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Mental Health First Aid Training Comes to Yuba-Sutter
December 28, 2012
Mental Health First Aid Training Comes to Yuba-SutterBy John Floe
Prevention Services Coordinator
Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services

Would you know how to help someone in need of mental health services? There's a new program that can help you find help for someone in crisis.

Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services and the Yuba County Office of Education have been conducting classes in an evidence-based program that provides an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders. You can participate in an upcoming class.

Mental Health First Aid was created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. The program originated at the ORYGEN Research Center at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health worked with the program's founders to bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid has a strong evidence base. Four detailed studies have been completed and nearly a dozen journal articles published on Mental Health First Aid's impact on the public. One trial of 301 randomized participants found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. The study also found that Mental Health First Aid improved the mental health of the participants themselves. Findings from the other studies have echoed these outcomes.

To date, Mental Health First Aid has been replicated in 14 countries, including: England, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Wales and Singapore. In the US, we truly value the supporting evidence and strive to achieve fidelity to the original Mental Health First Aid program developed in Australia. In the next decade, we expect Mental Health First Aid in the US will become as common as CPR and First Aid. It has the potential to reduce stigma, improve mental health literacy, and empower individuals – the benefits are limitless!

Currently Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services and Yuba County Office of Education under the Prevention and Early Intervention Program completed the second Mental Health First Aid Class (MHFA) provided on the 26th and 27th of November 2012.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the United States. Participants learn about risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, as well as understand their impact and overview common treatments. Participants who certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

MHFA Trainers John Floe, MAOM and Amy Molina-Jones, provided this training to our Sutter Yuba community with twenty-four students that competed the training. For more information about Mental Health First Aid Training and to find out how you can sign up, please call 530-674-1885 ext. 114, or view the websites at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org and www.sutter.networkofcare.org for additional resources.

 
Federal Extensions for Unemployment Benefits Expiring
December 28, 2012
Unless the U.S. Congress and the President take action, federal extensions of unemployment benefits will come to an abrupt end for an estimated 400,000 Californians in two weeks. The week ending December 29, 2012 will be the last week any federal extension benefits can be paid, even if someone has a remaining balance on their extension claim. Over the last four-and-a-half years, a total of $40 billion in extension benefits have been paid to the long-term unemployed in California.

"Federally extended benefits have served as an economic lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Californians who lost their jobs as a result of the Great Recession," said Pam Harris, Director, California Employment Development Department (EDD). "Now we are facing an end to the extensions in two weeks unless Congress takes further action. Our role here at EDD is to make sure those affected by the end of their benefits know of the approaching deadline, and they're aware of programs available that might help them with their job searches and other needs."

EDD administers the regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in California, along with the federal extension program known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). The department has sent letters notifying the nearly 400,000 impacted unemployed Californians about the scheduled upcoming end to the federal extension program.

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Holiday Closure
December 18, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Monday and Tuesday, December 24th and 25th, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday. On Tuesday, January 1st, most county offices will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday.
 
Sutter County Vote by Mail Ballots Arriving Now for Senate Runoff
December 14, 2012

Sutter County residents who vote by mail should be receiving their ballots this week or early next week for the January 8 runoff election for California Senate District 4, Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston said.

Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. election night.

Completed ballots can be returned by mail, dropped off during regular business hours at the Elections Office, or dropped off at any polling place on the day of the election. A 24-hour drop box is available outside of the Election's Office at 1435 Veteran's Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

Voters can request Vote by Mail ballots up until one week prior to the election.

Voters will receive a sample ballot pamphlet in the mail in the next few days. The back cover of the sample ballot will have an application to request a Vote by Mail ballot. Complete, sign and mail the application to the Elections Division so that it is received prior to the 7th day before the election, and a ballot will be mailed to the address specified on the application. If you receive your ballot at a P.O. Box, you must indicate your residence address.

It is not necessary to wait for your sample ballot to request a Vote by Mail ballot. A Vote by Mail application form is available on the Sutter County Elections website, or you may request a ballot on a plain piece of paper and mail it to: Sutter County Elections, 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993 or fax (530) 822-7587.

Please write legibly and include in your request:

The election you are requesting a ballot for
Your full name
Your residence address
The address you would like your ballot mailed to
Your signature and the date of the request
Telephone number (optional)

 
Notice to All Vendors
December 14, 2012
Notice to All Vendors

The General Services Division of Public Works is working in conjunction with IT to update the current database of services and supply vendors. As of January 3, 2013 the current vendor database will be cleared.

The Sutter County Public Works Department is responsible for procuring the following services or supplies, on behalf of the County, as follows:

  • Architectural Services
  • Copying/Duplicating Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Construction Project Services
  • Construction Work – supplies, materials, equipment, products, and services on public projects as per California Public Contract Code 22002
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Services
  • Landscape Architectural Services
  • Land Surveying
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Telephone Equipment

If vendors wish to continue bidding on these services with Sutter County Public Works in 2013, they will need to create a new vendor profile on the website starting January 4, 2013. By registering, vendors will automatically receive notices of bids, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications via email based on classification codes in their user profile.

To register starting January 4th, vendors need to visit www.suttercounty.org and click on the link for Suppliers / Contractors – Registration, Bids & Proposals to create a new vendor profile.

Vendors, with services not specifically listed here, may contact the appropriate County departments directly in order to solicit their services.

Vendors, with services not specifically listed here, may contact the appropriate County departments directly in order to solicit their services.

 
Children’s Program at Museum
December 11, 2012
Children’s Program at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting its annual Children’s Program and Open House on Sunday, December 16th at the Museum. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. with Aondreaa the Storytailor performing a Christmas tale, followed by children’s musician John Carter’s unique renditions of holiday songs. Punch, holiday cookies and hot mulled cider will be served after the program, and visitors can play carols on the 1911 player piano. The Museum Store will be open for last-minute holiday shopping. The program may be enjoyed by all ages.

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store is open on Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. through December 23rd. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Tisdale Weir Boat Launch Facility to Close Friday Due to High Sacramento River Flows
November 28, 2012
Tisdale Weir Boat Launch Facility to Close Friday Due to High Sacramento River FlowsThe Sutter County Public Works Department will close the Tisdale Weir Boat ramp and parking lot on Friday in advance of a surge of water in the Sacramento River that is expected to send water over the weir and into the Tisdale Bypass and the lower end of the Sutter Bypass.

The Tisdale Weir Boat Launch Facility will remain closed indefinitely.

Based on National Weather Service forecasts for as much as 14 inches of rainfall in basins downstream from Shasta Dam from Wednesday through Sunday, and California Department of Water Resource river runoff modeling programs, the Sacramento River is expected to flow over the weir sometime Saturday.

Paid for with a grant from the California Division of Boats and Waterways, the Tisdale Boat Launch Facility is maintained by the County of Sutter.

The Feather River is not expected to rise substantially due to runoff from this series of storms. However, the Public Works Department will monitor river levels to determine whether three Sutter County boat ramps on the Feather River will remain open.

 
Museum Store Open Sundays During Holiday Season
November 21, 2012
Museum Store Open Sundays During Holiday Season

The Community Memorial Museum Store has added Sunday afternoons to its open schedule during the holiday season to accommodate busy shoppers. The store is open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store will remain open on Sundays through December 23rd.

The Museum Store offers a wide variety of books on local and California history, as well as educational and unusual gifts for children and adults. The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call 822-7141.

 
Holiday Closure
November 15, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd, most county offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Landowners with Williamson Act Conservation Agreements Facing Deadline to Opt Out or Stay in Under New Terms
November 14, 2012
Landowners with Williamson Act Conservation Agreements Facing Deadline to Opt Out or Stay in Under New TermsProperty owners who receive tax breaks in exchange for not developing their property for at least 10 years are facing a deadline to opt out of the program if they don't like new terms established by state law and implemented by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors.

On October 11, the Sutter County Community Services Department mailed notices to 144 landowners participating in the Williamson Act conservation program advising them they have 60 days to opt out of the program if they do not want to participate under the new terms, which include a 10 percent reduction in the annual tax break they receive.

Property owners who do not opt out will automatically be enrolled in the program for nine years, which is the other change in terms. Those who opt out must continue to keep their property undeveloped and will receive tax breaks until the original 10-year contract term has expired.

In response to the rapid development of farmland in California following World War II, the Williamson Act was passed by the Legislature in 1965 as a way of rewarding property owners for voluntarily keeping their land open space. The program robbed local governments of property tax revenues, however, and, in 1972, the state enacted the California Open Space Subvention Act, which provided for the partial replacement of local property tax revenue lost when property owners participated in the Williamson Act.

According to the California Department of Conservation, the average property tax savings for a participating landowner is 83 percent.

In Sutter County, which has been a Williamson Act county since 2001, 51,256 acres of prime agricultural land and 13,165 acres of non-prime agricultural land are enrolled in the program.

In recent years, due to economic and budgetary constraints, California has underfunded the Williamson Act subventions. In 2009, the last year the Williamson Act subventions were fully funded, Sutter County received reimbursements of $269,444. In 2010, however, the state budgeted a total of $1,000 for all counties participating, resulting in a payment of $7.67 to Sutter County.

In 2011, no subvention payments were received by Sutter County.

In July 2011, as an increasing number of counties considered exiting the program altogether, Gov. Gerald Brown Jr. signed into law AB 1265, which changes the terms of Williamson Act contracts and allows the counties to recoup a portion of the foregone property tax revenue. On Oct. 9, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution implementing AB 1265 and directed that notices be sent to property owners informing them of the changes in terms and their ability to opt out or remain in the program.

 
Trees & Traditions Gala at Museum
November 14, 2012
Trees & Traditions Gala at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is presenting its annual Trees & Traditions fundraising gala on Saturday, December 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum. Lavish hors d’oeuvres, champagne and wine are followed by coffee and dessert. The Museum will be decorated in fresh greenery with a tall tree decorated in a Sutter Buttes theme. Featured will be many small decorated trees donated by area businesses and individuals that will be given away during a drawing at the end of the evening. Wonderful gifts are available in a silent auction, and new this year is a live auction featuring very special prizes. The MARKS Ensemble will provide festive musical accompaniment.

Tickets for Trees & Traditions are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner for $45 per person. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Through December 23rd, the Museum Store will be open from noon to 4:00. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
Celebrating the 37th Great American Smokeout
November 13, 2012
Celebrating the 37th Great American Smokeout

Sutter County Public Health is celebrating the 37th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans still use tobacco.

Stop by Sutter County Public Health-Health Education office at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle in Yuba City between 8am and 5pm from Tuesday November 13th through Thursday November 15th and pick up a free “quit kit”. Kick this unhealthy habit for just for a day and receive a pedometer to start a new healthy habit.

For additional help quitting call 1-800-NO-BUTTS today!

 
Reception for Hmong Exhibit at Museum
November 06, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting an opening reception for the new permanent exhibit about the history of the Hmong people who live in our community. The exhibit is the Eagle Scout project of Phillip Alvarado, who relied on his strong interest in history to work with the Hmong community and create an exhibit that will remain in the Museum’s new multi-cultural wing.

Visitors to the exhibit will learn that the Hmong people came to the military aid of the United States during the Vietnam War in the “Secret War” in Laos. At war’s end, the survivors were forced to flee their homeland for their lives and spent long periods of time in refugee camps in Thailand. Many Hmong people sought refuge in countries around the world, and some came to the U.S. A large number began new lives in the Yuba-Sutter area, and this is their story. A number of unique items from their colorful culture are included in the exhibit.

The reception will take place at the Museum on Friday, November 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The public is welcome, and there is no admission charge. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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Holiday Closure
November 06, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, November 12th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.
 
Daylight Standard Time This Weekend
October 31, 2012
Daylight Standard Time This WeekendDaylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. In fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time.

Contrary to popular belief, no federal rule mandates the observance of daylight saving time. Daylight Saving time and Time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 
Holiday Safe Driving Tips
October 31, 2012
Holiday Safe Driving TipsIt’s a numbers game, plain and simple. During the holidays there’s a drastic increase in the number of vehicles on the road, and the more vehicles there are on the road, the greater the chances of a collision. People make trips to visit families and friends in places they may not be familiar driving, the weather begins to change, and nights -- a time when incidents tend to increase -- become longer. With so many extra cars and potential hazards on the road, the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to remind Californians of a few tips that can save lives, reduce stress, and ensure that the holidays are a happy and healthy one for all.

