Marysville, Ca.


christmasThe day begins with “The Running of the Elves” a 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:00 a.m., organized by the Training Zone in Marysville.  To register, visit:


Bring your children to the Yuba County Library at 3:00 p.m. for a story time featuring “Little Fir Tree” followed by free craft activities and games!

Strolling entertainers will am

use attendees between 4 – 5 p.m. as excited onlookers await the beginning of the parade.  Parade entries will begin crossing the starting line at 6th & D Street at 5:00 p.m.  The theme for this year’s parade is “Nautical or Nice” a beachy boat parade of lights through historic downtown Marysville. 


Applications are available at the City of Marysville’s website:  Entry fees are $25 for a non-profit organization and $50 for commercial businesses and organizations that aren’t non-profits.


The parade will begin at 6th & D Streets heading south to 2nd & D Streets, then turn eastbound on 2nd Street, then turn northbound onto C Street and ending at 5th & C Streets. 


Santa Claus will greet children following the parade at 3rd & D Streets in the park. Christmas carols will be performed by singing groups and vendors will be selling food, drinks and other items in the park. 


For more information, call Sapphire Marketing Group at (530) 763-5402 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Wednesday the Marysville FFA Chapter participated in the Sectional Opening and Closing Ceremonies held at River Valley High. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies is a speaking competition against teams of six across the Sierra Buttes FFA Section. The competition is the first step for students to step out of their comfort zone and own in their speaking capabilities. 


Marysville FFA had one of the most successful years attending this competition. They brought seven teams to the competition and six of them went to the second round, a success within itself. All of their teams placed top four in their categories. two of the teams placed first place, another second place, two third place, and one fourth place. Out of these teams there were eight high individuals meaning they were the best in their office compared to everyone who participates totaling over three hundred members; Kayden Walker was Outstanding Novice Secretary, Spencer Slocum was Outstanding Novice Sentinel, Alyssa Baggett was Outstanding Novice Reporter, Hailey Green was Outstanding Novice Treasurer, Jariyah Lott was Outstanding Novice Vice President, Kyler Howell was Outstanding Advanced Sentinel, Madi Dickinson was Outstanding Advanced President, and Crystal Alvarez was Outstanding Officer Treasurer.


The Marysville FFA Chapter has started the competition season strong and will continue to provide students opportunities to compete and build upon their speaking ability and knowledge of the agriculture industry.


Congratulations to Marysville FFA for another remarkable competition and good luck in your future competitions. 

by Lou Binninger

Local citizens may be getting bond and tax fatigue. Their financial blood is being extracted from every direction - elementary and high schools, junior college, cities, and counties all want more money. Then the state has multiple bond requests for water, education and roads.


Don’t forget the levee and sewage bonds. And then there are the new charges to use police and fire plus more than 100 other taxes that dollar and hundred-dollar a taxpayer to death.


For many, the added bond charges, government fees and school debt relief are greater than their property taxes. The question is why all the extra bond requests when property owners already pay county taxes, everyone pays sales taxes and then the myriad of government user fees for services citizens thought they already paid for.


Many homeowners are paying more than a thousand a month on their property tax bills alone. Then they have their mortgage payment, maintenance costs and utilities which are 60% higher than the national average and predicted to go up even more.


Fuel is more than a dollar higher than locations outside of California. The state has lost its financial mind and it’s going for broke.


The No on Measure K people warned that County Administrator Bendorf, County Counsel Abril and all five supervisors drafted, endorsed and promoted a flawed attempt to raise the sales tax rate. They illegally spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars to wrench a 1% sales tax increase.


After losing the Measure K case in Yuba County Superior Court they are now dragging out an appeal that is costing taxpayers $8,000-10,000 a day. As of November 20, $2,480,000 had been lifted from taxpayers and will be spent by supervisors whether they win or lose their appeal.  County jails detain scammers for doing far less damage to the public.


Marysville is already planning to extend its existing 1% addition on top of the state sales tax rate.


Yuba Community College is now asking voters to approve yet another $228.4 million bond. If passed on March 3, 2020 it would add another $25 cost per $100,000 of assessed property value. The amount to repay these bonds (borrowed money) is estimated at $412 million, nearly double what is being borrowed.


By March 2020, taxpayers will still owe $191 million on the 2006 bonds passed by voters according to the Yuba County Auditor/Controller. (Four bonds passed in 2006 will pay off as follows – A on 8/1/2031; B on 8/1/2046; C on 8/1/2050; D on 8/1/2039). If the new bond request is granted in March 2020 citizens will then owe$603 million to repair and expand the various Yuba College sites. We are burying future generations in debt.


The new bond request is coming as state funding for Community Colleges has never been higher and attendance is decreasing. While Community Colleges (junior colleges) nationally are booming California’s have reached a 20-year low in enrollment.


In 1965-66 Community Colleges received 38% of all higher education funding with the State Colleges getting 25% and the University system getting 37%. By 2016, Community Colleges were guaranteed 58% of the higher education pie with State Colleges 20% and Universities 22%.


Community College funding is at an all-time high according to the Public Policy Institute of California approaching $7,000 per student in 2017.


California has been investing more in higher education than the rest of the nation. Between 2010, the beginning of the economic recovery, and 2015–16, California increased per student funding by 15%. Average investment nationwide increased 2% during this period, while some large states—like Pennsylvania and Texas—cut funding by about 20%.


The number of tax, bond and utility rate appeals is mind-boggling. The March and November 2020 elections may be a tipping point as to whether voters have tired of the state’s socialist bent.


(Get Lou’s podcast at “No Hostages Radio” and his articles at

by Lou Binninger


Sounds like an ad slogan. California – “2 percent of the states, 12% of the population, 25% of the homeless, 33% of welfare recipients, 100% of bad ideas in government.” A professional counselor when told there were a lot of homeless in Yuba-Sutter reacted with exasperation, “What can be done with them!?”


            We could also lose sleep over what to do with all the high school graduates this year or all the babies born. What will they do? Who will feed them? Where will they live?


In a free market society governed by laws, people find their way make choices or someone else may make them for them. The good news is that there are many opportunities and resources if desired.


            The counselor’s knee-jerk question reminds me of another nonsensical statement posed by a former local sheriff about lawless addicts allowed to rule the community. He was a good lawman but lacked an understanding of the role of law enforcement in a republic. He concluded, “We can’t arrest ourselves out of this problem.”


            Laws have never eradicated any criminal behavior completely but they have been instituted by God to keep a lid on this human stew until Jesus returns. The founding fathers being familiar with the scriptures did not believe that the republic would succeed in the absence of a virtuous people, a spiritual community that could self-govern.


            Of course, they also understood that humans had a sinful bent and when misbehaving needed to be checked by the community (law enforcement.) That was a role for government and they funded it. Law enforcement was God ordained to preserve the peace and rescue people from self-destructive behavior and hurting their ‘neighbor.’


Furthermore, beyond keeping a safe community by the enforcement of standards or laws the hope was to bring about reform and repentance of the perpetrators.


God shows his love by correcting us when needed. Life is a much bigger paddle than your parents’ employed. In fact, a parent who ignores an unruly child does not love the child and does the youngster a dis-service.


The same principle applies when people violate the norms, values and laws of the community. To allow “citizens” to behave shamefully and live like infirmed beasts, descending into bondage, chaos and confusion shows a lack of love by the leadership of the community and the state.


Furthermore, to make a “cash cow” and political points off those who are broken and downcast is despicable and deserving of punishment. Some leaders just aren’t very intelligent. Others are disingenuous, dishonest and conniving.  Aberrant leaders are a much more serious problem and threat to the nation than addicts running amuck.


