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Yuba City, Ca.

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced a Town Hall meeting and Ice Cream Social with Brandon Barnes, Sutter County Sheriff-Coroner candidate, as the Special Guest Speaker Monday, August 20, 2018.

Brandon Barnes is currently a Yuba County Sheriff’s Captain, Jail Division Commander, and a 23-year veteran of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.

A graduate from the Napa Valley Police Academy in 1994, Brandon Barnes began his career at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department in 1995 and was initially assigned to the Jail Division. He moved to the Operations Division and has held the positions of Field Training Officer, SWAT team member, Patrol Sergeant, Community Policing Supervisor, Investigation’s Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Investigation’s Lieutenant. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in July of 2016.

Captain Barnes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Administration from Union Institute. He is also the only department member to have graduated from both the FBI National Academy and the Peace Officer Standards and Trainings Command College.

Captain Barnes is an instructor for the Yuba College Module Police Academy. He is married and has two children, Brandon Jr. and Sarah. He is a resident of Live Oak and spends his free time working out and spending time with family and friends.

He will discuss with the attendees the duties of the Sheriff-Coroner, his priorities when he takes office, his understanding of the U.S. Constitution, including the Second Amendment. Come hear his positions on illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, working with ICE. What are his plans to combat the illegal commercial marijuana grows in the county? How will he address the marijuana-related crimes? What are his thoughts on the California DOJ Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS), the firearm confiscation raids in our area?

He will be open to all questions from the audience followed by an Ice Cream Social where he will address individual concerns. People from the surrounding counties are encouraged to attend. The operation of the sheriffs of each local county impacts everyone in the 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.

Everyone is welcome. There is no membership and no cost to attend. The Monday, August 20, 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

Sutter Yuba Constitutional Republicans is hosting a one-day seminar featuring a condensed course offering from The Institute on the Constitution titled The Truth of America's Founding – Your Heritage and Mine.

Examine our founding documents within the context of primary sources in order to restore and preserve our Constitutional Republic. The concept of limited government as envisioned by our Founding Fathers will be revealed to you as you learn the truth of America’s founding and come to understand the U.S. Constitution and it’s proper application.

WHERE: Church of Glad Tidings, 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City Building 500, Room 210/212

WHEN: August 25, 2018 9AM–3PM, registration begins at 8:30 AM There is no cost to attend the seminar, however there are optional student materials available for purchase in advance or in limited supply at the seminar.

To register or for more information, contact: Tammie Rikard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (530) 701-2845

By Stephen Frank

California has the highest gas tax in the nation—and it is going to go up another 72 cents on January 1, 2020, thanks to cap and trade. We might get a small benefit on November 6, if we repeal the 12 cent gas tax increase. Yet, look at the way we spend the gas tax money.

“An excellent analysis of FHWA data is produced every year by the Reason Foundation. Earlier this year they released “23rd Annual Highway Report, ”ranking each state’s highway system in 11 categories, including highway spending, pavement and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, and fatality rates.” Highlights from this study can offer insights into how efficiently California is spending its highway dollars compared to other states through using the following logic: How does California rank in terms of how much it spends per mile, compared to how California ranks in terms of the condition of its roads.

Overall California is ranked 43 among the 50 states “Total Disbursements per mile.” California is ranked 41 in “Capital & Bridge Disbursements per mile,” 47 in “Maintenance Disbursements per mile, and 46 in “Administrative Disbursements per mile.” In terms of road condition, California is ranked 33 in “Rural Interstate Pavement Condition,” 45 in “Urban Interstate Pavement Condition,” and 46 in “Rural Arterial Pavement Condition.”

We take money for roads and give it away to money and rider losing buses, trains and the infamous choo choo to nowhere. Instead of filling potholes, gas tax money goes to “the environment”. Let us not forget what Senator John Moorlach found, CalTrans has 3500 EXCESS employees. Then you have government paying union only contracts—raising the cost of repairs and expansions by 15-20% over the cost of hiring the most qualified workers, not just those paying union dues.

