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Benicia Could Move Election Date to 2014, Extending Council Terms

Moving the 2013 election to 2014 would save money and could increase voter turnout, according to city staff.

Benicia residents are scheduled to vote for two new city council members this fall, but officials could move that date back a year.

In hopes of saving money and increasing voter turnout, the Benicia City Council could move the city elections from odd years to even years. The council will discuss the issue at its Tuesday meeting.

The city saves money when it shares an election with other government bodies in the county, according to a staff report. There would be a one-time cost of about $8,500 associated with the change, because the city would have to notify every voter.

Moving the election from November 2013 to November 2014 would extend the term of two sitting council members by a year; Council Members Alan Schwartzman and Mark Hughes plan to run for re-election, Patch reported in December.

The council could also wait until after the November 2013 election and then time the change so that it shortens some council members' terms by a year.

Any potential changes would have to be approved by the Solano County Board of Supervisors, according to the staff report.

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Benicia City Council meeting
7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5
250 E. L St.

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Babaloo January 31, 2013 at 06:57 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO......they need to go,,,we need people who have our cities best interests on their agenda...i don't know what the agenda is in this town any more. wasted millions on the eyesore at the end of Rose drive, wasted millions on the "rehabbing" of the Generals Quarters on the Arsenal... because we received a "grant" ? Really ?
Robert Livesay January 31, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I think what is holding this city back on many projects is the budget. Every year it is problem. Add to that the CSC commission and others and there goes the time. I am in favor of taking the $25,000 from CSC to reduce time of city staff on the CSC projects. In the past I was not in favor of the $150,000 from CSC. Eventually the city will take over that function.. The sooner that money is gone the better off city staff will be. Get the budget in-line and reduce the number of commissions and committees it would relieve a lot of staff time. The City Manager and staff would now be able to spend their time in the areas that most needed for this city. Fix that budget once and for all. The mayors office is the only one that has term limits. Two terms. Council members are not termed out. I have no problem with that. Want a lfe long job? Become a trained grant expert. You will be in demand for the as long as you want to work at a very good salary.
Robert Livesay January 31, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I l;ove the fact that is could even shorten the Mayors term by a year. Once in a while you get lucky.
rob pearson January 31, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Are you kidding me? When did this bunch of council clowns care about saving money for the city? I agree with Mr Livesay. We need to set term limits so we can insure a new cast of caregivers for our city. Let me guess. We are all going to get letters and if we disagree we can protest? If we get over 50% to disagree then we are saved? PLEASE!
Robert Livesay January 31, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Thanks Rob. I know you have mentioned a run at city council. If it is extended by a year things will change. Also if Mark and Alan plan to seek re-election they will be hard to beat. I believe they are two very good memebers. If you chose to wait till 2016 the election could be wide open. Mayor termed out. Even a possibility one member will not seek office again. Even one member may run for mayor. So you could have two council seats open to new faces. That I believe is where the opportunity is. Good luck.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 31, 2013 at 05:27 PM
President Obama will continue to pull Benicia out of the Economic DITCH from where eight years of the Bush Administration put it and Mayor Elizabeth Patterson will do the same for Benicia. Obama Says Republicans Cannot Have the Keys Back to the Car: “No! You Can’t Drive” In partisan remarks before the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) fundraising dinner this evening, President Obama said that Republicans are like bad drivers, who once drove the car into a ditch and now want the keys back. “After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can’t drive. We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out.”
Robert Livesay January 31, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Interesting comment Bobbie. The state of California is run by Democrats or as I would call them Liberal Socialist. That also included Arnold. So this state has been in the power of Liberal Socialist for a long time now. Now super majority in both state houses and also a super majority of federal house members. The city of Benicia is a very Liberal city with a Liberal mayor. Also a very agenda driven enviro greenie Liberal Socialist group. Now Bobbie I do not think President Bush had anything to with that. Also remember two Liberal Senators. Sorry Bobbie the state of the state was and is continuing to be caused by Liberals. Republicans had nothing to do with it. . So your statement is just what it is an opinion with no facts. Sorry to bust your bubble Bobbie.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 31, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Yeah right!!!! Go blow your "hoowie" somewhere else where stupid people will believe it. I for one will not fall for the "OKEY DOKE"!!! You see, first of all if the REPUBLICANS' fool me once they are good and shame on them. But if they fool me twice they are great and shame on me!!!! MY MOMMA DIDN'T RAISE NO FOOL!!!
T. Gunter January 31, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Deja Vu
Robert Livesay January 31, 2013 at 08:27 PM
That is questionable Bobbie.
Babaloo February 01, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Obommma ? Really ...another Bum in the white house ...who robs from people who work hard and spends lavishly on people who don't even care about themselves. hand outs and welfare,,yes,,we love "the GOD obomma"...
Babaloo February 01, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Bobbie demonstrates his lack of education and knowledge with his rants and garbage verses..the state is in trouble,...too many dead people voting,,all from certain areas...sad,,really sad... those with their hand out grows..while those with their noses to the grind stone is becoming less and less....all hail the gand exhaulted ruler obom.
Robert Livesay February 01, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Bobbie not likely.
area man February 01, 2013 at 04:00 PM
...But what did daddy raise?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 01, 2013 at 08:30 PM
"You suckers can sell out all you want to...... Me, I'm a stay SHORT AND FUNKY!!!
Babaloo February 01, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Our own p dippy . Is " short and funky ? " .. Does that mean ?
rob pearson February 02, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Let me get this straight. The council and mayor can vote to change when we vote and the citizens have nothing to say about it? These supposed representatives of the people are a joke. First we have the solar boondoggle,then the 1mm sidewalks, and the sewer scam rip off. Now we have this coming along where all the city officers get extended-even the wasted post of treasurer. What is to keep them from extending their terms to 4 years and having elections only when there is a presidential election? I once called the people of Benicia the willing being led by the uncaring. Now it appears that the people don't care what happens to them as long as they have a roof over their heads. i am seriously concerned about citizens that watch big brother take over more than they already have. What is that old saying about reaping what we sow?
rob pearson February 02, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Oh And Bobbye you are not funky nor can i recall when you ever were. However,you will always be short and we are now stuck with the sad times ahead brought on by your brainless brother in the top spot.

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