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Napa City Update March 2015

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City encourages homeowners to take CEA quake survey

The city of Napa encourages homeowners to respond to a new survey prepared by the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) that is designed to shed light on seismic performance and retrofit techniques. This Napa survey is first-of-its-kind in California to study seismic performance of houses. The research data obtained from the voluntary responses of survey participants will help paint a picture of how houses performed and provide insight into effective retrofit techniques to be shared statewide. The online survey, offered in English and Spanish at, will take about 15-20 minutes to complete and is available through March 15 only. A $25 gift card is available to the first 500 homeowners who complete the survey.

Deadline extended for local Disaster Relief Fund

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund has extended the application deadline to March 31 and has increased the maximum grant award amount to $25,000. Eligibility for the Relief Fund is open to property owners of rental housing, commercial property or vacation rentals; home-based businesses; houses of worship, and nonprofit organizations (not including 501c3 designation, which may apply under another program). Grant dollars are available for those who have been declined by the SBA Disaster Loan program and/or a private lender (bank or credit union) or if earthquake damage exceeds loan funds received. For information, contact Mary Cervantes by phone at 707-256-7253 or by email at

Public input sought for Hazard Mitigation Plan

The city of Napa updates its Hazard Mitigation Plan periodically, and the latest update is underway. Residents are invited to review the draft revised plan and provide input by contacting Steve Brassfield in the Fire Department by emailing or by calling 707-257-9576. The deadline for comments is 5 p.m. Friday, March 13. A link to the plan will be found on the home page at

Get rid of old tires the right way

Napa Recycling & Waste Services has partnered with the city and county of Napa to provide a free waste tire amnesty period through March 31 for NRWS customers. Proper recycling prevents waste tires from becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes or fire hazards. The coupon received by NRWS customers in their March billing allows for the legal transport of up to 19 tires for free recycling where there is usually a charge of $5 per tire. Users should take their coupon and tires to the Napa Recycling & Composting Facility at 820 Levitin Way in American Canyon between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. For information contact NRWS/NCRWS at 707-255-5200.

Hands Only CPR training offered

Napa City Fire Department and Napa Parks and have teamed up and set a goal to have 5,000 citizens trained in Hands Only CPR. The next learning opportunity is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Fuller Park, 560 Jefferson St. Hands Only CPR (sometimes called Community CPR or Gorilla CPR) uses no rescue breaths, confusing ratios or numbers. Click on “Hands Only CPR Initiative” in the Quick Links menu at for information and additional training dates and times.

Home composting workshops ahead

Learn how to turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into wonderfully rich compost to use as a soil amendment or mulch in your garden. Discover the basics of backyard composting, worm composting and grass-cycling. Become familiar with tools, techniques and types of composting bins. All this knowledge on home composting can be gained at upcoming, free Home Composting Workshops that will be held from March through September at locations in the city of Napa, American Canyon, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Interested persons see complete details and register at

Get action, stay informed

When you see something that needs attention — a broken sign, a pothole, a tree in need — use our online Service Center to submit a Service Request. The Service Center can be used from any computer, tablet or smartphone (the app is available for the iPhone from the Apple App Store and for the Android from Google Play. A Windows version of the app is in development.) Service Requests can be made in 27 categories, adding a photo if desired. The Service Center also offers a database of Frequently Asked Questions.

To receive short-form information of interest to city of Napa residents, connect with the city on social media. Find the city of Napa on Facebook at or follow city of Napa on Twitter @cityofnapa. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for NextDoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, at To register for public safety advisories and alerts via text message and/or email, go to To sign up for the weekly city of Napa NewsWeekly by email, contact Barry Martin, community outreach coordinator, at or call 707-258-7843.

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