Mark Meuser, a native Californian and a small business owner, is running (riding) for California Secretary of State. Meuser’s favorite bike ride was a five day trip riding down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Orange County. Mr. Meuser has turned his love for cycling into a whistle stop type campaign entitled "#Elections Matter". On Thursday August 9th he will be in Grass Valley headed for Marysville. He is scheduled to arrive at the Marysville Veterans Memorial Park on 5th Street at 7:00 p.m. for a hour rally, some local dignitaries will speak, then on to Yuba City. Those wishing to attend should plan on being at the park at 6:00.

On Wednesday, Konstantinos Roditis, candidate for California Controller will be joining Meuser for the second half of this bike tour. This means that you will be able to meet two great statewide candidates at each of these stops.

As Secretary of State, his first priority would be to clean up the California voter rolls. The fact that there are 11 counties in California with over 100% voter registration is a major problem. The fact that Los Angeles County has over 144% voter registration should be a concern to all citizens. It is good government to keep the rolls cleared of those who have died, moved, have a non-matching address, or who are not eligible to vote.

Meuser’s priority is to guide the Secretary of State's office out of the antiquated 19th Century and into the 21st Century. The people of California deserve an open and accessible government that works for them, not against them.

The rally is sponsored by the S-Y State of Jefferson Formation Committee contact: email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At approximately 8:00 the riders will head for Yuba City where the Yuba Sutter Constitutional Republicans is hosting a Wine and Dessert Social fundraising event for the benefit of the campaigns of two very important state offices: Mark Meuser, Republican candidate for Secretary of State and Konstantinos Roditis, Republican candidate for State Controller.

The Sutter County event will begin at the Republican Headquarters located in Yuba City at 441 Bridge Street, Suite E on August 9th beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 available by advance purchase or at the door. This event will serve as the Grand Opening for the campaign season headquarters of the Yuba Sutter Constitutional Republicans and the debut of our Monte Carlo Night themed candidate fundraisers. We invite you to enjoy an evening of gaming in our casino style party room. You will not want to miss this great opportunity to be entertained and support 2 awesome Republican Candidates.

Sacramento, Ca.

Governor Brown has signed Assemblyman James Gallagher’s (R-Yuba City) legislation written in response to the 2017 wildfires and Oroville Dam crisis. AB 3078 expands the crime of looting to include when the conduct occurs during an evacuation order, and AB 3122 clarifies the property tax deferral process for individuals affected by natural disasters.

The fires, and resulting mudslides, forced many to evacuate on short notice, leaving their homes unprotected from looters and burglary. In the aftermath of the evacuations, there were numerous reports of residents returning to their property where valuable and irreplaceable items were stolen. While there is already an enhanced penalty for burglaries committed during a state of emergency, there is no enhanced penalty when burglaries are committed during an evacuation order. AB 3078 will close this loophole.

“During the 2017 Oroville Dam incident and last year’s wildfires, residents were ordered to leave their homes under mandatory evacuations. During this hectic time, homes and businesses were left unprotected. AB 3078 ensures that people who take advantage of communities when they are most vulnerable face higher penalties,” said Gallagher.

Gallagher’s other bill, AB 3122, clarifies the property tax deferral process for individuals impacted by disasters. In the months following the wildfires, many individuals applied for property tax reassessment and deferral. However, victims were unaware that their deferral claim would be invalid if damage to their property was less than $10,000. AB 3122 allows anyone impacted by a natural disaster to apply for relief, without the risk of penalties if they end up not qualifying.

“AB 3122 will ensure that people who are already facing a tough situation are not put in a position where they have to choose between applying for relief and paying penalties if they don’t qualify, or not applying at all,” said Gallagher.

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Yuba City, Ca.

Veteran, small business owner and community volunteer, Dave Shaw, has announced his run for one of three open seats on the Yuba City Council.

“I’ve watched in disappointment as most of our elected City Council members disrespect our citizens, spend our taxpayer money like its monopoly money and let special interest groups run the agenda,” said Shaw. “They’ve increased our water, sewer and garbage bills, they attempted to allow a transfer station (dump) in the city without public comment and sought a sales tax increase to put a further burden on our taxpayers. It’s an out-of-control money grab.”

