Please join me and vote “yes” on Measure D in Napa on the June ballot. Measure D will prohibit private helicopter and helicopter taxi service takeoffs and landings in Napa County.
Such a prohibition is necessary to eliminate noisy and accident-prone helicopter takeoffs and landings in our neighborhoods. Law enforcement, utility and emergency services are, of course, exempted.
The need for Measure D arose out of the Palmaz family’s request to the county for approval for a private helicopter port (whose request was denied by the Planning Commission), and the concern by the Palmaz’ neighbors that the county Board of Supervisors would overturn the Planning Commission’s ruling and grant the Palmaz’ request.
Imagine having helicopters take off and land on your neighbor’s property all day long.
Be prepared for dirty tricks and slick campaign advertisements in opposition to Measure D. Opponents will ascribe provisions to it which it plainly doesn't have, such as regulating helicopter air traffic or who may or may not be a helicopter passenger.
Also, beware of opposition from Sen. Bill Dodd. He originally opposed the ordinance, approved in 2004, which prohibits helicopter landings at wineries. He is back as the author of the argument against Measure D on the ballot in which he makes false assertions that Measure D will impede firefighting, medical services, and the replacement of power lines and poles.
Why would Dodd act on behalf of Palmaz family? Remember, it was the Palmaz family who made a half million dollar donation for the renovation of Dodd Stadium almost 10 years ago. Add to that the fact that Christian Palmaz donated $8,300 to Dodd’s campaign fund . Looks like Dodd obviously favors the interests of the wealthy Palmaz family over the rest of us, which is why his arguments should be taken with a grain of salt.
Don’t be fooled – join me and vote “yes” on D.
Retired Napa Deputy District Attorney
Editor's note: The Register asked Bill Dodd about the matters referred to by the author and he sent the following statement:
"Mr. Robert's emotional attachment to Measure D is impacting his memory. In nearly 20 years of public service I've demonstrated my independence. In fact, I voted to levy the largest settlement in Napa's history, $550,000, against Palmaz. When Mr. Roberts has no legitimate arguments, he resorts to personal attacks.
"Simply put, this initiative attempts to circumvent the Board of Supervisors decision currently on appeal. The BOS has the power to protect residents without risking the ambiguities and legal liabilities that the county's impartial 9111 report found with Measure D. In the last 50 years, there have been 3 applications for a heliport: one was denied, one was withdrawn, and one was just denied by the Planning Commission and now awaiting an appeal to the Board. As a steward of the taxpayers money, the liability risk significantly outweighs any perceived benefit.
"I am not against anyone, I trust the process. I was born and raised in Napa and I don't want anything, including helicopters, that would impact the quality of life for my constituents, let alone, my wife, children and grandchildren."
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