The City of Napa is a charter city, subject to the terms of the City Charter. The City Charter was ratified by the voters in an election held on December 16, 1914, with an effective date of June 7, 1915. The City Charter may be amended only by a vote of the City's electorate.
The City Council, as the governing body of a charter city, is authorized to establish City laws under its "home rule" authority, as set forth in California Constitution Article XI, Section 5. City laws are approved by the City Council in the form of ordinances, resolutions, or other actions of the City Council documented in the minutes of public meetings. City ordinances that have general applicability throughout the City are collected and codified in the Napa Municipal Code. City resolutions that have general applicability throughout the City are collected and organized in the City's Policy Resolutions. Other ordinances, resolutions, and minute actions are available through the webpage of the City Clerk or the Public Records Center. Additionally, the City's Planning Division has collected City resolutions and procedures related to land use regulation in the Planning Division Library of Documents.
Sister City programs assist in the exchange of ideas, development of friendships in other cultures, provides for the chance to open new dialogues in improving the quality of urban life, and promotes the exploration of city policy.
The City of Napa has endorsed three cities as recognized Sister Cities:
Sandbags: Where to get them and how to use them
To help the community prepare for possible flooding, sandbags and sand are distributed free of charge to City residents and business owners the first Saturday in November, December, January, February, and March. The distribution takes places from 9am to 1pm on each of these Saturdays at the City Corporation Yard at 770 Jackson Street.
The City of Napa's elected officials, appointed officials and staff are committed to transparency on compensation. To make it easy to find a comprehensive set of information on pay and benefits, this Compensation Information web page has been created. Follow the links below for details.
Due to the City's extensive experience with flooding, there is an understanding of street closures and evacuations that will be needed as a flood emergency progresses. The map here shows where streets will be closed and the Phase 1 through Phase 4 evacuation areas and safe evacuation routes.
- This is a large file and may take a moment to load, but when viewing the map with Adobe Reader you will be able to zoom in on your area of concern for detailed information.The Phase 1 area is shaded in green, the phase 2 area in gold/orange, the phase 3 area in red, and the phase 4 area in blue.
Phase 1 Response Area
The Phase 1 area is inundated when Napa Creek overflows. (See current Creek levels here.) Creek flooding may occur even if the Napa River does not leave its banks, or may precede flooding along the River. When the Phase 1 area is threatened, the following streets will be closed.
Brown Street between Yount and Pearl
Coombs Street between Pearl and Arroyo
Main Street between Yount and First
Pearl Street between Coombs and Soscol
Seminary Street between Hayes and Calistoga
Yajome Street between Yount and Pearl
Soscol Avenue/SR121 between Kansas Avenue and Shetler Avenue
Trancas Street between Soscol and Silverado Trail/Monticello Road
Phase 2 Response Area
"Minor River Flooding" begins when the Napa River reaches the level of 26 feet at Oak Knoll, and this flooding affects the Phase 2 area. (Follow this link to view the current River and Stream levels.) If the River is flooding the Phase 2 area, it is likely that the Phase 1 area is also being flooded. When the Phase 2 area is threatened, the following streets will be closed.
Soscol Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Sousa Lane
First Street between Main and Juarez
Third Street between Main and Juarez
Jackson Street between Yajome and Soscol
North Bay Drive
Fourth Street between the railroad tracks and Bailey Street
Fifth Street between Soscol Avenue and Burnell Street
Oil Company Road between the Napa River and Soscol Avenue
Taylor Street between the Napa River and Juarez Street
Post Street between the Napa River and Juarez Street
Second Street between the Napa River and Juarez Street
Clay Street between the Napa River and Juarez Street
Phase 3 Response Area
"Moderate River Flooding" begins when the Napa River reaches the level of 28 feet at Oak Knoll, and this flooding affects the Phase 3 area. (Follow this link to view the current River and Stream levels.) If the River is flooding the Phase 3 area, it is likely that the Phase 1 and Phase 2 areas are also being flooded. When the Phase 3 area is threatened, the following streets will be closed.
