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Richie Landucci July 22, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Richie Landucci July 22, 2014 at 03:43 pm Hope they'll be selling birth control items as well,Read Moreheh! SERIOUSLY, Napa was ill-planned for the traffic that is continually being generated by more wineries and housing. As it is RIGHT NOW, Napa is years behind any measures that could alleviate the present congestion that is multiplying as I write this. Seriously. Does no one truly understand the exploitation that is creating a "Rat Race" quality of living in Napa? There is currently insufficient road-space to handle the multitude of traffic, plain and simple, unless it is now normal to sit in an idling vehicle at 4 bux+ a gallon of gas crossing the toen of the 5 minute stop lighjt!
Chuck Dyson July 22, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Justin Siena already tried to have a 143,000 square foot Lowes approved and Lowes bailed out dueRead Morecur rent domestic economic issues and other things. How pathetic is it that a small private Catholic School has to get in bed with corporate America to fund the things they want to do . Robert Jordon (President of Justin Siena) is a total joke and has no concern for the people of Napa or his student body. The area is not zoned for commercial use nor can Hwy 29 and Trower and Wine Country Ave cannot handle large trucks or more traffic for that matter. Do you know how much tax revenue Justin Siena brings to the city and county of Napa ???? ZERO they are exempt.
John Richards July 22, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Why would OSH want to leave their current location? It seems well-suited.
RLWeaver June 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Why is it that people always attack private schools when they try to build or expand their assets.Read MoreP ublic school never get they same look or scrutiny. For instance when Napa High decided to build a huge non-public access football stadium in the middle of a prime real estate location in central Napa there was no public fuss or complaints. JSHS is leasing some of its commercially zone property that lies on a major thoroughfare and next to a railroad line and some of the neighbors act like they're building a prison or sewage plant. This is useless land that no one will ever build homes on. Its only good for commercial ventures and I can't think of a better draw than a home improvement center with the economy turning North. Its amazing how little respect private schools get from their neighbors. Maybe if JSHS was more like NHS or one of the other schools in the county they could garner some respect from he neighbors.
Ken Tubman June 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM
What about that butt ugly arts building the college has on campus? Looks more like a detentionRead Morecente r. Nobody complained. What about all those modular rat infested classrooms at Napa High? I did not see any lottery funds money going into improvements there. Justin Sienna has been there over 40 years. They need the money from this redevelopment to rejuvenate their physical plant. No one else is giving them hand outs. What about all the wine bars, etc, etc, etc. What about all the higher high rises being built downtown? No body is making a big fuss over all that. I believe the last graduating class at Justin had 100% of their graduates go on to college. That's a good thing for the community. Knock off the "Not In My Backyard" campaign!
sam Parker July 01, 2014 at 01:19 AM
Apparently neither of you have read any of the articles or reviewed Justin siena's applicationRead Moreafter reading your comments. First, Justin Siena's property is not zoned for commercial purposes it is zoned for Quasi-public and residential use and was never in fact intended to be used for commercial purposes which is why their application requests a general plan amendment and zoning change- signifying a significant change in the intended use for this parcel. Second, this money is not going to be used to renovate or expand the school's campus. If you can believe it, the school says that all of the money is going towards funding partial scholarships for only 150 children. So, the school could easily raise that money through proper fundraising as they did for the $2 million that they raised for their sports fields. And of course the school should have a 100% graduation rate. It serves primarily the elite and wealthy in the Napa Valley region and charge $15,000+ per year for a child to attend their school. Why should residents and neighbors have to take a 5 to 10 or more percent reduction in the market value of their home because of this project so that the school can fund scholarships for a few dozen kids? God forbid they might have to attend one of Napa's good public high schools like 90% of Americans do. This is simply a money grab and is wrong for our community and neighborhood. Clearly, you must be affiliated with the school in some manner, do not live in our neighborhood, or are not familiar with the horrendous traffic that already exists in our neighborhood.
Mark shuttle June 03, 2014 at 05:46 PM
While you are digging up dirt on Banducci, do some looking into the chief of american canyon'sRead Morecolor ful past..... Should have been fired!
Mark June 04, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Sheriff Robertson remains in office. Had no worries about the right man for the job.
Mark shuttle June 04, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Yes the people have spoken. What did you find out about the current chief of American Canyon??Read MoreRight man for the job has the wrong woman for chief. Congrats to john Roberson, but he has skeletons in his closet like we all do!!
Prickly Pear June 02, 2014 at 12:11 PM
boo hoo! Life is so tough
jack schultz June 04, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Gee, and boo hoo like Prickly Pear said. It happens once a year, I am sure that there are parkingRead Morei ssues when there are other events being held downtown and/or even the Chef's Market. FYI there is parking located outside of Napa for the event at Napa Pipe. Maybe the city and /or Bottlerock could organize the taxi cab situation better so that could be a viable form of transporation....It just seems there is a very vocal minority that is dead set against Bottlerock or any nice music event be held here! Shame on you, trying to ruin it for all the music fans. It is a great event for Napa!
Michael Jordan June 08, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Um, we walked by that very garage on Friday afternoon. I asked the parking attendant what theRead Moreparkin g situation was, he said he was only there to let people know that you can only park there for 3 hours... So I don't see what the problem is.... But nice rant....
Larry Cereghino June 01, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Yes== we all love to park in front of our Home-- this is one week end a year--all the people thatRead Moreca me to Bottle-rock had hotel rooms in Napa--Downtown Napa was hoping--I walked down--took a look--with this many people in town--they were all being good--Lets see what the total's say in $$$$$$$$$-- keeps eveyone working on what could be just a quiet week end in Napa..
A.R. June 01, 2014 at 02:59 PM
I saw people standing on the streets telling people they couldn't park there. I assumed that'sRead Morewhat they were doing! Alwastao, some of us were born and raised here and don't want the tourism! WE don't encourage this! The newcomers do! I honestly wouldn't mind it, if they also focused some on our kids and families! We live here because it was a great community to raise kids in and was safe, etc. Now there is nothing that focuses on that! It's very sad.
A.R. June 01, 2014 at 03:01 PM
It also is frustrating for the people who live there if they rely on the street to park one ofRead Moretheir cars. Otherwise, I think it's silly to just block the street. However, maybe they don't want to hear the drunk and/or stoned idiots when they get done and don't want them hanging out their talking that late at night. Just a thought.
Kim June 04, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Wrong! Old habits die hard, but people will start reusing bags once this law passes and they haveRead Moreto pay for bags. It IS an environmental issue. Who do YOU work for? Do you stand to loose income because of this? It's not about saving money on garbage collection. It's about sea life with bellies full of plastic bags discarded carelessly. It's about animals with plastic bags wrapped around their bodies and necks. It is not necessary! I use reusable bags every day. Those bags are not going into a landfall or the environment. They go back into my car and I use them again and again. Any single step we make may not save the environment, but it will certainly be a step in the right direction. One step at a time and we will get where we are going.
Kim June 06, 2014 at 09:45 AM
I don't know where ou get your bags from, but I have bags I've used for years and years. When didRead MoreWF in Napa open? Go back before that. Not one of my bags has landed in a land fill. For that matter, any thing you reuse and any way you avoid sending items to the land fill is a positive. I don't know where you gat your info, but you are misguided and part of the problem if you think continuing to use something that is discarded is better than my reusable items that are made from recycled materials themselves.
Ana Gong June 06, 2014 at 01:35 PM
I've been a bagger and checker back in the days where there was only paper and up to when you wereRead Morep aid to use the reusuable bags. I also do the shopping for the family. Do you ever wash your bags? Mine never make it past a few washings. To equal one plastic it has to be washed 131 times. 262 times to equal one plastic bag used twice. At the store we would get some that were really gross too. People usually keep them on the bottom of the basket and pile all their stuff on top. Then get mad because we bagged their items, because we didn't interrupt their phone call, or when we ask, we have to wait for them to get them from the car. Making the people behind them glare at us. As for the ordinance I know the real people behind it are the corporate retailers that already have you checking your own groceries. Now they will have you paying for your own bag, and don't care about the trees. My sources are the very sources that you use for your information. You have to dig for the real truth and use their sources. FYI it doesn't take thousands of years for a plastic to dissolve. The ordinance does not prevent the consumer from buying his own bags. This is where your logic is faulty. Those plastic bags can be bought for under 2 cents a bag, put in a tiny container and take up a small amount of room in your purse. More convenient , more sanitary and easier than carrying 10 reusable. FYI only 11 percent is actually discarded after one use. They are are used for litter, trash bags, etc. I can list 60 ways. Soooo, plastic bags are bought to replace the one that were once given out. How does that reduce? So your bags will never go to a landfill? Plastic can go back to being a plastic bag. Closed loop. Something your bag can't claim.