Not arresting or often not even citing people for petty crimes, lowering penalties for thefts, and paying people to remain addicted and irresponsible is incentivizing aberrant behavior that leads to more serious crimes.


Society has the rehabs, the treatment skills and medicines to fashion an emergency response strategy to addiction. All inmates with a substance abuse past could be treated before release, prescriptions written and a rehab arranged where necessary. Gaps in the system of care and no exit plan lead to relapse, overdoses, and higher rates of recidivism.


When addicts in the community ask for treatment they should be responded to like we address a medical emergency. Today, for medical problems we have urgent cares and also hospital emergency departments.


Addicts sent out of the emergency department and elsewhere without a treatment plan or with only recommendations is a formula for failure. If the addict is ready and needs a rehab the medical people should do any pre-entry exam, TB tests etc. and arrange for transport to a facility immediately.


Addicts often lack the money, transportation, medical insurance and the patience to jump through bureaucratic hoops while experiencing withdrawals. A coordinated intervention is necessary.


If the therapeutic community is serious about a holistic approach to addiction, there is no reason that an immediate response for addicts wanting treatment and a program cannot be established. The same goes for the mentally ill. In fact, many people thought to be mentally ill, when detoxed and introduced to a healthy routine get their life and mind back.


The treatment community can learn from the food industry. At one time restaurants only offered food at their facilities and during limited hours of operation. Food entrepreneurs then came up with 24-hour service, take-out, drive-through, food trucks, catering and home delivery. They met the consumer where they were.


What’s the matter with the medical and mental health world? We’re much better at delivering a taco or pizza than saving an addict or alcoholic. The medical and treatment community have the goods but maybe lack the will to alter their methodology to deliver services in a way that could change and save lives.


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by Rod Hisken


from the tractor 2Photo by Laurie Pringle


One of the great pleasures of driving a tractor is the opportunity to think, reflect , and plan. While to some it might seem to be a lonely experience , it is a time to let your mind wander and to resolve personal problems to the issues of the world from your personal view.


Having been in the Marysville Veterans Day several times is no exception..


The purple tractor had personal problems this year . It is dedicated to the elimination of Domestic Violence . While this issue seems remote, it happened about three weeks ago next door. The victim is healing and the aggressor is in a court proceeding.


The famous pink tractor is loved by all the little and big girls. There were several participants battling cancer this year . One man managed his pad changes without notice and my wife organized her medications to have the strength to drive the pink tractor with her stage four challenge.


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I often marvel at the attendees in wheel chairs and know many would love to be in the parade. The wheel chair compatible tractor with Meyer aboard  wowed the audience . He was so excited to join in he woke up at Two in the morning ready to go.


I saw many vets waving flags . Some had family around  and others sat somewhat alone each with a story. The man driving the John Deere with the “Politicians Wagon”, a restored New Idea Manure Spreader , flew A 4 Sky hawks off the deck of a carrier in the 60's.


Our Universe has many stars.



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I was appreciative of the involvement of Chief Chris Sachs and Sheriff Wendell Anderson for the assistance with the extra effort on behalf of the Tractorologists. I wondered how many hours and the skill of Cynthia Verrill  came into play as I watched her operate in the mild chaos at the registration booth. Thanks!!

Stars fill the night sky and we reflect in awe of our creator.


The parade would not be complete without two of our notable characters .Briggs :Moore and Dave Logasa from. KKCY! They add the fun to their morning show and I await the comments with glee that I know will come.

The Milky Way glows with glorious color but one particular glows brightly over Marysville on November 11th , the crowd !


Our community is especially endowed with many vets who have made possible the culture we take for granted . We as a culture may not be perfect, but just visit a third world country. Thank you guys and gals We saw many with vet hats , some in wheelchairs ,some holding their babies, some with friends and family , and some lonely.

The magnitude of the crowd  is nearly overcoming. The energy and the patriotic activity is so different from what is being presented by much of the mainstream media. The smiles , the waves , the thumbs up , the bouncing babies responding to the Claxton Horn on my 46 John Deere Model A brought a big smile to my heart. The energy radiating warms the spirit . Many of the Tractorologists commented about the audience and are willing the drive many miles to enjoy this unusual experience.


It seemed to be the largest parade with the 179 entries and an audience that was also filling the sidewalks up C Street.


Each star has, a story each person has a story.


The energy and the particles that come together on November 11th in Marysville become a massive moment in time .


The crowd that comes to honor our vets - Thank you , Vets Thank you!


picture by Laurie Pringle

by Lou Binninger


California’s liberal aristocracy drunk with power has begun the dismantling of the nation’s most powerful economy. Under the climate catastrophe delusion that the sky is falling and managerial incompetence, a state blessed with natural resources in abundance is now rationing.


            Golden State socialists have absolute power and have been in control for 50 years. They are doing whatever they wish. By abandoning forest management and forcing PGE to use unreliable and expensive green energy they have attracted the world’s attention. 


They burned down the entire community of Paradise. The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses.


            The fire caused at least 85 civilian deaths, injured 12 civilians, two prison inmate firefighters, and three other firefighters. It covered an area of 153,336 acres (almost 240 sq. miles), and destroyed 18,804 structures, with most of the damage occurring within the first four hours.


            The Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in the United States since the Cloquet fire in 1918 and is high on the list of the world's deadliest wildfires; it is the sixth-deadliest U.S. wildfire overall.


            The Camp Fire actually is considered a blessing by the United Nations Agenda 21 smart growth folks that believe no one should be living in rural California anyway.


            The Camp Fire is just one of hundreds of major Armageddon-style infernos in the state ignited by liberal policies. This is a bell ringer accomplishment of liberal legislators after assessing thousands of rural Californians an illegal annual $150 per dwelling fire tax above their normal taxation from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2017 for “fire prevention.”


            By the state being the quasi-managers of PGE and the state’s deranged forest care policies normal weather patterns now cause cataclysmic disasters. Gov. Newsom’s suggestion that the state take over the largest utility in the nation is laughable when he can’t even keep needles of the ground, rats out of state buildings or human shit off the shoes of pedestrians in his home city. The state has already mismanaged PGE by banning nuclear and fossil fuel energy and even limiting hydro-power.


Newsom also neglects to mention the utility has given nearly $700,000 to his political campaigns, his wife Jennifer’s and his sister’s nonprofit organizations. The utility has also donated $1,000 or more to 98 members of the state legislature which is fairly common for monopolies.


            Will Yuba City, Marysville or Linda / Olivehurst flood before our utopian rulers organize a think-group to “scope” whether drug addicted and alcoholic squatters should be allowed to tunnel into multi-million dollar levees that hold back raging rivers? Ignoring this behavior is now considered charitable and humane.


            The state has abundant run-off and the Pacific Ocean that could provide endless amounts of water. However, the state’s managerial incompetence again mucks-up the ability to build more dams and desalination plants to harness and utilize this resource. One-half of all water is mandated to remain unused by humans destined instead for the ocean.


            Californians have been repeatedly suckered to vote for “water” bonds that actually were used to keep more water from humans rather than catch and conserve the rains. The socialists are liars and deceivers.


Therefore, California has enacted new statewide water conservation rules to begin rationing. Water agencies are to limit customers' indoor water use to an average of 55 gallons per person each day. The target is reduced to 52.5 gallons by 2025 and 50 gallons by 2030. But the targets can be further restricted anytime.


