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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Napa CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Lucio "Cio" Perez

Farmer/Viticulturist
3,499 votes (43.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ignoring violations and abuses of winery permits is unacceptable, and enforcement needs to be effective. I will require prompt investigation of violations, insisting non compliant wineries adhere to approved permits to protect quality of life.
  • I will acknowledge limitations of our finite natural resources in order to insure the health of our communities and protect sustainable agriculture; safe drinking water, intact ecosystems, maintain a healthy economy.
  • All parties should participate equally in policy decisions and project evaluations. Fair and transparent government is critical to address current issues of workforce/affordable housing, traffic, and environmental protection to benefit all residents.

Experience

Education

University of California at Davis BS Degree, Viticulture and Oenology (1974)

Biography

Napa County depends on agriculture to sustain its economy.  Yet no member of the Board of Supervisors has practical farming experience.  That's why Lucio "Cio" Perez, Owner of L. Perez & Sons Vineyards, is running for Napa County Supervisor in District 3.

 

As a farmer, viticulturist and businessman, Cio Perez has a lifetime of knowledge and experience county government needs to better conserve watersheds and agricultural lands, and to protect the health and quality of life for the children, working families and seniors who live here.

 

Cio was born and raised in St. Helena and his family has been farming here for three generations. His grandfather Lucio came to St. Helena from Mexico and Arizona to plant the family's first vineyards in Napa County.  Cio's father Ezequiel continued the tradition, raising Cio, his sister and three brothers on the family's farm.

 

After graduating from St. Helena High School, Cio attended Stanford University and graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Viticulture and Oenology.  He then returned home to be part of a long tradition of farmers who take pride in the crop they produce and responsibility for the land they work.

 

Today, he manages several vineyards, including those of L. Perez & Sons, planted by his grandfather.

 

As a leader in the Napa County Farm Bureau, Cio had regularly testified and offered guidance to the Board of Supervisors on agricultural issues, and for years has been sounding the alarm of caution related to massive wine-themed development projects that will harm Napa County's ecosystem.

 

In 2015, he served on Napa County's Agriculture Protection Advisory Committee and in 2011 the Napa County Farm Bureau named him Agriculturalist of the year.  From 2001 to 2007 Cio was an active member of the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

 

Above all, Cio is a scientist who understands which types of uses our land can support in order to protect it for the next generation of local agricultural entrepreneurs.

 

Cio and his dogs Sparky and Harley live in St. Helena and are mostly seen on the road tending to the farms.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Stabilize the Cost Of Housing

Rules regulating vacation rentals and second homes are rarely enforced, causing displacement of workers and local families.  I will lead the effort to require County Staff enforce current regulations, and I will support innovative policies to stabilize housing costs for local families and those who work here.

 

A Sustainable Economy

A shift away from a sustainable agricultural economy to a boom-or-bust entertainment destination industry threatens the economic future of all of us.  I will work to restore our shared commitment to the practice of farming and sharing our wonderful product with our visitors, while increasing strong protections for our natural areas. This is the only way to ensure a strong economy for Napa County's future.

 

Conserve Water Supply & Prevent Fires

Our hillside watersheds are Napa County's major source for drinking and agricultural water, and are a natural fire barrier.  I will fight to protect the watersheds we all depend on from inappropriate development and obvious non-agricultural uses.

 

Protect Quality of Life

Our agricultural lands, roads, air and water supplies have clear limits. Oversized wine-themed developments that overburden our roads and groundwater do not belong in our rural neighborhoods.  I will not support developments that facts and data demonstrate our infrastructure and natural resources cannot sustain.

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