Sad to see Carter’s go
As one who has used Carter’s Biz Cafés at the Commanding Officer’s Quarters, I’m sorry to see that it will be closing. This action is short-sighted on the part of the city. Carter’s is an important asset to the city, one that attracts people who live here, as well as those from out-of-town. I hope the city will reconsider this decision.
I have a friend who operated a restaurant rent-free for 11 years because she pointed out to the landlord that she was providing a necessary service for the community. It isn’t unusual for that to occur. Not only is Carter’s Biz Cafés an asset to Benicia, Carter Rankin himself is an asset. Easy to work with, and always true to his word, Carter brings a very business-like, as well as a warm and personal approach to everyone he encounters.
Both of the nonprofit organizations that I work with—Carquinez Village and Benicia Literary Arts—have held events at this historic place. Carquinez Village launched with a party at the Commanding Officer’s Quarters. Many city officials were there. Benicia Literary Arts held the opening for Donnell Rubay’s book, “With a Dream So Proud: The Life of Stephen Vincent Benet” there. In addition, we’ve held workshops and writing groups at the building. I’ve attended other events such as the Film Festival and a series on TED Talks. The League of Women Voters has held their Meet Your Local Officials event there.
A lack of meeting places has been an issue for the organizations I work with and others as well. I hate to see this warm and inviting atmosphere go away! It would represent a real loss to the city. A lack of reliable internet is only one of the issues Carter’s business has had to contend with. I urge the city to reconsider this decision.