A lot to be thankful for in Sutter County

We’ve a lot to be thankful for in Sutter County, including our employees, partners, and the members of the community who become engaged in the process of governing their own community. It’s been a fraught, but remarkable year in Sutter County, and here’s a video at Thanksgiving to give a little thanks to just some of those who make this community wonderful.


800 turkeys distributed in Sutter County to organizations that fill need


Among the groups receiving turkeys was Mobile Meal Ministries, which feeds the homeless where they encounter them as they drive through the streets of Yuba-Sutter.

Golden State Water Company, which provides water to more than 70 California communities, has been partnering with Sutter County for more than 10 years to distribute turkeys at Thanksgiving. To date, they have donated more than 5,000 turkeys in this area alone.

This morning, 800 frozen turkeys were loaded into vehicles by members of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors and distributed to more than 20 different organizations that provide meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas to those who may not be able to afford those meals themselves.

It has become a Thanksgiving tradition: County Supervisors, usually accompanied by the area’s Assemblyman (James Gallagher), and the area’s State Senator (Jim Nielsen), pass out turkeys to organizations they have identified that help people in need.

Among the organizations receiving turkeys today were River Bottoms Ministry and Mobile Meal Ministries, which supply food for the homeless; Yuba-Sutter United Way, which collected more than 540 turkeys in a weeks long drive; Live Oak Lions Club; Early Risers Kiwanis; Sutter Lions Club; Alliance for Hispanic Advancement; the Marysville Rescue Mission; the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank; and several church groups.

County Supervisors (left to right) Jim Whiteaker, Mat Conant, and Dan Flores load frozen turkeys into the back of a pickup truck for the Live Oak Lions Club.
County Supervisors Jim Whiteaker, Dan Flores, Ron Sullenger, and Mat Conant today joined Assemblyman James Gallagher, State Senator Jim Nielsen, and representatives from the Golden State Water Company to distribute 800 turkeys to organizations feeding those in need this holiday season.

‘State of Sutter County’ topic at Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting

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County Administrator Scott Mitnick discussed the top ten priorities of the Board of Supervisors at the annual Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce “State of the Counties” breakfast at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club.

Sutter County Administrator Scott Mitnick and Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf this morning presented “The State of the Counties,” an annual discussion at a Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. The gathering was at Peach Tree Golf and Country Club in Linda.

Mr. Mitnick discussed the Board of Supervisors’ top ten priorities for 2017-2018, which are: developing an Organization Strategic Plan; developing a Homeless Management Plan; completing a County Facilities Master Plan; ensuring compliance with the Sutter Pointe Specific Plan; conducting a thorough review of, and making potential changes to, its Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance; submitting a proposal to prepare a long-term Financial Strategic Plan; addressing truck stop and related land use issues; working on Countywide levee improvement projects; improving the County’s website and Social Media; and resolving land use issues at the Sutter County Airport.

You can read the complete text of the Board’s Top Ten Priorities here: https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/bos/countywide_top10



Sutter County Public Health takes part in emergency exercise

Sutter County Public Health Officer Dr. Lou Ann Cummings and Sutter County Public Health Epidemiologist Robert Herrick discuss the procedures for filling a request for resources as part of a statewide Public Health Emergency Exercise this morning.  

Sutter County Public Health staff participated this morning in a statewide Public Health Emergency Exercise by establishing a Department Operations Center in support of the response to a “terrorist scenario” involving Rideout Regional Medical Center.

In Public Health emergencies, Public Health staff will coordinate the identifying, gathering and disbursement of resources needed to address the emergency, as well as issue Public Health notices and other information to the general public through press releases and Social Media.

If Rideout Regional Medical Center were impacted by a disaster–whether it occurred at the hospital or the hospital were over-run with trauma patients–and could not treat all trauma patients, Sutter County Public Health would help identify other medical facilities that could treat trauma patients during the emergency. Other resource needs might be hospital beds, tents, nurses, ambulances, etc.

The California Department of Public Health conducts annual emergency exercises, and local scenarios are developed to keep the training realistic.


Sutter County’s Punjabi-American museum display to be featured on CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’

Mr. Kamau Bell interviews Valarie Kaur in front of the Punjabi-American permanent exhibit at Sutter County’s library November 5. The filming is for Mr. Bell’s CNN show, “United Shades of America.”

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, Trees and Traditions on Saturday, December 2, from 5 p.m.to 8 p.m., but they’ve been awfully busy as the holiday season approaches.

Reflecting the important role the museum plays in our region,  on Saturday, the Community Memorial Museum hosted the Yuba-Sutter Arts display of photographs of area veterans. The display will remain up now through November 26.


The display of large pictures of area military veterans will remain at the Community Memorial Museum through November 26.

On the previous weekend, the museum hosted a television crew, and comedian and political provocateur Kamau Bell, host of the CNN show “United Shades of America.”


Mr. Bell  explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face. He interviewed Valarie Kaur, a Sikh woman born and raised in Sutter County, while sitting in front of the permanent Punjabi-American museum exhibit.

