Marysville, Ca.

- Directors Brent Hastey and Randy Fletcher will again serve as Yuba Water Agency’s chairman and vice-chairman for the next year.

The board of directors today unanimously approved their reappointment for 2019.

“It is an incredible honor to be able to serve you and the Yuba Water Agency,” said Chairman Hastey. “I look forward to being able to continue doing great things for the region and people of Yuba County.”

Hastey has been on the board of directors since 2015, following his previous term from 1993 to 2000, and is currently the president of the Association of California Water Agencies.

Fletcher has served on the Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors since 2015, and is also a Yuba County Supervisor whose territory includes the foothill communities.

Calling it “an important first step,” the California Farm Bureau Federation welcomed today’s introduction in Congress of new legislation to provide legal status to immigrant farm employees in the United States.

The Agricultural Worker Program Act, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, would grant legal “blue card” status to immigrants who have worked in agriculture for at least 100 days during the previous two years.

CFBF President Jamie Johansson said the bill addresses a critical component of comprehensive immigration reform.

“We’re encouraged by the bill’s introduction in both chambers and appreciate the leadership of our California legislators to begin tackling this issue at the beginning of the new Congress,” Johansson said. “Farm employees and farmers need legislation that addresses legal status for employees and their immediate family members who are in the country now.

“Though this legislation is an important first step, CFBF supports comprehensive immigration reform that would allow future employees to migrate more easily to and from their home country, as well as to move from farm to farm for employment,” he said.

“We encourage Congress to address the broader needs of farmers and their employees through comprehensive immigration reform,” Johansson said.

By Jon Coupal president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

joncoupal hpOver the last several years, this column has exposed multiple instances of government entities using taxpayer dollars for political advocacy, a practice that is illegal under both state and federal law. Because progress in stopping these violations has been difficult, taxpayers will be pleased to hear that on December 20th, California’s campaign watchdog agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, conducted a hearing on illegal activity by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).

The FPPC stated that BART used public funds to pay for a campaign of “YouTube videos, social media posts, and text messages to promote Measure RR, which authorized BART to issue $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds.” Under California law, spending money on a political campaign to pass the bond measure caused BART to qualify as an “independent expenditure committee” and required it to file campaign finance reports, but the transit agency ignored the requirement.

“BART failed to timely file two late independent expenditure reports in the 90-day period preceding the November 8, 2016 General Election; failed to timely file a semi-annual campaign statement for the period covering July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016; and failed to include a proper disclosure statement in its electronic media advertisements,” the FPPC said.

The FPPC imposed a fine of $7,500, which critics of BART, including Senator Steve Glazer, rightfully complained was inadequate and no deterrent to future misconduct with taxpayer funds. In fact, the minimal fines may incentivize illegal activity because the ROI (return on investment) is frequently in the millions, if not billions, of dollars. Not only that, because the fines themselves are paid with taxpayer dollars, there are rarely any real-world consequences imposed on public officials who misappropriate public funds for political advocacy.

But things may be different now. In addition to imposing the fine on BART, the FPPC also directed its staff to prepare a letter to the California Attorney General and local District Attorneys asking for criminal prosecution of these cases.

It’s about time.

The Free Speech clauses of the federal and state Constitutions prohibit the use of governmentally compelled monetary contributions (including taxes) to support or oppose political campaigns because “Such contributions are a form of speech, and compelled speech offends the First Amendment.” Smith v. U.C. Regents (1993) 4 Cal.4th 843, 852.

Moreover, “use of the public treasury to mount an election campaign which attempts to influence the resolution of issues which our Constitution leaves to the ‘free election’ of the people (see Const., art. II, § 2) ... presents a serious threat to the integrity of the electoral process.” Stanson v. Mott (1976) 17 Cal.3d 206, 218.

While taxpayer organizations have been successful in several lawsuits challenging these illegal expenditures, they haven’t fully deterred lawbreaking by the state or local governments. The recommendation of the FPPC to prosecute these cases under criminal statutes could be just the shock that public officials need to bring them into compliance.

