Valero Delivers on $1 Million Promise to County

The donation will improve radio communications among frist reponders from throughout the county.

The Valero Refining Company in Benicia made its final $250,000 installment today on its commitment to provide $1 million toward improving radio interoperability in Solano County.

The funding is being used to further interoperable communications between all first responder agencies in the county, focusing on the south end of the county.

“As one of Solano County’s leading corporate citizens, Valero is a committed partner in helping our public safety agencies improve their ability to respond in an emergency” said Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert.

In December 2008 Valero delivered its first of four scheduled $250,000 checks.  The City of Benicia received $100,000 from the 2008 installment to assist the city with its ongoing commitment to improve communications.

“At Valero, we are proud of our partnership with Solano County to protect the health and safety of our community and the efforts to enhance our emergency preparedness and response capability with upgraded communications systems,” said Valero spokeswoman Sue Fisher.

Operating as the Solano Emergency Communications Activity (SECA), the County and the seven cities are working to improve the ability for emergency responders to communicate.  Over the last few years, the capabilities of existing communication sites have been expanded, which including the County’s microwave system that provides connectivity to the six dispatch centers in the county.

More recently new control consoles were installed in each dispatch center for access to and control of new countywide interoperability channels and allows patching between all of the UHF and VHF frequencies used by first responders in the county.  An additional project is under way to provide dispatch center to dispatch center intercom.

These upgrades were paid for with a combination of Federal grants, funding from SECA participants, as well as Valero’s contribution. 

Planning is under way for a countywide strategy, including investing in 700 mhz and 800 mhz facilities to support the national re-banding plan for emergency communications and communications with neighboring counties.


"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 06, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Now if we can get some of this Valero money to trickle down to main street in the form of Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs.
Robert Livesay January 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Bobbie just what do you want Valero to do in the way of jobs. They have been very supportive of this city.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 06, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Yes they have been very supportive to a segment of this city. You are right Robert, now lets" see if we can get them to diversify that support!!! "Robert, sharingness is next to Godliness"!!! SO LET US ALL ACT LIKE THE MAYOR...AND SHARE!!! "I smell another poem coming soon.........."
T. Gunter January 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM
".....leading corporate citizens" - Anybody ever had lunch with this person?
Robert Livesay January 06, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Bobbie we all share in Valero generosity. T I do not know who you are talking about. But as far as myself I have had lunch or coffee with many leading folks of this city. I would assume you have to.
T. Gunter January 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Please disregard previous comment. Not directed at you.
Old Dog January 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Cheap PR - Valero has 16 refineries - last year their cash flow was around $2,663,000,000 - 1 million is just chump change - just smell the air - it smells like victory (or is it gasoline)
T. Gunter January 06, 2012 at 11:54 PM
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 07, 2012 at 01:10 AM
We do? Oh I guess the un-employment rate of African-Americans' in Benicia and Solano County is a figment in my mind an aberration, if you will!! Even the Gas station across the street from Robert Simple on 2nd street falls short of practicing fair employment. Can you believe it, a frickin GAS STATION!!! NO TAXATION WITHOUT FAIR AND EQUAL COMPENSATION AND POLICE REPRESENTATION in Benicia, California.
Robert Livesay January 07, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Bobbie you do confuse me. Now tell me how Valero should distribute there donations? Is there far to much money given to whitre organizations? If that is true enlighten me. If that is the case Bobbie I would agree with you. Just tell me why that is the case. I will work with Bobbie to remedy this situation. But remember I do want to see evidence.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 07, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Old Dog, once again you represent yourself as a beacon of hope and intelligence to your beings of like pursuasion. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! I don't know you but I feel that you are our modern day JOHN BROWN!!!(google him)
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 07, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Robert can you or anyone for that matter rationally explain the huge discrepancy in un-employment between Blacks and their counter part in Benicia/Solano County/California/America?
Robert Livesay January 07, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Bobbie you explain it on your side. You are the person complaining.
Robert Livesay January 07, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Bobbie all I am asking you to do is give me your side. That should be very easy, that is all you talk about. Now is your chance to explain it. Bobbie you might be surprised, the folks may understand your detailed explanation. If you chose not to explain you will have a problem getting folks to support your ideals. Now Bobbie just do it.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 07, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I will Roberrt Livesay, I will!!!
T. Gunter January 07, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Robert Livesay January 07, 2012 at 04:55 PM
T on that last one who are the girls? You may want to edit it.
T. Gunter January 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Robert Livesay January 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
T if you click it right it is amazing what you see. I would not send any of this over a company computer. Very dangerous
T. Gunter January 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
If it is that amazing, I suppose you will need a nap soon.
Robert Livesay January 07, 2012 at 11:29 PM
You are right T you do put me to sleep. We all try to contribute to an article. But not T. He only trys to be funny with no answers to any issues. I would for once just like to see if you can just come up with very sound thinking on an issue. Now I do know you will go after mw with some goofy comment. Just try once to keep personalities out of it.
T. Gunter January 07, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This makes the 734th time you've made this exact comment, your highness.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 08, 2012 at 12:02 AM
T. Gunter, do you know that was also Bob Marley nick name(your highness)!!!LOL Things Robert Livesay would say: "Officer, I am not as think as you drunk"!!
T. Gunter January 08, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Also, we all learned quite a while ago that "sound thinking" is lost on individuals of your ilk. It is now your turn for the typical creepy response we've grown to understand as nothing more than a sophomoric inclination. Sound thinking on my part, if I don't say so myself. Yours truly, The most handsome, fit and wealthiest man in Benicia
Robert Livesay January 08, 2012 at 02:46 AM
T here is your chance. With all that money you can now hire Bobbie. Show him what a stubborn EU fella is like. I can just see it now Bobbie driving you around in his BMW
T. Gunter January 08, 2012 at 02:49 AM
T. Gunter January 08, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Bobby R., Yes, Marley's nickname was for good reason. A great reason, in fact. His "Natty Dread" recording is a classic for sure. If you ever have the opportunity, check out Bay Area native son Charlie Hunter's instrumental interpretation of "Natty Dread" in its entirety. Here is a sample: http://bit.ly/yqLIqT
"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 08, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Guys, I am right here!!!
Robert Livesay January 08, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Creepy, T just read your comments. Not even understandable or necessary. I do know where you can get a nice uniform and cap for Bobbie. Now is your chance to put some money back into the community instead of just talk. Go to it.


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