Boy Scouts to collect Christmas trees January 3

Monday December 22, 2014

The Boy Scouts 40th Annual Christmas Tree Pickup and Recycling Day comes to Napa on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Trees should be placed on the curb by 9:00 a.m. on that day. Please do not set out your tree earlier in the week. Trees must be free of ornaments, nails, tinsel, stands, and metal spikes. A voluntary donation of $8 per tree is suggested and appreciated. Please do not leave money on the tree - Boy Scouts will come to your door, so leave a check made out to "Boy Scouts of America" in an envelope at your door. Customers in Napa County who miss the January Boy Scout tree pickup may place their tree out for collection on their normal service day beginning the following Monday. Follow the tree preparation guidelines and cut trees over 8' in half.  Flocked trees are accepted.  Wreaths, pumpkins, and other holiday greenery go in the yardwaste cart. Free recycling of your old Christmas lights is offered at the Napa Recycling & Composting Facility. 

City'sISO rating for fire protection rises from Class 3 to Class 2

Tuesday December 23, 2014

Fire protection services in the City of Napa, as rated by an insurance industry advisory company, have improved from a Class 3 rating to a Class 2 rating. Across California, Napa is one of only 62 communities among 988 graded that have achieved a Class 2 classification.

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VINE bus holiday schedule

Tuesday December 23, 2014

All VINE Services and local community shuttles will be closed December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015. VINE and VINE Go will operate on a Saturday schedule on December 24 and December 31. Routes 21, 25, 29 and local community shuttles will run their regular weekday schedule. The Yountville Trolley will run 10:00 AM until 1:00 AM New Year’s Eve. The VINE operates bus service within all the communities of the Napa Valley and has express services to Sonoma, Fairfield, Suisun City, the Vallejo Ferry and BART in the East bay. More information available at

Disaster Assistance Tops $30 Million for South Napa Earthquake

Thursday December 18, 2014 

FEMA reports that State and federal disaster assistance now totals more than $30 million for people and businesses affected by the South Napa Earthquake. The current total includes $8.8 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), as well as $21.2 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

In addition, FEMA has provided more than $750,000 in grants to local governments and state agencies to help them defray response costs and repair infrastructure damage. Thus, the total amount of federal aid to the disaster area is $30.8 million.

Read more: Disaster Assistance Tops $30 Million for South Napa Earthquake

Public meeting set for review of quake reports

UPDATED Monday December 22, 2014

A public meeting on the South Napa Earthquake will be held Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School Street. The purpose of the meeting is to review the quake reports issued by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER) and the United States Geological Survey. The South Napa Earthquake created a unusually well-defined surface rupture that produced damage to structures and infrastructure both within the immediate vicinity of the fault zone and throughout the community. A subsequent investigative effort included, but was not limited to, documenting seismology and ground motions of the event, mapping the surface fault rupture and fault traces, and recording infrastructural damage. Key observations of surface fault rupture were made, both in the field and using various remote sensing methods, and forecasting afterslip focused mostly in Browns Valley area, as well as assessing the shaking uniformity in downtown Napa where many buildings were also significantly damaged. Follow this link to view the entire GEER report: Follow this link to view the entire USGS report: