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Sutter County News for 2011
 
New Car Seat Laws
December 20, 2011
New Car Seat Laws

California law effective January 1, 2012, requires that all children under the age 8 must be properly buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat. Children age 8 or older may use the vehicle seat belt if it fits properly, the lap belt low on the hips, touching the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest. If children age 8 and older are not tall enough for proper seat belt fit, they must ride in a booster or car seat. Seat belts are designed for adults and do not properly fit children under 4’ 9” tall, regardless of the child’s weight. For each child under 16 who is not properly secured the driver can be fined more than $475 and get a point on their driving record. Everyone in the car must be properly buckled up.

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Holiday Closure
December 16, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Friday and Monday, December 23rd & 26th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday. On Monday, January 2nd, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday.
 
Adopt a Family for Christmas
December 06, 2011
Adopt a Family for ChristmasDonors are sought to help local families in need through the FIT Foundation Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program and local churches.

This is the second year that local United Methodist Churches are helping coordinate the FIT Foundation Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program, which is now in its 10th year.

The program matches individuals or groups anonymously with a family and then provides the donors with information about the family's needs and wishes to help in buying gifts.

For information about "adopting" a family, email d.meeker@murphybusiness.com or call (530) 790-7554.

Donations of unwrapped new toys and nonperishable food can be dropped off at locations in Yuba City during regular business hours: First United Methodist Church, Shaw and Associates, Bank of Feather River and Raintree Car Wash.

In addition, monetary donations — checks made out to the FIT Foundation — can be mailed to 1282 Stabler Lane, Suite 630-258, Yuba City CA 95993.

 
Open House and Children's Program at Museum
December 02, 2011
Open House and Children

Come and enjoy the festive decorations during the Open House & Children's Program at the Community Memorial Museum on Sunday, December 18, 2011. The Children's Program begins at 1:00 p.m. with a variety of stories followed by songs by local treasure, John Carter.

Refreshments will be provided after the entertainment ends and, as always, the program is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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Supervisors Distribute 625 Frozen Turkeys for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2011

Sutter County Supervisors on Monday helped distribute 625 frozen turkeys to organizations providing free Thanksgiving meals.

Larry Montna, Stan Cleveland, Larry Munger, Jim Whiteaker and James Gallagher joined State Sen. Doug LaMalfa in the parking lot of Wal-Mart Yuba City, where they helped load boxes of frozen turkeys into vehicles owned by various non-profit organizations, which will distribute them to needy families.

The turkeys were donated by Golden State Water company, which provided approximately 10,000 frozen turkeys in several Northern California communities as part of its annual “Operation Gobble.”

During Tuesday night’s Board meeting, Chairman Gallagher reported on the turkey giveaway, and encouraged that even more be done to assist.

“I want to remind the public that all these charities are telling us that they are down in donations this year, and the need is even greater,” Mr. Gallagher said. “If you can, I know times are tough, but if you can donate to a food bank or to Toys for Tots this holiday season, I would encourage that.”

Operation Turkey Gobble
Operation Turkey Gobble
Operation Turkey Gobble
 
Donna M. Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder, Announces an Online Marriage Application.
November 17, 2011
Donna M. Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder, Announces an Online Marriage Application.

Donna M. Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder, Announces an Online Marriage application. You can now apply for a Marriage License online. It’s easy and saves time.

The system will provide a secure means to allow the customer to apply for a Marriage License.

For those customers who do not have access to the Internet but wish to apply for a license online, there is a public kiosk available in the Sutter County Clerk Recorder’s office.

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Holiday Closure
November 17, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Great American Smokeout Encourages Smokers to Quit for Just One Day
November 16, 2011
Great American Smokeout Encourages Smokers to Quit for Just One DayThe Sutter County Tobacco Control Program is observing the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2011, by encouraging smokers to use that date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking for just one day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing lung cancer and other chronic diseases.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. The newest U.S. Surgeon General's report states "quitting at any age and at any time is beneficial. It's never too late to quit, but the sooner the better."

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The Sutter County Tobacco Control Program is encouraging smokers to stop by the Health Department to pick up a free quit kit that contains a self-help guide, mint toothpicks, air freshener, and other items to help you kick the habit. It also contains a coupon for a free "cold turkey sandwich", compliments of the New Earth Market. Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done, cold turkey or by cutting down, for just one day or for longer. For more information about quitting and help, call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or stop by the Sutter County Health Department, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, and pick up a quit kit today.

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Trees & Traditions at Museum
November 15, 2011
Trees & Traditions at Museum

Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting its annual fundraising gala Trees & Traditions on Saturday, December 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Museum gallery will be decked with garlands and 6-foot wreaths of fresh greenery, and the centerpiece will be the 16-foot decorated tree. Lavish hors d’oeuvres will be accompanied by wine and champagne. The MARKS Ensemble will provide festive music.

Small decorated trees and a variety of gifts, donated by businesses and individuals, will be awarded to drawing winners. An opportunity will be available to bid on special gifts in both a silent auction and, for the first time, a live auction. All proceeds benefit the operation of the Museum.

Guests at the gala will be the first to use the brand new Ettl Hall meeting room, where coffee and desserts will be served. Ettl Hall, situated just behind the Museum, will serve the Museum for needed program space, as well as being available for rental to the community.

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New Agency Would Govern Animal Services In Sutter County
November 14, 2011
New Agency Would Govern Animal Services In Sutter CountyThe Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the Sutter Animal Services Authority on Nov. 8. The Board signed a proposed Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA) and appointed two County supervisors to sit on the new agency’s Board of Directors.

If the cities of Live Oak and Yuba City approve the JPA, the Sutter Animal Services Authority (SASA) would become the new governing authority for animal control services throughout Sutter County.

The County of Sutter will continue as the lead agency providing animal control services until a new animal shelter is constructed. When the new shelter is completed, the City of Yuba City will become the lead agency as well as the employing agency for animal control services personnel.

Decisions about the level and nature of animal care services will become the responsibility of the SASA Board of Directors, which will be comprised of two Sutter County Supervisors, two members of the Yuba City Council, and two members of the Live Oak City Council.

Second District Supervisor Stanley Cleveland Jr. and Third District Supervisor Larry Munger were appointed to the SASA Board of Directors for Sutter County.

The City of Yuba City will consider the JPA and board appointees on Nov. 15. The City of Live Oak will consider the JPA and board appointees on Nov. 16.

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Holiday Closure
November 04, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Friday, November 11th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
 
Sutter County Now Has Its Own Flag
October 27, 2011
Sutter County Now Has Its Own FlagThe president and vice-president of Sutter Buttes 4-H Club presented the new Sutter County flag to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

President Francisco Ruiz and Vice-President Franklin Tarke presented the flag during a dedication ceremony at the Hall of Records. Immediately following the presentation, the pair raised the new flag beneath the United States and California flags at the Sutter County Courthouse East annex on Second Street.

It is Sutter County's first official flag in its 161-year history.

The 4-H Club members designed the flag and raised the money to purchase several for the County. Indoor flags will be located in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Hall of Records, and at the administration building at 1160 Civic Center Boulevard. Outdoor flags will fly at the courthouse and at 1160 Civic Center Boulevard.

During the presentation of the flag, Board Chairman James Gallagher,on behalf of the entire Board of Supervisors, presented Gold Resolutions honoring their achievement to Mr. Ruiz and Mr. Tarke.

Sutter County Flag Dedication Ceremony
 
Study: Pension, Salary Changes to Save Sutter County $48 Million Over 20 Years
October 20, 2011

Steps taken by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors to renegotiate labor contracts will save the County close to $50 million over the next 20 years, according to an actuarial study conducted as part of a pension reform effort.

Actual value of the net savings from re-negotiated labor contracts over the 20-year period are $43 million for Miscellaneous group employees, and another $5 million for employees in Safety units, for combined savings of $48 million, according to Bartel Associates LLC, which conducted the actuarial study on behalf of Sutter County.

“This study shows that pension reform can provide significant savings for counties and local government,” said Board Chairman James Gallagher. “While there is more work to do, this is a significant step in the right direction.”

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Steven Harrah, Sutter County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Announces Online Credit Card Acceptance for Property Tax Payment.
October 17, 2011
Steven Harrah, Sutter County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Announces Online Credit Card Acceptance for Property Tax Payment.

The Sutter County Tax Collector will begin accepting credit card, debit card and e-check payments online for the payment of current year secured and supplemental property taxes. A link to the online payment system will be found on both Sutter County’s home page, www.suttercounty.org and the Sutter County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s page, www.suttercounty.org/taxes.

The system will provide a secure means to allow taxpayers to pay their secured and supplemental property tax bills online beginning October 20, 2011, providing additional payment options beyond the current cash, check and guaranteed funds currently accepted at the counter and though the mail.

For those taxpayers who do not have access to the internet but wish to pay their taxes using a credit or debit card, a public terminal will be available in the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office located at 463 2nd Street, Yuba City during normal office hours.

As a reminder, the first installment of secured property taxes is due by the close of business December 12, 2011. All payments sent by mail must be postmarked no later than December 12, 2011. Online payments will be considered timely if payment processing is completed prior to midnight on December 12, 2011.

