Pro-and-con forces for both Measure C and Measure D all created six-figure war chests for their June 5 election campaigns, though the financial distance between the Measure C forces is substantial.
Measure C is the oak and watershed protection measure that some say will help agriculture and other says will hurt agriculture. The wine community is providing the big contributions for both sides.
“No on Measure C” forces have raised $645,858. “Yes on Measure C” forces have raised $211,504, according to campaign papers filed last week with the Napa County Election Division.
Both sides have done such things as send mailers to residents — the “No on Measure C” campaign in greater numbers. As of May 19, the “No” campaign reported having $118,992 remaining and the “Yes” campaign reported having $21,320.
Donations to the “No on Measure C” campaign include $200,000 from Napa Valley Vintners, $25,000 from winemaker David Phinney, $13,915 from Duckhorn Vineyards, $11,369 from Pina Vineyard Management and just under $10,000 apiece from Opus One winery, Alpha Omega winery owner Robin Baggett, Alpha Omega winery, and C. Mondavi & Family, the campaign filings said.
Among the Measure C opponents are the Napa County Farm Bureau, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Winegrowers of Napa County and Napa Valley Vintners.
Donations to the “Yes on Measure C” campaign include $49,999 from vintner Warren Winiarski, $30,000 from grape grower Andy Beckstoffer, $20,000 from Leslie Rudd’s LRICO Services LLC, $18,000 from Monticello Air, LLC, and $10,000 from St. Helena Mayor Alan Galbraith, the filings said.
Measure D would ban new private-use heliports from being built in Napa County. Opponents reported raising $127,500 this year. Proponents reported raising $115,708, much of it last year.
As a backdrop, the Palmaz family is appealing a county Planning Commission rejection of its proposed personal heliport on Mount George a few miles east of the city of Napa.
The county Board of Supervisors is to hear the appeal on July 10.
The No on Measure D contributions include $46,000 from Amalia Palmaz, $10,000 from Julio Palmaz, $15,000 from Jessica Palmaz and $10,000 from Christian Palmaz.
Also, Bluebonnet Foods, LP of San Antonio, Texas, donated $35,000. The address given is the same as for Good Heart Brand, which on its website said was founded by are Amalia and Florencia Palmaz. The Palmaz’s Cedar Knoll Vineyards, Inc. contributed $10,000, campaign papers show.
Calistoga-area resident George Caloyannidis spearheaded the creation of Measure D. His family loaned $20,000 and contributed $20,000 to the effort last year, campaign financial reports show.
Contributions coming in between last year and May 19 include $20,000 from Winiarski, $15,000 from Donna Broder, $10,000 from vintner John Shafer and a number of donations in the range of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, campaign papers show.
(This story has been modified to add the Caloyannidis non-loan financial contribution)