Rachael Clark May 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I agree with Robin. " Out of state conferences and vacations are two, completely separateRead Morething s; as such they shouldn't be equated together here in trying to prove how Mr. Lieberstein spends his time. Work conferences always require time away for home and long days of business sessions and networking functions (where most business gets done). Conferences are no picnic - they're hard work. As far as the location of the conference -- really?" As far as Darlene Elia having video of our DA? That is strange. Maybe if she focused on following the law and officers doing solid cases they would have more convictions. Also, I am very glad to see video and audio on officers today. That is AWESOME!
jack schultz May 28, 2014 at 06:41 PM
I won't be voting for him. He arrogance is too obvious, we need someone to do the actual job - not Read Morethe party circuit.
Richie Landucci May 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Taking advantage of all and every ostensible "perk" in the position of Napa DA,Read MoreLieberstei n may seem dedicated to the job, but most certainly not dedicated to the WORK, as the late DA Jim Boitano actually was....
J. Roland Wagner May 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM
The Chief Justice has done nothing that many other justices and politicians have done. Does anyone Read Moreexpect the Chief Justice to go around without security in this day and age of "nut cases" shooting anything that strikes their fancy? Cohen wrote this article intending to paint the Chief Justice in as poor a light as possible. Her editors should put a neck chain on her before she runs further afield espousing her personal agenda as "news". And, what does the Scotland mess have to do with anything? It was Cohen's effort to bolster her attack with irrelevant material.
Russ May 14, 2014 at 09:30 PM
We're hearing that many of the downtown Napa restaurants are closed for the evening, at least until Read Morethe power goes back on. PG&E estimates 8 pm.
Susan C. Schena April 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Link to story:Read More http://napavalley.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/bakers-join-together-for-dessert-f undraiser-for-family-of-little-lakai
Elaine June 01, 2014 at 11:43 AM
So glad we are going to have more shopping options! People protested Trader Joes and Whole FoodsRead Morecla iming parking and having to take a few more minutes to find parking. seems we survived that terrible crisis....People were aghast at another Target but it is so nice not to have to go thru town to shop at one of the only stores we have for kids clothing and, now, groceries. . We are encouraged to buy Napa but have few options, especially for home improvement (Home Depot is inadequate to say the least). Most families are trying to save money and traveling outside Napa to shop also incurs spending more on gas.. What about Justin Siennas' right to develop their privately owned property??. What if one of you wanted to develop property you won and were denied?? The shoe on the other foot often does not feel so comfy. And considering the lines at most grocery stores it will be nice to have another choice.
Elaine June 01, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I am so looking forward to having more options to shop in Napa. Home Depot is miserable to shopRead Morein.. And Orchard is expensive.. so grateful to have a Lowe's coming to Napa. Another grocery store.. considering the lines at most grocery stores I am glad for another option. Protests were loud and long about traffic when Trader Joes and Whole Foods came to Napa.. seems we survived that 'terrible crisis'.. nice when Peet's opened their store, too. The parking certainly has not deterred people from shopping at Bel Air. The outcome is more jobs, more options. good for Napa. The icing on the cake will be when Costco can open a store here. There does not seem to be much empathy for people just making ends meet and needing as many options for saving money as possible. And competition is always good. Home Depot is unkempt, some employees not helpful, and not exactly a well kept store. Maybe they will make an attempt to straighten up their act once Lowe's is here..
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