Hey Benicia, What Issues Do You Want to Talk About in 2013?

Tell us what you want us to cover in the comments below, and share this story with your friends and family in town.

Now that the holidays are behind us, we want to take a moment to look forward at 2013 to see what local issues we should be covering.

We editors took a bit of time off during the holidays to relax with family and recharge our batteries, but now we’re back, and we really want you to guide our coverage going forward.

So Benicia, what should we be covering in 2013? Whether it’s a simple news tip or a broad issue or subject, please tell us what you want to discuss in the months that lie ahead.

The three of us (Justin, Cody and Josh) are here to converse with you in the comments below this article.  

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Justin Cox (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 01:01 AM
We don't have the ability to cover everything in town, so we want your help in allocating our energy toward things you want to read about. Feel free to tell us why your suggested issue is important.
Chris Martin January 03, 2013 at 04:02 AM
I love that they're sprucing up downtown, but the positioning of the new medians on Military near 1st seems haphazard. Especially the offset median at Military and West 2nd. That is an accident waiting to happen. Maybe you can investigate for us!
Mickey D January 03, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Inquiring minds need to know.
Mickey D January 03, 2013 at 04:53 AM
I totally agree. Also the one on First and West Military. Needs to be marked for better visibility. Already run over several times.
Downtowner January 03, 2013 at 04:48 PM
The City of Benicia's continuously failing storm wastewater drainage system that almost annually results in the flooding of Rancho Benicia mobile home park, Portside Village condominiums, Lower East 2nd Street and East B Street. This flooding has continued to happen even after the systems was upgraded in 2007. The system appears to be overwhelmed by water coming from throughout town, but also seems inoperative during high tides (unable to drain into the marina). What are the issues with the system? How does the City plan to address these matters? Is the City capitalized to make the necessary corrections? Until the systemic failure is addressed, these areas are flood zones. The residents will be subject to flooding, the property owners will need to disclose the potential of flooding to prospective buyers/tenants, and property values will be affected.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 03, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I would also like to see the Benicia Patch cover a story about Big Foot or the Sasquatch living and roaming around the woods of Benicia.....Guess which story I am likely to get first!!! PEACE OUT!!!
Robert Livesay January 03, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Bobbie I also believe Robert E Lee bithday is about the same time as Martin Luther King. I do believe we need more info and a tribute to the General. It was an important part of American History as was Martin Luther King.
Marnix A. van Ammers January 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Due to a high volume of water draining down a creek, there has been serious erosion of the walls supporting a fence, some sign posts, and the sidewalk on the west side of West 7th Street north of West Military. A road sign actually fell into the creek due to erosion of the creek's side. That creek area needs a lot of serious (and probably expensive) work. It's a magnet for trash. People buy fast food and drinks and throw them into the creek. There is all kinds of junk in that creek. Anyway, if nothing is done, the sidewalk will break up and fall into the creek.
Marnix A. van Ammers January 03, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I've never heard of such a name for Carolina Street or any other place in Benicia. Where/how/why/when did you get this?
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Hi all, A comment was removed from this article for violating our terms of use for the use of profanity. Please keep the suggestions coming in a respectful manner. Thanks.
Michael Dressel January 03, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Please bring back the daily police log!!!
Joe Feltcher January 03, 2013 at 09:19 PM
FINALLY. My god.
Art January 03, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I second that!
Mickey D January 03, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Who took it?
Laurel January 04, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I totaly agree with you. A waste of our bridge tolls. Yes, it was paid with bridge tolls.The medians are way to big for the space and way too many trees and plants, and by the way, how are they going to maintain the trees and plants and with our water bills going up I would think less is better. People are going to crash into the medians and yes we have to slow down because it is so unsafe. The person or persons in charge of this project should be fired. I see red every time I drive this area that now I go the back way.
Riley Willerson January 04, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I don't know who stole it, but if we had a police log we would be informed of the scoundrel who did.
Robert Livesay January 04, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Where is JB?
Riley Willerson January 04, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I would like to see the patch delete the running automated adds scrolling the top of the screen. Thanks for listening.
Mickey D January 04, 2013 at 08:17 PM
The Daily PD log can be obtained here, without the comical input. http://pdpresslog.ci.benicia.ca.us/Daily_Activity_Report.pdf
Jennifer Arnold January 04, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Why doesn't Benicia have a Trader Joes?
Marnix A. van Ammers January 04, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I am in that Military & 1st area mostly on foot and so far I like the new look. I also like it that traffic will slow down. More than once when using the pedestrian crossing at Military and West 2nd, I've had a car drive through right in front of me. Sometimes they go through behind me with only a few feet to spare. I know there has been at least one and probably more than one accident there involving a pedestrian. Having the median there makes drivers slow down and pay attention. And so far, I think the area looks much nicer and more inviting (for pedestrians at least).
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 05, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I would like to see a Black History Parade every February, celebrating Black History Month. While at the same time Acknowledging the race and the people that literally and figuratively built this country with blood, sweat, and tears!!!
Mickey D January 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Let's take a vote.
Benicia Resident January 07, 2013 at 09:10 PM
No skateboarding, no loitering, no bike riding, no nothing for the adolescents in our community to do that is not inappropriate..... What is Benicia going to do to help us raise our youth to be the outstanding citizens of our community tomorrow? How can we expect our youth to learn respect and trust if they aren't given any? Just because a building has been labeled " youth center" doesn't mean that our kids will go and check it out... Come on Benicia, put your money where your mouth is, help us to raise this generation the right way, I've always heard that it does take a village.
Heather H. January 07, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I totally agree with "Benicia Resident". I am fairly new to this community (4 yrs.) and I know that many of us newer residents have moved here for the schools and the safer feel of this community. To reach more of our demographic (I am a mother of a 6 yr. old, 4 yr. old, and 2 yr. old), it would be great to see more articles about the programs that Benicia has to promote education, activity, arts, etc. for our youth. Interview some of our local principals, youth program directors, parents of younger children, etc. and let us parents know how they are making Benicia a great place for our families to be. Ask our demographic for ideas on how to make Benicia an even more desirable place for young families to live/stay. Just my two cents and thanks for asking! Heather


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