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Haunted Health Fair
October 14, 2011
Haunted Health FairThe 3rd Annual Haunted Health Fair will be held Thursday, October 27th, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Public Health Department, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

This is free community event for children and families. Family fun will include interactive and educational games, prizes, face painting, photos and much more. We encourage children and family members to wear costumes. Hope to see you all there!

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Scary Halloween Tales at Museum
October 11, 2011
Scary Halloween Tales at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting Aondreaa The Storytailor and Her Ghoul-Friends for a program called Halloween Graveyard Lit Night: Tales to Horrify and Delight on Friday October 21st. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum. Five spine-tingling tales will be presented. The program is suitable for middle school students through adults. Admission is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Work Completed on Damaged Levee Near Verona
October 05, 2011
Work Completed on Damaged Levee Near VeronaRepair work has been completed on a section of levee near Verona that developed cracks during a series of March storms.

Reclamation District 1001 Manager Diane Fales said today that all construction work is completed and the section of levee on the northern bank of the Natomas Cross Canal has been hydro-seeded and will soon sprout grass.

"We're ready for the winter," said Ms. Fales.

The Construction was performed by Civil Engineering Inc.

The California Department of Water Resources and the County of Sutter combined on a $525,000 project to repair the levee, which protects the Nicolaus basin and highways 70 and 99 from flooding. The Sutter County Board of Supervisors committed up to $100,000, and the Reclamation District 1001 contributed fill dirt to meet the local match requirement.

DWR committed approximately $425,000 to the project.

Sutter County has remained in a state of emergency since cracking was discovered in the levee in March.

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Saving Photos Is Focus of Program at Museum
October 03, 2011

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a program with photographic consultant Allan Lamb about preserving old photographic images. In conjunction with the current museum exhibit, Clara Sheldon Smith, Art Photographer, Mr. Lamb will talk about the glass plate negatives used by Mrs. Smith, an early photographer working in the Marysville – Yuba City area about 1900. He will discuss some new facts that have come to light about the pioneering photography career of Clara Smith as a result of this exhibit.

Mr. Lamb, an award-winning photographer and certified framer himself, will include some history of the development of photographic processes and will demonstrate with various examples from early daguerreotypes up through modern photography. Because all photographic images deteriorate over time and over 160 years have passed since photography began, images in both public and family collections are in various stages of deterioration. Describing himself as being on a personal campaign to save our historic photography, he will share the latest information on how we can all help to preserve photographic images, whether they are old family photos in a drawer or in public collections.

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Sutter County Phase I – Local Public Safety Realignment Plan
September 30, 2011
Sutter County Phase I – Local Public Safety Realignment PlanThe Sutter County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) approved their Phase I - Local Public Safety Realignment Plan on September 29, 2011. The plan will be presented to the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on October 11, 2011. The Phase I Plan defines the issues and concerns identified by all CCP agencies, and recommends funding for the Sutter County Jail, Sutter County Probation and substance abuse services to meet the immediate needs of the realigned population. The plan in its entirety can be found on the Community Corrections Partnership Documents page.

Phase II and subsequent plans will identify and measure the actual impact of the new procedures and programs. It will also allow time to thoroughly identify gaps in services, identify issues in community protection, expand programs already in existence, modify court and sentencing practices and norms, and consider the formation of new efforts to enhance public safety across the continuum of enforcement, incarceration, supervision and rehabilitation.

Questions should be sent to Chief Probation Officer/CCP Chair, Christine D. Odom.

 
September 13 Board Meeting to Run on Comcast September 21
September 20, 2011
September 13 Board Meeting to Run on Comcast September 21The September 13 Board of Supervisors meeting, during which supervisors received an update on the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency's progress on the Feather River levee rehabilitation project, will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 18 at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 21.

Due to a technical difficulty, the Board meeting was not broadcast last Wednesday. Comcast has identified and resolved the technical difficulty, which prevented the showing of some other Board meetings.

Board meetings can be viewed live at the County's web-streaming portal www.suttervideo.org. Meetings are also archived on this site for viewing at anytime.

 
Video of World Trade Center Memorial Groundbreaking on Sutter County Website
September 16, 2011
Video of World Trade Center Memorial Groundbreaking on Sutter County WebsiteThe Oswald-Tudor Firefighters Association conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on September 11, 2011 of a memorial to those who saved lives and lost lives on September 11, 2001. The memorial includes a 130-lb. section of steel girder from the World Trade Center.

Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher spoke at the ceremony, and he and Supervisor Jim Whiteaker turned dirt in the groundbreaking ceremony.

For a videotape of the event, go to www.suttervideo.org.

 
9/11 Remembrance Event on Sutter County Website
September 16, 2011
9/11 Remembrance Event on Sutter County Website

Videotape of the entire ceremony conducted at Yuba City High School on Sept. 11, 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, is now available for viewing on the County of Sutter’s web streaming portal, www.suttervideo.org.

The event was hosted by Tri-Counties Blue Star Moms. Sutter County Supervisor Jim Whiteaker was master of ceremonies. The event included a fly-by by F-15 fighter jets, a bell-ringing ceremony marking the chronological order of events on the day of the attacks, prayers, speeches, patriotic songs, and demonstrations on the proper manner in which to fold—and dispose—of an American flag.

 
Sutter County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) Special Meeting
September 15, 2011

Sutter County Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) will hold a Special Meeting, Thursday, September 29, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at the Whitaker Hall (Sheriff’s Training Center), 44 Second Street, Yuba City. The focus of this meeting will be to review and approve the Phase I Plan - AB 109 Realignment.

Contact Leticia Paras-Topete or Emmy Yandall of Sutter County Probation 822-7320 if you have any questions.

 
Work Underway to Repair Levee Protecting the Nicolaus Basin
September 14, 2011
Work Underway to Repair Levee Protecting the Nicolaus Basin

Construction crews began in the week after Labor Day to repair a damaged section of northern levee along the Natomas Cross Canal at Verona, in south Sutter County.

The project is expected to be completed before the rainy season.

Civil Engineering of Loomis is performing the work under a $397,568 contract. Three quarters of the contract will be paid for by the state of California and 25 percent is a local match that will be paid for by the County of Sutter, and in-kind credit for fill dirt provided by Reclamation District 1001, according to RD 1001 Manager Diane Fales.

The construction company is taking down sections of the levee where cracks developed during storms in March of this year. New soil will be brought in and compacted, and a stability berm to support the new section of levee will be constructed on the land side.

The Natomas Cross Canal carries drainage from Placer County across Sutter County and into the Sacramento River at Verona. Approximately 200 farms and homes in the Nicolaus basin would be at risk for flooding if the levee failed. Highway 99-70 would also be threatened.

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Passport Day in the USA
September 12, 2011
Passport Day in the USAThe Sutter County Clerk Recorder is hosting a special event in Yuba City, California on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Thousands of local acceptance facilities around the country are joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2011, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

To help our customers who may not be able to visit our office during our normal business hours, additional services such as certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Fictitious Business Name Statements, issuance of Marriage Licenses and performing Marriage Ceremonies will be available this Saturday.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

Event:   Passport Day in the USA
Date:   Saturday, September 17, 2011
Time:   9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where:   Sutter County Clerk Recorder
433 Second Street
Yuba City, CA 95991

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Yuba and Sutter Counties Coordinate Launch of New Website Addresses
September 08, 2011
Yuba and Sutter Counties Coordinate Launch of New Website AddressesYuba and Sutter counties are making it easier to access emergency preparedness information by launching new website addresses with direct links to their respective emergency services sites.

BePreparedYuba.org and BePreparedSutter.org are being announced as part of September's National Preparedness Month. The new website addresses will take visitors directly to the emergency management pages without having to navigate through each county's home page.

Information available on the websites includes links to reservoir and river levels, weather advisories, advice on how to prepare emergency "go kits" and—in the event of a local emergency—shelter and evacuation information.

Sutter County's website includes a link to an 80-minute video documentary on the 1955 flood, as well as a video developed in cooperation with the Red Cross on emergency preparation. Links to color posters that can be printed out by individuals, businesses and organizations are also available on the Sutter County site.

Both sites include links to state and national emergency organizations and to the American Red Cross.

BePreparedYuba.org is the future home of a dedicated emergency website currently being developed and scheduled to go live prior to the upcoming winter season. During development, the web address will direct users to the current Yuba County Office of Emergency Services website.

County officials are coordinating with the Yuba County Water Agency to develop the new website, which will focus on providing emergency preparedness information to help educate citizens on how they can prepare for emergencies. In the event of an emergency occur, the website will become the information go-to site for Yuba County residents.

The site will include tools to build emergency plans, a checklist for creating emergency preparedness kits, and educational materials for teachers in the classroom. Residents will also be able to sign up to receive text messages for emergency and non-emergency information and access details on how to receive assistance and mapping for affected areas.

According to the American Red Cross, more than one-third of all Americans have no plan in place in the event of an emergency, and 40 percent of all businesses do not recover after an emergency. Individuals and businesses that plan for an emergency, however, have a greater chance for survival.

Yuba and Sutter counties will also jointly host a National Weather Service training for volunteer weather spotters. Members of the public are invited to attend weather spotting training at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 Eighth Street, Marysville.

