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Is A Regional Jail The Best Answer For Napa

With the defeat of Measure Y, what’s the County to do about a new jail?  Can we actually afford a new facility, or is a regional approach the best and only answer.  

A Conversation with Napa County Sheriff John Robertson:

Water, Forest, Oak Woodland Initiative rejected!


Sometimes a bad week is really bad.   Just days after voters overwhelming rejected Chris Malan and Vision 2050, Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur, under the advice of County Counsel Minh Tran, has rejected as legally insufficient, their proposed WATER, FOREST and OAK WOODLAND INITIATIVE.



Napa Valley College Graduation Ceremonies 2016.  

Opening Remarks and Introductions (Recorded 5/27/2016)

Individual  Speeches


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.

Food & Wine

A Simple Idea Puts Calistoga on the Road

Sometimes the best ideas are the simple ones.  With so much talk about grandiose ideas for transportation and housing, Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning leapfrogs ahead with a simple idea.



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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.  

Election 2016

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Measure H Passes

There is a great deal of joy at NVUSD Headquarters as the latest and near final vote count indicates that the $269 Million NVUSD Bond will pass. 


A Ramsey County elections technician goes through a pile of ballots, rapidly seperating the ballots into three piles, one for Emmer, one for Daytonand one for other gubenatorial votes at the Ramsey Co. Board of Elections in St Paul, Monday morning November 29, 2010.  (Pioneer Press: John Domanl)

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(A Special report)

With Chris Malan getting only 13% of the vote….a 3% increase from when she ran 16 years ago….you would think, it might put an end to the “Water, Forest & Oak Woodland initiative.”  The measure, if it ever does get on the ballot (unlikely at this point) it is going to go down faster than those trees it talks about. 

With the overwhelming defeat of Shepp, maybe we can begin to stop wasting time listening to Vision 2050 (now more commonly referred to Vision 1870.) However I guess the 2050 people don’t care about the election results, since they think we’re all dying of cancer anyway.  Time for them to Shepp out!!

The one surprise, I think, was the fact that Measure H, the NVUSD Bond, didn’t make it over the top.  The district ran an excellent campaign, had buy in across the district and still couldn’t get it done. Just how far down the list is education, as a priority in Napa?

What’s next for the Napa County Jail? Stay tuned for more information on this.

In the marquee race, in Supervisorial District 2, it’s going to be an interesting runoff between Ryan Gregory and Mark Luce.  Based on the numbers we’re seeing, we will go on record now predicting a win for Gregory.  For a Board of Supervisors that once, not all that long ago, had Mel Varrelman and Harold Moskowite, think what a refreshing change it is to look at a Board with Alfredo Pedroza, Belia Ramos and perhaps Ryan Gregory.  It’s truly the birth of a refreshing new generation here in Napa

Congratulations of course to Bill Dodd. While he’s still has to run, one more time, against Mariko Yamada, it should be an easy race.  It will be interesting to see if Mariko goes negative once again, with the help of her evil Benicia twin Elizabeth Patterson.



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Pedorza vs. Malan


Alfredo Pedroza Alfredo Pedroza - headshot for web - January 15, 2015

Dodd vs. Yamada


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2nd District Supervisorial Race


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Ryan Gregory  Headshot of Ryan



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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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