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After a week of recovery in Napa, some downtown business owners still feel foiled and frustrated, as they try to reopen.
"I have a movie background, so I knew L.A. was where I could find a trailer equipped to do hair," salon owner Sandina Bailo told KTVU, as she showed a movie trailer towed from Hollywood where she hoped to resume styling clients, at least temporarily.
The idea didn't cut it with the city, however, and inspectors slapped a red tag on the trailer Saturday afternoon, keeping it from opening.
It has only three stations and a shampoo bowl, plus a restroom and small reception area, but it would have provided some relief while her Sala Salon, steps away, is repaired.
Her business is structurally safe, but its interior was damaged when sprinkler pipes broke and water sprayed for hours.
"We've been served some lemons and we're making lemonade," said Bailo's stylists, giving passersby cups of lemonade.
The staff was disappointed as they readied the trailer for business but were shut down.
"Someone from the city came over and said, move it. I said, where, he said move it, you can't be here," explained Bailo.
She was told the trailer can't be parked in a construction zone, even though the traffic lane on 1st Street is already closed, and much of downtown is torn up and fenced off.
"I'm saying help me keep my business afloat, help me keep my team employed and able to pay their bills," Bailo added, "I'm saying work with me, and I'm being told be patient."
Patience is also thin at Velo Pizzeria on Main Street, where they were losing money Saturday night. "Thousands of dollars, thousands," owner Daniel Sarao told KTVU, as he sent his kitchen and wait staff home. They had hoped to be reopen for dinner after baking on the sidewalk in a mobile oven Friday night.
Their building wasn't damaged at all. Their only hazard is an unreinforced building that backs up to them.
Velo's owners hauled in $19,000 in lumber Saturday to build a second protective roof over their existing roof. They almost had it finished, inspected, and approved, before daylight faded.
Their next shot at firing up the ovens is for lunch Sunday. "All this work that we're doing, we're trying so hard," co-owner Lewis Chilton told KTVU, "and the most frustrating thing is our neighbor whose building is unsafe, isn't doing anything."
That neighbor, attorney and property owner Brian Silver, admitted to KTVU, he saw no reason to perform requested retrofitting. "Never in Napa history has anyone ever died in an earthquake," he declared in an interview at his home.
But it's the death of small business, many merchants worry about now.
KTVU approached inspectors on the street, who responded with "no comment" when asked about the status of the trailer salon.
But people walking by expressed admiration for Bailo's resourcefulness. "I really think the city needs to rethink that red-tag," declared Napa native Kathi Cook. "These are people who are open for business to keep Napa in business."Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:53:04 -0700
A masked man armed with a handgun robbed a market in unincorporated Sonoma County on Friday night, sheriff's deputies said.
At about 10:55 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Stony Point Market in the 3200 block of Stony Point Road near Butler Avenue, just outside of Santa Rosa.
A man entered the market and confronted a clerk with a semi-automatic handgun, deputies said.
The armed suspect ordered the clerk to give him all the cash out of the register. The clerk removed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and gave it to the suspect, according to deputies.
Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that the armed suspect fled from the market on foot in an unknown direction.
Deputies searched the neighborhood around the market with the assistance of a K-9 unit, but the suspect was not located, deputies said.
The suspect was described as a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. He had a cloth mask covering his face at the time of the robbery, sheriff's deputies said.
The robbery remains under investigation and anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office at (707) 565-2650.Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:22:03 -0700
Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the humanitarian mission.
Thousands of Shiite Turkmen have been stranded in the farming community about 105 miles north of Baghdad. The aid came at the request of the Iraqi government, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
Military operations will be limited in scope and duration as needed to address the humanitarian crisis in Amirli and protect the civilians trapped in the town, Kirby said.
Instead of fleeing in the face of the Islamic State drive across northern Iraq, the Shiite Turkmens have stayed and fortified their town of 15,000 with trenches and armed positions.
While Amirli fought off the initial attack in June, it has been surrounded by the militants since mid-July. Some residents have said that the Iraqi military's efforts to fly in food, water and other aid have not been enough amid oppressive heat, lack of electrical power — the town's power station was destroyed weeks ago — and shelling from the militants.
The U.S. had been watching the area closely in case a slaughter of the Turkmen appeared imminent and air support was needed, said Michael Knights, who studies Iraq and the Persian Gulf as a fellow of The Washington Institute. U.S. airstrikes will hasten the success of the relief effort on the ground, he said.
About half of the town's population is age 15 and under while many others are elderly, sick or wounded, Knights said.
"They are remarkably vulnerable, and ISIS is determined to kill as many of these people as possible," Knights said, referring to an acronym for the Islamic State group. "As the Nazis felt about the Jews, so ISIS feels about the Shia Muslims."
U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, which began earlier this month, have targeted Islamic State militants attacking Yazidi Iraqis on Mount Sinjar and the militant forces operating in the vicinity of Ibril and Mosul Dam. The beleaguered Yazidis received several humanitarian drops of tons of food and water as well as military support aimed at protecting them.
Earlier Saturday, U.S. Central Command said five more airstrikes had taken place against Islamic State militants near Mosul Dam. Those attacks, carried out by fighter aircraft and unmanned drones, brought to 115 the total number of airstrikes across Iraq since Aug. 8.Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:06:40 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories