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Sutter County Exhibit Earns Gold Award At California State Fair
July 20, 2010
Sutter County has again won a gold award for its California State Fair exhibit.

This year's exhibit, "Sutter County: A First Class Ticket" features a rendition of the Sutter County Airport, a Farmer's Market, and the Sutter Buttes, and includes three videos, and an animated Snow Goose.

One of the videos is a history of John Montgomery, the Sutter County native born in 1858 who was the first American to build, and fly, an "aeroplane," 20 years before Orville and Wilbur Wright. Alexander Graham Bell said after Montgomery's feat that "All subsequent attempts at aviation must begin with the Montgomery machine." Montgomery died in a plane crash in 1911.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Stan Cleveland chairs the State Fair Exhibit effort.

See a video of the exhibit

Whooping Cough Shot Clinics Announced
July 20, 2010
Sutter County Public Health Division is offering two no-cost pertussis (whooping cough) shot clinics.

Parents must bring their children’s yellow immunization cards (shot records) to the clinic.

Shot Clinics Flyer 
Shot Clinics Flyer - Spanish 

The first of two shot clinics will be held:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Mahal Plaza Community Room
1719 Franklin Road, Yuba City [Map]

The second shot clinic will be held:
Thursday, August 5, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Hans Miller Building
420 Miles Avenue, Yuba City [Map]

To protect Californians against the current epidemic levels of pertussis (whooping cough) health experts at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today broadened recommendations for immunizing against pertussis and reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated.

"We are facing what could be the worst year for pertussis that this state has seen in more than 50 years," said CDPH Chief of the Center for Infectious Disease Dr. Gilberto Chávez, who also is the state's epidemiologist. "We are urging health providers to broaden their use of the pertussis vaccine and we are urging Californians to take the simple step of getting vaccinated to prevent pertussis."

In addition to the typical series of childhood pertussis immunizations, CDPH now recommends an adolescent-adult pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) for:

  • anyone 7 years and older who is not fully immunized, including those who are more than 64 years old,
  • women of childbearing age, before, during, or immediately after pregnancy, and
  • other people who have contact with pregnant women or infants.
"Considering that immunity from pertussis vaccine or disease wears off and that most adults are susceptible to pertussis, now is the time for Californians to get immunized to protect themselves and their families," said Chávez. "In particular, all family members and caregivers of infants should get the booster vaccine."

California physicians expressed support for the new expanded vaccination guidelines. "Pediatricians are extremely concerned about the pertussis epidemic in California," said Kris Calvin, Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics, California. "We appreciate and fully support CDPH's efforts." Family physicians are equally concerned. "The new recommendations will help tremendously in addressing pertussis prevention," said Jack Chou, M.D., president of the California Academy of Family Physicians. "We support the efforts of the California Department of Public Health."

Pertussis has reached an epidemic level in California. For the first six months of this year, 1,337 cases of pertussis were reported, a five-fold increase from the same period last year when 258 cases were reported. In addition, approximately 700 possible cases of pertussis are under investigation.

Five infants, all under three months of age, have died from pertussis this year. Unimmunized or incompletely immunized young infants are particularly vulnerable.

The pertussis vaccination series can begin when an infant is 6 weeks of age. Infants, however, are not adequately protected by vaccination until the initial series of three shots is complete. The series of shots that most children receive wears off by the time they finish middle school. Neither vaccination nor illness from pertussis provides lifetime immunity. For new mothers and anyone with close contact with infants, CDPH is providing Tdap vaccine at birthing hospitals, community health centers, Native American health centers and local health departments.

A typical case of pertussis in children and adults starts with a cough and runny nose for one-to-two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes ends with a whooping sound. Fever is rare.

California has taken the following steps to combat pertussis:

  • Confirmed pertussis to be at epidemic levels in California, in line to break a 50 year record for recorded cases.
  • Implementation of a free postpartum tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) program for hospitals with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
  • Promoted the infant "cocooning strategy," wherein individuals in close contact with infants are vaccinated.
  • The development of bilingual educational materials for distribution to local public health departments, hospitals, and healthcare providers; news releases to inform the public, and conducting statewide round-table meetings with ethnic media.
  • Development of clinical guidance materials to 14,000 healthcare providers as well as the California Medical Association and the California Hospital Association.
  • Partnering with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a pertussis investigation in the Central Valley region.
Complete information about the Department's response is available at www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/immunize/Pages/TdapExpansionProgram.aspx

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Local Organizations and Businesses Recognized for Promoting Tobacco Free Environments
July 15, 2010
Several local organizations and businesses were recognized by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors at the July 13, 2010 meeting for their proactive efforts in assuring that those in our community are not exposed to the deadly effects of tobacco.

Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more people each year from their own smoking than AIDS, car crashes, illegal drug use, alcohol, and murders combined. Second hand smoke has been linked to heart and lung disease, cancer, complications of diabetes, bronchitis, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In fact, the National Cancer Institute states that there is no safe amount of second hand smoke exposure. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 35,000 Americans die annually from heart disease as a result from exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Sutter County Public Health Tobacco Control Program is encouraging local businesses and managers to adopt voluntary "no smoking" policies and appreciates those stores that do not sell harmful tobacco products at all.

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors presented a Tobacco Free Work in Sutter County Resolution to the following entities:

  • Sopa Thai Restaurant, Kaffe T' Latte, The Cookie Tree and Starbucks, for providing tobacco free outdoor dining areas;
  • Yuba City Certified Farmer's Market, Candace and Dan Silva, managers, for creating the only local tobacco free farmer's market;
  • Fremont-Rideout Health Group and Sutter Medical Foundation for adopting a tobacco free medical complex;
  • The Yuba City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission for creating 100% tobacco free community parks and prohibiting smoking within 50 feet of city buildings;
  • Yuba Sutter Mall for prohibiting smoking within 50 feet from mall entrances;
  • Target and Kmart for discontinuing the sale of tobacco products in their stores.
For more information on tobacco control or for assistance in adopting a tobacco free policy for your organization or business, contact the Sutter County Tobacco Control Program at 822-7215.
Levee Repair Assessment Approved By Wide Margin
July 09, 2010
SBFCA Board to Consider Adopting Benefit Assessment District on July 14

YUBA CITY, CA – With ballots counted and results in hand, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) announced July 9 that property owners in Sutter and Butte Counties have approved a benefit assessment for 44 miles of levee improvements along the west bank of the Feather River. Results will be officially announced at the July 14 SBFCA Board meeting, at which time the Board will consider official action to form the Benefit Assessment District.

Ballot tabulation was completed by a third-party certified public accountant on Thursday afternoon, with results showing that 71 percent of the weighted ballots returned by property owners were in favor of the benefit assessment. In total, nearly 13,500 of the approximately 34,200 ballots were returned, or about 39 percent.

“These results are remarkable given the economic climate,” said Larry Montna, Sutter County Supervisor and SBFCA Chair. “It speaks volumes about our communities’ collective commitment to improve public safety, provide protection against onerous state and federal regulations, and take advantage of state grant funding that will pay the majority of the levee improvement costs.”

The assessment is expected to raise approximately $6.65 million each year. Assessment revenues would be used to fund project design and permitting, repay bonded construction debt, and provide the required local cost share for another $172.5 million in state funding for the $250 million project.

“Assuming the Board gives us the go-ahead, we’re planning to get started with the design and environmental work immediately,” said Bill Edgar, SBFCA Interim Executive Director. “Our goal is to complete these levees by 2015, so we’re going to be aggressive on our timeline.” On July 14, the SBFCA Board will consider approving a contract with a civil engineering team lead by HDR Engineering for the required levee design, environmental and geotechnical work. In addition, the Board will consider retaining a financial advisor to assist SBFCA in preparations for short and long-term financing.

If the Benefit Assessment District is adopted by the SBFCA Board, assessments will first appear on property tax bills this fall. Per state law, each property’s assessment is proportional to the special benefit it receives from better, stronger flood protection. Individual property assessments are calculated based on their location (relative flood risk), depth of flooding absent levee improvements, land use type, square footage of any structures, and size of the parcel.

Property owners with questions can contact SBFCA’s Assessment District Hotline at 530-870-4425, or visit www.sutterbutteflood.org.

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The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency – a joint powers authority of Sutter and Butte Counties, the cities of Biggs, Yuba City, Gridley, and Live Oak, and Levee Districts 1 and 9 – was formed in September 2007 to finance and construct regional levee improvement projects.