Of course, the current electrical blackouts are the beginning of power rationing. As fossil fuels are forbidden, there will never be sufficient green energy to power the state. Buying from neighboring grids will be cost prohibitive, utilities will become unaffordable and lead to routine interruptions. The state has declared that natural gas be eliminated as well.


All fossil fuel vehicles have been given their drop-dead date and much road maintenance is being scrapped in spite of increasing fuel taxes and DMV fees taken to be used for “upkeep and new roads” - another bait and switch lie. Northern California is not benefitted by any high speed trains or mass transit. The truth is that the rulers will not let the northern counties break-away into a new state because they want to depopulate the north in favor of rewilding.


For California to return to its golden past change needs to occur quickly. The start must begin with signing the petition to recall the governor (


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Marysville, Ca.


 In an effort to address serious public health and safety concerns along County rivers, parks, and other public and private properties, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved an urgency ordinance concerning camping and storage of personal property. The ordinance affects all residents and is expected to have its most profound impact on the river bottoms and the levee system—where encampments and piles of personal property have affected the health of area rivers, riparian habitat and its visitors.


 The urgency ordinance, which took effect immediately upon approval, prohibits camping:


  * on private property without the owner’s permission


 * on any park grounds or trail facility


* on the County airport


* on any County cemetery


*on any property within or below 200 feet of the high water mark


 * on any levee or within 50 feet of landside toe of the levee


* on any County right of way


* on any other County property from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset (with exceptions during cold or wet weather conditions). 


 The ordinance also prohibits the storage of personal property:


 *on any private property without the owner’s permission


 * on any County park or trail facility


* at any County airport 


* on an public property if it obstructs the use of the property


* on any public property that has a posted closure time


 * on any property that is within or below 200 feet above the ordinary high water mark.


 The ordinance allows for due process prior to removing personal property. Residents are given a 48-hour notice and informal hearing before the removal of personal property. After items are removed, those same residents are given a chance to reclaim the property within 90 days of its removal and storage. While there are some fees associated with moving and storage, the owner of the removed personal property can apply for a fee waiver.


 “This Ordinance puts in place reasonable regulations for dispersed camping and personal property storage, and provides Code Enforcement -- as well as the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office -- a much-needed enforcement tool to reduce activities that pollute waterways, that create a hazard in public places, or that damage the levee system which provides flood protection to the community,” Building Department and Code Enforcement Manager Jeremy Strang said. “Because regional reservoirs can cause sudden and quick-moving changes in water elevation, proactive enforcement of this Ordinance will facilitate the relocation of individuals that have established camps within our waterways. This type of proactive enforcement will also provide an additional layer of safety for our first responders— who put their lives in harm’s way to evacuate from or perform rescues in encampments dangerously situated within our waterways.”

by Lou Binninger


Venezuela once had one of the strongest economies in the world. The liberal media has cited a number of reasons for its downfall, corruption, mismanagement, falling oil prices, even blaming the United States.

            Yet corruption and mismanagement were the direct result of increased government control of the economy—socialism. Lower oil prices and U.S. sanctions have little to do with the crisis.


Instead, the mass starvation and exodus faced by Venezuelans are the natural consequence of the socialist policies implemented by dictators Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.


Venezuela took over the utilities, private businesses, crude oil and food production. The outcome was that they ran out of everything.


Since California now has a power crisis due to a government managed utility let’s see how it all started in Venezuela.


From 1992-1996 power outages were occasional. Twenty years of socialist revolution brought about glaring mismanagement and underinvestment in the power grid. The electric sector then was fully nationalized in 2007, which led to bigger outages.


On March 7, 2019 Venezuela achieved a low point in their modern history. Many areas lost power for thirty hours, rebounded with twelve hours of power and then darkness for another thirty hours.


Governor’s Brown and Newsom would have blamed Global Warming or utility mismanagement or Trump but it was the government at fault. Venezuelan President Maduro blamed the incident on America. He said it was an “electronic coup,” a “cyber-attack.”


Christian Caruzo says, “Caracas felt like a ghost town. You couldn’t hear a single thing, not even gunfire and car alarms — quintessential sounds that one often hears through the night. It was as if we were all collectively going through a bizarre mass solitary confinement.”


“Water distribution was disrupted, people desperately sought for it, even in sewer drains. Telecommunications, as well – we were essentially disconnected from the world. We couldn’t even access our money since the banking network was offline. In Zulia, all hell broke loose.”


Power continues to be erratic including a second period of long black-outs. It has been 3 years since the nation has had a constant supply of water and electricity. Caracas, the seat of military power, has been spared interruption. However, elsewhere regions get water 36-48 hours each week. From March 25 to April 5 there was no water.


When available, water is collected in buckets to make it through power / water outages. Power is often out for 18 of 24 hours each day.


Nationalization destroyed production in affected industries because no government has the capacity to run thousands of businesses or the profit motive to run them efficiently. Instead, government officials have incentives to please voters by selling products at low prices and hiring more employees than necessary, even when that’s the wrong industry decision. Welfare was expanded without any accountability.


Venezuela’s food production fell 75% in two decades, while the country’s population increased by 33%. This created shortages and economic disaster. After agriculture, the regime nationalized electricity, water, oil, banks, supermarkets, construction, and other crucial sectors. In all industries, the government increased payrolls and gave away products at low cost, resulting in days-long countrywide blackouts, water service interruptions, falling oil production, and bankrupt government enterprises.


In California, PGE predicts black-outs for a decade. Farmland hasn’t been taken from farmers yet but has been forced out of production by government-mandated water rationing. The Gig economy has now been banned to be instead government managed. California socialists are on the move.


Back in Venezuela socialists may be learning it doesn’t work and free stuff comes with a price. Newsom and his people haven’t a clue yet.


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ywa 1A diverse group of nine organizations announced today their commitment to prioritize, plan, and execute forest restoration on an unprecedented scale in the North Yuba River watershed, covering 275,000 acres of the northern Sierra Nevada.


The memorandum of understanding spells out the group’s commitment to work together to increase the pace and scale of ecologically-based restoration within the North Yuba River watershed and to prioritize community safety, forest health, and resilience through landscape-scale restoration.


The North Yuba Forest Partnership includes Blue Forest Conservation, Camptonville Community Partnership, National Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Nevada City Rancheria, Sierra County, South Yuba River Citizens League, The United States Forest Service - Tahoe National Forest, and Yuba Water Agency.


“Many forests in the North Yuba River watershed are critically unhealthy, overcrowded with small trees and brush,” said Eli Ilano, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor. “Unhealthy forests are at a greater risk of high-severity wildfire due to fire suppression and historic timber harvesting practices, a risk that is exacerbated by a changing climate.”


The North Yuba River watershed runs through multiple Northern California counties and two national forests, from Yuba Pass to New Bullards Bar Reservoir. The area includes thousands of acres of forest habitat, is an important source of water for downstream users, supports high biodiversity, is home to many rural communities, and offers excellent opportunities for recreation.  


“We’re loving our forests to death,” said Willie Whittlesey, Assistant General Manager of Yuba Water Agency. “A ‘hands-off’ approach to forest management is no longer an option now that our communities, infrastructure and water supply are at significant risk. To make a meaningful impact in this massive effort, it’s going to take all of us who care about the watershed coming together.”


Forests once characterized by large, widely-spaced trees and beneficial low-to-moderate severity fires are now overrun with vegetation that is not fire-resilient. This has increased the risk of destructive wildfire causing significant damage to local communities, entire ecosystems, and watershed health. 


Projects to restore resilience to the North Yuba River watershed include clearing underbrush, thinning smaller trees, managed burning, reforestation, and meadow restoration, among other efforts. In addition, traditional ecological knowledge from the local Nisenan people will be incorporated into planning and design.

“We are planning ecological forest management projects using the best available science,” said Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director for South Yuba River Citizens League. “It’s important to all of us that we strike that balance between the desperate need to restore the forest’s resilience to wildfire and the need to preserve and protect vulnerable species and cultural artifacts.”   


“This public-private partnership holds promise as a model to restore the forests of the Sierra at a landscape scale,” said David Edelson, Forest Program Director of The Nature Conservancy. “By using the latest science, innovative planning and new funding approaches, together we can accelerate the restoration of our forests while maintaining the environmental safeguards and community input that are central to success.”


This effort is expected to take up to 20 years to complete, with the highest priority given to at-risk communities, emergency response, evacuation access routes, forests of critical ecological importance, and areas that have the potential to stop a wildfire from spreading.


While planning efforts for the larger North Yuba River watershed are just beginning, the 14,500-acre Yuba Project is already underway, serving as a pilot for the larger-scale North Yuba River watershed restoration effort. The Yuba Project is benefitting from a new financing tool called the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), a public-private partnership that accelerates the pace and scale of forest restoration through investment from private capital sources, including foundations, impact investors, and insurance companies. 


“Investor demand for this first-of-its-kind private investment to support public land management greatly outpaced supply. Investors are eager to finance future, larger projects,” said Zach Knight, managing partner of Blue Forest Conservation, the lead developer of the FRB. “The North Yuba Forest Partnership plans to use the FRB model and other innovative approaches to finance planned work in the North Yuba River watershed.”

To learn more, visit the partnership website at


A downloadable map, audio from today’s press conference, as well as b-roll and photos of forest health initiatives can be found here. 

About the Partners: (click on agency name to learn more about them)

  • Blue Forest Conservation: An innovative nonprofit organization committed to creating sustainable financial solutions to pressing environmental challenges. 

  • Camptonville Community Partnership: A nonprofit organization with a mission of rural people working together for a safe, sustainable, and healthy community.

  • National Forest Foundation: Engaging Americans in promoting the health and enjoyment of our public forests. 

  • The Nature Conservancy: One of the world’s leading conservation organizations, dedicated to scaling up forest restoration across the Sierra Nevada.

  • Nevada City Rancheria: The local tribal unit of the Nisenan people of Northern California, passionate about forest health and management, as it is central to their well-being.

  • Sierra County: Positioned at the headwaters of the North Yuba River, Sierra County’s highest priorities include reducing wildfire risk, enhancing forest and watershed health through implementation of fire resilient treatments, and protecting its rural communities. 

  • South Yuba River Citizens League: Uniting the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed, SYRCL understands that forest health and resilience are essential to a healthy watershed.

  • The United States Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest: Sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and managing over 50 percent of the Yuba River watershed, which lies within the Tahoe National Forest.

  • Yuba Water Agency: A special district in Yuba County, committed to forest health in the entire Yuba watershed, to ensure a sustainable water supply and reduce the risk of fire for the people of Yuba County. 


by Lou Binninger


Arresting addicts just might save their life. When the police arrested Paul Roussell with heroin, the 58-year old lobster fisherman had been using for a decade. He progressed from two to ten bags of heroin a day, then up to 17. He thought he was going to die in his addiction. He went to jail first.


            While locked-up in Rhode Island’s Adult Correctional Institutions Roussell was offered Methadone. “It was helpful. I started feeling like my recovery was kicking in.”


Released after three months, Roussell was mandated to another  eight months in residential treatment. Now he’s living with his parents and working as a landscaper and maintenance man in a business park.


His case will be dismissed after his graduation from drug court. Every morning, on his way to work, he stops by an opioid treatment clinic for a daily Methadone dose. “That keeps me stable,” says Roussell. He’s gone a year without taking heroin. If not for his Methadone, he says, “There’d be a good chance of me using.”


In 2016, shocked by the number of opioid overdose deaths Rhode Island began treating incarcerated addicts with Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol . Most importantly, the inmates continue their treatment after their release, usually through the state’s Medicaid program, when they’re at the greatest risk of a relapse and a fatal overdose. It is not unusual for an addict to die using right after release from prison or rehab due to a change in tolerance.


Vivitrol blocks opioids from producing a high. But it doesn’t help with withdrawal symptoms, so it isn’t appropriate for newly incarcerated inmates. Unlike Methadone and Suboxone, Vivitrol doesn’t relieve pain, and its users have to turn to non-opioid analgesics for pain relief.


This unique program is among the opioid crisis reforms touted by Governor Gina Raimondo in response to Rhode Island’s overdose death rate, ninth-highest in the nation.


In the first half of 2016, 26 formerly incarcerated people died of drug overdoses upon release in Rhode Island. In the same period in 2017, only nine did. That’s 61 percent fewer fatalities.


“The magnitude of that drop in mortality is almost unheard of in public health,” says Dr. Josiah Rich, a professor at Brown University’s medical school and co-director of Rhode Island’s Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights.


Some other states offer inmates Vivitrol. But because Methadone and Suboxone are also opioids, corrections officials usually ban them as contraband, concerned that inmates might divert them to others.


“It met with a lot of resistance over the years,” recalls Dr. Josiah Rich, a Rhode Island task force advisor, who wrote unsuccessful grant applications for a prison Methadone program in Rhode Island 20 years before. “People who have this disease are thought to be somewhat subhuman.”


In the 1990s, Dr. Rich got into a disagreement with a prison nurse over whether to help an inmate suffering from drug withdrawal. “I said we should give him medication to make him feel better,” he recalls. “She said, ‘No, we don’t do that. He’s supposed to suffer. That way, he won’t come back again.’”


Rich sounds like retired Yuba County Jail Dr. Joe Cassady. Cassady brought the first Methadone clinic here and then introduced Suboxone to the Yuba-Sutter area. Cassady de-toxed addicts in the jail, and allowed them to have Methadone if already prescribed.


Rhode Island calls their approach MAT, medically assisted treatment. New inmates who are withdrawing from opiates go straight into an induction program —a few days of Methadone or Suboxone to ease withdrawal symptoms. They start people on treatment right when they come in the door.


Inmates with histories of addiction can choose to go on Methadone, Suboxone, or Vivitrol a few months before their release. “This was, I think, the most difficult for people to accept,” says Dr. Jennifer Clarke, the medical programs director for Rhode Island’s Corrections Department , “that we were taking people who’d been off opiates for years and putting them back on MAT.” But just-released former inmates are at the highest risk of dying of an overdose. They’ve lost their physical tolerance for opioids, but may not have lost their cravings.

“It’s the same thing as smoking,” says Clarke. “(If) somebody’s here for five, 10 years, it doesn’t mean they’re not craving a cigarette the whole time. They haven’t actually quit. They’re not actually in recovery. They’re just away from the substance.”


California politicians like to brag about being America’s trend-setter state but it is sorely behind little Rhode Island on the right coast in treating addiction.


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by Lou Binninger


The movement to minimize penalties for drug use combined with Prop 47’s reduction of sentences for criminal behavior has provided the “perfect storm” for more addicts to remain free to commit crimes, become homeless, overdose and die.


Addicts eventually self-destruct like homosexuals contracting AIDS. However, society took a more compassionate approach to “curing” AIDS though AIDS is a self-inflicted disease resulting primarily from homosexual behavior.


Substance abusers commit a range of crimes to support their habit and violent acts in their addiction. In the past, law enforcement made arrests and brought the offenders to jail. Inmates would grumble that they got arrested or “caught a case.”


However, former Yuba County Jail Doctor and County Health Officer Joe Cassady would remind them that “they were rescued.” Officers and deputies may or may not see themselves as rescuers but they certainly are. Most addicts in jail would agree with that assessment after they get over being butt-hurt.


Many addicts, once sober, begin to consider the loss – their dignity, job, health, spouse and children. Most, if not all eventually want their lives back.


Untreated addicts get sick and encounter a premature death via suffering, illness or overdose.  Addicts often die alone and poor. It is not merciful or humane to make it easier for users to end their lives while funded by the taxpayers and coddled by the institutions that should be rescuing them.


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health states that between 2013 and 2018 the number of people that died while being homeless doubled from 536 to 1,047. Most of the deaths were caused by drug and/or alcohol overdoses between 2016 and 2018. The overdose death rate for homeless individuals in the county was also 26 times higher than the general population, according to the report.


On average, homeless people in Los Angeles died around the age of 51, while the average Los Angeles resident’s life expectancy was 73.


            Politicians, church do-gooders and government paper-pushers pooling their ignorance and touting myths are actually contributing to a humanitarian disaster mislabeled as “homelessness.” The issue is not a missing home or job. The scourge is addiction and we are funding it and catering to it in the name of being charitable. Instead of helping, we are “pulling the plug” on this population.


It is no different than crippling a child’s thinking by catering to their bad choices and protecting them from consequences by doing everything for them rather than making them work and serve others. Not disciplining and training up a child is cursing them to a chaotic and dysfunctional future.


We are treating rebellious and addicted adults like a good parent would never dream of managing their own children whom they love. Society is deceived by thinking that giving addicts what they want, paying them, and allowing them to live in their own filth on public property, unconscious on a sidewalk or under a bush is somehow a good thing, a humane approach. Stray animals are treated better.


It is the “woke” community that has lost its mind. No sane landlord or business owner would rent to or hire an addict circling the drain. Only government bureaucrats can throw that kind of money away.

Californians’ deluded vote in 2014 to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes led to a spike in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers say. Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries in 2017.


Addicts and gang members are literally walking-off with the store. Helpless merchants are reducing their evening hours, closing off multiple entrances at night and considering closing altogether in some communities. Stores may have great sales but thefts devour profits.


Proposition 47 lowered criminal sentences for drug possession, theft, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, writing bad checks and check forgery from felonies that can lead to prison terms to misdemeanors that often bring minimal jail sentences.


Reduced penalties meant that fewer drug addicts are getting treatment and then “are stealing to support their habit,” said San Luis Obispo County Chief Probation Officer Jim Salio, president of the Chief Probation Officers of California.


Enforcing the laws and incarcerating addicts saves lives and makes a healthier and safer community. Addicts need treatment leveraged by the courts. Sobriety leads to family reunification, work and money for the needs of life.


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the dobbins500 gallon underground tank

The Dobbins/Oregon House Fire Auxiliary Ladies decided to do something about the power shut downs.  Now they can’t control PG&E but they can make you safer.  They have purchased and had installed, a high quality, backup generator system that is propane powered.  This system will handle both the fire house and the thrift shop.  They were greatly aided by Suburban Propane (530 273-6113) who donated a state of the art in-ground 500 gallon tank as well as all additional plumbing and regulators.  The generator was supplied by Ledbetter Electrical (530-237-3288) who basically charged the ladies for the generator at cost of the unit plus installation. 





dobbins 2Generator system for the thrift shop and fire house

When we have another power outage, the first responders will be able to raise those 14’ fire house doors electrically instead of having to do so manually.  This will get them on the road sooner to address the needs of you and your emergency. This will also allow the thrift shop to operate in an emergency as well for those in need.  This is another example of the good people of our community working together for the benefit of everyone.



Marysville, Ca.


vet  “Veterans Day is the day for all Americans, intended to honor the contributions of service men and women throughout our Nation's history. Veterans Day also commemorates the time and day at which the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Hence, every November 11th at 11:00am marks the official parade commencement, rain or shine. The Marysville parade route follows "D" Street, will turn at 2nd Street and finish at "C" Street at 5th Street.  This year's parade is on track to be bigger than ever. The Parade is sponsored by the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade Committee and the City of Marysville.


       Entry forms are due by Nov. 1st but we will take late entries if there's room. 


      Following the parade numerous events are planned: (1)The Rivers Edge Pub ( # 1 E-12th  St. Marysville) will putting on a free Bar-B- Q. The fun will start at approximately 1:00 P.M. They will serve hot dogs and hamburgers.   There will a donation jar with the proceeds going to the Veterans Day Parade Fund. (2) A bar-b-que at the American Legion Post 807, 5477 Feather River Blvd. to support their Yountville Veteran's Home Fund. (3)"


       For more information contact Cindy at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (530) 701-7349.”


American Legion Stephan M. Brammer Post 705 will be hosting a pancake breakfast this Veterans’ Day Weekend, on November 10th 2019, and we need help. We are asking for a $5 suggested donation, and children 5 and under will be allowed to eat for free. We will also be performing a drawing throughout the day and are asking for help to collect donations for prizes. If you know anyone who might be interested in helping us out with a donation for a prize it would be wonderful if you pass on my provided contact information.


                We are a small group of veterans whose years of service spans from WWII all the way through to Our current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. We may not be able to serve our country in uniform anymore, but we continue to serve our community.

Contact Ryan Aday (530) 559-9061


Tractoroligsts to Honor Vets

by Rod Hisken


The passion for the Vintage Tractor Fans to honor our vets is always high. This year in the Marysville Veterans Day Parade will be no exception. There will be a nice number of tractors in the parade.


1942 jeepThe Jeep is a 1942 GPW Ford Script owned by Francesca Ehrk and Joan Briggs of Yuba City, Tractors at Tracey'sThe group will be led by a WW11 Ford Jeep. While it may seem for tractors to be led by a Jeep as unusual, not so. After WW11 thousands of surplus Jeeps found their way to farm use. In fact the Willy's corporation experimented with the Agri-Jeep which had a PTO and belt pulley, five experimental's were built. However; the effort was not successful on the market.


The second tractor will be a big old John Deere G producing the "Johnny Popper " noise with the tractor which will be remembered by the old timers wafting through the night cutting beans in the Sutter Basin. This machine is owned by Jim Escheman of Browns Valley.

The following group will be the famous "Tractors for Humanity" who highlight the need to end Cancer, Domestic Violence, Downs Syndrome and the Wheel Chair Compatible Tractor. The beautiful blue Allis Chalmers, dedicated to Autism, has moved to the Phoenix area and is stirring up interest there.

The colorful "Politicians Wagon", a restored manure spreader, owned by the Greenwoods from Nevada City will be present loaded with some very special people including children. A variety of other makes and models will be present, some of which have a historical connection with our great agricultural region.


This year the tractors will end their parade involvement and will go to 8th street and go due west to Tracey's Diner for lunch. The tractors will be on display for the public to enjoy after the parade.





A great big thank you to Cynthia Verrill, the parade organizer, for her assistance in the planning to make this extra effort possible. A warm and generous response from Wendell Anderson, our Sheriff, and Chris Sachs, the Chief of Police, were amazing in their assistance to make this additional activity for the tractors a memorable and safe. The drivers will get to view several of the of the excellent examples of post WW11 Marysville houses. The harmony and involvement is greatly appreciated. Their leadership demonstrated a blessing for the citizens they serve.

So, please join us in honoring our veterans who have helped make this a country safe and bountiful. The legacy they protected is desired by millions across the globe. The sacrifice they made is special and has made the US unique in the history of civilizations.


THANK YOU! SEE YOU on November 11th.





Wreaths Across America - Remembering Our Veterans


Each December Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce  partners with National Wreaths Across America Day. Wreaths Across America's mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.


wreathsPlease help to support this effort in our community by sponsoring Wreaths Across America where volunteers place remembrance wreaths on veteran's graves throughout Yuba Sutter.


The co-ordination of the laying of the wreaths will take place on December 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.


For more information call Tom Walther at 530-218-3847 or Cindy Languell at 530-301-3074.




museum of forgotten warriorsThe Museum of the Forgotten Warriors will be open on Saturday 11/9/19 and Monday, Veterans Day, 11/11/19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days.

by Lou Binninger


                Socialism is deadly. The current international tragedy in Venezuela is the poster child of the chaos and insanity created by the government takeover of the means of production. The outcome is that the wealthiest country in South America has collapsed.


            The average Venezuelan has lost 20 lbs. or more, big rigs hauling food are being hijacked by starving citizens. Grocery shelves are empty. Zoo animals and pets have become the family entrée. The nationalized oil industry with the greatest crude oil reserves in the world is in disarray. Venezuela now must import gasoline.

            The resulting humanitarian crisis is now the worst in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 4 million refugees and migrants. That's about 10 percent of the country's total population. Four of every 10 people still in Venezuela want to leave.


The United Nations estimates there will be 5.3 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants by the end of 2019, rivaling the scale of the Syrian crisis. By 2020, there will be 8 million Venezuelan refugees, making this crisis the largest such problem in the world.


Nearly 90 percent of the country’s population now lives below the poverty line and more than half of families are unable to meet basic food needs. Newborns in Syria have a better chance of survival than those born in Venezuela today.


Medical facilities in Venezuela are breaking down and losing their electricity at the same time that the cost of medications has become astronomical. There is a shortage of around 85 percent of all medicines in the country.

Meanwhile, 13,000 doctors have left Venezuela in the past four years. The failed infrastructure has led to a resurgence of communicable diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that malaria cases in Venezuela have consistently increased in recent years — from fewer than 36,000 in 2009 to more than 414,000 in 2017. 


The desperation, poverty, starvation and resulting chaos have contributed to one of the highest crime rates in the world. In 2017, more than 73 Venezuelans died a violent death each day.


Venezuelan professionals - lawyers, business owners, doctors and nurses, government staff and university students who have relocated to other countries now resort to offering services like manicures or washing windows or peddling small items like candy, bread and coffee on the street just to feed themselves and their children, or to pay for a safe place to sleep at night.


Due to a lack of housing in neighboring countries and a lack of income most refugees sleep on the beach, in parks or in other public areas. If they make enough money through street hustling they rent hammocks in yards or spaces on the floor in private homes. 


When people arrive in Colombia, they often beg until they have enough money to buy small items to sell. They are fortunate if they earn between $2 and $5 a day, which they use to scrape by or send back to Venezuela. For those who do get informal jobs, they are subject to low pay, long hours and exploitation.


This is all occurring because Venezuelan politicians and the left believed that the means of production, distribution, and exchange of goods and services should be owned or regulated by the government rather than by individuals. This is a government-created crisis.


Meanwhile, the children of Venezuela’s elite flaunt their wealth as the rest of the nation starves and many turn to prostitution to survive. Among the spoiled socialist ruling class is Maria Gabriela, the oldest daughter of the late President Hugo Chavez, who is said to be Venezuela’s wealthiest woman.


According to a ‘Forbes’ magazine article in 2015, Hugo Chavez was worth an “estimated $2 billion at the time of his death in 2013. “Today, his daughter Maria Gabriela is the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, worth double that.” It is believed that the 38-year-old’s fortune is hidden in European bank accounts.


Maria’s younger sister Rosines Chavez, in her twenties, has been studying at the University of Paris. In 2012, Rosines drew attention to the family’s extreme wealth by posing on social media flaunting a hand full of US currency.


Current President Nicolas Maduro’s stepsons, Yoswal and Walter Gavidia Flores spent $45,000 on accommodations at the Ritz Hotel in Paris — the equivalent of the monthly wages of 2,000 Venezuelans.

Venezuelan socialism should put California on notice.


However, as the socialist left has a firm control of California’s administration, electrical power is already intermittent as Governor Newsom wants to take-over utilities now ruined by government over-regulation. 

Healthcare is headed toward state control and a water rationing plan is in place due to a moratorium on creating more water storage. Funds are being withdrawn from road improvements to force people to move to cities and out of cars. The oil industry is being shut down.


The only people benefitting nicely from socialism are those controlling political power.


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by Lou Binninger


Prior to the left’s takeover of California government, utilities were well-run, rates reasonable and living costs manageable. Power outages were rare and brief. Fires were caused by storms or humans but were rarely ever a holocaust, devouring entire cities and hundreds of people.


            Resource rich (water, power, oil) California, once the envy of the world is now a mockery. State leaders are dismantling the state’s infrastructure and discarding natural resources on the altar of global warming. Political leaders full of pride and arrogance have been given over to a spirit of stupidity after decades of despising God.


            Why all of a sudden has PG and E founded by George H. Roe after California’s Gold Rush become unable to safely and reliably deliver power at a reasonable rate? By 1984, it had become the nation’s largest electric utility.


            Power companies nationwide remove wide swaths through wild lands for power lines. However, a PG&E meteorologist commenting on shutting off power before the Kincade Fire said “It’s likely that many trees will fall, branches will break, which could damage utility infrastructure and start a fire.” Really, did they quit clearing trees near lines? Or was it the state forbidding the maintaining of forests?


            If poorly maintained infrastructure is not the reason PG and E cut power to Californians, what might have led them to do so? Some are suggesting that PG and E’s state - mandated reliance on renewable energy (solar and wind) means they don’t have enough power to deliver when a major weather event occurs.


            Thousands of acres covered in solar panels are useless at night or in overcast conditions. And, there is not sufficient battery storage to store solar power when it is not immediately needed by the grid.


Richard Trzupek writes in ‘The Epoch Times’ that “The main operating constraint of wind power is, of course, wind speed. At the low end of the scale, you need about a 6 or 7 mph wind to get a turbine moving. This is called the ‘cut-in speed.’ To generate maximum power, about a 30 mph wind is typically required. But, if the wind speed is too high, the wind turbine will shut down. This is called the ‘cut-out speed,’ and it’s about 55 mph for most modern wind turbines.”


            Trzupek explains that each wind turbine rotor is connected to an electric generator inside the turbine housing. The connection is through a gearbox that is sized to turn the generator at an exact speed required to produce 60 Hertz AC power.


            Though the wind turbines are huge, they are sensitive. The pitch of the blades must be exact and propelled by the right amount of wind speed to deliver power to the electric grid. When the wind blows too hard the blades cannot adjust to produce power and the turbine shuts down, lots of wind but no production.

            Meanwhile politicians in the name of Green Energy have taken over the power industry. In 2001, Energy Information Administration data reveals that the state generated 74.3 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels and nuclear. Hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass-generated power accounted for most of the remaining 25.7 percent, with wind and solar contributing only 1.98 percent of the total.


            By 2018, the state’s renewable energy was up to 43.8 percent of total generation, with wind and solar now accounting for 17.9 percent of the total. San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear plants are gone. This is a clue to why PG and E is going broke, while rates are skyrocketing and power is unreliable.