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Piece of World Trade Center on Display in Sutter County on 10th Anniversary of Attack
September 07, 2011
Piece of World Trade Center on Display in Sutter County on 10th Anniversary of AttackA section of metal beam from the World Trade Center will get a permanent home at an outdoor memorial in Sutter County, and will be displayed during a groundbreaking ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers.

The Oswald-Tudor Firefighters Association secured the artifact from the Port Authority of New York and has permission from the Sutter County Board of Supervisors and the Community Memorial Museum Commission to construct a memorial on the grounds of the museum.

"We believe this will be a fitting tribute to the people whose lives were lost, and to those who saved lives, that day and also will bring a bit of United States history to Sutter County," said Sutter County Fire Department Captain Glenn Aronowitz, a spokesperson for the Firefighters Association.

The public is encouraged to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at the Community Memorial Museum, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City.

The 135-pound girder from the World Trade Center will be on display during the ceremony, along with the plaque that will be mounted to a pedestal when the memorial is constructed.

Following the ground-breaking, at 2 p.m., there will be a free screening of the World Trade Center documentary, "102 Minutes That Changed America," inside the Community Memorial Museum.

The documentary, produced by the History Channel in 2008, depicts in virtually real time the New York-based events of the September 11 attacks primarily using raw video footage from most amateur citizen journalists.

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Drive-Through Flu Clinic
September 06, 2011
Drive-Through Flu ClinicSutter County Public Health is holding a drive-through flu clinic for Sutter County residents.

Saturday, October 8, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Riverbend Elementary School
301 Stewart Road, Yuba City

The community drive-through vaccination clinic is for ALL Sutter County residents 2 years of age and up. No appointments necessary. No crowded waiting rooms. Protect yourself from influenza without leaving your car!

Sutter County Public Health asks the community to be prepared for the drive-through flu clinic by understanding the following information about the clinic:

  • Injectable flu vaccine is available for adults 18 years and older;
  • Intranasal Flumist spray is available for all healthy 2-49 years of age;
  • Children and teens under 18 years of age MUST be accompanied by parent or legal guardian;
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder in case an injection is needed;
  • $5.00 donation will be accepted.
  • Please note: No pediatric injectable flu vaccine will be offered at this event.
Due to a reduced quantity of state-supplied vaccine, this may be our only community flu clinic. Please check the Sutter County Public Health homepage for updates at www.suttercounty.org/publichealth or call: 530-822-7215.

Expedite the process by printing out your consent forms ahead of time.

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Holiday Closure
August 30, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, September 5th, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
 
Board Of Supervisors Schedules Public Hearing on Caltrans Plan to Raise Speed Limit on Highway 99
August 25, 2011

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 to receive comments about the proposal by the California Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit to 65 mph on a 12.3 mile stretch of Highway 99 from north of Sacramento Avenue to south of Bogue Road.

In a letter notifying the County of its intent, Caltrans said the speed limit would be raised as a result of an Engineering and Traffic survey.

The existing speed limit is 55 miles per hour between Bogue Road and Oswald Road, and 60 miles per hour between Oswald Road and Sacramento Avenue.

Prior to the completion of the four-lane Tudor Bypass project, the speed limit along this section of roadway was reduced at the request of the County after a series of fatal accidents on the former one-lane stretch of roadway.

The Board of Supervisors will receive comments during its regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Hall of Records Building, 433 Second Street, Yuba City. The comments will be forwarded to Caltrans.

 
Sutter Supervisors Designate $110,000 for Local Match to Fix Levee at Verona
August 24, 2011
Sutter Supervisors Designate $110,000 for Local Match to Fix Levee at Verona

Sutter County Supervisors on Tuesday allocated $110,000 to help Reclamation District 1001 meet a local match obligation to fix a damaged levee that protects the Nicolaus Basin from flooding.

On a unanimous vote, the Board of Supervisors approved a budget amendment authorizing the expenditure of up to $110,000 to make repairs to a section of the northern Natomas Cross Canal levee.

A crack and slumping developed in the Natomas Cross Canal levee in March, in the midst of a series of wind and rain storms that battered Northern California. Although Reclamation District 1001, and Sutter County, declared a state of local emergency, no state or federal emergency funds have been forthcoming to fix the levee.

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Community Corrections Partnership Special Meeting
August 24, 2011
Sutter County Community Corrections Partnership will hold a Special Meeting at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at the Sutter-Yuba Association of Realtors Conference Room, 1558 Starr Drive, Yuba City. Please contact Emmy Yandall for further questions.
 
Sutter County Smokers to get Free Nicotine Patches
August 19, 2011
Sutter County Smokers to get Free Nicotine PatchesSutter County Smokers to get Free Nicotine Patches Callers to 1-800-NO-BUTTS Can Receive a Free 2-Week Starter Kit Quitting smoking just got a little easier.

For a limited time, the California Smokers' Helpline is sending callers from Sutter County free nicotine patches. Eligible tobacco users who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS and enroll in the free telephone-based quitting program will receive a free two-week starter kit of patches, while supplies last.

"The Helpline has already served over half a million smokers," said Christopher Anderson, the Helpline's Program Director. "We hope this new opportunity will motivate even more people to give quitting a try."

The patches are an FDA-approved treatment proven to help smokers kick the habit. They release nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin, reducing withdrawal symptoms and slowly weaning smokers off nicotine.

Sutter County was one of 34 counties in California selected to participate in this program. All 34 counties have an adult smoking prevalence rate of 14 percent or higher, according to the 2008 California Tobacco Survey; the rate is 16% percent in Sutter County. In comparison, the 2010 statewide adult smoking rate is 11.9 percent.

"While much progress has been made in lowering the rate of smoking throughout California and the associated toll on public health, more remains to be done" stated Michele Blake, Sutter County Project Director.

This new program is part of a nationwide effort called Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which aims to improve health and lower medical costs by preventing disease, such as those caused by tobacco use.

"Helpline counseling doubles smokers' chance of success in quitting," said Anderson. "People who use both counseling and a quitting aid, such as the patch, have the best chance of quitting for good. So now is a perfect time to make that call and get started."

The free patches will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those who call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

About the Smokers' Helpline

Callers to the Smokers' Helpline may receive free one-on-one support from a trained cessation counselor, a self-help booklet and referral to local quit-smoking programs. It is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Helpline has specialized services for pregnant smokers, tobacco chewers and teens. All services are available in multiple languages:

1-800-NO-BUTTS (English)
1-800-45-NO-FUME (Spanish)
1-800-838-8917 (Mandarin and Cantonese)
1-800-556-5564 (Korean)
1-800-778-8440 (Vietnamese)

For more information, visit www.NoButts.org.

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Clara Sheldon Smith Photography at Sutter County Museum
August 17, 2011
Clara Sheldon Smith Photography at Sutter County Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring a new exhibit spotlighting the work of early art photographer Clara Sheldon Smith. An important woman photographer working in the Sacramento Valley at the turn of the 20th century, Mrs. Smith owned a portrait studio in Marysville and also took commercial assignments in the area. Her portraits combined sensitivity with informality to reflect her very unique style, bringing out the essence of her subjects through the glass plate negative. Her artfully composed landscapes and commercial photographs are also important now from an historical perspective. Her work spans the years 1896 to 1908.

Visitors to the exhibit may see a photograph of D Street in Marysville or Bridge Street in Yuba City and recognize buildings that still exist, but the unpaved streets with trolley tracks running down them will be a jarring reminder of 100 year’s interim. Many views reveal buildings or features long gone from our daily landscape

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Sutter County Public Works Wins Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association
August 16, 2011
Sutter County Public Works Wins Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works AssociationA Sutter County Public Works Department project to replace two bridges on Pleasant Grove Road across Curry Creek is the second Sutter County project in two years to win a Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Attending the awards ceremony Friday in Sacramento were, from left: Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher; Lori Burne of Dokken Engineering; Sutter County Public Works Project Manager Scott Riddle; Sutter County Engineer Neal Hay; Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen; Matt Griggs and Megan Carter of Dokken Engineering; and Sutter County Public Works Assistant Director Al Sawyer.

The award goes to agencies for projects which demonstrate excellence in management, administration, design, construction, and community relations, as well as the alliance among the managing agency and the consultant/engineer/contractor who worked to complete the public works project.

The Curry Creek Bridge Replacement project won in the Transportation Category, Construction Division for small government agencies and projects between $500,000 and $2 million.

In 2009, the Public Works Department won a similar award in the Environmental-Flood Control Category for the Cranmore/Garmire Road bridge replacement project across the Tisdale Weir in West Sutter County.

The Curry Creek bridges on Pleaseant Grove Road were constructed in 1922 to span the north and south forks of Curry Creek, which drains western Placer County and carries the runoff into Natomas Cross Canal, which transports the runoff into the Sacramento River at Verona.

Due to their narrow width and weathered and corroded decks, the bridges were replaced in the $817,000 project with one new bridge across the north fork, and dual 48-inch reinforced culverts to accommodate flows of the south fork.

The Federal Highway Bridge program was the source of 88 percent of the funding for the project, and Sutter County’s Road Fund provided 12 percent of the funding.

Sutter County Public Works Engineer Scott Riddle was the Project Manager on design and construction. Dokken Engineering, Inc., of Sacramento, provided the design and Syblon Reid Construction Company of Folsom, won a competitive bid contract from Sutter County to construct the project.