Always wear your seatbelt, and wear it properly! November is a Click It or Ticket Awareness Month, and for good reason:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that in 2010, 55 percent of the fatalities that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday were drivers who were not wearing their seatbelts.
  • The chances of survival in a crash double whenever you use your seat belt NHTSA estimates that the lives of 1,243 Californians were saved in 2011 by buckling properly.
  • Properly buckling up not only has the potential to save your life and the lives of your loved ones, it can save your wallet as well: the minimum cost of a seat belt violation is $159, and a first-time offense for improperly restraining a child is a minimum of $475, with subsequent violations costing a minimum of $1,055.
Never drive while distracted:
  • 80 percent of all crashes stem from driver inattention, with cellphones being the largest source of distraction. Reduce the temptation to respond to calls and texts by silencing your phone and letting people know when you’ll be driving so they can avoid trying to contact you. If you MUST respond, pull over! It could save your life.
  • Going to visit friends or family that you haven’t seen in a while? Look at the map and review directions before you leave, or set the volume on your GPS to an adequate level so that you can hear it without having to watch it. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be deadly.
  • Eat your meals and do your makeup before you leave the house.
  • Again, give yourself extra time!
Always follow at a safe distance and speed by:
  • Driving with the flow of traffic. If you’re moving at a slower speed, drive in a lane to the right of faster traffic if one is available. Driving faster than the flow of traffic and weaving in and out of lanes greatly increases the risk of a crash.
  • Following at a safe distance. Tailgating severely limits the time available to react to an incident. It can also distract other drivers by making them nervous and shifting their focus on to you, putting you both at greater risk for a crash.
  • Planning ahead and give yourself extra time! Picking someone up at the airport? Trying to get to a gathering on time? Make sure to leave early and anticipate traffic. Not only will this eliminate the need to speed, it will help your stress level during the holiday.
Always Plan ahead:
  • If you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver or make arrangements to stay overnight. A DUI can cost more than $10,000 between fines, fees, classes, and lawyers, and can stay on your record for years. Killing someone because you chose to drive drunk can land you in jail and haunt you for the rest of your life.
  • If you’re going to be at an evening gathering, make sure you take care to prevent drowsy driving. Driving while tired can affect decision-making and reaction time, so be sure to get enough sleep and if you can help it, try not to make the drive alone.

If you’re traveling on the roads this holiday season, planning ahead, reducing distractions, and buckling up can save your life and help prevent injury to you, your loved ones, and others on the road. For more tips on safe driving, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov.

 
Secure 24-Hour Drop Box for Ballots Added In Sutter County
October 30, 2012
Secure 24-Hour Drop Box for Ballots Added In Sutter CountySutter County voters with Vote by Mail ballots can drop them in a new, secure box outside of the County Elections Office if they choose not to mail them or are not sure they will get to the Elections Office by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The drop box, which is new for this election, is located in the front of the Elections Department at 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

"The new secure drop box gives voters an additional opportunity to return their ballot" said Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston.

Vote by Mail Ballots can also be dropped at any polling place in Sutter County on Election Day. Only ballots received by Elections officials prior to 8 p.m. on Election Day will be counted.

 
2012-13 Mini-Grant Program
October 29, 2012
Sutter County Children and Families Commission is pleased to announce the release of the 2012-13 Mini-Grant Program. There are two funding applications available. One application is for Licensed Childcare Providers and the other is for Community Partners.

Applications are due to the Commission office December 21, 2012 at noon.

For more information, contact the Commission office at (530) 822-7505 or Michele Blake or Julie Price

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Sutter County’s DeBeaux, Broussard To Head Inland Chapter of California Emergency Services Association
October 23, 2012
Sutter County’s DeBeaux, Broussard To Head Inland Chapter of California Emergency Services AssociationJohn DeBeaux Jr., manager of Sutter County's Office of Emergency Management, was elected President of the Inland Chapter of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA).

The non-profit organization of public and private emergency professionals was formed in 1965 to promote awareness of the need for training and resources to maintain California's preparedness for disasters. It works cooperatively with the California Emergency Management Agency, and national and international emergency preparedness organizations.

Mr. DeBeaux was one of four emergency management officials from this area who were elected to CESA's Inland Chapter Board of Directors at a conference in early October. The Inland Chapter covers 31 counties from Kern in the south to Siskiyou in the north.

Jennifer Broussard, Emergency Response Coordinator with the Sutter County Public Health Division, was elected Vice-President; Janice Bell, of the Colusa County Sheriff's Department's Office of Emergency Services, was elected Secretary; and Scott Bryan, Yuba County's Emergency Operations Manager, was elected Treasurer.

Terms of office for the new officers begin January 1.

 
West Nile Death in Sutter County
October 22, 2012
A Sutter County woman died in September from neuroinvasive West Nile Virus infection (WNV) and is the first reported death from WNV for Sutter County since WNV appeared in California. The WNV information for this case was not initially available, but later information was reported and the physician confirmed WNV. Our sympathy goes to the family.

Six human cases in Sutter County had been previously reported this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/.

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

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Haunted Health Fair
October 22, 2012
Haunted Health FairJoin us at our 4th annual Haunted Health Fair on Friday, October 26th from 3pm-6pm at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle. Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun!

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National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 09, 2012
Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for our nation's teens, and they are more common among young drivers than any other group. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 3,115 fatalities involving teenagers, and analysis of fatal crash data indicates that crashes involving teenage drivers are more likely due to driver error. Impact Teen Drivers, a nonprofit organization that provides awareness about responsible driving, with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and deaths suffered by teen drivers, reports that the fatality rate for drivers ages 16 to 19 is four times higher than for drivers ages 25 to 69. What's more, they note that an overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions, not thrill-seeking or risk-taking.

With such staggering statistics, it is important to remember that driver education does not stop after behind-the-wheel training—it is an ongoing process that requires extensive experience and attention to new and different scenarios. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 14-20, the California Office of Traffic Safety urges parents to recommit to continuing their teen drivers' education beyond their driver test.

The following tips can go a long way toward making sure your teen develops, and practices, safe driving behavior:

  • Use positivity, not scare tactics — Positively engaging your teen is an effective way of bringing their attention to these issues without creating an atmosphere in which they feel attacked. Focusing on the deadly impacts of unsafe driving is a popular way to reach teens, but a long-term foundation can be created by affirming good driving habits. Instead of telling them what not to do, try focusing on what good driving behavior is—wearing a seatbelt, driving focused and undistracted, and driving alert—both substance-free and well-rested.
  • Use real-world situations to create an environment for teaching and learning — Letting your teen drive more often while you're in the car gives you an opportunity to encourage good driving practices, such as adequate speed and following distance, and correct other behavior as it’s happening. It's also important to use the times you're behind the wheel, with your teen in the car, to set a positive example by wearing a seatbelt at all times, driving at a safe speed and following distance, and eliminating distractions as you drive. Remember, 80 percent of all crashes stem from driver inattention!
  • Remember, unsafe driving doesn't stop at graduation — A lot of the focus on teen drivers falls on high school-aged teens, but out of sight should not mean out of mind. Teens starting college often experience more freedom, less supervision, and easier access to drugs and alcohol. A strong foundation can go a long way, but it is important to continue to educate young drivers by reminding them of responsible driving practices and ensuring that they understand the responsibility that comes with more freedom.
  • Use resources, including other kids – Get your teen involved in any of the many in-school and peer-to-peer programs like Start Smart, Right Turn, Teen Smart, Every 15 Minutes, Friday Night Live, Sober Graduation, and Teens in the Driver's Seat.
By using positive messages, consistently encouraging safe behavior, and being a positive role-model themselves, parents can make a serious impact in lowering the number of crashes and fatalities among teen drivers. For more information on National Teen Driver Safety Week and other tips on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at www.nhtsa.gov, and Impact Teen Drivers at www.impactteendrivers.org.
 
CFC Advisory Committee Vacancy
October 02, 2012
CFC Advisory Committee Vacancy

Sutter County Children and Families Commission are accepting applications for membership to serve on the Advisory Committee to our Commission. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to serve as a “think tank” for the Commission to research issues and gather information on items of interest as established by the Commission. Each year the Commission will identify an issue or a set of issues that the Advisory Committee can address. The Commission will seek to appoint the most qualified subject matter experts in the community to study and make recommendations on the identified topics of interest.

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Sutter County Plans Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting
September 26, 2012
Sutter County Plans Emergency Preparedness Town Hall MeetingRare home movies and radio interviews from the 1955 Sutter County flood will be part of an Emergency Preparedness Town Hall meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Veteran's Hall in Yuba City.

The images include footage shot from boats that coursed through flooded Yuba City streets and the farmlands south of the city. Radio interviews of flood survivors and emergency workers were conducted by KUBA's Dutch Klemp in the weeks following the disaster.

The purpose of the event is to make residents aware of the potential for flooding disasters so that they can be prepared. It is part of the County's Flood Aware, Flood Prepare program that coincides with September's Emergency Preparedness Month and the onset of the rainy season in October.

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will discuss weather conditions in 1955 that contributed to the flood, which killed 38 people, injured 3,227, damaged or destroyed nearly 6,000 homes, inundated 156 square miles, and forced the evacuation of 40,000 people.

The meteorologist will also provide a long-range weather forecast for the upcoming winter in the Yuba-Sutter region.

The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management will provide important information on the various flood basins in Sutter County, how to stay informed about emergency situations, and advice on what to include in an emergency "go kit."

The Sutter County Division of Water Resources will make a presentation on flood insurance.

 
Chinese Exhibit to Open in Yuba City
September 20, 2012
Chinese Exhibit to Open in Yuba City

The new permanent exhibit in Community Memorial Museum’s Multi-Cultural Wing will open with a reception on Friday, September 28th, titled Chinese Pioneers in Sutter County. Because the Chinese men who lived in Sutter County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were typically involved in agriculture, the exhibit represents a small kitchen where a Chinese bachelor farmhand would cook and take his meals. He might have a wife and children back home in China, but because they were not allowed to immigrate to this country, he lived a bachelor life. He might have come to California hoping to find gold to improve his desperate economic situation in China. Chinese farmers are credited with salvaging much of the once fertile farmland along the rivers that was severely damaged by hydraulic mining debris.

Many of the artifacts in the exhibit were used by Chinese farmers or ranch cooks here in Sutter County. They will take visitors back in time over 100 years ago for a look inside a little known world. The public is invited to the opening reception on September 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

 
What Are We Drinking?
September 19, 2012
In 2010, 64% of Sutter County adults were overweight or obese (the definition of obese is VERY overweight). Two-thirds of adults weigh too much! Just look around, we have a major problem and it hasn’t gotten any better now that we are mid-way through 2012! Even one-third of our children are overweight or obese! The current generation may be the first in U.S. history to have a shorter life span than those that come before them due to chronic illnesses associated with being overweight or obese. As a society, we have become disconnected from where our food comes from and what is in it. The topics are limitless when it comes to food and the role it plays in our health whether detrimental or beneficial. Many factors such as heredity, environment and lifestyle have to be taken into consideration when thinking about the reasons why weight has become such an issue. No matter what factors are causing our problem the fact is chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are directly linked to weighing too much. Even so, let's start simple. The information here focuses on only one topic: sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).

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Sutter County Receives Critical Payments For South County Riego Road Interchange Project
September 14, 2012
Sutter County Receives Critical Payments For South County Riego Road Interchange ProjectCounty officials celebrated as South Sutter LLC and Reigo 1700 LLC delivered a payment of $1,058,625 to the County of Sutter on Friday, meeting a critical deadline in the Riego Road Interchange Project.

A second payment of $1,092,741, expected by Monday, September 24, would avoid termination of construction funding agreements between Sutter County and Caltrans.

Sutter County has entered into two cooperative agreements with Caltrans to cover the local share of costs associated with a $21 million interchange project at Highway 99 and Riego Road. Under the terms of voter approved Measure M, the Sutter Pointe Group/Measure M Group is obligated to pay the county's local share of costs for the interchange, which is critical not only to public safety but to the ability of the Sutter Pointe development to proceed to construction.

