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Save the Date

We are looking for volunteers for the Creek to Bay Coastal Clean-up Day!

September 20th
9 AM - 12 PM

BBQ Lunch Provided!

Click here for the details.
August 29, 2014


First there was the drought emergency, then there was the earthquake. Then three days ago I fell and broke my collarbone. So when 2015 rolls around, how shall I describe 2014? The year of the disasters? Certainly not. 2014 will be the year I got stronger. The year I learned new things, learned to cope, and became a stronger person. I often joke that one should never let a perfectly good crisis go to waste. This year has been no exception! Don't let these challenges pass you by. Instead, consider them opportunities to support your community and your neighbors.


You've received these updates every day this week and, frankly, you're probably getting a little tired of hearing from me. We will continue to send out earthquake updates as we get new information, but not every day. We will also keep the website updated. If you have any questions at all about the earthquake or any other city business, check the website or call City Hall. In the meantime, we will go back to our twice-a-month schedule for news updates.


National Latino Heritage Month


During National Latino Heritage Month we are all encouraged to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  In Napa County all kinds of fun things are planned.  Check their website.

Beware of Unlicensed Contractors


The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has issued key points to help avoid unlicensed contractors from preying on vulnerable disaster victims.

  • Any construction job that costs $500 or more in combined labor and material costs must be performed by a licensed contractor;
  • Don't hire the first contractor who comes along;       
  • Don't rush into repairs, no matter how badly they're needed;
  • Before hiring a licensed contractor, ask to see their license and a photo ID;
  • Always check the license number on CSLB's website and contact the business directly if you have any questions;
  • Don't pay more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less, as a down payment. There is an exception for about two dozen licensees who carry special bonds to protect consumers; these exceptions are noted on CSLB's website;
  • Don't pay in cash, and don't let payments get ahead of the work; and
  • Get at least three bids, check references, and get a written contract.
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Be sure to check with our Building Department at 647-4581 to make sure all permits are pulled as required. The City is waiving all residential permit fees for earthquake related repairs. The CSLB's Disaster Help Center has many helpful items on their website- check it out before hiring contractors to make repairs.  

Federal Emergency Request and Initial Damage Estimate


The Napa County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution on August 28th  to begin the process to request Federal and State aid following the Sunday morning earthquake. Declaration of a Federal emergency is necessary for areas sustaining damage caused by the earthquake to be potentially eligible for federal assistance programs. As part of this action, the Board of Supervisors requested a Presidential Declaration of a "major disaster," for Napa County and its local governments and that the President make all relevant assistance programs available to the County, cities, residents and businesses.


Each City affected by the earthquake adopted similar local resolutions earlier in the week. Officials from the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are expected in Napa early next week to begin the preliminary damage assessment required to verify the need for Federal resources. Staff at each City and the County continue to work on assessing damage to public facilities and infrastructure as well as privately owned homes and facilities. Using the HAZUS earthquake loss estimation model, the initial estimate totals $362.4 million in building, infrastructure and economic losses. Initial survey results show that more than 120 businesses in the wine and agriculture industry sustained damages totaling $48 million dollars. This figure is expected to increase as additional information is submitted and does not included losses a result of business interruption, lost tourism or lost inventory.  

Don't Misuse Disabled Placards - It Will Cost You!   



DMV issues "disabled person placards" to people who have a need for them. The placards allow people with disabilities to park closer to locations and to park without time limitations. Since the end of June, the American Canyon Police Department has written 32 parking citations and 10 moving violations to people who misused disabled placards. Most often, the situation has been that a person used a relative's legitimately issued placard to park in a disabled parking space, without the disabled person being present.


This inconsiderate behavior results in the spaces being occupied by a person who is not disabled, and disabled people either circling the parking lot or struggling to cover a greater distance to reach their destination.   In addition to issuing the violator a citation, the police will seize the placard and return it to DMV.  The disabled person may eventually get their placard back from DMV, but it takes some time and effort.  The fines range from $262 (parking) to $1,000 (moving) for each disabled parking violation.  Please think about others!  Don't misuse parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities. 

Parks & Recreation News

contact us at (707) 648-7275
100 Benton Way       

Program and Event Highlights:


We're happy to report that all parks and most of our recreation facilities were not impacted by the earthquake. There was some damage to the Recreation Center (next to the Senior Center) and the Community Gym stage and these facilities are temporarily closed. As a result, we have had to change the locations of some of our classes.  We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work through this. Parks and Recreation Staff are working hard to ensure the continued delivery of programs and services. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact staff at (707) 648-7275 with any concerns or questions.


We need your support and participation to help our new programs get off the ground! Please register today!


Upcoming activities:



Activity Date/Time



Baking 100 for Teens

6th-8th grade

Tuesdays - 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28


3:30 - 5 PM




Bollywood for Tots

Ages 4-7


Begins 9/9


Tues: 5-5:45 PM


Residents: $40
Non: $45
(per month)




Bollywood for Kids

Ages 8-12


Begins 9/9


Tues: 6-6:45 PM


Residents: $40
Non: $45
(per month)


Bollywood for Adults

Ages 13 & up


Begins 9/9


T: 7-8 PM

Residents: $40

Non: $45
(per month)


R.I.P.P.E.D. 4 Kids


Ages 6-11

Begins 9/5


F: 3-3:30 PM




After School Cardio Kickboxing for Teens



Ages 11-14


Begins 9/3

W: 1-1:45 PM



Zumba Kids with Cristina

Ages 6-11

Begins 9/3


W: 12:45-1:30 PM 


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