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County should host forum on growth

County should host forum on growth

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Referencing Sean Scully’s recent editorial about our demographic future and his follow-up statement ("So what now?" Jan. 18), it’s great that the Napa Valley Register is reporting on Napa County growth issues and sounding a timely warning. It would be even better if the Register would call for an open public meeting rather than host a private one of so many influential officials.

Such a meeting of all the mayors and the board of Supervisors' chair should be held in public. Without a public process and professional experts to present information, how can the public know that there will be equitable, long-term substance to the discussions without likely political objectives? Such discussions should be part of a county General Plan update, following the state guidelines for general plans in California.

This is an important long-term issue for every person who lives and works here and the proper host for such a first summit meeting on county growth should be the elected governance body for the county, the Board of Supervisors. They should not wait until all the political camps have been formed and the editorials written but should get out in front with the legal public consensus process.

Sandra Ericson

St. Helena

Editor's note: Meetings of the Napa Valley Register Editorial Board are not open to the public, though the board has three members from the public. Nor is such a meeting a place where any binding decisions can be made. We will, however, raise the possibility of an open forum with the city and county officials.

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