The FPPC letter in the BART case could also prove to be a real headache for Los Angeles County. In March of 2017, the county placed Measure H, a sales tax hike, on the ballot. The County’s use of nearly a million dollars of public funds for the political campaign unquestionably crossed the line into political advocacy and the FPPC found probable cause to charge L.A. County, as well as the individual members of the Board of Supervisors, with 15 counts of campaign finance violations.

Taxpayers are hopeful that California’s Attorney General and District Attorneys take the FPPC letter recommending criminal prosecution seriously. Much lip service is paid to protecting the integrity of California’s election process. Here’s an opportunity for those charged with enforcing the law to do something meaningful to protect both election integrity as well as taxpayer dollars which should never be spent taking sides in election contests.

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by Brent Hastey

prop 3 Hastey 1Happy New Year! There are many things to look forward to in the new year and the ever-changing landscape of water policy. Some of the biggest topics to keep an eye on are the ongoing Bay-Delta negotiations and the proposed voluntary settlement agreements.

The State Water Resources Control Board has proposed flow requirements for rivers that feed the Delta based on a percentage of ‘unimpaired flows’, which would require a large portion of each watershed’s total flow to be dedicated to the Delta. If approved, this ‘unimpaired flows’ approach would have significant impacts on farms, communities throughout California and the environment.

We join many other water agencies in our belief that alternative measures, specific to different rivers and areas of the region, can achieve California’s coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem protection, finding balance among the diverse interests of local, state and federal agencies, as well as farmers and environmental groups.

We recently agreed with the Brown administration on a framework, following months of negotiations and years of work, that would provide water supply reliability for fisheries and our local farmers, and ensure significant fish and wildlife habitat restoration for many years to come.

Our proposal for the lower Yuba River includes releasing more water to the Delta, habitat restoration, and new funding to improve conditions for salmon and steelhead.

Representatives from the California Department of Water Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife presented this framework to the state water board on Dec. 12 as part of a package of agreements from water agencies throughout the region, as an alternative to burdensome regulatory requirements.

We have specifically proposed to release up to 50,000 acre-feet of water annually for fisheries, the restoration of up to 100 acres of habitat at a cost of up to $10 million, and an annual $520,000 investment for a new Bay-Delta watershed science program. This innovative agreement would allow us to receive compensation for releases to the Delta, estimated at $80 million over the term of the agreement. That critical funding could do a lot to further reduce flood risk here in Yuba County.

The state water board’s actions in December opened the door for their consideration of these voluntary agreements as they determine the best way ahead. The board will take action on this issue in March, so stay tuned for some big news.

Brent Hastey is chairman of the Yuba Water Agency and president of the Association of California Water Agencies.

Yuba City, Ca.

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Nathan Black will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next Meeting, Monday, January 7, 2019.

Nathan Black is the elected Sutter County Auditor-Controller during the week and the Co-Host with Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez every Saturday on the local radio station KNBR 1410 AM Radio from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Nate is very aware and informed of the local government environment and politics in the Sutter, Yuba, and Butte counties. He will share his views and insight concerning local employee pensions and benefits, increased sales taxes in Yuba County, restrictive ordinances, Oroville Dam, forest fires, the lack of California voter ID, and more. What can be done about the Sanctuary State environment where the Administration, including the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, allows full citizen benefits and voting rights to illegal aliens and felons in prison. How will the new California Marxist laws impact the citizens of our local counties? What does he think about the New California State movement?

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio, will follow our Special Guest Speaker. Paul will be discussing events of the day.

FINAL AMMO RAFFLE will be held after our special guest speakers. Winchester Super-X 22 LR Copper Plated Hollow Point Ammunition in a Limited Edition Wood Box of 500 Rounds.

There is no membership requirement to attend and everyone is welcome. Doors open at 6:00 pm; meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat.

The meeting will be Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

Sacramento, Ca.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) issued the following statement in response to the retirement of the California Department of Motor Vehicles Director, Jean Shiomoto:

“Several months of fighting for long-term reforms at the DMV has finally begun to pay off with the retirement of Director Jean Shiomoto. As the DMV repeatedly failed to address its shortcomings, my legislative colleagues and I have been pushing for a meaningful shift in culture. From long waits to improper voter registrations, the status quo is completely unacceptable.

“Going forward, it is vital that the new leadership is willing to make necessary reforms to the operations and culture exhibited by the DMV. This is an opportunity for the DMV to raise its standards for constituent service and better adapt to legislative changes.”

Marysville, Ca.

A new biomass facility near Camptonville is one step closer to becoming a driving force in ensuring a healthy forest with the help of a $186,500 grant from Yuba Water Agency.

This funding will help the Camptonville Community Partnership wrap up the remaining tasks required to secure a power purchase agreement with PG&E - a contract between an electricity generator and a power purchaser.

“Biomass is a hot topic at all levels of the state right now and we are really focused on that as a possible way to help spark further forest management work to reduce fire risk, support our watershed and help the state’s energy needs at the same time,” said Yuba Water Agency Vice-Chairman Randy Fletcher. “Getting to this power purchase agreement is a major milestone that we can help them achieve.”

The planned Camptonville facility will be a three megawatt bioenergy plant within the Yuba Watershed, and will use woody biomass material from sustainable forest management projects to generate electricity, further creating a regional market for forest waste material or otherwise hazardous fuels.

“We can do all the forest restoration work that we want, but there must be an outlet for that material that is economically viable,” said Regine Miller, bioenergy project manager for the Camptonville Community Partnership. “We believe that our community-scale bioenergy facility can be an outlet for that material.”

Creating a market for that woody material is expected to spark more sustainable forest management projects, reducing forest fuels and minimizing the threat of catastrophic wildfire.

Forest management activities spawned by the development of the bioenergy facility will provide benefits far beyond the primary goal of reducing wildfire risk. Additional benefits include: forest health and diversity, watershed protection, increased water yield, sustained water quality, safer communities, improved air quality, job creation, local economic development and much more.

Next steps for the bioenergy project include, drilling wells and analyzing water quality, completing grid interconnection studies and required permitting, creating a regional Yuba forest collaborative and project management and outreach.

Yuba Water Agency help MPD purchase Drones

Marysville, Ca.

The Marysville Police Department will be able to more efficiently organize and monitor emergency and rescue operations with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency.

The $5,000 grant, approved today by the agency as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, will help the police department purchase two unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, as well as applicable pilot training and Federal Aviation Administration licensing fees.

The drones will be used to monitor levees and survey the Yuba County area during flood events, evacuations and other emergencies, making it possible to quickly identify the most critical areas in need of emergency response.

“This kind of equipment could be a game changer for how Marysville plans for and executes emergency evacuations and emergency response,” said Mike Leahy, the Yuba Water Agency director and county supervisor whose territory includes the city of Marysville.

“With all of the past high water events, this equipment will greatly affect levee patrols by increasing our visibility of the water side of the levee system. This equipment will also be able to assist first responders on conditions of evacuation routes,” said Christian Sachs, Marysville Chief of Police.

The drones will also be used to gather data to create detailed maps indicating the inhabited areas most likely to be impacted from the consequences of floods.

This is another agency to benefit from Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in January, 2018. These grants are designed for first responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $5,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment or specialized personnel training. The grant program was the idea of, and is named after, an employee who survived a potentially life-threatening injury, and who was extremely grateful for the emergency responders who helped save him.

“Institutional tyranny was declared lawful last week,” stated Mark Baird, spokesperson for Citizens for Fair Representation (CFR), referring to Judge Kimberly Mueller's (U.S. District Court, Sacramento) order dismissing Citizens for Fair Representation v Secretary of State Alex Padilla, for lack of standing.

The plaintiffs filed suit against Padilla in May of 2017, for lack of representation and dilution of vote. Baird went on to say, “Mueller's orders say that since all Californians are equally disadvantaged with representative ratios of one million people per State Senator and 500,000 people per each Assembly member, that there is nothing the court will do.” Baird added, “California has the worst representative ratio in the nation. Not only is California's ratio worse than any state in the nation, but far worse than most world governments.”

