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Tha Napa City Council meets first as the Housing Authority of the City of Napa and then as the council. A 90-minute recess at 5 p.m. is followed by the evening session at 6:30 p.m. Agendas and supporting documents are posted at cityofnapa.org and the meetings are streamed live on the same site.

Click here to see the council's meeting schedule for 2011.

Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Right now a presentation on Trancas Crossing Park. Neighbors of the park complained at a previous council meeting that the city had violated environmental and safety rules in developing the park. Fire Chief Tim Borman is now explaining how crews had tested access to the park with an engine and had "no problem." Bridge holds 40,000 pounds -- fire dept.'s largest non-aerial truck weighs less than that and ladder trucks don't fight park fires.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Larry Mazzuca, Parks & Rec director's presentation followed by Public Works director Jacques LaRochelle as one by one, they address concerns neighbors raised about the Trancas Crossing park development, including safety and easements.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:04 AM
LaRochelle now addressing neighbors' charges that the park development violated environmental laws. Says there's been no word from Fish & Game or Regional Water Quality Control Board that city has violated its environmental permits concerning Salvador Creek.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:06 AM
LaRochelle acknowledges that mitigated negative declaration stated all work should be done in dry season, but maintains permits were obeyed. There was wet-season work done in the park, but "all mitigation measures were in place and there has been no harm to the environment as a result," he says.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:08 AM
LaRochelle says not sure about claim that unpermitted work was done along the Napa River, but that eradicating non-native species was part of the permit and that some of the invasive orundo (bamboo-type exotic) that was removed was slightly outside the permit area.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:09 AM
LaRochelle: Checked paperwork and there was no requirement that spoils be removed, but that approx 1800 cubic yards of material were off-hauled as against about 750 c.y. of materials added. So a net loss of debris, etc.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Parks Superintendent Dave Perazzo said trail was adjusted when it was discovered it had't been built as approved in the master plan, so some of the 750 c.u. of new material was used for that.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Perazzo: Fire break -- Row of redwood trees, from which there is a 15-foot buffer north to neighbors' property line. There will be a 30-foot "disked" buffer from the trees to the park and the tree branches will be trimmed to 6' above the ground.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Charge that city manipulated hydraulic calculations to change the base flood elevation. A consultant's flood analysis determined that the park work actually lowered the base flood elevation slightly, LaRochelle says, and a licensed civil engineer did the reports. "We did not manipulate any data at all ... I wouldn't put my license on the line for a $5,00 fee."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Six people have submitted comment cards and are about to take their turns at the podium.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:18 AM
A county resident of Big Ranch Road feels the park is inadequately safe because it is not completely fenced off.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Rebecca Santos of Big Ranch Road, "kittycorner from the park," has more safety concerns. In 2005-2006 flood, "water was almost touching the foundation of our home." She does not believe that more material left the site than was removed. If work affected the downstream area and "if I have water in my home this winter and that's documented, I hope the city is prepared."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Santos is also concerned that the park will attract homeless people. Next speaker is handing copies of a document to the council and staff. He is now waiting till the paperwork is passed along the dais. He is Jeff Santos.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:33 AM
The paperwork includes copies of emails between Parks Director Perazzo and fire marshal Darren Drake regarding the weight capacity of the bridge.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Jeff Santos charges "improprieties and corner-cutting" in the park development. Next up: neighbor Tina Brown, who says "corruption has infested the city's parks and recreation department and the public works department."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Tina Brown says no oaks were supposed to be removed, yet an oak was illegally cut down and removed (shows photo).
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Brown says streambed alteration agreement was violated by the contractor, despite what city says.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:42 AM
This will be a good story for the Register: Lots of documents and history. My head is spinning.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Neighbor Steve Brown is speaking after another neighbor, Jeff Moore, who said he is in litigation with the city. S. Brown says the city completely disregarded the law and caused negative downstream effects.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Officer Debbie Peecook has just quietly asked Steve Brown to step down from the podium, as he would not conclude his remarks for long after the five minute comment limit despite repeated requests from Mayor Jill Techel that he come to a conclusion. He finished up in a hurry.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Fire Chief Borman says his heaviest engine, fully loaded, is less than 40,000 pounds. No piece of equipment owned by city that would be sent to fight a fire in the park area weighs more than the bridge is rated to hold.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Mayor Techel says in the absence of being advised by authorities that the city is in violation, she's going with the staff report and heard nothing tonight to warrant further council review. Council member Peter Mott agrees and adds that he expects park will limit homeless activity in that area rather than increase it. Council member Mark Van Gorder, who did not vote for park, is "sad to see we've come to this point" with disturbed neighbors. Both members said they will visit the park and neighbors. Council member Krider is also sympathetic to neighbors but sees no health, safety concerns. After more than an hour, the item is finished and Techel has called for a five minute break "because one of the BOYS has to go to the bathroom."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:18 AM
They're back from the break for consent hearing calendar --that's the one where they vote on a bunch of stuff at once unless someone wants to pull an item off: And they will be pulling this one off! Amendments to Napa Municipal Codes, Chapters 9.50 "Loud and Unruly Gatherings and Chapter 9.70 Minor Alcohol Offense/Loud Parties: First reading and introduction of an ordinance proposed amendments to Napa Municipal Code Chapter 9.50, “Loud and Unruly Gatherings,” and Chapter 9.70 “Minor Alcohol Offense/ Loud Parties” including a provision allowing for the issuance of administrative citations and escalating civil penalties for repeat offenders, and the elimination of the criminal liability for these violations.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Officer Debbie Peecook is speaking about how community members worked with police to craft the proposed amendments.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Ordinances varied from municipality to municipality so that there was a more expensive fine for a loud party in Napa than St. Helena, etc. The proposed changes remove the criminal component and ratchet up the fines for violations of unruly party and "social host" ordinances. Also, the fines go up with repeat offenses whenever they occur, compared with existing ordinance that only considers repeat offenses within 24 hours.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:25 AM
City Clerk Dorothy Robert is calling for the public comment. Bridget Flynn, student at Justin-Siena, says underage drinking is a real problem. "Alcohol changes things" and makes teens more reckless, prone to accidents. "It is a bigger problem for teens as they are coming into adulthood."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Mark Van Gorder is asking the young people to pass the message on to their even younger friends. "Just keep the message going, that's what's going to keep people from going to these parties" ... The fine is "nothing compared to the worst things that can happen."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Jim Krider "This is a great way to save a life."
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Getting ready to discuss the first phase of development of the multiplex ... this is all in the staff report so I think I'll head out soon and read about it when my Register arrives.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) May 17, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Here's the agenda for the May 17 meeting: http://www.napa-ca.gov/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=93&doctype=agenda


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