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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of BeniciaCandidate for City Council

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Steve Young

Planning Commissioner
6,720 votes (26.82%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve decision making in regards to financial stability and community sustainability
  • Having the City take a pro-active rather than reactive role in deciding on future projects and proposals
  • Take positive actions to improve and expand the Benicia Industrial Park to attract a broader array of businesses.



Profession:City of Benicia Planning Commissioner
Planning Commissioner, Benicia Planning Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Director of Community Development, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (1999–2008)
Director of Community Development, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency — Appointed position (1999–2008)
Housing and Neighborhoods Officer, City of Modesto (1993–1999)
Asst. Vice President, United States Escrow (1982–1993)


UC Berkeley; San Francisco State University Master of Arts; Bachelor of Arts, Urban Policy and Administration; Political Science (1975)
San Francisco State University MA, Urban Planning and Administration (1975)
UC Berkeley BA, Political Science (1973)

Community Activities

Member, Arts Benicia (2013–current)
Member, Friends of the Benicia Library (2013–current)
Member, Benicia Bocce League (2014–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mariko Yamada, Former Assemblywoman

Organizations (6)

  • United Democrats of Southern Solano County
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County
  • 350 Bay Area
  • Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter
  • California Democratic Party
  • Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community

Elected Officials (1)

  • Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson

Individuals (2)

  • Hon. James Lambden, Retired Justice, Court of Appeals
  • Delaine Easton, Former California Supt. of Public Instruction

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters Benicia (2)

How do you propose that Benicia secure, implement and maintain consistent, reliable sources of good quality water for our city?
Answer from Steve Young:

Benicia should move quickly to implement the wastewater reuse project with Valero. Currently, Valero uses half of the City's water supply for use in the refinery, and pays approximately $1million/year for that water. (The rest of the City pays approximately $6 million for the rest of the treated water). Currently there is a proposal to use up to 2 million gallons/day of wastewater for Valero's use instead of treated raw water. This project, if implemented,  would greatly increase our water security. A loan is available from the State to pay for this project's cost of approximately $25 million. The debt service on that loan, approximately $1.5 million/year should be paid by Valero, not the City. 

What ideas do you have to improve transportation and other services for our increasing Senior population?
Answer from Steve Young:

Sol Trans has been steady, but slow, improvement in providing mass transit options to our Senior population. There should be direct service from Benicia to BART and the Vallejo Ferry Terminal, as well as increased options within the community such as Dial A Ride. The creation of the Carquinez Village Project would go a long way towards providing informal transportation options for seniors as well. 

Questions from League of Women Voters (1)

The Seeno property on Lake Herman and East Second street has been the subject of development plans. What if any are your concerns about a large residential development in this area?
Answer from Steve Young:

The Seeno project application for 900 moderately priced homes does not provide basic connectivity to the community; relies on unproven promises of water availability, and does not include the construction of either a school or a fire station.   The City should be determining what, if any, type of development they want to see on this property, rather than simply replying to a developer's proposal. 

Videos (2)

— September 26, 2016 Steve Young for City Council

Steve introduces himself to the community

Steve questions the City consultants and attornies on the EIR for the Valero Crude by Rail project, in Feb. 2016

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