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Added July 31, 2018

Finnish television journalists discussed the issues around Measure C with Stu:

The Napa segment starts at 8:18:

https://areena.yle.fi/1-4234216

another version: https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10278017

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Just added, June 6, 2018, another update from Registrar of Voters John Tuteur:

http://napabroadcasting.com/the-latest-on-the-ballot-count-from-john-tuteur-as-of-1000-am-on-wednesday-66-morning/

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Just added, June 5, 2018

Napa Broadcasting talks to Registrar of Voters John Tuteur to find out when the results will be finalized:

http://napabroadcasting.com/how-many-ballots-are-in-what-kind-of-turnout-can-we-expect-whats-the-schedule-of-the-vote-count-on-election-night-and-after-listen-to-this-update-from-john-tuteur/

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Welcome to this site.

Because Measure C was created in secret, the only public airing of the Measure has been mailings, street signs, ads and letters to our local newspapers.  Even with the generosity of our local editors, initiatives are a terrible way to govern.  It should be no surprise then, that pleasantries are abandoned.  The truth is stretched to the breaking point and misleading feel-good slogans are repeated ad nauseum in hopes that their “Big Lie” will prevail.  This is a hard scrabble, no holds barred fight.   Winning is everything.  Whether any of us like it or not, this is the life of all initiatives.

My intention with this site is to bring some rational thought to the discussion and jettison the emotional.    To be sure, I oppose Measure C.   Yet my goal is to bring facts, articles and science to bear on the many issues that are applicable not only to Measure C, but to a better understanding of how our environment functions.

If I can hope for just one success, it would be that I’ll have begun to bring citizens of Napa County into the 21st century in understanding of how our forests really work.   I’ve selected eight articles by experts and scientists that will challenge your conventional thinking about forests. I believe it will have a profound impact on how we view our forests and Measure C.

My second hope to elevate the conversation about the morality of this initiative and how we treat others and their property.   I’m not an attorney, but I’ve never doubted the narrow legality of Measure C in taking the property rights of the oak woodlands owners.  Direct democracy has its privileges. Might, however, does not make right, and just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s moral.  Tyranny of the majority is real, and I despair that so few care.

Hopefully, those who support Measure C will find the information here thoughtful and challenging.

Stuart Smith