing the im­pacts of the pro­posed project, and that we ac­tu­ally had the right to re­ject the Valero ex­pan­sion project, which would have brought 100 rail cars of crude oil into our town ev­ery day,” said Mar­i­lyn Bardet, a found­ing mem­ber of the city of Beni­cia’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Com­mis­sion, in the same re­lease from Young’s cam­paign.

Young also high­lighted his his­tory of pro­mot­ing of the arts in town. He pointed to help­ing lead Beni­cia’s ef­fort in se­cur­ing the do­na­tion of the Nep­tune’s Daugh­ter statue on the wa­ter­front.

“Nep­tune’s Daugh­ter may not have made it to the wa­ter­front with­out Steve’s hard work, con­sen­sus build­ing and tenac­ity in mak­ing it hap­pen,” said Lisa Rein­ert­son, the artist who cre­ated Nep­tune’s Daugh­ter. “And those are all the qual­i­ties we need in our next mayor.”

Young’s an­nounce­ment comes a month af­ter Vice Mayor Christina Straw­bridge said she is also run­ning for mayor this fall.

Young lives in the city of Beni­cia with his wife, Marty, who is an ac­tive vol­un­teer with the Friends of the Li­brary. His daugh­ter, Cora Young, lives in Vallejo and is a staffer for Con­gress­man Mike Thomp­son. Young is the in­com­ing chair of the Solano County Tran­sit Agency (SolTrans).

For more in­for­ma­tion about the cam­paign, visit SteveYoung­


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