November 8, 2016, Register Staff
Twelve new local United States citizens were honored Tuesday by the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
“What a special day, to recognize new citizens on Election Day,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, who attended the morning ceremony.
The honorees benefited from the One Napa Valley Initiative that seeks to help the 9,000 legal permanent residents in Napa County who are eligible to become actually become citizens. It was launched in 2013 by the Napa Valley Community Foundation, UpValley Family Centers, the International Institute of the Bay Area, On the Move, Puertas Abiertas and 125 donors.
One Napa Valley has helped 793 people submit applications to become U.S. citizens and 522 become citizens, a county report said.
“I want to thank you for picking Napa to be your new home,” Napa Mayor Jill Techel told the 12 honorees.
Representatives for Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, attended the ceremony.