[Brief] Benicia commission hosting candidates’ forum regarding any last minute hit pieces

JohnGlidden.com staff report | Oct. 29, 2020

BENICIA – The city’s Open Government Commission is hosting a candidates’ forum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, providing an opportunity for candidates to address any last minute attacks, officials said.

All Benicia City Council and mayoral candidates have been invited to attend the forum, which will be broadcasted live on Zoom and on local government Channel 27.

“At the forum, voters will have an opportunity to hear candidates discuss any ‘hit pieces’ distributed before the election,” according to a city of Benicia press release.

It can be cancelled by unanimous decision of the candidates.

Benicia Vice mayor Christina Strawbridge, councilman Steve Young, and small business owner Jason Diavatis are all running for mayor. Incumbent Tom Campbell, businessman Terry Scott, and environmental planner Trevor Macensk are all vying for one of the two open council seats.

Questions about ‘hit pieces’ can be sent to Benicia City Attorney Benjamin Stock at bstock@ci.benicia.ca.us by close of business on Thursday.

The public may view and provide public comment via Zoom (via computer or phone). The
meeting link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88942386564?pwd=NkZPamtic3dFdlJEWVFYck5TOTFxZz09
• If prompted for a password, enter 121825.
• Please note, your electronic device must have microphone capability if you wish to comment publicly.

Dial in with phone:
Before the start of the item you wish to comment on, call any of the numbers below. If one is busy, try
the next one.
1 669 900 9128
1 346 248 7799
1 253 215 8782
1 646 558 8656
1 301 715 8592
1 312 626 6799
• Enter the meeting ID number: 889 4238 6564 please note this is an updated ID number.
• Enter password: 121825
• When prompted for a Participant ID, press #.

Any member of the public who needs accommodations should email Sarah Grebe at
sgrebe@ci.benicia.ca.us, who will use their best efforts to provide as much accessibility as possible while also maintaining public safety.

Published by John Glidden

John Glidden is a freelance journalist reporting on the city of Vallejo. The native Vallejoan also covers the local school district, Vallejo elections, and public safety.

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