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Good chimneys make good neighbors

Good chimneys make good neighbors

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
May 17, 2017
Filed under Metro, Opinion, Showcase

When I moved less than three miles away from the Valero oil refinery in Benicia just over two years ago, I wondered if it was safe to live so close to a compound designed solely to process toxic materials. From time to time, I catch a whiff of rotten eggs, indicating the presence of sulfur in the breez...

Boxing champion looks to ‘bring belt back to Vallejo’

Boxing champion looks to ‘bring belt back to Vallejo’

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

At 8 p.m. last Thursday night, 28-year-old Ryan “Rhino” Bourland — Global Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion — was at the Pro-Faction Martial Arts and Fitness gym in Benicia training his last student of the night. The champion has been training for the past eight weeks in preparation for h...

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
October 19, 2016
Filed under Metro

The Valero oil refining company is in the hot seat. A settlement for improper hazardous waste reporting and handling will require the refinery’s Benicia facility to pay a $157,800 fine and improve its piping operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an Oct. 5 news release. A ...

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Benicia city council votes unanimous ‘no’ on crude oil by rail

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
September 28, 2016
Filed under Metro, Showcase

On any given day, trains can be heard screeching throughout Benicia on the Union Pacific Railroad, transporting industrial materials and automotive parts. A unanimous vote by the city council guaranteed that crude oil will not be riding the rails into the city anytime soon. On Sept. 20, the Benicia City Council unanim...

Transportation plan in ‘uncharted territory’

Transportation plan in ‘uncharted territory’

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 13, 2016
Filed under Metro

Benicia residents will have to wait a few more months for a final decision on the Valero refinery’s controversial proposal to transport more than two million gallons of crude oil by train into the city, daily. The three-year-long Crude by Rail initiative is currently awaiting review by the Surface ...

Crude oil by rail a possibility in Benicia

Crude oil by rail a possibility in Benicia

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
April 6, 2016
Filed under Metro

A controversial proposal by the Valero oil refinery that would bring in thousands of tons of crude oil a day has some Benicia residents seriously questioning whether it’s time to peel the “It’s Better in Benicia” bumper stickers from the backs of their cars and relocate. Originally proposed in 20...

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