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The Press Democrat: Sonoma County relaxes restrictions on in-law units to put dent in housing shortage


November 8, 2021 by Ethan Varian Sonoma County has loosened restrictions on in-law units to encourage construction of the “naturally affordable” small-scale homes in hopes of putting a dent in the region’s intensifying housing shortage. The Board of Supervisors in September approved updates to the county’s permitting rules for accessory dwelling units, also known as…

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Napa Valley Register: In the year since the Glass Fire


October 20, 2021 by Terence Mulligan One year ago today, the last Napa County wildfire of 2020 was finally contained. From the first lightning strike in mid-August to full containment of the Glass Fire in the second half of October, fires burned in our Valley continuously and ferociously for 65 days. Thousands of brave firefighters…

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Our Response to the Fires in Napa County


  The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is responding to the 2020 wildfires in Napa County. Read our Open Letter to the Community on the one year anniversary of the fires to learn about expenditures and activities to-date. On August 18, 2020 and September 28, 2020, respectively, Governor Newsom declared states of emergencies for…

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Our response to COVID-19 and help available


The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, about $5.4 million has been distributed to provide emergency financial assistance to more than 1,700 local families and farmworkers, and help more than 25,000 Napa County residents with essential recovery services, like medical care and counseling,  groceries, hot meals, legal and housing…

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The Weekly Calistogan: The gift of Engine 319


July 14, 2021 by Dana Cole One year ago the Calistoga Fire Department took delivery of Engine 319, a parting gift from a generous Calistoga donor, facilitated by the Napa Valley Community Foundation. When E-319 went into service last July, it was the newest, most state-of-the-art wildland fire engine in Napa County. It is also…

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St. Helena Star: New map will aid evacuations in St. Helena


July 6, 2021 for the Star A new map splits St. Helena into zones, in hopes of simplifying the evacuation process during fires or other disasters. The city is encouraging residents to “Know Your Zone.” During an emergency, zone numbers will be provided along with evacuation instructions. The zones will enable the St. Helena Police…

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