by Lou Binninger

Sutter County citizens against spending $2 million on a homeless village along Garden Highway came to speak at the October 10th Supervisors’ meeting. Supervisors feigned surprise that there would be a protest from Little League parents, Airport operators, Posse Arena and Twin Cities Rod and Gun shooting range advocates. Supervisors contended the issue wasn’t even on the agenda.

The concern was Item #9, the second reading of a new and improved camping ordinance outlawing squatting on county property. Supervisors argued that Item #9 had nothing to do with a homeless development on Garden Highway. However, a Little League representative noted that the new ordinance exempted the property in question essentially allowing a homeless camp in the city.

Though supervisors acted astonished at the dust-up, there are detailed plot plans, purchase lists and cost estimates for cots, tents, hygiene items, food, security patrols, an agreement with nonprofit providers, and plans for a 6,000 sq.ft. building, and more. Were supervisors ignorant, deceived by County Administrator (CAO) Mitnick , or devious?

The meeting started in bizarre fashion. Board Chairman Jim Whiteaker moved #9 from a stand-alone agenda item to the Consent Agenda where there is no discussion and a number of issues are voted upon at once. However, scores of people were there to speak about #9.

Whiteaker then asked county counsel if the supervisor made a mistake. Counsel responded that Item 9 should now be considered in a separate meeting. Whiteaker ignored counsel by saying he was taking responsibility. The supervisors then passed the Consent Agenda allowing the use of Garden Hwy property for a homeless camp.

In spite of the ordinance being passed without discussion and public input, Whiteaker allowed homeless village speakers to have their say. This was governing in spite of the people. The supervisors already made up their minds without debate. Then they grandstanded about how transparent and easily accessible they were.

In fact, Supervisor Flores promised Peach Bowl Little League new ball fields, just somewhere else. A new shooting range had already been proposed to the Rod and Gun Club, but somewhere else. In other words, everyone along the corridor is being hustled with promises and spending someone else’s money. However, rather than building new facilities first, people are being asked to trust their fate to the Supervisors.

No such guarantee is given to the airport people though. If CAO Scott Mitnick has his way the airport will be closed. Mitnick is not a fan of the Sutter County Airport. He considers it underused and not the best utilization of the property. The county owes the Airport Fund hundreds of thousands of dollars because Federal Aviation Administration rules requires paying fair market rent to the airport for using portions of it for unrelated activities.

So, is creating a camp where hundreds of homeless people will live across the fence line from the airport the first step to closing the facility? Thieves are already stealing from the gun club, baseball operation and airport hangars.

Drugged and drunken homeless pose a threat to airport safety and children at the ball parks. Will sex registrants be allowed in the camp in violation of the law? Speakers addressed the supervisors about these issues but the ordinance was already in the books.

Supervisors played the crowd encouraging them to return on October 24 when the camp itself will be on the agenda. However, the issue may already be decided and then reassigned to the Consent Agenda for a vote.

Last Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency because an outbreak of deadly hepatitis A has killed at least 18 people in the state, and forced almost 500 to be hospitalized. How did that happen?

The epidemic has been linked to homeless communities in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz.

So far, 581 people in California have been afflicted with the liver virus, more than half of whom have ended up in the hospital. The virus is very dangerous, and can be fatal for those who already have other liver diseases, like hepatitis B or C.

Federal health officials said last week that even with the ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the disease, California’s outbreak could last for years.

Should a handful of local politicians and bureaucrats spend millions of tax dollars while putting the community at risk? The voters say no but no one is listening.

by Lou Binninger

Liberal policies coddling the homeless are reintroducing troubles from the Dark Ages, illnesses spawned from human filth. As Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency due to an outbreak of Hepatitis A in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, San Francisco civil engineer / web designer Jennifer Wong created an interactive map called Human Wasteland.

The computer map notes human excrement incidents in San Francisco reported by the public to SF311. SF311 is essentially a “Crap App” to request a Public Works “Crap Buster” crew. Have liberals outlawed the plastic bags that could be used by homeless to catch and release their own stools in convenient receptacles?

The highest concentration of crap is at a downtown alley next to the financial district, right in a high-traffic area frequented by tourists. Why? That’s where the hand-outs are? If you wonder where that Third World scent is coming from, that is the fragrance of rewilding modern America.

Marysville and Yuba City should look into launching a “Crap App” since they are both Sanctuary Cities for the homeless.

As the rural North State burned did the payers of the fire tax wonder where the benefits are? Approximately 800,000 rural property owners living in State Responsibility Areas (SRAs), have been paying a fee of $152.33 per habitable structure or a reduced fee of $117.33 if living in an area that overlaps with another fire service area.

The tax was illegally passed by the legislature and became effective July 1, 2014. Remember, Governor Brown said rural dwellers were not paying their fair share.

The fee was said to pay for a variety of fire prevention services like fuel reduction activities that lessen risk of wildfire to communities and evacuation routes. Other tasks include defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the State and local Fire Plans and fire-related law enforcement activities such as arson investigation.

However, no firefighting assets were funded by the more than $300 million collected as of June 2015. And, while the Butte and Valley fires raged that year $43 million remained unused in the fund. A state agency was also paid $22 million just to collect the tax.

Last week, a Cal Fire spokesperson revealed that there should have been 3,000 personnel working on the Cascade Fire. Instead, since resources were spread thin throughout the state, there were fewer than 700 firefighters or just over 20% of a proper allocation.

Just how many Yuba Co. burned homes could have been saved if the fire taxes paid for more firefighting? Unfortunately another Cal Fire representative commented that they saved a lot of money on this fire by not having sufficient personnel. Fire victims are not thrilled to hear that.

Cal Fire spokes-people need training on how to communicate with victims. One started his briefing of evacuees, many of whom had lost everything, by alluding to how hard his firefighters had been working the past 24 hours. That certainly was true, but not the right moment to tout their exploits.

Another evacuee thanked firefighters for their work but asked why displaced people couldn’t get more information. The Cal Fire boss then asked, “Would you rather have us put out the fire or get you information? With a more than $2 billion budget is it impossible to do both?

Another lady, maybe a tad naïve but trying to be helpful, offered Cal Fire easy access to areas through gates on her property. The macho Cal Fire executive retorted that they would simply drive over her gates. Probably true, but not the kindest comment for a traumatized victim.

If you have HIV these are better times to intentionally infect sex partners or donate your HIV-tainted blood. Being selfish and deceitful possibly leading to someone’s death will get the perpetrator only a misdemeanor charge and just 6 months in jail. Governor Brown signed the legislation.

However, if you willfully refer to a transgender person using the wrong pronoun you can be fined up to $1,000 and get up to 1 year in jail. Legislators are actually paid to make these laws.

If you missed the part where you needed to participate in this form of government to keep it on track, this is what you get for not being involved.

by Lou Binninger

Sutter County Public Information Officer (PIO) Chuck Smith says, “There’s a saying around here that nothing is on the agenda until the agenda is posted.” That’s makes sense, but Yuba and Sutter County citizens don’t trust their politicians so rumors abound about what is being considered to be on the Supervisors’ agenda. Residents have been fooled before.

Currently, people are hearing all kinds of stories about the upcoming Homeless Village planned for the Sutter County Airport that will affect a number of current and adjacent uses. PIO Smith wrote to clarify what is happening at the October 10th and 24th board meetings.

The homeless have been dictating city and county policy by their errant behavior, law breaking and ignoring county ordinances. Their acts of entitlement give them more benefits than taxpayers who pay for services.

Smith describes a County Two-Year Plan, not to resolve homelessness, but to spend millions in tax dollars on more programs for them. Mark the Plan on the calendar.

At the October 10 board meeting, supervisors will entertain the second and final reading of a new and improved camping ordinance more perfectly teasing out what is and is not acceptable. Smith says this is the only aspect regarding the homeless to be considered at this gathering.

However, the entire Homeless Village proposal will be presented by county staff for Board approval at the October 24th meeting. This will address funding for a temporary emergency shelter for up to 200 people. There will be 17 large tents on cement slabs, with 24/7 security and sanitary facilities.