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Bright Futures Summer Health Fair
August 12, 2011
The Bright Futures Summer Health Fair takes place on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building at 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

FREE health and development screenings will be available for all children under the age of five.

Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (530) 822-7505.

 
Karen A. Ropp Appointed Sutter County Human Resources Director
August 11, 2011
Karen A. Ropp Appointed Sutter County Human Resources Director The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Karen A. Ropp the County’s Human Resources Director.

Ms. Ropp has a 12-year background in public and private human resources management, working most recently for the Sierra Pacific Power Company in Reno, Nevada.

She began her career as the manager of the County of Merced’s Animal Control Department, and spent four years with a private company in Alaska administering contracts with local, state and federal agencies.

She was a benefits manager for the Anchorage School District, and was Personnel Manager and Deputy Director of Employee Relations for the city of Anchorage, Alaska from 2000 to 2006.

In 2006 and 2007, she was the Employee Relations Manager for the City of Reno.

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Sutter County puts Property Value Information Online, Extends Deadline for Appeals
August 10, 2011
Sutter County puts Property Value Information Online, Extends Deadline for AppealsIn an effort to save money, the Sutter County Assessor's Office has placed all property value information online. At the same time, the Assessor has extended the deadline for appealing property valuations from September 15th to November 30th.

By eliminating the mailing of property Valuation Notices to individual property owners, the Assessor's Office is saving taxpayers approximately $26,000 annually and valuation information can be accessed any time of day, said Assessor Todd Retzloff.

Property valuation information is available on the internet by searching www.suttercounty.org. Click on "Property Assessments" under featured links.

Property owners who do not have access to the internet may call the office, 822-7160, to receive a property Valuation Notice.

As a result of the decline in property value in Sutter County, the Assessor's Office has reduced the valuation of over 9,000 parcels in the 2011/2012 valuation cycle, Retzloff said.

Property value assessments are the basis for property tax bills, which are mailed out by Steve Harrah, the Sutter County Treasurer/Tax Collector by the end of October.

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Program at Museum for Ishi’s 100th Anniversary
August 05, 2011
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will observe the 100th anniversary of the first contact with Ishi with a special program at the Museum on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m. History professor emeritus from Yuba Community College David Rubiales will talk about Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe. On August 28, 1911, Ishi wandered into a slaughter house near Oroville, half-starved and ragged. He was a remnant of a civilization then past, who at that moment walked into the modern world. Dr. Alfred Kroeber, an anthropology professor from the University of California at Berkeley worked with Ishi and studied his culture until Ishi’s death of tuberculosis in 1916. Ishi’s contribution to our understanding of California Native American life is immeasurable.

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Sutter County Bicycle Rodeo - No Cost Bicycle Helmets
July 26, 2011
Sutter County Bicycle Rodeo - No Cost Bicycle HelmetsThe Sutter County Public Health “School’s Back In” Bicycle Rodeo will be held on September 17, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in the Sutter County Public Health parking lot at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City. Available for ages Kindergarten through Eighth Grade only.
  • Test your bicycle skills in a variety of obstacle courses
  • Learn the rules of the road
  • Free bicycle safety check
  • Free helmet fitting station
  • Free helmets for participants (limited quantities, sizes, and colors/styles)
All participants must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

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Sutter County Redistricting Process Underway
July 20, 2011
Sutter County Redistricting Process Underway Sutter County residents interested in the future boundaries of supervisorial districts will have an opportunity Tuesday, July 26, to address the Board of Supervisors during a public hearing.

Following a public hearing on July 12, the Board of Supervisors reviewed three draft maps. After listening to public testimony, the Board directed that the County Planning Division revise one of the draft maps, and create a fourth draft map. The maps will be reviewed and additional testimony taken during the July 26 public hearing, which will be conducted at 7 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City.

In Sutter County, as in most California counties, supervisors are elected by district. There are five supervisorial districts that are required, by law, to be roughly the same size in population.

Following the 2010 Census, Sutter County embarked on a process to update the districts, in advance of the 2012 elections. Where the boundaries of the various districts are established has an impact on who is eligible to run for what district, and who can vote for which supervisorial candidate.

During a June 23 Town Hall meeting at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston explained the concept of "community of interest," and why this concept is important to developing supervisorial districts. After receiving public testimony, County planning staff developed the three draft maps which were presented at the July 12 meeting.

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Attention Child Care Providers
July 15, 2011
Attention Child Care ProvidersThe Children and Families Commission is accepting applications for the 2011/2012 Lessons Learned child care provider class. The class will be instructed by Liz Lundberg. Participation is limited to 30 so apply now. Applications are due to the commission office by August 12 at 12 noon.

If you have any questions please call the office at 530-822-7505.

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Sutter County’s “Mission Request” for Emergency Levee Repairs has been Approved
July 13, 2011
Sutter County’s “Mission Request” for Emergency Levee Repairs has been Approved A section of damaged levee that protects homes and farmland in the Nicolaus basin of Sutter County could be repaired before winter.

The California Emergency Management Agency notified Sutter County by email Tuesday that the County’s “Mission Request” for emergency repairs has been approved. Sutter County Emergency Operations Manager John DeBeaux informed the Sutter County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon he is hopeful the state will soon begin repairing a 1,000 foot section of levee damaged during severe storms and high water in March.

Sutter County and Reclamation District 1001 officials have attempted since the storms to identify funding to fix the slumping, cracked levee on the northern bank of the Natomas Cross Canal at Verona.

The levee is owned by the state of California, and maintained by Reclamation District 1001, which lacks the financial capacity to repair the levee on its own. Sutter County has been assisting Reclamation District 1001 find state or federal disaster funds, or some other funding source, to fix the damage before water rises in the canal again.

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Sutter County Recognized as One of the Healthiest Companies in America
July 07, 2011
Sutter County Recognized as One of the Healthiest Companies in America Sutter County and other area public employers together sponsored an employee wellness program which provided health evaluations to their active employees and retirees. They were recognized as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health Solutions (IHS), the leading provider of employee health management programs. Sutter County as part of Tri-County Schools Insurance Group (TCSIG) was one of just 44 companies nationwide honored with the award for 2010. These corporations have significantly improved employee health while reducing healthcare costs through employee participation in a prevention-based health program in the workplace.

This is the third year in a row that Sutter County and other area employer members of TCSIG have been recognized as one of the Healthiest Companies in America.

The program was confidential and protected the employee’s health information. The aggregated totals however tell a very positive story. The participants in the program year-after-year showed improvement in their health scores. This is the third year in a row that Tri-County Schools Insurance Group has received this award.

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Defining the Urban-Rural Edge
July 06, 2011
Join Sutter County and Yuba City in a discussion on how to address the edge between the City’s urban development and the County’s agricultural and rural land. How would you separate the land uses along Pease Road, Township Road, Bogue Road, and the Sutter Extension Water District Canal? With different types of landscaping or walls? Through the addition of bike and walking trails? Or perhaps with linear parks and open space areas? Also, how wide should the buffer treatments be? Come provide your input at this public workshop!

When: July 28, 2011
  6:00 – 7:30 pm
 
Where: Yuba City Hall, Sutter Room
  1201 Civic Center Boulevard, Yuba City

This is the last of 3 workshops to be held this summer hosted by Yuba City, in partnership with Sutter County and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). For more information on this project, please call Aaron Busch with the City of Yuba City, Community Development Department at (530) 822-4700.

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Swimming at Live Oak Boat Ramp an Unacceptable Safety Risk
July 01, 2011
Sutter County Officials Temporarily Close Live Oak Park To Prevent Possible Accidents

The Live Oak Park and boat ramp on the Feather River was closed by Sutter County officials on Friday to avoid a conflict between outboard motors and swimmers concentrated at the foot of the boat ramp.

"The park will re-open as soon as possible," said Public Works Director Douglas Gault. "The presence of a number of swimmers in the boat launch area, who are unwilling to leave, presents an unacceptable safety risk to the public. This is an unfortunate, and unforeseen, situation that developed in the past several days and will require the adoption of a new County ordinance in order to outlaw swimming in the vicinity of the boat dock. We are working on the draft ordinance right now."

The high flows in the Feather River have covered sandbars that are popular as beaches. In search of swimming locations, a dedicated group of swimmers discovered the new floating boat docks at the Live Oak boat ramp.

Efforts to clear the area so that the boat ramp is available for safe launching and docking of boats have been hampered by clear legal authority to remove the swimmers, said Gault.

"Unfortunately, the swimmers have insisted on not vacating the area," Gault said. "Without a clear County ordinance establishing a prohibition against swimming at the boat dock, there appears to be nothing we can do to make the situation safe for all concerned but to close the park, and the boat ramp. We will re-open both when an ordinance is in place."

Gault said the timing of the closure, on the Fourth of July weekend, is sure to be upsetting to many who enjoy the park and the ability to put in a boat at that particular location of the Feather River.

"It is a nice facility," he said. "Unfortunately, we have competing uses for the boat dock area that are not compatible. We are working to resolve this conflict as quickly as possible."

