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Holiday Closure
March 24, 2017
On Friday, March 31st, most county offices will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.
The Advisory Evacuation Has Been Lifted

The storm and evacuation information has moved to a new page. A video of the evacuation feedback session, a link to the evacuation feedback survey as well as current and past information can be found on the new page.

State, Local Leaders Host Oroville Dam Spillway Incident & Evacuation Feedback Session
March 09, 2017

State and local officials will gather to listen, learn and document input from residents. The public is encouraged to attend, share their experiences and make suggestions to their elected representatives.

When:  Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:  Sutter County Veterans Memorial Building
 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993

Elected Representatives from the Following Jurisdictions Have Been Invited:

  • Assemblyman James Gallagher
  • Senator Jim Nielsen
  • Sutter County
  • Yuba County
  • City of Yuba City
  • City of Live Oak
  • City of Marysville
  • City of Wheatland
New Survey Finds Alcohol and Tobacco Products Still More Available than Milk and Fresh Fruit
March 08, 2017

New research shows that in Sutter County 80% of all stores that sell tobacco products have advertising for unhealthy products on the outside of stores while only 12% have healthy product advertising, such as milk or fruit and vegetables. These findings are part of new research released today on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco.

Today, throughout California, health advocates held 13 press events to release results of the scientific survey, which is the largest of its kind. It builds upon an initial research released three years ago in March 2014 and provides insights into changes in the availability and marketing of the studied products during this time. Information was collected in the summer of 2016 from more than 7,100 stores in all 58 California counties including pharmacies, supermarkets, delis, convenience and liquor stores as well as tobacco-only stores.

“Overall, the findings show a continuing and worrisome discrepancy in our county in the accessibility and marketing between products that promote a healthy lifestyle, and those that push unhealthy products,” said Dr. Lou Anne Cummings, Sutter County Health Officer. “Stores play a critical role on our community’s health, and this survey shows offerings and messaging are out of balance, tipping heavily toward unhealthy options. Our goal is to help re-calibrate the balance toward health.”

Tobacco use in Sutter County continues to be a concern for local health officials. According to the California Health Interview Survey and the California Student Tobacco Survey, Sutter County adult smoking rate is 13.7% compared to the statewide rate of 12.7% and youth smoking rate is 22.7% compared to the statewide rate of 13.8% (California Health Survey, 2012-2014; California Student Tobacco Survey, 2016).

E-cigarettes saw a significant increase in Sutter County in stores from the last time this survey was conducted, up more than 11%. “The expanded availability of e-cigarettes are of particular concern and reflect the spike in use by teens and young adults in the last three years,” said Dr. Cummings.

Additional survey Sutter County findings include:

  • 29% of stores sell non- or low-fat milk, but NEARLY 91% sell alcohol
  • More than 68% of stores place tobacco products and/or ads near candy
  • More than 78% of stores place alcohol ads near candy
  • 89% of stores sell flavored non-cigarette tobacco products, which often have kid-appealing flavors, such as grape, watermelon, chocolate, gummy candies and even breakfast cereals. Similarly, all of the stores near schools also sell flavored tobacco products.
  • 70% of stores near schools have tobacco marketing in kid-friendly locations

Sutter County Public Health is committed to continuing to work with local health advocates and partners to provide accurate information and help make the healthy choice the easy choice for Californians.

Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community is a statewide campaign formed by tobacco prevention, nutrition, alcohol abuse prevention and STD prevention partners collaborating to improve the health of Californians by informing them about the impact of unhealthy product availability and marketing in the retail environment.

For state and county-specific data and more information on Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, please visit http://www.healthystoreshealthycommunity.com

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Daylight Saving Time Begins on March 12
March 07, 2017
Don't forget to move your clocks forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 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.

Holiday Closure
February 15, 2017
On Monday, February 20th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Washington's Birthday.
Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Newsletter
January 26, 2017
Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health is excited to present their third edition, quarterly e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy learning more about Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health and the services and programs that are offered to the local community.

Please also visit the Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health web page for further information.

46 Homeless Receive Temporary Housing In Pilot Sutter County Homeless To Housing Project
January 20, 2017

A total of 46 homeless individuals and their animals have been provided temporary housing in area motels in a pilot program implemented while they were forced to evacuate encampments along the banks of the rising Feather River last week.

Sutter County Sheriff's Department and Health and Human Services personnel assisted in transporting the individuals and their pets on Thursday morning, January 12, from public property south of Yuba City along the Feather River. The move came less than 24 hours after the Board of Supervisors approved a budget amendment to spend up to $100,000 on a pilot project proposed by Human Services Director Nancy O'Hara.

Health and Human Services staff obtained food from a local food bank and from other sources over the weekend. While the plan is to provide for a second week of motel rooms, the County is planning for a relocation strategy. Those who are making good progress and are closer to receiving permanent housing at the end of two weeks will continue to receive temporary shelter.

"We are looking at this project for those who have low barriers for transition to permanent housing and then we will look at a project for those who have higher barriers to permanent housing," O'Hara told the Board of Supervisors on January 10. She said the pilot program is aimed at those who have been homeless for less than a year, have an income, or who have medical needs that might qualify them for additional government assistance.

Behavioral Health Services staff are assessing individuals to determine if some qualify for housing services for the seriously mentally ill. Two homeless veterans may qualify for housing services through the Veterans Services Office and the Veterans Stand Down. Clean and sober living facilities have also been contacted regarding capacity.

O'Hara said the idea is to provide temporary shelter while encouraging and guiding individuals to be responsible for their everyday living needs other than shelter. She said some individuals may not want the assistance of temporary housing, and where that is the case, the County can use Code Enforcement to enforce the ban on camping along the river.

