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June 11, 2012 -Napa Register:  "Angwin development opponents submit initiative signatures".  Supporters gathered 6,500 signatures to support a petition to get the initiative on the November ballot; 4,600 signatures are required.  Registrar of Voters, John Tuteur, and elections staff are reviewing the signatures before certifying them.  In anticipation of the initiative qualifying to make the ballot, the Napa County Board of Supervisors last week directed staff to analyze the potential impact it could have on the county's General Plan, as well as legal and fiscal effects.  The report is expected to be completed before the election would be called on August 7.
July 7, 2012 - Napa Register: "ABAG staff supports Nap's development application".  The staff of the Association of Bay Area Governments is planning to endorse the city of Napa's application to make downtown and the Soscol Gateway Corridor a priority development area.  Article link
July 8, 2012 - Napa Register: "Ag Preserve standard-bearer (Jack L. Ferguson) dies in Hawaii". Jack L. Ferguson, the last surviving member of the Napa County Board of supervisors that enacted the valley's Agricultural Preserve in the spring of 1968, died Saturday at his home in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He was 80. Article link
July 9, 2012 - Napa Register: "County eyes upcoming Senate vote on housing". A bill, sponsored by state Assemblyman Michael Allen, that would help Napa County officials get their housing elements certified in the future while avoiding higher-density development in the unincorporated area passed a legislative hurdle in Sacramento last week, but more challenges remain. Article link
July 12, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Angwin initiative heads to ballot".  NOTE:  read the entire article; while this is a factual reporting of the BOS meeting heavily dominated by a tag-team of PUC lawyers, much of what is reported is opinions.  The full texts of the Election Code 9111 Report analysis is posted on this website.
July 18, 2012 - Napa Register: "Angwin initiative could be costly for taxpayers".  "I fear...that the taxpayers of Napa County have not been adequately warned about the hurt to their pocketbooks the battle over this discriminatory, un-American and ill-conceived initiative could have."
July 28, 2012 - Napa Register: "Conserving lands will benefit PUC students more than new housing".  A response to "a recent emotional letter ("Angwin initiative could be costly for taxpayers", July 18) that misses the salient points in the debate over Measure U.  Article Link
August 1, 2012 - Napa Register:  "We need to protect our hillsides and mountains".  "It's time to ensure that all of the mountains and hillsides of the Napa Valley are protected from profit-driven developers and short-sighted planning.  We as a community - citizens and elected officials alike - must send a clear message that our hills are not available for large sprawling developments."  Article Link
June 19, 2012 - Napa Register: "Initiative to curb Angwin growth gathers enough signatures". the Napa Cpounty Election Division has certified signatures gathered for an initiative to change the county's General Plan for three properties in Angwin.   More

August 2, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "Howell Mountain is a special place". Article Link
August 9, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Pacific Union College wins 'most beautiful'."  Newsweek and The Daily Beast ranked PUC as the "most beautiful college" in the nation, topping such other West Coast schools as Santa Clara University (No. 2), Chapman University (No. 3), UC Santa Barbara (No. 8) and the University of Southern California (No. 12).  Article Link
September 4, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U protects education and land".  Save Rural Angwin and Adventists for the Preservation of Pacific Union College's Heritage should be commended for its efforts to keep Angwin a rural community as described in the Napa County General Plan Update and to protect Pacific Union College from urban encroachment.      Download
September 10, 2012 - Napa Register:  An open letter to Napa County taxpayers".  Ken Brown of Angwin supports Measure U.  Vote "yes" for Measure U and support Napa County taxpayers.    Download
September 11, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Careful growth protected by ballot measure".  Local governments have the constitutional right and the responsibility to prepare development and conservation plans based on rational decision-making with public comment."
September 17, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Angwin college should listen to the people."  pacific Union College has claimed to want to "listen" to the people about its big development plans.  Now is its last chance to do so.  Download
September 18, 2012 - Napa Register:  "County commits more funds to proximity housing initiative."  Since it started in December 2010, the workforce proximity housing program has relied on $500,000.00 annually to allow the county to issue loans of up to 10% of a property's asking price to buyers purchasing residences within 15 miles of their workplace.  Qualified buyers use them to place the down payment, but still have to obtain the remaining money to close escrow.    Download
September 18, 2012 - Napa Patch:  "Napa County Green Party Supports Measure U".  Land use designation should serve the good of the whole community, not a single developer.     Download
September 18, 2012 - Napa Patch: "Is Measure U legally flawed?"  Michael Haley, grape grower and citizen activist, on hearing about Measure U "being legally flawed" says, in summary:  "I took the time to read all the documents, the legal analysis, the 9111 report, attorney letters, and also watched the Supervisors meeting on line to see what might be there...I plan to vote yes on Measure U."   Download
September 20, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Napa County doesn't need another city".  Written in direct response to the letter from Dr. Heather Knight, the president of Pacific Union College.         Download
September 21, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Green Party supports Measure U".  Land-use designation should serve the good of the whole community, not a single developer.  This is why the Napa County Green Party supports Measure U.    Download
September 22, 2012 - Napa Register: "Measure U takes property rights away from PUC".    Download
September 23, 2012 - Napa Register: "PUC doesn't speak for all of Angwin".  If Dr. Knight and the board of trustees were merely aiming to make decisions for Pacific Union College, that would be their right.  But they are attempting to make decisions that affect all of Angwin...      More
September 25, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Continue to protect our agriculture".  I am writing to express my strong support of Measure U, a ballot measure that will protect Angwin's natural beauty and its rural, agricultural character.  Download
September 25, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Pacific Union board unaffected by local impact of development".  Only two of the board's 21 members live in Napa County, and a large percentage of them are developers.  Since the intentions of Pacific Union College are the intentions of the board of trustees, it is abundantly clear why they feel no compunction to adhere to the "slow growth" policies of Napa County.   Download
September 28, 2012 - Napa Register:  "'No' on Measure U will raise your taxes".  No matter where you live in Napa County, Measure U is important to you.  If it does not pass, we will all end up with negative consequences.   View
September 28, 2012 - Napa Register:  "County planning road maintenance strategy."  Napa County has unveiled a plan to increase funding for its road network, although a decision on how much to spend - if any money at all - won't be made until after voters decide the countywide half-cent sales tax for road repairs on Nov. 6.  View  NOTE: in addition to this article, supporting documents were provided to the Board of Supervisors and are provided below.  Further note, the document "Road Maintenance Financing Options" - page 2 - talks about the financial burden on county government created by new developments' construction of additional infrastructure (roads, drainage facilities, and more) without adding substantively to the financial resources for the on-going maintenance needs. 

October 14, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U in Angwin is necessary."  This topic has been discussed every way imaginable from both sides.  As a resident of Angwin and supporter of Save Rural Angwin (SRA), I have focused my attention on the issues of water, electrical power and roads - all of which are critical in Angwin and the surrounding area. View

October 9, 2012 - Napa Register:  "'No on U' leaves a big mess".  Silly season is here. Campaign signs are popping up everywhere, just like mushrooms.  It also looks like the season of disrespect, trespass, vandalism and littering is, sadly, also here. View

October 9, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Napa County can benefit from PUC land development".  Owning property in California can be a hassle.  There are property taxes, upkeep and insurance costs, just to name a few. View

October 8, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U demands sustainable growth".  Measure U allows for reasonable and sustainable growth in accordance with the wishes of the voters of Napa County.  It is in concert with the Agricultural Preserve established in 1968 and the voter-supported Measures J (1990) and P (2008).   View

October 5, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Don't devalue PUC property".  Re-designating land near the current small Angwin shopping plaza to prevent any commercial or housing development now, or in the future, lowers the value of the private property owned by Pacific Union College.   View

October 4, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "Teach Developers some manners - Vote 'YES' on U".  Pacific Union College, like many developers, would like to pretend that its property rights are absolute.  View

October 4, 2012 - American Eagle:  "Power lineup at business breakfast".  The 8th District assembly-member praised the breakfast session and the debate between John Tully of Save Rural Angwin and John Collins of Pacific Union College over Measure U as an example of democracy in action.   View

October 3, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U is un-American".  hmmmmm    View

October 25, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "We're not paying for infrastructure".  Angwin does not have the basic infrastructure to accommodate some developer's dreams.  Read Here

October 25, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Candidates support fire station for Browns Valley".  "A plan outlining options for building and staffing a fire station serving the Browns Valley area...The problem has become how to come up with $1.5 million annually to staff the station."  NOTE:  A scenario very like Angwin's future if 100's of home are allowed to be developed on Howell Mountain. 
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October 23, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U restricts PUC's rights".Read Here

October 14, 2012 - Napa Register:  Peter Jensen on "Land war erupts in Angwin".   Read Here

October 19, 2012 - Napa Register:  "PUC risks Angwin's tranquility".  "When I received my flyer sent by Pacific Union College on 'Measure U', I was extremely sad to see what they have resorted to in their appeal."  Download

October 16, 2012 - Napa Register:  "The importance of PUC farmland".  "My name is Carysa Greene; I am a junior in high school now, and I have grown up in Angwin all of my life.  This is where I was born, and this is where I was raised.  I love Angwin."  Download