At its Sept. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board received a staff report indicating the developer group has historically met its obligations. However, one member of the development group had ceased to participate, and the remaining members sought some measure of relief from the Measure M requirements.

All told, Caltrans reduced the amount of the local share of the project by $1.6 million, lowering the overall payment required of the developer. The Board of Supervisors, however, said it could not pick up any of the developers' obligation and voted to terminate the two cooperative agreements with Caltrans if the first of two payments was not received by 1 p.m. today, Sept. 14.

 
Drive Through Flu Clinic 2012
September 14, 2012
Drive Through Flu Clinic 2012Sutter County Public Health is holding a drive-through influenza (flu) vaccine clinic for Sutter County residents ages 2 and up. Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

The drive-through flu vaccine clinic is a public health emergency preparedness exercise that helps Sutter County Public Health to test its emergency plans and train its staff. It also offers residents an opportunity to participate and learn about one of the ways that public health prepares to protect the people of our community in the event of an epidemic or other health emergency.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
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. 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 people 2-49 years of age;
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder in case an injection is needed;
  • Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available below and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the drive-through clinic.
  • $5.00 donation accepted

Vaccine Information:

Screening and Consent Forms:

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Sutter County has Continued Confidence in Animal Services Employees
September 14, 2012
Sutter County is not at liberty to discuss confidential personnel matters, even the unfounded remarks contained in the memorandum from the City of Yuba City on September 13. Sutter County has continued confidence in our Animal Services employees’ abilities to perform their complex and sensitive jobs under difficult circumstances. Sutter County is implementing the direction outlined in the Sutter Animal Services Authority Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Yuba City and Live Oak, and is hopeful that Yuba City will also abide by the agreement. It has been a long and bumpy road to a resolution of the animal services issues, but Sutter County believes nothing has changed from what has been approved by the three member jurisdictions of the JPA.
 
Three More Sutter County Residents Diagnosed with West Nile Virus
September 13, 2012
Three More Sutter County Residents Diagnosed with West Nile Virus

Three more cases of West Nile virus have been reported to Sutter County Public Health for a total of five cases this year. A woman and two men have each been hospitalized with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus illness. Two of the patients are stable, but one of the men is quite ill. This is another reminder that West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County and of the importance of protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

This makes a total of five reported human cases in Sutter County this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be very active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity. As of last week in Sutter County, sixteen WNV positive birds, 18 WNV positive mosquito samples, and 29 WNV positive chickens have been reported to the California Department of Public health for this year.

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Tisdale Boat Launching Facility – Cutoff Wall Construction Project September 10th to October 22nd
September 07, 2012
Tisdale Boat Launching Facility – Cutoff Wall Construction Project September 10th to October 22ndThe Tisdale BLF Cutoff Wall Project will construct a reinforced concrete wall below the west side of the existing parking slab to prevent water from undermining the parking slab. The cutoff wall will be a total of 510 feet. The contract was awarded to PBM Construction, Inc. who will begin excavation work on September 10th. Please note that a 20 foot portion along the entire western length of the parking slab will be fenced off for construction and for the safety of all users of the facility. The boat launch will remain open during construction of the cutoff wall. If you have any questions or concerns, please call James Walton at Sutter County Public Works at (530) 822-7450.
 
Candidate Filing is Open for the 4th State Senate District Vacancy
September 07, 2012
On Wednesday, Governor Brown issued a proclamation calling for a Special Election in the 4th State Senate District which encompasses Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba and parts of Nevada and Placer Counties. The Primary Election will be consolidated on the ballot with the November 6, 2012 General Election.

Due to the resignation of Senator, Doug LaMalfa, it has left a vacancy that needs to be filled in the 4th State Senate District says Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. The term of office for this vacancy is 2 years.

The candidate filing period is currently open and nomination documents are available at the Sutter County Elections Office, 1435 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, California.

The Sutter County Elections Office is open from 8am to 5pm weekdays. The deadline to file the nomination documents is by 5pm on September 12, 2012.

For more information, call 530-822-7122.

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Book Signing at Museum with Yuba City Native
September 07, 2012
Book Signing at Museum with Yuba City Native

Nick Weber grew up in Yuba City in the 1940s. As a boy, he taught himself circus tricks in a corner of his grandfather’s wholesale beer and wine distributorship yard. As a student at Notre Dame Elementary School in Marysville and at San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep School, he became attracted to the priesthood. After a traditional 13-year training course, he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1970.

His years of study led to a degree in philosophy and two master’s degrees, one in theology and another in drama. He began to wonder if his fascinations with circus, magic, theater and the sanctuary could merge. With his superiors’ approval, his ministry became a full blown, miniature authentic circus, as he became the founder, director, ringmaster and head clown. In the rich California atmosphere of the Sixties street theater, he explored a reinvention of the medieval morality play for the marketplace audience. The “Royal Lichenstein Circus, the World’s Smallest Complete Circus” toured the country for two decades performing at school assemblies, shopping malls, college campuses, prisons, and farm workers’ camps. Time Magazine described it as “an amiable blend of circus tricks and low-key parables”.

Nick Weber, now a retired layman living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will return to Yuba City to present a program about his astounding life and ministry and a book signing at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County on Thursday, September 20th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The book The Circus That Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest is available for purchase that evening and will be available in the Museum Store. Admission to the event is free.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.

 
Mental Health First Aid Could Save A Life
September 07, 2012
Mental Health First Aid Could Save A LifeOne in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year. And while treatment for depression and other mental health problems is effective in most instances, far too many people – up to two-thirds – don't seek help.

The week of September 9-15 is Suicide Prevention Week, and Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services encourages everyone to become a mental health first responder, to know the warning signs of suicide and how to respond to those signs. Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services provides three specific intervention programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act, in addition to 24 hour crisis services.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2009, claiming 36,909 lives. For those between the ages of 15-24, however, it is the third leading cause of death.

According to the California Department of Mental Health Office of Suicide Prevention, there were 19 suicides reported in Yuba and Sutter counties combined in 2007, and 28 reported in 2008, the last year for complete figures.

Four times more men kill themselves, but three times more women than men attempt suicide. About seven out of every 100 men and one out of every 100 women who have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime will go on to complete suicide.

A suicidal person may: talk about suicide, death and/or having no reason to live; be preoccupied with death and dying; withdraw from friends and/or social activities; have a recent severe loss (especially a relationship) or threat of a significant loss; experience drastic changes in behavior; lose interest in hobbies, work, or school; prepare for death by unexpectedly making out a will and final arrangements; and give away prized possessions.

They may have also attempted suicide before; take unnecessary risks; lose interest in their personal appearance; increase their use of alcohol or drugs; express a sense of hopelessness; be faced with a situation of humiliation or failure; have a history of violence or hostility; and be unwilling to "connect" with potential helpers.

Nearly everyone at some time in his or her life thinks about suicide, but most decide to live because they conclude the crisis is temporary. On the other hand, people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma to be inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. They can't: stop the pain; think clearly; make decisions; see any way out; sleep, eat or work; get out of the depression; make the sadness go away; see the possibility of change; see themselves as worthwhile; get someone's attention; seem to get in control.

Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services recommends if you experience any of these feelings to seek help. If you know someone who exhibits these feelings, offer help.

Approximately 500 people each month call the Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services 24-hour crisis line at 673-8255. Of these, 12 percent are children.

Other sources of assistance are a school counselor or psychologist, a private therapist, a family physician, or a religious/spiritual leader.

Over the past five years, Sutter –Yuba Mental Health Services has treated an average of 6,099 people per year. Adults make up 83 percent of the caseload, and children 17 percent.

In addition to treatment, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health services conducts outreach. Funded through the Mental Health Services Act, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health's Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program has reached out to area high schools through the Yellow Ribbon suicide awareness program. One in five teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually.

Through the Yellow Ribbon program, more than 3,300 students have been trained in recognizing warning signs of suicide in their peers.

Yellow Ribbon also gives the message that it is always ok to ask for help. This strategy seeks to encourage young people to talk to someone when they are having thoughts of harming themselves. It also encourages them to seek help for their friends if they talk about suicide.

Also funded through the Mental Health Services Act, the PEI team offers training to the Yuba-Sutter community in Mental Health First Aid and also in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. The goal is to increase the community's capacity to help each other and increase the awareness of what help is available.

For additional information, contact: Jackie Stanfill at 822-7478 or John Floe at 674-1885.

 
Looking for Volunteers at Sutter County Museum
September 05, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is seeking volunteers with a few hours to give each month. Volunteers greet visitors at the front desk in a morning or afternoon shift and participate in various activities at the Museum. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Join a great group of volunteers now and make a meaningful contribution to your community.

 
Video: Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County
August 31, 2012
Sutter County Public Health Division works to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in.

Unfortunately, Sutter County residents are not as healthy as we could be. More and more, we find ourselves dealing with chronic diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. This 18 minute video, Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County, was developed to give viewers up-to-date information on the challenges we face in 2012. You will see not only that Sutter County is not doing as well as California as a whole, but also that there are many factors contributing to poor health. Please watch this presentation and ask yourself, what you can do to help Create a Healthier Sutter.

 
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West Nile Virus
August 30, 2012
A man living in Sutter County is improving after he was diagnosed with the serious, neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus illness. This is another reminder that West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County and of the importance of protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

This is the second reported human case in Sutter County this year. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be very active with monitoring mosquito activity and mosquito control. As of last week, five WNV positive birds, 18 mosquito collections, and 16 WNV positive chickens have been reported to the California Department of Public health this year.

As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses, and other mammals increases. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

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State Honors Dulia Aguilar, Local Prevention Specialist
August 29, 2012
State Honors Dulia Aguilar, Local Prevention SpecialistThe California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) awarded Dulia Aguilar, prevention specialist with Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services, the 2012 Director's Award for Innovative and Effective Approaches to Prevention. The ADP Director's Awards, presented at ADP's statewide training conference on Aug. 21, recognize valuable contributions by individuals and organizations to the substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and recovery fields.

"Dulia's proactive efforts to prevent and reduce substance abuse, particularly among youth, have impacted the lives of countless young people and their families in Sutter and Yuba counties and beyond," said ADP Acting Director Michael Cunningham.

Aguilar was recognized for the innovative programs she spearheaded to address the alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention needs in the community. She coordinated park clean-ups to count cigarette waste and drug paraphernalia to help determine the extent of substance abuse. She sponsored a local baseball game and surveyed participants about AOD issues. She organized an annual 5K run/walk event—"Run Drugs Out of Town"—that has grown from 75 participants seven years ago to 850 today. As a trainer in the evidence-based "Strengthening Families" and "Second Step" programs, Aguilar trained local agency staff to implement the programs and added a peer mentoring component that added value and empathy for participants.

In addition to numerous community events, Aguilar formed the Substance Abuse Steering Coalition—a visible and progressive group that includes adult and youth from schools, youth-oriented Friday Night Live program, local Children's Council, county mental health and law enforcement.

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Holiday Closure
August 27, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, September 3rd, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
 
Then & Now Exhibit at Sutter Museum
August 23, 2012
Then & Now Exhibit at Sutter Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is featuring a new exhibit of local historic photographs, paired with contemporary views of the same site. The exhibit Then & Now includes photographs of Sutter and Yuba Counties from over 100 years ago of buildings, bridges, and other area features. It compares contemporary color photos of the same site or feature with the original black and white photo. In some cases, the buildings still stand much as they were over a century ago. In other cases, the structure has disappeared and a new one appears in its place or perhaps nothing remains at all.

The exhibit opens Friday evening, August 24th, 2012 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will remain through November 24th. Admission is free. The public is invited to step back in time and see what our local area looked like a century ago, when roads were unpaved and Victorian-era buildings lined the streets. Some of these architectural treasures remain in our landscape, a legacy that we can shepherd for local residents a century from now.

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Back to Basics: Safety Tips for Back to School
August 20, 2012
Back to Basics: Safety Tips for Back to SchoolAs the long, hot summer days come to an end, vacations are behind us and the new school year draws closer, the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to encourage Californians to prepare for the increased back-to-school and back-to-work traffic with the following tips to help make every trip, every day, a safe one.