"I do think we need to have this (pilot program) alternative in place in order to enact that code enforcement," she said.

Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker noted that the County has been looking for successful models of how to assist the homeless from throughout the United States, and have found communities have tried many different programs with mixed results. "There's no one set program we can look at," he said. "This will be a start, but we have a lot of work ahead of us."

General Services staff were able to assist homeless individuals to save and store belongings that they could not take to the hotels.

The recent storms have resulted in garbage and debris collecting in the river bottoms. Clean-up efforts have begun to remove debris and garbage in the area near the levee and the river.

Holiday Closure
January 09, 2017
On Monday, January 16th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Free Sandbags And Sand Available To Sutter County Residents And Business Owners
January 06, 2017

The County of Sutter operates its sandbag distribution sites throughout the winter months in anticipation of continuous and extended heavy rainfall events during which widespread flooding may occur.

Sand and sandbags are available to property owners and local businesses on a self-serve basis. Property owners and businesses are requested to take no more than 25 sandbags. These sandbags are not intended for commercial ventures or builders involved in new construction or development. Additional sandbags and sand are available, inexpensively, at most hardware and home improvement stores.

Visit the sandbag locations and policy page.

Sand and sandbags are available to the public at the following locations:

  • Live Oak: Sand and sandbags are available at the City Corporation Yard on N Street in Live Oak.
  • Meridian: Sand and sandbags are available at the Meridian Fire Department located at 1100 Third Street.
  • Oswald-Tudor area: Sand and sandbags are available at the Oswald-Tudor Fire Department located at 1280 Barry Rd.
  • Pleasant Grove: Sand and sandbags are available at the Pleasant Grove Fire Department located at 3100 Howsley Road. (24-hr)
  • Robbins: Sand and Sandbags are available at the Community Center at the End of Del Monte in the town of Robbins.
  • Sutter: Sand and sandbags are available at the County Sign Yard located at Pass Road and Acacia Road. The address is 3098 Acacia Avenue.
  • Trowbridge: Sand and sandbags are available at the Road Maintenance Yard located at 2560 Pacific Avenue. (24-hr)
  • Yuba City: The City of Yuba City makes sand and sandbags available at its Corporation Yard located at 1185 Market Street. (24-hr)   Additional information available at the Yuba City Floodplain Management page.

Visit our weather page for links to current river information.

By U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rhonda Burke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Rhonda Burke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Board Hires Scott Mitnick As New Sutter County CAO
January 04, 2017

Following a lengthy strategic planning and recruitment process, Scott Mitnick, who managed the City of Thousand Oaks for 11 years and currently works as a senior investment banker with a public finance company in Los Angeles, was appointed County Administrative Officer of the County of Sutter.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday night to approve a contract with Mitnick, whose 27 years in senior leadership positions in local government include a three-year stint as the Assistant City Manager of Yuba City in the late 1990s. The new CAO reported to work on Wednesday.

"Scott’s knowledge, experience and professionalism will benefit Sutter County tremendously," said Supervisor Dan Flores in recommending Mitnick’s hiring. "We were very impressed with his accomplishments and his directness, as were members of the citizen’s panel that interviewed him as part of the hiring process."

"Scott has a solid grasp on public financing, budgeting, labor relations, relations with elected leadership, relations with the public, and on the concept of team building," said Supervisor Jim Whiteaker, who joined Flores in making the recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors. "He helped a divided City Council in Thousand Oaks become stable, productive, and forward thinking. He sees the big picture and that is what you need in a CAO."

Mitnick emerged as the top candidate out of 26 who sought the position previously held by James Arkens, who was informed in October of 2015 his contract would not be renewed. Curtis Coad is the current interim CAO.

Mitnick’s career in public employment began as a Budget Analyst with the City of Brea in 1986. He worked for the City of Burbank for seven years as a Financial Analyst, Project Manager, Assistant to the City Manager, and Budget Officer.

From November of 1996 to December of 1999, Mitnick worked as the Administrative Services Director of Yuba City, where he functioned as the Assistant City Manager and the Finance Director.

He was hired as Deputy City Manager in Thousand Oaks in January of 2000, and served as Assistant City Manager from 2003 until his appointment as City Manager in 2005, a position he held until the City Council terminated his contract in July of 2016.

He is currently employed as a Managing Director in Public Finance in the Downtown Los Angeles office of St. Louis-based Stifel, Nicolaus and Company, Incorporated.

After a series of City Managers came and went in Thousand Oaks, Mitnick stepped in as interim. Recognizing an improved environment at City Hall, the City Council suspended a search for a City Manager and gave the full-time job to Mitnick. He helped a divided Thousand Oaks City Council work more efficiently, and guided the City of Thousand Oaks through the recession with a series of budget reductions that did not materially reduce public services. Mitnick is especially proud of the first-rate Executive Team he built over the past decade, along with the high-performance overall City organization that is well-respected throughout California

"After many years of working for cities, and the past few months in the private sector, I welcome this new and exciting opportunity to broaden my leadership abilities. I look forward to working with all County employees to implement Sutter County Board of Supervisors’ policies and goals. In addition, I embrace working collaboratively with other local governments, special districts, non-profits, private businesses, service clubs, residents, and others to improve the overall quality of life throughout Sutter County."

Supervisors Jim Whiteaker, Dan Flores, Larry Munger and Ron Sullenger voted to approve a contract with Mitnick. Supervisor Mat Conant, who was attending his first meeting as a new Board member and who was not involved in the recruitment process, abstained from voting.