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Steve Potter City Manager

City Council Officially Appoints Steve Potter as City Manager

We are so excited to have Steve Potter on permanently as City Manager! After a long career with the Napa Police Department, most recently as chief, Steve moved into the role as Interim City Manager in July and the City Council unanimously appointed Steve as City Manager at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The Napa Valley Register wrote a great article on the appointment here.

Happy Holidays

Holiday Closures

*NOTE: A correction from last week - it was inadvertently listed that City offices were closed on New Year's Eve. We will be OPEN on New Year's Eve.

The City of Napa will be closed on the following days for the upcoming holidays:

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24, 2018
Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
New Year's Day: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

As always, the Napa Police Department will be available; however, the public office will be closed on these days. Napa Fire will also be available for emergency services. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call the dispatch center at 707-257-9223.

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New Community Development Director Named for Napa

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Vin Smith as the Community Development Director for the City of Napa effective January 12, 2019. Vin moved to Napa in 1990 and began his employment with the City as a planner. In 1996, Vin left the City of Napa to work for the City of Petaluma. Vin’s development experience is unique in that he has worked for both the public and private sectors. He is highly regarded by his peers and associates in both sectors. Vin comes to the City after his most recent employment as the Planning and Building Manager for the County of Napa. Vin’s responsibilities will include overseeing the Planning, Housing, Code Enforcement, Building and Parking divisions of the Community Development Department. 


Police vs. Fire

Kettle Throwdown

Napa Police and Fire stepped up to take part in a Kettle Throwdown - ringing the bell for donations to benefit Salvation Army.


Guess who won? The Napa Community! Over $3,800 was raised and will go directly to those in need here in Napa, through the Salvation Army.

Team Breakfast

Celebrating and Giving Back to Our Community Together

‘Tis the season to reflect on a year of hard work! Our Public Works, Utilities and Parks and Recreation Departments got together early in the morning today to share a big breakfast. Department Directors and Managers paid for and prepared the meal to show their appreciation for how hard these teams work day in and day out to fix our roads, maintain our parks, keep our water flowing, respond to emergencies and so much more! But the real highlight was the collective effort of the crews to raise over $400 that will be donated directly to Meals on Wheels. There was also a canned food drive and enough was received to fill six grocery bags! At this time of year, it is always fun to celebrate, but even more rewarding to give back to our community and help our neighbors right here in Napa that are in need. Looking out for our local community and helping where we can is one of the best parts of public service!

And an added bonus - nearly all the food and plate/utensil waste was sent to compost, not the landfill!

Lantern Creation Station

Napa Lantern Parade & Lantern Creation Station

Napa Lantern Parade

On January 18, 2019, everyone can be a part of Art After Dark! This illuminated community parade will start and finish at Veteran’s Park and weave throughout the various art installations in downtown Napa as hundreds of people show off their homemade lantern creations. A band and performers will energize the route along the way! The parade kicks off from Veteran's Park at 6:30 PM.

When: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Where: Veteran's Park

Lantern Creation Station

In preparation and celebration of the first Napa Lantern Parade, people of all ages are invited to make a custom lantern to show off later that night! Art supplies and lantern lights will be provided, as well as instructions, ideas and inspirations. Artsy helpers will be on site to assist lantern-makers!

When: Friday, January 8, 2019, from 12 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Veteran's Park

As an exciting new feature of the Napa Lighted Arts Festival, a parade of participants will show off their handmade lanterns while weaving throughout downtown Napa on a short loop, energized by live music and other lighted art installations along the way. The result will be a magical and fun “art after dark” experience for viewers and participants alike. 
In line with the Lighted Arts Festival’s 2019 theme of BEYOND, we invite lantern designs to be inspired by the literal or conceptual interpretation of the word. As this is a family-friendly event, art is encouraged to be generally uplifting, inspiring, imaginative and positive.

Feel free to bring your own art supplies should you feel inspired to do so. If staying for the Lantern Parade later that evening, remember to bring layers to stay warm and comfortable shoes!

Visit the Napa Lantern Parade Facebook Event to learn more. You can also check out Do Napa's Lantern Parade page or the City of Napa's Lantern Parade page for more info.

Napa LIghted Art Festival

Lighted Art Festival

Dates: January 12 - 20, 2019
Times: Monday - Thursday from 6 PM - 9 PM; Friday - Sunday from 6 PM - 10 PM

Art After Dark - Iconic Napa architecture becomes the painting in this lighted art walk. Original artwork created by local and international artists will be installed at approximately 16 locations in Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. The festival features a combination of lighted sculptures, 3D mapping projections that conform to the building’s architecture, digital video art and creative technical lighting. 

This year’s theme embodies and explores the concept of Beyond. The artwork represents concepts outside our physical limits, surpassing our imagination or demonstrating something that is greater or apart from us.  Experience Napa in a different light! 

Visit for more!

Holiday Recycling Tips

Recycling Roundup - Are You Recycle-Ready for the Holidays?

Are you on the Naughty or the Nice List… for wrapping paper?

Choose wrapping paper that belongs on the Nice List by wrapping with recyclable, reusable or compostable products. Things like newspapers, unwanted maps, untreated/not sparkly wrapping paper and paper gift bags not derived from plastic (if you can easily tear it like paper, then you can recycle it) are all recyclable or compostable! Step your game up further with reusable items like multi-use fabric bags, decorated reusable boxes, paper tape rather than scotch tape, jute twine, raffia, and natural greenery for decoration.

Everything Tastes Better Off a Real Plate

Ditch the disposables and use traditional reusable dinnerware…because everything tastes better off a real plate! BUT, if you have to use disposable, opt for the paper plates and compost them after the meal – even the waxy ones can go into the brown compost cart (while still using reusable silverware – only a few minutes of washing!)

Napa Green Cheat Sheet- dispose of your materials properly 

  • Soiled paper plates, paper towels, paper cups = compost
  • Tissue paper = compost
  • Christmas Tree = cut down in compost or Boy Scouts curbside pickup on 1/5/19
  • Clean cardboard and paper (needs to rip like paper!) = recycle
  • Broken/old Christmas lights, old appliances, old electronics, used cooking oil, bagged clothing and shoes = Recycle More program (free curbside pick up program after scheduling!)
  • Batteries = 18+ drop off locations listed on
Street Closures for Women's March

Street Closures for Women's March Napa Valley on January 19

The Women’s March Napa Valley will be held for the 3rd consecutive year here in Napa. We wanted to make you aware as there will be street closures in Downtown Napa for this event on January 19, 2019 from 6 AM – 2 PM. Third Street will be closed from Main Street to School Street, and portions of Brown, Coombs, Randolph and Franklin Streets will be closed off of Third Street. School Street will also be closed between First and Third Street.

For more information on the event, please visit

Napa Art Walk Voting for People's Choice

Voting Now Open for Napa Art Walk People's Choice

The City of Napa is excited to announce that polls are now open for People’s Choice Award for the current Napa Art Walk exhibition! The winning artist will be featured on next year’s Art Walk brochure and receive prizes donated from local businesses. 

Please vote HERE and share with your local networks. Please only one vote per person. Voting is accepted through May 2019. Your participation offers the curation team insight about how to best select artworks for this ever-growing program. 

The Napa Art Walk is a curated walking tour program that showcases regularly rotating installation art throughout downtown Napa, California. Since its inception in 2009, it is currently in its fifth exhibition of the biennial rotating public art program. The City is currently accepting submissions for the 2019-2021 collection. The full call for artists may be viewed at the Call For Entry website.

Any questions may be directed to Chelsea Ritter-Soronen, Public Arts Coordinator at 
707-258-7839 or [email protected].

Hydrant Flushing

Annual Hydrant Flushing Program to Begin in January 2019

The City of Napa Water Division will begin annual Hydrant Flushing Program in January 2019.

This year’s program is expected to continue through April 2019 and will include Browns Valley, Alta Heights and downtown regions of the City of Napa water service area. Hydrant flushing is an important maintenance activity to clean and flush the City water mains. You can learn more about the program here

The flushing program maps and updates can be found at:

The City thanks Napa residents and businesses for their patience and apologizes for any inconvenience our program may cause. Please contact the City of Napa Water Division at (707) 257-9521 with any questions or concerns.

Newest Job Opportunities 

Visit to see all of the newest job opportunities!

Plant Maintenance Mechanic I
Closing: 1/8/2019

The Utilities Department owns and operates two conventional water treatment plants. The Plant Maintenance Mechanic will perform routine preventive and corrective maintenance on a variety of equipment within the treatment plant, pump stations, and storage facilities including pumps, valves, motors, compressors, generators, flow meters, pressure gauges, chemical feed equipment and piping systems. 
Parks, Trees & Facilities Supervisor
Closing: 1/14/2019

Are you hungry to produce great work in the areas of parks, landscaping, and maintenance management? Has your collaborative work style allowed you to create value that has made positive impact? Then APPLY today and continue that collaborative work with the City of Napa, benefiting not only the employees of the organization but the community we serve!
Police Officer – Lateral (From Within California) 
Closing: Continuous

The City of Napa Police Department is looking for applicants with one year of experience in a sworn law enforcement position in the State of California (as defined in Penal Code Section 830.1) and possession of a California POST Basic Certificate that are interested in coming to Napa. Candidates on a current City of Napa eligible list need not re-apply.
Facility Attendant (Part-Time) 
Open/Close Dates: Continuous

Do you love serving your community? Do you have fantastic organizational and customer service skills? Then the City of Napa Parks and Recreation Department needs YOU! The City of Napa has openings within the Recreation Division of the Parks and Recreation Services Department for Facility Attendant to support our many facilities and their programs.
Program Specialist – Sports (Part-Time)
Closing: Continuous

Do you consider yourself a positive role model? Do you love leading and coaching? Do you have a passion for interacting with your community? The Recreation Division has a Sports Program Specialist position as a part-time opportunity. 


Washer Rebate Program Ending December 31st, 2018!

Looking for an end-of-year bargain on a clothes washer? Only a few days remain for the City’s $100 rebate on Energy Star Most Efficient models. After 14 years, the City concludes its High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program on December 31. The City partners with NapaSan on this incentive program that has helped transform the washer market. These qualifying high-efficiency models can save as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year compared to traditional older models, while saving more than 50% in energy costs too.  So get that new washer by the end of the year, get $100 back, and ring in 2019 with water and energy efficiency! Details are found on the program web page, and applications are available at local retailers Sears, Pearson’s, and Home Depot. Applications must be mailed by March 1, 2019 to get the rebate.

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