Family Soup, helping families with children with special needs

Family Soup Cynthia Martinez article as a new board memberA recent article in the newsletter for Family SOUP, a local organization that works with families with children with special needs, is an example of how a supportive community works. The article highlighted a new board member, Sutter County employee Cynthia Martinez, who is a Resource Specialist at Sutter Yuba Behavioral Health Services.

Martinez said her brother and her family have received support from Family SOUP for several years, and she is so impressed with their positive impact on her family she has chosen to give back. That’s why she’s taking time out of an already busy life to serve on the Board of Directors of the organization. Great job, Cynthia.

Family SOUP is dedicated to supporting, encouraging and providing information and facilitated referral to help families with children with special needs navigate complex service systems. They offer a variety of programs for parents/caregivers and children. They believe in the power of parent to parent support and the role of parents as their child’s best advocate.

The Family SOUP mission is to empower families of children with special needs through support and education to reach their full potential as members of the community.

You can get more information at their website:

91 countries, 40 states: where Sutter County’s agricultural products are shipped


In Sutter County, you can see much of the main industry in action. It’s not hidden behind manufacturing walls, it’s in plain sight, under the sun. You can see it from the window of your home or the window of your car. You can smell it in the evening as products ripen on the tree or the vine.

Today, Sutter County Agricultural Commissioner Lisa Herbert is releasing the 2016 Crop and Livestock Report. (You can view it here:

While 2016 was a down year, led primarily by a devastating 54 percent loss of production in prunes, the report highlights the significance of the total value of agricultural production in Sutter County: $514 million.

Rice remained the number one agricultural product in Sutter County in 2016. There was a significant increase in rice production due to access to more water in 2016, and total rice production was valued at $127 million. In second place, higher acreage and yields led to a 53 percent increase in the value of walnuts, which was $119 million. Peaches, nursery products, tomatoes, and almonds took up the third through sixth positions.

Which brings us back to prunes. Significant rainfall, high winds and low temperatures in March devastated the Sutter County prune crop, and it fell from third place to seventh in the crop production report. Prunes remain a strong Sutter County product, however. We are reminded in an article in the crop report on the founding of the Sunsweet growers co-op in 1917 that the first prune tree was planted in California in 1850.

One of the highlights of the crop report each year is the page listing the number of countries (91) and the number of American states (40) to which Sutter County agricultural products are shipped.


Sutter County makes finding ordinances easy online


County ordinances are local laws that are adopted and enforced within a local government’s jurisdiction. These laws are in addition to federal and state laws. The California Legislature provided for the codification of county ordinances in Sections 50022.1 – 50022.10 of the California Government Code.

Sutter County’s ordinance code is online. Recently, the County Counsel’s Office completed a project to make it easier to search through the use of keywords.

Users of the website find all references to a word or topic in the County’s Ordinance Code with either a simple search, or with more advanced phrase, wildcard, Boolean, and proximity searching techniques. The simple search feature will give you the results you’re looking for in most instances — just like a Google search.

The online version of the Sutter County Code of Ordinances is revised as updates are available. While every attempt is made to keep this online version current, it should be used for reference only.

Sutter County’s online version of the County Code of Ordinances is hosted on the Municode website, and can be accessed through the County’s website at, at the bottom of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors page. The direct link is here:

The public can view hard copies of the ordinances at the following locations: the Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City, and the Sutter County Board Clerk and County Administrative Office, 1160 Civic Center Blvd., Suite A, Yuba City.


20,000 artifacts, 7,000 photos at Sutter County’s Community Memorial Museum

Sutter County Community Memorial Museum Director/Curator Jessica Hougen addressed the South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary Club this morning. The museum, although located in Sutter County, preserves history of the entire Sutter-Yuba region. It is currently conducting an inventory of its 20,000 historic artifacts and 7,000 photos depicting the region’s history, dating back to pre-contact with the Native Maidu. 

Sutter County’s Community Memorial Museum opened in 1975 on land donated by the Harter Family. Today, it is home to 20,000 historic artifacts and 7,000 photos depicting the Sutter-Yuba region’s rich history.

Director/Curator Jessica Hougen addressed the South Yuba County Sunrise Rotary Club this morning, describing the unique permanent exhibits at the museum, plans for updating some of the oldest exhibits, regular children’s programs (including showing the movie “A Night At The Museum”), the current temporary exhibit on hunting in Sutter and Yuba counties, and how the museum was recently featured in an episode of the KVIE 6 PBS show, “Rob On The Road: Marvelous Museums.” You can view that episode here:

Hougen is especially excited about an upcoming program at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, where a falconer will bring six of the raptors to the park behind the museum (1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City) to demonstrate their hunting skills. Should be a fabulous opportunity for everyone, especially for kids.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

You can follow the museum on Facebook:

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Yuba Community College celebrates nine decades of educational excellence

Sutter County Second District Supervisor Dan Flores (left) and Fifth District Supervisor Mat Conant (right) were on hand Wednesday, September 13, when Yuba College celebrated its 90th anniversary. The supervisors presented College President  G.H. Javaheripour, Ed. D., with a framed document recognizing Yuba Community College District as the first ever formed in California.

Sutter County Supervisors Dan Flores and Mat Conant represented the County at an event today marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of Yuba College.

Community colleges play a vital role in workforce development, and California’s is the largest community college system in the nation. The Yuba College Community District was the first in the state of California.

To mark the occasion, Sutter County prepared a special framed document honoring the legacy of Yuba College. Sutter County is proud of the Sutter County campus opened by Yuba College in 2012. The campus is located in north Yuba City just off Highway 99.

Here’s the document:


Registrar of Voters Donna Johnston achieves highest honor in her field


Sutter County Clerk Recorder Donna Johnston, the County’s Registrar of Voters, has achieved the highest professional honor one can acquire as an Elections Official. After completing 12 core courses taught by the Master’s in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University, she was designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator through the Election Center’s Professional Education Program.

Courses included ethics, voter registration, election law, planning, communications, and voter registration.

Sutter County voters can have confidence in the elections conducted by Sutter County. Congratulations Donna, and good work.


County program that imbeds Behavioral Health workers at Rideout Emergency Department earns statewide recognition


Sutter County received word on Thursday that it will be receiving a Challenge Award from the California State Association of Counties for a one-of-a-kind collaboration between Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health Services and Rideout Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department that imbeds Behavioral Health workers in the Emergency Department, saving valuable time and hospital bed space when individuals are being diagnosed for possible mental health issues.

Emergency Departments across the country are facing a crisis. Patients who present with mental health issues must be evaluated by mental health workers, in addition to any other medical condition they might have. It takes time to get a mental health worker to the hospital, and hospital beds for psychiatric care are increasingly hard to come by. Because Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health workers have been stationed at Rideout’s emergency department since late 2015, however, the time it takes to evaluate patients with potential mental health issues has been decreased, and so has the need for psychiatric hospital placement. In short, patients are spending less time in the emergency room and fewer are being hospitalized altogether.

If patients need to speak to a psychiatrist for evaluation, Rideout’s Emergency Department provides the service remotely through tele-medicine. It greatly speeds the diagnosis.

CSAC is an organization that provides lobbying and continuing education for California’s counties. Its Challenge Award program recognizes excellence in local government programs. Because Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services is a bi-county agency providing services to both Sutter and Yuba counties, Yuba County will be receiving a Challenge Award as well. The awards will be presented at a future joint event. Stay tuned!