            Governor Newsom’s appointment of an Energy Czar will do nothing for sustainability, reliability, safety or reasonable rates. It is political window dressing, like the Soviet Union’s five-year agricultural plans, always a disaster. People starved.


 The government taking over utilities will create another US Postal Service, Department of Motor Vehicles or California Public Employee Retirement System, all massive losers.


            Worse than embarrassing, a state-run utility will be a disaster endangering lives, property and emptying the state of businesses and taxpayers.


(Get Lou’s podcast at “No Hostages Radio” and his articles at

by John Mistler


Brownsville, Ca.


nywd 10 24 19The October 24th meeting was packed to room capacity (29) including members of a Grand Jury Committee.


Under public comment Yuba Water Agency Director, Charlie Mathews, commented on the agency's approval of the grant for North Yuba Water District.


The North Yuba Water District (NYWD) board voted 4-1 to approve an out of district service agreement with Areo Pines Homeowners Assoc. and the district may consider annexing Areo Pines into the district.


The district also voted, unanimously, to upgrade the Challenge Redwood storage tank and to line the Forbestown and Rackerby water storage tanks.


The board voted 4-1 to approve a contract increase to $40,000 with Smart Marketing for Public Relations and Consulting. Director Flohr cast the no vote saying she believed Smart Marketing had a conflict of interest because Smart Marketing also worked with the Yuba Water Agency (YWA) and is managing the political campaign for two of the YWA Directors. Director Hawthorne said that Smart Marketing had done a good job for the district in the past and he did not believe there was a conflict of interest. He expressed the need was greater now since the Yuba Water Alliance was putting out so much bad information to the public that they needed to be able to let the public know the truth about what the district is doing.  Using an example; he wanted to correct, the Yuba Water Alliance had put out information, anonymously, that the water saved by piping the Forbestown Ditch would be used to attract development. "That is not true he said, we have people in the district that are not receiving water and water savings will go to them." The Yuba Water Alliance is an informal group of citizens who among other issues are opposed to the piping of the Forbestown Ditch.  Alton Wright who is the contact person for the Yuba Water Alliance went on record as opposing the contract with Smart Marketing.


Closed Session was interesting as it was a conference with legal counsel about "Initiation of Litigation".

By Lou Binninger


There has been a shocking turn-of-events in the California legislature. The legislative body known for its immorality, perversion, and setting a day each year to honor a pedophile has passed  AB 218 increasing the time survivors of sexual abuse can seek justice. On October 13, 2019, Governor Newsom signed the bill into law.


            The law increases that statute of limitations on reporting childhood sexual assault and bringing a civil suit against a perpetrator. Under the new law, childhood victims of sexual assault have until the age of 40, or anytime thereafter within 5-years of discovering a psychological – related injury, to file a civil lawsuit for damages. It also provides a three-year “look-back” window for revival of claims that would have otherwise expired because of the previous statute of limitations.


Furthermore, the legislation says that if the abuse was covered-up, the victims may be entitled to up to triple the damages. Some believe that this law will allow 1,000 additional victims to pursue relief from perpetrators and others who were complicit in a cover-up.


The bill authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) passed the Assembly 69-0 and 33-0 in the Senate.


“The idea that someone who is assaulted as a child can actually run out of time to report that abuse is outrageous,” Gonzalez said. “More and more we’re hearing about people who were victims years ago but were not ready to come forward to tell their story until now. We shouldn’t be telling victims their time is up when in reality we need them to come forward to protect the community from future abuse.”


The Gonzalez legislation arose following allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and after Larry Nassar, former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor, was sentenced to life in prison in January 2018 for crimes committed against young female athletes over a span of two decades. More than 250 women testified against Nassar.


“Childhood abuse continues to ruin children’s lives and continues to shock the nation because, unfortunately, perpetrators continue to abuse, often with impunity, and sometimes, with the help of third parties who either choose not to get involved or actively cover-up the abuse,” according to the Assembly Floor Analysis of the bill.


In cases where a child is sexually abused, AB 218 allows courts to award damages to the victim from anyone found guilty of engaging in the cover-up.


“This reform is clearly needed both to compensate victims who never should have been victims – and would not have been if past sexual assault had been properly brought to light – and also as an effective deterrent against individuals and entities who have chosen to protect the perpetrators of sexual assault over the victims,” Gonzalez noted in the bill’s analysis.


            The Victim Policy Institute (VPI) said in support of the bill that too many abusers avoid accountability for their actions. “The only good thing to come out of recent scandals was an environment that encouraged well-known women – actors or Olympians – who were victims of childhood sexual assault to come forward.” VPI wrote, “It is time for the law to recognize what we all now know that it can take decades before some survivors are capable of coming forward.”


            Though the bill rightfully shames and targets the very institutions (schools, athletic organizations and churches) that should protect children, it makes no mention of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers that ignore their duty as mandated reporters where minor girls receive treatment and abortions resulting from being sexually active with adults.


            Sexual deviancy and child sacrifice have become religious rituals of this secular society. Abortionists and clinic workers are its ministers. They ignore reporting possible crimes when it comes to the sexual abuse of children.


            The justice system is complicit with the cover-up as well. Law enforcement and probation perform stings to catch stores and bars selling tobacco products and alcohol to minors, they seek kids who skip school, but then look the other way as young teen girls are trafficked, pimped-out, molested and then taken to Planned Parenthood for services while a crime is never reported.


            AB 218 is a step forward but the government’s blind eye to millions of minor girls being violated while tax-funded businesses are protected from prosecution is evil.


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by Lou Binninger


Marysville residents found themselves $144 poorer each year beginning October 1, 2019 as the council voted a sewer fee increase on September 17. The monthly rate bumped from $36.80 to $48.95, a 33% increase. The justification was to make payments on debt incurred through a sewer bond.


            Marysville is mired in numerous bond and pension debt payments, wants to add more employees, and struggles with regulatory compliance. Don’t you dare try this at home or you’ll end up living at the ‘14 Forward’ homeless camp in a Tuff Shed.


 After the Central Valley Water Board (CVWB) fined Marysville $3.1 million for not filing 11 quarterly waste water reports, CVWB then agreed to a negotiated reduced fine of $288,288 in 2017. CVWB further authorized the use of 50% of the $288,288 fine to rehabilitate Ellis Lake.


A final report on the lake rehab was due to be presented to CVWB in January 2019, but the work has not been started. Unfortunately, the city is again out of compliance by not getting the lake clean-up completed.

A CVWB option of pumping Yuba River Water to the lake was offered to be done and paid for by businessman Charles Mathews and retired Fish and Wildlife employee Dale Whitmore. The council declined, favoring instead nearly a million dollar project to essentially convert the lake into an aquarium plus spend $45,000 in annual maintenance. EKI engineers, the promoters of the idea, offer no project guarantees except that the water will not be clean enough for human contact.


Now, the California State Auditor Elaine Howle says Marysville ranks 16th among the top 18 most “fiscally challenged” cities in the state. The auditor evaluated 471 cities. More than half the cities were listed as moderate to high risk for financial problems. The primary ailment is employee pensions and benefits. They’re too expensive.


These problem cities' lousy financial state exists in spite of California's overall economy, now in its 115th month of growth, breaking a record set in the 1960s. Unemployment is at historic lows and the state has so much tax revenue that the Legislature approved a budget earlier this year with a $21.5 billion surplus. The next downturn will be catastrophic for the troubled cities.


