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 returns free for those with…

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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. Here’s a closer look at…

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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. There’s nothing like looking stereotypes…

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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 for new foundations, scaffolding wrapped…

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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 Earthquake Recovery Group, which has…

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Creating a stronger community one new citizen at a time


When our immigration study revealed that Napa County has 9,000 citizenship-eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), aka Green Card holders, but many were not taking the important step towards achieving citizenship due to an absence of a robust legal services infrastructure, we launched the One Napa Valley Initiative (ONVI), a three-year campaign to create new citizens and a stronger community.…

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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 bulldoze the building with everything…

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From Napa Valley Register: How to help Valley Fire victims


October 01, 2015 3:15 pm  •  Register staff The Napa Valley Community Foundation released a list of organizations that have established special funds to accept donations for the Valley Fire victims. They include: North Coast Opportunities, Inc. distributed emergency relief aid after the Rocky/Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, and has a process in place --…

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