Most Sutter County offices will be closed the week of December 23 through December 27.

 

               Except for the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and the Sutter County Museum, all departments will be closed to the public during the week. The DA’s Office and Museum will close for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which are County holidays.   

      

Probation Department and Health and Human Services staff who support court functions or have other mandated duties will work as needed.

 

The Board of Supervisors approved the schedule in November. Employees have the option of working except for Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas, which are scheduled holidays. Employees are otherwise required to take vacation time or other accrued leave.

 

Below is a list of offices which will be closed all week.

•             Agriculture

 

•             Assessor

 

•             Auditor-Controller

 

•             Child Support Services

 

•             County Administrator

 

•             Clerk of the Board/County Clerk-Recorder/Elections

 

•             County Counsel

 

•             Development Services

 

•             General Services (The department will have staffing to support offices that will remain open.)

 

•             Health & Human Services (The following branches will be closed:  Public Health-WIC/PEI, Adult Protective Services, First Steps, Public Authority, Employment and Eligibility, Call Center,  Administration and Hmong Outreach Center.  The department will have staffing to ensure compliance with mandated services and court coverage.)

 

•             Human Resources

 

•             Library

 

•             Probation (The department will have staffing to ensure compliance with mandated services and court coverage.)

 

•             Treasurer-Tax Collector

  • Linda, Ca.
     
    porch thiefAt approximately 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 12/17/19, Yuba County Sheriff Deputies arrested
    34-year-old Anthony Benjamin Duran Jr of Linda on an outstanding warrant after responding
    to a call reporting a subject stealing a package from the front of a residence in the 1500
    block of Tadpole Way in East Linda.
     
    A neighbor called the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department to report the suspect, later
    identified as Duran, had just taken a package from his neighbor’s home and was running on
    Cobblestone Drive toward the elementary school. Upon deputies’ arrival to the area, they
    spotted Duran, who tossed the package when he saw the deputies and continued to flee on
    foot.
     
    Deputies pursued the suspect to the area of Park Ave and Hammonton Smartsville Rd
    where he was located and detained after jumping a fence into the backyard of a residence.
    Duran was arrested on a warrant out of Yuba City for a violation of probation and booked
    into Yuba County Jail. The package was returned to the victim, who declined charges for the
    Petty Theft.

Yuba City, Calif. 

 

The Yuba City Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 20, 2019, at a Central Location in Yuba City between the hours of 8:00 pm and 1:00 am.
DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.


The Yuba City Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.


In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year the Yuba City Police Department investigated 53 DUI collisions which have claimed 1 life and resulted in another 35 injuries.


The Yuba City Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:


• Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.


• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.


• Report drunk drivers – Call 911.


• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.


Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.



The word Hanukkah means “Dedication”

 

New California State Nevada County and friends at "Roadside Ministries" are hosting an evening of food, fun, and information for the entire family to raise awareness and funds for the Nevada County Committee for the New California State movement.

 

Please call Pam Custer 775 781-0612 for Dinner tickets. $10 for Adults. $5 for children under 12. Littles 4 and under are free.

All proceeds go to "New California State Nevada County Inc., a tax deductible 501 C4 Educational Non-profit

You are invited to join New California State Nevada County and discover how Christianity owes its very existence to a small but faithful, dedicated, determined, and courageous band of patriots who fought for their independence and liberty against a tyrannical governor. Without this historical event, there would have been no Israel and no Son of Israel to save the rest of the world.

With God’s help, they achieved the unthinkable. They defeated the army of the all powerful Seleucid Empire and regained their capitol 150+ years before the birth of Christ. As Christians, Hanukkah is a celebration and memorial to the members of God’s military men and women who fought and died to preserve the only nation chosen by God to birth the Messiah of the world.

How does this tie into the “New California State” movement? Well there really is nothing new under the sun. Actually the parallels are shocking. Come and find out how you can make a difference in our nation by preserving our beautiful state for the sake of our future generations.

 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

5 - 8:30 PM

Creekside Village Clubhouse

17384 Penn Valley Dr, Penn Valley, CA

Marysville, Calif. 

