Sutter County joined Sacramento Region business and government leaders at annual Capital to Capital event in Washington, D.C.

Sutter County County Administrator Scott Mitnick (left), Board Chair Dan Flores, and Supervisor Jim Whiteaker (not pictured) joined representatives from six Sacramento region counties in a coordinated effort to address key decision makers in Washington, D.C., this week.

Two members of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors and the County Administrative Officer joined business, civic and political leaders from six counties this week in a coordinated effort to meet with federal representatives and key officials in Washington, D.C. about the Sacramento region’s priorities.

Board Chairman Dan Flores, Supervisor Jim Whiteaker, and County Administrator Scott Mitnick represented the County’s interests during the annual Capital to Capital regional lobbying effort coordinated by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The three divided up the workload to attend meetings scheduled over three days. Meetings were scheduled at the offices of Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein of California, Congressmen John Garamendi and Doug LaMalfa, the offices of various other House members from California, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the House Financial Services Committee, the White House (the Director of Intergovernmental  Affairs), the Department of Commerce, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Brookings Institute. In addition, there were several briefings and speakers at various all-delegation breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings.

County representatives also had a chance to work shoulder to shoulder with representatives from other local government agencies on shared interests, including the City of Yuba City, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, the Yuba County Water Agency, and representatives from other counties in the Sacramento region.

City of Yuba City representatives were Mayor Preet Didbal, Vice Mayor Shon Harris, Council member John Buckland, Yuba City Manager Steve Kroeger, and Yuba City Economic Growth and Public Affairs Manager Darin Gale.

The annual pilgrimage, in its fifth decade, continues to provide an efficient opportunity for the counties in the Sacramento region to meet elected representatives, their staff, and staff from key agencies who could be making important decisions about flood control and economic development efforts in the region.

In addition to Sutter County, the other counties participating were Yuba, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, and Yolo.

In Sutter County, biking around the World’s Smallest Mountain Range to fight diabetes

About 1,000 individuals have pre-registered for Saturday’s Bike Around The Buttes event that attracts visitors from surrounding counties and raises money for diabetes education and support. Online registration is closed but bicyclists can still register on the day of the event at the Sutter Youth Organization Building, 7740 Butte House Road (at intersection of Butte House Road and Acacia Avenue, across from Sutter High School.)  The event is hosted by Yuba-Sutter Diabetes Resource Center. Saturday’s is the 33rd annual event. There are courses for just about every level of biking experience: 17.5 miles, 40 miles, or 100 miles.

In 2013, more than 150,000 people in the counties surrounding the Sutter Buttes were living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, including 5,800 people in Sutter County, 3,800 in Yuba County, and more than 90,000 in Sacramento County.

On Saturday, April 21, a unique bike ride will raise money for the Yuba-Sutter Diabetes Resource Center, which provides education and support for type 1 and type 2 diabetics and their families. Approximately 1,000 people have pre-registered for any of the three possible courses of the 33rd annual Bike Around The Buttes:

  • A 17.5 mile fun ride in and around the Sutter Buttes, the remains of an ancient, dormant volcano that form the “World’s Smallest Mountain Range.”
  • A 40-mile classic ride that will take in even more of the beautiful Sutter Buttes countryside.
  • A 100-mile “Century” ride in and around the Sutter Buttes and northern Sutter County.

It’s not too late to participate. Bicyclists can still register Saturday morning at the Sutter Youth Organization building, 7740 Butte House Road, Sutter. Registration and take off for the Century ride begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:55 a.m., and registration and take off for the fun ride and the classic rides begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. (Note: those 18 and under should ride with their parents, and helmets are required for all participants). For more details, including day of event registration prices:

This year, the focus of the fund-raising is for the Children’s Type 1 Diabetes Children’s Support Group.

The major sponsor of this year’s Bike Around The Buttes is California Resources Corporation, a leading producer of oil and natural gas in California, including the Sacramento region. Mark Carter, who has donated his time to help organize the event, said CRS donated $10,000 to help ensure the event’s success.

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors, recognizing the public health value of diabetes education and support services, and the economic benefits of an event that highlights the Smallest Mountain Range in the World, also authorized a $1,500 sponsorship.

Sutter-Yuba’s award-winning collaboration with Adventist Health/Rideout highlighted in video

In January, members of the Board of Supervisors from Sutter and Yuba counties, and staff from Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health, gathered with representatives from Adventist Health/Rideout Regional Medical Center to receive an award from the California State Association of Counties for a novel method of addressing the backlog of psychiatric patients in crisis in the emergency room.

Why did we win such recognition? Watch the video CSAC produced, and released today, to learn more. And here’s a link to a blog post from CSAC with more details:

From Sutter County to The Show: Baseball’s Max Stassi Remains True to Home

max with president
Yuba City’s Max Stassi was among the Houston Astros players who met with President Donald Trump during a ceremony honoring the World Champion Houston Astros. Stassi was on the Astros’ 40-man roster last year, played in a handful of games, and, although he was not on the World Series roster, earned a visit to the White House, a share of the World Series winnings, and a World Series championship ring. More importantly, this year he made the 25-man roster and is making an impact on the field.