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Mountain Men Program at Museum
June 29, 2011
Mountain Men Program at Museum The Community Memorial Museum will welcome the Sierra Muzzleloaders Mountain Men for a children’s program on Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. The rugged re-enactors will set up camp in Howard Harter Park behind the Museum. With authentic costumes and equipment, they will demonstrate the daily life of the intrepid men who helped to open up the West. Their livelihood depended on hunting and trapping in the wilderness, when simply surviving was a daily challenge. The public is welcome at this free event to learn about this exciting chapter in American history. The Museum will provide refreshments afterward.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Holiday Closure
June 28, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day
 
Public Will Have Say in Sutter County Redistricting
June 20, 2011
Public Will Have Say in Sutter County RedistrictingSutter County residents interested in the future boundaries of supervisorial districts will have an opportunity Thursday, June 23 to learn about the process and express their concerns before redistricting is completed.

In Sutter County, as in most California counties, supervisors are elected by district. There are five supervisorial districts that are required, by law, to be roughly the same size in population.

Following the 2010 Census, Sutter County is embarking on a process to update the districts, in advance of the 2012 elections. Where the boundaries of the various districts are established has an impact on who is eligible to run for what district, and who can vote for which supervisorial candidate.

During Thursday's Town Hall meeting at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, which begins at 7 p.m., County Clerk-Recorder Donna Johnston will explain the concept of "community of interest," and why this concept is important to developing supervisorial districts.

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‘By The People’ Event Brings All Levels of Government to the People
June 15, 2011
‘By The People’ Event Brings All Levels of Government to the PeopleA town hall meeting featuring elected representatives from local, state and federal governments will provide Yuba City and Sutter County residents with an opportunity to experience participatory democracy.

"By The People" is an event, co-hosted by Sutter County and Yuba City, designed to provide a 'one-stop' opportunity for residents to have direct access to policy makers at every level of government. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate by making comments and asking questions about policies and programs of interest.

The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 27, in the gym at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Yuba City, will include Live Oak Mayor Gary Baland, Yuba City Mayor John Dukes, Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher, Second District California State Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, Fourth District California State Senator Doug LaMalfa, and Second District U.S. Congressman Wally Herger.

"Broad participation in the political process makes for a healthy democracy," said Supervisor Gallagher.

"This event will give residents an opportunity to express an opinion, provide an idea, or learn the answer to a question they have about how government functions," noted Mayor Dukes.

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Joan B. Bechtel Memorial Highway Segment Ceremony Set for Thursday, June 16
June 13, 2011
Joan B. Bechtel Memorial Highway Segment Ceremony Set for Thursday, June 16 Caltrans crews will unveil two signs Thursday naming a stretch of Highway 99 after former Sutter County Supervisor Joan B. Bechtel.

The public is invited to attend a special ceremony hosted by Sutter County at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Sutter County Veterans Hall at 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

Joan Bechtel was a County Supervisor from 1993 to 2002. During her tenure, she was a tireless advocate for the widening of Highway 99 from Sacramento to Yuba City to four lanes, and was instrumental in a decision by the County to dedicate its share of regional transportation funds into the Highway 99 corridor for the past decade.

In July of 2008, just weeks after she passed away, and at the request of the Board of Supervisors, then Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa introduced a resolution renaming the Tudor Bypass segment of the Highway 99 widening project the Joan B. Bechtel Memorial Highway.

“As a direct result of her efforts,” the resolution stated, “there has been a precipitous drop in accident rates and fatalities on State Highway Route 99.”

On Thursday, Caltrans crews placed signs on Highway 99 between Highway 113 and Wilson Road. The signs are covered with a tarp until the morning of the ceremony at the Veterans Center.

In accordance with state law regarding memorial highway signs, Friends and family of the former Supervisor and County Clerk paid all costs of making and placing the signs.

Following the ceremony, which will include speakers and a short video, the public is encouraged to conduct a “drive-by” of the new section of highway and the new signs.

 
Proposed Budget Cuts
June 03, 2011
Proposed Budget CutsSutter County Proposed Budget Cuts General Fund $9.2 Million, Includes 16 Layoffs

Sutter County continues to adapt to the changed American economy. On Friday, County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen recommended bridging a $12.5 million General Fund gap in the coming fiscal year by eliminating or freezing 83 positions.

The Fiscal year 2011-12 Recommended Budget would result in layoff notices for 16 employees and three employees would see their pay cut from full-time to half-time. In addition, 13.5 vacant positions will be eliminated altogether and 53.5 vacant positions will remain unfilled, in the proposed budget scenario.

The Recommended Budget for FY 2011-12 totals $230.9 million. The General Fund comprises $62.0 million of this amount. These numbers were $250.4 million and $71.2 million, respectively, in FY 2010-11, and therefore represent decreases of $19.5 million, or 7.8% for the total budget and $9.2 million, or 12.9%, for the General Fund. A drawdown of $3.3 million from reserves is required in order to balance the General Fund budget.

"This is the first time since 1992-93 that this office has recommended a significant number of layoffs to achieve a balanced budget," said Ms. Larsen. "Because of the conservative fiscal policies of the Board of Supervisors, Sutter County developed a healthy reserve fund that has helped it through the first three years of the Recession. But our reserve fund is shrinking and we must make fundamental changes to address the structural deficit.

"Counties all over the state are adapting to the long-term economic downturn," Ms. Larsen continued. "Significant pay and benefit concessions made by employees in bargaining, and the difficult but necessary downsizing by departments have significantly reduced the County's structural deficit."

In February, Ms. Larsen informed the Board of Supervisors that the General Fund deficit was expected to be about $14.3 million, but projections for property tax receipts and carryover funds from the current fiscal year are now slightly higher than originally estimated.

The General Fund deficit is driven by a reduction in property tax and sales tax revenues, and increasing costs in pension contributions and health insurance.

The $9.2 million decrease in the General Fund is not as steep as the $14.3 million originally envisioned in February because the estimated fund balance forward is looking more favorable ($4.6 million vs. an estimated $1.5 million in February) and the secured property tax roll will be declining by less than originally anticipated (a 3% decline rather than 5%). This means that budget reductions in the Recommended Budget are not as drastic as originally feared.

Nevertheless, because 51% of the General Fund consists of salary and benefits costs, it is not possible to achieve a $9.2 million decrease in the budget without affecting staffing.

The layoff picture would have been worse had it not been for concessions from County employees. All employees gave up 3 percent pay increases they had previously negotiated. In addition, each bargaining unit agreed to significant changes to the pension system, picking up a share of the cost for their own pensions, and agreeing to a two-tier pension system that will see reduced benefits—and lower costs to the County--for new hires.

Depending on what steps are taken to resolve an impasse over how to balance the State of California budget, which has a $10.8 billion deficit, the budget picture for Sutter County could turn gloomier. For instance, a temporary increase in Vehicle License Fees and sales taxes will expire June 30. Unless that funding is somehow replaced by the state, there will be a $1 million shortfall in funds intended to help finance the cost of the law and justice system.

More than 35 County employees took advantage of an early retirement incentive program approved by the Board of Supervisors in May. The savings from that program have not yet been included in the Recommended Budget, but Ms. Larsen anticipates that the impacts will reduce the number of county employees forced to take layoffs. She will provide a revised budget recommendation which includes savings from the early retirement program before the start of budget hearings later this month.

The Board of Supervisors will begin budget hearings on June 21 at the Sutter County Veterans' Hall. The Board will consider the CAO's Recommended Budget and receive testimony from the public before adopting a Final Budget.

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Clinic Schedule Change
June 03, 2011
Clinic Schedule ChangeDue to the change in management of the Sutter County Outpatient Clinic to Peach Tree Clinic effective June 6, 2011, the following schedule for walk-in immunizations and TB skin tests given by Sutter County Public Health will also be effective as of that date.

As of June 6, 2011 Sutter County Public Health Walk-In Immunization & TB Skin Test Hours will be:

  • Mondays 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 1-4 p.m.
  • Fridays 8-11 a.m.
** Please see the clerk in the atrium who will be sitting near Room # 1 to sign in during these hours.

Important Information

  • Peach Tree Clinic patients need to make appointments with Peach Tree Clinic for their immunizations.
  • Children who have Healthy Families coverage will not be able to receive vaccine at the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Clinic. The California Department of Public Health now requires that Public Health vaccine must be strictly limited to children who do not have any coverage for their vaccinations.
  • Children who have other medical insurance may be vaccinated one time if needed, but will then be referred back to their medical home provider for further vaccinations.
  • Adults needing vaccine not covered by their insurance may be able to obtain certain purchased vaccines at the Public Health Clinic. Clerical staff can advise you of the cost for these vaccines, which is based on the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee.
 
Caltrans Traffic Alert
June 01, 2011
Caltrans Traffic Alert "In Water" work begins on project to strengthen Hwy. 20's 10th Street Bridge over the Feather River

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that "in water" work to strengthen State Highway 20's 10th Street Bridge over the Feather River will begin Wednesday, June 1.

Currently, this bridge is experiencing an emergency scour condition at two piers. During an inspection in March, Caltrans bridge engineers discovered that high water flows have caused 19 feet of erosion to the footings of one the 23 piers that support the 64-year-old structure that links Marysville and Yuba City. Because of the shifting meander of the Feather River, another pier adjacent to the river is also considered "at risk" in a high-water event. Engineers have also ordered additional scour protection at three nearby piers.

An emergency contract has been issued to repair the bridge, strengthen these footings and install additional erosion protection. A time and material contract has been issued to Stewart Engineering Inc. of Redding, CA to make these repairs. Final plans and estimates for this work have not yet been completed but costs may exceed $10 million.