 

Marysville Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 20th, 2019, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 pm and 12:00 am.   

 

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

 

The Marysville Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads.

 

The Marysville Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Marysville, Ca.

 

Beth Hastey in Applause Home for the Holidays

What traditions do you and your family enjoy at Christmastime and throughout the holidays? Our community is blessed with many wonderful annual traditions this time of year; Yuba Sutter Master Chorale performances, seasonal plays at The Acting Company, Handel’s Messiah and, of course, Applause! Home for the Holidays at the Burrows Theater.

 

The talented cast of Applause! is back for another year with fabulous vocalists and musicians performing holiday classics with some fun twists and skits (Scrooge Abridged) to tickle your funny bone.  Enjoy delicious desserts, a no-host bar and lots of holiday joy.

 

Applause! Home for the Holidays is a benefit performance series to help complete the Sutter Theater on Plumas Street and for Yuba Sutter Arts’ ongoing arts in education programs. There’s no place like “home for the holidays” and the stellar cast of Applause! will once again take you on a sentimental journey home filled with joy, hope, laughter and friendship while celebrating the holiday season with carols, holiday pop songs and the perfect mix of local humor and holiday heart.  You’ll enjoy classic holiday hits like “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Who Spiked the Egg Nog,” “Hallelujah,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and the ever popular “Santa Baby.”  Bring the entire family, sing along and enjoy a sentimental journey.

 

All performances will be at the Burrows Theater at Yuba Sutter Arts, 630 E Street in Marysville. Show times are Thursday December 19, Friday December 20 and Saturday December 21.  Doors open at 6:30 for cocktails and the shows start at 7:00. There will also be a matinee at 2pm on Sunday December 22, minus the desserts.  General admission is $25 for evening performances and $20 for the matinee. 

 

Tickets may be purchased online at yubasutterarts.org or in person at the Theater Gallery, 754 Plumas Street in Yuba City. In Marysville, tickets may be purchased at DIGS, 322 D Street or at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street, Wednesday through Friday from 11-4.  Plenty of free parking is available on the adjacent streets and in the nearby Umpqua Bank and Bank of America parking lots.

 

The talented Home for the Holidays cast includes Ada Schmidt, Brian Baggett, Carmen Smith, Gay Galvin, Gene Branaman, , Janet Frye, Joe Moye and students from the Yuba Sutter Youth Choir along with special guest appearances by Beth Hastey, Sammy Reynor, Beata Dumaplin Wong, Staci Ingram and her son, Gregory Gillett, who are all “home for the holidays.”

 

Please come out and support the Applause! performers and help support the arts in our community. 

 

Contact Yuba Sutter Arts at 530-742-ARTS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

food access

During this month’s Food Access Saturday on December 14th, holiday dinner fixings were included along with the regular bags of food. Every family deserves to share a holiday meal together…this food helped our neighbors, who are facing hard times, enjoy a meal during the holiday.

 

The program was formed two years ago for working individuals who need help putting food on their table, but are unable to pick up food at local food distributions during the workweek.

 

The program has grown to encompass a larger population; welcoming others to the table, including anyone who needs food but is unable to make it to the food distributions Monday through Friday. Over 6100 bags of food, including fresh fruit and produce, have been given to more than 2800 people in need. United Way partner agency, Interfaith Food Ministry, and the Food Bank of Nevada County provides food at five locations throughout this month.

United Way of Nevada County strives to assure individuals and families in Nevada County are able to meet their basic need for food, emergency shelter and access to health care. Interfaith Food Ministry works to reduce food insecurity in Western Nevada County. They feed the hungry, helping to sustain good health and human dignity. The distributions take place at 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley, from 10am-noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information contact United Way at 274-8111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dobbins and Oregon House

 

local fire fightersThe annual recognition of the volunteer fire fighters of the Dobbins Oregon House Fire Dept

The Ladies of the Dobbins Oregon House Fire Auxiliary held their annual fire fighter’s appreciation dinner at the Alcouffe Center to honor the fire fighters as well as the fire tower volunteers.  About 120+ were on hand to close out the fire season and recognize the fantastic contributions made by the many members of the community who do so much for those who live in the area.  As might be expected, right in the middle of the event, all of their pagers went off with a request to assist a member of the community who was in need.  We all sat back and waited until they returned so we could resume our evening’s recognition program.