Follow the 25 MPH Neighborhood Speed Limit

During the hustle and bustle of the morning commute, drivers should be aware of their speed and surroundings, and adhere to the 25 mph speed limit when driving through residential neighborhoods. Some school zones may even post speed limits as low as 15 mph. Children can quickly dart into the street, and if drivers are going too fast to make a quick stop, it could lead to serious injury or worse. It is also important to come to a complete stop when at a red light or stop sign. Nearly 600 pedestrians were killed and over 10,000 injured in California 2010, with children making up a too large portion of the victims involved.

Always Wear a Helmet When Riding a Bicycle

Riding a bicycle is a fun and ideal form of exercise for children and a great method of transportation for everyone. As with any form of recreation, it is important to practice proper safety techniques when riding a bicycle. Installing lights and reflectors on bicycles and teaching the importance of safe bicycle riding, including the use of a helmet, can significantly reduce incidents.

Driving in Heavy Traffic

Drive slower in heavy traffic, so you can easily stop quickly and within the available stopping distance.

As a general rule, drive slower:

  • In shopping centers, parking lots, and downtown areas
  • On roads with heavy traffic
  • When you see the brake lights of several vehicles ahead of you
  • Over narrow bridges and through tunnels
  • Through toll plazas
  • Near schools, playgrounds, and in residential areas
Always Wear a Seat Belt

Adults and children should always be properly restrained when riding in a vehicle. California is currently at a 96.6 percent compliance rate, thanks to campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, however it is still more important than ever to practice proper seat belt safety during high traffic times. It's also important to note that according to California law, children must be secured in the back seat in an appropriate car seat or booster seat if they are under the age of eight.

Share the Road with Motorcycles

As a driver, it is important to watch out for motorcycle riders and follow these tips to ensure their safety as well as yours:

  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
  • Don't be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed
  • Allow increased following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency
  • Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars
  • Never drive while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
As you put your summer vacations behind and return to the faster pace of school and work life, OTS encourages you to keep these tips top of mind when traveling to and from destinations. For more information and tips, please visit the OTS Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS.
 
Sutter County Resident Diagnosed with West Nile Virus
August 17, 2012
Sutter County Resident Diagnosed with West Nile VirusA woman living in Sutter County has been diagnosed with probable West Nile virus and she is recovering at home. West Nile virus is present and active in Sutter County.

This is the first reported human case in Sutter County since 2007. The Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District has been testing collections of mosquitoes for West Nile virus and has been finding positive tests in mosquitoes from around the county since June 25th. Three WNV positive dead birds in Sutter County have been reported to the California Department of Public Health so far this year.

As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses, and other mammals increases. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus. The 4 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/

 
Learn About Sikhs at the Museum
August 14, 2012
Learn About Sikhs at the Museum

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County invites visitors to see the recently created East Indian exhibit in the new Multi-Cultural Wing to learn about Sikhs in our community. The new permanent exhibit describes all immigrants to our area from India, but it focuses on the majority, who came from the Punjab and follow Sikhism. Along with remarkable artifacts, the exhibit reveals what pulled the immigrants to this area, their difficulties in immigrating from the turn of the 20th century on, what work they did when they arrived, their customs and culture, and the role they play in our modern society. The exhibit also describes the religious beliefs of Sikhs and how those are reflected in their dress and appearance. The exhibit includes a picture tutorial on how to wrap a turban and why. Video displays include photographs and information about the Punjabi community in Sutter and Yuba Counties.

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County of Sutter Improves Recycling Numbers by 58 Percent Since 2007
August 10, 2012
County of Sutter Improves Recycling Numbers by 58 Percent Since 2007The County of Sutter's General Services Division of the Public Works Department has operated a county office recycling program for 10 years, preventing hundreds of tons of recyclable materials from entering the landfill.

Last week, the County learned that its office recycling program has improved 58 percent over its efforts in 2007.

According to Recology Public Education Coordinator Jackie Sillman, the County recycled 48 tons of material in a six-month period in 2007. In the first six months of 2012, however, the County recycled 73 tons of material, including 18 tons of cardboard.

Mrs. Sillman noted that the County has added 14 recycling locations since 2007.

The Yuba-Sutter Community combined had a 67 percent recycling rate in 2007, and has climbed to 73 percent in 2012, Mrs. Sillman reported.

 
Sutter County Elections Department Hosts FPPC Workshop for Regional Political Candidates and Campaign Treasurers
August 08, 2012
The Sutter County Elections Department is hosting a Fair Political Practices Commission workshop on what political candidates and campaigns need to do to comply with California election financial disclosure laws.

The workshop, designed for candidates and treasurers of campaign committees, will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Sutter County Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

Representatives from the California FPPC will put on the workshop, which will cover all required FPPC paperwork for the upcoming November election, according to Sutter County Clerk/Recorder and Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston. The event is open to any candidate or campaign, regardless of county.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. to the event, contact the Elections Department at 530-822-7122, or email Paula Smart.

 
Air Quality Advisory: August 2, 2012 - August 3, 2012
August 03, 2012
Air Quality Advisory: August 2, 2012 - August 3, 2012The Yuba City-Marysville area is experiencing elevated levels of particle pollution due to smoke from the Chips wildfire in Plumas County. The smoke may impact air quality in both Yuba and Sutter Counties. Meteorological conditions indicate light winds and models predict that the smoke plume will move to the east later this afternoon. Currently, the particulate levels in Yuba City are moderate; however some locations may experience higher levels of smoke impact.

Furthermore, models predict that similar conditions will exist tomorrow. Therefore, the Advisory extends to Friday, August 3, 2012.

Residents are advised that conditions may change rapidly, and to take precautions if they see or smell smoke. Particulate and ozone concentrations from the monitor in Yuba City can be viewed online at: www.fraqmd.org.

Individuals who see or smell smoke should take the following actions to protect their health:

  • Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise.
  • Keep airways moist by drinking water.
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, respiratory problems, or cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease should avoid prolonged exposure to smoke.
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan.
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke.
  • Pets should be brought indoors if air quality conditions are poor.
Disposable particulate respirators found at hardware stores can be effective at reducing exposure to smoke particles as long as they seal closely to the wearer's face. Look for respirators that have two straps and have the words "NIOSH" and either "P100" or "N95" printed on the filter material.

For additional information on air quality health effects, please visit www.fraqmd.org or call the District office at (530) 634-7659.

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Buttes Calendar Photographers’ Reception
August 02, 2012
Buttes Calendar Photographers’ Reception

The Middle Mountain Foundation and the Community Memorial Museum are hosting an exhibit and reception for the public to meet the winning photographers for the 2013 Sutter Buttes Calendar created annually by The Middle Mountain Foundation. Each photographer is exhibiting the Buttes photo that was selected for the new calendar plus an additional Buttes view they have photographed. The brand new calendar will make its debut at this event and will be available for sale.

The reception will take place on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County. The exhibit of photos celebrating the Sutter Buttes will remain at the Museum through Saturday, August 18th. Admission is free.

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Computer Work Will Limit Sutter County Library Services on Monday
July 27, 2012
Due to the installation of new servers on a shared regional computer system, Sutter County Library will be offering only limited service on Monday, July 30.

Although the library will retain normal operating hours for Monday, there will be limited ability to check out materials. Records and accounts will not be available at the library or online.

Public computers will not be available for use on Monday.

The library is expected to return to normal operations on Tuesday, July 31.

 
Yosemite Book Signing at Museum
July 26, 2012
Yosemite Book Signing at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum will present a book signing and program with environmental historian Dr. Jen Huntley, talking about her new book The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Favorite National Park. The public is welcome at the event on Thursday evening, August 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Huntley examines Hutchings’ role as leader of the first tourist expedition into Yosemite Valley in 1855, and as a tireless promoter of Yosemite and himself, who made Yosemite into a potent symbol of California’s post-gold-rush greatness. Although Hutchings has been viewed as an opportunist who exploited Yosemite and was written out of its history, Huntley explores the original history and views Hutchings as a “connector” whose activities, by extension, contributed to the Yosemite Valley being designated as America’s first federally-sanctioned park. She explores the power politics and culture wars of 19th century America’s emerging ethic of land conservation that gave birth to modern environmental movements.

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Navneet A. Singh Joins Sutter County Counsel’s Office
July 25, 2012
Navneet A. Singh Joins Sutter County Counsel’s OfficeAttorney Navneet A. Singh has joined the staff of the Sutter County Counsel's Office, which is responsible for representing the County in a wide range of civil matters.

Ms. Singh, of Yuba City, is a 2008 graduate of Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco. In 2003, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico.

She worked as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance in Marysville, as a Deputy Public Defender in the Yuba County Public Defender's Office, and as an associate attorney for Penney and Associates in Sacramento. She previously served as a law clerk in the Sutter County District Attorney's Office and the O'Connell Law Offices in San Francisco.

She is the secretary for the Board of Directors of the Yuba-Sutter Bar Association, and a member of the Sacramento Chapter of the South Asian Bar Association.

In addition to lawsuits related to planning, zoning, environmental law, code enforcement, bail bond forfeitures and tax matters, the County Counsel's Office represents the Public Guardian, Sutter-Yuba Mental Health, and Child Protective Services in court hearings about conservatorships, patient placement and treatment, and child custody matters. The office also represents County departments in employee disciplinary matters.

 
Volunteer Opportunity to Help Save the Yuba-Sutter Fair
July 24, 2012

Due to the recession, funding for County Fairs has been eliminated from the State of California budget.

In response, a non-profit foundation has just been formed to help the Yuba-Sutter Fair stay open and to continue to provide important opportunities for youth.

“Friends of the Yuba-Sutter Fair Foundation” is holding its first fund-raiser during the run of the fair, which runs Aug. 1 through Aug.5, and is looking for volunteers to help staff a booth.

Volunteers will get free admission to the fair.

For additional information, contact Regina Goody at 674-1280.

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Holiday Closure
June 30, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Wednesday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
 
Board Takes Several Actions During Budget Hearings
June 29, 2012
Board Takes Several Actions During Budget HearingsDuring the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget hearings, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors avoided some projected layoffs, cut hours at libraries and the museum, restored funding for two more deputies, saved the wildlife trapping program, and cut its own travel budget.

Budget hearings were conducted June 25 and June 26 at the Veteran's hall in Yuba City.

The Board of Supervisors conducted hearings on an overall FY 2012-2013 budget of $243 million, with a General Fund budget of $57 million, which is an 8.3% reduction from last year. The FY 2012-2013 General Fund budget is 23 percent below FY 2008-2009.

The General Fund is comprised largely of property tax and sales tax revenue. While sales tax revenues picked up in the past year, property tax revenues continued to decline.

The CAO's original proposed budget included recommendations for six layoffs; however, layoffs will occur in just three positions: Assistant Director of Community Services, Account Clerk III in the Auditor-Controller’s Office, and half time Office Assistant II in the Farm Advisor's Office.

Layoff notices were extended to August 24th for the latter two positions because the incumbents may qualify for some current vacancies in other departments within the County. The Board chose to retain funding for an Executive Secretary in the County Administrative Office who was originally slated for layoff, pending recommendations from the new County Administrator.

Prior to budget hearings, all 21 employees of the Assessor's Office agreed to take a voluntary 5% furlough in order to avoid a layoff in that department.

In Community Services, an Office Assistant III retired to save the job of a less senior Office Assistant whose position was to be eliminated.

The Board of Supervisors:

  • Restored funding to two of three vacant deputy sheriff's positions recommended to be frozen.
  • Avoided a layoff of a library technician and kept the Rio Oso branch library open as the result of an agreement with Brown School.
  • Cut hours at the main library, and the Rio Oso, Sutter and Live Oak branch libraries. The Pleasant Grove library branch will close.
  • Agreed to utilize Transit Occupancy Tax receipts to restore funding for the County's wildlife trapping program. The program is aimed at trapping feral pigs, beaver, mountain lions and other wildlife that damage agricultural crops.
  • Reduced hours at the Community Memorial Museum.
  • Cut the Board's travel budget from $25,000 to $15,000.
  • Agreed to continue funding the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. at $52,000.
 
New Boat Launch Fees at Four Sutter County Boat Launch Facilities Effective July 1
June 29, 2012
New Boat Launch Fees at Four Sutter County Boat Launch Facilities Effective July 1Sutter County's new fee structure for use of any of four boat launch facilities on the Feather and Sacramento rivers becomes effective July 1.

