We would like to start by making it very clear that we love our beautiful Napa valley with its picturesque vineyards, amazing wineries and in turn the visiting tourist that come from all over the world to experience the magnificent valley that we all call home. They also bring a lot of revenue that unquestionably helps us pay the bills necessary to run any of our valley towns.
That said, when in enough, enough? Will there ever be a time when our local government listens to the people and sees what the people that elect them see, and in turn make decisions that make our living and working here a little easier. They should know that more and more is not always better, that too much can and will ruin our special valley. Having lived here for 86 years and living through the good, the bad and the ugly, the difference is easy to see and these approvals are both bad and ugly.
It is hard to believe that our current Board of Supervisors and City Council continue to approve more and more wineries and big, big hotels. The word “wine” in any request is automatically permitted after the dog-and-pony show put on by our elected officials. The number of hotels already built and those in the process of being either permitted or built is crazy.
The hotel on First Street is three stories higher than most of the other structures downtown and does not fit into our small town. Now the Wine Train plans to build a hotel, with at least three other new hotels in the process. What do the elected officials want us to become, another San Francisco or Oakland?
It is really distressing to think that if you have enough money and spread it around you can do anything you want even if it damages our land, fills every street with cars and or parking areas causing distress to the local people who live here. You are in the process of killing the goose that laid the golden egg and you don’t even know it.
We have a suggestion, vote out any and all officials who put out-of-town money above protecting the magnificent valley we call home.
Don and Alene Townsend