In 1879, the California State Legislature was capped at 40 in the Senate and 80 in the Assembly, with a population of approximately 440,000. Now, almost 150 years later, with population numbers almost 40 million, the number of representatives remains the same. Baird estimates that California citizens vote has been diluted 400%. CFR believes that Judge Mueller is commanded by Shapiro v McManus (U.S. Supreme Court) and U.S. Code Title 24, Section 2284 and must request a three judge court be appointed in any dilution of vote case, with the reasoning, that a single judge can never be trusted with the sanctity of the people's vote.

According to CFR, early on in the case Judge Mueller did in fact uphold the law ordering a three judge court only to make an unprecedented decision one week later to reverse her own ruling, admitting what CFR believes to be illicit conversations with another court. Baird said, “While Judge Mueller's actions were not unexpected, they are disappointing. CFR believes this action to be unconstitutional.” Baird further stated, “it leaves us wondering whether all it takes for oligarchy and dictatorship to flourish, is a judge who will support tyranny as long as all are equally harmed by it!”

After Consulting with their attorneys of record, Scott Stafne and Gary Zerman, along with their legal consultants, Alex Kozinski, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and Professor Steward Jay, University of Washington State School of Law, Citizens for Fair Representation decided they will enter into the appeals process.

CFR is dedicated to the proposition of representation in districts small enough that legislators will be forced to consider those who elect them, no matter their political affiliation. “And to that end, CFR will continue to fight for equal/fair representation and liberty for all California's citizens.,” said Baird.

Stressing that California farmers and ranchers take pride in caring for natural resources, the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation welcomed the release of a revised “waters of the United States”(WOTUS) rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“We will review the proposal carefully in the hope it will restore balance to enforcement of the Clean Water Act,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “The existing WOTUS rule has produced little beyond confusion and litigation, and has undermined farmers’ efforts to work cooperatively with government agencies to protect water and land.”

Farm Bureau has advocated for a rewrite of the 2015 WOTUS rule because of the extensive authority it gave to federal agencies to regulate routine farming activities.

“Farmers want to do the right thing for the land, water and other natural resources under their care,” Johansson said. “Doing the right thing and complying with the law should be clear and easy to understand. We hope the new Clean Water Rule will provide the clarity farmers and ranchers need to allow the continued production of food and farm products while conserving natural resources.”

By Stephen Frank

The Alameda sheriff is accused of violating “State” law by obeying Federal law and making the streets of his County safe.

“But this wouldn’t matter, especially once federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents became aware that Ortega — who is undocumented — was being held in Alameda County jail. ICE wanted to arrest and deport her, and the easiest way to do it would be to grab Ortega while she was still in the sheriff’s custody.

How ICE managed to coordinate Ortega’s arrest with the sheriff is now the subject of a legal controversy that is putting Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern’s policies under closer scrutiny.

Several attorneys who have defended Ortega in criminal and immigration proceedings stemming from her January arrest on drug charges believe that sheriff’s deputies working in the jail broke state law by tipping off ICE about the exact date and time they were going to release Ortega. The attorneys believe that if the deputies had followed the law and simply released her, Ortega could have avoided being illegally jailed by ICE for four months — and might not now be facing deportation. “

Guess no one has told Jerry Brown or the Democrats that California is not a separate nation—we fall under Federal law. In this case the lawbreaker is the California government—conspiring to hid criminals and lawbreakers from Federal authorities. Maybe we need a few in Sacramento and Alameda to be arrested for this Federal crime—spend their own money defending themselves for their illegal actions? They broke the law—they should have an adjoining cell with the drug sellers.

 

tea party James Gallagher 2Yuba City, Ca.

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Assemblyman James Gallagher will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next Meeting, Monday, December 17, 2018.

Assemblyman Gallagher represents the 3rd California Assembly District encompassing parts of the Sacramento Valley. Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, he was the Sutter County District 5 Supervisor.

Assemblyman Gallagher will share his views on the Camp Fire evacuation planning and the role of the California Office of Emergency Services, California sanctuary cities, President Trump’s immigration policies and the invasion at our southern border, and the plethora of anti-Second Amendment laws streaming out of Sacramento.

He will also share his views and insight on the current super-majority in the California legislature and the impact it may have on the citizens of the Sutter-Yuba area.