Boaters who launch from the Tisdale Boat Launch on the Sacramento River, or the Live Oak Park Boat Launch, Yuba City Boat Launch or Boyd's Pump Boat Launch on the Feather River will be required to pay a $5 day use fee at a drop box located at the facility, or to the caretaker in the case of the Live Oak Park.

Alternatively, boaters can purchase annual permits. The cost is $50 for county residents, $100 for non-residents. Annual permits for the remainder of 2012 will be $25 for county residents and $50 for non-residents.

An online Application for Annual Permits  is available.

Applications can also be acquired at the Public Works Department, 1130 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City. Call 530-822-7450 for additional information.

In accordance with action by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, seniors and the disabled will not be charged boat launch fees. A "senior" is defined as someone 65 years of age or older, and must have identification. A "disabled" person must have a vehicle with a valid state-issued disabled person parking placard or license plate.

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Sutter County DA Carl Adams Heads California District Attorneys Association
June 29, 2012
Sutter County DA Carl Adams Heads California District Attorneys AssociationSutter County District Attorney Carl Adams was installed June 28 as president of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA).

Mr. Adams, recently elected to his ninth term, has been a prosecutor for 35 years, and District Attorney for 30 years, since 1982.

In addition to providing peer-to-peer continuing education for prosecutors, the CDAA is an advocate in the California Legislature for crime victims and community safety.

Mr. Adams said a major focus of the CDAA this year will be to fight expected ballot measures to repeal the death penalty in California and to soften the "three-strikes" law.

"In the Legislature, the Trial Lawyers Association and the American Civil Liberties Union provide a constant drone of voices in support of reducing criminal punishment, increasing prisoner rights and providing counseling instead of consequences to criminal violators at all levels,” Mr. Adams said. “CDAA members are the experts on criminal justice who provide a voice of reason for the Legislature explaining the real, but often unidentified and unintentional consequences of legislative proposals, and speaking on behalf of crime victims and community safety."

Mr. Adams said CDAA is working hard to assist counties in creating intelligent policies at the local level to deal with the realignment proposals adopted by the State of California which send hundreds of felons, formerly housed in the Department of Corrections, to the counties for housing in local jails or supervision while on the streets in the community. As the State's actions were clearly driven in large part by the budget issues, financing is a major problem.

There will be a tax proposal on the November ballot, sponsored by Governor Jerry Brown to provide funding for realignment and CDAA will be supporting that measure so that there will be a chance for the counties to be able to pick up this burden effectively and keep communities safe.

The installation occurred at the CDAA Summer Conference in Napa County.

 
Mountain Men at Museum
June 28, 2012
Mountain Men at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum offers its annual Summer Vacation Children’s Program with the Sierra Muzzleloaders’ Mountain Men re-enactor’s group. The mountain men will set up their encampment in Howard Harter Park behind the Museum to show visitors what life was like 200 years ago in the rugged mountains of the West. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on July 12th, 2012, the authentically costumed mountain men will demonstrate time-honored survival skills, such as starting a fire and making arrowheads for hunting. Children and grownups alike will learn what life was like for those rugged and solitary trappers and hunters who helped to push the western boundaries of our expanding country.

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Policy Shift: Healthy Feral Cats Will Not Be Accepted, Euthanized At Sutter County Animal Shelter
June 19, 2012

The Sutter Animal Services Board of Directors on Monday unanimously approved new strategies to reduce the use of euthanasia on healthy cats and improve the number of animals adopted at the Sutter County Animal Shelter.

Beginning September 1, Animal Control officers will stop picking up healthy cats in the field and will not accept healthy feral cats brought to the shelter.

The shelter staff will continue to pick up unhealthy cats in the field and to accept unhealthy cats and healthy, adoptable cats that are brought in to the shelter.

The SASA Board’s decision was based on recommendations by Dr. Kate Hurley, the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, which has been hired by SASA to help develop policies to improve shelter operations, reduce the use of euthanasia and increase adoptions.

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Recommended Sutter County Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
June 13, 2012
Recommended Sutter County Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013One library branch may be spared as Board sets Budget Hearings, orders layoff notices to four Sutter County employees

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors directed layoff notices be sent to four County employees after the presentation of the 2012-2013 Recommended Budget at its meeting Tuesday.

Two layoffs were averted. A tentative deal was announced between Brown School and Sutter County to keep the Rio Oso branch library open to the public on a limited basis, so a layoff notice was not sent to any library staff.

Another layoff was averted when a senior office assistant in Community Services announced retirement, saving the job of a less senior co-worker.

The Board of Supervisors set Budget Hearings for 9 a.m. on Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26 at Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City. Additional hearing days may be called if necessary.

Although Sutter County remains in better financial condition than many inland California counties, General Fund revenues are stagnant.

The Pleasant Grove and Rio Oso branch libraries would close to the public, the main library in Yuba City would close one hour earlier during weeknights, the Sutter and Live Oak library branch hours would be reduced by eight hours per week each, and the Community Memorial Museum would reduce public hours by eight hours per week under the Recommended Budget.

The budget recommendations include eliminating four filled positions and freezing funding for 60 vacant positions.

General Fund revenues, which rely largely on property and sales tax, have been declining since the recession began in 2008, and are expected to remain stagnant in FY 2012-13. The Recommended FY 2012-2013 General Fund Budget of $56.9 million is 10 percent below last year's budget, and 23 percent below the budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.

The recommended overall county budget of $247.8 million, which includes both the General Fund and all county services and programs funded by the state and federal governments, is actually a 13.4 percent increase from FY 2011-2012—the result of additional state funding for the Criminal Justice Realignment program, which requires counties to house some convicted felons in the County Jail rather than state prison.

Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen predicted that General Fund revenues are not likely to improve in the short term. Although California's coastal counties are seeing modest increases in property values and job creation, inland counties such as Sutter are still lagging behind the state and the nation economically.

Sutter County's unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly high, rising from 13.4 percent in March 2008 to 22 percent in March 2010, and remaining above 20 percent ever since.

Sales tax revenues increased this year, but that increase was not enough to overcome another drop in property tax revenues.

Historically, Sutter County has budgeted conservatively, not adding programs and services in good financial years. This allowed the County to develop a reserve fund in excess of $25 million—or about 35 percent of the General Fund budget, in FY 2008-2009. The CAO’s recommended budget includes drawing down an additional $1.36 million in reserves, leaving a remaining reserve balance of approximately 14.1% of the recommended General Fund budget.

The six positions recommended for lay-off include an account clerk in the Auditor-Controller's Office, the executive secretary in the County Administrative Office, the Assistant Director of Community Services, an office assistant in Community Services, an office assistant in the Farm Advisor's office, and two half-time library technicians.

The Museum Director/Curator and the Assistant Curator at the Community Memorial Museum would have their workweek reduced by 20 percent.

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Recommended Sutter County Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
June 08, 2012
Recommended Sutter County Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013Recommended Sutter County Budget Would Close Two Branch Libraries in South County, Reduce Hours at Remaining Libraries and Museum

Although Sutter County remains in better financial condition than many inland California counties, General Fund revenues are stagnant and the Board of Supervisors will consider closing two south Sutter County library branches when budget hearings commence June 25.

The branch libraries in Pleasant Grove and Rio Oso would close, the main library in Yuba City would close one hour earlier during weeknights, the Sutter and Live Oak library branch hours would be reduced by eight hours per week each, and the Community Memorial Museum would reduce public hours by eight hours per week under the Recommended Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget released by the Sutter County Administrator's Office today.

The budget recommendations include eliminating six filled positions and freezing funding for 60 vacant positions.

The Board of Supervisors will conduct budget hearings at 9 a.m. on June 25 and June 26 at Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

General Fund revenues, which rely largely on property and sales tax, have been declining since the recession began in 2008, and are expected to remain stagnant in FY 2012-13. The Recommended FY 2012-2013 General Fund Budget of $56.9 million is 10 percent below last year's budget, and 23 percent below the budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.

The recommended overall county budget of $247.8 million, which includes both the General Fund and all county services and programs funded by the state and federal governments, is actually a 13.4 percent increase from FY 2011-2012—the result of additional state funding for the Criminal Justice Realignment program, which requires counties to house some convicted felons in the County Jail rather than state prison.

Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen predicted that General Fund revenues are not likely to improve in the short term. Although California's coastal counties are seeing modest increases in property values and job creation, inland counties such as Sutter are still lagging behind the state and the nation economically.

Sutter County's unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly high, rising from 13.4 percent in March 2008 to 22 percent in March 2010, and remaining above 20 percent ever since.

Sales tax revenues increased this year, but that increase was not enough to overcome another drop in property tax revenues.

Historically, Sutter County has budgeted conservatively, not adding programs and services in good financial years. This allowed the County to develop a reserve fund in excess of $25 million—or about 35 percent of the General Fund budget, in FY 2008-2009. The CAO's recommended budget includes drawing down an additional $1.36 million in reserves, leaving a remaining reserve balance of approximately 14.1% of the recommended General Fund budget.

The six positions recommended for lay-off include an account clerk in the Auditor-Controller's Office, the executive secretary in the County Administrative Office, the Assistant Director of Community Services, an office assistant in Community Services, an office assistant in the Farm Advisor's office, and two half-time library technicians.

The Museum Director/Curator and the Assistant Curator at the Community Memorial Museum would have their workweek reduced by 20 percent.

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Cat Population Fills Sutter County Shelter
June 04, 2012
Cat Population Fills Sutter County Shelter

The Sutter County Animal Shelter is at capacity and will be limiting the number of cats it will receive as the community cat population increases with the spring and summer months.

“We are at, or constantly near, capacity, and we are announcing that there will be periods of time when we will not be accepting new cats at the shelter,” said Bob Clary, Interim Animal Services Manager. “In these situations, we actively network with multiple organizations to find fostering arrangements. Networking often takes a day or two to reduce the volume. Until then, if we took additional cats in, it would require having to euthanize healthy, adoptable cats that have been with us. We want to give as much of an opportunity as possible for the cats to find their next homes. Euthanasia is a last resort when all other options have been exhausted.”

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Summertime Starting Times Change for Board of Supervisors Meetings
June 04, 2012
Effective April, 2012, the Board of Supervisors began meeting twice monthly rather than weekly. Regularly scheduled meetings begin at 6 p.m.; however, on May 22, 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution establishing an earlier starting time for its summer meetings. The meetings of June 12, July 10, July 24, and August 14 shall be held at 3 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors has scheduled two special meetings, for budget hearings, on June 25 and June 26 at 9 a.m. each day. The budget hearings will be conducted in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

The remainder of the scheduled meetings in August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18 will be conducted at 6 p.m.

All regular meetings occur at the Sutter County Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, CA, unless the meeting is canceled or the location is changed by Board action. Board meetings are open to the public. Occasionally, the Board of Supervisors will schedule study sessions for dates on which they do not have a regular meeting. See the Board Agenda for more details.

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Recommended Budget Expected June 8, and Budget Hearings Scheduled for June 25 and June 26
June 04, 2012

The Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 is expected to be available on Friday, June 8, and will be posted to the County’s website.

The Board of Supervisors has scheduled two special meetings, for budget hearings, on June 25 and June 26 at 9 a.m. each day. The budget hearings will be conducted in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

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Sutter County Public Surplus Auction
May 30, 2012
Sutter County Public Surplus AuctionCome one, come all! The Sutter County Public Works Department would like to announce the auction of surplus County property, facilitated by the Online Auction Company BidCal.com. Bidding will open Saturday, June 2, 2012, and close Tuesday, June 5, 2012. An auction preview will take place at 146 Garden Highway, Yuba City, CA 95991 on Monday, June 4th, 2012 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Auction items include computer equipment, office furniture, radios, vehicles, heavy work equipment, and many other lots. For a full listing of auction items, please visit www.BidCal.com. There is sure to be something for everyone. Good luck to all!

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Town Hall Meeting - Sutter County Commission on Aging
May 25, 2012
Town Hall Meeting - Sutter County Commission on AgingSeniors in Sutter County!

What can help you stay independent well into your 80s, 90s and beyond?

Many things can help older people live safe and well. What matters most?