The camp will be used until a 6,000 square foot structure can be constructed nearby. “Startup costs (including lighting, four acres of base rock, a concrete slab, environmental studies, potential mitigation measures, and a portable office modular building) are estimated at $250,000; the tent shelter is about $115,000 (tents, cots, fencing, animal kennels, onsite storage for personal belongings); and another $285,000 in operating costs (including sleeping bags, toiletries, meals, services provided by Hands of Hope non-profit, and private security).” This comes to $650,000 plus county staff costs.

Then, the county will apply to the state and federal governments for permission to use up to $720,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the construction of the permanent long-term emergency shelter housing up to 60 people.

Smith says if the plan is approved, the Tent Village would only be utilized until the permanent structure is up and occupied in a year, 18 months or so. As the Village is erected the revised camping ordinance will be enforced to remove the homeless population from the river bottom property between Shanghai Bend and the Yuba City Boat Dock. The assumption is that the squatters will migrate to the Tent Village but no one can be forced to locate there.

The PIO’s email says the county will offer paths to self-sufficiency, including job training and affordable housing. Weren’t these already available? Health and Human Services and local service providers for the poor will be enlisted to do what they were already supposed to be doing. Right? Is there anything new offered here other than living facilities?

Since government has a horrible record teaching self-sufficiency, job training and being in the housing business, this could get interesting. One thing for sure, a lot of money will be spent, approaching $2 million to launch.

For years, welfare workers were forbidden to even offer budgeting help to aid recipients. Now, are they becoming self-sufficiency mentors? Where have they been?

According to a county official the welfare department has not filed a fraud case in years and doesn’t even confirm residence addresses to hand-out aid. The agency refused to file a welfare fraud case against former District Attorney Carl Adams’ escort Sarah Garibay though she was collecting county benefits while living on thousands of dollars a month from male clients.

As the October 24th meeting agenda is not finalized additional items may appear or points above may change. Watch for the agenda posting on the Sutter County website.

A number of current uses along Second Street will be eliminated or negatively affected by the homeless development. Those uses include the airport itself, Little League Parks, the Sheriff’s Posse Arena, Twin Cities Road and Gun Club shooting range, and the Sheriff’s Training Center and Range.

by Lou Binninger

California’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) notified Kumar Kairam, owner of Washington Avenue Market in Yuba City that after nearly three years his convenience store can finally sell a single 16 oz. beer. Kairam recently applied to have the restriction removed and never understood why his business was targeted in the first place.

The bizarre aspect to this case is that the store sells all kinds of liquor including beer, wine, and hard drink. However, the City of Yuba City asked for the restriction on Kairam’s liquor license in spite of the fact that his competitors can sell the product.

A Freedom of Information Act request of police responses showed his store having fewer incidents than his competitors that have the freedom to sell a 16 oz. beer.

He could sell a 6-pack or a case of beer but could not sell just one. Sound wrong? That’s because there is nothing right about fascist policies ruling over citizens and businesses.

President Ronald Reagan in a television interview discussing conservatism vs. liberalism said, “If fascism ever comes to America it will come in the name of liberalism. What is fascism? Fascism is private ownership, private enterprise but total government control and regulation. Isn’t this the liberal philosophy?”

Reagan concluded his thought by saying, “The conservative (way) so–called is less government, get off my back, get out of my pocket, and let me have more control of my own destiny.” Some city council members may consider themselves conservative but they act like socialists.

City management arbitrarily crippled Kairam’s ability to make a profit by chasing off customers wanting to buy a beer. So Kairam lost the ‘privilege’ to sell those customers hundreds of other merchandise items as they took their beer business elsewhere.

The single 16 oz. beer issue surfaced when Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots routinely frequented the store for coffee and learned of the owner being abused by the city. They attempted to intervene on behalf of Kairam to no resolve.

City Council candidate Jason Rikard drew attention to the city’s bullying tactics during his campaign. Rikard noted the fact that this was neither a City Council decision nor an ordinance forbidding 16 oz. beer sales but rather the arbitrary act of a single bureaucrat Director of Development Services Darin Gale.

Kairam and his wife have three children, 2 in college and one working for an anti-human trafficking organization in Sacramento. The hard working immigrant who never completed high school confesses to not understanding the myriad of rules governing business here. Kairam thought he just needed to pay someone money like he would in his former homeland.

Kairam has also gotten sideways with the complex city sign rules. Again, he sees the rules being stifling and applied inconsistently among similar stores. And, he wonders why the State Lottery sign can be on the curb but he cannot have his own curb advertisement. Why the favoritism?

Currently none of the five city council members are small business owners. If politicians were required to successfully operate a small business for 10-years prior to ruling over enterprises, maybe they would make fewer rules and regulations and quit jerking hard-working citizens around.

Politicians and bureaucrats have removed the ‘freedom’ from free enterprise. The city’s 16 oz. beer nonsense is symbolic of the government’s routine abuse of business people.

by Lou Binninger

As state voters twice approved the usage of marijuana few considered what that would look like in terms of growing, sales, distribution and use. Well, the devil is in the details.

Sacramento authorized up to thirty dispensaries with abundant rules to keep the city leaders happy. However, a recent audit concluded that the dispensaries may be underreporting revenue and receipts, not paying enough taxes and are essentially running rogue.

Of the six dispensaries whose finances were targeted for audit, four did not cooperate. The city auditor asked the dispensaries for information in 8 categories including monthly receipt records, financial statements, tax returns, member names and vendor list.

Five of six audited did not provide gross receipts, finance statements or member names. None offered a list of vendors (providers of their merchandise).

Sacramento City Auditor Jorge Oseguera led the investigation and said his staff went to dispensaries to keep track of purchases. Based on what they observed, they were able to estimate how much the dispensaries should be reporting in revenue and paying in taxes. In one case, a dispensary was more than $100,000 short in taxes paid.

Dispensaries have trouble finding a bank to take their money so there is no ‘paper trail’ via deposits and bank statements. It is an all cash operation with plenty of opportunities to beat the government out of payola.

One dispensary, All About Wellness, refused to allow auditors inside, much to the frustration of Oseguera. “This is critical for the city to be able to do if we’re going to allow these dispensaries within the city," Oseguera said. "And to the extent that (the audits were) contested, well perhaps they shouldn’t be operating in the city.”

Dispensaries also failed to meet city code during surprise on-site inspections. Violations included not posting the required signs, not securing doors, selling medical marijuana to people other than qualified patients and allowing the on-site consumption of marijuana.

Last year, Sacramento collected $4.5 million in taxes from the dispensaries.

Yuba County prohibits dispensaries but the City of Marysville has authorized two outlets in spite of voters’ opposition. Local dispensary rules are many and detailed, but will the city face the same lawlessness as Sacramento?

In Yuba County some have estimated more than 1,000 people are growing illegally. While many rural residents concluded that local government had given up enforcing the law, there has been a change since two deputies were shot at a marijuana grow-site on August 1.

Since then, scores of grows and thousands of plants have been eradicated, honey oil labs removed, hundreds of thousands of dollars and many guns confiscated, and dozens of suspects arrested. Toxic chemicals have been discovered at the sites.

A recent sweep saw 18 apprehended. The interesting aspect is that most all of the accused are from elsewhere - Jamaica, New York, Maryland, Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama. Chances are none of them were checking the quality of schools here to enroll their kids.

Those arrested were charged with 182PC/Conspiracy, 11358 H&S/Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana, and 11359H&S/Possession of Marijuana for Sale. There were also additional environmental and water violations for perpetrators associated with some locations.

No State of Emergency has been declared, but there is certainly a multi-agency effort to make a statement about what the will of county leaders is. It will take many more raids to alter the attraction for lawless profiteers to Yuba County. Great weather and soils combined with a poorly crafted growing ordinance and feeble enforcement created a perfect environment for a criminal element to thrive here.

Residents are firmly behind law enforcement restoring order and peace before the county has completely lost control. Marijuana industry entrepreneurs consider themselves exempt from the law and their responsibility to their neighbors.

by Lou Binninger

Back in the day before TV ruled, Big Time Wrestling would come to Marysville at the noisy Veterans Memorial Auditorium with its cigarette smoke, hardwood floors and mezzanine. To a youngster, the ‘wrestlers,’ the ring and the close-up were magical.

It was a few years before the gig was up. It was all an act. In fact, maybe the contenders were not only fake but someone you wouldn’t hang-out with either. We learned too much.

The recent throwing of the Raiders-Redskins game by black players because their white quarterback Derrick Carr stood for the National Anthem was a come to Jesus moment for those who for decades have watched NFL games. Fans assumed the best about the teams, the players and commonly-held beliefs. The problem is that the fans’ NFL persona was a myth.

Millions this season are realizing they have little in common with the players, certainly not their athletic ability, nor wealth, and neither their value system. In fact, it seems players may allow their quarterback to be sacked, a player to get injured and passes to be dropped to force political conformity. What about the pursuit of victory, giving it all? Busted.

The truth is that though the players are amazing athletes and physically disciplined, NFL teams spends millions on classes to shore up young men skimpy on character, clueless on finances, about how to stay out of jail and the downside of being a gigolo. It’s a fulltime job.

The expressions on the players’ faces at the recent Packers / Bears game came across as rich spoiled brats. We are standing up on the outside but taking a knee on the inside. Good for them. It’s great to see who people really are. You just never see them the same again.

They didn’t just become different from you. They always were. It’s a little painful to lose a fantasy friend.

One player told fans to stay home if they didn’t like what the players were up to. Hilarious, this stuff is too good to be true. How would you like to go into Raley’s Grocery Store and the manager tell you to “F-off” after you’d been shopping their all your life?

A local judge whined about fans discussing boycotting Budweiser. He wanted them to think about all the good souls that would lose their jobs from fewer sales. Who’s kidding whom? Every choice made and dollar spent is a vote for a person or a product and a vote against the rest. People make hundreds of buying decisions each week contributing to the success of some and the demise of others. Where do these judges go to school, anyway, the Lenin Academy?

President Trump suggested firing employee - athletes who don’t reflect the owners’ values and appreciate the country. Welcome to the real world. He has a right to his view. Obama talked plenty of smack. Lefty eunuchs moved up a couple octaves excited about Trump interjecting politics into football. Really, is that what happened?

ESPN once had all sports enthusiasts slobbering 24 hours-per-day over their programming until they became socialists with token sports highlights. Trump may be the only political figure alive willing to tell the truth about the left’s takeover of sports broadcasting.

For those thinking this has something to do with free speech please read the First Amendment to the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Congress never made a law limiting what the players are doing, but Congress did violate the Constitution by giving millions of taxpayers’ dollars to the NFL each year.

And, no one in America is being forced to agree or disagree. The players are betting their careers on their beliefs. Good for them. Let’s see how it all turns out. Transparency is a healthy thing. It’s never good to live a lie, for the players or us.

Starbucks became vocal as anti-marriage and pro-illegal immigration. I don’t hate them. I’m just happier buying coffee elsewhere. Same with the NFL, no ill-will or bitterness, life is short, make yours count somewhere.

by Lou Binninger

The founders believed that a populace unwilling to exercise self-discipline based upon Biblical principles would eventually lose the republic, their freedom and self-destruct. The framers believed a very small governmental presence was needed to protect from foreign invaders and neighbors running roughshod over neighbors by violating what amounts to the Ten Commandments.

Today, government is seeking to dictate every facet of life, every move citizens make. We are now a fledgling totalitarian system though we still throw around words like liberty, freedom and the Constitution. Very few Americans understand the document or adhere to it, including legislators and judges.

They discover novel concepts like welfare, education and abortion in the document. You can liken it to some members of the population that introduce creatures into their anal cavity. It just wasn’t intended to be so.

Legislators lord it over the law-abiding and have an impotent bent when it comes to law breakers. The prima donnas get rough and tough on when to water the lawn, whether kids can wash cars to earn money for a school project, and grocery bags. Then, they spend years debating a marijuana-growing ordinance that is really enforceable or the funding of enough deputies to withstand the take-over of rural counties by rebels.

Dr. Mourad Gabriel, field agent for the Integral Ecology Research Center has been studying the mess left at illegal marijuana plots. It’s toxic, very toxic, killing insects, small and large animals and surely making humans ill at the very least. Remember the days when meth labs were discovered occasionally with dead cooks when the recipe went wrong.

Gabriel finds fertilizers, poisons and insecticides. Unwelcome bugs, animals, and humans who wish to partake of the crop are the enemy to growers. Gabriel says one of the more gnarly chemicals repeatedly discovered is Carbofuran. Carbofuran, an extremely toxic pesticide that’s effectively banned in the United States, is a favorite product among many growers and Mexican drug cartels. Gabriel says it is at 60 to 70 percent of illegal grow-sites he visits, often mixed in bottles that have no warning label.

“An eighth of a teaspoon would kill a 300 pound black bear,” says Gabriel. Farmers in Malaysia discovered 18 cows dead from Carbofuran in 2010. In 2009, it was used to poison lions in Kenya. The chemical is also highly toxic to fish, and is believed to be one of the main contributors to the reduction of salmon populations in the northwest.

Will it take a couple dead youngsters that were out for a hike and partook of some grow-site’s baited fruit to get politicians on their soap boxes? When reasoning and pleading fail, someone’s dead kid is always good fodder for remedial action.

While some local politicians cash-in playing ‘cat and mouse’ on marijuana growing, Carbofuran residues could become Yuba County’s own little Love Canal. Because of its long soil half-life (from a few days up to 60 days) Carbofuran has a high potential for groundwater contamination and has been detected in surface water.

This highly restricted chemical is responsible for the deaths of millions of birds and wildlife since its introduction in 1967. The pellets often resemble plant seeds commonly eaten by birds and are often applied on newly cultivated soil. One highly toxic granule can kill a small bird and can move up the food chain when dead birds are eaten by predatory species. It can also be obtained as a liquid.

China is manufacturing and then exporting Carbofuran all over the world. It can be obtained online. If delivery is difficult in the US bringing it through Mexico is a popular option where another illegal Chinese killer, the super-opiate Fentanyl or China White is finding its way here.

While food-producing farmers are harassed and fined over the location of portable toilets, tissues, shade structures, drinking water, their monthly spray reports and the posting of notices, thousands of pot growers are slinging killer chemicals with no consequences, all for the sake of profit and a buzz.

It’s actually no surprise at all. It’s always easier to snatch some good citizen’s freedom than pursue his abuser.

by Lou Binninger

On September 16th, City Limits Showgirls, a Yuba County bar and strip club conducted a car wash fundraiser at their establishment on Hammonton-Smartsville Road in Linda. The proceeds of $2565 were given to assist the families of Yuba County Sheriff Deputies Phillip Bronson and Andrew Everhart.

The two deputies were shot by a felon employed by an illegal marijuana operation when they responded for a request for service at the Rastafarian Church marijuana planting.

The car wash was planned for 11am-5pm with up to 15 topless ladies cleaning the cars. The event was extended an hour to cope with the large response from the community and those passing through town. The ladies then returned to work their shift from 8pm-3am.

Club manager Hal Meyer said they appreciate and support law enforcement whenever they can. Meyer was raised in Orange County and was an explorer for the sheriff’s department as a young man. He said he has many fond memories of his work with the harbor patrol and credited a deputy for mentoring him.

When Meyer approached the ladies with the idea there was an immediate positive response, he said. Leslie Carbah, information officer for the sheriff’s department, said it was legal for Showgirls to have the event outdoors as long as there was a visual barrier.

The car wash was a complete success. However, car washes have been outlawed in Yuba County since the supervisors passed an ordinance forbidding them. An individual can wash his or her car, but cheerleaders, families seeking burial expenses and showgirls are not to be washing multiple cars in one spot. The person with a filthy car could have washed their own but cannot have it washed in a group of cars. It sounds silly because it is.

Although Community Services Director Kevin Mallen did not respond with an explanation, maybe it depends on who you are as to whether the law is enforced. The code is an example of the lunacy of federal and state environmental ‘wack jobs’ who want to control our every move even when any positive outcome is unmeasurable. Of course, supervisors felt compelled to rubber stamp the loss of freedom and lame thinking.

Yuba County marijuana advocates are in a panic. They think Supervisor Randy Fletcher representing the Yuba County foothills may propose a State of Emergency at the Tuesday, September 26, 9 am board meeting. The agenda says nothing of the sort. However, the growers say they received information from a reliable source on the board.

