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Sunday, April 13, 2008


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Poll shows little support for Measure N

Poll funded by foes has Responsible Growth measure behind

The majority of Napa County voters are ready to vote against Measure N, according to a poll paid for by a group that opposes the land-use measure.

The survey paid for by Measure N foes Keep Napa Napa found that 46 percent of voters said they will vote against the measure on June 3 while 33 percent would support it and another 21 percent remain undecided. The poll’s margin of error is 5 percent.

Opposition among the 400 would-be Napa County voters crossed all major demographic groups, the poll found.

Keep Napa Napa is funded primarily by Napa Redevelopment Partners, the would-be developer of Napa Pipe, an 152-acre site on the edge of Napa. Napa Redevelopment Partners wants to build 3,200 housing units on the industrial property along the Napa River, plus a hotel and a business park.

Measure N, on the June 3 ballot, would effectively kill the current proposal for Napa Pipe.

The measure, sponsored by the Napa Coalition for Responsible Growth, would make the county’s 1 percent per year residential growth cap voter-approved, requiring a vote of the people for any exception to the cap. Also, no building in the unincorporated county could exceed 35 feet in height.

Victor Aljouny, a political consultant for Measure N supporters, was not impressed with the latest poll results, calling it one more effort to confuse voters.

“I don’t give credence to it,” said Aljouny, calling it a “push poll” — a deceptive poll that leads to foregone conclusions.

“When you have big money and you are a developer, you’re not constrained by the truth, especially when you stand to lose millions if Measure N passes,” Aljouny said.

Recent campaign finance forms indicate that Keep Napa Napa has raised 16 times as much money as the measure’s proponents.

Napa Redevelopment Partners’ Keith Rogal called Aljouny’s remarks “amusing,” adding the survey asked the same questions the voters will see on the June ballot.

“The Napa people really looked, and the more they looked the less they liked it,” Rogal said Friday.

Aljouny remained confident. The voters are only now starting to get the facts, he said.

Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates of Alexandria, Va. conducted the poll sponsored by Keep Napa Napa from March 25 to March 27. The poll cost about $18,000, Rogal said.
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