  • Good transportation options
  • Making home repairs
  • Paying for medical care or medicines
  • Making ends meet
  • Something Else?
This meeting is open to all interested parties. Anyone requiring accommodations during the meeting should call one week in advance. To give input without attending the meeting, go to: www.a4aa.com

Where: Yuba City Senior Center 777 Ainsley Ave. in Yuba City, CA

When: Wednesday, June 27th from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Please Register with the Senior Center at: (530) 822-4608.

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Holiday Closure
May 24, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, May 28th, most County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
 
Shawne Corley Appointed Interim Sutter County CAO
May 23, 2012
Shawne Corley Appointed Interim Sutter County CAOThe Sutter County Board of Supervisors appointed Assistant County Administrative Officer Shawne Corley as interim CAO, effective with the retirement of CAO Stephanie J. Larsen on July 6.

The announcement came following a closed personnel session on May 22.

Ms. Corley, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento, has worked for Sutter County since 2003.

In addition to managing the County’s budget under both Ms. Larsen and former CAO Larry Combs, she has served as the County’s Risk Manager while the position was in recruitment and in key roles on the County’s Emergency Management Team.

"With her knowledge of County operations, she’ll ensure a smooth transition,” Ms. Larsen said of Ms. Corley’s appointment.

Before joining Sutter County, Ms. Corley held a number of executive level positions for various non-profit, health and human service agencies on California’s Central Coast.

Ms. Corley’s salary will be determined by the Board at a later date. At Tuesday’s meeting, Human Resources Director Karen Ropp was directed by the Board to commence recruitment for the permanent position.

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Sutter County Public Works Invites You
May 21, 2012
Sutter County Public Works Invites You

The Sutter County Public Works Department is inviting the public to visit their office this week as part of National Public Works Week.

Displays and information on road and facilities maintenance operations are on view in the Lobby of 1130 Civic Center Boulevard in Yuba City during normal office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25. Also, a department overview and tour of the Engineering Division will be available by appointment. Please call the office at 822-7450.

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Sutter County CAO Stephanie J. Larsen to Retire in July
May 18, 2012
Sutter County CAO Stephanie J. Larsen to Retire in July

Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen has informed the Board of Supervisors that she intends to retire effective July 6.

Ms. Larsen, who was appointed to the position in 2010 following the resignation of longtime County CAO Larry Combs, said she is taking retirement to care for her terminally ill father.

“I have enjoyed working with the Board of Supervisors, my staff, Department Heads, and community members for the betterment of Sutter County,” Ms. Larsen said. “However, the time has come when my role as a daughter and caregiver needs to take precedence over my duties as County Administrative Officer.”

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Bounteous Buttes Event at Museum
May 07, 2012
Bounteous Buttes Event at Museum

A wine and olive oil tasting event celebrating the Sutter Buttes with art and photography will benefit the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County on Friday, May 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The tastes of the Buttes and their renowned beauty will be the focus of the evening in the brand new Ettl Hall at the Museum. Cordi Winery and Sutter Buttes Olive Oil will be featured along with area artists and photographers. Middle Mountain Foundation will have available information about the Buttes and the foundation’s work to preserve them. The Museum will offer hors d’oeuvres, and their recently published cookbook for sale.

A drawing will include works from the featured artists and photographers and area agricultural products. Tickets for Bounteous Buttes are available for $10 per person at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. 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.

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Baseball Memories New Museum Exhibit
May 01, 2012
Baseball Memories New Museum Exhibit

The new exhibit at Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County will open on Friday evening, May 4, 2012 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Baseball Memories features the unique collection of a Sutter County resident. Upon his birth, his grandfather who was an avid baseball fan, wrote to many of the major baseball players of the 1930s and asked for their autographs as a gift for the new baby. Surprisingly, he received back a number of letters and autographs from his baseball heroes. These were carefully saved for the grandson, who is now sharing them with the community in this exhibit. Many of the top players and Hall of Fame recipients are represented in the collection. Admission to the reception is free.

Also included in the exhibit are vintage photographs of local teams dating from the 1880s through the 1950s, along with memorabilia from local players. Celebrate the grand old American pastime with the Museum through August 5th, 2012.

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The Community Memorial Museum 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 Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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Secretary of State Debra Bowen Visits Sutter County Elections Department
April 30, 2012
Secretary of State Debra Bowen Visits Sutter County Elections Department

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen met with Sutter County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston and the Elections Department staff on Tuesday, April 24.

The visit included discussion on the Vote by Mail process, voting machines and tabulation equipment, and poll workers.

The Secretary of State complimented Sutter County on its creative use of the webcam on election night, which allows an overflow crowd in the lobby to watch the ballot count; and the invaluable expertise of the certified staff, which allows the election to run smoothly.

(Pictured left to right: Teri Driscoll, Assistant Registrar of Voters Chris Goforth, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Clerk-Recorder/ROV Donna Johnston, Paula Smart and Wendy Smith).

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Sutter County Board of Supervisors Meets Tuesday at Sutter High School
April 20, 2012
Sutter County Board of Supervisors Meets Tuesday at Sutter High SchoolThe Sutter County Board of Supervisors will conduct its Tuesday, April 24 meeting at Sutter Union High School, as part of an outreach program to local high school students.

Sutter High School is located at 2665 Acacia Avenue, Sutter. The meeting will be in the school's new gymnasium, which opened along with a new cafeteria and a new media room this year.

Members of the public who attend the public meeting are advised that the parking lot closest to the new gym is located off Griffith Avenue, which runs along the southern boundary of the school. From Acacia Avenue, turn right off of Griffith Street just past the school's tennis courts.

Among the items on the agenda is a presentation to Sutter High School by the Sutter Lions Club of a Sutter County flag. The flag, the first of its kind in county history, was designed as part of a Sutter 4-H Club project by Sutter High School students Franklin Tarke and Francisco Ruiz in 2011.

 

 
‘Stop Bullying’ Night Focuses on Negative Consequences of Bullying, and Intervention Strategies
April 17, 2012
‘Stop Bullying’ Night Focuses on Negative Consequences of Bullying, and Intervention Strategies"Stop Bullying", is a special night designed for parents and their children to learn about what's going on with bullying. Learn more about this increasing problem in our schools, online and throughout the community. Find out about the life-long negative consequences bullying can have. The event, sponsored by the Sutter County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission,will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Fremont-Rideout Conference Room, 989 Plumas Street, Yuba City. A free Hot Dog meal will be served to the first 100 people in attendance from 5:30 – 6 p.m., followed by presentations from 6 – 8 p.m. Virginia Burns and Kao Lee Vang, Intervention Specialists from Sutter County Schools, will talk about Bullying Prevention in Junior High and High Schools. John Floe, Prevention Services Coordinator from Sutter Yuba Mental Health Services will do a presentation on the "PLUS Program, followed by Christina Arriaga, Sutter County Probation Officer and Officer Charles Ernst, of the Yuba City Police Department sharing about the "GREAT Program". For more information please call (530) 870-7954.
 
Student Art Month - Exhibit at Community Memorial Museum
April 03, 2012
Student Art Month - Exhibit at Community Memorial Museum

The "Youth Art Month" 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 March 30 to April 12.

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Children’s Program at Museum
April 02, 2012
Children’s Program at Museum

Hummingbirds are the topic of the Spring Vacation Children’s Program at Community Memorial Museum On Thursday, April 12, 2012.Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the program will include a story about hummingbirds in our backyards, and participants will make their own book about hummingbirds and make a bird craft. The program is free and suitable for children of elementary school age. Refreshments will follow.

The Community Memorial Museum 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 Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Admission is free.

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Public Health Week Events 2012
March 27, 2012
Public Health Week Events 2012

Join Sutter County Public Health in celebrating National Public Health Week. Help create a healthier Sutter by moving more and eating healthier in 2012.

Monday, April 2 - Community Mall Walk
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Yuba Sutter Mall. Get your heart pumping and muscles moving at this morning walk. Free blood pressure screening available.

Tuesday, April 3 - Personal Wellness Assessment
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Sutter County Health Education Wellness Room. Screenings will include one on one time with a health professional who will assess blood pressure, BMI, and diet. To register for this free 30 minute wellness assessment, call 822-7215, ext 250.

Wednesday, April 4 - Family Fun Day
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Gauche Aquatic Park. Join us for an afternoon of interactive family fun! Wear comfy clothes, and be ready to move!

Thursday, April 5 - Personal Wellness Assessment
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Sutter County Health Education Wellness Room. Screenings will include one on one time with a health professional who will assess blood pressure, BMI, and diet. To register for this free 30 minute wellness assessment, call 822-7215, ext 250.

Saturday, April 7 - Community Walk / Ride
8:00 a.m. - Sutter Bike Path starting at Royo Rachero Road. Walk or just bike along this hidden wonder of Sutter County (8 miles round trip).

To register for a Personal Wellness Assessment, please call Health Education at (530) 822-7215, ext 250.

All events are free to the community and are tobacco-free.

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Seminar on Personal and Community Transformation
March 22, 2012
Seminar on Personal and Community Transformation A free seminar focusing on personal and community transformation is scheduled for Thursday March 29 at The Bonanza Inn Convention Hall in Yuba City.

Speaker Bill Grace, author of "Sharing The Rock: Shaping Our Future Through Leadership For The Common Good," will conduct four sessions of one hour each at: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The seminar is sponsored by Sutter North Medical Foundation, the Friends of Yuba City Parks and Recreation, and Ignite Yuba City (formerly ACHIEVE, of which the Sutter County Public Health Department and the Sutter County Children and Families Commission are members).

The goal of the seminar is to help you discover your core values and get inspired to improve yourself and make a difference in your organization and community.

Please RSVP, preferably by Friday, March 23, to Rachel at 822-7215, ext. 250, or Maria at 822-7215, ext. 257, or by emailing Rachel Licea, or Maria Rodriguez.

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7th Annual 5K Run/Walk
March 22, 2012
7th Annual 5K Run/Walk

Please join us for the 7th Annual "Run Drugs Out of Town" 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at River Valley High School.

Same day registration begins 7:00 a.m. and races begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be prizes, a mascot race, music, ¼ mile kids runs, free breakfast, children's play area, synergy race timing, community resources and more.

To register or volunteer, email or call the Event Coordinator Dulia Aguilar at 674-1885 x333.

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Recology Yuba-Sutter Launches Catchy Campaign to Encourage Residents to Recycle
March 20, 2012
Recology Yuba-Sutter Launches Catchy Campaign to Encourage Residents to RecycleRecology Yuba-Sutter has launched a new advertising campaign to help residents clean up their recycling! This aggressive and catchy effort will help Yuba-Sutter residents differentiate between recyclable and non-recyclable items.

"What Goes Where" and "What Blue Bin Doesn't Do" are just a few of the key phrases that you'll be seeing and hearing around town very soon. Probably not the best grammar from a writer's perspective but you'll get the point real quick.

Whatbin.com is a new online resource designed to answer any questions people may have about a particular item so that it is placed in the correct bin. This online tool can be found at Recology Yuba- Sutter's website or it can be accessed directly at www.WHATBIN.com. The Whatbin tool asks a series of questions about the particular item to be disposed of and tells the user exactly which bin to place the item. With a few simple questions people are able to easily identify which bin their item belongs.

Additionally, local restaurants are participating in the campaign by providing kids with activity sheet placemats that include recycling education games. They are also providing drink coasters that have recycling trivia questions to encourage and educate people about proper recycling.

"Over 30% of the recycling items picked up by Recology's recycling trucks are contaminated with materials that do not belong in them. That's a large percentage of recyclable items that end up in the gray bins simply because people do not know if it's recyclable," stated Jackie Sillman, recycling coordinator at Recology. "For over 11 years, Recology Yuba-Sutter has been encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. This new campaign is fun, fresh and catchy and our goal is to continue to educate residents about the importance of properly disposing items. Our efforts will have a tremendous impact on what ends up in the blue carts. Our waste is a resource for new product and energy generation as well as creation of mulch and compost," she added.

Recology Yuba-Sutter serves more than 43,000 residential customers and 3,500 commercial customers and collects more than 100,000 tons of materials annually. They provide service to the communities of Beale Air Force Base, Live Oak, Marysville, Wheatland, Yuba City and the counties of Yuba and Sutter.