 

 

 

By Sue Mosbacher, UCCE Master Food Preserver Program Coordinator, Central Sierra

 

I am pleased to offer a citrus preservation class to the community in Sutter County:  Wednesday, January 22 from 1 – 4pm, at the Sutter-Yuba County UC Cooperative Extension Office, 142A Garden Highway, Yuba City.

 

 Join UC Master Food Preservers as they step through canning, dehydrating and freezing as methods of preserving citrus to use throughout the year in your family’s meals. Learn how to make citrus-based marmalade and jelly, and how to can citrus sections.  See how you can use almost all parts of citrus by making candied citrus peel, preserved peels, citrus salt, powdered citrus peel, and edible potpourri. Get tips and tricks to make your frozen citrus maintain top quality in the freezer. Throughout the class you’ll receive suggestions on how to incorporate preserved citrus in meals. You’ll leave with lots of recipes and ideas to try on your own at home.

 

 The class is $15. Pre-registration is required at http://ucanr.edu/citrus-jan22. Contact Robin Cleveland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530-621-5528 for more information

Oregon House, Ca.

 

Northern California is experiencing dramatic increase in catastrophic wildfire. Teachers and students need the best available science and curriculum to make sense of this changing world. We invite all kinds of educators to learn the latest fire science and explore USFS FireWorks Northern California Oak Woodland curriculum's debut and the Sierra Mixed Conifer Forest curriculum. Our team adapted curriculum to our region, updated to the Next Generation Science Standards, and the trauma-informed education.

 

The program will take place on Saturday and Sunday January 18-19th from 9-5 PM at the YES Charter Academy, 9841 Texas Hill Rd, Oregon House, CA 95962. The cost is $30 registration or $10 for teachers serving low- income areas, while funds are available.

 

Registration: http://tiny.cc/YouthFireScience

 

Questions? Contact Ali Stefancich, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (530) 639-8807.

 Yuba City, Ca.

Spencer 

 

The City of Yuba City  announced the appointment of Spencer Morrison as the City’s new Finance Director.  Mr. Morrison will assume his position effective January 4th.

 

“After an extensive, statewide recruitment and interview process, Mr. Morrison rose to the top as the most qualified candidate,” said City Manager Michael Rock.  “Mr. Morrison brings a high level of energy, approachability, and experience to the office.”

 

Mayor Shon Harris stated “We are fortunate to have someone so experienced and qualified within our own ranks. The role of Finance Director is very important, and Spencer is ready to step into that role here in Yuba City, and he is the right person to build upon the many accomplishments which have been made in our Finance operations.”

Retiring Finance Director Robin Bertagna said “The City is fortunate to have Mr. Morrison as the next Finance Director, I’m excited that he was chosen to succeed me in this position.  As a Yuba City resident, he has roots in our community which include many hours of volunteer participation in a variety of local non-profits.  Mr. Morrison is a highly capable, intelligent and dedicated professional who consistently puts the City’s needs first.  He has the energy and enthusiasm to ensure the City’s fiscal success long-term”.

 

Mr. Morrison began his career in the private sector, last working for Hilton Corporation before joining the City as the accounting supervisor in 2003.  He took on the responsibilities of purchasing and has been the elected City Treasurer since 2012, and was promoted to Accounting Manager later that year.

 

The Finance Department provides an array of financial services to residents, businesses, other government agencies, as well as to each and every City employee. As a full-service finance operation, this department is responsible for accounting procedures and policies, accounts payable and receivable, budget preparations, revenue collection including water and sewer bills, payroll, business license taxes, parking citations, and water-meter reading.

 

Mr. Morrison states “I am delighted to accept the position as Finance Director for the City of Yuba City and I am eager to make a positive contribution to the City and to work closely with the City Council, City Manager and staff to ensure a sustainable financial future.”

Submitted by Diana Moore

Browns Valley, Ca.

 

sunwest

Sunwest Real Estate in Browns Valley, once again this Holiday Season is  collecting Coats & Cans for Foothill Families in need. And this year they are proud to add Toys 4 Tots as well. Folks can come by the local office located on the corner of Hwy 20 and 5363 Marysville Rd to drop off their much appreciated donations.

 

Harmony Health Clinic and Family Resource Center working to increase treatment and recovery service activities for people with substance use and opioid use disorders

 

Sutter and Yuba Counties

 

Harmony Health Medical Clinic and Family Resource Center is pleased to announce an award from The Center at Sierra Health Foundation for $150,000 to support patients enrolled in their Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.  The Center at Sierra Health Foundation through the MAT Access Points Project has distributed more than $16.4 million awarded to 120 organizations at more than 270 sites/access points throughout California. This funding will ensure that the delivery of MAT facilitates positive treatment outcomes, safe management of care transitions and long-term recovery for people with opioid and other substance use disorders.

 

Harmony Health funding will support three case manager positions, one at each of Harmony Health’s sites. Harmony Health has five providers who have obtained the DATA waiver and in the past year, has assisted about 50 patients with Opioid Use Disorder transition from narcotics to Suboxone.

 

“We are embracing the needs of patients with substance use disorder as another opportunity to serve the underserved patients in Yuba and Sutter Counties,” said Rachel Farrell, CEO of Harmony Health.

 

In addition to MAT, Harmony Health offers pain management treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Living Well (substance use support group) and neurofeedback treatments as well as complementary medicine including meditation class, acupuncture and chiropractic services.

 

“Expanding MAT access points is a critical step forward in California’s effort to address the opioid epidemic taking place across our great state,” said Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, which manages the MAT Access Points Project. “A critical component of our effort is building the capacity of partners who have the commitment and relationships required to reach people and families in communities that are disproportionately experiencing poor access to MAT substance use disorder treatment and high opioid-related mortality rates.”

 

MAT Access Points Project is funded through the Department of Health Care Services California MAT Expansion Project and administered by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.

 

Learn About Harmony Health Medical Clinic and Family Resource Center at myharmonyhealth.org.

People don’t make plans to cope with the worst day in their life. The experience is unthinkable.

 

 When something terrible happens, those arriving to assist are usually total strangers—firefighters, law enforcement, ambulance medics, doctors and nurses. People welcome them hoping for a miracle.

 

            The surreal world of traumatized people often has them surrounded by friends but feeling totally alone. They describe it as being under water, in a bubble, going out of their mind, chaotic. The world they knew has been shattered, never to return to what they remember.  Emergency responders and good neighbors want to help, but are unsure what to do or say.

 

            Closure is a myth. What people eventually strive and hope for is to get back a sense control and to one day arrive at a “new” normal. The traumatic feeling is partly due to the fact that whatever happened undermined the control, future plans and assumptions they had about their life.

 

            For the last 25 years, Yuba, Sutter and South Butte Counties have benefitted from a program that few communities in America have. It’s called the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP). Approximately 300 cities have TIP or a TIP-like program.

 

 Trained citizens are used by the 911 system to come to emergency scenes to provide emotional and practical support to those traumatized by a devastating loss. TIP people are scheduled around the clock, every day of the year, to get to the incident within 20 minutes.

 

They enter the survivor’s world of loss and chaos to hold onto them emotionally, listen for their immediate needs, and stay with them during the first hours of the crisis. They are a shoulder to lean on, a person there just for them, someone that can get any question answered by emergency personnel.

 

TIP has been included in the emergency system (fire, law enforcement, ambulance, hospital) and used on more than 11,000 calls here since it began in December 1994. TIP responds to every kind of call where an emergency worker sees a need for them. About 65% of the responses involve a death. House fires, auto or other type accidents, needy senior citizens, attempted suicides, overdoses, medical emergencies and more, fill out the wide array of responses.