Dave moved to the area 30 years ago when he was stationed at Beale Air Force Base. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force assigned to Space Command, served in Desert Storm and twice named Airman of the Year.

Dave is the CEO of Shaw & Associates in Yuba City, and is an expert in wealth management, taxes and accounting. Dave was voted Yuba-Sutter’s Best Financial Advisor. His firm was named Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Small Business of the Year.

“The majority of our current City Council come from the public sector and have no main street business experience,” said Shaw. “Their decisions are based on emotion, are illogical and it’s costing us a fortune. I will use my experience as a successful business owner, and financial expert, to better run this City by incorporating sound business principals into the process and stop the out of control spending.”

Dave attended Sacramento State University, holds his Enrolled Agent (EA) credential and is a graduate of the National Tax Practice Institute. Dave has been quoted on tax related matters in the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, and featured as an international keynote speaker on tax and investment related topics.

For more than 25 years, Dave has volunteered as the accountant for the Yuba Sutter Fair Scholarship Competition. In the late 90’s he served as treasurer for the Sutter Buttes Little League, taking them from the verge of insolvency to more than $60,000 in reserves, and completely refurbishing both fields with professional lighting and batting cages.

Dave is a member of the Rotary Club of Yuba City and has served on the Yuba City Charter School’s Board of Trustees for six years, currently as President.

Dave and Susan have three children and are active in regional rodeo events. Susan’s family, the Growney’s, own Growney Brothers Rodeo Company of Red Bluff, supplying bulls, bucking horses, steers and calves to rodeos all over the West Coast.

“The symbol of my campaign is a bull for many reasons,” said Dave. “Being a financial advisor, the bull represents the strength of strong sound financial accountability, and being part of rodeos my whole life, the bull represents the ultimate challenge where you must give everything you have to be successful.”

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The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Senator Jim Nielsen will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next Meeting, Monday, August 6, 2018.

Elected to the State Senate, 4th District, in January 2013, Senator Nielsen proudly represents the citizens of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba counties. He serves as Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review. He serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Health.

A strong fiscal conservative and expert on fiscal policy, Nielsen was named the lead Republican on state budget issues. From his position as Caucus Whip of the Senate Republican Caucus, Nielsen spearheaded the opposition to liberal tax increases, and rallied conservatives in favor of fiscal responsibility, smaller government and an improved business climate to provide good jobs for the people of California.

The Senator will discuss the status of the Oroville Dam and your views on the California sanctuary cities, President Trumps immigration policies, and the plethora of anti-Second Amendment laws streaming out of Sacramento.

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.


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.

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 sign-in, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat.

The meeting will be Monday, August 6, 2018, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409


Yuba City, Ca.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) released the following statement today following the announcement that the Sites Project was awarded $816 million in Proposition 1 funding:

“Since I was first elected to the State Assembly, I have been forcefully advocating for the Sites Reservoir project. Over the last four years I have worked closely with the Sites Project Authority to ensure that this vital project received its fair share of funding out of the Proposition 1 water bond. We held town hall meetings in the district with Water Commissioners, built bi-partisan support in the Legislature, and were constantly reminding the Water Commission of the many benefits of this project. Today I am proud to see that our advocacy has paid off and the Water Commission has agreed to allocate $816 million toward the project – including over $40 million in early funding to help get Sites off the ground. This has truly been a team effort that would not have been possible without us all working together.”

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Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner Steven L. Durfor is announcing his early retirement for the end of August 2018, four months prior to the end of his final term. Sheriff Durfor’s last day as the elected Sheriff-Coroner for Yuba County will be August 31, 2018.

Sheriff Durfor is a lifelong Yuba-Sutter resident that has proudly served as a peace officer for nearly 32 years in Yuba County. First elected as the Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner in June 2006, he assumed command January 2007 and is currently serving his third term.

The Sheriff’s desire for a smooth and successful transition for incoming Sheriff-Elect Wendell Anderson, and Durfor’s commitment to what is best for the department and the community, have lead him to the difficult decision to retire early.

In the interest of maintaining a congruent leadership direction and avoid the sometimes difficult transition into a new command, Sheriff Durfor will step down and recommend the Yuba County Board of Supervisors appoint Sheriff-Elect Anderson as Sheriff for the remaining months of his term. Sheriff-Elect Anderson’s 4-year term will begin January 2019. Additionally, Sheriff Durfor recognizes his early departure affords an opportunity for budgetary savings and organizational restructuring that will be needed to address deficits and the risks they pose to staffing levels.

Sheriff Durfor stated in a message to staff announcing his early departure “It has been a great honor to serve as your Sheriff and to serve the people of my hometown for close to 32 years. I could not be more proud and will always have great respect for the tremendous work all of you put forth each and every day to keep our county safe

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Yuba City, Ca.

Yuba City Councilmember Preet Didbal announced today that she will not seek re-election to the Yuba City Council in the November General Election. Didbal, who served as Planning Commissioner for the City of Yuba City for a decade prior to being elected to the Yuba City Council, stated that her priorities need to shift to care for the needs of her family.

Didbal’s campaign mantra of “Our Children. Our Community. Our Future.” was delivered as promised through the “Summer at City Hall” program that she championed, as well as the many community health forums she hosted related to youth and adolescents.

“I have always felt that it’s important for our young people to be raised in a community that invests in their success,” said Didbal. “I’m confident that the the youth programming we’ve developed is on a positive trajectory and will be here for years to come,” she added.

Under Didbal’s leadership, the City’s ‘Unfunded Pension Liability’ has been being paid down with an end in sight, beautification projects have been launched city-wide and the Police Department’s hiring process has been streamlined.

“When I began my term on the City Council, the Police Department was struggling to attract applicants,” said Didbal. “I’ve enjoyed the partnership that Chief Landon and I have forged and together we have improved the hiring process with a plan to secure the necessary equipment to create our own obstacle course for the physical portion of the test,” she continued.

Didbal exits the Council at a point in time when long-awaited infrastructure improvements are underway along the Bridge Street corridor including the expansion of 5th Street Bridge, Economic Development is on an upswing and the City is well-positioned for future success.

But don’t expect Didbal to disappear. “I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the Summer at City Hall program and beautification projects across the City,” said Didbal.

By Stephen Frank

Radicalism is the way of life in California. Don’t kill enough babies each year and we will have an unsustainable population explosion—but bring in unlimited illegal aliens. Poverty is the highest in the nation—so pass laws making it more expensive to live in the State and taxes that harm the poor first and hardest. Safety—of course Jerry Brown says we are safer with criminal illegal aliens on our streets than enforcing the laws and protecting our families.

Extremism by the Left can never go far enough for them. Abolish ICE—open our borders. $272 billion in new taxes proposed in 2018 by the Democrats, still too little. Education is about indoctrination never about the children’s future. Health care? Democrats want you to join a waiting list, a yearlong or more, to get a doctors opinion—just like they have in Britain. Sacramento loves extremism because it leads to their goal of totalitarianism.

“In fact, virtually nothing that California does will have an impact on global climate. California per-capita emissions have always been relatively low, due to the mild climate along the coast, which reduces the need for much energy consumption on heating and cooling. In 2010, the state accounted for less than 1 percent of global GHG emissions; the disproportionately large reductions sought by state activists and bureaucrats would have no discernible effect on global emissions under the Paris Agreement. “If California ceased to exist in 2030,” Friedman and Hernandez note, “global GHG emissions would be still be 99.54 percent of the Paris Agreement total.”

Many of California’s “green” policies may make matters worse. California, for example, does not encourage biomass energy use, though the state’s vast forested areas—some 33 million acres— could provide renewable energy and reduce the excessive emissions from wildfires caused by years of forest mismanagement. Similarly, California greens have been adamant in shutting down nuclear power plants, which continue to reduce emissions in France, and they refuse to count hydro-electricity as renewable energy.”

Sacramento makes it worse—forcing more productive people to leave the State. We are in a death spiral and the Democrats are pushing to make it happen even faster.

Addressing so-called sanctuary laws

I write to support the many local citizen groups that are seeking a resolution declaring that Placer County opposes California’s so-called sanctuary laws. I also urge you to join the 12 California counties and 42 California cities that are challenging them as incompatible with the rule of law and the supremacy of the federal Constitution over immigration.

California’s policy of releasing dangerous criminal illegal aliens back into our communities rather remanding them to federal authorities for deportation presents a critical public safety issue for the people of Placer County. It also imperils federal law enforcement officials who must then attempt to arrest them at grave personal risk to themselves and to innocent bystanders.

There is good reason for immigration law to be in federal hands and every reason for state and local governments to cooperate in their enforcement. If our immigration laws are to be ignored, as sanctuary supporters advocate, then our national borders mean precisely nothing. Nations that cannot or will not defend their borders aren’t around very long. The open borders advocated by California officials are suicidal for any nation.

Placer County has suffered grievously because of the non-enforcement of our immigration law. The bloody rampage by a twice-deported illegal immigrant in 2014 claimed the life of Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis. Democratic government relies on fidelity to law. If the law is abandoned, our democracy would dissolve into anarchy. Detective Davis gave his life to uphold the law. All that is asked of Placer County Supervisors is to take a stand in its defense.

MARYSVILLE, CA – Yuba County will hold its final three Public Safety Community Meetings beginning on Monday, July 16, to update residents on local law enforcement and fire protection efforts.

Those attended will have the opportunity to hear from and hear Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor, District Attorney Pat McGrath, Probation Chief Jim Arnold, County Administrator Robert Bendorf and Linda Fire Chief Rich Webb. Questions from the public are also encouraged. Each meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 16 at Yuba County Health and Human Services, 5730 Packard Avenue in LindaTuesday, July 17 at the Ponderosa Community Center, 17103 Ponderosa Way in BrownsvilleThursday, July 19 at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 8th Street in Marysville

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Hang out with your neighbors on August 7, 2018. For more local information call 530-822-4725.

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Yuba City, Ca.

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced a Town Hall meeting and Ice Cream Social with Wendell Anderson, Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner Elect as the Special Guest Speaker Monday, July 16, 2018.

Wendell Anderson is currently a Yuba County Sheriff’s Lieutenant, Chief of the Detective Bureau and Yuba County’s SWAT Commander. He is a lifelong Yuba County resident and 21-year veteran of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.

He will discuss with the attendees the duties of the Sheriff-Coroner, his priorities when he takes office, his understanding of the U.S. Constitution, including the Second Amendment. Come hear his positions on illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, working with ICE. What are his plans to combat the illegal commercial marijuana grows in the county? How will he address the marijuana related crimes? What are his thoughts on the California DOJ Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS), the firearm confiscation raids in our area?

He will be open to all questions from the audience followed by an Ice Cream Social where he will address individual concerns. People from the surrounding counties are encouraged to attend. The operation of the sheriffs of each local county impacts everyone in the area.

Lt. Anderson graduated from Lindhurst High School and the Yuba College Police Academy, where he now serves as an instructor. He has the endorsement of the current Yuba County Sheriff, Steve Durfor, and 16 current County Sheriffs in California.

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 Feather River Tea Party Patriots meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp and will be held at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; come early to socialize with like-minded patriots and get a good seat. For more information contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

call for Wildfire Conference Committee

Governor Jerry Brown and California’s legislative leaders agreed to Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle’s (Bieber) request for a joint conference committee to address California’s wildfire crisis. The committee will hear Senate Bill 901, which legislators will amend to ensure the bill prepares the state to deal with the increasingly devastating wildfires throughout California.

“There’s a lot at stake for California and we need to get this right,” said Dahle. “In my district, where thousands of people are at risk of wildfires, we need immediate action to keep them safe and keep insurance affordable. By moving these negotiations to a public forum, we can develop a responsible plan that will protect Californians from future wildfires, provide stability to the marketplace and protect consumers.”

Last year, California wildfires killed 43 people and damaged more than 10,000 structures. The Tubbs Fire that hit Santa Rosa was the most destructive fire on record, destroying or damaging more than 5,600 homes and killing 22 people.

