(9B) Celebrating Latinx Heritage in Napa County

The Board presented the Latinx Heritage Committee with a proclamation recognizing the County’s Latinx community and the significant economic contribution they make as well as the profound positive influence they have on our community through their strong commitment to family, faith, education, hard work, culture, and service. Please join me in celebrating our Latinx community and be sure to visit NapaLatinx.org for a list of ceremonies and activities that honor this wonderful community from September through November.

(9C) $1.25 Million in Funds for Housing!

Approved a loan for $500,000 with Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) and a grant for $750,000 awarded through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) that will be used to fund the Manzanita Family Apartments in Napa. This housing development will include 50 income-restricted units with a mixture of one, two, and three-bedroom units. In exchange for the use of HEAP funds, six units will be set aside to provide housing to individuals or families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Construction is anticipated to start in spring 2020 and completed in 2021.

(10A) Commercial Cannabis

At this week’s meeting, the question at hand (asked at the last Board meeting) is what happens when our current moratorium on commercial cannabis ends in December and can’t be extended any longer. After hearing from a number of community members and industry organizations, and deliberation, the Board directed staff to maintain the status quo by preparing an ordinance explicitly prohibiting the commercial cultivation, manufacturing, and/or retail sale of cannabis in the unincorporated area. A draft ordinance is scheduled to come back to the Board for consideration at the October 15, 2019 meeting.
The Board also directed staff to hold a series of public outreach meetings beginning in January 2020 to hear directly from the public their opinions regarding commercial cannabis activities. This will allow the Board to be better informed before deciding what, if any, types of commercial activities may be allowed in the unincorporated area, where they may occur, and to what extent. Upon completion of these meetings, staff will return to the Board in April 2020 with a summary of the comments received and recommendations regarding next steps. Stay tuned for future meeting dates!

(10B) Appointments

Congratulations to those appointed to the Napa County Airport Advisory Commission:
  • Appointment of Jack Bergin, Thornton Bunch, and Todd Walker representing the general public
  • Appointment of Christian Palmaz representing the wine/hospitality industry
  • Appointment of John Kempkey representing the local Chamber of Commerce
  • Appointment of Ronald Kraft representing the local education industry
  • Appointment of Kristen Gregory representing the Napa Airport Pilots Association
  • Appointment of Andrew Mazotti to act as the non-voting Liaison between the Airport and Planning Commission

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting…

Join the Board on September 24, at 9:00 a.m. on the third floor of the County Administration Building — 1195 Third Street, Suite 310, Napa.