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.
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.
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.
In our car-centric culture, it is easy to forget that you don’t always need four wheels to get around.
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.
Those trying to serve Napa County’s veteran population have a number of problems to overcome.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
In dark times, often all we can do is shine our own small light.
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.
The Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga is owned by all taxpayers of Napa County and could be a remarkable public amenity for everyone, not just nearby neighbors Upvalley. The Napa County Fair itself is a cultural icon that should be continued and expanded.
It would be easy to conclude that this election marked some kind of sea change for the Napa County Board of Supervisors, but a deeper look suggests the picture is more complicated than that.
As the nation’s bloodiest and bitterest war ground slowly to an end in 1865, newly reelected President Abraham Lincoln faced his second great trial.
The last 10 years have been rough for Napa Valley College, including the death of a well-respected president, acrimony over his short-tenure replacement, two failed bond elections, a bitter election contest for trustee in 2014, and some turnover and personal turmoil on the board since then.
As we have noted previously, no other right is as well established in the Constitution as voting. No other specific right is mentioned more often in the Constitution than voting.
District attorney is one of those offices that’s easy to forget about unless you’re entangled in the justice system. But the office of DA is an important one.