Major items of work include:

  • Construction of a temporary trestle to provide access to the piers
  • A temporary coffer dam will be constructed to shield the work site from the river
  • Additional piles will be driven and a new seal coarse will be placed to stabilize the mid-river pier.
  • Rock Rip Rap will be placed for additional pile cap protection at three nearby piers
Since most work takes place under the bridge, impacts to the traveling public will be minimal. All work is scheduled to be completed by December.

Caltrans engineers, utilizing automatic sensors, continue to monitor the bridge's piers for any horizontal or vertical movement. The devices are checked automatically every ten minutes. In the unlikely event that substantial movement is detected, engineers will be dispatched immediately to inspect the structure and the bridge could be subject to immediate closure.

For more information on the project, including an artist's depiction of what lies beneath the water and plans for a temporary trestle and coffer dam, visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/10thSt.Bridge/

Roadside message boards will be used to post the latest information. Unexpected weather may prolong or cause the work to be rescheduled. Caltrans urges motorists to use caution in this area and to "Slow for the Cone Zone".

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Defining the Urban-Rural Edge
June 01, 2011
Defining the Urban-Rural Edge Attend a Public Workshop in Yuba City on June 20th!

Join Sutter County and Yuba City in a discussion on how to address the edge between the City's urban development and the County's agricultural and rural land. How would you separate these uses along Pease Road, Township Road, the Canal, and Bogue Road? With vegetation and landscaping? With larger rear, side, or front yard setbacks? Through the addition of bike and walking trails? Or perhaps with linear parks and open space areas? Provide your input at the workshop!

When:
June 20, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:
Sutter County Public Health Auditorium
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

This is the 2nd of 3 workshops to be held this summer hosted by Yuba City, in partnership with Sutter County and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). For more information on this or future workshops, please call Aaron Busch with the City of Yuba City, Community Development Department at (530) 822-4700.

 
Holiday Closure
May 23, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, May 30th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
 
Herblock Cartoons at Museum
May 18, 2011
Herblock Cartoons at Museum The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a traveling exhibit of cartoons by renowned cartoonist Herb Block, aka Herblock. There are two sections in the exhibit, one titled Presidents, Cartoons on Authority and Accountability and We the People, Herblock on Democracy. This exhibit will remain through June 19.

During his illustrious career, Herblock caricatured 13 U.S. presidents and chronicled American history from the 1929 Stock Market crash through summer 2001. He became the most honored cartoonist of his time, winning three Pulitzer Prizes and sharing a fourth for his Watergate cartoons which contributed to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. He was the only living cartoonist whose work was exhibited in the National Gallery of Art, and the only living cartoonist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Perhaps the most remarkable quality of his cartoons is their timeliness and relevance to the political scene today.

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AMGEN Bicycle Tour Comes to Sutter County
May 16, 2011
The largest bicycle race in America came to Sutter County on Monday, May 16. These pictures were taken at Pleasant Grove Road and Keys Road in south Sutter County about 2 p.m. The race was broadcast on international television.

Amgen Bicycle Tour 2011
 
Tentative Agreement Would Pave Way for New Regional Animal Shelter
May 13, 2011
Tentative Agreement Would Pave Way for New Regional Animal ShelterTentative Agreement Would Pave Way For New Regional Animal Shelter Animal Control will remain a regional responsibility shared by the City of Yuba City, County of Sutter, and the City of Live Oak under a tentative agreement hammered out by each agency's executive officer.

The proposal is a foundation for moving forward on a formal Joint Powers Agreement for the joint operation of animal control services and a new animal shelter.

The tentative agreement will be recommended for approval by each agency's governing body.

If approved, the City of Yuba City will assume operational control of animal control services after the construction of a new animal shelter, most likely on Live Oak Boulevard near the City’s Water Treatment Plant. Sutter County will remain the lead agency for animal control services until the new animal shelter is constructed.

"Sutter County wants to break ground on a new animal shelter before the end of this year," said Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie Larsen. "This agreement allows for the continuation and orderly transition of animal services, and provides for the construction of the much needed new shelter as soon as possible."

The Yuba City Council and the Live Oak City Council are scheduled to review the proposal this week, and the Sutter County Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal on Tuesday, May 24.

The proposed agreement represents a reasoned compromise on key points for all parties.

"It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks," said Yuba City Manager Steve Jepsen. "Working together has brought about a much better solution for near term and long term animal services for our regional community."

"Live Oak has a long history of shared service relationships and believes the partnerships benefit everyone," said Live Oak City Manager Jim Goodwin. "I am encouraged by the progress being made toward preserving the long-standing collaboration between Sutter County, Yuba City and Live Oak for animal control services."

Items of key agreement include:

  • The level of representation of each agency in a Joint Powers Authority established to run Animal Control services. Each agency will have two voting members, but voting will be weighted proportionally based on annual contributions to the operating budget. Sutter County and Live Oak will have veto authority over budget and major policy decisions.
  • Although Yuba City's population is 68.5 percent of the total population of Sutter County, according to the 2010 census, Yuba City will continue to pay the traditional 66% split as acknowledgement of a "discount" for the lesser number of miles traveled to calls for service inside the Yuba City limits. An analysis using one year's data will be used to determine a logical cost allocation for future years.
  • Sutter County will endeavor to reduce overhead costs and worker's compensation charges prior to the transition to Yuba City as lead agency, and a Kennel Assistant position shall be restored using savings from the reduction of overhead charges.
  • Yuba City and Live Oak will remain involved as can reasonably be accommodated in the completion of the design and construction of the new animal control shelter.
  • Yuba City will pay for site plan modifications to accommodate its request that the new animal shelter be built on Live Oak Boulevard rather than on County-owned land off Garden Highway.
  • Yuba City will pay for a third party to facilitate agreement on all other terms and conditions of the Joint Powers Agreement.

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May is National Bike Month!
May 05, 2011
May is National Bike Month!Burn Less Gas and More Calories during the month of May!

We encourage everyone to bike to work, school, during breaks or while running errands. May and is a great time to refocus on your commuting costs, health and sense of community. Log your miles and check out other bike month activities in the Sacramento region at: www.MayIsBikeMonth.com.

For additional information on cycling safety and tips on planning a safe route to work or school visit the following links:

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Defining the Urban-Rural Edge
May 05, 2011
Defining the Urban-Rural Edge Join Sutter County and the City of Yuba City in a discussion on how the community should address the edge between developed Yuba City and the agricultural lands within the County. Give us your thoughts on including a greenbelt around Yuba City, or adding landscaping or bike trails to separate the urban and rural uses. What would this look like and how much separation is necessary? Strategies about how to preserve agricultural land will also be discussed.

May 16, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Community Building
1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City

This is the 1st of 3 workshops to be held this summer hosted by Yuba City, in partnership with Sutter County and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). For more information on this or future workshops, please call Aaron Busch with the City of Yuba City, Community Development Department at (530) 822-4700.

 
Vote For A Sutter County Flag Design
April 22, 2011
Vote For A Sutter County Flag DesignTwo members of Sutter Buttes 4-H have won permission from the Sutter County Board of Supervisors to finalize designs for an official Sutter County flag.

Members of the public are being invited to participate in the process of creating a Sutter County flag by voting on which of three designs they prefer.

Franklin Tarke and Francisco Ruiz are Sutter County delegates to the 4-H California Citizenship Conference for high school 4-Hers at the state Capitol in June. The event immerses 4-Hers in the history and political processes of California.

For a traditional procession, attendees are asked to bring a “County flag.” Because Sutter County has no official flag, however, attendees from Sutter County in the past have either had no flag for the procession or have made their own.

Attendees are also required to perform a citizenship project in the county, so Mr. Tarke and Mr. Ruiz decided to make their project the creation of an official county flag.

To do that, they are learning to engage their local government. On April 11, they presented several design options to the Sutter County Agriculture, Public Protection and General Government Committee, and secured the Committee’s enthusiastic support for the project.

On Tuesday, April 19, the two Sutter High School students made a presentation to the five-member Board of Supervisors, and again won enthusiastic support. Supervisors directed that three of the possible flag designs presented by the youth be placed on the County’s website and that residents be allowed to vote on the design.

On Tuesday, May 3, the Board of Supervisors will vote on the final design.

To vote for your favorite, see the three "rough draft" flag options entitled A, B and C accompanying this article. Choose your favorite and vote by sending an email to survey@co.sutter.ca.us before the end of the day Sunday, May 1.

Individuals should vote just once. Multiple votes from the same email address will require the names of each individual voting to be considered.

Each of the three designs employs the official County seal and includes the year that Sutter County was created, 1850. (Sutter County was one of the original 27 counties of California).

Options A and C both utilize an outline of the Sutter Buttes borrowed from the Sutter County Historical Society. Option B utilizes an outline of the County boundaries with a star denoting the location of Yuba City, the County seat.

The youth are also accepting financial assistance to pay for a professional graphic designer to put the finishing touches on the chosen flag design, and to assist in purchasing flags.

Vote For A Flag  (May 1st Deadline)
1) View the flag options.
2) Email your vote to survey@co.sutter.ca.us.