Although Yuba City High School baseball star Max Stassi is playing in his fifth season with the Houston Astros, this is the first year he started the year on the team’s 25-man roster. After starting three games in the first week, he is batting close to .400, has one home run, and five runs batted in. He’s making a bid to stick round for the entire year.

Max hit two home runs in the first week of spring training, and his performance in the first week of the regular season is catching a lot of attention. One of the Astros announcers has started to call him Maxwell, after the character in the Beatle’s song, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. He says Max has a lot of thunder in his bat.

Max doesn’t let all the early season success go to his head. His Twitter feed didn’t even mention this three-run homer yesterday in Houston to make the difference in a 4-1 win over San Diego:

Instead, his twitter cover photo is, well: take a look for yourself. Max remains very proud of his home town. His home town feels the same way….

He’s a catcher for the World Champion Houston Astros, and Max Stassi’s Twitter cover photo is the Yuba City welcome sign.

In Sutter County, free sand, sandbags available for localized flooding threat

Sutter County provides free sand and sandbags at various locations. You have to fill your own bags. Here’s a link to the locations:

A potential for localized road flooding is the only real concern Sutter County has regarding the existing storm. Rivers are rising, but will remain within their banks and not approach flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

Sutter County makes sandbags and sand available for free to Sutter County residents and businesses who may need them to prevent localized flooding of their property. Residents must fill their own sandbags. For a list of sandbag locations and the full policy, visit this link:

The National Weather Service said the Sacramento Valley can expect 1-3 inches of rain from Friday afternoon through Saturday. The rain should abate Sunday. Some chance of rain is expected next week, but so far nothing in the forecast looks like it does today.

The Feather River at Yuba City will crest at 52.5 feet, 13 feet below monitoring stage, at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Nevada River Forecast website:

The Sacramento River is rising and is expected to flow across Tisdale Weir and into the Sutter Bypass beginning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sunday, according to the website. The Tisdale Boat Ramp is closed and will remain closed until the river recede

In neighboring Yuba County, the Yuba River at Hallwood is expected to rise three feet above monitoring stage to 76.9 feet about 8 p.m. Saturday night, which is more than 10 feet below flood stage. The river is expected to recede rapidly after the crest.

There were no roads closed in Sutter County as of this morning, however several roads in the Pleasant Grove area typically flood as the result of heavy downpours.

Sutter County Road crews will remain out over the weekend on storm patrol, responding to downed trees and flooded culverts and roads. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and don’t drown.

The Department of Water Resources said there is a chance that by the middle of next week, the reservoir level at Lake Oroville will reach 830 feet, which is a predetermined level for which they might release some lake water down the main, or regular, spillway that was repaired after damage in February of 2017. The amount of water anticipated to be released is not expected to cause the river to leave its channel.

In Sutter County, almost 8 percent of work force take advantage of early retirement incentives

On Wednesday, April 4, co-workers held a goodbye party for five members of the Assessor’s Office who are retiring this year. According to the Human Resources Department, 78 of County’s 1,010 allocated regular employees filed paperwork to take advantage of an early retirement incentive, including (left to right) Sandy Freauff, Manjit Dulai, Steve Perry, Amy Regalia-Korhummel, and (front) Becky Stamps.  Combined they have more than 110 years of County service.

Cake, punch, laughter, melancholy. Awkward goodbyes. That was the scene at a retirement party for five from the Sutter County Assessor’s Office Wednesday afternoon. Sandy Freauff, Manjit Dulai, Steve Perry, Amy Regalia-Korhummel, and Becky Stamps all retire this week, after more than 110 combined years of County service.

This scene has been playing out with some frequency as 78 Sutter County employees have filed paperwork to take advantage of an early retirement incentive negotiated into the collective bargaining agreement. The window for filing to take advantage of the incentive ended Friday.

The number of retirements in the program equals just less than eight percent of the regular employee work force. (Sutter County has 1010 regular employees). Employees who retire under the incentive program will receive $1,000 for each full year of service, up to a maximum of $25,000. Department heads in impacted departments will evaluate whether all positions will need to be filled or whether appropriate levels of service can be achieved through reorganization. Financial savings will be achieved. New hires start at a lower pay scale and will receive smaller pension payments in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Congratulations and best wishes to all who are retiring from Sutter County service.






In Sutter County, three creative events mark Public Health week


English Public Health Week Flyer

Sutter County’s Public Health Department has scheduled three events during the National Public Health Week, April 2-April 8, as follows:

WHEN: Monday April 2nd
WHERE: Veterans Hall
1425 Veterans Memorial Cir.
Yuba City, CA
TIME: 11:00am-3:00pm

WHEN: Tuesday April 3rd
WHERE: Public Health Building
1445 Veterans Memorial Cir.
Yuba City, CA
TIME: 11:00am-3:00pm

WHEN: Thursday April 5th
WHERE: Veterans Hall
1425 Veterans Memorial Cir.
Yuba City, CA
TIME: 11:00am-3:00pm

For more information call (530) 822-7215 or download a flyer: