Although Measure U was defeated, at the very least, it put Howell Mountain into the hearts and minds of Napa County residents. Previously, Angwin was nothing but an out of sight, out of mind somewhere dot in rural Napa County. Measure U made Howell Mountain visible.
The Measure U campaign was a grass roots effort which could not compete with the nearly half a million dollar campaign run by Pacific Union College. Sadly, and we all know this, money buys votes.
Nevertheless, I think that many of you who gave your support by voting yes, and even those who voted no (putting trust in local government to control growth in rural Napa County), will stand by us as developers emerge from the woodwork.
The community of Angwin will need your support in the months to come. We need to think beyond Measure U at this point. One defeat doesn't equate to entirely giving up.