Deb Preston

Santa Monica Coastal Zone: Vintners Lose Challenge to Local Coastal Program Ban on New Vineyards

From the California Land Use and Development Report April 24, 2020 A California Court of Appeal upheld denial of a petition by vintners challenging the prohibition on new vineyards within the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone in deference to the California Coastal Commission’s finding that viticulture adversely impacts sensitive habitats, water quality, water supply, and …

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Maintain public lands, for the sake of freedom

“When the Trump administration drastically shrank Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, it represented a win not for regular people, who protested the change by the millions, but for big business. The monument’s revised boundaries conveniently stripped protection from areas containing uranium, coal and oil deposits.” Debate over Public Lands is Becoming Increasingly Vehement Antonia …

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Eyes on Napa: Meet the Candidate for District 4 who is “Putting Locals First”

Napa Vision 2050 is endorsing candidate Amber Manfree for District 4 Supervisor of Napa County Amber Manfree’s kick-off event on December 6th was lively and well attended, with an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. As she began her talk to the gathered group, she said: “I want to first acknowledge that we are now standing on Patwin …

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Napa: Proposed Small Winery Protections and Use Permit Streamlining Ordinance

Proposed Small Winery Protections and Use Permit Streamlining Ordinance: when circumventing environmental considerations, what is the cumulative impact? On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 9 a.m.,  the Napa Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing for what we believe is a revised proposed ordinance to streamline the application process for small winery expansions, an ordinance …

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Napa Citizen Groups Fighting to Keep Large Scale Commercial Solar Projects Out of Ag Lands

Grass-roots group Napa Valley Citizens for Smart Planning in conjunction with Napa Vision 2050, have serious concerns regarding the locations of large scale commercial renewable energy projects there. Last December, Napa County’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved one such solar project in the AG Watershed of American Canyon despite objections from many concerned residents. Since …

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Environmentalist Challenges Incumbent Sonoma County Supervisor for Seat

Former Santa Rosa mayor Chris Coursey is campaigning to become the county’s next District Three supervisor in the March 2020 election, replacing Shirlee Zane who has held the seat since 2008. The race is widely seen as a contest between the county’s wine and development-industry interests and champions of environmental values such as climate action …

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