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Darlene Colaso, IPMA-CP
Human Resources Director
Darlene joined the City of Napa in April 2013. She has 27 years of HR generalist experience with the last 9 years in municipal government HR administration. She holds a Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy University School of Law and she is a WOSH (Worker Occupational Safety & Health) Specialist, as certified by the University of California at Berkeley. She also holds a professional certification from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).
As someone who believes that every employee offers a unique perspective to the City of Napa, Darlene is focused on positive, open and honest communications, with a focus on quality employee relations. She aims to assist the City’s various departments by providing excellent human resource management services with a focus on an exceptional level of HR customer service. Darlene is an extremely approachable department leader who welcomes your comments, questions and/or concerns regarding the Human Resources Department.
Kay Randolph-Pollard, SPHR
Management Analyst II
Kay joined the City of Napa in October 2006. She has 22 years of human resource generalist experience in both local government and the private sector. A graduate of California State University Fresno, Kay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations (that’s old school for Human Resources). In December of 2012, Kay passed and obtained the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In all, Kay brings a service-driven perspective of how Human Resources can support an organization based on her work for two cities, a county, a manufacturing facility, and a grocery distribution company.
Kay oversees the HR office staff, department budget, non-civil service recruitment and classification, leave administration, city wide training, organizational consultations, policy questions, complaint resolution assistance, and supervisor and employee coaching. Kay is always available to find efficient solutions to your Human Resources challenges.
Chris joined the City of Napa Human Resources Department in February 2013, and brought nearly 20 years of experience in safety and Workers’ Compensation program management with him. Most of his career was spent in the ambulance industry, and he was recognized in 2002 by resolution of the California Legislature for his contributions to California’s emergency medical services.
Chris’s responsibilities with the City of Napa include administration of the workers’ compensation claims process, investigation of employee injuries/accidents, oversight of compliance with Federal and State safety regulations, safety training and communication, and being a resource on safety issues for all City employees. Chris is a dedicated adherent to the “No Wrong Door” customer service policy.
LeAnna has been with the Human Resources Department since 1986, having started in the City of Napa’s Police Department in 1982. She has been involved over the years in all aspects of recruitment and workers compensation, when there was only the Director, herself, and a switchboard operator/clerk. She knew she wanted to work for the City from a very early age having worked with the Redevelopment Agency at age 14 counting people walking by what is currently Tarla restaurant (previously Gallenkamp’s Shoe Store).
LeAnna’s current responsibilities in HR revolve around workers compensation reporting and file inquiries; employee training support; orientation (welcome of new employees); IFAS and department accounts payable entry. As a graduate and lover of philosophy, LeAnna’s desire is to provide “Golden Rule” (treat others as you would like to be treated) service delivery!
Personnel Assistant (Acting)
Melissa joined the City of Napa in June 2011, after working most of her career in public sector HR, with the last five years in the Human Resources Department for the City of Sacramento. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the California State University Sacramento and also completed the HR Certificate program through the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IMPA-HR) in December 2012. She plans to earn her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.
Melissa handles the design and maintenance of the City’s Intranet, iCON, as well as the preparation of Civil Service Commission agendas/minutes. Melissa is also responsible for assisting with all aspects of recruitment, including planning performance exams, screening applications, and coordinating oral boards. A Napa native who is extremely happy to have the opportunity to return to her hometown, to raise her family in such a wonderful community, as she works for the City of Napa – you will find Melissa is always smiling and approachable.
Kim joined the City of Napa in November 2012, as an Undergraduate Intern for the HR Department, bringing several years of entry-level Human Resources experience from working in the private sector. A Native of Iowa, she is currently majoring in Human Resources Management through Upper Iowa University, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is someone who prides herself on her academic achievements and strong work ethic. You will find Kim at the Front Desk of the Human Resources office where she is always eager to help with any questions you may have.
Kim handles new hire processing and facilitates all pre-hire steps necessary for a new employee to begin work. She is also responsible for routing and tracking all Personnel Action Forms, incoming mail, meeting and conference room coordination, employee verifications, telephone and other general inquiries.
