On Tuesday, Board of Supervisors considers a plan to address homelessness issue

Proposed Homeless Shelters Exhibit B Location Map Existing Encampment.._
Existing encampments of homeless individuals are located between the levee and the Feather River between the Yuba City Boat Dock and the neighborhoods at Shanghai Bend. Estimates of the number of homeless individuals living in this area have ranged from 150 to 400, depending on when the estimate was made. The Board of Supervisors has made a long term management plan for the homeless a priority. A recommended plan is on the October 24 meeting agenda.

On June 13, 2017, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors adopted its Top Ten priorities for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. (You can see the full list here: https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/bos/countywide_top10) Priority #2 was the development and implementation of a long-term Homeless Management Plan (with measurable target dates) by December 31, 2017.

On Tuesday, October 24, at 3 p.m., the Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session at the Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, to consider a recommendation to repurpose Whiteaker Hall, at the very south end of Second Street, as an emergency shelter. The plan has several elements, including a revised no camping ordinance that will allow the county to remove homeless encampments along the Feather River between the Yuba City Boat Dock and Shanghai Bend (see photo above). You can read the full recommendation to the Board of Supervisors here: https://www.suttercounty.org/Agenda/bos/2017/6943

Board meetings are open to the public and individuals may speak for up to three minutes on any Board agenda item.


Getting ready for winter: Flood Aware, Flood Prepare


Local and state government agencies are getting ready for winter, and we recommend you do, too.

That’s the premise of Flood Aware, Flood Prepare, a publication that will be inserted in this Saturday morning’s edition of The Appeal-Democrat, and the Flood Aware, Flood Prepare Fair being held next Wednesday, October 25, at the Sutter County Veteran’s Memorial Building in Yuba City.

The publication will include a pull out section on emergency preparedness, an update on fixes to the spillway at Oroville Dam, the status of repairs to Feather River levees, and information on flood insurance.

The Flood Aware, Flood Prepare Fair is an open house, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will feature emergency preparedness information, an exhibit on the Oroville Dam spillway construction, a model of what happens in a flood, information on flood insurance, and information on how to sign up for emergency notifications based on where you live, and where to find sand and sand bags.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency will provide an update on the progress of emergency repairs to three miles of levee at Yuba City.

The Veteran’s Memorial Building is located at 1425 Veteran’s Memorial Circle, east of Yuba City Hall and just a few yards northeast of the new Courthouse building off Civic Center Boulevard.

The publication and fair are being conducted during California’s Flood Preparedness Week, which runs from October 21-October 27.

Tonight! Yuba City Hall hosts Sikh cultural awareness event, including turban demonstration


The public is encouraged to attend a Sikh Awareness Outreach event being conducted at Yuba City Hall, 1201 Civic Center Boulevard, beginning at 5 p.m. today. The free event will include a turban demonstration, traditional Punjabi food, music, and Sikh cultural awareness presentations.

Like Sikhs in other parts of the United States, Sutter County’s substantial Sikh community is subject to discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and hate crimes since the 9/11 attacks, largely because of a collective misunderstanding of what the turban means in the Sikh faith. Sikhs wear the turban to show their willingness to serve others in the community, and their commitment to equality for all people. Of those who wear turbans in the United States, it is estimated that as much as 99 percent are of the Sikh faith.

Yuba City Mayor Stanley Cleveland said the event will allow residents the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared experience of Sikh Americans.



Of emergencies and neighbors helping neighbors; preparedness fair October 25

Sutter County Supervisor Larry Munger (from left to right), Sutter County Administrative Analyst Sukh Purewal, and Sutter County Supervisor Mat Conant discuss the repairs underway at Oroville Dam with the Department of Water Resources Matt Murray, while overlooking the emergency spillway which nearly failed in February. Supervisors, levee district representatives, and City of Live Oak officials took a recent tour. Yuba City officials have also toured the site.

The explosive wildfire in the Yuba County foothills  that has destroyed 111 homes and claimed at least two lives as of Thursday morning is another reminder that emergencies can happen at anytime. The response by the community to the disaster is another reminder of how we take care of each other in times of need.


For the second time this year, a no-notice evacuation caused widespread panic and ripped people from their homes. In February, it was all of the valley floor as Sutter County and most of Yuba County was evacuated when it appeared the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam was within one hour of failing and sending a deadly wall of water down the Feather River. The result was the single largest evacuation in United States history for other than a hurricane.

Then beginning late at night on October 9, the wind-whipped fire that began north of Collins Lake and spread quickly into the communities of Loma Rica and Browns Valley resulted in emergency evacuations of more than 2,500 people. Emergency responders entered several homes to pull people to safety, and many evacuees have told harrowing stories of diving out of windows and getting out just ahead of the flames.

Sutter County Fire Chief John Shalowitz and interim Sutter County Emergency Manager Brenna Howell updated the Board of Supervisors Tuesday on the fire situation in Yuba County and across the state of California. Shalowitz and Howell have been assisting Yuba County emergency operators; Sutter County fire has dispatched strike teams to some of the fires.


It’s all quite terrifying and exhausting for those who were evacuated, and tragic for those who have lost family members, homes, cars, livestock, and their personal possessions in the fire. As first responders and emergency managers deal with the fire and arrange for shelter, residents and local businesses in Sutter County stepped up big time to help our neighbors from across the river, many of whom turn out to be our friends or family members. Residents and businesses responded to requests for donations of food, pet food, new clothes, toiletries and other items with amazing speed and grace. Everywhere you turned, people wanted to help in some way or other.

In addition to an evacuation center at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City for those individuals evacuated from Yuba County, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Posse Arena is an evacuation site for horses. The Loma Rica and Browns Valley area is well known as horse country.  

September was Emergency Preparedness Month across the United States. It is designed to encourage understanding of the need to be prepared for emergencies.


The week of October 21-28 is California Flood Awareness Week. Sutter County, in cooperation with other local governments, is participating by helping to create a Flood Aware, Flood Prepare special publication to be inserted in The Appeal-Democrat on the morning of Saturday, October 21, and by hosting a Flood Aware, Flood Prepare Fair from 4 p.m. -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at the Sutter County Veterans Building at 1425 Veterans Circle, Yuba City. In addition to emergency information from Sutter County and other local government agencies, the California Department of Water Resources will be on hand to update residents on the status of repairs to the spillways at Oroville Dam, and the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency will provide an update on the emergency levee repairs at Yuba City. Watch for additional information in coming days.




An October 14 dinner celebration of the 100-year-old Sutter County library


Join other Sutter County residents as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sutter County Library on October 14. A dinner hosted by the Friends of the Sutter County Library will provide a look at the library’s past and future.

The dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the main library building, 750 Forbes Avenue, Yuba City.

Narinder Sufi, California’s Deputy State Librarian, will be the guest speaker.

The $40 ticket will get you food, beverages, and some library swag. Proceeds will benefit the many programs at the library which are supported by the Friends of Sutter County Library, including many of the excellent programs for our area’s youth.

Tickets are available at the counter of the main library, or online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sutter-county-library-centennial-tickets-37224439300


Recycle up to 20 used car tires for free under local government coupon offer

By Gene Daniels, Photographer (NARA record: 8463941) – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16895860ion

A program that provides Sutter County residents with an opportunity to dispose of used passenger car tires for free is a service of the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority, through a grant provided by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (or CalRecycle), which is a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Each of us can do something to help avert potential problems caused by more than 40 million worn or damaged tires replaced each year in California, not to mention the millions already stockpiled at waste tire facilities or illegally dumped in alleys and by roadsides throughout the state.

Our Legislature recognized the serious environmental safety and health threats posed by improper management of waste tires and passed the California Tire Recycling Act in 1989. This act mandated that CalRecycle oversee and regulate the management of waste tires in the state. To further assure proper waste tire management, the Legislature passed additional legislation in 2000 to augment the California Tire Recycling Act.

It costs $4.65 each to dispose of a tire at either of the Recology transfer stations. But you could dispose of up to 20 tires for free with a phone call to the Regional Waste Management Authority (weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) at (530) 634-6890. Give them your address and the number of tires you have, and they will mail you a coupon allowing you to take the tires to the transfer station at 3001 North Levee Road off Highway 20 just east of the Marysville City limits, or at the Ponderosa transfer station in Brownsville.

Tires collecting on your property can trap water and provide breeding habitat for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Tire piles can become a fire hazard. Used tires can be recycled into playground equipment or filler for asphalt for roads. They’ve even been used in garden beds as mulch and some “green” buildings are made from recycled tires.

Coupons are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last and they expire 30 days from the date issued. A valid coupon must be presented when the waste tires are delivered to the drop-off location.  Tires do not need to be removed from the rims.

This program is for residential use only, not businesses.

Coupons are available for residents of both Sutter and Yuba counties. The Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority is a Joint Power Agency (JPA) created under an agreement between the cities of Live Oak, Marysville, Wheatland and Yuba City, as well as the counties of Sutter and Yuba. There are many successful JPAs in this community, including Yuba-Sutter Transit, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, and the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority. JPAs are good ways for local government agencies to jointly exercise powers in an efficient manner.

For more information about the recycling programs offered through the Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority, visit their website at http://www.yubasutterrecycles.com/

Board honors Hmong soldiers who fought for the U.S. in secret war

Sutter County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Whiteaker (left) presented a proclamation declaring September Hmong History Month to Honorable Civil General John Thao and Lt. Col. James Thao. Also in attendance was Major Turuel of the U.S. 24th Army Infantry Division, who said he is proud to have been asked to join the Hmong organization.


A touching moment at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Many people have been watching the PBS documentary on the Vietnam War. Little known was the role of the Hmong in fighting a secret war in Laos on behalf of the United States government from 1960-1975. After the war, many Hmong were relocated to various countries, including the United States, because of ethnic cleansing by the Communists after 1975. The Sutter County Board of Supervisors presented representatives of the Hmong soldiers with a proclamation declaring September Hmong History Month. The proclamation follows:

WHEREAS, the Lao-Hmong, which means “free people,” valiantly supported the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its allies during the Vietnam War, serving in the “Secret Army” funded by the CIA, which included Special Guerilla Units and other Special Forces, to thwart the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand from 1960-1975; and

 WHEREAS, the members of this Laotian hill tribe are known for their warrior traditions, loyalty and bravery, evidenced by the guarding of Unites States personnel and Air Force radar installations; gathering critical intelligence on enemy movement and operations; performing rescue missions to save downed United States pilots; and fought in conventional and guerilla combat against overwhelming forces, including several North Vietnamese divisions, to disrupt the flow of troops and supplies along the Ho Chi Minh Trail; and

WHEREAS, a conservative estimate of more than 35,000 brave Lao-Hmong men, women and children lost their lives, more than 50,000 were wounded, and more than 2,500 remain missing in action, which does not include the devastating loss of life in excess of 30,000 when the Lao-Hmong fell victim to retributive ethnic cleansing starting in 1975 and continuing to this day; nor the thousands forced into re-education camps or who perished attempting to cross the Mekong River into Thailand; and

WHEREAS, in addition to the devastation to their homes and way of life, thousands of Lao-Hmong soldiers and their families became a country-less people when they commenced their perilous flight to seek safe refuge in other countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, New Zealand and the United States—a mass exodus that continues to this day; and

WHEREAS, in 2013 the State Legislature declared September Hmong History month, and the Sutter County Board of Supervisors also recognizes the heroic and significant contributions made to the United States during fighting efforts in Laos and the exemplary way the Lao-Hmong have assimilated into and contributed to our American way of life.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Sutter County Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim September 2017 as Lao-Hmong History Month in the County of Sutter.