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio, will follow our Special Guest Speaker. Paul will be discussing events of the day.

 

 

tea party Winchester 22 AmmoAMMO RAFFLE

Winchester Super-X Ammunition 22 LR Copper Plated Hollow Point Limited Edition Wood Box of 500 Rounds. Suggested donation $1.00 per Ticket or 15 Tickets for $10.00.

Homemade Christmas cookies would be appreciated. There is no membership requirement to attend and everyone is welcome. Doors open at 6:00pm; meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat.

The meeting will be Monday, December 17, 2018, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

Sacramento, Ca.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) has introduced legislation to ensure that areas affected by the Camp Fire can continue operations as the recovery process begins. The Camp Fire, which started in Butte County in early November, is the deadliest and most destructive fire in California state history. The fire has destroyed more than 18,000 structures and killed at least 88 people. It decimated the communities of Paradise, Concow, and Magalia. Gallagher’s legislation will help fund emergency response and local government operations as the long road to recovery begins.

“We have never seen anything like this. The town of Paradise is gone, but the community remains. We will rebuild, and right now the priority is helping those impacted by the fire. This is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Assemblyman Gallagher.

“The people of the North State and our regional economy are devastated by one of the worst disasters in our nation’s history. It is imperative that the State of California tap into its nearly $15 billion surplus to help in the recovery of our community,” added Senator Nielsen, who is co-authoring the proposals.

Gallagher introduced two bills. AB 41 will provide more state funding for activities like debris removal, emergency work, and repair of public facilities damaged by the fire. Gallagher’s other bill, AB 42, will help backfill revenues that will be lost as destroyed properties get reassessed.

“Our communities already had limited resources before the fire. This funding is critical to continue operations as we help people rebuild. We must ensure that we have sufficient funding for emergency response activities and to restore critical services and government functions like education,” said Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly who represents the communities of Concow, Cherokee and Yankee Hill.

In Paradise, the fire destroyed about 95% of homes and businesses. 50,000 people are displaced from the town and surrounding communities. In addition to fiscal challenges, finding suitable housing to help keep people in the area will be a huge challenge in a state that already faces a housing crisis. Gallagher will also be working with stakeholders to provide regulatory relief and streamlining to increase access to interim housing.

“The people of Butte County have been devastated by the worst fire in State history. As a State we need to do everything in our power to get all the financial resources we can in order to put these communities and their residents back on their feet,” said co-author Assemblyman Brian Dahle.

by Jeff St. John Senior Editor Greentech Media

A new bill could allow the utility to raise bonds to cover this year’s deadly Camp Fire – and avoid potential bankruptcy.

Pacific Gas & Electric could soon get a legislative lifeline to help manage the threat of multibillion-dollar liabilities from this month’s Camp Fire, a move that could be critical to shield the utility from the looming threat of bankruptcy.

The bill from California Assemblyman Chris Holden, would amend a critical provision of state law SB 901, the wildfire omnibus bill passed in September. Among its provisions, SB 901 will allow PG&E to issue bonds to pay for the potential liabilities of the deadly wildfires of 2017 — but it didn’t extend that option to fires this year.

Holden’s proposed bill would extend this provision to 2018, giving PG&E the option to raise bonds to cover the potential liabilities it faces in the wake of the Camp Fire. With 85 deaths confirmed to date, the fire has become the state’s most destructive in history.

PG&E has not been found responsible for either the Camp Fire or the Tubbs Fire, both of which are still under investigation.

Paradise Lawmakers Call Utility Proposal Premature

Chico, Ca.

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) issued the following joint statement today in response to reports of a new legislative proposal to provide financial protections to PG&E:

“There will be time in the weeks and months ahead to discuss policy proposals ensuring accountability and the future viability of utilities in California.

“But to do so now is irresponsible and premature.

“The first order of business when the Legislature reconvenes must be to aid Butte County families who are suffering and to assist a Town that is reeling from one of the worst disasters in our nation’s history. This is the priority. We welcome and encourage our legislative colleagues to assist in this effort.”

In a big departure from previous interpretation of the federal Endangered Species Act, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that critical habitat designated for a threatened or endangered species must be actual habitat for that species, not simply adjacent habitat or areas that may be suitable for habitat.