The joint conference committee will focus on the issues of wildfire prevention and safety, insurance liability, and utility accountability.


Yuba County Water Agency is partnering with Pacific Gas and Electric to launch a new, collaborative water and energy efficiency program for low-income households in Yuba County.

Yuba County Water Agency will invest up to $300,000 for water conservation measures, which will be combined with PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance investment for energy saving measures for low-income residences in the Linda County Water District service area.

Through this pilot program, local contractors will provide water and energy conservation assessments for up to 1,000 households, and when necessary, install new water efficiency devices including faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads, shower timers and high-efficiency toilets.

“This is a great way for us to be able to invest in Yuba County in a way that’s within our water supply reliability mission, but that really affects people’s lives and pocketbooks directly,” said Terri Daly, Yuba County Water Agency administrative manager. “Partnering in this pilot program gives us the opportunity to help the people who live in Yuba County, one household at a time, and conserve a lot of groundwater doing it.”

PG&E, with help from its program administrator, Richard Heath and Associates, has successfully implemented its ESA weatherization program in Yuba County for over 15 years, improving the energy efficiency for low-income households.

Now, PG&E and RHA are partnering with water agencies to provide both energy and water conservation assessments in the same household visit.

RHA will manage all of the aspects of the program, from securing and training local contractors, to providing extensive data on the number of households served, water efficiency measures implemented and estimated water savings.

Linda County Water District has additionally agreed to partner in this program, to help meet the district’s water conservation targets and ensure quality data for measuring the program’s success.

“This program has the ability to save a lot of money for some of Yuba County’s poorest families,” said Andy Vasquez, Yuba County Water Agency director. “We’ve invested millions in reducing flood risk and improving our water supply over the years, and it’s great to see this investment in water conservation that directly impacts our people in a way that can give them a little boost.”

The program will begin in August, 2018, and run until Dec. 31, 2019.

Visit our website for more information about the program and to learn about eligibility requirements.

By Stephen Frank

AB 32, created by Guv Schwarzenegger—who killed California jobs and the Republican Party in the Confederate State of California. This was followed by the multi-billion transfer of money from one company, to another, via cap and trade—with NO reduction in or increase4 in air quality—it was a tax for the purpose of pushing firms and families out of California. You would think the Arnold and Jerry policies were create by the Texas Chamber of Commerce.

“On a per capita basis, 41 states outperformed California on CO2 cuts over those same years.

Here’s another way to look at it. Ohio, Georgia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have about the same combined population as California. But these states saw emission reductions five times as great as California. (To be fair, California started from a lower base.)

Even that is exaggerating California’s achievement. The study notes that because the state has become so inhospitable to manufacturing and energy production, it now imports more energy than any other state in the nation and relies heavily on imported goods.

In fact, California imports 66% of its crude oil, 91% of its natural gas, and 88% of the ethanol is uses from other states and countries. California alone accounts for almost a quarter of U.S. oil imports from the Persian Gulf and from Saudi Arabia.”

California has proved that stealing from businesses, raising the cost of doing business and the cost of products and services is a loser. Thanks to the policy of not allowing oil to be drilled in California or pipelines to bring the oil to refineries—we pay more for gas and lose hundreds of thousands of well paying jobs. Losers of the Century? Arnold, Jerry and the people of California.

By Congressman Tom McClintock

New Zealand is four times more dependent on agriculture than the United States, and it once maintained extensive farm subsidies. In 1984, it ended them. What happened? Farm productivity and earnings rose. The Federated Farmers of New Zealand fought just as vigorously as their American counterparts to preserve their subsidies. Yet in hindsight, the same group now says that its experience “thoroughly debunked the myth that the farming sector cannot prosper without government subsidies.” In fact, it thrives.

It’s time to debunk that myth in our own country, but don’t hold your breath. Recently, my amendment to slowly phase out American farm subsidies over the next 12 years got just 34 votes in the 435-member House.

American agriculture is a tangled mess of price supports, insurance subsidies, commodity rules, quotas, bailouts, loan guarantees and other bureaucratic interventions that distort the price signals that are essential to maximize productivity in any market. The result? Higher prices for consumers, higher costs for taxpayers and ironically, lower productivity for farmers.

Prices, if left alone, convey a wealth of information that consumers depend upon to make rational decisions. Those choices, in turn, direct all production to the greatest need and all investment to its highest use.

The price of the cup of coffee that you bought this morning includes information on political conditions in Columbia, weather forecasts in Costa Rica, currency rates of exchange, insect infestations in Brazil, bribery rates in Mexico, inflationary pressures and what the guy down the street is selling it for.

Your response to that price – to drink more coffee, less coffee, or shift to tea – sends signals back to producers of what consumers want them to produce more of or less of.

When government interferes with the pricing structure, it corrupts the data that is necessary to ensure that every dollar in the economy is spent wisely. The cost isn’t just the agricultural subsidies paid by taxpayers, but the misallocation of resources that the subsidies are causing. The sugar support program alone is estimated to cost an average household about $30 in inflated grocery bills annually.

When government plays this game, risks are masked, inefficiencies go undetected and uncorrected, capital flows from productive to non-productive use and perhaps the most dangerous for a free society, producers pay less attention to what consumers want and more attention to what government wants.

When that happens, the productive sector becomes increasingly dependent on, and beholden to, the government. Our political and economic systems become riddled with cronyism, corruption and inefficiency.

In recent years, direct payments have given way to subsidized insurance. What is insurance? It is a way to put a price on the risk of any activity. If insurance is subsidized, the risk is disguised. We encourage behavior that our own common sense, as informed by high insurance rates, would otherwise protect us from.

In the agricultural sector, that risk may be choosing crops that the market is signaling it doesn’t want. In that case, the result of subsidized insurance is a glut of commodities consumers don’t want and shortages of those they do. High insurance premiums may be warning farmers not to plant crops in regions ill-suited to them. Mask that cost and more crop failures result.

Because price signals are no longer being sent by the market’s consumers, but instead by government, it shouldn’t surprise us that those with oversized political influence make out very well. Small farmers who can’t afford lobbyists don’t.

Some argue that because agriculture is at the mercy of the weather or foreign trade barriers, it is inherently more risky than other pursuits and thus requires “a safety net.” Yet 60 percent of American farms receive no subsidies and appear to do just fine. So do New Zealand farms. After all, every human enterprise faces unique risks and challenges which accurate pricing regulates and compensates.

American agriculture is too important to be consigned to the mismanagement of incompetent federal bureaucracies. By ending the subsidies and restoring the accurate pricing signals that a free market provides, the needs and wants of consumers can be better served. Taxpayers can be relieved of $20 billion of counter-productive costs. And producers can be freed from the gross inefficiencies that government command and control systems invariably impose.

Just ask New Zealanders.

New federal farm legislation passed today by the U.S. Senate includes many of the top priorities identified by the California Farm Bureau Federation.

The bill establishes federal policy on agricultural programs encompassing conservation, nutrition, commodities, trade, research, rural development and other topics. The Senate bill will be reconciled in conference committee with a farm bill passed by the House last week.

“The farm bill represents a five-year agreement between farmers and the American people,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “We will encourage our representatives to meld the best elements of the House and Senate bills to create a modern farm bill that serves farmers, ranchers, rural Americans and everyone who depends on the nation’s agricultural production.”

Johansson noted that the bill preserves conservation programs important to California farmers and ranchers and maintains investments in trade development, organic agriculture and programs to aid production of specialty crops such as vegetables, nuts and fruits. He said the measure also encourages research into mechanization, which offers a partial remedy for ongoing employee shortages on farms and ranches.

“This commitment to research acknowledges the need for long-term solutions for agricultural labor needs, and at the same time creates resources to develop innovative ways to harvest and care for crops,” Johansson said.

“On the other hand, the bill isn’t perfect,” he added. “We would like to see an improved risk-management program for dairy farms and changes to eligibility requirements for conservation programs that would allow more California farmers and ranchers to participate. The federal government also needs to adjust its definition of the term ‘rural,’ so more California communities could qualify for programs to improve facilities in rural regions.”

Current federal farm legislation is due to expire in September.