It’s official — the watershed and oak woodland protection initiative will be on the June 5 ballot.
The Napa County Board of Supervisors approved the move on Tuesday afternoon, naming the initiative Measure C. The Board was scheduled later in the afternoon to take action on a Blakeley Construction initiative and an initiative to ban new personal use heliports.
Proponents gathered enough signatures from registered, local voters to qualify Measure C for an election. That gave supervisors the choice of adopting it as written or placing it on the ballot.
Supervisors heard from 29 speakers over two hours, almost evenly split among Measure C proponents and opponents.
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“I think both sides outlined where they are with this initiative and where the battle lines are on it,” Board Chairman Brad Wagenknecht said when the testimony ended.
One point of controversy was a Measure C informational report that the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 30 ordered staff to prepare. The law firm Miller Starr Regalia found possible legal flaws that it said might in varying degrees make the county vulnerable to lawsuits if the initiative passes.
Attorney Robert Perlmutter on behalf of Measure C backers found flaws with the Miller Starr Regalia report. These type of informational reports authorized by state law are supposed to be fair, accurate and impartial, he said.