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Tisdale Boat Ramp Reopened
April 20, 2011
Tisdale Boat Ramp ReopenedThe Sutter County Public Works Department announced today that Tisdale Boat Ramp at the Tisdale Weir is re-opened on a limited basis, meaning the launch facility and parking lot are open but there is no garbage and bathroom service at this time.

Sutter County Public Works crews cleaned up debris left behind by the swollen Sacramento River, including brush and uprooted trees, to re-open the boat ramp and parking lot. Several trees were quite large.

Spring runoff of an abundant snow supply could cause the Sacramento River to rise and force the closure of the Tisdale Boat ramp again.

Access to Mosquito Beach on the Feather River at Yuba City is also open, the Public Works Department announced.

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Children’s Spring Vacation Program at Museum
April 20, 2011
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a children’s spring vacation program on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Museum. Featured are “The Greek Grannies”, who are Aondrea the Storytailor and Marilyn the Muse. They will tell and perform in costume four famous myths in a brand new program.

The program is open to the public, and admission is free. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Museum is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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River Valley High School Art Exhibit
April 20, 2011
River Valley High School Art ExhibitOur latest exhibit comprises the work of the River Valley High School Art Department. All of the artwork is by the students. The exhibit opens on April 20 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and runs through May 6 during normal opening hours.

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Transfer of Operation of Sutter County Outpatient Clinic
April 19, 2011
Beginning June 6, 2011, Peach Tree Healthcare will take over operation of the Sutter County Outpatient Clinic. Peach Tree Healthcare will continue the County’s health care programs previously provided by the Sutter County Outpatient Clinic in the same location at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle as Sutter County PeachTree Clinic.

Dr. Cherry Wy and Yvonne Jackson, FNP will continue to provide health care at the Sutter County Peach Tree Clinic. In addition, a Primary Care Physician will be providing primary care services. Your care on June 6, 2011 will be transferred to the healthcare providers of the Sutter County PeachTree Clinic. If you want to continue to be seen at the Sutter County PeachTree Clinic, there is no need to do anything.

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Governor Declares State of Emergency
April 18, 2011
Governor Declares State of Emergency Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in 19 counties, including Sutter, on Friday. While authorization was given to Caltrans to request federal funds to repair the 10th Street Bridge and other roadways, the governor did not approve the use of California Disaster Assistance Act funds, leaving funding unaddressed to repair the damaged portion of the northern Natomas Cross Canal Levee at Verona.

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Flood Damage Estimate Expands to $4.1 million
April 06, 2011
Flood Damage Estimate Expands to $4.1 millionSutter County notified the California Emergency Management Agency on Monday, April 4, that the estimate of damage from the storms of March 2011 had grown to $4.1 million, after additional cracking was discovered on the northern Natomas Cross Canal Levee at Verona.

Sutter County Emergency Operations Manager John DeBeaux Jr. said a crack approximately 100 feet long was discovered approximately 300 feet west of a section of levee that first developed cracking on March 21. Reclamation District 1001 officials continue to monitor the situation.

Mr. DeBeaux informed the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night that it appears that at least 800 to 1,000 feet of levee will have to be replaced. Engineers will inspect the levee to get a better estimate of damage and cost, Mr. DeBeaux said.

The levee, which protects the Nicolaus basin, is not in imminent threat of failure. Water in the Natomas Canal is well below flood stage. Reclamation District 1001 officials continue to monitor the levee around-the-clock.

Last week, Sutter County reported $2.1 million in damages, including $2 million to repair the damaged levee. The estimate to fix the levee is now $4 million, bringing Sutter County's existing estimate to $4.1 million.

Heavy rains and large releases from upstream reservoirs in March raised river levels and led levee officials throughout Sutter County to begin levee patrols. On March 22, Sutter County's Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency after Reclamation District 1001 reported that one of its patrols spotting cracking and slipping on its levee about 1 1/2 miles east of the Sacramento River at Verona.

All points along the Sacramento River and the Sutter Bypass are running below monitor stage, Mr. DeBeaux reported. Releases from Shasta Reservoir have diminished and river levels are scheduled to drop further.

A heavy snowpack remains in the mountains that feed the reservoirs and conditions can change rapidly depending on weather.

 
Colors
April 04, 2011
Colors The "Colors" exhibit of artwork at Sutter County Community Memorial Museum eopened on Friday. It is a collection of photography, mixed media, clay, drawings, paintings, and sculpture, presented by the students of the Art Department of Yuba City High School. All of the artwork is by students.

The exhibit runs from April 01 to April 15.

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Initial Damage Estimate from March Storms: $2.1 Million
March 30, 2011
Initial Damage Estimate from March Storms: $2.1 Million Sutter County’s Office of Emergency Management has submitted a report to the State of California detailing an initial estimate of more than $2.1 million in damages from the storms of March 2011.

Emergency Manager John DeBeaux Jr. told the Sutter County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night that Sutter County submitted the report to support a request that both the Governor of California and the President of the United States declare an emergency in Sutter County.

One day after Reclamation District 1001 declared a state of emergency on a levee near Verona, in southern Sutter County, the Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency, and asked both the state and the federal government to declare emergencies that would assist Sutter County in recovering costs for storm-related damage.

In the report to the California Emergency Management Agency, Sutter County estimated $2 million in damages to the northern Natomas Cross Canal levee that protects the Nicolaus basin, an estimated $100,000 in damages to roads and bridges through the Sutter Bypass that have been underwater for more than a week, $15,000 for debris removal, and an estimated $30,000 damage to the Tisdale Boat ramp, for a total declaration of $2,145,000.

The estimate may change when water levels recede and additional inspections are made.

 
Library Book Sale
March 29, 2011
Library Book Sale The Friends of the Sutter County Library are hosting their Spring Used Book Sale. The sale is held at the Library, located at 750 Forbes Ave. Yuba City. Most books sold for just 50 cents an inch. Additional titles are added daily.

Event:   Sutter County Library Book Sale
Date:   March 26 to April 2, 2011
Time:   Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where:   Sutter County Library
750 Forbes Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991
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Monitoring of North Natomas Cross Canal Levee at Verona Continues
March 28, 2011
Monitoring of North Natomas Cross Canal Levee at Verona Continues VERONA, Sutter County—Reclamation District 1001 officials continue to monitor a 240-foot section of the northern Natomas Cross Canal Levee near Verona that developed cracking and first showed signs of slippage on Monday.

Sutter County and California Department of Water Resources officials visited the Saturday morning and met with Reclamation District 1001 representatives to assess the levee condition. Some additional horizontal cracking and slipping has occurred since Monday, but the levee remains stable and continues to hold back water in the canal. No evacuations have been called for.

It is anticipated that Reclamation District 1001 engineers will be evaluating the site to determine if emergency repairs will be necessary. Earlier this week, the section of levee was covered with visqueen, a thick plastic sheet, to keep rain water from seeping into the cracks. Vehicle traffic on the levee has been restricted to Reclamation District and emergency personnel only.

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Passport Day in the USA
March 28, 2011
Passport Day in the USAThe Sutter County Clerk Recorder is hosting a special event in Yuba City, California on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Thousands of local acceptance facilities around the country are joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2011, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

Event:   Passport Day in the USA
Date:   Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time:   10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where:   Sutter County Clerk Recorder
433 Second Street
Yuba City, CA 95991

 
Video: Levee at Verona/Nicolaus, and Overall State of Emergency
March 25, 2011
Video: Levee at Verona/Nicolaus, and Overall State of Emergency Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher presents an update on the local state of emergency declared in Sutter County in support of efforts to monitor and repair a section of levee on the Natomas Cross Canal that has cracked and slipped. The video also discusses the need for all of Sutter County to be vigilant in coming days as water runoff in area rivers and streams will remain at high levels. All 240 miles of levee in Sutter County are being patrolled.

You can also view the video on how to prepare for an emergency, produced by Sutter County and the Red Cross.

 
Japan’s Nuclear Emergency
March 25, 2011
Japan’s Nuclear Emergency UPDATE: Friday, March 25, 2011

No harmful doses of radiation are expected in North America from the damaged nuclear plant in Japan. Extremely small amounts of radiation that may have originated in Japan’s damaged nuclear plants have been detected by a few radiation detectors in California. The amounts are so small that they do not change the normal risk associated with natural background radiation from soil, brick and cosmic rays from space that is in our environment.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is monitoring the situation very closely in conjunction with other state and federal partners. California has a radiological branch in place and routinely tests air, water and the food supply. If the situation changes and actions are needed to protect people here in California, the California Nuclear Emergency Response Plan would be activated and information and instructions sent out to news media and local agencies. For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health website and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) website.

CDPH has established an information line in wake of Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that damaged two Japanese nuclear reactors. The public information response line is staffed from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday to answer questions about the impact to public health in California.

California Department of Public Health Japanese Earthquake Information Line – (916) 341-3947

Potassium iodide (KI) tablets are not recommended at this time. Taking potassium iodide when it is not needed can harm your health. Dosages can vary for individuals and should only be taken as advised by a medical professional. For more information on Potassium iodide (KI), visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

 
Safety is NO Accident
March 24, 2011
Safety is NO Accident Did you know that preventable injuries rank among the top 10 causes of death for people of all ages? It only takes a moment for an injury to happen—a fall on a stair or a moment’s glance away from the road. But it also takes just a moment to protect against injuries and make our community safer.

