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UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Monday, December 11, 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

City of Napa Senior Center - Social Hall, 1500 Jefferson Street, Napa

Join the City of Napa Planning and Housing Divisions, Lilypad Homes, and Napa Valley Community Housing for an informational workshop on creating a rental unit on your property and the City's new Junior Unit Initiative Program.

View the flyers in English and Spanish here.

FEMA Registration Fraud - What you need to know

Information from FEMA and California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES):

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.

If survivors suspect fraud, there are several options for survivors to report suspicious activity. They can contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 1-800-323-8603, TTY 1-844-889-4357. A fraud complaint may also be completed online at the OIG's website, http://www.oig.dhs.gov, faxed to 202-254-4297 or mailed to: DHS Office of Inspector General; Mail Stop 0305; Department of Homeland Security; 245 Murray Drive SW; Washington DC 20528-0305. Survivors can also call FEMA's Office of the Chief Security Officer (OCSO) Tip line at 1-866-223-0814 or email to: FEMA-OCSO-Tipline@fema.dhs.gov.

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

Anyone with knowledge of fraud, waste, or abuse may call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. You may also send an email to DHSOIGHotline@dhs.gov.

Ribbon Cutting for Newest 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.

To celebrate, the City will 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.

If you would like to learn more about the artist or the artwork, please visit http://mikeykelly.com.

Read the full press release here.

Coat, Costume and Shoe Drive at Vallerga's Market a SUCCESS!

Did you make it out to the Coat, Costume and Shoe Drive for America Recycles Day at Vallerga's Market last weekend? If so, you were met with many of our extremely generous community members - hundreds, in fact! Within four hours, about 75 costumes were collected, nearly 800 coats, and over 1,200 shoes! Additionally, New Tech High School collected over 550 pairs of shoes, and a local NVUSD student and his family collected approximately 1,100 pairs of shoes. So combined, Napa will be shipping about 2,900 pairs of shoes for reuse and/or recycling to those in need both in this country and around the world. Visit Soles4Souls.org to learn more about their organization and how they help those who are in need or victims of natural disasters. The coats will be collected by the Salvation Army and distributed to local homeless shelters and to others in need. The costumes will be part of next year's costume exchange, hosted in partnership with the Napa Fire Department.

In return, donors were given a total of 170 recycling baskets and 45 compost pails to up their recycling game at home!

Special thanks to our partners Napa County and Napa Recycling - it was a team effort all around to make an impact in a big way for those in need.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Reminder

Just a reminder that City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sarco Creek Bridge anticipated to open next week

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has completed major construction of the new State Route-121 (SR-121) Sarco Creek Bridge and is now anticipating opening the new bridge to traffic as early as the morning of Monday, November 20, 2017.

The bridge is located on Silverado Trail (SR-121) between Hagen Road and Trancas Street just northeast of Downtown Napa.

Motorists on SR-121 should drive with caution as crews switch traffic lanes and remove temporary barricades and detour-related signage approaching the new bridge.

Caltrans thanks you for your patience as they maintain California's bridges and highways.

For additional information, go to their project website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d4/121sarcocreekbridge/

Get real-time traffic, click-on Caltrans Quick Maps: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/caltransd4

Or get 24/7 traffic updates on 511.org: https://twitter.com/511SFBay

Please #BeWorkZoneAlert.

Events Around Town This Week - and next!

Saturday, November 18: Acorns to Oaks: Volunteer Planting Day

Wednesday, November 22: Napa's Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 23: Turkey Chase

Saturday, November 25: Napa's Christmas Parade

Free CERT Training in November and December!

During and after the local fires we have had many questions from community members about how they can help during an emergency, and how they can better prepare for one. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is FREE to all Napa County Residents and is a nationally recognized training program.

If you want to help during an emergency or learn how to better be prepared, please sign up! HERE is the flyer with more information - please share!

For more information or to enroll please contact Sandra Hage at sandra.hage@countyofnapa.org or at (707) 253-4799.

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