June 10, 2009 8:30 am -- update 1:June 11 5pm
Last night I attended the first workshop session of the Napa Downtown Specific Plan on the future development desires for the downtown Napa area. (Click here to go to the City's website: >> http://www.downtownnapaspecificplan.org/ ) I was surprised and disappointed by the fact that not all of the City Council members or Planning board members were in attendance. They could have at least showed face for a quick introduction and then thanked those many citizens in attendance for taking the time to care enough about Napa’s future.
The “no shows“, in my opinion, are basically telling the masses that they really are not very interested in what the regular citizens and businesspersons have to say about what they think for the future of Napa.
While on this subject, I have not seen or heard who was selected to sit on the 15-person steering committee, and certainly none were introduced last night. WELL, ON JUNE 11 IT WAS ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD BE INTRODUCED ON Wed., JUNE 17 AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE GROUP.
Kevin Courtney, Napa Valley Register, provided his summary of the work group sessions in his recent article. Click here: >>>> http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2009/06/11/news/local/doc4a30996309969919425609.txt
I previously presented many of my thoughts for the future of downtown Napa. Click here for the executive summary and the URL's following that are the various parts of my paper.>>>>>>> http://jolney.blogspot.com/2009/04/executive-summary-questions-about.html . You can also just continue to scroll down to read the three parts to my observations.
PART 1: http://jolney.blogspot.com/2009/04/downtown-napa-redevelopment-and-growth.html
PART 2: http://jolney.blogspot.com/2009/04/downtown-napa-redevelopment-growth-part_25.html
PART 3: http://jolney.blogspot.com/2009/04/downtown-napa-redevelopment-growth-part.html.
I also have generated some thoughts about the future of Napa County in terms of "locals" versus "tourists/Outsiders" Click here to read these thoughts >>> http://jolney.blogspot.com/2009/05/redevelopment-and-growth-for-napa.html