The photos here show a comparison between the color and coverage of the old high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights (left) and the new light emmiting diode (LED) streetlights (right).
What are LEDs?
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are a solid state, energy efficient light which have long life spans, and produce better color and light quality for street lighting than typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights.
Why is the City of Napa switching to LED streetlights?
The goal is to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, and provide better light quality on streets and roadways.
How many streetlights will be converted?
Around 300 lights have already been switched to LED, and over the next few months all of the City's remaining HPS lights will be converted. The City operates about 5,000 streetlights all together.
What benefits will result from this conversion?
The project is expected to save about 1.29 million kilowatt hours, and more than $169,000 in annual energy costs to the City, as well as eliminating some 676,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually—the equivalent to preventing 34,374 gallons of gas from being consumed per year. The City will also see reduced maintenance costs and improved color and quality of light throughout the City. The project’s loan will be repaid through the energy savings, resulting in an eight to nine year simple payback with no upfront cost to the City’s budget.
How do things look under LED lighting?
If you’ve driven at night across the Maxwell Bridge over the Napa River on Imola Avenue, you’ve driven on a roadway illuminated with LED streetlights. The LEDs produce a crisper and more even blanket of light for drivers.
How will LED lights look in my neighborhood?
The photos at the top of this page compare the old lighting to the new look under LEDs.
Why do LED fixtures appear to be dimmer?
With the HPS fixtures currently in use, the light typically pools underneath the fixture, creating one bright area. The LED fixture disburses the light more evenly, which may give the appearance of a dimmer light.
What is the City doing with all of the streetlights it is removing?
The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights will be removed and disassembled by project contractor, Tanko Lighting. The interior components will be recycled and the aluminum casings will be utilized in future rebuilt streetlight projects for other cities.
What do I do if a streetlight is not working in my neighborhood?
Report any streetlight problems by using the online Service Center or by calling the Public Works Department at 707-257-9520. Please provide a description of the problem and the pole number if possible.
Who is the contact for additional questions about the LED streetlight conversion project?
For more information about the Napa LED Streetlight Conversion project call the Public Works Department at 707-257-9520 or email
. See the project's installation progress map here.
The City of Napa owns and operates about 5,000 streetlights. The annual energy cost to power these lights is around $300,000. For the past few years, the City has evaluated the benefits of converting from high pressure sodium (HPS) lights to energy efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) streetlights. Some 300 fixtures were converted in 2011 as part of the evaluation process.
Testing over the last year evaluated three light fixture models in two different neighborhoods. After the testing was completed, the decision was made to proceed with a Citywide conversion to LEDs with an estimated savings of $169,000 a year on electricity.
LED light fixtures look a little different from what we are used to seeing above the streets of Napa. The light they produce is different, too—it appears “whiter” to most people, and allows drivers to see better. The light distribution is better as well, with fewer hot spots and dark areas.
The fixture shown here is the type that will be installed in commercial areas.
Funding: The conversion project is funded without using any City money up front, but by using a 1% interest rate loan from the California Energy Commission. The City will then pay back the loan over eight to nine years, using the estimated $169,000 each year that will be saved on electricity bills.
Installation and Impacts: A contract for the project was awarded to Tanko Lighting and in September 2013 an initial audit phase identified the precise locations and characteristics of the City’s existing streetlights. The next step is the installation of the new, energy efficient LED streetlight fixtures, which will begin in November 2013 and continue through January 2014.
It is anticipated that Napa’s residents and business owners will experience minor impacts as a result of this project. There will be no permanent construction sites, as crews will be mobile during the installation phase. Proper traffic control will be in effect, with clear signage directing motorists around the installation locations.
The estimated installation time is 20 to 30 minutes per fixture. Work hours are planned to be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays in residential areas, with possible night work hours along the more heavily traveled collector and arterial streets.
Benefits: The project is expected to save about 1.29 million kilowatt hours, and more than $169,000 in annual energy costs to the City, as well as eliminating some 676,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually—the equivalent to preventing 34,374 gallons of gas from being consumed per year.
