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POTTER for PARNESS : A good trade for the City of Napa

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MIKE PARNESS is retiring in the middle of the city’s efforts to find a right way to build a new city hall.
Retiring Police CHIEF STEVE POTTER has already expressed interest, in our recent conversation, in being a City Manager.
He’d be a great interim City Manager, to start. He would provide continuity, common sense and a Win/Win for the City.

Food & Wine

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John Salmon Looks At Napa’s Proposed City Hall/Civic Center In a Whole New Way

Some people looks at things as they are and ask why, other ask why not?  This conversation with John Salmon should have us all thinking about new ways to approach a new City Hall for Napa.

 

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Aerial Photos Marked to Show Public Property Ownership in Napa

One Alternative to the Current Civic Center/City Hall Strategy

Opportunity Zone Map and Explanation

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Trump’s Trade War Encircles The Napa Valley

Over the past  several years, the Napa Valley has increased the amount of wine it exports to China.  In response to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, the Chinese have retaliated by placing tariffs on hundred of American products, including wine.  We decided to take look at how this might impact two Napa winery.  
We spoke to Michael Honig, President of Honig Winery and Vineyards, and Scott Meadows, the GM of Silenus Winery.

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Conaway / Schechtman: The Book, The Conversation

Jim Conaway’s new book, the final chapter in his Napa trilogy, NAPA AT LAST LIGHT, portrays our Napa Valley as a community trashed by vineyards and wineries, overrun with tourists and the rich, somehow immune from the immutable laws of business gravity and with a population that doesn’t know how to protect itself.  Only he, and those that were here in 1968, seem to know the “truth.” 
The arguments that wine has to literally be sold to real people in order to actually have real value, that the wine business, even in Napa, is a highly competitive, cost-intensive international business, existing in a world of distribution and retail disruption, seems to have no impact on Conaway.  From high atop his East Coast perch, he launches attacks on our Board of Supervisors, the Napa Valley Vintners and all of the institutions that have made our economy and our county so strong.
As so many small cities and towns across America are being hollowed out,  Conaway seems to resent Napa’s economic success, and longs for the days of yore.  Thank goodness the Butler Bridge is not a drawbridge, or I’m sure he would suggest pulling it up.
My conversation with Jim Conaway:

Napa Valley College

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Dr. Ron Kraft on the Growing Community Role of Napa Valley College

This 75th year of Napa Valley College is a transitional time.  Dr. Ron Kraft sits down to talk about the reasons for not going forward with a Bond issue right now, Napa Valley’s future job needs, how the college is responding to these local employment needs, and the improving working relationship between the college and every layer of the community.  Also, a look at how the college can help with the local housing needs.

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