During National Public Health Week, April 4-10, Sutter County Public Health has a broad vision to create a safe and healthy Sutter County. Join us as we work to make our community safer in ways big and small.

Safety is no Accident: Live Injury-Free

For more information on local events held in Sutter County during Public Health Week, please visit the Public Health website or call (530) 822-7215.

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Run Drugs Out of Town
March 24, 2011
Run Drugs Out of TownPlease join us for the 6th Annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at River Valley High school.

Registration opens at 7 a.m., and there will be a mascot race, children's races, games, free pancake breakfast, Zumba, community booths and more!

To volunteer, please contact Kerri Miller at (530) 822-7263.

Employees, to register through the wellness program, contact Ericka Lansdon at (530) 822-5939 ext. 247.

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Sutter County Declares Local Emergency
March 23, 2011
Sutter County Declares Local Emergency The Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution March 22 declaring a local emergency in response to a 240-foot crack in a levee in southern Sutter County, localized flooding due to power failures at pumping stations, and a need to find volunteers to assist in housing homeless who have fled the river bottoms because of rising rivers.

A California Conservation Corps crew and farmers in the Nicolaus basin placed sheets of visqueen, a thick plastic covering over a crack on the landside of the northern Natomas Cross Canal levee about 1 ¼ mile east of Garden Highway in the Verona area on Tuesday, March 22. The plastic covering will prevent additional rain water from entering the crack and further compromising the levee, a portion of which has slumped several inches.

Representatives from Reclamation District 1001, which maintains the levee, Sutter County, the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were examining the crack and slippage that was discovered Monday by a Reclamation District levee patrol. The Reclamation District began patrols on Thursday, March 17, and discovered the crack soon after it occurred.

There are approximately 100 homes and dozens of agricultural buildings in the Verona and Nicolaus basin that would be threatened by a levee failure on the northern Natomas Cross Canal. The canal carries flood waters from development in Placer County through Sutter County into the Sacramento River.

Reclamation District 1001 General Manager Diane Fales said the condition of the levee poses only a small threat at this time. RD 1001, and officials from Sutter County, the Department of Water Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor the levee and report on any changes in its condition. Residents in the area are advised to be prepared to evacuate, if necessary.

In addition to the levee issue, the local declaration of emergency addresses the need of Red Cross for volunteers to assist at a shelter established for dozens of homeless who have been evacuated from the Feather River bottoms due to high water, and concerns about localized flooding caused by power outages over the weekend that crippled some pumps at Department of Water Resources pumping stations and caused water to back up onto roads.

Red Cross is in need of volunteers to assist with the shelter, and with its ongoing mission of providing assistance to residents during disasters. To volunteer, contact Debra VanSickle, at 530-673-1460, ext. 13.

All Sutter County residents are advised that a large snow pack, saturated soils, and a forecast for more rains pose the potential for additional high water. During this time, it is advisable to maintain at least a half tank of gas in your car and enough food for three days. View the Sutter County/Red Cross video production on how to be prepared for an emergency.

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Folic Acid News Release
March 22, 2011
Folic Acid News Release Sutter County Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program has a limited supply of folate containing multivitamins available at no charge to Sutter County resident WOMEN ages 18-35 who are not currently pregnant. Pregnant women should be on a slightly stronger prenatal vitamin during their pregnancy, but can switch to the program’s folate vitamin after pregnancy.

Public Health recommendations are for “every woman, every day” to consume 400 micrograms of folate, and this project is an effort to increase awareness of this recommendation. There are no income restrictions, and the program just requires completion of a short survey. This Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies project is funded by a small grant from the March of Dimes.

Please call Alice Williams-Root, Public Health Nurse at 822-7215 to schedule a brief appointment time. You can drop by Sutter County Public Health Department from 8-5, Monday through Friday to see if Alice is available, but it is best to call in advance. Please take advantage of this great opportunity!

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American Red Cross Shelter Open, Volunteers Sought
March 21, 2011
American Red Cross Shelter Open, Volunteers Sought The American Red Cross of Northeastern California shelter is available to those in need of shelter from the current rainy weather conditions. Volunteers are being sought to help staff the shelter. Duties include checking in guests, assigning bedding, providing snacks and other related activities. Three shifts run from 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11pm, and 11 pm to 7 am. Volunteers who cannot work an eight hour shift may choose to help as their schedule permits.

The American Red Cross is seeking donations of tents, blankets and sleeping bags. Donations can be dropped off during business hours, Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Also, donations of dinners for 20 people are being sought. To donate dinners, please call Debra between 9 am and 4 pm at 530-673-1460.

The shelter is located next to the American Red Cross offices at 2125 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991. They can be reached by phone at 530-673-1460.

Volunteer applications are available on-site and at www.ARCNEC.org.

 
New Rule Shots Before School
March 14, 2011
New Rule Shots Before SchoolAll 7th through 12th graders are now required to receive a Pertussis (Whooping Cough) shot before starting the 2011-2012 school year. Starting with the 2012-2013 school year, all incoming 7th graders will need proof of a Tdap shot to start school. Call your child's doctor today for an appointment. There will be no grace period...No immunization—No school.

 
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Love Them, Protect Them
March 14, 2011
Love Them, Protect ThemCalifornia Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that all new parents, grandparents and those persons who will be around a new infant to be immunized against Pertussis. The vaccine is called Tdap, and is protection against Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus and Diphtheria.
 
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Frequently Asked Budget Questions Now Available
March 07, 2011
Frequently Asked Budget Questions Now AvailableOn February 15, 2011, Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen reported to the Board of Supervisors that, absent a dramatic turnaround in the national and local economies, Sutter County’s Fiscal Year 2011-12 General Fund budget will be facing a $14.3 million structural deficit. Learn more about the upcoming budget in the FAQ prepared by the County Administrative Office.

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Holiday Closure
February 14, 2011
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, February 21st, most county offices will be closed in observance of President's Day.
 
Bicycle Transportation Plan Public Workshops
February 07, 2011
Bicycle Transportation Plan Public WorkshopsThe County of Sutter has embarked on an update of the County’s Bicycle Transportation Master Plan. In order to respond to the community’s needs and concerns, the County will be conducting three Public Workshops on February 23rd (Yuba City), March 17th (Sutter) and March 23rd (Live Oak).

Please view the flyer  for further details.

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Camp Far West Exhibit at Museum
January 28, 2011
The new exhibit titled Camp Far West, Gold Rush Outpost is open at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County in Yuba City. While many people may think of Camp Far West as a local recreation area, its history includes a U.S. Army post established in September 1849. Strategically located to guard the routes to the gold mining region and the emigrant trail, Camp Far West occupied one square mile on a plateau near the Bear River. It was also close to Johnson’s Ranch near the end of the emigrant trail where present day Wheatland is today.

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Crowhurst Memorial Scholarship Award
January 25, 2011
The Crowhurst Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 1976 in memory of Estelle Peirano Crowhurst and is also a memorial to her son, Thomas J. Crowhurst. Both were active journalists in the area. The award continues in conjunction with the Museum as a means of involving more people in the appreciation of Sutter County's history. Entrants must be full time high school senior students and enrolled in a Sutter County High School.

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American Lung Association Report Card
January 20, 2011
American Lung Association Report CardSutter County – The American Lung Association (ALA) in California released its annual local control grades for all 480 cities and unincorporated areas of California’s 58 counties in January 2011. Local grades are awarded in three categories: smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. These three grades are averaged for one overall local tobacco control grade.

Sutter County received an overall grade of “F”. Some points were awarded for the City of Yuba City prohibiting smoking in parks or other recreation areas, allowing the incorporated city to receive a grade “D” in the smokefree outdoor air category.

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Free Fitness Classes for Children Ages 2 - 5
January 18, 2011
Free Fitness Classes for Children Ages 2 - 5 The Sutter County Children & Families Commission KID FIT Mini Grant offers FREE Fitness classes for children ages 2-5: January 28th is the first Annual National Preschool Fitness Day! To find out how to get your FREE Fitness Toolkit with activities, recipes and more, look at the flyer:

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Author to Present New Book at Museum
January 12, 2011
Author Katie Green will introduce the sequel to the book “Deborah Whitney of Shady Flat” called “Sierra Summer, 1874” in a program at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. The book features real people and events from history. Deborah Whitney, tomboy daughter of Gold Rush pioneers in Sierra County, is a spirited girl whose adventures will engage both young people and adults as her true story unfolds. The author describes fascinating details of Deborah’s life in the 19th century on the California frontier. Both books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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Holiday Closure
January 11, 2011
On Monday, January 17th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
Remarks by New Board Chairman James Gallagher Online
January 06, 2011
Remarks by New Board Chairman James Gallagher OnlineA video presentation of remarks by incoming Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Gallagher, at the January 4, 2011 reorganization meeting of the Board, is now available online at the County's web-streaming site.

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State of Sutter County Video Online
January 06, 2011
State of Sutter County Video OnlineA video presentation of remarks by outgoing Board of Supervisors Chairman Stanley Cleveland Jr., at the January 4, 2011 reorganization meeting of the Board, is now available online at the County's web-streaming site. The video was presented prior to Chairman Cleveland handing the gavel to Supervisor James Gallagher, who was appointed Chairman for 2011.

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