News & Opinion Pieces

Below are news articles and opinion pieces written about Measure C.  Click on the links below to learn more:

OP-EDS AND LETTERS WRITTEN OPPOSING MEASURE C

 

Editorials

Napa Valley Register Editorial Board: Our view -- The measures on the June Ballot, April 28, 2018 "We believe it is premature to take such a draconian and risky step....On this basis alone, we urge voters to reject Measure C."
St. Helena Star Editorial Board: Eroded confidence produces flawed initiative, April 4, 2018 "Measure C is a flawed ballot initiative..."

Op-Eds

Grapegrowers set the gold standard for land stewardship, Napa Valley Register, May 19, 2018
Measure C is not effective way to reach goals, Napa Valley Register, May 11, 2018
Measure C is not what it purports to be, Napa Valley Register, April 24, 2018
Napa County's Measure C is flawed by Stuart Smith, St. Helena Star, April 11, 2018
Napa County’s Measure C goes too far in attempt to curtail future agriculture, North Bay Business Journal, April 10, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Help prevent forest fires: vote No on Measure C, Napa Valley Register, May 24, 2018
"Watershed protections" in Measure C are non-existent, Napa Valley Register, May 23, 2018
The unnessary Measure C, Napa Valley Register, May 22, 2018
Measure C will hurt ag, small farmers, Napa Valley Register, May 19, 2018
Running fast and loose with the facts, Napa Valley Register, May 19, 2018
The facts lead me to vote No on Measure C, Napa Valley Register, May 18, 2018
An educated No on C, Napa Valley Register, May 18, 2018
Measure C is too burdensome and punitive, Napa Valley Register, May 18, 2018
Good farmers are stewards of the land, Napa Valley Register, May 17, 2018
Measure C fails to provide a better solution, Napa Valley Register, May 16, 2018
Initiatives are a terrible way to govern, Napa Valley Register, May 16, 2018
Measure C is not a wise use of initiative process, Napa Valley Register, May 8, 2018
Wine and grape industry relies on the land too, Napa Valley Register, May 5, 2018
The real truth on Measure C, Napa Valley Register, April 27, 2018
Measure C is the opposite of the Ag Preserve, Napa Valley Register, April 19, 2018
Explain the philosophy and science of Measure C, The Weekly Calistogan, April 13, 2018
Measure C won’t protect our hillsides, Napa Valley Register, April 8, 2018
The Devil is in the details, Napa Valley Register, April 2, 2018

When is a forum not a forum? Napa Valley Register, March 13, 2018

Sticking it to landowners isn’t the answer, Napa Valley Register, March 9, 2018

Forum on watershed initiative was biased, Napa Valley Register, March 7, 2018
Initiative will unfairly take property rights, The Weekly Calistogan, March 6, 2018
Initiative will further enrich the wealthy, Napa Valley Register, February 19, 2018
County officials have protected the environment, The Weekly Calistogan, January 20, 2018
 

NEWS STORIES ABOUT MEASURE C

Measure C proponents concede defeat of measure to protect Napa Valley oaks, watersheds, The Press Democrat, June 18, 2018 "A contentious Napa County measure that would have limited vineyard expansion into woodland areas is on track to fail by less than 2 percentage points, with 95 percent of the vote counted."
Latest vote tally shows Measure C is unlikely to win, co-author declares, Napa Valley Register, June 13, 2018 "Measure C faces a 632-vote deficit with about 97 percent of the votes counted, leaving it in need of a huge—and perhaps improbable—comeback if it is to pass."
Napa's Measure C falls further behind in Tuesday's result updates, Napa Valley Register, June 12, 2018 "The initiative, which led in the early going, is 313 votes behind, compared to 133 votes behind with the Monday update. More than 7,000 ballots remain to be counted."
Napa's Monday election update shows Measure C behind for first time, Napa Valley Register, June 11, 2018 "With Monday’s latest election results, Measure C trailed for the first time, though more ballots remained to be counted and the race remained too close to call. “No” votes for the watershed and oak woodland initiative totaled 10,886 and “yes” votes 10,753. Since Friday’s update, a 35-vote lead turned into a 133-vote deficit."
Napa's Measure C race still close after new batch of ballots tallied, Napa Valley Register, June 8, 2018 "Another round of election results on Friday saw Measure C a mere 35 votes ahead in what amounts to a statistical dead heat, with an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 ballots still to be counted in Napa County’s first all-mail-in-ballot election. Measure C, the oak woodland and watershed protection initiative, is ahead 7,998 to 7,963, or 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent."
Napa's Measure C fate may be unknown for days - or weeks, Napa Valley Register, June 6, 2018 "An epic campaign clash over Napa County’s Measure C is coming down to an epic, slow-motion finish that will take days, and possibly weeks, to unfold...(Measure C) led 7,191 to 7,149, or 50.15 percent to 49.85 percent."
Napa County's Measure C split in early voting; Measure D in the lead, Napa Valley Register, June 5, 2018 "Controversial Measure C, the watershed and oak protection initiative, held the slightest of leads and Measure D heliport restrictions a substantial lead in the initial election results released Tuesday evening. As of 8:01 p.m., Measure C was ahead 7,188 votes to 7,148 votes."
Got several years and several million dollars? You probably still can't plant a Napa Valley vineyard, San Francisco Chronicle, May 17, 2018 "Napa County has the strongest regulations on agriculture not only in the country but in the world”...that’s largely because hillside vineyard developments in Napa are subject to the rigorous standards of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA...“Napa is the only county in California that subjects an agricultural product like vineyards to CEQA."
Opposing Measure C campaigns aim to win hearts and minds of voters, Napa Valley Register, May 15, 2018
Napa County supervisors place oak woodland initiative on ballot, Napa Valley Register, February 28, 2018 “Dario Sattui said Napa County already has some of the most restrictive rules in the world for planting vineyards. ‘If this initiative passes, I think it’s the beginning of the demise of the wine industry in Napa County,’ he said.”

RADIO INTERVIEWS ABOUT MEASURE C

Measure C Debate (interview with Barry Martin of KVON: 1440AM)
Confused about Measure C? Dave Whitmer, Jeri Hansen-Gill and Phill Blake on Why Measure C Is A Bad Idea (interview with Jeff Schechtman of Napa Broadcasting)

 

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY THE NAPA COUNTY COUNSEL

 

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE C