by Stephan Frank

 

Usually it, is California that starts the crazy, anti-freedom movements.  In this case Oregon gets the award for killing off the American dream.  They are passing legislation to end single family housing zones.  Who benefits?  Developers building eight story apartments and current single family homeowners that, when signed into law, increases the value of their home because of the now government mandated limited supply.  Under socialism the rich get richer—and this is how they do it.

“The state’s House and Senate have now both passed a measure that requires cities with more than 10,000 people to allow duplexes in areas zoned for single-family homes. In the Portland metro area it goes a step further, requiring cities and counties to allow the building of housing such as quadplexes and “//medium.com/@pdx4all/cottage-clusters-portlands-chance-to-build-community-in-a-new-way-7c504c5b260b">cottage clusters” of homes around a common yard.

House Bill 2001 will now go before Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, who is expected to sign it. It had bipartisan support and was approved on the last day of a wild legislative session that saw some Republican senators flee the state over a climate bill.

Bi-partisan support?  Cap and Trade, which gives $500 million a year the train to nowhere scam by raising gas taxes to up to 72 cents a gallon on 1/1/20 also was bi-partisan seven Assembly Republicans supported this and killed off volunteers that thought the GOP stood for responsible tax policy and honest government.  Expect Sacramento Democrats to pass this and kill off our American dream.

By Stephen Frank

 

AOC believes that getting rid of cars and planes will save the Earth.  As a professional bar tender, she does not know, even as a Member of Congress, that to do that would end all tourism in this country—even Disneyland would be destroyed.  Yet, not evidence other than junk science and paid for studies by conflicted academics and government socialists, are the proof needed for her.  Then you have the corrupt, Socialist government of California.

“Nevertheless, in order to help California “decarbonize,” the PUC wants to force all buildings and business operations to go all electric despite the tremendous cost and poor return on investment. Most people in this state are living from paycheck to paycheck. They can’t afford an electricity bill that is going to increase three times faster than their gas bill, nor the estimated $7,200 it will cost to convert the average home from gas to electric. Furthermore, electricity not only costs more, but we don’t have the grid capacity to go all electric, especially when you consider the higher voltage system required to recharge car batteries.

These people don’t realize that electricity is a secondary power source. It has to be produced by a primary source. Across America, fossil fuels are still the primary power source of 63 percent of all electricity. Moreover, solar and wind power sources, due to the intermittent nature of their output, must rely on natural gas for backup. Unless and until the state power sources are 100 percent renewable (which is going to take decades), why fool ourselves converting to all electrical appliances, as if electricity itself is green, when in reality the electricity is still being generated by fossil fuels?”

Will the people, at the ballot box, stop the corruption and the economic destruction of California?  If we don’t, learn to call yourself a Texan.

Sacramento, Ca.

 

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) today issued the following statement in response to AB 78, a Budget Trailer Bill that establishes a penalty for those not having health insurance in California:

“I am opposed to the proposed tax penalty in the budget for anyone not purchasing health insurance. The idea that we should mandate under threat of a fine or penalty that you purchase health insurance, or any product/service for that matter, runs counter to our American values and any concept of personal freedom. And the idea that it is “necessary” to bring down the costs of healthcare and premiums is just laughable at this point.

“Since we embarked on this failed Obamacare experiment has anyone seen their costs go down? Does anyone charge less? Have your premiums gone anywhere but up? So why are we doubling down on this in California. Same old story: Government gets bigger and more intrusive and you pay more.”

The penalty imposed for violating the rule to carry health coverage equals the greater of (1) $695 per adult plus $347.50 per child, up to a maximum of $2,085 or (2) 2.5 percent of a household’s modified adjusted gross income above the filing threshold, up to a maximum of the average cost of a bronze plan on the California exchange.

For more information on Assemblyman Gallagher, and to track legislation visit www.assembly.ca.gov/Gallagher

Marysville, Ca.

 A state-of-the-art education facility and programming focused on the Yuba River as the foundation for the experience is closer to becoming a reality after Yuba Water Agency’s board of directors today unanimously approved moving forward with the next stages of planning and development.

The overarching goals of the Yuba Watershed Experience are to improve Yuba County’s quality of life and economic prosperity through enhanced education, and spark community pride while creating opportunities to learn about, explore and develop an appreciation for the natural resources in this region.

“With this project, we are dreaming the way the founders of our agency dreamed when they built New Bullards Bar Dam 60 years ago,” said Yuba Water Agency board chairman Brent Hastey. “This facility may very well turn out to be the most impactful thing we can do to truly transform Yuba County for the better.”

Yuba Water Agency is currently partnering with the Yuba County Office of Education, Yuba Community College District, South Yuba River Citizens League and the Yuba River Endowment to plan and develop the Yuba Watershed Experience program and center. The advisory group has met several times and toured similar facilities, such as Sonoma Water’s Westside Water Education Center.

The educational goals of this center are to enhance educational opportunities for the residents of Yuba County, with curriculum opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, math, environment, culture and history, without creating resource or funding constraints for the schools.

The programs and facility will target audiences including K-12 schools, college students, as well as career preparatory programs. The K-12 programs will be taught by certificated teachers, and will be designed to meet California’s curriculum standards to ensure that they assist the schools in programming and ease the burden on the teachers.

“The information students will learn at the education center will be so impactful that it will trickle down through many generations,” said Amy Nore, communications coordinator for the Yuba County Office of Education. “I feel this will continue to be a blessing to Yuba County as it inspires our children to gain a sense of pride and connection to our community. Our hope is that as our students turn into adults, they might have a stronger desire to live and work in Yuba County.”

The next steps are to evolve the concept further by reaching out to community partners and educators to further understand needs and how to best accomplish collective educational goals. And while the water education facility concept is in its infancy, the hope is to be able to bring water-related programming into local schools immediately.

“When we participate in the future, and invest in our community and our children’s future, we can’t lose,” said Yuba Water Agency Director Mike Leahy.

by John Mistler

Brownsville, Ca.

A  press release from the North Yuba Water Alliance states, " State confirms that the North Yuba Water District is under investigation. The California State Water Board's division of Financial Assistance and the Office of Enforcement  confirmed today that they are currently investigating North Yuba Water District."

North Yuba Water District (NYWD) General Manager, Jeff Maupin said, We are not aware of any investigations. When applying for the Prop 1 planning grant we were walked through the process with the water board. No indication of a problem."

Ailene Voisin of the State Water Board said, "In general, the allegation is that North Yuba Water District fraudulently applied for and obtained a $500,000 Prop 1 planning grant. There are some additional allegations of fraud related to the contracts administered with those funds. We are conducting interviews and will have a better idea of what the allegations are after the interviews are completed. At this point, that consists of reviewing documents and other information in our possession.

 

The new law of the land and It was signed into law in 2010 under then President Barack Hussein Obama.

It's known under many different names:

  • The Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
  • Public Law 111–203
  • H.R. 4173
  • Bank Bail-In (Google this search phrase: Dodd–Frank Bail–In)

The law states that U.S. banks may take its depositors funds (i.e. your checking, savings, CD's, IRA & 401(k) accounts) and use those funds when necessary to keep itself, the bank, afloat.

That means:

  • if your bank makes bad investments in derivatives
  • or makes bad loans to sub-prime borrowers
  • or manages the bank poorly and can’t service its debt
  • or even worse the U.S. economy has another 2008 collapse

Instead of that bank going bankrupt and the banks assets sold off to be given back to its depositors…

Now the bank simply keeps your money and guess what? The bank is no longer bankrupt.

YOUR ACCOUNT IS NOT FDIC INSURED WHEN THE BANK TAKES YOUR MONEY. NOT ONE SINGLE PENNY.

Feather River Tea Party Meeting July 1, 2019

Yuba City, Ca.

 The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced their meeting will be celebrating Independence Day with their annual potluck social at 6:00 pm.  The Feather River Tea Party will provide fried chicken, chips, and refreshments.  If you plan to attend and your last name begins with the following initial, please provide:  A-P Salad or Side Dish or Q-Z Dessert.

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio Host and President of the New California State movement, will follow.  Paul will be discussing events of the day.

There is no membership requirement to attend and everyone is welcome.  Doors open at 5:30 pm; potluck begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat. 

The meeting will be Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.


Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

Visit the Feather River Tea Party online at

https://www.facebook.com/featherriverteaparty/

                The Sutter County Board of Supervisors has approved a $67,883 contract with Casa de Esperanza to provide child abuse prevention counseling services to Sutter County children and families.

                The non-profit organization, which operates a shelter program for victims of domestic violence, has provided the counseling service for Sutter County children and families for more than two decades, during which time Sutter County has authorized approximately $1 million for these services.

                “This is a program where we do therapeutic based counseling for children who are either at risk of abuse, or have been abused or neglected, and non-offending parents,” Casa de Esperanza Executive Director Marsha Krouse Taylor said during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “There is absolutely no cost at all to the families who are getting this service.”

                Families can access the service after hours, such as on a weekend or an evening.

                The counseling services are provided in English, Spanish, Punjabi, or Hmong, she said.

                Counselors also work with pre-verbal children through play therapy.

                The primary source of referrals is Child Protective Services, but Casa is seeing an increase in referrals from schools. Private individuals who have heard of the program, or who have had a family member go through the program at some point, also make referrals.

                “We’ve had great success,” Krouse Taylor said. “One of our greatest success stories is we currently have a volunteer intern assisting with the program to get her license for marriage and family therapy, who herself as a child went through the program 18 years ago.

                “We know it works. We know we are unique. And we are very, very fortunate to have had the partnership with Sutter County for as long as we have.”

                Funding for the child abuse program originates from the State of California Department of Social Services Office of Child Abuse Prevention and the contract is managed by Sutter County Health and Human Services.

                Since 1977, Sutter County has provided a home for Casa de Esperanza to serve as a shelter for domestic violence victims from Sutter, Yuba, and Colusa counties, at a cost of just $1 a year. In 2016, fire caused extensive damage to the home. Sutter County has been working with hazardous waste cleanup crews, its insurance company, an architect, and Casa representatives to restore the building to allow the shelter operation to continue. In the interim, Adventist Health Rideout has been housing the shelter program.

Casa is seeking to expand its operations due to the need for additional shelter space and is seeking contributions to a capital fund to locate property and a building of sufficient size for expansion.

Sign up for emergency alerts in sutter county at www.bepreparedsutter.org

Sign up for emergency alerts in yuba county at www.bepreparedyuba.org

 

By Stephen Frank

Al Gore has claimed, on his way to making hundreds of millions of dollars off the scam, that the sea is rising, polar bears no longer exist and climate change is going to kill us—shortly.  How soon?  Possibly after he makes his first billion off this canard.

“During the last 100 years, Greenland oscillated between gaining and losing ice. Its greatest loss raised sea level by 0.07 inches in 2012, about half the total sea level rise of 0.12 inches a year. That accelerated loss was trumpeted as just what climate models predict. However, Greenland’s melt rates then declined and by 2017 it was gaining enough ice to slightly reduce sea level rise.

Furthermore, the cause of rapidly melting ice since the 1990s was fewer clouds. Fewer summer clouds allow more solar heating and cycles of atmospheric circulation naturally alter cloud cover. In addition, researchers reported Greenland’s ice-free regions experienced various warming and cooling trends over the past 15 years, but concluded if there was any general trend, “it is mostly a cooling”. They also admitted they “cannot differentiate between anthropogenic forcing [in other words: warming from human added CO2] and natural fluctuations.”

Greenland was once a great agriculture area.  Then climate change, naturally, happened and it became a giant ice cube.  Al Gore and his buddies, including the Republicans supporting cap and trade, think by believing something is true is the same as it being true.  Hopefully they will grow up

By Don Rae

· If we walked our toddlers 600 miles across the Nevada desert to get California taxpayer benefits, CPS would take the kids in a split second.

· Tom Steyer’s “Need to Impeach” campaign is not only manufactured, but ill conceived, divisive and ignorant. He may be filthy rich, but such does not make him more intelligent.

· The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report on arrests and removals of illegal invaders shows that the total number of arrests in Fiscal Year 2018 was 158,581, an increase of 11% over the total arrests in FY 2017.

· Soon there will be more Democrats running around Iowa claiming they want to be President than there are people in that state.

· A federal panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethics complaints brought against Justice Brett Kavanaugh regarding his conduct at his confirmation hearings. Why they didn’t indict certain Senators for their disreputable conduct is disturbing.

· According to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge report some 218 thousand caribou range all over Alaska breathing out co2. And the National Geographic magazine is worried that they may be endangered by oil drilling. Well, what do the environmentalists want; a few less animals doing bad things to the air, or some needed energy extraction?

· Newsom is touting a tax on using water. Next thing you know he’ll want to tax you for breathing.

· The Mueller report has been “coming right away” for months. Still nothing. Forever nothing? Who cares?

· When you think seriously about it, the income tax was the first shot across the bow in the liberal design for redistribution of wealth.

· The propaganda forced into our living rooms, even by David Attenborough manages to crush reality under foot. He reports that Polar Bears have been spotted some 60 miles from land. Now how did they get there? Not by parachute or personal water craft. Maybe leftie private planes? They swim, dolts. They swim very well, thank you.

