Thank you from Mick Winter

To: shepp4supervisor@gmail.com
Hi, Diane I want to thank you for running for supervisor. I know what it's like to go through a campaign from my experience with my wife's various campaigns. And I know what it is like to put yourself out there and wait for the voters to make a decision about your future. I admire anyone who does it. My voter record throughout my life has not been particularly successful. I have voted for people who I consider to be not only competent to do the job, but who are obviously driven by a desire to serve their community and improve the lives of everyone in that community. People motivated by caring, compassion and service, not by personal ambition and a desire for power and for supporting those who benefit from decisions that reward a minority and penalize the majority. As I say, my vote is not often enough for a victorious candidate, but it is always one for a candidate of integrity. And thus I may be disappointed at the outcome, but I never regret how I voted. Thank you. And my best to you and your family. Mick

Ron Rhyno

-- As an active member of the hispanic community and for the reasons stated below I support Diane Shepp for Napa County Supervisor District 4.

Governing for sustainable growth

A 1980s State Water Resources Board report predicted intense competition for water by 2020 between agriculture, industry and homeowners. That same report said California was taking more water from our aquifers than was being replaced. The Central Valley is already there. There are two types of growth: more -- that assumes unlimited or accessible resources to support growth; and Better or Smart -- that recognizes limits and wisely manages finite resources to sustain healthy environments and economies.

The current and future supervisorial elections will determine the sustainable future of Napa County and the Napa Valley. Unanswered questions posed by high Napa County cancer rates for children and white and Hispanic males; unaffordable housing for winery, vineyard, hotel, restaurant, school and college employees contributing to traffic congestion beyond tourism; increasing development in fragile watersheds putting water quality at risk; more wineries creating unplanned competition causing requests for more events, visitations, and production to sustain healthy profit margins; our struggling Berryessa populations; and unseasonable climate variations affecting every aspect of county life, all point to the need for different governance for all the county's people.

Excellent governance has four aspects: governance as an ongoing deep learning enterprise; informed and wise planning and policies toward a sustainable future; intelligent decision making in the present intending a sustainable future; and courage in decisions to fix the mistakes of the past. Intelligent governing and wisdom come from lots of experience, and courage is the product of integrity with toughness on behalf of all those one is elected to serve -- all with constant learning.

In Supervisor District 4, is Alfredo Pedroza, with post-college credit union and banking experience, two years of an uncompleted City Council term and 18 months as a governor's supervisor appointee. The Register "Stark choice" endorsement on April 24 of Alfredo Pedroza as "unquestionably an establishment figure ..." and "He deserves election ... so he can prove his worth on his own terms," raised more questions than provided information. Perhaps insight can be gained from the more than $200,000 his campaign has raised largely from winery and business donors, including from three projects now before the supervisors: a precedent-setting private heliport in a residential area, the Syar pit expansion, and the Walt Ranch watershed vineyard development. Campaign contributions are investments; we contribute because we believe the values and decisions candidates make will support our values, needs and interests. What is it that the donors of over $200,000 to the Pedroza campaign know or believe about the incumbent?

By contrast Diane Shepp has over 25 years of leadership and coalition building for results; extensive life and community-serving experiences, an understanding of the systemic relationships and need for harmonic planning for human, environmental and economic well-being; a personal process leading with inquiry, courage and willingness to dig deep with thoughtful consideration, meeting commitments, keeping promises, investment in our county, not just the valley; and a personal experience with and commitment to diversity in all its aspects. Her campaign contributions tend to be small except for one out-of-state tech company.

With Belia Ramos, attorney, former aide to Congressman Thompson, American Canyon City Council member, running unopposed in District 5, our communities and the supervisors have Hispanic representation with extensive county and legislative experience. Diane Shepp will bring independent community-centered representation and new diversity to the supervisors, creating a board majority of three women for the first time in Napa County history -- women being a majority in Napa County.

In this District 4 election cycle Shepp is the choice toward a sustainable and enduring Napa County future, beyond 2050.

Ron Rhyno

Past president, Mexican American Political Association, Napa County; past Clinic Ole Board;past Solano-Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board; Foreman, 1988-89 Napa County Grand Jury

Ginny Simms

Diane Shepp is fighting for our future

I am going to vote for Diane Shepp for supervisor on Election Day, and here’s why.

Diane has been supporting our art and educational communities for many years, and served two terms on our grand jury. What is important now is that she is thoughtful about future of our neighborhoods , and that she is one tough lady when it involves protecting our water supplies and our agriculture/open spaces.

Unlike some candidates, Diane Shepp doesn’t accept thousands of dollars from a wealthy helicopter owner, nor is she afraid of a big landowner/donor who plans to remove 24,000 oak trees, to replace them with vineyards, a water system and new roads.

These 35 parcels are at the top of the watershed that feeds the Napa City drinking water reservoir, and also feeds a large swath of the Coombsville MST. The city of Napa is concerned that heavy rains will overtake the runoff berms and send pesticides and mud into the reservoir.

These 35 parcels will also be developable as a large housing subdivision.

Diane is courageously fighting the size of the Syar mine expansion, because there is no measurement of the local life-threatening silicates blowing onto nearby homes and Skyline Park. (There are not even plans to measure these deadly particles during or after the expansion!) Diane Shepp supports local industries, but believes that health is most important.

Wine sales at the wineries are essential for success. But what if the 450 wineries have events that draw hundreds of visitors several times a year? Our local roads, even Silverado Trail, are maintained by local dollars, and are threatened by heavy congestion. Diane Shepp believes we should measure the cumulative effects on our health and our taxes before approvals.

Diane is the only candidate who is calling our attention to Napa’s high cancer rate. Are we causing this ourselves?

These positions may not be popular with the other candidates right now, but Diane Shepp is fighting for our future. Speak up, and vote for Diane Shepp.

Ginny Simms

Former Napa County Supervisor


Protect Rural Napa
Grupp Family Vineyards, LLC
Pintail Roofing
Napa Vision 2050
Get a Grip on Growth
Brianna Properties, Napa
The Lake Berryessa News
evolve, a Community Organization
Napa Sierra Club


Virginia H. Simms, former Napa County Supervisor
Kathryn J. Winter, former Napa County Supervisor
James H. Hickey, former Director Napa County Planning Department
Harold R. Kelly, former City Napa Councilmember
Daniel McFadden, Nobel Laureate-Economics
Ron Rhyno, MS,MA, Past President Mexican American Political Association

Duane Cronk stands up for Diane!

Mariam Aboudamous
Ester Akersloot
Bobbie & Fletcher Benton
Ginna Beharry
Christina Benz
Dean Bledsoe
Douglas Bock
Carl Bunch
Marge Caldwell
Donna Miller Casey
Martha Casselman
Robert Cattolica
Don Christian
Henni Cohen
Duene Cronk
Charlotte Doerner
Mary Duenow
Charles T. Eckstrom III
Kathy Felch
Fred Giarrusso
Harriet Goss
Cynthia Grupp
Barbara Guggia
David & Lynne Hallett
John Harrington
Cindy Heitzman
David Heitzman
Yvonne Henry
Lisa Y. Hirayama
Mui Ho & William Hocker
Ella F. Jones
Eve Kahn
Betty Kelly
Peter Kilkus
Paul & Anette Krammer
Rende Lazure
Gardner & Doreen Leighton
Catherine S. & David J. Linden
David Lindlaw
Maxine Maas
Norman & Linda Manzer
Gary S. Margadant
John Matson
Merle McComas
Cynthia & Bill Marshall
Angela & Bill Mink
William C. Moore
John Morris
Daniel Mufson
Draselle Muscatine
Johanna Muth
Gail Chadell Nanao
Richard Neimann
Marsha Neimann
Harris Nussbaum
Janice O'Malley
Anne Palotas
Melinda Pauli
Robert Pauli
Karen & Charlie Pettigrew
Mel & Leta Ramos
Bernhold Rankenburg
Pat Scarcelli
Glenn Schreuder
Alexander J. Sloan
Kathlene Stewart-Lightner
Gayle J. Surabian
Charlie Toledo
Criselle Topper
Henni Cohen & Lee Trucker
Henri & Claire Vandendriessche
Donald Williams
Julia Winiarski
Mick Winter
Shelley Wolfe
Gerald & Linda Wuichet

You are welcome to add your endorsement here.

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