Currently, critical habitat may include areas that are not occupied by a listed species, but may be designated if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines the areas are “essential for conservation of the species.” The ruling not only limits the Service’s ability to designate critical habitat in the future, but also opens up challenges to past designations that have economic impacts on the regulated community.

tea partyMalcolm McGough 211 28Yuba City, Ca,

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Malcolm McGough, a political and business consult, former Executive Board Member at Election Integrity Project California, and Former California Field Operations Director Donald Trump for President as the Special Guest Speaker for their Monday, December 3, 2018, meeting.

Malcolm will be sharing insight and suggestions gained during the Trump for President campaign and offering his opinions on California voter fraud during the November 6, 2018, General Election. His topic is “America’s Godly Heritage and Election Fraud” speaking to the hope that President Donald J. Trump is giving the American people in returning to the truths of the Founding Fathers.

Malcolm will address the concerns about voter fraud and what we can do about it in a Sanctuary State environment where the corrupt Administration, including the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, allows full citizen benefits and voting rights to illegal aliens, felons in prison, and dead people. Q&A will be open to audience and follow the presentation.

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio, will follow our Special Guest Speaker. Paul will be discussing events of the day.

Everyone is welcome. There is no membership and no cost to attend. The Monday, December 3, 2018, Feather River Tea Party Patriots meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp and will be held at Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; come early to socialize with like-minded patriots, meet the candidate, and get a good seat.

For more information contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

Marysville, Ca.

Wheatland police officers will be better protected while on duty with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency.

The $5,000 grant, approved today by the water agency as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, will help the Wheatland Police Department purchase seven new bulletproof vests.

“The men and women in blue put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Yuba Water Agency Board Director Gary Bradford, whose district includes Wheatland. “This funding will allow the department to provide better protection for the officers keeping our communities safe.”

The Wheatland Police Department provides general law enforcement services to the community of approximately 4,000 people, and responds to issues around the agency’s dams and hydropower facilities through mutual aid agreements. Each bulletproof vest has an expiration date and the majority of the current vests are coming up for replacement, so this funding will relieve a significant financial burden for the department.

This is another agency to benefit from Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in January, 2018. These grants are designed for first responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $5,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment or specialized personnel training. The grant program was the idea of, and is named after, an employee who survived a potentially life-threatening injury, and who was extremely grateful for the emergency responders who helped save him.

By Stephen Frank

Jerry Brown has killed tens of thousands of jobs via water policy. He has declared that the delta smelt is more import than almonds or lettuce. He would rather we use farms for solar panels than grapes.. Now he has given us new groundwater rules—guaranteed to cost 24,000 in KernCounty, alone, their jobs. This is the Democrat answer to the Trump jump creation—we will killas many jobs as you create.

“SGMA gave local water authorities until January 2020 to come up with a plan for righting the imbalance. They’ll have until 2040 to become water neutral – taking out only what can be recharged every year. It’s a deadline many regions will struggle to meet.

“It’s not reasonable, it’s required,” Averett said.

So now, water district managers and farmers across the county are working at a furious pace to re-imagine the industry. Nothing is off the table.

Without a substantial increase in the supply of water and/or a substantial decrease in the demand for it, officials predict 185,000 acres will need to be fallowed. Taking that much land out of production will result in the loss of 24,300 jobs, they say.

Groundwater is an issue and important resource—maybe if he allowed the building of dams, we would not have to use as much groundwater. Again the Brown policy has caused the loss of jobs.

Marysville, Ca.

Yuba Water Agency has completed a $701,440 project to overhaul and upgrade the spillway gate drive mechanisms at New Bullards Bar Dam, ensuring reliable operation well into the future.

All three of the spillway gates operate within specification and have been released for full operational duty.

“The previous motors were more than 50 years old and were near the end of their serviceable life,” said Aaron Esselman, mechanical hydro engineer for Yuba Water Agency. “We have a robust spillway hoist system that is in full compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission standards.”

