The Ides of March in Napa

Bad day for Caesar, good day to: be kind to a teacher; be involved in local government; be curious about a new magnet arts program at Salvador Elementary.

1.  The day Julius Caesar was assassinated lives on as the day California teachers are sent “March 15” letters warning that they may not have a job in the next school year. For the unluckiest, another letter will come in May making the layoffs official. administrators can’t say yet how many teachers will lose their jobs. Lawmakers in Sacramento are deciding this week whether to give voters the chance in June to extend a set of temporary taxes that have been helping to keep the school system afloat. So if your day brings you in contact with public-school teachers, be kind. Theirs is an uncertain world.

2.  Tuesday in Napa often means a double dose of municipal meetings, which are cablecast on and streamed online from the government websites. First, our Napa County Board of Supervisors meets in regular session at 9 a.m. in the on Third Street. Here’s the agenda.

3.  Napa City Council meets at 3:30 p.m. in , first as the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency, which will transfer property to the city as part of a plan to outmaneuver California Gov. Jerry Brown’s intended closure of redevelopment agencies statewide. After a recess from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the evening session will include the council’s direction to city staff regarding a response to the recently-released draft environmental impact review (DEIR) for the proposed Napa Pipe development just outside city limits. Here's the agenda.

4.  Would you like to take a look at that draft environmental impact review (DEIR) for Napa Pipe? It’s here.

5.   The Napa Valley Unified School District scored a major federal grant last year to transform several elementary campuses into “magnet schools,” each with a different focus. Tonight, you can learn more about the new visual and performing arts program at . From 6 to 7:30 p.m., talk with the principal and lead teachers who developed the magnet program, and learn how an arts-oriented curriculum can help your child succeed. More info .


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