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1955 Sutter County Flood Documentary Now Online
May 27, 2010
A documentary on the Christmas Eve flood of 1955 that damaged or destroyed approximately 6,000 homes and killed 38 people in Sutter County is now available for viewing online.

The 1955 Sutter County Flood was produced by the County of Sutter as part of its flood awareness outreach. It details events leading up to collapse of a Feather River levee one mile south of Yuba City, and the resulting flooding of 90 percent of Yuba City and the vast farmlands south of the city.

The documentary is approximately 80 minutes long. It can be viewed on any PC or Mac computer that can read Windows Media files (files with an extension of .WMV). Mac users should use the Safari Web browser with a plug-in to view Windows Media files).

The documentary includes still and moving images in both black and white and color, recent interviews of survivors, radio interviews of flood survivors in the weeks following the flood, and three songs written and performed by local musical artists.

View the video

Board Appoints Stephanie Larsen as New CAO
May 27, 2010
Stephanie J. Larsen has been formally appointed by the Board of Supervisors to become Sutter County's next County Administrative Officer.

Ms. Larsen was named Acting County Administrative Officer on Nov. 26, 2009 after the resignation of former County Administrator Larry T. Combs. Ms. Larsen was offered the permanent position after an executive search and interviews by the Board of Supervisors determined she was the most qualified candidate, according to Board Chairman Stan Cleveland.

"We believe Ms. Larsen has the skills and experience to help Sutter County through the next three financially challenging years," Chairman Cleveland stated. "Her abilities in budgeting are the best we could have hoped to find."

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with a Board of Supervisors that takes its fiscal responsibilities seriously, and with such talented department heads and staff," Ms. Larsen said. "Sutter County is a professional, efficient organization. It will remain so, even as we deal with the financial uncertainties of the future."

A U.S. Army veteran and former Fiscal Analyst for the State of Arizona's Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Ms. Larsen's career in County government spans two decades, beginning in Stanislaus County in 1990, where she worked as a Senior Analyst in the County Administrator's Office, and as Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation. She worked as a Management and Budget Analyst in the County of Lassen, as a Senior Deputy County Administrator at the County of San Joaquin, and as Assistant County Administrative Officer in the County of Humboldt.

Ms. Larsen joined Sutter County as its Assistant County Administrator in January 2008.

Ms. Larsen holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and attended the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

The Board of Supervisors on May 25 approved an employment agreement that made her appointment effective May 26, and established a starting annual salary of $178,000.

Spanish Tobacco Cessation Program
May 26, 2010
Sutter County Tobacco Control will be providing a Spanish language tobacco cessation class Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at the Hans Miller Building in Richland Housing. The no-cost tobacco cessation program will begin at 4:00PM. If you use tobacco or know someone that does, please encourage them to quit for their health. We are here to provide tools to break the habit.

For more information, please call Rachel Licea at (530) 822-7215.

Holiday Closure
May 24, 2010
On Monday, May 31, most County offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Board Scheduled to Vote on Contract for Next County Administrative Officer
May 21, 2010
A vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday would formally appoint Stephanie J. Larsen Sutter County’s next County Administrative Officer.

Ms. Larsen was named Acting County Administrative Officer on Nov. 26, 2009 after the resignation of former County Administrator Larry T. Combs. Ms. Larsen was offered the permanent position after an executive search and interviews by the Board of Supervisors determined she was the most qualified candidate, according to Board Chairman Stan Cleveland.

“We believe Ms. Larsen has the skills and experience to help Sutter County through the next three financially challenging years,” Chairman Cleveland stated. “Her abilities in budgeting are the best we could have hoped to find.”

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with a Board of Supervisors that takes its fiscal responsibilities seriously, and with such talented department heads and staff,” Ms. Larsen said. “Sutter County is a professional, efficient organization. It will remain so, even as we deal with the financial uncertainties of the future.”

Child Care Provider and Early Educator Classes
May 20, 2010
The Sutter County Children and Families Commission (SCCFC) is pleased to announce two Child care provider, early educator classes. The SCCFC has approved $38,000 in funding to continue the Lessons Learned and Creating Great Starts classes for FY 2010/2011.

Lessons Learned focuses on lesson planning and is instructed by Liz Lundberg, applications are due June 30, 2010.

