Former member of Planning Commission dismayed by attack on wine ordinance

2013-08-18T18:43:00Z Former member of Planning Commission dismayed by attack on wine ordinance Napa Valley Register
August 18, 2013 6:43 pm

It is a sad day when Andy Beckstoffer, a longtime figure in Napa Valley agriculture, would distort history and have us forget his own central role in the creation of the Winery Definition Ordinance (“Grapegrower challenges use of wine ordinance,” Aug. 15).

It is even sadder that he believes it is appropriate to use a phrase like “the Boissets of the world” to impugn the motives of someone whose project he opposes.

My first harvest in the Napa Valley was in 1978. Anyone around as long or longer than that has seen immense changes in the wine industry, but a central principle has remained, or even been strengthened: We have put in place land-use laws that keep the focus of this county on agriculture.

I sat on the Napa County Planning Commission; the commission is often the first forum where the county’s land-use policies are applied. Smear tactics by project opponents were rare, mainly because they reflect so badly on those who use them. It is too bad this lesson has been lost on Andy.

David Graves / Napa

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  1. Wineandfood
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    Wineandfood - August 18, 2013 7:52 pm
    Thanks for a very "to the point letter" David. Can you please come back to the Planning Commission? They desperately need your wisdom and historical perspective.
  2. winebroad
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    winebroad - August 20, 2013 9:56 am
    Nice to see someone finally pointing out what is really going on here. This whole issue is about Andy Beckstoffer and his fight with his next door neighbor. And the rest of us can go jump in a lake.
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