The episode will air during season 3 of Mr. Bell’s show, which begins sometime in the spring.

Mr. Bell’s show addresses many issues regarding race and religion in the United States. This spring, his show will feature an episode filmed in Yuba City regarding Punjabi Americans and the Sikh faith.

You can buy tickets for Trees and Traditions at the museum for $45 per person. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be provided by Hillcrest Catering, wine from Sicilia Vineyards, coffee from Clark Avenue Coffee, and music will be provided by a fantastic jazz singer, Jonathan Karrant. http://www.jonathankarrant.com

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 530-822-7141 or visit http://www.suttercountymuseum.org

Sutter County’s museum to host reception Saturday for remarkable Portraits of Veterans exhibit of local veterans

portraitsThe Community Memorial Museum will host a reception on Veteran’s Day (this Saturday, November 11) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to open the Yuba-Sutter Arts Portraits of Veterans exhibit.

During the past several weeks, professional photographers have been making photographic portraits of Veterans from all over the region. The project was open to all U.S. Military Veterans and more than 300 Veterans from all branches of the service and representing hundreds of years of military service volunteered for the project

Each large format print is black and white and 20”x30” overall. There will also be additional prints displayed of Veterans with family members including spouses, children and grandchildren. The impact of a gallery full of these remarkable images will be breathtaking.

In addition to the Community Memorial Museum, additional Portraits of Veterans Photo Gallery locations include:

  • Sutter County Library
  • Yuba County Library
  • Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce in Marysville
  • Yuba College
  • Wheatland High School
  • Broadway Lounge in Live Oak

For additional information, visit the Yuba-Sutter Arts website at https://yubasutterarts.org/event/portraits-of-veterans-opening-reception/


Sheriff Paul Parker, who began his career as a cadet, announces he won’t seek another term


Sheriff Paul Parker conducts a briefing in the Emergency Operations Center during the winter storms of 2017. Sheriff Parker has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.
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Sheriff Paul Parker

Sheriff Paul Parker, who dreamed at a young age of becoming a law enforcement officer, and who started his career in the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department Cadet Program, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. Sheriff is one of six elected department head positions in the County. The others are Treasurer/Tax Collector, Auditor/Controller, Clerk/Recorder, District Attorney, and Assessor. All other department heads are appointed by the elected Board of Supervisors.

We look forward to working with the sheriff in his final year.

Below is the text of the Sheriff’s press release announcing his decision.

Sutter County Sheriff J. Paul Parker announces Retirement

YUBA CITY–In a much anticipated announcement, Sheriff Paul Parker announced that he would not run for re-election, but instead would retire at the end of the current term.

“I vividly recall my excitement back in 1972, when I received the notice I had been accepted into the Cadet Program. That’s when my dream of becoming a law enforcement officer was off and running,” stated Sheriff Parker. “Today, I still feel the same pride and commitment to our community, and the Department.  But after nearly 10 years as Sheriff, it is time for me to hand over the reins.”

Parker began as a Sheriff’s Patrol Cadet at the old Jail next to the Courthouse on 2nd and C Streets in 1972.  He moved up to communications and worked for a year in the photo lab for the Detective’s Division.  Parker paid his own way through the police academy, after graduating, was hired as a patrol officer for the Live Oak Police Department in 1976.

He returned to the Sheriff’s Department in 1980 as a patrol deputy.  Parker moved quickly up the ranks to Corporal in 1985, Patrol Sergeant in 1989, and served eight years as a Detective Sergeant.  He was promoted Captain in 1999, commanding the Jail Division before taking command of the Patrol Division in 2003 and was promoted to Undersheriff in 2006.

In April 2008, Paul Parker was appointed Sutter County Sheriff-Coroner after the retirement of Sheriff Jim Denney.  He was overwhelmingly re-elected Sheriff in 2010 and 2014.

During that time, Parker has served as an instructor at Yuba Community College, as well as teaching courses on jail security and domestic violence at both the Police and the Jail Academies.  Parker is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  He has been honored as Officer of the Year by the Marysville Exchange Club and Officer of the Year by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

“I must thank my family for enduring all the night shifts; the Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday and other celebrations that all cops know they are going to miss with their families. My family has always been my rock and my anchor.” said Parker.

“I also want to thank my second family – the members of the Sheriff’s Department, who over the years could be counted on no matter the challenge. Many are still doing the job, some are retired, but still around – and some are gone but, never forgotten.”

Parker concluded: “It’s been a great honor and a distinct privilege to serve the citizens of Sutter County over these past 45 years. They have gone by in a flash…  Thank you.”

Sheriff Parker is a lifelong resident of the Yuba/Sutter area and lives in Yuba City with his wife Kate. Sheriff Parker has two daughters, (Jacqueline and Samantha) a son (Jacob) and six grandchildren (Abby, Christian, Kyler, Saxon, Jackson, and Georgia Grace).   

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