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Liz Alessio has passion and integrity

It is no wonder Liz Alessio has been endorsed by the Napa Police Association, the Napa City Firefighters Association, Ed Henderson (former Mayor of Napa) Juliana Inman (former Vice Mayor of Napa) and so many others. She is a strong, passionate leader who wants to do what is right for the residents of Napa.

She understands the delicate balance of business and communities, and she understands quality of life in Napa Valley. She is a fourth-generation Napan and her granddaughter will be sixth-generation.

Liz is passionate, hardworking, insightful and has the integrity which is so rare in today’s politics. Watching the debate at the Napa County Library reinforced to me that she is the best candidate for the Napa City Council.

Sylvia Andrews, Napa

Narvaez has the breadth to meet challenges

Our city of Napa continues to move forward under the leadership of our Mayor, Jill Techel. We will continue to grow—and with growth have challenges. Housing will be a primary focus and need. This is the major issue facing employers and employees in Napa. We need leadership with realistic and timely solutions.

There are two council seats up for election. They need to be filled with candidates having breadth in our community to understand and the leadership skills to bring forth solutions to the issues before us.

Bernie Narvaez is such a person. Bernie—an experienced local business owner and employer—was named Latino Business Leader of the Year. He has served as a Napa Parks & Rec Commissioner; is a Big Brother, mentoring our youth. As a new homeowner, Bernie understands the tough housing environment. He wants to help both renters and buyers into market rate housing—and to help our employees stay in Napa.

Bernie has the breadth and experience to enhance the leadership needed on our Napa City Council.

Ballots are in the mail—time to vote. Please join me and vote for Bernie.

Brian Kelly, Napa

Dodd and Mott deserve your votes

Of course, I know all my fellow seniors will be casting their votes soon.

What I’d love to hear, after the votes are counted is, “Jeff Dodd is a winner.”

I’m his very proud grandmother, and he is running for the Napa College Board of Trustees. As his grandmother, I can vouch for his integrity, honesty, openness and his transparency, and forgive me Jeff, my grandson is also very kind. I love “kind,” don’t you?

He attended Napa Valley College, was raised in the Napa Valley and was involved in leadership activities growing up. He is an attorney who believes in abiding within the law. As I understand it, all elected officials must take a sworn oath proving honesty and commitment. Jeff has always taken his responsibilities seriously. I know that education is in the forefront of his passion.

As he and his wife Kelly will soon become parents, I’m sure they both envision their child having the best education opportunities. Jeff certainly values the community college system because of his own experience as a student which has laid valuable groundwork for him.

Please join me in voting for Jeff Dodd. I’m sure that you will not be disappointed.

Also, being an elder advocate, I’d like to also recommend a true friend of us seniors, our very generous Peter Mott. Let’s keep him in his seat on the City Council. He has the experience, the knowledge and he has a handle on what makes our city run smoothly. He’s honest and sincere and with Peter what you see is what you get, no hidden agendas.

I’m hopeful that my fellow seniors feel as I do, and vote to “keep Pete in his seat” as our City Council Member.

Betty Rhodes, Napa

A new hope for Napa Valley’s future?

Measure C, funded by the rich, was narrowly defeated by a smear campaign. A Napa Valley Popular Front emerges from the crucible of defeat. In November, this popular front is poised to gain ground on the valley’s rich and their Democrat Party proxies. Napa Greens spearhead the electoral insurgency.

A popular front is a coalition of centrists, liberals, socialists, and communists aimed to advance social democracy and economic justice, by mobilizing the proletariat against the far-right and winning elections. Historic cases, e.g. 1930s France and Spain, prior to Franco’s fascist takeover.

Napa Valley’s Popular Front is decentralized, comprised of autonomous players; most are Democrats and belong to liberal environmentalist groups, e.g. Vision 2050. A majority of people, loosely associated, with this popular front aren’t registered Green. Yet, Napa Greens lead the electoral charge to battle.

American Canyon (Jason Kishineff), Napa (James Hinton), and Calistoga (Don Williams) City Councils, St. Helena’s mayorship (Geoff Ellsworth), and Napa Valley College (NVC) Board of Trustees (BOT) (Amy Martenson, Beth Goff, and Xulio Soriano), are the only contested Napa Valley races.

While these candidates often differ in approach, they coalesce around a grassroots vision for local government. Kishineff, Hinton and Martenson are a Green trifecta; Hinton and Martenson are both endorsed by the Napa Valley Taxpayers Association, forging what Ralph Nader calls “the emerging left-right alliance to dismantle the corporate state.”

The Leninists would shudder to hear, but Napa Greens are Napa Valley’s revolutionary vanguard. While Greens don’t follow a dogmatic Marxist-Leninist-Maoist line, we’re the largest, by virtue of membership and ballot access, anti-capitalist U.S. political party; by virtue of affiliation, this makes Greens the valley’s left opposition. As for sex appeal, we’re the most viable electoral vehicle in town.

Amy Martenson fights a Goliathan battle for reelection against the Dodd Dynasty via J. Dodd, state Sen. Bill Dodd’s son.

Dodd senior, Republican-turned-Democrat, “misstated the facts” about Measure D during June’s primary, behind a smoke screen of public safety, e.g. Measure D will block PG&E’s helicopter access to areas for emergency operations. An impartial legal analysis in the voter guide says, “Measure D does not change or effect [current county code]” which grants emergency helicopter services and land sites.

Dodd sponsored SB 901, a PG&E taxpayer bailout bill. “PG&E is a six-time convicted felon from the San Bruno fire” and “corporate criminal” according to Harrington Investments CEO John C. Harrington. While one shouldn’t crucify the son for his father’s sins, J. Dodd and his dad both represent the same corporate interests. J. Dodd’s own record is swampy.

An “environmental lawyer,” J. Dodd worked for Syar against a citizen lawsuit to protect lower income neighborhoods from cancerous silica. He also works for the Halls, a bourgeoisie political power couple. In 2009, the Halls evicted residents from their mobile homes south of St. Helena. Shortly thereafter, they drafted plans to develop a luxury hotel on site. Alan Galbraith, St. Helena Mayor, said “the whole [project] looks semi-fraudulent. Maybe strike the word ‘semi’.”

In 2014, Amy promised integrity, transparency, and accessibly at NVC; she’s honored her campaign promises, e.g. meetings are videotaped/posted online, aligning board actions with California Ed Code, board uses data-driven planning/measurable goals. She’s the only trustee concerned about public-private partnerships, a neo-liberal policy whereby one cleaves public asset, like slices off a Thanksgiving Day turkey, to sell to the private sector. Why does the Dodd Dynasty oppose Amy?

Hinton supports clean air, water, and fights the downtown fat cats. He’s the only candidate opposed to Napa’s “City Hall, Taj Mahal,” a proposed public-private partnership with soaring public costs. A cannabis consultant, he recently led the NVR editor on a tour of ReLeaf in Vallejo, a “model for how [a Napa dispensary] should be built, secured, and run.”

Kisheneff’s, American Canyon, platform includes participatory budgeting, a glyphosate ban, a better skatepark, and to bejewel a farmers market along Highway 29, the valley’s crown, in Walmart’s parking lot. His main opponents are two incumbents; Mark Joseph, three-term Democrat, and David Orso, appointed to fill Belia Ramos’ vacancy. Orso publicly opposed Measure C.

Visit Napa Valley is a $10 million annual honeypot funded via a 2 percent bed tax (on top of the existing city 12 percent bed tax), self-assessed by the hospitality-government-industrial complex. Hinton and Kishineff both want to end Visit Napa Valley, raise the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to 14 percent, earmark 2 percent for workforce housing, and appropriate millions to support services for Napa Valley’s lumpenproletariat and blue-collar workers.

The rich killed Measure C and didn’t win the war. Measure C lost by a slim margin of 641 votes. We’re fired up. The coming battle in autumn is a chance to hold the line against local crony capitalism.

Alex Shantz, St. Helena

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