 
Sutter Supervisors To Consider Range Of Options On Fees Involving Live Oak Park And Launching Of Boats At County Ramps
March 19, 2012
Two public hearings are scheduled before the Sutter County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, March 20, regarding whether to adopt a new fee schedule for Live Oak Park, and establishing fees for using Sutter County boat ramps.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second St. The public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Public Works Department is recommending any of three alternatives, which would raise between $7,500 to $20,000 annually to go toward park and boat ramp maintenance. Neither of the three alternatives would generate enough money to cover the full cost of maintaining the park and the Live Oak, Yuba City, Boyd’s Pump and Tisdale boat launching facilities, according to Public Works Director Douglas R. Gault.

The Sutter County Fish and Game Commission is recommending that the Board not change the existing fee schedule at Live Oak Park and not establish fees for using the boat ramps for at least a year while the matter is further studied.

For more information, see the agenda and backup materials online at http://www.suttercounty.org/agenda/bos/2012/4317.

 
Board Adopts Twice-Monthly Meeting Schedule
March 15, 2012
On March 13, 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution establishing a new schedule for meetings. Effective April, 2012, the board will meet twice monthly rather than weekly, and all future Board meetings, including those of March 20 and March 27, will begin at 6 p.m.

Meeting dates for April through December 2012 are as follows: April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18.

All regular meetings occur at the Sutter County Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, CA, unless the meeting is canceled or the location is changed by Board action. Board meetings are open to the public. Occasionally, the Board of Supervisors will schedule study sessions for dates on which they do not have a regular meeting.

Board of Supervisors meetings are recorded on video and streamed live on the internet at www.suttercounty.org, and they are aired on Comcast Cable Channel 18 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night following the Tuesday night meetings. A DVD of Board meetings is available at the Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City.

 
American Academy of Pediatrics Lectureship Conference
March 14, 2012
Eliminating Pediatric Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Protect children from second hand smoke! Area physicians and their staff, nurses, alcohol and drug addiction counselors, and community-based service providers have the unique opportunity to train with Tom Peterson, M.D., a nationally recognized expert with over 20 years of experience in tobacco control issues. The training conference will focus on effectively integrating discussions about tobacco control into health encounters with clients. You will walk away with:

  • Increased understanding of smoke-free policies; and
  • Evidence and practice-based strategies.
There will be four opportunities over a two day span from May 2nd to May 3rd to attend the lecture given by Dr. Peterson. For further details regarding dates, location, and conference registration, please visit the tobacco control program page (suttercounty.org/tobacco) and select the American Academy of Pediatrics Lectureship Conference link.

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Study Session Gives Board of Supervisors Chance to Consider Response to FEMA Over Floodplain Violations
March 12, 2012
Study Session Gives Board of Supervisors Chance to Consider Response to FEMA Over Floodplain ViolationsSutter County must correct areas of its Floodplain Management Program and property owners must get building permits before making improvements. That’s the upshot of a report prepared in advance of a Board of Supervisors study session on how to fix problems identified during a visit by the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year.

The study session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13th in the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City.

Sutter County has participated in the National Flood Insurance Program since 1975. The program, managed by FEMA, allows property owners in Sutter County to obtain flood insurance and emergency aid in the event of a flood. In exchange, Sutter County is required to enforce building regulations which mitigate flood damage.

FEMA conducts periodic visits to communities which participate in the NFIP for the dual purpose of providing technical assistance to the community and assuring that the community is adequately enforcing its floodplain management regulations. Last summer’s Community Assistance Visit to Sutter County was the first since the southern one-third of the county was re-mapped in 2008 into a Special Flood Hazard Area, or floodplain. Buildings in the floodplain are required to be constructed above certain elevations, or must be flood-proofed.

After the visit, FEMA notified the County of 14 non-compliant structures built in the floodplain, and is requiring the County to take four actions to remain in the NFIP:

  1. Develop and adopt a Corrective Action Plan that will address the construction violations for the structures identified by FEMA;
  2. Revise documented procedures related to permitting structures in the Special Flood Hazard Areas with the intent to improve communication between the Department of Community Services and the Water Resources Division. Revisions might include updating policies, changing the County’s floodplain ordinance, conducting training, and/or increasing field inspections to identify non-compliant structures.
  3. The County must improve front line staff’s working knowledge of substantial improvement and substantial damage applications and elevation certificates; and
  4. The County must obtain necessary documentation about the Natomas Central Mutual Water Company’s Sacramento River - Water Diversion project.

Four of the 14 structures were constructed without a building permit, according to a report prepared by County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen. In other instances, construction work performed exceeded the scope of the building permits or required documentation was found lacking.

Staff is working with property owners to bring the structures into compliance. Staff believes seven of the 14 structures have been brought into compliance, and work continues on the others.

The Board of Supervisors will hear presentations by FEMA representatives and County staff, and will have an opportunity to ask questions and give direction to staff. A formal response to FEMA will be voted on at a future Board meeting.

 
Fall Prevention Class
March 12, 2012

Sutter County Public Health will be offering a fall prevention class for senior citizens on March 15th from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Yuba City Senior Center. There will be a short video, some informative handouts, and a time for questions. Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors, and in many cases these falls can be avoided. Come and learn a few simple steps you can take to help prevent falls. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

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Special Event: Stop Bullying
March 09, 2012
Join in this special night designed for parents and their children. Learn more about this increasing problem in our schools and its negative life-long consequences for our children, and the affects on you and your child.

When:
Thursday, April 19th
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Where:
Fremont-Rideout Conference Room
989 Plumas Street, Yuba City

Agenda:

  • 5:30 - 6 p.m.: Free Hot Dogs, Chips and Drink (first 100 people)
  • 6 - 8 p.m.: Presentations
"Bullying Prevention in Junior High and High School"
Virginia Burns and Kao Lee Vang, Sutter County Schools, Intervention Specialists

"PLUS Program"
John Floe, S-Y Mental Health Services, Prevention Services Coordinator

"GREAT Program"
Christina Arriaga, Sutter County Probation Officer and Officer Charles Ernst, Yuba City Police Department

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The Cookie Tree Benefits Community Memorial Museum
March 08, 2012
Eat delicious cookies and help the Community Memorial Museum.

On Thursday evening, March 15th, The Cookie Tree will donate a portion of its profits to the Museum when customers make a purchase and mention the Museum. The benefit event is from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Cookie Tree at 441 Bridge Street in Yuba City.

Orders for a future date can also be placed during that time and will benefit the Museum. Proceeds will support museum operations.

Help your community museum and enjoy a delectable treat. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

 
River Valley High School Art Exhibit
March 06, 2012
River Valley High School Art Exhibit

Our latest exhibit comprises the work of the River Valley High School Art Department. All of the artwork is by the students. The exhibit runs through March 16 during normal open hours.

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As You Spring Forward, Step Back to See if You are Ready for an Emergency
March 06, 2012
As You Spring Forward, Step Back to See if You are Ready for an Emergency

Sutter County Public Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and the American Public Health Association (APHA) encourage you to make sure your family is prepared for emergencies.

When it’s time to change your clocks because of daylight saving time, use it as a reminder to check your preparedness kit to make sure your emergency stockpile isn’t missing any items and that the food hasn’t expired. APHA’s Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign is reminding people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disaster occurs.

If you haven’t created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one! (And as always, don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.)

This information is good year-round: You don't have to wait for the clock change to update your stockpile. So think about having these materials at your next health fair or community meeting!

More information, visit the American Public Health Association Get Ready website.

 
Change of Hours for Sutter County Animal Shelter
March 06, 2012
Change of Hours for Sutter County Animal Shelter

The Sutter County Animal Shelter hours for viewing of animals will be changing on March 12, the Community Services Department has announced. Viewing time will be increased by two hours on Monday and decreased by one hour each day Tuesday through Saturday.

The changes are needed to comply with a new state law regarding a minimum of four hours of viewing time to constitute a “business day,” and to implement veterinarian recommended shelter cleaning procedures which are difficult to accomplish while the shelter is open to the public.

The new hours will be: Monday, noon to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed on Sundays.

Hours the Shelter Office is open to the public have changed on Mondays only, and will now be noon to 4 p.m. The hours the office is open the remainder of the week are unchanged: Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter office is closed on Sundays.

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Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 11
March 06, 2012
Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 11Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m.

In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.

 
Book Signing for New Browns Valley Book
March 05, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting local author Roberta Sperbeck D’Arcy for a book signing of her brand new book, Images of America: Browns Valley on Thursday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. Just released on March 12 by Arcadia Publishing, the book is packed with vintage photographs and the colorful history of Browns Valley. It sells for $21.99 and will be available at the book signing and in the Museum Store.

The book signing event is open to the public with no admission fee. The Community Memorial Museum 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 Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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Map Depicts Areas Where Shooting on Top of Levees Prohibited by Sutter County Ordinance
March 02, 2012
Map Depicts Areas Where Shooting on Top of Levees Prohibited by Sutter County OrdinanceAn ordinance adopted by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 28, outlaws the discharge of firearms from the tops of the levees adjacent the properties protected by Levee District 1, in the southern section of the Yuba City basin.

This map  highlights both the area where new restrictions are in place, as well as areas in Reclamation District 1000 and Reclamation District 1001 where shooting from the tops of levees has been outlawed since 1976.

There are two ways in which the new ordinance actually loosens restrictions on shooting: (1) shooting used to be prohibited on both the tops and the slopes of the levees within RDs 1000 and 1001. Now, shooting is allowed on the slopes of the levees. This is part of a compromise reached in discussions with representatives of the National Rifle Association and the California Department of Fish and Game. (2) The old ordinance prohibited the use of a wide variety of weapons, including rifles, shotguns, pistols, bows, and air guns. The new ordinance now permits the use of bows and air guns on levees.

Discharging a firearm on the levees in Yuba City is prohibited both by City Ordinance and the California Penal Code.

Although Sutter County has no ordinance regulating shooting from levees in or adjacent to the Sutter Wildlife Refuge, the Department of Fish and Game may have some restrictions.

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Sutter County Supervisors Public Hearing
February 17, 2012
Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is given that at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, in the Sutter County Supervisors Chambers, Hall of Records Building, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, CA, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the following:

Consideration of a Reimbursement Agreement between the County of Sutter and Sutter Pointe developers and consideration to establish a specific plan reimbursement fee pursuant to Government Code Section 65456. This reimbursement fee is a mechanism to provide reimbursement for the costs incurred for preparation, adoption and administration of the Sutter Pointe Specific Plan. The fee will be collected on a per acre basis from Sutter Pointe Specific Plan landowners. The fee calculation is as specified in the Sutter Pointe Reimbursement Fee Public Review Draft Report available to the public at the Sutter County Community Services Department.

Copies of the staff report and supporting documents will be available for public review or purchase at the Clerk of the Board, 1160 Civic Center Boulevard, Yuba City, CA, beginning at 12:00 noon on the Friday before the meeting. The Sutter Pointe Reimbursement Fee Public Review Draft Report will be available for public review or purchase at the Sutter County Community Services Department and online at the Sutter County website, www.co.sutter.ca.us 10 days before the hearing. All interested parties are invited to attend and express their opinions or provide written comments before the hearing. If you challenge the proposed Project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at, or prior to, the public hearing.

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Holiday Closure
February 13, 2012
Holiday ClosureOn Monday, February 20th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
 
Former Planning Manager Danelle Stylos Returns to Sutter County as Director of Community Services
February 09, 2012
Former Planning Manager Danelle Stylos Returns to Sutter County as Director of Community ServicesSutter County has a new Community Services Director who is familiar with the county's planning and economic development issues. That's because she is returning to head the department she left in 2007 after nearly four years as the Planning Manager.

Danelle Stylos' appointment to head the department responsible for planning, building inspection, environmental health, fire services, emergency management, and animal control services was approved by the Board of Supervisors on January 24.

Ms. Stylos, who is currently the Director of Community Development Services in the City of Oakdale in Stanislaus County, will begin in her new Sutter County post on March 5.

"I am thrilled to be back," Ms. Stylos said. "The transition to the county will be seamless because I am already familiar with the community, the politics, and the staff. Sutter County is a very supportive environment to work in."

In Oakdale, her area of responsibility included not only planning, building and code enforcement, but housing, redevelopment, economic development, and parks and recreation. She was also the city's Floodplain Administrator and has been serving as the interim city manager.

