Letter to the Editor, as written and as published in the Yountville Sun
Sierra Club officially endorses Measure C.
As a body we decry misrepresentations made by its opponents.
Measure C is a sensible initiative requested by over 7,000 voters. It sets reasonable limits on destruction of oak woodlands in Ag, Watershed & Open Space zones of Napa County. Limits which will:
Protect shared watersheds for clear naturally filtered water supply,
Conserve multiple species habitats connected through wildlife corridors,
Sequester carbon through mature oak canopies and associated vegetation, and
Set upland buffers at waterway or woodland edges to ease climate change effects.
Sierra Club participates in the grass roots Yes on C campaign which respects community interests that care for the environment and seek limits on haphazard development in watershed hillsides through Measure C.
Two opponents of Measure C have signed election documents representing themselves as “Sierra Club Member” and “Former Sierra Club Board Member” to which we take strong exception as attempts to mislead voters in the face of approval by the Sierra Club at all levels to endorse Measure C.
More telling are the elected and appointed officials who have also signed to condone objectively false and misleading statements to Napa County voters. All of those who signed on the election documents were party to having in fact been ordered by Napa Superior Court Judge Stone to correct those statements and pay proponents’ legal costs by settlement.
Where is their credibility now?
Sierra Club has confidence in Napa County voters and calls upon our membership to join and vote yes on Measure C.
Diane Shepp, Chair of the Napa Group of the Sierra Club