There is a movement among rural northern counties to combine their efforts to solicit state and federal help. That takes more time and organization than a single board meeting. And the sheriff needs to make the declaration.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey and his County Supervisors declared a State of Emergency along with State Senator Ted Gaines requesting help from the National Guard. A brother and sister attempted to bribe Lopey with a million dollars to allow their marijuana business to continue without interference.

Chi Meng Yang, 31, of Montague, and his sister, Gaosheng Laitinen, 36, made a payment to Lopey of $10,500 when the FBI arrested them. Hundreds of Hmong have moved into the area buying up parcels from a failed development and are growing marijuana.

Yuba and Siskiyou Counties have this in common. Thousands of people are growing illegally and have no intention of registering with the state on January 1. Even strong marijuana advocates like candidate for Governor Gavin Newsome see that we have become a lawless state.

This weekend, foothill resident Buck Weckman who advocates soliciting more enforcement help and money for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department and code enforcement was threatened by a grower accusing Weckman of causing the removal of the grower’s plants in the middle of the night.

Weckman recently noted ‘the grow’ in this paper as an illegal planting. Just like thieves steal walnuts and watermelons, they also steal mature crops of marijuana. That’s why the plantings and million dollar harvests are guarded with gunmen.

by Lou Binninger

If you ever considered attending a Sutter County Supervisor meeting the Tuesday September 26 gathering at 3pm might be interesting. The Health and Welfare Committee, Supervisors Sullenger and Flores, met last week to discuss raising supervisor pay 61.7% along with travel compensation. The concern of citizens was that the change might be voted-in with the consent agenda on September 26 like the 35% retirement increase was in 2004. As this edition went to print the word was that the item may be pulled from the agenda.

The board will also discuss a new camping ordinance addressing the lawless homeless population. “Sutter County is faced with a growing dynamic of persons who are homeless occupying, camping on, and utilizing public and private spaces for their residence,” according to County Counsel Jean Jordan. Along with illegal camping homeless crime is rampant in both counties.

The amended ordinance prohibits squatting on properties Jordan describes above which is occurring now with no enforcement. More than one law enforcement official has stated that “we cannot arrest our way out of this problem.” This is a “straw man” argument since we have been arresting people for domestic and gang violence, drug dealing and sex with children throughout history and there is still plenty of deviant behavior in the community. Should we stop arresting those perpetrators as well?

It’s also been said that County Administrator Scott Mitnick instructed law enforcement to stop arresting homeless people trespassing on private and public property. Maybe we should begin paying the perpetrators to obey the law like the City of Sacramento is paying violent gang members to not kill?

We essentially have been paying street people and others through one of 127 various ‘anti-poverty’ hand-outs since the 1960s. The conclusion of the Sutter Co Board and Welfare Service professionals is that we haven’t been paying them enough. However, have any of these ‘leaders’ personally worked with a homeless person to see them converted to getting off the dole, taking care of themselves and serving others?

The government has a habit of experimenting with funds extracted from the citizens.

The new ordinance authorizes the development of a permitted homeless camp along Second Street, Yuba City, next to the Sutter County Airport, the Sheriff’s Training Center and Shooting Range, the Posse Arena, Twin Cities Road and Gun Range and the Little League ball fields. This is the same airport where Sutter County has been out of compliance with Federal Aviation Administration rules for decades and recently decided to obey the law.

The proposed 200 person outdoor homeless camp with parking and a 6,000 square foot facility will remove the Sheriff’s Posse Arena according to unhappy posse members and will affect other activities near the airport, as well. Joe Borzelleri, president of the Sutter Buttes Regional Aviation Association (SBRAA), a nonprofit that operates the airport sent an alert to association members.

“I strongly believe that this is not compatible with the airport environment. Recently, there have been aircraft and vehicle break-ins and property stolen. I am very concerned for the safety of aircraft operations and the security of the airport. If an incident should occur, it would make the airport and the county look very bad. I do not think the county realizes the liability involved with having people camping on airport property.”

“I would like to have as many SBRAA members and people that are Sutter County residents, call and email the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. Once this "homeless camp" is in place, it would be nearly impossible to make it go away. It does not align with our Airport Layout Plan,” writes Borzelleri.

Borzelleri’s concerns are that high risk people under the influence will end up on airport property and the runway itself. Others predict that those hallucinating or with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may shoot at the noisy planes landing with lights flashing. Last week, security people for the levee construction nearby reported that someone from the current homeless camp was shooting at the excavator.

Jordon’s ordinance notes an “unknown financial impact,” however the Supervisor’s agenda item asks the board to authorize using up to $500,000 of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds to construct the homeless camp.

Sutter County officials have a reputation of withholding the facts until they can make a stealth move to avoid scrutiny. Leaks to citizens have created a dust-up in county offices to discover the source. Maybe an honest, open approach should be utilized and there would be no need for a purge.

Also on the agenda is the possible placement of a commercial cannabis business license tax on the June 5, 2017 ballot.

by Lou Binninger

Sutter County Administrator Scott Mitnick who was hired by supervisors in spite of a ‘thumbs down’ evaluation by a panel of local professionals is doing his bosses a solid. He is recommending they vote themselves a 61.7% ‘adjustment’ to their salaries.

The Health and Welfare Committee comprised of Supervisors Ron Sullenger and Dan Flores will consider Mitnick’s ‘adjustment’ on September 19 and then it goes to the full board for a vote on September 26.

According to Transparentcalifornia.com, in 2016 Sullenger collected Base Pay of $34,470.90, ‘Other Pay’ of $3,895.68 and nontaxable Benefits of $23652.09 for total compensation of $62,018.67. Flores received $34,470.90, ‘Other Pay’ of $1767.36 and nontaxable Benefits of $26,722.38 for a take of $62,960.64. Mitnick wants to bump the $34,470.90 figure to $53,952 which will of course spike the taxpayers’ commitment to supervisor pensions.

Using the 2016 figures for the two supervisors with Mitnick’s ‘adjustment’ Sullenger would have collected $81,499.77 and Flores $82,441.74 that year.

Mitnick also argues that the suffering supervisors in 2011 were forced to actually start paying the ‘Employee Share’ (6.6%) of their CalPERS pension payment and that “equated to a 6.6% salary reduction.” Only a socialist entitlement mentality can get a reduced salary by funding your own pension. By that logic buying your own cup of coffee would be a salary reduction as well.

For those in the private sector who don’t believe politicians deserve any pension and who pay 100% of their own pension contributions there is no sympathy. In fact, locals don’t think farmers, teachers and business people should make a second career out of being a supervisor.

Former Yuba County Supervisor John Nicoletti argued that you need a high salary to attract quality candidates. However, those supervisors who voted to nearly double their take ran for office years before at far lower pay.

No one campaigned with the slogan “I am not so smart but worth so much more.” So, did we get inferior candidates with lower remuneration? It’s odd that we benefitted from the wisdom of our founders for very little or no pay. No one compares politicians today with our founders without intellectually gagging.

Government is incestuous. The administrator strokes the bosses (the supervisors), reminds them how valuable and underpaid they are, and proposes they vote themselves a raise. Then, of course, the supervisors return the courtesy to their CAO in the future for making this windfall possible.

Mitnick strategically compares his bosses to those they normally consider the backward bunch and make fun of across the river, the ones that put both hands in the till in 2007. Do Sutter Sup’s call Yuba Co Sup’s “F’ers” in private?

Yuba Co Supervisors cash-in at over $90,000 annually when their Yuba County Water Agency winnings are added. You don’t need a high IQ to line your pockets with the taxes of the poorest folks in California.

Mitnick is advocating connecting annual supervisor salary increases to those of judges set by the State of California. Usually Northern California supervisors complain about the state – regulations, welfare, pervert politicians, no road funds, carbon taxes, soft on criminals, waste, corruption and a hundred other issues. However, when it comes to salary increases Mitnick wants to trust these same twisted state politicians rather than the wishes of Sutter County taxpayers.

Pause and think on that. Blame the state and escape the responsibility. Rather than free and independent cities and counties we have surrendered our rights, freedom and liberty to a perverted state and federal political machine that our founders detested and exhorted taking-up arms against.

If you aren’t feeling sorry for Sutter Co Supervisors yet, there’s more. They only get a $100 a month vehicle allowance where Supervisors in other counties get an average of $486. This Mitnick ‘adjustment’ would add another $4,632 to their annual pay. We all need to go over the cliff together.

Why do local candidates here talk conservative, then act like socialists once elected? Why do we say they ‘drank the Kool-Aid?’ The fact is we now have a massive government system ruling over us and very, very few politicians have the ‘Spaldings’ to stick their lives in the spokes. They would rather get promoted!

Every move citizens make is controlled by an invasive system made-up of regulations, ordinances, fees, taxes, grants, allocations, corruption etc. We are living under a tyrannical government and those that run it actually like it that way.

by Lou Binninger

If you wonder why government takes more and more taxes and accomplishes less while spending more, we are paying a penalty for racist thinking and racist law-making.

In 1927, Congressman Robert Bacon, a Long Island, New York Republican, was irate because an Alabama contractor using all black workers was the low bidder to build the Veterans’ Bureau Hospital in Bacon’s district.

Racist Robert Bacon was determined to pass legislation to keep minorities out of the construction trade. Prior to what we now know as the Davis-Bacon Act, the construction industry provided wonderful opportunities to blacks, especially in the South. In at least six southern cities, more than 80 percent of unskilled construction workers were black. Blacks also were a disproportionate number of unskilled workers in the North. They also comprised a sizable portion of the skilled labor force in both parts of the country.

Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman says that in a competitive free market the only leverage lower skilled workers (or workers discriminated against) have over more talented or favored ones is by working for less, harder and longer. That was the case after slavery.

Millions of hard working blacks were looking to enter new occupations and would work for less pay. Competition benefits the project owner and in the case of government, the taxpayer. However government, prevailed upon by private agendas, could not long stand competition and the free market.

This glut of unskilled black labor existed while most of the major construction unions excluded blacks, and blacks faced widespread discrimination in occupational licensing and vocational training. The white unions felt threatened by competition from blacks, and favored any attempt to restrict it. So unions went to government to pass laws against competition.

In 1927, when Bacon first introduced his legislation, he inserted into the Congressional Record the following statement by 34 professors concerning immigration legislation:

“We urge the extension of the quota system to all countries of North and South America from which we have substantial immigration and in which the population is not predominantly of the white race. . . . Only by this method can that large proportion of our population which is descended from the colonists . . . have their proper racial representation.”

In 1931, after 13 previous attempts, the Davis-Bacon Act passed with debate making reference to “unattached migratory workmen,” “itinerant labor,” “cheap, imported labor,” “cheap bootleg labor” and “labor lured from distant places” for “competition with white labor throughout the country.”

The Act created a ‘prevailing wage’ or what amounted to the union wage that had to be paid on all federal projects and eventually applied to most state projects as well. Minorities forced by government to pay union wages removed the advantage they had to compete with union contractors. Small minority companies could do the job as well and cheaper, but lacked the sophisticated equipment, office staff to complete government paperwork and skilled workers to pay union wages and remain competitive.

Just like another union strong-arm tactic, the minimum wage, Davis-Bacon put unskilled people out of work. Blacks immediately suffered from the union pay-offs to government. On the Hoover Dam construction in 1932, of around 4,100 workers no more than 30 were black.

Like slavery, The Dred Scott Supreme Court decision (pro-slavery), abortion clinics targeting minority neighborhoods, anti-black Jim Crow laws, and school segregation, the Davis – Bacon Act was another means to institutionalize discrimination against black and then all lesser skilled workers.

The Davis-Bacon Act today imposes tremendous economic and social costs. A 2011 Heritage Foundation study estimated that Davis-Bacon would add almost $11 billion to that year’s construction costs. In the 1990s it was estimated that repealing the Act would create an estimated 31,000 new construction jobs, most of which would go to members of minority groups.

When you wonder why there is little money for roads, bridges, dams, schools, any government improvements, Davis – Bacon is adding 1/3 or more to the costs on every project.

Now, California Democrat legislators and their unions are using Assembly Bill 1250 to take further control over government work. AB1250 would forbid counties to outsource or contract-out tasks even though it saves money and time to do so. This bill would cause an immediate expansion of government, union members and related costs. Once counties lose their freedom, cities are next.

by Lou Binninger

Most Americans have little understanding of the Constitution of the United States which all laws and policies are to follow. The California school system preoccupied with sexuality, co-ed restrooms and showers, and following the dictates of the teachers union, assigns minimal importance to students understanding the Constitution.

Knowing this, it was no surprise that most students and others missed the fact that the Obama Administration violated the law by creating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) outside of Congress. The President is authorized to insure that existing immigration laws are enforced but cannot craft his own.

Since people today don’t know the Constitution they judge right and wrong not based on law but rather on feelings. If Americans dislike an immigration law or policy they should contact their member of the House of Representatives. Once people veer away from being a nation of laws, chaos is the next stop.

Unfortunately, elected representatives did not have the backbone and convictions to rebuke President Obama for his lawless action. C.S. Lewis would call them ‘men without chests.’

DACA was a rogue effort to smooth over the fact that adult citizens of foreign countries have been and still are illegally entering America and bringing children with them. In fact, Obama was encouraging more to ‘crash the American party.’

The families should have been deported if previous administrations obeyed the law. Obama and liberals need the votes of this demographic group to regain political power. Faux conservative politicians want them as well. Taxpayers in the middle are paying for these people and want them to leave.

According to DACA advocates, we shouldn’t deport young adults here illegally because it's not fair to hold them accountable for something their parents did. That is nonsense since all American children are impacted by the choices of their parents, good and bad, legal and illegal.

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions called DACA what it is, illegal. Now, Congress can answer the question of illegal people in the United States and how to proceed. That should be a fiasco since Congress is a corrupt bunch.

For those realizing they have no idea what happened with DACA and what the Constitution says about this, get educated. No one is paying bonuses for ignorance.

For those wanting to learn about the founding document, the Institute on the Constitution is offering a 12-class series, 90 minutes each, comprised of videos and group discussions starting September 20, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

The free course will be conducted on the Church of Glad Tidings Campus at 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City, in Building 500, Room 210/212. However, a student manual can be purchased through the course website at www.theamericanview.com in hard copy for $45 or electronic download format for $10.

Contact Tammie Rikard at 530-701-2845 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or to acquire more information. This is a great opportunity for students and others wanting to understand this nation’s owner’s manual.

The course will explain the historical roots of the principles in the document, the origin of law and government, the worldview of those coming here from Europe to establish the colonies, and will dissect the text of the Constitution along with other founding documents.

(more on DACA page 8)

by Lou Bonninger

For Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee all highly intelligent and accomplished women are not treated equally. Or, feminist accolades are reserved for liberals only.

Amy Coney Barrett was before the confirmation committee as a nominee to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Joan Larsen, who had been on the short list for Supreme Court Justice, was there as a candidate for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Democrats, including our own Senator Dianne Feinstein saw them as highly flawed and biased. The liberal attack on these conservative women was brazen, bigoted, and obnoxious.

The Washington Examiner reported that Dianne Feinstein said Barrett’s nomination was “controversial” and chided, “You are controversial. You are controversial because many of us that have lived our lives as women really recognize the value of finally being able to control our reproductive systems.”

Feinstein’s fixation on Barrett’s uterus may have been triggered by the fact that Barrett is married and a mother of seven. Will babbling Feinstein or Pelosi be carted off first?

Barrett would be the first Indiana woman to reach the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Although Feinstein sees Barrett as unable to manage her vagina the nominee is a professor at the Notre Dame Law School and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Cases involving pregnancy or abortion would be impossible for Barrett to rightly divide according to Dianne. Now, if Barrett had aborted a few of her children then the Senator would have something to work with.

Another black mark, no that’s racist. Another red mark against Barrett is that she doesn’t believe she came from a monkey, but instead has faith in Jesus Christ. Her Catholic doctrine had to go if she was to be a fair judge.

Feinstein was touting the ‘slut and nut’ ploy used against victims in sexual assault cases. Since Barrett can’t keep her legs together and she believes in the supernatural she is only qualified to work at Walmart or handle parking ticket disputes.

Did you realize that Democrat politicians hate Blacks, conservative women and Catholics? Do a little research.

Joan Larsen after graduating first in her class at Northwestern University School of Law also clerked for Scalia, and is a professor at University of Michigan School of Law. She was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 2015. Larsen is also a wife and mother with a robust resume, all a problem when you have a conservative worldview.

Racist liberals see Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as the court’s ‘House Nigger.’ These two bright and accomplished female law professors are too low-brow for liberals to tolerate on a Federal Appeals Court. The stereotype is pregnant, bare-foot and biased. They even love family life and God, just disgusting.

by Lou Binninger

On August 7, 2017 parolee Ronald Ybarra was arrested and booked by a Yuba City Police Officer. Police were called to a disturbance, a fight between two men, at the Bridge Street Taco Bell. One of those involved was Ybarra.

A struggle ensued between the cop and Ybarra as the larger Ybarra was wrestled to the ground. Ybarra was charged with resisting arrest and violating parole.

The interesting but now common aspect of the incident is that a by-stander was using a phone to video the event. The 10-second clip was posted on social media which is more than enough time for Facebook ‘criminologists’ to assess blame. Most did incorrectly.

Many viewers immediately trashed the cop for hitting Ybarra. However, retired Marysville Police Chief Jack Simpson, rebuked the cop critics on Facebook saying it was a righteous takedown.

Many citizens may think policing works this way. The officer invites you to jail and you can decline. If you decline, then the officer apologizes for any inconvenience he caused and excuses himself to get on to more important business.

What is even more disturbing is that those observing do not assist the cop but remain morally neutral and detached until the victor is determined. Then, the observers’ next move is to triumphantly post their prize, the 10-second thriller right after they upload the photo of the cupcakes they baked.

Yuba City police are frustrated with the Sutter County District Attorney’s office for not prosecuting Ybarra and releasing him. Police are convinced the officer’s own video along with witnesses at the scene completely justify his actions.

Did Ybarra and the officer get justice or social media ‘justice?’ Why bother with a jury when we can count-up the ‘Likes’ and comments on Facebook?

On January 23, 2013 Leola “Dodie” Shreves, 94, was found beaten to death in her Yuba City home on Park Avenue. Her neighbor Michael Patrick Alexander, then 20, was eventually arrested and charged with first-degree murder, torture, aggravated mayhem, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery.

Yuba City police believe Alexander broke into Shreves' home some time on the night of Jan. 18, 2013 setting off a violent struggle that led to the woman's death. The graphic criminal complaint indicates that Shreves was tortured and dismembered. “The defendant did unlawfully deprive a human being of a member of her body, or disable, disfigure or render it useless, or did cut or disable the tongue, or put out an eye, or slit the nose, ear or lip,” the complaint reads.

Yuba City police detectives said that Alexander confessed to the killing on January 25, 2013 telling them how the victim denied him money. Sometimes “angry Mike” takes over, the accused said.

Former District Attorney (DA) Carl Adams discussed the death penalty as a possibility as did Judge Brian Aronson at the time. The case was then passed onto Assistant DA Jana McClung when Adams resigned and then eventually to newly elected DA Amanda Hopper.

Hopper dropped charges in August 2016 for lack of any physical evidence connecting Alexander to the scene. Alexander remained in custody until the dismissal of the case.

Now, in a lawsuit filed against Sutter County, Alexander says he was tricked into confessing. Investigators disagree, believing Alexander could be prosecuted. Would it have been appropriate to consult with outside prosecutors to evaluate or help pursue the case? And why wait more than 3-years to dismiss?

The relationship between prosecutors, judges and law enforcement is sensitive and often laden with frustration and tension. However, the public benefits when they can achieve a degree of harmony to efficiently process cases.

High profile incidents lost, not prosecuted or dropped test that relationship.

by Lou Binninger

The Marysville Police Department arrested a high school student and booked him in juvenile hall. School personnel noticed a shotgun in the back seat of his vehicle. The student said he’d been trap shooting and failed to remove the gun from his car before school.

Assuming these are the facts it used to be common for student hunters and gun enthusiasts to carry their guns with them. You don’t see it so much now, but 50-years ago gun racks were popular and fastened in the back of truck cabs. And, gun slings behind the vehicle seat were also common.

Seeing youngsters walking or riding bicycles through town carrying guns and ammo would not prompt a call to the police. Kids were heading out of the city limits to do some shooting. Bob Day, son of the former Yuba County Sheriff Robert Day commented recently that he used to have a gun for hunting occasionally in his vehicle when attending Marysville High School.

A 15-year-old walking out of Marysville with a gun and ammo today would surely light-up the local dispatch center. Times have surely changed.

In the late sixties and early seventies Marysville residents were tiring of a tattered downtown and voted to demolish blocks of historic brick buildings. The area around 1st, 2nd and 3rd streets and B, C, D and E were loaded with bars, cheap rooms and prostitutes, plus a few great restaurants. And, then there was the Red Carpet Bookstore which provided ‘adult’ entertainment (porn films and magazines) before the Internet came about.

The city council paid businesses in the target area tens of thousands of dollars each to leave. However, the ‘uptown’ Red Carpet Bookstore located out of the demo-zone also had to go because the council considered it ‘immoral’ or if not that, then seedy. Times have changed. Today, porn can be accessed for free on city library computers.

And last week, two Marysville Planning Commissioners, David Hobbs and Beverly Hayes opposed a use permit for the River City Phoenix Medical Marijuana Dispensary on ‘moral grounds.’ Seven commissioners voted for the dispensary.

This is the dispensary that funneled $10,000 to Mayor Ricky Samayoa, $5000 of which came right before the dispensary’s appeal hearing. River City Phoenix was disqualified for a permit for having a felon on their board of directors. A felon on the board was a no-no. However, it was nothing a new squeaky clean board member and taking care of the mayor couldn’t mend.

Marysville codes are like the Groucho Marx quip, “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them...well, I have others.” There is a code buffet. If you are favored then we’ll find a package to fit your business. Kind of like The ‘Lite’ Church, just 7 Commandments, you pick’em.

Even folks annoyed by the smell of marijuana think that is no comparison to the stench at City Hall. Changing codes, altering zoning, redefining the definition of a park, violating the Brown Act, favoritism and bias, and pay-to-play, the dispensary Kabuki Dance is something to behold.

The council probably celebrated with cake and punch when the Mc Donald’s restaurant remodel at 4th and E Streets eliminated the outdoor playground. That kids’ area was too close to the anointed dispensary and therefore standing in the way of progress, selling ‘bud.’

‘Thank God those damn kids are gone so we won’t have to change the ordinance again.’ Or did someone pay-off Mc Donald’s?

Marysville government is allergic to kids. Years ago when youth advocates suggested using a windfall of recreational cash from Yuba County for a skate park, Mayor Bill Harris was concerned a park would draw a lot of kids to town. Don’t want that to happen.

The irony of inviting dispensaries here when about 20-years-ago the council stopped the annual and popular multi-day World Music Festival from renting Riverfront Park is amusing. The excuse for rejecting thousands of visitors and hundreds of thousands of dollars for local businesses over a long weekend was that concert goers were using drugs, primarily marijuana. After a few years here, and then being rejected, the festival found a new home in the Quincy area where it remains.

Today, we have the amphitheater for concerts in Yuba County where alcohol, drugs and weed are consumed and now we will have two pot venders in the city. Yes, times have changed.

by Lou Binninger

If you take the scenic drive from Dobbins toward Bullard’s Bar Dam via Marysville Road, starting at the green pedestrian overpass, note the driveways on the left just east of Merriam Road. Each one has a gate and a “No Trespassing Sign” until you arrive at the area clear-cut by a local logging company.

Each of these properties has a well-developed pot grow. There are six of them, one after another. Five have out-of-area-owners listed in the county records. One is locally owned.

Patrick and Raedean Kidwell, 311 Gracie Road, Nevada City own 3.99 acres at 10571 Marysville Road. Ryan Phillips etal of 309 Bright Water Lane, El Paso, Texas own 9.2 acres at 14319 County 1056 Rd. Phillips etal also own 3.56 acres at 10525 Marysville Rd. Davy Lynn Mathis of 2388 Sitka Street, San Leandro, CA owns 4.96 acres at 10607 Marysville Rd. Michael W and Camille Smith of 775 Sage Court, Sparks, Nevada own 6.34 acres at 10663 Marysville Rd. Salvatore and Pamela Cogliano of P.O. Box 384, Dobbins, CA own 5.63 acres at 10673 Marysville Rd.

Randy Fletcher, 5th District Supervisor for Yuba County asked in a recent opinion piece that people report “every ‘grow’ and every diversion of water they see.” That will only work if there is a swift enforcement response. If there is no response the calls will stop. This month, there have been numerous arrests with thousands of pounds of plants seized.

However, Community Services Director Kevin Mallen said recently that marijuana farm complaints had been down. Hill residents say they quit calling because until recently they saw no results or they were afraid to call. That changed some after two deputies were shot on property off Marysville Road on August 1.

The tone of Fletcher’s article confirms the need to declare a state of emergency while he argues there isn’t one. His description of lawlessness, lax laws leading to an epidemic of unmanageable criminal acts, not enough law enforcement or money to fight crime, and the ‘inevitable’ shooting of two officers is not an emergency?

Just a few weeks ago after the deputies were shot our hill supervisor said his district was safe. His article does not sound safe. People do not feel safe.

Fletcher writes that “Being opposed to something is far from solving the issue.” Who is he talking to? If he is talking to hill residents he is preaching to the choir. They are doing something. They have organized and collected money to fight the problem. The have informed fellow citizens, lobbied and voted against marijuana dispensaries. They have argued for a stiffer ordinance and more enforcement. They have reported pot plots. The only route not yet taken by citizens is forming a vigilante group.

Residents did not draft “one of the laxest policies on marijuana growing in the region.” It wasn’t their fault it took years to pass a new ordinance. If the county is short of money it wasn’t the residents who gave retroactive pay raises, who doubled the supervisors’ salaries and provided retirement for elected officials.

Fletcher rightly describes Yuba County as one of the poorest of 58. That means county residents are the poorest. So, when the supervisor says “We need you to support increased funding for law enforcement,” is this a euphemism for a 1% sales tax increase on the poorest people in California?

Before further taxing the poorest of the state’s poor, why wouldn’t supervisors ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency for Yuba County to seek state help with finances and personnel? This is a classic case.

Next, if the supervisors cut their salaries and benefits (currently $80,000) in half they could put the $200,000 saved annually into the sheriff’s budget. Another savings could come from eliminating the supervisors’ retirement benefits.

Then, a percentage could be cut out of each department’s budget to be transferred to law enforcement. Finally, Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) funds could benefit law enforcement since the illegal use of ag chemicals on marijuana plots and water thefts are affecting our water resources. YCWA funds were recently used to clean-up homeless camps along the rivers to protect the water supply.

It is encouraging to see Supervisor Fletcher taking the time to express his perspective on the crisis affecting Yuba County. Hopefully he and fellow supervisors can address the solution without expecting citizens to pay higher sales taxes.

by Lou Binninger

After Amanda Hopper became Sutter County District Attorney (DA) in January 2015 hopes were high that the office would be on the mend after years of mismanagement, judicial corruption and misappropriation of funds under Carl Adams. Adams ‘retired’ after an admitted affair with a local prostitute that he granted immunity to testify in the murder of one of her clients. Adams also was a person of interest in an arson investigation of a fire at the escort’s home.

Assuming leadership of the District Attorney’s office that included some employees favorable to former DA Carl Adams and Jana Mc Clung his assistant was difficult. Also, adding stress was the death in Yuba City of Sara Easton, wife of Marysville Chief of Police Aaron Easton on August 16, 2015.

Hopper’s husband Brian was interviewed by police officers investigating Easton’s death since it appeared he had a relationship with Sara Easton. The Hoppers have 5 children and are now divorcing. Having just become DA was horrible timing for a marriage crisis.

Sara Easton’s death is still under investigation.

One of Hopper’s supporters during her election campaign was Yuba City Police Detective Jason Parker. Parker had served 6 years at Yuba County Sheriff’s Dept., then another 12 years for Yuba City Police. Some of those years were at NET 5, the multi-agency drug enforcement group.

When Parker became a detective for Yuba City he was noted for reopening ‘cold case’ gang murders and getting convictions. He knew the value of a smooth running DA’s office with competent leadership to assist law enforcement. He hoped Hopper would improve the judicial process.

Hopper hired Parker in July 2015 as her chief investigator. Parker’s hiring then attracted a number of top law enforcement personnel to work for him and with other veteran investigators. What followed was a watershed of arrests and convictions including a first ever local sting on sexual predators where more than 40 suspects were prosecuted.

Parker was also sent for political corruption investigations training under the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Upon his return Sutter County Community Services Director Danelle Stylos was arrested for committing perjury on government documents by misrepresenting where she was living. More corruption investigations were planned.

In 2017, turmoil returned to the DA’s office. Trouble arose with DA office attorney Anu Chopra. Accused of lying in court by defense attorneys she was dismissed by the county. She then filed a federal suit against the county alleging a hostile work environment, discrimination, retaliation and failure to prevent discrimination.

A panel was assembled by County Counsel Jean Jordan to seek guidance on whether to settle with Chopra or fight the case. Panelists voted 10-4 to fight the Chopra suit. Rather than accepting the advice Jordan recommended settling with Chopra though not paying her until after Hopper’s upcoming election. The case has not been settled.

On August 23, Jason Parker was placed on administrative leave after his attorney Chris Carlos indicated Parker’s intention to sue the county, alleging a hostile work environment. No cause was given for Parker being relieved of his duties. Months ago, Parker was first ordered to relocate away from the DA’s office, from his investigators, files and computers to another location on Civic Center Blvd.

Some feel Hopper’s attitude toward Parker soured when he attempted to quell perceived over-familiarity between one of his investigators and the District Attorney at work.

Last week, DA office financial analyst Marisa Garramore was dismissed a few days before her one-year probationary period was complete. Garramore worked many years as an accountant under Auditor-Controller (A-C) Nathan Black and retired A-C Robert Stark before taking a higher position for the DA.

Finally, another lawsuit for $10 million was filed against the county on behalf of Michael P. Alexander after being incarcerated for three years on suspicion of the 2013 murder of his 94-year-old neighbor. Parker is named as a defendant.

The murder charges were dropped in August 2016 for lack of evidence. Alexander alleges Yuba City and Sutter County violated his rights. He claims he was tricked into confessing to the crime, while no physical evidence connected him to the incident.

What has happened to the DA’s office is a shame. What the future holds there is a guess and the facts may remain unclear if the legal actions are settled out of court.

by Lou Binningerhoney oil  8 23 17Norland, Tyler John, age 29 of Portola, Ca

Yuba County has been overrun with marijuana growers and hash / honey oil producers. The loss of control can be attributed to the opportunity to make a lot of untaxable money, a shortage in enforcement personnel, changing local ordinances, and an inconsistency in federal and local marijuana laws.

Past articles noted grows at the Rastafarian Church 9015 Marysville Road, Oregon House; on 429 acres at 10874 Marysville Rd., Dobbins, recorded to BBNR LLC, Lance Bates, Adam Bates, Mary Bates and Scott Bates but being sold to unknown individuals on a contract of sale; another 5 acre operation at 14143 Terra Rojo Lane, Dobbins belonging to Tosha Asker of 1410 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa, CA. 95409-2541; and more than 30 sites along Vierra Road, Rackerby with 80 acres at 16485 Vierra Road, purchased in 2013 by Mark and Jeanette Baker, 1769 Kimberly Drive, Sunnyvale, Ca 94087

Last week, an enforcement team began visiting properties. August 14, Tyler Jon Nordlund, 29, formerly of Portola was arrested at 13828 Charlie Lane, Dobbins for planting, growing, harvesting and processing more than 6 plants and manufacturing a controlled substance / honey oil. Agents seized 106 plants, 5 lbs. of processed marijuana, a set of brass knuckles, and a butane honey oil lab capable of producing a pound at a time.

Nordlund purchased his 3.32 acres on March 22, 2017 and ‘moved in’ without electricity, septic or running water. He lived in a camp trailer and told neighbors he was entitled to an open fire to warm himself in spite of the fire danger. He further explained that the property was purchased to grow marijuana.