Prior to working as Sutter County's Planning Manager, Ms. Stylos worked in the planning departments of the City of Elk Grove, the City of Citrus Heights, and the City of Turlock.

Ms. Stylos holds a Master's Degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University. Her appointment was approved by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors on January 24.

 
Caregiver Support Groups
February 07, 2012

Are you the parent or family caregiver of a child with special needs? Then this twice monthly group is for you!

  • Self care
  • Stress management
  • Managing unhelpful thoughts
  • Long term care planning
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Resources

When:
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where:
1650 Sierra Avenue, Suite 106
Yuba City
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2012 Dental Health Fair
February 06, 2012
2012 Dental Health Fair Join us for the 2012 Dental Health Fair and get a heaping helping of fun, free information, and new ideas for a happy, healthy mouth and body!

  • When: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Luther Elementary School, Multi-purpose Room
Take advantage of oral health screenings; simple shopping and nutrition tips for making better food choices; pictures with the tooth fairy; and other FREE and fun activities.

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Vendor Registration
February 01, 2012
Vendor Registration

The General Services Division of Public Works is working in conjunction with IT to update the current database of services and supply vendors. From now until February 6th, vendor registration on the County website will be unavailable as the database will be cleared and new vendor classifications added to enable specific vendors to participate in the competitive bidding process with Sutter County.

The Sutter County Public Works Department is responsible for procuring the following services or supplies, on behalf of the County, as follows:

  • Architectural Services
  • Copying/Duplicating Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Construction Project Services
  • Construction Work – supplies, materials, equipment, products, and services on public projects as per California Public Contract Code 22002
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Services
  • Landscape Architectural Services
  • Land Surveying
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Telephone Equipment

If vendors wish to continue bidding on these services with Sutter County Public Works in 2012, they will need to create a new vendor profile on the website starting February 7, 2012. By registering, vendors will automatically receive notices of bids, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications via email based on classification codes in their user profile. To register after February 7th, vendors need to visit www.suttercounty.org and Register Online.

Vendors, with services not specifically listed here, may contact the appropriate County departments directly in order to solicit their services.

Any questions regarding this matter can be directed to the General Services office at (530) 822-7473.

 
Sutter County Healthier Living Workshops
February 01, 2012
Sutter County Healthier Living Workshops

Sutter County Human Services – Health Division is pleased to announce our new Healthier Living Workshops. This FREE critically acclaimed program was developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center and was designed to help persons better manage their health conditions.

These workshops are being taught by many health organizations in the United States and in several countries throughout the world. If you are living with a chronic health condition or are a caregiver of someone with a health condition; and need help in how to manage fatigue, pain, depression, and how to eat better and exercise, then this workshop series is for you. Our next workshop starts February 9th, 2012 at the Yuba City Senior Center. Space is limited, so register now.

The program consists of six structured classes, and are not disease specific. Sutter County will be offering these workshops at a variety of locations throughout Sutter County and is offered at no charge. Spouses and caregivers of persons living with chronic diseases are also encouraged to attend.

Patients may register online at SutterCounty.Org/Chronic or by calling (530) 822-5943.

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James Ochsner Becomes Sutter County's Director of Library Services
January 27, 2012
James Ochsner Becomes Sutter CountyJames E. Ochsner, a 12-year veteran with the Sutter County Library, has taken over as Director of Library Services.

Mr. Ochsner, of Sutter, has been serving as the interim director since the retirement of Roxanna Parker in December of 2010. He has 12 years experience with the County Library. He served for 15 years as a principal and teacher at Covenant Christian School in Yuba City.

During his tenure with Sutter County, Mr. Ochsner was instrumental in the implementation of the California Council for Humanities' "How I See It" teen services grants and receiving the Library Services and Technology Act Continuing Education grants. He participated in the LSTA California of the Past Digital Story-Telling Grant, which involved working with Japanese-Americans who were willing to provide an oral history of their World War II internment stories.

In addition, Mr. Ochsner created an Organizational Consulting Project, which was used to help implement the conversion of Sutter County Library's Collection to radio frequency identification (RFID) and self-check. This program allows library material to be checked out directly by library customers and also prevents theft of items that have not been checked out.

Mr. Ochsner holds a bachelor's degree in art with an emphasis on history from Dordt College in Iowa, and an Executive Master of Library Information Science from San Jose State University.

He and his wife, Jenette, have four children. They are active in Sutter Buttes 4-H and the Sutter High Precision Rifle Team.

His appointment to the position of Director was approved at the January 10 Board of Supervisors meeting.

 
Tisdale Boat Ramp Re-Opened
January 26, 2012
Tisdale Boat Ramp Re-Opened

The boat launch facility at the Tisdale Weir on the Sacramento River in western Sutter County has reopened, the Sutter County Public Works Department announced this morning (Jan. 27, 2012). The Public Works Department closed the boat launch on Monday after the Sacramento River was forecast to rise high enough to spill over the weir.

 
American Lung Association Local Tobacco Control Grade
January 19, 2012
American Lung Association Local Tobacco Control GradeToday, the American Lung Association (ALA) in California released its annual local tobacco control grades for all 482 cities and unincorporated areas of California’s 58 counties. Local grades are awarded in three categories: smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products. These three grades are averaged for one overall local tobacco control grade for each jurisdiction. Again, Sutter County received an overall grade of “F”.

You can view the grades at: www.lungusa.org/associations/states/california/advocacy/fight-/sotc-2012.html

Some points were gained this past year by the City of Live Oak for a new city ordinance which prohibits smoking in parks and other recreation areas and within 50 feet of city-owned building entrances. This gave the incorporated city an improved grade of “D” in the smoke-free outdoor air category. Gary Baland, mayor of Live Oak, stated he “was pleased that the council took the action it did. Working towards decreasing exposure to cigarette smoke is best for the health of the community of Live Oak.”

Lou Anne Cummings, M.D., Sutter County Health Officer, responded to the grades, “The report indicates we are making progress in reducing the impact of tobacco on our communities, but our work is not done. The ill effects of our high smoking rates show in our County chronic disease rates, such as cancer and heart disease. Sutter County has some of the highest in California. One goal of Sutter County Public Health is to ensure that people do not start to smoke and to provide help to smokers who want to quit. Prevention of chronic disease and promoting good health improves the life for you and your families.”

In 2010, the Surgeon General’s Report released important new information that indicates there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. For the complete report, visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/index.htm

For help with quitting tobacco, please call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or contact Sutter County Tobacco Control Program at 530-822-7215 or visit www.suttercounty.org/publichealth

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FEMA: Sutter County Must Improve Administration Of Building Standards In Floodplain
January 17, 2012
FEMA: Sutter County Must Improve Administration Of Building Standards In FloodplainWhile Sutter County won praise for exceeding minimum standards in its approach to floodplain management, the county must address existing non-compliant structures and improve the administration of building standards in the floodplain to remain eligible for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, according to the results of an audit conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Sutter County has managed the floodplain in a manner that has resulted in discounts as high as 20 percent on flood insurance for property owners. In fact, the county’s floodplain ordinance “exceeds minimum NFIP standards,” noted Gregor Blackburn, Floodplain Management Chief for FEMA Region IX, in a recent letter reporting the results of a field visit and audit of county building records in 2011.

The report said that Sutter County has 5,100 flood insurance policies as of October 2011, totaling nearly $1.6 billion in coverage. Since joining the program in 1988, FEMA has only had to pay $2.3 million in claims within the county.

However, 14 non-compliant structures were identified in the report. They include buildings constructed without a permit, without sufficient elevation certificates, or with inadequate flood-proofing, such as flood vents that were covered after construction. In some cases, FEMA questioned the calculations used to determine whether construction was a “substantial improvement.”

In 2008, FEMA placed thousands of properties in southern Sutter County in a Special Flood Hazard Area designation after the California Department of Water Resources declined to certify that its levees along the Feather River provide 100-year level flood protection. As a result, new or substantially improved buildings must be built one foot above the base flood elevation, or be properly flood-proofed.

In 2011, FEMA conducted a Community Assistance Visit (CAV) to Sutter County. Such visits are designed to assist communities in meeting FEMA standards to remain eligible for the benefits of the NFIP, which include access to federal flood insurance, and federal emergency assistance in the event of a flood disaster.

The Sutter County Division of Water Resources, which handles floodplain management, and the county’s Building Division, which issues building permits, have already begun to address the properties in question and are working on new procedures to improve coordination and communication about building issues in the floodplain to avoid future non-compliant structures.

“These are serious issues we are addressing,” said Douglas Gault, Director of Public Works and the county’s Floodplain Administrator. “We are developing a corrective action plan and are confident we can address FEMA’s concerns.”

The NFIP was ceated by Congress in 1968 to fill the void left by private insurance companies who refused to provide insurance against the flooding of buildings. Communities voluntarily join the program, but must enforce restrictions on where and how building can occur in order to stay eligible for the program. Sutter County joined the NFIP’s emergency program in the 1970s, and the regular program in April of 1988.

Notices will be mailed to property owners identifying the issues and Sutter County will have to take administrative action, Mr. Gault said. Just what that action will entail will depend on each situation, and is still being determined.

FEMA’s letter said Sutter County must develop a corrective action plan that addresses the violations or the county could be ineligible for discounted flood insurance, placed on probation, or suspended from the NFIP altogether.

“We will take the steps necessary to address FEMA’s concerns,” Mr. Gault said. “Sutter County’s ability to participate in the NFIP is valuable to our citizens and we will not jeopardize the benefits of the program.”

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Holiday Closure
January 10, 2012
On Monday, January 16th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
Exhibit of Vintage Hood Ornaments at Museum
January 09, 2012
Exhibit of Vintage Hood Ornaments at Museum

The Community Memorial Museum is featuring an exhibit of vintage automobile hood ornaments during the exhibit Hood Ornaments as Automobile Art open now through February 16th. “Automotive mascots”, as the hood ornaments are called, flourished during the 1920s up until 1942. Artistically modeled figures were attached to the radiator lids on the hoods of the automobiles.

This exhibit features female figures as hood ornaments. Some of them were known as Speed Nymphs. Many of them incorporated flowing robes and hair in aerodynamic Art Deco forms. After Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, Egyptian designs were popular everywhere, and hood ornaments were no exception. A number were designed by well known artists. Some hood ornaments were original to the automobile, and others were added by the owner later to express their individuality. A few actually incorporated openings where steam could escape if the radiator overheated, causing a whistling sound that would alert the driver that it was time to add water to the radiator.

Museum 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. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

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Sutter County Supervisors Public Hearing
January 09, 2012
Sutter County Supervisors Public Hearing

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors will conduct two public hearings on Tuesday night, Jan. 10, to consider proposals to establish fees for launching boats at Sutter County boat launch facilities, and raising the day use and camping fees at Live Oak Park.

The fee increase is being proposed to help offset maintenance costs which are estimated to exceed $50,000 annually. Currently, the only fees collected by the County are for day use and camping at Live Oak Park, and a $30 annual fee for launching boats at Live Oak Park. (The annual fee is $15 for seniors). Because annual revenues from existing boat launch fees is less than $2,000, the bulk of the maintenance and dredging costs is absorbed by the County's General Fund.

Under the proposal, a daily fee of $7 would be charged for launching boats at Live Oak Park, Yuba City Boat Dock, or Boyd's Landing on the Feather River, and at the Tisdale Boat Launch facility on the Sacramento River. Sutter County residents could pay a one-time annual fee of $80 that would allow them to use any of the four boat launching facilities. Non-Sutter County residents would be charged $100.

The day use fee at Live Oak Park would be raised from $5 to $7 per vehicle, and the overnight camping fee would be raised to $18. A rate of $125 would be charged to overnight camping groups of 51-64 individuals.

The public hearings, continued from the Dec. 13 meeting, will be conducted at 7 p.m. at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City. The Board could vote on the proposal following the public hearing.

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Healthcare Coverage Expands
January 04, 2012
Healthcare Coverage Expands

The new year brings an exciting new program that expands healthcare coverage to people who weren't covered before, and it includes mental health and substance abuse services.

Path2Health, which began Jan. 1, expands no-cost medical coverage in 34 rural counties - including Sutter - to uninsured, low-income adults between age 19 and 64.

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