BREAKING NEWS II: Update to "Problems at Napa Valley Museum"

Napa Valley Museum

Napa Valley Museum

A week ago westmuse broke the news about the Napa Valley Museum.  There have been further developments and Executive Director Rick Deragon has provided the following, important update:

The Napa Valley Museum Takes on State
by Rick Deragon, Executive Director
Napa Valley Museum

The State Departments of Veterans Affairs and General Services are attempting to throw us out of our building constructed with community donations in the mid-1990s. The State believes the Napa Valley Museum did not comply with the terms of the long-term lease. The State believes we are now operating with a month-to-month tenancy. We believe the termination was ineffective and wrongly executed, and therefore we still have a valid lease. In early March, the State gave us a 30-day eviction notice, but on the 29th day, they sent a Notice f Rescission of the Notice to Vacate. We now have until October 15 to resolve the issue.

The Napa Valley Museum asserts that we are currently in compliance with the original lease, having paid all past amounts due. We operate in a building constructed with 2.3 million dollars from the community.

It was, in fact, the museum, in 2006, that brought the lease issue to the attention of the State. State then took 13 months to reply to us. Before the requested meeting could take place, the State issued its Termination of Lease. The museum did not have a chance to adequately discuss its lease situation.

The museum has a vital exhibition schedule of art and history dislays, as well as an educational outreach program to the elementary and middle schools of the Napa Valley, touching the lives of 5000 kids annually. We supplement exhibitions with special programs, lectures and workshops. We have been serving the community since 1973.

I encourage empathetic persons to call or fax representatives. Perhaps the Department of Veterans Affairs would drop this if there were a hue and cry.

Sen. Pat Wiggins
fax 916.323.6958

Rep. Mike Thompson
Napa: 707.226.9898
fax 707.251.9800

DC: 202.225.3311
fax 202.225.4335

Noreen Evans, State Assembly
fax 916.319.2107

fax 707.258.8205

Sen Diane Feinstein
DC: 202.224.3841
fax 202.228.3954

SF: 414.393.0707
fax 415.393.0710

Sen Barbara Boxer
DC: 202.224.3553
fax 202.224.0454

SF: 415.403.0100

Tom Johnson
Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs
fax 916.653.2456

Your noisy support is greatly appreciated!

[Rick, Here at the Western Museums Association we care.  We are here to help you garner support from others, including Paulette Hennum from Parks & Rec, who has already commented on the previous post here.  Keep up the GOOD work!]



Can those of us out of the US show our concerns by writing your representatives as well? This is reads like bullying, and one knows if it happens in one place, it can happen in elsewhere... I am wanting/willing to support, just let me know how.
Caroline in Canada

Rick, thanks for this update and response. I'm writing my local representatives as well as the ones on your list this week. This is a foolish act on the part of the state.

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