Local Insights From a Yountville Citizen

The As I See It section takes readers a step deeper into the latest happenings in the Valley by providing context, insight, and perspective from The Yountvillian Editor and long-time local, Jeff Durham.

This section is aimed towards cultivated community conversations where members can share their thoughts on each topic. We want to give our readers more than just the facts from each article, but also provide additional context and conversation around these topics.

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  • As I See It

    Kellerville CA…

    As a follow-up to last week’s thoughts on Keller’s businesses in Yountville, Mr. Keller has announced that the Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge in
  • As I See It

    Kellerville CA

    As our Town was filled with love for local businessman Thomas Keller at last week’s Local’s Appreciation Party for Appreciating the Chef, some interesting details are starting
  • As I See It

    Guess Who

    April TOT (transit occupancy tax or bed tax) numbers are in, and occupancy is finally catching up to previous years. For all hotel rooms, the
  • As I See It

    June Is

    The Town of Yountville is raising the Pride Flag tomorrow at 11 am at Town Hall. Come by and show your support and say thank
  • As I See It

    This Is

    Residents often ask me why the Town of Yountville helps fund our local chamber. In the budget for 2022/2023, there is a bit over $300,000
  • As I See It

    Things That

    Yountville Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business of the Year for Ranch Market, Too Let’s continue this theme and share the details on Yountville Chamber’s Business
  • 2022 Election News | As I See It

    Dunbar Provides

    I support the extensive experience that John Dunbar will bring for Napa County District 3 Supervisor when I cast my ballot. With discussions throughout Napa
  • As I See It

    TOT March

    Once again, the smaller hotels (62 rooms) far exceeded the larger hotels (393 rooms) in the occupancy category, 72% vs. 52%. ADR (average daily rate)
  • As I See It

    SF Chronicle

    Fresh on the heels of our conversation about February 2022 TOT and the WSJ article we shared, the SF Chronicle is getting in on the
  • As I See It

    Wall Street

    Fresh on the heels of our conversation last week about February 2022 TOT, it is interesting that a publication that caters to the travelers who
  • As I See It

    Campaign Contributions

    April 26, 2022 Campaign Contributions (cont.) A letter to the editor in the Yountville Sun was also part of the Public Comment at the Council meeting. The
  • As I See It

    Sensational Headlines/Trigger

    I believe it’s time to address the discussions taking place in our Town. I keep seeing and hearing the word divisive thrown around quite a bit lately.
  • As I See It

    February 2022

    The Town report for February TOT contained the following statement from Finance Director Celia King & Kyle Batista, Financial Analyst, “It is important to view
  • As I See It

    Napa County

    Paid for by Local People for Balanced Leadership, a full-page ad was placed in the Napa Register on April 3, 2022, supporting Supervisor Pedroza. Quite
  • As I See It

    Updates from

    April 12, 2022: Construction Kickoff for Skilled Nursing Facility/Memory Care at Veterans Home of Yountville  Construction on the new $269 million, 240-bed skilled nursing and
  • As I See It

    The Fair

    April 12, 2022: UPDATE: Beth Nelsen, who had filed complaints about Pedroza with the FPPC commented it was actually six checks, not two. “The FPPC never ruled
  • As I See It

    Rose Solis

    The parade from Panchas with the Second Line Band to the outpouring from the community at the Estates.
  • As I See It | Health & Safety

    Support Starr

    The Starr Family is taking action and encouraging others to help those in Ukraine.
  • As I See It

    Mayor Pro

    Yountville is a small Town, and sometimes fewer people get involved with our Town Council (not the case, thankfully, this year). Some election cycles have Council
  • As I See It

    Yountville TOT

     TOT revenue for January 2022 was $329,768, reflecting a decrease of $18,223 or 5.2% compared to January 2020 collections (2022 far exceeded 2021, but we
  • As I See It

    Kellerville CA…

    As a follow-up to last week’s thoughts on Keller’s businesses in Yountville, Mr. Keller has announced that the Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge in
  • Latest News | Local Government and Politics

    Water Wasters’

    The Town of Yountville purchases water from the State (CalVet/Veterans Home Rector Reservoir). The Veterans Home has notified the Town that for the second year
  • As I See It

    Kellerville CA

    As our Town was filled with love for local businessman Thomas Keller at last week’s Local’s Appreciation Party for Appreciating the Chef, some interesting details are starting
  • As I See It

    Guess Who

    April TOT (transit occupancy tax or bed tax) numbers are in, and occupancy is finally catching up to previous years. For all hotel rooms, the
  • Latest News | This Week

    Napa Pride

    Thursday, June 2 Youth Movie Night 3:30-6 pm Napa County Library Laugh, cry, and MARVEL as we watch 2021’s Spider-man: No Way Home. Attendees will receive
  • As I See It

    June Is

    The Town of Yountville is raising the Pride Flag tomorrow at 11 am at Town Hall. Come by and show your support and say thank
  • As I See It

    This Is

    Residents often ask me why the Town of Yountville helps fund our local chamber. In the budget for 2022/2023, there is a bit over $300,000
  • Latest News | This Week

    The Legacy

    The Legacy of Sally & Don Schmitt will be held Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 PM in the Yountville Community Center.  It will be an evening designed
  • Latest News | This Week

    Yountville Parks

    The Town of Yountville Parks & Recreation Master Plan process is in full swing! This Master Plan will evaluate community needs, document the history, and assess
  • Last Week | Latest News

    Get Involved,

    ZONING & DESIGN REVIEW BOARD (ZDRB)The Town of Yountville is seeking three (3) community volunteers to serve on the ZDRB.  The terms of office will
  • Town Council | Town Meetings

    Town Council

    With over eight hours of presentations and staff reports completed, the next step for the fiscal year 2022/2023 budget is adopting it at the next
  • As I See It

    Things That

    Yountville Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business of the Year for Ranch Market, Too Let’s continue this theme and share the details on Yountville Chamber’s Business
  • Town Council | Town Meetings

    Town Council

    The Town Council discussed the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2022/2023 on May 5 – discussed is putting it lightly as the meeting hit
  • 2022 Election News | As I See It

    Dunbar Provides

    I support the extensive experience that John Dunbar will bring for Napa County District 3 Supervisor when I cast my ballot. With discussions throughout Napa
  • Latest News | This Week

    California Veterans

    Not usually a meeting to write home about, but it turns out the Veterans Board meeting yesterday had an agenda item filled with lots of
  • As I See It

    TOT March

    Once again, the smaller hotels (62 rooms) far exceeded the larger hotels (393 rooms) in the occupancy category, 72% vs. 52%. ADR (average daily rate)
  • As I See It

    SF Chronicle

    Fresh on the heels of our conversation about February 2022 TOT and the WSJ article we shared, the SF Chronicle is getting in on the
  • As I See It

    Wall Street

    Fresh on the heels of our conversation last week about February 2022 TOT, it is interesting that a publication that caters to the travelers who
  • As I See It

    Campaign Contributions

    April 26, 2022 Campaign Contributions (cont.) A letter to the editor in the Yountville Sun was also part of the Public Comment at the Council meeting. The
  • As I See It

    Sensational Headlines/Trigger

    I believe it’s time to address the discussions taking place in our Town. I keep seeing and hearing the word divisive thrown around quite a bit lately.

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