Howle said 337 of 471 cities have not saved enough money to pay for future retiree health benefits. Nearly half of the cities are not saving enough money to pay pension benefits in five years. She also was alarmed to see some cities borrowing money to pay pension obligations.


The auditor's office used 10 indicators to measure financial health, including whether cities had enough money to pay their bills, how much debt they have, how much money they have in savings, and if the city has enough money to pay retirement obligations. The office used those indicators to rank cities from worst to best.


Marysville was rated “high risk” in the following categories: Debt burden, pension obligations / funding, future pension costs, OPEB – other post-employment benefits funding. The city was “moderate risk” in general fund reserves and revenue trends, and pension costs. It was “low risk” in liquidity and OPEB obligations.


Yuba City was ranked at 26 in overall risk. Compton achieved the number one spot for most “fiscally challenged” cities and was noted by Auditor Howle for a lack of transparency.


Marysville residents are irritated with paying an additional 1% sales tax, higher gas taxes and DMV fees with no benefits. For example, all SB1 road improvements are occurring in adjacent jurisdictions (Linda, Olivehurst, Yuba County foothills, Yuba City, Sutter County), everywhere but Marysville.


And finally, Marysville residents pay triple the cost for water compared to Linda, Olivehurst and Yuba City. The service rate starts off higher then there is a premium for going over your use-budget and finally a charge because customers are not consuming sufficient water to provide California Water Service enough profit.


The Marysville management philosophy of a path to financial health seems to be raise taxes and fees, incur more debt and increase the size of government while making one poor decision after another.


(Get Lou’s podcast at “No Hostages Radio” and his articles at

Butte Co.


To further protect their constituents, state lawmakers - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) - who represent the Town of Paradise and Camp Fire survivors, announced their intent to introduce legislation that will help prevent future wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) by PG&E.  The lawmakers are authoring legislation to direct additional funding into utility infrastructure upgrades and forest fuel reduction projects – two of the leading factors in catastrophic wildfires and cited by PG&E in declaring power shutoff events.


PG&E is currently spending roughly $2.4 billion annually to uphold a legislative mandate to buy renewable power. At the same time, the company spent only $1.5 billion to update its century old infrastructure in 2017.  A century-old transmission tower was cited as the ignition source of the Camp Fire, and a utility tower reportedly may also be the source of the Kincade Fire currently burning in Sonoma. 


The legislation by Nielsen and Gallagher will temporarily pause the state’s renewable power mandates until infrastructure and vegetation management conditions are improved. The legislation will require that savings from this temporary relief may only be used by Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to harden the grid and reduce forest fuels. Also during this time, executive compensation at IOUs would be frozen and any proposed bonuses shall be put on hold.


“PG&E needs to get back to the basics of providing safe and reliable power,” said Gallagher. “There is no doubt that PG&E’s mismanagement is the primary culprit in these devastating fires and PSPS events. But policies coming out of the State Capitol that distract from these primary objectives only make matters worse.”


Senator Nielsen called the legislation a common-sense approach to help end power shutoff events and reduce fire risk. “We are not waiting ten years. No more power shutoffs. It needs to happen now,” said Nielsen. “Millions without electricity is what a third world country looks like, not a state that is the 5th largest economy in the world.”


California IOUs have already met their goals of reaching 33% renewable solar and wind energy and PG&E is already producing 85% of its power from renewable and carbon-free sources. The lawmakers noted that every dollar spent on the additional cost of renewable energy is one dollar that is not available to be spent on vegetation management, line insulation, undergrounding, and other grid-hardening measures. 


“Dollars spent on forestry management have been found to do more to reduce carbon than other measures. Science shows that redirecting funding to forestry management gets us a better bang for our buck in carbon reduction,” added Gallagher.


The lawmakers will also be introducing a joint Resolution that will urge the federal bankruptcy court to rescind PG&E’s current high-cost renewable energy contracts. Reports show that some of PG&E’s pre-2012 solar contracts now cost the company an added $2.2 billion per year due to outdated above-market prices.  These contracts could be voided in the bankruptcy to allow PG&E to buy the same renewable power at a lower price.  Savings from renegotiating these bloated contracts could be used to invest in projects that reduce fire danger and future blackout events. 


“Bankruptcy is typically a place to get out of bad contracts,” said Senator Nielsen. “Victims and ratepayers must be the priority. Our legislation is another opportunity to get back to the basics of providing safe and reliable power.”


The North State lawmakers noted that California is moving backward on its carbon reduction due to recent wildfires. Last year’s fires generated 45 million metric tons of carbon - more than nine times California’s combined reductions achieved in 2016 and 2017.


“California must get smarter about its climate goals. Century-old infrastructure, tinderbox forests and PSPS events are unacceptable. Renewable energy mandates that take away from addressing these issues while fires continue to burn are intolerable. With our plan, we can do better on carbon reduction and combating catastrophic fire,” Gallagher concluded.


Nielsen and Gallagher will formally introduce the legislation when the Legislature reconvenes in January.



swanThe CA Swan Festival is presented by the Yuba-Sutter Chamber & Visit Yuba-Sutter. It is the only one of its kind on the west coast of the United States and celebrating the abundant local and migratory wildfowl of the Northern Sacramento Valley, the California Swan Festival offers workshops, presentations, guided tours and educational programs catering to bird and nature enthusiasts of all ages and levels of interest. The California Swan Festival is timed to honor the return of the tundra swans to their winter home. Arriving in the tens of thousands and in close-knit family groups, they make a spectacular show for bird watchers and photographers.

This three-day event offers more than 35 guided tours at affordable prices, organized by experts in their respective fields, exploring a wide range of waterfowl habitats and other natural assets of the beautiful Yuba-Sutter region. Field trips include Swan Sighting, Ag/Wildlife Educational Tours, Historic Tours, Nature Hikes and trips to the region’s National Wildlife areas. Registration for field trips began online on August 28th, 2019.


Another great feature of the Festival is the free Junior Naturalist program, led by a team of Shady Creek Outdoor School naturalists. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on learning experiences sure to inspire the budding birdwatcher. Activities include crafts, games, live animal presentations and much more.

The festival also hosts a vendor fair, all day Saturday and Sunday, in the Swan Central building. Onsite vendors specialize in wildlife information and retail goods. Interested vendors - both businesses and non-profit organizations- should download the exhibitor/vendor application form online at


Parking and entry to the Swan Festival is FREE, as are a wide range of workshops and presentations on wildlife education, natural sciences, ecosystem management and photography.

To find out more about the California Swan Festival and to register for tours, visit



Swan Central is located at //,-121.655196,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xde33f5cfcd38501e!8m2!3d39.1381815!4d-121.6528732">Feather River Academy, 1895 Lassen Blvd. Yuba City CA. 95993 and will be open November 9th & 10th, 2019 with an exceptional line-up of Field Trips, free presentations, workshops, children's activities, and exhibits.  From the avid birder to the simple appreciator of wildlife, there is something for everyone at the CA Swan Festival.


November 9, 2019 Swan Car Tour Lunch w/Charlie Matthews (Rice Farmer) 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 general | youth $20, Each winter, tens of thousands of huge, beautiful Tundra Swans wing their way south from their breeding grounds in northwest Alaska to spend the winter in the Sacramento Valley. Leaders will take us along the back roads in District 10 to see the birds and their habitats.


November 8 – 10, 2019


SWAN FESTIVAL LOCATION: 1895 Lassen Blvd, CA 95993






SATURDAY 11/9, 9:00AM-4:00PM


SUNDAY 11/10, 9:00AM-3:00PM