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Jane Anderson of AEquitas talks about the upcoming NVC Conference on Human Trafficking

A conversation with Jane Anderson. An attorney advisor at AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women,  Jane explains the realities and definitions of human trafficking today and gives us a preview of the upcoming conference at Napa Valley College on April 8th. 

Naturalization ceremony participants raise their hands and hold American flags as they are sworn-in as new U.S. citizens Monday, March 27, 2006, during the Naturalization Ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution Administration Building in Washington. President George W.Bush addressed the audience, saying that each generation of immigrants brings a renewal to our national character and adds vitality to our culture. White House Photo by Eric Draper
Naturalization Ceremony at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, about 20 new U.S. Citizens will be sworn in today, as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service celebrates citizenship at Napa Valley College.
Listen to our conversation with Sharon Rummery of the USCIS and two proud new citizens, Eseroma Puamao and Heriberto Herrera-Gonzalez.

The St. Helena Wars

St. Helena Mayor Alan Galbraith recently responded to some outrageous claims and misinformation made in a letter by a local citizen’s group.  (All linked here.)  The Mayor sat down with to talk about both the financial and existential crisis facing the only city in Napa County not experiencing economic good times.  

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BottleRock 2016

Another perfect Napa Valley event. Well done, well organized and reflective of the best that Napa Valley has to offer.  

It’s a reminder, especially as we come up to elections, that the Valley is doing so well.  Tourism has never been stronger, the wine business never better, restaurants, hotels and hospitality never stronger. Our economy, our environmental practices and our generosity are unparalleled.  So how come we still have complainers?   Didn’t see any of them at BottleRock!!

A major presentation on the state of the Napa Wine Industry


Richard Mendelson, Rob McMillan and Craig Underhill present to the Napa County Planning Commission on the state of wine distribution, sales trends, winery law and the economic factors impacting wine  sales, marketing and the economics of the Napa wine industry.

This Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 shows Jean-Charles Boisset, president of Boisset Family Estates, as he draws wine from a barrel-to-barrel dispenser at Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif.  Boisset Family Estates runs DeLoach Vineyards in the Russian River Valley region of Sonoma County, which has been selling what they call the barrel-to-barrel concept for more than a year, and recently launched the program at the company’s St. Helena-based Raymond Vineyards.      (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Jean Charles Boisset on the wine business, the Napa Valley and what wine is really about

As the debate continues as to what the Napa Valley should be and what the wine business is really about, it’s well worth listening to Jean Charles Boisset for whom the vineyards of Burgundy were his playground as kid and whose Boisset Family Estates is among the top 25 wine producers in the US.  

Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and what it means for the Napa Valley

Wine writer Suzanne Mustacich gives me an inside view of China’s desire to be a global wine power. A look at how they are buying 55 million bottles a year from Bordeaux, the problem of counterfeit wine and how China has already begun buying up Napa Valley Vineyards.

Election 2016

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Pedorza vs. Malan


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Wolk vs. Saylor



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Dodd vs. Yamada


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2nd District Supervisorial Race


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Karin Argoud’s reports on Travis Rogers and the Napa High Choir Program


Travis Rogers was the inspiration for this piece.  I was truly moved when I took my daughter through his class ( on a high school tour) and heard with my own ears the souls of the students through their voices, and saw with my own eyes- the desire and passion for singing that Travis Rogers taught these young students. 


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