Creating Great Starts focuses on integrating physical activity, nutrition into daily class curriculum and offers nationally recognized workshop presentations. Creating Great Starts applications are due June 4, 2010.

The Be Choosy Be Healthy Kit will be a part of materials received in the Creating Great Starts program. The Be Choosy Be Healthy kit is produced by Lakeshore and was created by Dr. Linda Carson, Ware Distinguished Professor at West Wirginia University.

Class space is limited; please submit your application as soon as possible.

Sutter County Seeks Pictures, Volunteers for State Fair
May 19, 2010
The County of Sutter is looking for pictures and video representing Sutter County for a video loop in its 2010 State Fair Exhibit. The County is also seeking volunteers to work the exhibit in exchange for free admission to the State Fair.

The County is soliciting submissions of pictures and video for consideration, and will seek written authorization to use the selected images in a video representing Sutter County. Owners of selected images will receive a credit in the video, which will be posted online in addition to playing at the State Fair exhibit.

The theme of the State Fair is Passport to Adventure. The Sutter County exhibit will feature a flying theme and the County is particularly interested in images of the outdoors, including birds, rivers, the Sutter Buttes, orchards, levees, wildlife areas, etc. Pictures of public events and recreational activities are also encouraged.

Images of Sutter County from the air are especially of interest.

Contact Sutter County Public Information Officer Chuck Smith for more information. Telephone: 530-822-7100. Email Chuck Smith

Community members are also being sought to volunteer to work a three-hour shift at the State Fair exhibit. Volunteers receive free parking and entry passes. For additional information, contact Jessica Amen at 530-822-7100. Email Jessica Amen

The State Fair is earlier this year, running from July 14 to Aug. 1, at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

Sutter County Board Meetings Now Viewable Online
May 17, 2010
Video of Sutter County Board of Supervisors meetings is now available online. To see archived meetings or to view a meeting live, use the following link:
Longtime Sutter County CAO Larry T. Combs Honored
May 14, 2010

The Sacramento chapter of the American Society of Public Administration has honored former Sutter County Chief Administrative Officer Larry T. Combs for a prestigious career that continues in Merced County.

Combs, Sutter County’s CAO for 26 years, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Merced County.

On Thursday, May 6, he received the Ross Clayton Lifetime Distinguished Public Service award at the Society’s 28th annual Excellence Awards ceremony in Sacramento.

In announcing the award, the Society noted that Combs has the distinction of serving the longest tenure for a chief executive for any California county, and worked with a variety of boards of supervisors to position Sutter County to weather the economic shortfalls brought on thus far by the worst recession since the Great Depression. When he took a new position in Merced County, Sutter County had one of the lowest debt burdens of any California county and one of the highest rates of reserves, the Society noted.

The Society also noted that Combs directed the emergency operations of the County during two flooding episodes, 1986 and 1997, including the evacuation of 1997 and the building of an emergency ring levee around the community of Meridian in 1997.

Join Us in Celebrating Tobacco-Free Parks in Yuba City!
May 07, 2010
Play here for a breath of fresh air.

This is a FREE event for all!

What:   Community Celebration
When:   Friday, May 14, 2010 from 5-7PM
Where:   Gauche Aquatic Park
Why:   All Yuba City parks are 100% tobacco free, so we will celebrate fresh, clean and tobacco free air! There will be a variety of no-cost activities, fun and goodies throughout the evening. John Carter will even be there to play and sing and special appearance of the Sutter PowerKids !

Also, parents should bring their child's yellow immunization card to the event and a nurse will make certain all vaccinations are up-to-date, and in turn receive a free Jan-Yo Yogurt. Join us!

If you have further questions about this event, please contact Michele Blake, 530-822-7215.

Now is the Time to Get Immunizations for Entry Into Kindergarten!
May 05, 2010
California School Law requires children to be up-to-date with immunizations upon entry into kindergarten. Sutter County Public Health offers FREE immunizations for ANY child under the age of 6 living in Sutter County. Immunize now to avoid long waits and long lines as the new school year gets closer! Please see the required immunizations for kindergarten entry (English and Spanish).
Online Surplus Auction
May 05, 2010
Sutter County is conducting an online surplus auction through Ramay Auctions located at www.bidcal.com starting on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Bidding Starts: Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Bidding Closes: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
First lot will close at 1 p.m.
Inspection Period: Monday, May 10th, 2010, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.