DWR holds community meeting in Sutter County tonight at Y-S Fairgrounds

Work crews doing “finishing work” on the main spillway, which has been repaired to the extent it could be used, if necessary, during the current rainy season. However, the Department of Water Resources has lowered the lake levels to a point they don’t anticipate having to use the spillway this year. Additional work to the main spillway and the emergency spillway will be completed in 2018, and DWR is considering some other long range projects. DWR will hold a community meeting  Thursday, February 7, at 6 p.m. at Franklin Hall at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.


The Department of Water Resources will conduct its third community meeting about the Oroville Dam spillway reconstruction in Sutter County, tonight at 6 p.m. at Franklin Hall at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Avenue, Yuba City.

DWR said its objectives for the meeting are:

  • Provide opportunitiesfor community members to learn about:
    • The progress of construction activities on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project
    • A preview of construction plans in 2018
    • The 2017-2018 Lake Oroville winter operations plan for flood protection
  • Provide opportunities for the public to ask DWR staff questions and offer perspectives on meeting topics

Provide updates on ways to receive information from DWR and provide additional feedback to DWR

Stuffed bears and adopting families: it’s giving season in Sutter County


It should really be no surprise that the people who work every day with families in crisis understand the little things that are important to kids. Like Teddy Bears. Like Christmas.

The Sutter County Department of Child Support Services collected more than 50 stuffed animals for “Bear Hugs” for the holidays that were donated to the California Highway Patrol Yuba City Division, Sutter County Sheriff’s Department, and TIP (Trauma Intervention Program). These stuffed animals will be given to children who have suffered trauma, and foster children, in the local area. Employees from the Sutter County Assessor’s Office, the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, the Library, and Child Support Services donated stuffed animals and their time to the project.

Concurrently, employees from several Sutter County departments have adopted families for Christmas through the Family Intervention Team Foundation’s annual adopt-a-family for Christmas program, which has been in existence for more than a decade. Debbie Meeker, who along with her husband, Tim, are the volunteer coordinators of the program, said 53 families referred by Sutter County Health and Human Services and Probation Department personnel will be having a great Christmas this year because of the adoption program.

The FIT Foundation was formed to coordinate a program to provide for needy families at Christmas time: to make sure no one was falling through the cracks and that there weren’t duplications. In addition to the Adopt-A-Family program, the FIT Foundation provides assistance all year round, including collecting toys for foster children and assisting with costs that would allow a child to play Little League, for instance. Cash contributions to the FIT Foundation can be made by mailing a check to FIT Foundation, PO Box 544, Yuba City, CA, 95992.

It’s not just Sutter County employees getting into the act. Beale Air Force Base, the area’s Methodist Churches, John L. Sullivan Dodge, Soroptimist International of Marysville-Yuba City, Yuba City Police Department, Yuba City Police Officers Association, and David Shaw & Associates are among the organizations participating this year.

Sutter County Sheriff’s Office issues warning on “IRS will arrest you”, and “Grandma I need help” scams

2017 Bullentin Telephone Scams 11-30The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning about the reoccurrence of telephone scams primarily targeting senior citizens. Several individuals have reported to local law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff’s Department, they have received calls from individuals claiming to be either a representative of the IRS threatening to jail them if they did not immediately pay a purported past due amount, or from someone claiming to be a grandchild in a desperate need for financial assistance for some emergency.

The IRS does not attempt to collect back taxes by telephone. The IRS communicates in writing through the United States mail.

Undersheriff Jeff Pierce said the scams are particularly common around the holidays, when cons are looking for a little extra money.

Sutter County Health & Human Services functions consolidating at 850 Gray Avenue

The exterior of 850 Gray Avenue, Yuba City. In addition to remodeling the interior to accommodate Health and Human Service’s various departments and functions, plans are to spruce up the exterior and the parking area to make the facility visually appealing.

Half of the employees of the County of Sutter work in Health and Human Services functions: Behavioral Health Services,  Public Health, and Welfare (functions that include Medicaid eligibility, supplemental nutritional programs, and child protection and adult protection services). Most of these functions are supported with federal and state funds, not the local General Funds that we use to hire deputies, firefighters, code enforcement officers, and administrative personnel.

Currently, these employees are spread out over 23 different county locations. Consolidating these employees in one location will save time and money and improve service delivery. It will also be more convenient for the thousands who use these programs to come to one location.

That’s why the Board of Supervisors in June approved the long term lease of property formerly occupied by a retail establish at 850 Gray Avenue in Yuba City, where Health and Human Services functions will be consolidated. The Board also approved hiring an architectural firm to ensure that the interior of the 85,000 square foot facility, the building’s exterior, and the large parking lot area are designed to be efficient and visually appealing. If things go right, the consolidation could occur within 12 months.

The interior of 850 Gray Avenue is 85,000 square feet.

The 850 Gray Avenue project is part of an overall plan to consolidate all county functions, which are currently in 23 different facilities throughout Yuba City. The consolidation effort will decrease costs in the long haul, and improve services to the public by making it easier to do business with the County.

This map indicates the location of the future home of the Health and Human Services Department in relationship to the intersection of Colusa and Gray avenues.

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