At our May 14th meeting, we:
- presented proclamations recognizing Certified Green Businesses in Napa County.
- presented a proclamation to Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer declaring May 2013 as “Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Awareness Month.” With regard to another agricultural enemy — the European grapevine moth — Ag Commissioner Whitmer reported to us that 33 moths have been found thus far in 2013 – a big improvement from the 100,000 found in 2010. It proves our program of detection and eradication is the right one, and is being delivered correctly. We also authorized renewal of a revenue agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for up to $1,818,363 for this calendar year for activities related to the European Grapevine Moth detection program. This revenue is not obtained easily; kudos to Ag Commissioner Whitmer and his team for this achievement.
- presented a proclamation to Frank Leeds for being named the 2013 Napa Valley Grower of the Year by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. [I was privileged to attend the Grapegrowers annual dinner later in the week, celebrating 39 years of preserving and promoting Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards (with more honoring of Frank at that event!).]
- accepted a donation from the Napa County Library Foundation for $25,000.00, to purchase databases for the library. Thank you, Library Foundation!
- appointed Ronald Abernethy as the new Napa County Public Defender, effective May 25, 2013, to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Terry Davis in 2012. I was privileged to serve on the selection review committee for this position, and believe Ron will do an outstanding job.
- had a joint meeting with the Napa County Planning Commission, to receive an update on, and discuss code enforcement.
- met as the Napa County Housing Authority (a change of hats for us) and voted unanimously to increase the daily room charge from $12 to $13 effective July 1, 2013. This will obviously increase revenue, which we need in order to have a balanced budget in the next fiscal year for the three housing centers.
- appointed Johana Guzman Navarro and Alex Shantz to the Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Commission. These two will make excellent Commission members. Alex has been very active in the community, and was President of the Associated Students at Napa Valley College from 2010 to 2011. Johana graduated from Sonoma State in 2007 and is the prevention coordinator at the Napa County Office of Education. Her stated reasons for wanting to serve on the Commission are a wonderful statement of the challenge and the goal: “Growing up in Napa I saw how gangs are real here. The majority of my friends dropped out of high school to do gang fights, jail, or teen pregnancy. I want to inspire our youth they have other options and get them involved in the committee.”