Allison Haley says she knew the job she was about to take in 2017 would be hard, but she didn’t realize how hard. From what we’ve seen so far, however, we think she’s up to it.

Too many governments seem to be slow to evolve online, continuing to use their websites as simple bulletin boards, or concealing valuable information behind outdated or user-unfriendly interfaces. So it was with pleasure that we encountered Napa County’s new web design at countyofnapa.org.

When the fire storms hit Napa County in October, our non-profit sector was able to spring into action, providing services of all kinds, from direct aid to people burned out of their homes to counseling and unemployment compensation even for people who lost no property but whose lives were up…

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The Oxbow bypass has already proven its worth as a piece of physical engineering, as it easily handled winter floodwaters that in years past would have inundated downtown.

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Like it or not, we are living in an era of legalized marijuana and we think it is high time that Napa County’s policymakers adjust to this reality.

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It is astoundingly easy to take for granted the advantages and strengths this county possesses. We are a small community, but blessed with great wealth, an active and educated populace, and a powerful philanthropic and non-profit culture.

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In our car-centric culture, it is easy to forget that you don’t always need four wheels to get around.

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For nearly three decades, the Wine Train has been something of a curiosity for Napa County residents – a tourist attraction that most locals never rode. To some it was a charming anachronism, to others a nuisance, generating noise and traffic disruption.

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Those trying to serve Napa County’s veteran population have a number of problems to overcome.

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Erecting a bunch of buildings and calling it a “city” is easy. Assembling a bunch of people and calling it a “community” is an entirely different matter.

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Few questions are as central to life in a community as “how good is my local school?” For such an important and seemingly simple question, as it turns out, there is no easy answer.

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After traffic and high housing costs, the complaint we hear most often from readers about life in the Napa Valley is some variation of “there’s nothing for families to do.”

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The performance of the Napa Valley Community Foundation in the aftermath of the 2014 earthquake has raised its profile in the non-profit world and given it a well-deserved seat at the table with government and other philanthropic organizations. It has positioned the foundation to expand its work and get the recognition it deserves.

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There is little question that Napa County is a relatively safe place to live. In many parts of the county, people think nothing of leaving their doors open and cars unlocked. People walking at night have more to fear from inattentive drivers than from muggers.

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In dark times, often all we can do is shine our own small light.

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The job of a district attorney may seem straightforward – to decide what kinds of crimes will be prosecuted and how criminal justice will be pursued.

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