Benicia teens lead march of about 800: ‘We will vote’

Benicia is known for its numerous parades. Protest marches? Not as much. Until Saturday.

Around 800 residents braved an early morning chill led by students with a NEVER AGAIN banner, getting a jump on the national March for Our Lives with a walk up First Street and speeches at the City Park gazebo.

“Brave students have come together to say ‘enough is enough,’” said Assemblyman Tim Grayson, adding that he appeared in Benicia not as a politician, but as the father of a 16-year-old.

Nancy McFadden, a key architect of Gov. Jerry Brown's political renaissance, loses her battle with cancer

Nancy McFadden, who translated the sweeping agenda of Gov. Jerry Brown's return to power into legislative action and established law as his top advisor, died Thursday after battling ovarian cancer.

In January, she stepped away from her daily state Capitol duties to receive additional medical treatment. A spokesman for the governor said McFadden died Thursday night at her home in Sacramento, surrounded by family and friends.

 

Assemblymember Grayson Introduces Bill to Fund Vital Emergency Air Ambulance Services

(SACRAMENTO) Today, Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) introduced legislation to increase Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for emergency air ambulance providers to ensure that vital life-saving services remain available to residents throughout the state.

After introducing AB 2593, Assemblymember Grayson released the following statement: “Air ambulance service is a critical and life-saving service and it is often a patient’s only hope. This bill will increase reimbursement rates which will allow air ambulance providers to better meet escalating operating costs and ensure this vital service is available to all Californians when they are facing a life or death situation.”

Free glasses help Benicia students see their future

For 37 students at Robert Semple Elementary in Benicia, Tina Tran and Robert Mitchum are super heroes.

No, they can’t fly. They don’t have super strength. They certainly can’t change the weather by blinking. And while Tran and Mitchum can’t see the future, they did their part Thursday to make sure the kids could — literally.