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Chamber should advocate for affordable housing

Chamber should advocate for affordable housing

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As a member of the Napa Housing Coalition I was originally pleasantly surprised at Travis Stanley’s column representing the Chamber’s position on housing until I read the entire article ("Napa Chamber: Housing, housing and more housing in Napa," June 13).

He began by talking about the Napa housing crisis and how it impacts the members of the Chamber. Although he mentions affordable housing, attracting a workforce, and the needs of single family housing, the article quickly becomes an advertisement for the Napa Oaks project, where housing prices start at $1.2 million.

If this project is approved it would be similar to the Register Square homes with more than 50 percent sold as second homes and prices starting at $800,000.

Napa needs housing that is affordable for hotel employees, restaurant staff, farmworker families, and sales staff to keep open all of the great tasting rooms, restaurant and hotels that we now have.

As a major business organization in Napa, the Chamber should become involved with advocating for all levels of housing, instead of promoting a project that most of their members and employees could never afford.

Although it may be a coincidence that the attorney for Napa Oaks is the Chambers President, I would hope that the Chamber is not playing favorites with such an important issue as worker housing.

Sharon Macklin


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