The following components were refurbished, replaced or modified:

Hoist motors were replacedAll three gearboxes were fully refurbished and all internal wear elements were replacedThe original braking system was overhauled with all new componentsAll of the spillway control wiring was replacedA new motor control center was installedModern motor protection relays were installedA redundant motor brake was installedAll of the controls were replaced

The entire project was completely assessed and installed by Yuba Water Agency employees, which also provided useful data retention that will help drive future improvements.

“The recently completed improvements complement what is really a very well-maintained dam,” said Yuba Water Agency Chief Dam Safety Engineer Tim Truong. “There have been a series of recent physical inspections and comprehensive evaluations - both in-house and from third parties - which show that New Bullards Bar Dam and spillway are in satisfactory condition. That’s great news as we prepare to enter flood season.”

Safety is Yuba Water Agency’s number one priority, which is the reason the agency has invested approximately $9 million in dam and spillway work in just over a decade, including strengthening the radial spillway gates, installing new gate cables, grouting and drain cleaning.

The agency is now planning to spend an estimated $160 million to install a secondary spillway at the dam, further enhancing dam safety and significantly reducing flood risk for the people of Yuba and Sutter counties.

Yuba Water Agency continuously invests in the spillway and infrastructure at New Bullards Bar Dam to further reduce the risk of flooding, improve overall dam safety and to ensure a reliable supply of water for the benefit of farmers and ranchers and the 80 percent of Yuba County residents who rely on groundwater.

To assist farms, ranches and rural communities hurt by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters, the California Farm Bureau Federation has established a Farm and Rural Disaster Fund. Created under the California Bountiful Foundation—a charitable foundation established by CFBF—the fund will collect monetary contributions to aid communities affected by natural disasters.

“All too often, we’ve seen rural areas of California wracked by fires, floods and other natural disasters,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “We created the Farm and Rural Disaster Fund in response to our members’ request to be able to provide aid to farms, ranches and rural communities that have suffered losses.”

Online contributions to the fund may be made online via the CFBF website at www.cfbf.com or the California Bountiful website at www.californiabountiful.com, following the Farm and Rural Disaster Fund link. People who prefer to donate by postal mail may do so by sending a check, payable to California Bountiful Foundation, to California Bountiful Foundation; Farm and Rural Disaster Fund; 2300 River Plaza Drive; Sacramento, CA 95833; Attn: Financial Services.

In addition, county Farm Bureaus have begun relief efforts specific to the Camp Fire that continues to burn in Butte County.

The Butte County Farm Bureau and Butte Ag Foundation have created a Camp Fire Animal Agriculture Assistance Fund. The fund will accept monetary donations dedicated to feeding, housing and maintaining livestock displaced by the fire that are being cared for at the Butte County Fairgrounds. For more information, see www.butteagfoundation.org.

The Colusa County Farm Bureau has begun a children’s book drive to benefit elementary schools and families in the Paradise area. For information on how to donate new or gently used children’s books, contact the Colusa County Farm Bureau at 530-458-5130 or the Butte County Farm Bureau at 530-533-1473.

By Stephen Frank

If you want to try to become a citizen, you lose that right if you vote in an election for President or school board. Vote and you can be deported—that, under Federal law is a felony and fraud. That may be why so few illegal aliens vote—they want to stay in this country—if their name appears on a voting role, they could be home, their real home, the next day.

“Two years ago, San Francisco voters approved a measure on its city and county ballot granting non-citizens with children the right to vote for school board candidates, thus joining a handful of communities across the nation who have approved similar measures. San Francisco is the only community in California to allow non-citizens to vote.

As a result, immigrant parents, regardless of their immigration status, were allowed to register to vote for school board candidates for the first time this year, but warnings posted by the city about possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement repercussions and obstacles for naturalization may have deterred most non-citizen parents from signing up.

Those newly eligible to register to vote in the school board elections are immigrant parents or guardians who are legal permanent residents — those with green cards, those on temporary visas, like students or H-1B visa holders working in high tech and other fields and those in the United States without authorization. To be able to vote, they had to live in San Francisco and be the parents, guardians, or caregivers of children living in the city.”

I wonder how many ICE detained and deported illegal aliens were caught because they trusted the Democrats and registered to vote?