October 16, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U is a property rights issue".  "Property rights are the centerpiece of our national culture.  Measure U takes those rights from PUC.  The current zoning should remain and the Measure U initiative should be defeated."   Download (COUNTERPOINT NOTE:  Zoning is not a "property right".  The jurisdiction - in this instance, the County - has the power to change zoning and land use designations.  Courts have upheld this tenet for well over 50 years.  Every land use issue of this nature in Napa County has been tested in the courts and found legitimate.  Measure U is targeting an inappropriate land use designation.  The County assigns designations for the good of the whole community, not one property owner.  Further, the Napa County General Plan states, "The college's Planned Development zoning was created in order for the college to provide necessary services to its students and ensure that the college would be able to grow should the student body increase in size".

November 1, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "Editorial - Compromise needed in Angwin."  "...our editorial board is divided between those who will vote 'yes' on Measure U in Tuesday's election and those who will vote 'no'.  We have, however, been discussing the pros and cons of this issue quite reasonably, without the shades of rancor and hyperbole that have clouded productive discussion of the measure."  Read Now

November 1, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U is a win-win for Napa, PUC".  Read Now

November 1, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "Please join me (Robert Redford) in YES vote on Measure U".  As a member of the Save Rural Angwin Advisory Council the past 6 years, I believe that Measure U is one of the most important measures on the ballot. Read Now Read Now

November 1, 2012 - American Canyon Eagle:  "It's all about them".  Property rights advocates who say they should be able to do whatever they wish with their land are the first to complain when neighbors do something out of the ordinary on their land.  For property rights advocates, its all about them.  Read Now

October 31, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "Yes vote on U crucial".  The YES vote on Measure U is vitally important to all the people of Napa County.  For over 40 years, our citizens have supported preservation of our open space and farm land. 
Read Now  the FACTS and the FALLACIES

October 31, 2012 - North Bay Bohemian:  "Development dismay".Read Now

Read Now October 27, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U wrong way to prevent development".  NOTE: another divided editorial board.Read Now

October 30, 2012 - Napa Register:  "PUC gives $450,000.00 to kill Measure U" "Pacific Union College has poured $450,000.00 of its own money into the campaign to defeat Measure U...It's unclear which funds the college is drawing on to bankroll the No on Measure U campaign.  Neither PUC President Heather Knight nor Vice President John Collins returned phone calls seeking comment on the matter Monday."  Read Now

 October 25, 2012 - St. Helena Star:  "Issue of Public Safety Looms".  "There has been much comment recently about the disposition of Measure U."    Read Now

October 24, 2012 - American Canyon Eagle:  "Thanks to Save Rural Angwin".  "Save Rural Angwin, in partnership with Adventists for the Preservation of Pacific Union College's Heritage, defeated the 'ecovillage' project, which would initially have put 591 housing units in the center of Angwin and ultimately 1153."      Read More

November 4, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Redford supports Measure U". Read Here

November 4, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Angwin residents prefer ag lands".  "We are among the hundreds of people who support Measure U, and we would like to share our reasons why."   Read Here

November 3, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Hypocrisy abounds in Measure U".  NOTE: Erroneous assumptions made.  Read For Yourself

November 1, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Measure U won't keep PUC from being a college".  "Pacific Union College, located in the rural hills above St. Helena, was built around 1909.  My relatives attended this college, and my great-great-uncles walked (yes, really walked) back and forth between Healdsburg and Angwin as they fulfilled their duty to help build the college...We need all of your 'yes' on Measure U votes - from American Canyon to Calistoga - to help us win this David and Goliath battle between a community of volunteers and a college that is acting more like a large corporation than a small religious institution."  Read More

November 6, 2012- Napa Register:  "Angwin land use measure losing badly...."Pacific Union College appeared to be winning its fight Tuesday night to defeat Measure U, the hotly contested ballot measure that pitted Napa's only four-year college against foes fearful the school could trigger urban sprawl in the Upvalley village of Angwin."   Read More

Residents of Napa County, let's together make sure PUC's "promises" for "NO large-scale development in Angwin" and "good land stewardship" are kept.

November 4, 2012 - Napa Register:  "Election results may hinge on first tally at 8:01 p.m. Tuesday".  "The first tally draws the initial gasps or sighs, cheers or moans, handshakes and hugs.  In races within a few dozen votes at 8:02 p.m., the tension grows and the attention turns to the next count, released hours later."  "Mike Hackett, chairman of Save rural Angwin, a conservation group backing Measure U, spent Friday afternoon driving around the county with a large 'Yes on Measure U' sign in the back of his pickup truck. 'We didn't have deep enough pockets for an airplane,' he joked".  Read More On Voting Comments