Not only will the project reduce the City’s energy use, but it will also reduce maintenance costs and improve the color and quality of light throughout the City. The project’s loan will be repaid through the energy savings, resulting in an eight to nine year simple payback with no upfront cost to the City’s budget.
Updated Dec 2, 2013
Streelight conversion is now underway in the phase 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 areas of Napa, shown below:
Phase 9 area
Phase 10 area
Phase 11 area
Phase 12 area
Phase 13 area
Follow this link to LED Streetlight Conversion FAQs
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NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR RECREATION/SPORTS
Napa Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of recreation, sport, and instructional classes and activities. However, we recognize that there are organizations in the Napa Valley that offer programs and services that cater to interests outside of our activities, or that supplement the programs that we offer by providing programs beyond the developmental level that we address. Below are independent organizations that provide recreation, sport, and instructional programs for both youth and adults in the Napa Valley.
We offer basketball instructional programs for preschool aged children, leagues and clinics for youth, and leagues for adults. Please visit our Recreation Programs page for more information on what programs and activities we offer. Below are links to other programs in the community:
• Optimist League: www.napaoyb.com
Track and Field
We offer Track and Field instruction programs for preschool aged children. Please visit our Mini-Sports programs for more information. Below are links to other programs in the community:
• Napa Track Club: www.napatrackclub.com
We offer volleyball clinics and leagues for youth and adults, and summer camps for youth. Please visit our Youth and Adult programs for more information. Below are links to other programs in the community:
• Evolve Volleyball: www.evolvevbnapa.com
We offer flag football leagues, and football activities for youth. Please visit our Youth Programs page for more information. Below are links to other programs in the community:
• Napa Saints/Cheer: www.napasaints.com
• Napa Valley Jets: www.leaguelineup.com/nvjets
• Napa Raiders: www.leaguelineup.com/naparaiders
We offer softball leagues for adults and tournament for youth during the summer. Please visit our Adult Programs and Tournaments pages for more information. Below are links to other programs in the community:
We do not offer any programs or activities for Lacrosse. Below are links to programs in the community:
• Napa Junior Girls Softball/Fast Pitch: www.njgsl.org
• Napa Valley Girls Fast Pitch Association/Kiwanis: Facebook - NVGFA/Kiwanis Softball
• Napa Junior Lacrosse - Napa Force: www.napalacrosse.com
We do not offer any programs or activities for rugby. Below are links to programs in the community:
• Napa Stormers Rugby: Facebook - Napa Stormers Rugby
We offer soccer instructional programs for preschool aged children and youth through Kidz Love Soccer. You can visit their webpage to learn more information about the programs that are available. We also offer instructional activities as part of our Mini-Sports program. Below are links to other programs in the community:
• Napa Youth Soccer League: www.nysl.org
• Napa Valley Soccer Club: www.napavalleysoccerclub.org
We offer classes through the Napa Golf Course and Kennedy Park. To view a schedule of classes that we offer, please see our Current Recreation Guide.
We offer group swim lessons, private lessons, Parent/Child classes, Pre-comp Swim Team, and Junior Lifeguard training during the summer months. Please visit our Aquatics Programs page for more information. Below are links to other programs in the community:
We offer baseball instructional programs for preschool aged children in our Mini-Sports program. Below are links to other programs in the community:
• Monticello Aquatic Club Seals: www.sealsaquatics.com
• Napa Valley Swim Team: www.napavalleyswim.com
• Wine Country Aquatics: www.wcanswim.org
• Napa Aquatics Association: www.napaaquatics.com (Water Polo and Diving)
• Napa Little League: www.napalittleleague.org
• Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Leagues: www.napababeruthonline.com
• Redwood Empire Baseball League: www.rebl.org (Adults)
We offer a wide range of tennis programs for preschool aged children, youth, and adults. Please visit our Recreation Programs page to learn more. Our instructor is a USPTA Certified Professional instructor with over 24 years of experience. We work collaboratively with the Napa Valley Tennis Association: www.napatennis.org