How lucky we are to have a place on the West Coast that so closely resembles the vineyards of France.
It takes about 11 hours to fly directly to Paris. Add another few hours to reach Alsace Lorraine which totals at least 14 hours to arrive at a place in Europe that looks anything like rural Napa County.
Here's a photo of the Vosges Mountains in Alsace, France - http://www.1france.fr/departement/88-vosges/img/images/Basse-sur-le-Rupt_Vosges.jpg
Compare the Vosges Mountain photo with the Angwin photo I submitted. Notice the incredibly close resemblance?
Indeed, we have a natural beauty in Napa County that makes one feel as though they've arrived in Alsace, France, minus the jet lag.
Why would anyone in their right mind want to pave over this Howell Mountain gem with 'look alike' houses? Once its gone, it will be forever. The asphalt that covers its farmland will never be peeled away. Tourists will be unwilling to make the two hour drive from San Francisco just to spend a day in urban Napa County. If Angwin goes to developers, it's a matter of time before Upvalley becomes urbanized.
If you live in the City of Napa, your drive to visit a place that looks like Alsace, France is only 45 minutes away. How lucky is that? It sure beats flying 14 hours. Enjoy it while you can because it might not be here for long.
Please vote YES on Measure U to protect Angwin from real estate developers; to preserve its beauty for both tourists and locals alike; and to not set a precedence for Upvalley urbanization.