· Did you notice that those who know the least, manage to regale us with the longest, boring explanations?

· Can’t the mainstream media folks recall their journalism classes? Opinion and editorializing is not to be mixed with news pieces. But the LA Times lamebrains write a piece on Trump, but in the last paragraph, they simply can’t help themselves. “As he typically does, he made false and misleading claims....” Not a fact to back up the garbage. Then again, it is the LA Times trash.

· Recently the head of the Nobel Prize Committee expressed regret that they awarded the Peace Prize to Obama. It’s about time. What did he ever do to promote peace? They should look at the award given Gore also. All he did is propagate a fraud on the world with his “climate Change” trash. How about withdrawing both prizes?

· If you are a small business in California, watch out. You may find yourself in trouble and smacked with a huge fine if you sell something for which you are not required to have a license. Huh? An online retailer operating out of California has been ordered to pay a penalty of $60,000 for selling non-corrective, purely cosmetic contact lenses without first obtaining prescriptions for the non-prescription products. The Federal Trade Commission stipulates that retailers can sell contact lenses only “after obtaining a copy of a valid prescription or otherwise verifying the consumer’s prescription with the physician who issued it.” The rule applies even when there is no prescription. Huh?

· In the last California bar exam, only 40% of those that took the test passed. The legal community has gone into spasms. Calls for the passing score to be lowered are reverberating around the state. Let’s be real. Do we really want dumber lawyers?

· The people of France have revolted against taxation based on junk science – otherwise known as “climate change.” This is a revolt that is not going away. The French are the first to understand that government is stealing from them, in the name of the United Nations and totalitarians running global corporations and foreign nations.

· Leland Stanford established the university which bears his name for the purpose of educating young men and women, with an eye towards freedom and honesty. Unfortunately that goal is in the sewer. Instead, the faculty has decided that if you are a medical student who opposes the killing of babies, or at least brings up the subject, you are a danger to the community. Out with you.

· Why have there been so many officer-involved shootings? Because the leftist politicians have told the bad guys they can do anything they want and not face consequences. In order to be able to go home at night to their families, cops have to be quicker on the trigger. Good work, Democrats, you’ve reopened the Wild West.

· Congress recently spent its time denouncing white supremacy - whatever that is. Is that what we are paying those clowns to do?

· Why is Trump having such a tough time getting decent people to work in his administration? Simple. The only people who will accept nomination are part and parcel of the Deep State and conflicted on morality and honesty.

· Illegal invaders sent $56 billion earned in the USA to their countries. That amount is after their kids got free education at taxpayer expense, free lunches and free health care as well. Think that makes any kind of sense?

· Television talking heads sometimes need some education...............no, they all need plenty of education. Leslie Marshall, talk show host, doesn’t know that the Senate was added to the Constitution to represent states – not the average voter. The House was designed to represent the average voter. The division was to give the smaller states a leg up against the monster states. Wake up Leslie Marshall.

· So Newsom wants to restrict and take away guns which have clips which hold more than five rounds. That would eliminate almost all guns in California and criminalize the entire population. What are you going to do Newsom; throw the entire state in jail? Again, all laws restricting firearms are illegal under the Constitution. If you want to disarm the nation, take the 2nd Amendment out of the Constitution. See how far you get with that one.

scott mitnickSutter County, Ca.

After serving in a variety of leadership positions with five different local governments over 30 years, including as Sutter County’s top manager for the past two years, County Administrator Scott Mitnick has informed the Board of Supervisors that he will be retiring from public service. He is pursuing a position in the private sector. His last regular day in the office will be February 15, 2019.

“It is with a heavy heart and mixed emotions that I submit this resignation notice” stated Mitnick in a January 15, 2019 memo to the Board of Supervisors. “It has been an honor and privilege to work for the Board in general; and, for each of you individually. Your leadership and support has been unquestioned, consistent, and greatly appreciated throughout my tenure.”

“Scott brought a lot of professionalism to Sutter County,” Board Chair Mat Conant said. “From the beginning, he has done exactly as the Board requested. He led the way in helping the Board establish written Countywide Goals, Top Priorities, Board Norms, and a variety of other important public policies and action items. He established a process for the Board to provide enhanced accountability to the public. These are a few examples of the important steps he helped the County take at this time in our history.”

The Board of Supervisors will discuss selection of an Interim County Administrator and future recruitment options at an upcoming Board meeting.

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.”