Sep 12, 2016

From St. Helena Star: Local nonprofits help Napa Countians become U.S. citizens

Sep 12, 2016, David Stoneberg Third in an occasional series Even though answering 10 questions on the government, history and laws of the United States wasn’t hard, I still got two wrong. I had studied the 100 questions and answers – or rather I had read over them a couple […]


Aug 25, 2016

From Napa Valley Patch: Legislature Passes Classroom Earthquake Safety Bill 2 Years After Napa Quake

Also, an update on the $7.8 distributions from the Disaster Relief Fund  August 25, 2016, Patch Staff On the second anniversary of the 6.0-magnitude South Napa earthquake, the state Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill authored by a local assemblyman requiring school districts in seismically active areas to safely secure […]


Aug 24, 2016

From KRON 4: Legislature passes classroom earthquake safety bill 2 years after Napa quake

August 24, 2016, Bay City News NAPA COUNTY (BCN)—On the second anniversary of the 6.0-magnitude South Napa earthquake, the state Legislature today passed a bill authored by a local assemblyman requiring school districts in seismically active areas to safely secure heavy furniture and fixtures in their classrooms. The bill authored by […]


Aug 24, 2016

From Napa Register: Two years after the earthquake, the Community Foundation is planning for Napa’s next disaster

August 24, 2016, Kevin Courtney On the second anniversary of the South Napa earthquake, the Napa Valley Community Foundation released a report detailing what became of nearly $11 million in recovery donations and ongoing efforts to prepare for the next disaster. The Foundation reports making cash payments totaling $5.4 million to […]


Aug 8, 2016

From St. Helena Star: Working with the UpValley Family Centers to become a citizen

August 8, 2016, David Stoneberg Second in an occasional series In 1994, Elsa Cairo Carlos, her husband and daughter left their native land of Peru and emigrated to the United States. Carlos is one of nearly 9,000 Lawful Permanent Residents living in Napa County who wishes to become a U.S. citizen […]


Aug 7, 2016

From Napa Valley Register: Napan Lomeli goes from battlefield to courtroom

August 7, 2016, Jennifer Huffman Bonifacio Lomeli of Napa spent seven years in the Army working as a combat medic, helping fight for his country. Today, he’s working toward learning a different form of “combat” – the kind waged in courtrooms or at mediation table. Thanks to the George and Gwendolyn […]


Jul 19, 2016

From St. Helena Star: Help on becoming a U.S. citizen

July 19, 2016, David Stoneberg First in a series Blanca Dixon asked me some tough and personal questions recently and I had to answer them. All 32 of them.The UpValley Family Centers employee asked about my life, my travels and whether I owe taxes (which I don’t), and whether I have […]


Jul 14, 2016

From The Aspen Institute blog: Getting to Know the New “Us”

July 14, 2016, Elise Hernandez For over a decade, the Community Strategies Group (CSG) has advanced practices and policies that help hard-working rural families earn more, keep more of what they earn, and grow what they have into assets over time. As more immigrants move to rural America, practitioners need new […]


Jun 24, 2016

From Napa Valley Register: Earthquake victims receive help from Habitat for Humanity

June 24, 2016, Register Staff Nearly two years after the magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit Napa County, Damian Uriarte’s family is just now beginning to recover from the damage. The Uriartes, along with several other families in Napa County, are receiving critical repairs to their home, including a damaged chimney box that left […]


Apr 1, 2016

From Napa Valley Register: New American citizens minted at Napa Valley College

Maria Sestito, April 1, 2016 Twenty-one people from 12 countries became U.S. citizens in Napa on Thursday — a day that also honors Mexican-American activist Cesar Chavez. The new citizens, who included four Napans, two people from St. Helena and a Calistoga man, read the Oath of Allegiance and waved […]


Mar 24, 2016

From Napa Valley Register: New U.S. citizens to take oath of allegiance next week

Register staff, March 24, 2016 Civic leaders and local residents are expected to attend a naturalization ceremony in Napa next week at Napa Valley College. In the last two years, 394 Napa County residents have become U.S. citizens through a nonprofit program called the One Napa Valley Initiative, but they have […]


Feb 18, 2016

From Napa Valley Register: Businesses rate SBA performance following Napa earthquake

February 18, 2016 •  By Jennifer Huffman In the 18 months since the August 2014 Napa earthquake, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved 982 loans totaling $37.2 million to Napa County businesses and residents. The data was presented at a round table discussion at Napa Valley College on Thursday morning […]


Feb 18, 2016

From Lake County Record-Bee: Thompson hosts SBA administrator

By Record-Bee Staff February 18, 2016 Due to its location, the roundtable discussion focused on the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and how SBA disaster loans were used to help small businesses, non-profits and others rebuild after the earthquake. Participants in the roundtable included officials from the SBA, the City and […]


Feb 10, 2016

From The Weekly Calistogan: Free bilingual tax preparation service

February 10, 2016 Getting anxious about filing your income tax returns? Don’t know where to turn for help? Well, here is some sound advice: Don’t ask Sherlock Holmes for deductions; go to the UpValley Family Centers (UVFC) in Calistoga and St. Helena, where trained volunteers prepare state and federal tax […]


Feb 5, 2016

From Forbes: Management Training In The Vineyard: Professional Development For Farmworkers

Note: Today’s post completes the series about quality-of-life topics that help define what makes Napa Napa, from healthcare to housing to transportation, in the daily lives of that region’s workers and residents. Farmworkers in Napa, as we described in the last post, are the best-paid agricultural workers locally, regionally, and nationally. […]


Jan 29, 2016

From Los Angeles Times: Obama administration is starting in L.A. to help immigrants become citizens

January 29, 2016 Sarah D. Wire    Obama administration officials are scheduled to meet in Los Angeles on Friday with Mayor Eric Garcetti, local nonprofits and business owners to discuss ways to encourage immigrants to become U.S. citizens. The meeting is part of a multi-city tour by the White House’s […]


Jan 11, 2016

From Forbes: The Surprising Face Of Immigrants In Napa: Sterotypes Versus Data

January 11, 2016 Cathy Huygh Note: Today’s post is part of an ongoing series on sustainability in the Napa Valley, and the pivot points of liveability that define this wine region. So far we’ve looked at the topics of healthcare, housing, andtransportation, and today’s post turns to the question of immigration. […]


Dec 30, 2015

From Napa Valley Register: TOP STORIES OF 2015, NO. 1: Earthquake aftermath

December 30, 2015  •  By Jennifer Huffman No. 1: Earthquake aftermath  Most Napans have moved on from the August 2014 earthquake. But for others, daily reminders of the quake and its aftermath remain. Evidence of incomplete recovery can still be seen as 2015 draws to a close: homes jacked up […]


Dec 28, 2015

From Napa Valley Register: Efforts continue to help Napa quake victims

December 28,2015  •  ROSEMARIE KEMPTON Napa is beginning to look like its old self again, but looks can be deceiving. “Contrary to the perception that everything is back to normal, it isn’t. Many places have not recovered from the quake,” said Mark Pope, a case manager for the South Napa […]


Nov 9, 2015

From KGO ABC 7 News: Napa quake victims save storage facility with donations

By Michael Finney, November 09, 2015 It’s been more than 14 months since the Napa Quake. The city is still rebuilding and Monday there was a milestone, one that 7 on Your Side’s Michael Finney helped bring about. Napa Self Storage was red-tagged in the Napa quake. The owners planned to […]


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