Community Health Clinic hired Tanir Ami as chief executive officer of Napa County's only nonprofit health clinic on Nov. 15.

She will take over for longtime Executive Director Beatrice Bostick, who will retire Jan. 31, 2011.

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Ms. Ami had been executive director for four years of Community Clinic Consortium. It is an organization of four nonprofit clinics serving 190,000 patients in Contra Costa and Solano counties from 23 facilities.

Clinic Ole and its Sister Ann Dental Clinic and Healthy Moms and Babies divisions serve more than 18,000 patients annually.

For four years before the consortium, Ms. Ami was program officer at the Center for Health Care Access at Blue Shield of California Foundation, establishing a grant-making program for low-income families.


Business transaction law firm Russell Law Group opened an office in the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association building downtown Napa.

Attorney Brian Russell was in-house counsel for Grassi and Associates, a general contracting firm in Napa, prior to forming the new practice. He also served as staff attorney for Francis Ford Coppola Presents LLC.

The firm's practice areas include alcoholic beverage, business, environmental, land use and real estate. For more information, go to www.rlgnapavalley.com or call 707-294-2775.


The city of Napa has issued a request for proposals to create a Sustainability Plan that will include a city Climate Action Plan and a plan for the city to reach measurable targets for improving environmental sustainability and greenhouse-gas emissions.

The request for proposals is posted at www.cityofnapa.org/redevelopment. Questions about the plan are due to the city Nov. 29, and proposals, Dec. 3.

The Sustainability Plan is being funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Energy Department. Remaining funds will pay for a two-year sustainability coordinator position, retrofitting city buildings and streetlights for energy-efficiency and providing incentives for the private sector to do likewise.

For details, contact Andrea Fox at 707-258-7864 or afox@cityofnapa.org.


Wine Opinions of St. Helena launched a new qualitative research service to wine producers, marketers and trade associations.

Called Vintrospectives, the service is said to give clients "more precise targeting" and "deeper insights" than what can be gleaned from focus groups.

The pool of potential research participants comes from more than 6,000 members of the Wine Opinions consumer panel.

Participants can be selected based on various characteristics, then the list is further screened and segmented by an online survey. In-depth moderated online discussions and direct inquiries are then conducted.

For details, visit www.wineopinions.com or call 707-967-9299.


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Vanessa Robledo, president and managing partner of Black Coyote wine company in Napa Valley, has been named president of the San Francisco-based Ernest Bates Foundation. The 6-year-old foundation started by pioneering neurosurgeon Ernest Bates, M.D., focuses on funding nonprofits in health care and employment development in black and Latino communities.


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