We, the residents of Napa County, need a town hall meeting.
We need to hear why the county and other public officials bend over backwards to support development that has an enduring negative effect on our environment yet are so unresponsive and at times downright hostile to the community they are supposed to serve.
We need accountability from our elected and appointed public officials.
Syar and the county, for example, have been working 5 years 8 months and 14 days to craft an environmental impact report that is so deficient it cannot possibly inform the Planning Commission, let alone the English-speaking public about the effect the 35-plus year surface mining/asphalt production and recycling will have on the environment and our city's health and well-being. Our Spanish-speaking community will never be able to participate in the environmental review process since the county refuses to translate the critical documents into Spanish.
The Planning Commission allows a resident just three minutes to comment on hundreds and hundreds of pages of confusing, contradictory, inaccurate and outdated information.
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Instead of being thankful for concerned residents who have taken the time and made the effort to review the Syar environmental impact report and conduct independent research, one planning commissioner complained at the Feb. 18 meeting that he had gotten a couple of hundred emails from the public on this project and he would not read any more.
Five years 8 months 14 days vs. 3 minutes.