By Donna Beth Weilenman Martinez News Gazette William Hermann has been Chevron’s chief economist, and at 92, he’s an honored Golden Gate University professor. But Monday, he returned to a position he held back when he was 20 – seated in the nose of a B-17. Hermann was a lead crew bombardier during World War […]
By Donna Beth Weilenman Martinez News Gazette One of the few surviving and flying B-17 bombers that were instrumental in the Allied victory in World War II is now stationed at Hayward Executive Airport, where the public not only can view the plain but also take flights over the Bay Area. The Liberty Foundation’s “Madras […]
By Donna Beth Weilenman Martinez News-Gazette William Binzen knew about his father’s accomplishments as a B-17 co-pilot during World War II through the collection of letters and other papers the veteran assembled as a legacy for his children. But Binzen will never read those letters the same way again. For about a quarter hour Thursday […]
By Donna Beth Weilenman Martinez News-Gazette Whether the “Aluminum Overcast” is on the ground or taking to the air, the silvery body of the mighty “Flying Fortress” lets observers see how the warbird got its name. One of only 13 surviving B-17s that are still flying, the Aluminum Overcast, operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association […]
By Donna Beth Weilenman Martinez News Gazette During the California Gold Rush, wooden sailing vessels arrived in San Francisco to the point that from the docks, bay waters looked like a forest of leafless trees had risen up above the waves. Many were abandoned, and others were dismantled and recycled. After gold rush mania subsided, […]
The Water Emergency Transportation Authority Board of Directors has increased the 2015-16 operating budget that will extend the added Bay Area ferry service that began earlier this month. Those extra rides have been extended to Oct. 30, said Jen Gainza, spokesperson for the board.
Benicia Council to weigh response The Solano County Grand Jury has recommended county and municipal fire agencies consider greater consolidation, particularly in purchases and dispatching. Benicia City Council will consider Tuesday how to respond to the grand jury’s report. City Manager Brad Kilger has composed a letter that agrees with some of the report’s recommendations, […]
Benicia has more than 95 centerline miles of streets and roads with a value of $111.5 million, but they’re in declining condition, Benicia City Council will hear in a staff report Tuesday.
Citywide upgrade, ongoing for many years, may require new temp staffer Benicia City Council may vote Tuesday to hire Steven Carmichael to oversee the comprehensive upgrade to the municipal enterprise resource planning (ERP) finance software system. It would be the latest step in a long effort that started as a way to improve and streamline […]
Frustrated HPRC continues design review for 2nd home Benicia Historic Preservation Review Commission agreed Thursday to drop two required tasks on a Mills Act contract on 1025 West Second St., a home owned by Carla and Paula Chiotti. But HPRC members were frustrated at the same meeting with the design of a house Scott Torres […]