Adrian Street between Jackson and South End
Clay Street between Juarez and Silverado Trail
First Street between Juarez and Silverado Trail
Hagen Road at Silverado Trail
Iroquois Street between Jackson and Lincoln
Jackson Street between Main and Yajome
Lincoln Avenue between Iroquois and Silverado Trail
Second Street between Juarez and Silverado Trail
Silverado Trail between Monticello and Stonecrest, and between Fairview Drive and Sousa Lane
Soscol Avenue between Central and Lincoln, and between Sousa Lane and Silverado Trail
Streblow Drive from the gate to the end of the road
Taylor Street between Juarez and Silverado Trail
Third Street between Juarez and Silverado Trail
Yajome Street between Jackson and Yount
Phase 4 Response Area
"Major River Flooding" begins when the Napa River reaches the level of 30 feet at Oak Knoll, and this flooding affects the Phase 4 area. (Follow this link to view the current River and Stream levels.) If the River is flooding the Phase 4 area, it is likely that the Phase 1, 2 and 3 areas are also being flooded. When the Phase 4 area is threatened, the following streets will be closed.
Adrian Street between G and Jackson
Alice Street between Paul Avenue and Central
Ash Street between Randolph and Coombs
Ashlar Street between Silverado Trail and Kenwood
Brown Street between Legion and Yount, between Second and Third, and between Fifth St and the south end of Brown
Central Avenue between Alice and Soscol
Coombs Street between Pearl and Imola/SR 121
Division Street between Randolph and Brown
Elm Street between Randolph and Riverside Drive
Evans Avenue between Silverado and Willow Avenue
Fifth Street between Randolph and the River
First Street between Franklin and Main and between Silverado Trail and Willow Avenue
Fourth Street between Franklin and Coombs
Franklin Street between Spruce and Ash, and between Ash and South Coombs
Hagen Road between Old Coach Road and Silverado Trail
Imola Avenue/SR 121 between Jefferson Street and Soscol
Iroquois Street between Lincoln and Jackson
Kansas Avenue between Soscol and Kansas Court, and between Soscol and Gasser Drive
Lake Park Drive
La Salle Way
Lathrop Street between Alice and Carriage Place
Laurel Street between Randolph and Riverside Drive
Main Street between Jackson and Yount, and between First Street and the Napa River at Napa Mill
Napa Yacht Club
North Newport Drive
South Newport Drive
Oak Street between Randolph and Riverside Drive
Pine Street between Randolph and Riverside Drive
Randolph Street between Ash and Spruce, and between Pearl and Division
Rio Vista Drive
River Glen Drive
River Park Boulevard
Sea Breeze Court
Second Street between Franklin and Main
Silverado Trail between Hardman Avenue and Trancas, and between Spring Street and Soscol Avenue
Soscol Avenue between Silverado Trail and Kansas, between Shetler and Imola, and between Pueblo and Central
South Jefferson Street from Imola south
South Newport Drive
Spruce Street between South Seminary and Coombs
Stone Crest Drive between Silverado Trail and Oakcrest Court
Sycamore Street between South Seminary and Franklin
Third Street between Franklin and Main
Yajome Street between G and Jackson
During a major storm, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and do unsafe things. Here are some important tips for staying safe.
- Avoid driving or walking in areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
- NEVER try to cross a flowing stream where water is above your knees. Even water as shallow as 6 inches may produce a strong current that could sweep you away.
- NEVER drive over a flooded road. There may be unseen washouts or debris. If your car is disabled you may be both stranded and trapped.
- If your car stalls, abandon it IMMEDIATELY and seek higher ground.
- Do not "sightsee" in flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades. You may be subject to substantial fines.
- Keep children with you. Be aware that teenagers in particular may be tempted to get too close to floodwaters. This not only places them in jeopardy, but inhibits public safety personnel from assisting those that need it.
- Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during the storm, dress in warm, loose layered clothing and use appropriate gear to stay dry. Advise others of your destination.
- Use the telephone ONLY for family emergencies or to report dangerous conditions.
- Stat informed by using this website, local and regional radio and television, weather radio, and other reliable sources for emergency information and instructions from the EOC.
- If you are requested to evacuate, PLEASE DO SO. Make arrangements to stay with friends or relatives, or use a shelter provided by the City in cooperation with the Red Cross. Be sure to bring any necessary medication and a change of clothing with you.