FEMA Fraud - What you need to know
FEMA Registration Fraud
FEMA recently became aware of potentially suspicious activity related to the recovery from hurricanes and wildfires including fraudulent registrations. FEMA and its partners are taking necessary steps to determine impacts of the fraudulent activities and implement long-term solutions.
FEMA Disaster Fraud
State and federal recovery officials urge California residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on vulnerable survivors of the wildfires. Common post-disaster fraud practices include:
- Fake offers of state or federal aid
- Phony housing inspectors
- Fraudulent building contractors
- Bogus pleas for post-disaster donation
City of Napa Improves Crosstown Commuter Path with Public Art Installation
Walking and biking along the Vine Trail’s Crosstown Commuter Path has just become a little more vibrant and colorful. The City’s Corporation Yard fence, located along the Vine Trail between Lincoln Avenue and Jackson Street, served as the canvas for the City’s latest public art installation. Entitled “Begin and Continue,” the multicolored artwork stretches over 700 feet and reflects the “Op art” style, popular in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Napa artist Mikey Kelly created the artwork after being selected from a competitive City process earlier this year. The City’s Public Art Steering Committee juried the competition and awarded Kelly the $40,000 project after the City Council approved the public art project in early 2017.
The parameters of the project required the artist to work with the community as part of the project’s design development. To create “Begin and Continue,” the artist involved students by asking them to describe Napa in one word. Some of the responses included words such as: active, caring, fuerte, amor, and home. The words helped the artist develop both the pattern and palette for the artwork. Kelly also involved the community by photographing people using the trail. He used the photos to produce several metal silhouettes that are also part of the artwork.
The public art project is the City’s tenth public art installation. It is also the fourth artwork installation along the Napa Valley Vine Trail’s “Rail Arts District.” As part of the celebration, the City plans to hold a ribbon-cutting event at the site on Tuesday, November 28th at 2 p.m. The City cordially invites the public to attend the event, where the artist will be available share more about the creative process and answer questions about the artwork.
For more information about the City’s public art program, please visit our Public Art section. For questions directly related to this public art project, please email Shari Cooper, the City of Napa’s Economic Development Project Coordinator, at scooper@cityofnapa.
If you would like to learn more about the artist or the artwork, please visit http://mikeykelly.com.
Stormwater System Tax Assessment Reimbursement
During a routine audit by the County Auditor’s Office it was discovered that an additional year of the Stormwater System Tax Assessment – established by Ordinance No. 096-005 - was collected in error. This assessment was set to end on June 20, 2016, but was inadvertently added to the tax roll for Fiscal Year 2016/17. Steps are being taken to issue a refund to all City of Napa residents and businesses in the coming months. The full amount collected in error amounted to $409,783.37, which results in an average refund of $12 per parcel or single family property. Over the next few months, refunds will be mailed to those owed a refund.
There is no impact to the City’s General Fund; however, 2018 drainage improvement projects near Minahen Street and related paving will be delayed, perhaps by a few years. These projects may still be covered by other funds identified by the City, and this delay allows for time to make additional design changes or enhancements that may not have been possible before.
This is an unfortunate error and we are taking the necessary steps to keep it from happening again. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions about this reimbursement, please call Public Works at (707) 257-9520.
Did you receive a check? Not sure what parcel it is for? You can look up the address associated with the parcel number at the County Assessor's Office webpage here. Just use the parcel number that is listed on the check you received (in the Invoice Number field on your check stub) - you can enter it with or without the dashes.
Join us for a Coat, Costume and Shoe Drive on America Recycles Day
Join us for a Coat, Costume, and Shoe Drive at Vallerga's Market this Sunday, November 12, 2017, from 11am - 3pm. We will be accepting gently used coats, costumes, and shoes during this event. Get a FREE indoor recycling or compost pail for your home or office with any coat, costume, or shoe donation!
**Please donate gently-used coats (no tears or stains) or shoes (any condition) for children and adults.
The Salvation Army will distribute the coats locally to those in need. The non-profit organization Soles4Souls
will distribute shoes around the world to those in poverty. Any shoe not reused will be recycled.**
Celebrate America Recycles Day by helping to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled. Learn more at naparecycling.com.
Sponsored by: City of Napa, Napa County, California - Government, Napa Recycling, Vallergas Market, Soles4Souls and the Napa Salvation Army.
Halloween Costume Exchange
Why just orange and black? Let’s go GREEN for Halloween!
The City of Napa and Community Resources for Children are sponsoring another FREE Halloween Costume Exchange – thanks to all those who donated and picked up costumes at the Oxbow Public Market’s Locals’ Night and the OxBOO Fall Festival!
Make Halloween eek-o-friendly! Respook, Rewear, Rescare!
You can donate gently worn costumes from November 1-13 – we’ll redistribute donated costumes at a free swap event next October.
BRING YOUR COSTUMES TO ONE OF OUR DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Las Flores Community Center
4300 Linda Vista Avenue • Mon–Fri, 8am–5pm
Napa County Library
580 Coombs Street
Mon–Thurs, 10am–9pm and Fri–Sat, 10am–6pm
Napa County Administration Building
1195 Third Street • Mon–Fri, 8am–5pm
Community Resources for Children*
3299 Claremont Way • Mon–Thurs, 9am–5pm and Fri, 10am–4pm
*This is the ONLY location able to offer a receipt for your tax-deductible costume donation.
Costumes will also be accepted on America Recycles Day, November 12th at Vallerga’s Market from 11am to 3pm.
Please do not drop off costumes at any time other than the specified days and hours listed above!
Businesses interested in donating costumes should contact the Community Resources for Children office at (707) 253-0376.
Looking to reduce waste this Halloween? Check out these tips from CalRecycle for an Eek-o Friendly Halloween.
And, after Halloween, don’t forget to compost your old jack-o-lanterns…toss those pumpkins in the brown compost cart! And, compost all your leaves, food scraps and soiled paper too!