This was not a clandestine operation as Tyler boldly proclaimed his mission and played Reggae music into the early morning hours for all to enjoy. Agents arrived to find cases of butane containers, a pulley system for his honey oil generator, plumbing equipment, hot plates, generator, and other items used in the production of honey oil. There was evidence of a ground fire that burned up to the butane containers at some time in the past.

Residents fear operations like Nordlund’s. His outdoor fire pit and lab are an imminent fire threat to rural Yuba County. And his lab, chemicals and lack of septic damage the environment.

Nordlund’s bail was $500,000 and he is no longer in custody at Yuba County jail.

A larger grow operation was located the same day on Pecan Lane off Wildwood Trail, Dobbins where approximately 1810 plants were removed. Packaging materials for sales, as well as chemicals, were also found.

Nobody was at the site during the search, but Yuba County personnel are working to identify suspects. Law enforcement became aware of this grow during an over flight of the region.

On August 17, 477 plants and 2 pounds of processed marijuana were removed from the 3700 Block of Nisenan Lane, Wheatland. There were packaging materials and scales inside the home. Agents obtained a search warrant following neighbor complaints, a flyover and a compliance visit.

Jianrong Zhang, who had documents to have and grow marijuana for medicinal use was cited for not complying with the orders of her prescription nor the Yuba County outdoor cultivation prohibition. Zhang’s husband was not cited.

Power to the property was terminated by officials after it was discovered that electric work was done without authorization and the residents were illegally obtaining utilities.

Four large greenhouses and the home were used to grow marijuana. High fencing around the property blocked sighting of the pot nursery from the street.

Most operations under investigation have toxic chemicals present, some have honey oil labs and many have structures and wells developed without permits. The BBNR LLC property at 10874 Marysville Road, Dobbins has numerous large buildings and 4 water wells while only one permit was obtained but never getting a final inspection.

The recent raids have been carried-out by Yuba County Sheriff Marijuana Enforcement Team, NET-5, California Fish and Wildlife and code enforcement officials.

picture: Nordland, Tyler Jon, Age 29, of Portola, Ca

by Lou Binninger

In November 2016, former Republican Assembly member Ling Ling Chang lost a race for the State Senate to Democrat Josh Newman of Fullerton by 2,498 votes out of 317,962 cast. The 29th Senate District is typically conservative and includes portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernadino Counties.

Newman served in the Army, was a veterans’ advocate and led a nonprofit assisting vets. Chang, a Taiwanese immigrant, was an Assembly member who distanced herself by her comments from Donald Trump in the campaign against Newman.

The election win helped California Democrats regain a two-thirds legislative supermajority thereby virtually controlling all legislation. Then Newman voted to increase DMV fees and gas prices, already the highest in the nation.

The change in representation, the supermajority debacle, the dramatic spike in DMV fees and 12 cents per gallon increase in gas prices were a catalyst to launch a recall of Newman. Some people’s DMV fees are now what you could pay for a cheap clunker.

Democrats have both changed the recall rules and challenged the recall in court to save Newman and their supermajority. However, this past week more than 63,593 valid signatures were counted by Los Angeles, San Bernadino and Orange Counties. More are coming.

Democrat Secretary of State Alex Padilla has 10 days to certify the signatures, after which Gov. Jerry Brown must schedule an election within 60 to 80 days.

Could Newman lose his seat before his first year in office ends? Chang says she will compete for the Senate seat again should citizens choose to remove Newman. Chang voted to stop tax increases during her two years in the Assembly.

The cliché ‘follow the money’ is often used to explain why a vote or decision was made. However, an equally poignant phenomenon is ‘follow the sperm’ when determining cause and effect in politics and business.

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from California ended his run for House Speaker when news spread of his on-going affair with North Carolina Representative Renee Ellmers. Both are married. Ellmers denied the relationship. Enter Paul Ryan as Speaker.

Then there is married former Democrat Assembly Speaker and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in the 1990’s having a ‘girlfriend’ or ‘new steady’ by the name of Kamala Harris. Harris was appointed to one plum position after another by Brown. Then, she became San Francisco’s District Attorney and squeaked by Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for State Attorney General. She is currently US Senator for California.

Now, there is California Republican Leader Chad Mayes in an affair with former Republican leader Kristen Olsen. Both were married. Olsen is now a Stanislaus County supervisor and Vice Chairwoman of the California Republican Party.

Why difference does it make? The backroom intrigue may have led to Mayes’ reversing his long-held opposition to Cap and Trade laws and leading other Republicans to join Governor Brown and Democrats to extend the punishing tax and regulation law.

The Mayes-Olsen affair was exposed when Olsen’s estranged husband Rod sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, demanding an investigation into the affair suggesting tax dollars were used in the affair and an attempted cover-up. The husband later withdrew the request.

Rod Olsen’s complaint letter to Speaker Anthony Rendon is dated April 24, 2017. Three days later, April 27, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article, not about Rod Olsen’s complaint letter but about Mayes’ sudden flip-flop on climate change titled, “The fight against climate change in California gains an unlikely ally: Republicans.” That’s a big shift in 72 hours.

Did Governor Brown and Speaker Rendon heal the political troubles for Mr. Mayes in return for his support of Cap and Trade legislation?

Being pro-life, for traditional marriage and moral integrity, even protecting the second amendment and property rights, no longer defines many California Republican politicians or local central committees. And, they certainly aren’t issues upon which GOP legislators have influence. We’ll see whether one issue still has Republican support, stopping higher taxes.

Last week in Riverside County, Chad Mayes’ home, the Central Committee heard from him and Assembly member Melissa Melendez who has been punished by Mayes and Democrat Speaker Rendon for standing up for lower tax, less regulation party principles. After hearing from both, the committee voted overwhelmingly that Mayes should resign or be replaced as Republican Assembly Speaker.

So far, twenty-four county Republican committees want Mayes out. Nevada and Butte are on the Remove-Mayes list but Yuba, Sutter and Colusa are missing.

The Republican Party at this point seems to be standing for nothing, falling for anything and fulfilling Mathew 5:13.

by Lou Binningerpot1

As Yuba County officials seek to calm frustrated and fearful residents by explaining that the hill country is safe, families have second thoughts. No one questions Sheriff Durfor’s integrity or the lower crime statistics for the rural areas.

However, residents are aware that illegal growing is occurring nearby, buildings are erected without permits, agri-chemicals are used without supervision, and honey oil labs and illegal electrical installations present a volatile fire threat. Add to this people brandishing weapons and making threats. There are no crime statistics for feeling unsafe, intimidated and fearful.

Last week, the Rastafarian ‘Church’ illegal marijuana farm at 9015 Marysville Rd., Oregon House and a much larger operation on 429 acres at 10874 Marysville Road, Dobbins, were noted in the article ‘Yuba Co Pot Chaos Life Threatening’ about Yuba Co deputies being shot protecting an illegal grow.

County records show the larger acreage owned by BBNR LLC, Lance Bates, Adam Bates, Mary Bates and Scott Bates. However, BBNR LLC attorney Courtney McAlister called to say his clients sold the property on an unrecorded contract of sale to new owners who may not want to be identified. McAlister was to call back with a yes or no regarding the new owners’ names, but had not by this paper’s deadline.

A third plot has now been revealed located just behind the Dobbins Catholic Church with access at 14143 Terra Rojo Lane. It’s a 5-acre parcel that supports at least 3 separate plantings (See aerial photo). This grow has been reported to county officials numerous times over a number of years and yet, today it flourishes. Plants have been visible from the road and from the church property.

County records show the property is owned by Tosha Asker who uses 1410 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa, CA. 95409-2541 as an address of record. The Sacred Heart Parish is the structure and parking lot in the photo on Old Dobbins Road.

Last week’s Supervisors’ meeting was attended by concerned citizens asking that a state of emergency be declared and for federal authorities to be sought for help. Many residents also feel that enforcement of illegal cannabis activity laws should be handled by deputies and not code enforcement.

The supervisors are on their third marijuana ordinance. They are the policy makers of the county and need to draft an ordinance that helps law enforcement do their job. Unarmed code enforcement people do not have the ability to handle this problem.

Some estimate there are thousands of pot plantings in the Yuba Co hills. People wonder why the illegal grows remain?