 

Now in its 26thth year, TIP is preparing for its 2020 training academy to be conducted in Yuba City on Feb 27, 28, 29, Mar 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 to equip new volunteers.

 

            “TIP is looking for people at least 14-years of age, who have a cool head and warm heart and can follow directions,” says Lou Binninger, director. The academy is a screening process and all students must clear a Department of Justice background check.

 

            Those interested in signing-up for the academy or who have questions can call 530.713.1838. More can be learned about TIP by going to yubasuttetip.org.

 

            TIP is a nonprofit organization funded by contributions. All its services are provided free. Those wanting to support TIP can do so by sending a check to TIP, P.O. Box 645, Marysville, CA 95901 or online at GoFundMe/TIP2020.

Rural and urban California will benefit from improved agricultural trade, and the California Farm Bureau Federation said it’s pleased by today’s announcement of a pending vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The USMCA will reduce barriers to trade throughout North America.

 

 “We’ve been advocating for months for a vote on the USMCA, so we’re happy the White House and Speaker Pelosi have agreed to move forward,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “As a Californian, Speaker Pelosi recognizes how the USMCA will help most California agricultural products gain improved market access to two top export customers.”

 Canada is the No. 2 market for California agricultural exports and Mexico ranks fifth. Combined farm exports to the USMCA partners exceeded $4.3 billion in 2017, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

 “California food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico support more than 56,000 jobs—and jobs will be added as those exports increase,” Johansson said. “Those jobs will benefit rural and urban areas. Agricultural exports support jobs at ports, marketing companies, food processors, trucking firms and other businesses that prepare and move agricultural products from California farms and ranches to customers in Canada and Mexico.”

 

 He said the USMCA will strengthen science-based procedures to protect human, animal and plant health—known as sanitary and phytosanitary measures—while improving the flow of trade. It also contains specific provisions to benefit exports of processed fruits, milk and dairy products, beef, wine, poultry and eggs, and other products.

 

 “We’re encouraged by prospects for a quick, positive vote on USMCA in the House of Representatives,” Johansson said. “The sooner that happens, the sooner Californians will begin reaping the benefits the agreement will bring.”

Marysville, Ca.

 

 Are you always complaining that there aren’t enough fun things to do in the community for the holidays? Rise Up-Youth Program for the Performing Arts and Marysville Youth and Civic Center are proud to present Winter Wonderland: a Holiday Festival!

 

This festival has it all. Local businesses will be available, to cater to all of your last-minute shopping needs. We will have a variety of gifts for sale, including: soaps, shadow boxes, purses, wooden crafts, painted trays, crochet goods, essential oils, jewelry, and more!

 

Free kids booths are a centerpiece of the Winter Wonderland experience! We will have craft booths available for free to kids of all ages. The craft booths feature many activities, including cookie decorating, ornament making, painting and more. Santa will also be making an appearance at the festival! Parents can bring the kids for a last-minute visit with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick. Pictures are completely FREE! With Santa and craft booths, this is the perfect family event!

But wait, there’s more! We will also have a Holiday Bake Sale, raising money for youth programs in the community. This bake sale will feature cookies from The Cookie Tree, coffee courtesy of Starbucks Coffee, and limited pie slices from Stephens Farmhouse! We will also have home-made brownies, cake-bites, warm apple cider, and hot coco! Stop on by our bake sale to enjoy some sweet treats, all proceeds go toward youth nonprofits!

 

To tie it all together, Rise Up Unlimited, an incredible youth performance group, will entertain with performances of holiday tunes! They are sure to bring in the holiday cheer! On the second day of the festival, Rise Up will be announcing their Spring 2020 musical theatre production! Be sure to join us!

 

The festival is December 21st from 10:00am-3:00pm, and December 22nd from 12:00-5:00pm. The event is held at the beautiful Marysville Youth and Civic Center, 1830 B Street in Marysville. This is a completely free community event. We invite the entire community to join us in celebrating the holiday season in Marysville.

 

For questions and more information, contact Event Coordinator Julian Barkley-Brinson, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (530) 933-0223. No RSVP required, drop in and say hello!

 

With a craft fair, a family-fun event, a holiday performance, a bake sale, raffle and auction all wrapped into one, this is TRULY the best way to celebrate the holidays. You won't want to miss it!

Yuba City, Ca.

 

The Yuba City Police Department encourages everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver. 

 

 This holiday season, from Dec. 13 to New Year’s, the Yuba City Police Department will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

 

 In addition, the Yuba City Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 20, 2019 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am at an undisclosed location in the city of Yuba City.

 

 “Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” Sgt. Kim Slade said. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”

 The Yuba City Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. 

 

 So if you are hosting a holiday party, offer non-alcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor how people are getting home. If someone has been drinking and tries to leave, offer to have them stay the night or take ride-share home. 

 

 Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rich Matteis service award matteis speech 2Rich Matteis accepting his award during the CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.

Citing his 45 years of advocacy on behalf of California farmers and ranchers, the California Farm Bureau Federation has presented its former administrator, Rich Matteis, with its Distinguished Service Award. Matteis, a resident of Roseville, received the award last night during the 101st CFBF Annual Meeting in Monterey.

 Matteis retired in March after serving as CFBF administrator since 2007, overseeing the organization’s advocacy and service to members.

 

 “Having grown up on a farm and maintained a love for agriculture throughout his career, Rich channeled his energy into improving the legislative and regulatory landscape for family farmers and ranchers,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “He was certainly one of the most respected advocates at the state Capitol, and he guided Farm Bureau successfully during a period of significant change.”

 

 Matteis began his career as manager of the Santa Clara and Alameda County Farm Bureaus and as a CFBF field representative. In 1980, he became chief executive officer of the California Grain and Feed Association, which provided management and legislative services for two-dozen other agricultural associations, where he served before rejoining CFBF.

 

 “Rich’s distinguished service to Farm Bureau has continued since his retirement,” Johansson said, “in his work as a strategic advisor on special projects. His knowledge, experience and expertise continue to benefit California family farmers and ranchers.”

 

 The Distinguished Service Award has been presented annually since 1953 to dedicated Farm Bureau members from California. In addition to the award to Matteis, CFBF presented the Distinguished Service Award to longtime San Benito County Farm Bureau board member Al Bonturi.

 

 

The Yuba City Police Department has began sending it’s volunteers in policing or “VIP’s” out to neighborhoods all over Yuba City in hopes of catching and deterring “Porch Pirates.”  A porch pirate refers to a criminal who steals delivered packages from the front porch of unsuspecting victims.  These crimes are not new, however tend to increase around the holiday season when consumers are purchasing Christmas gifts and having them delivered to their homes.  

 

The VIPs will be in marked Volunteer Police cars and will be in full uniform.  If a Volunteer sees something suspicious or out of the ordinary, they will call into Dispatch for an Officer to respond to their location.  The Volunteers will not be making direct contact with any suspects.  

 

As always, if you see suspicious activity or become a victim of a theft, please contact your local law enforcement immediately.  Getting a good description of the suspect or the license plate number of the suspect vehicle can greatly aid in the investigation by law enforcement.  

Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a strong-arm robbery of the Olivehurst Rite-Aid
Pharmacy located in the 5000 block of Olivehurst Avenue in Olivehurst that occurred on 12/10/19 around
6:35 p.m.


Rite Aid employees reported two black males, one described as “younger” and possible a teenager,
jumped the pharmacy counter and stole prescription medication, before fleeing in an unknown vehicle. It
was reported that no weapons were seen and nobody was injured.


Deputies on patrol in south Yuba County immediately responded to the area within one minute of the
911 call and worked a perimeter around Olivehurst and the southbound Hwy 70 Corridor leading out of the
county, based on investigative information obtained that indicated the suspects’ vehicle was heading south
toward Sacramento. Despite multiple patrol units attempting to find the fleeing vehicle, the suspects were
not located. The investigation remains active and ongoing.