jeff Pierce  11 22 17Yuba City, Ca.

Sutter County Undersheriff Jeff Pierce announced that he will run for Sutter County Sheriff to replace retiring Sheriff J. Paul Parker. “Out of respect, I wanted to wait for Sheriff Parker to announce his decision before making any announcement of my own,” said Undersheriff Jeff Pierce. “Today, I’m proud to announce that I am running to serve the public as Sheriff, and I am honored that current Sheriff Parker has endorsed me for Sheriff.”

“I know all the candidates,” said Parker, “and they are good people. But there is only one candidate who has all the skills and qualifications necessary to keep the department on track and hit the ground running to keep our community safe. And that is current Undersheriff Jeff Pierce.”

“Jeff Pierce has earned my unequivocal and enthusiastic support for Sheriff. In Fact, on January 13, I’m going to strap on an apron and cook spaghetti for his campaign kick-off,” Parker stated. Jeff Pierce is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served as Undersheriff - second in command - since 2010, where he led efforts to modernize the Sheriff’s Department and to improve technology, crack down on drug gangs, and improve emergency response. He has served Sutter County for 36 years as Sergeant, detective, Captain, and SWAT commander; and has been named “Officer of the Year” twice - 1997 & 2004.

“The Sheriff’s Department is facing new challenges we could not image even six years ago,” said Pierce. “The state is pushing career felons out of prisons, reducing penalties for criminals, opening the doors to increased drug use, and trying to block us from working with Federal agents to get rid of criminals and gangs from other countries.”

“I have spent 40 years keeping the public safe - I won’t let them make our community less safe,” said Pierce. “Being an effective Sheriff - running an organization with a $21 million budget and over 146 personnel, takes more than just giving speeches or wearing a badge and gun - it takes experience and knowledge. I know this Department inside and out - and I know and what we need to do to meet these new challenges,” said Pierce.

Over 15 years ago, and soon before the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. New London decision, the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights was formed to protect a Yolo County ranch from being forcibly seized by eminent domain – and we prevailed.

We are proud of our accomplishments and we believe Californians have benefited from our services. California was once considered to be among the biggest abusers of private property rights in the country. It was a well-deserving reputation.

Our organization provided citizens the tools to fight back and we publicly shamed politicians by bringing eminent domain abuse to the attention of the press, often when so-called community leaders demonstrated either indifference or the unwillingness to challenge authority.

The Alliance was also a sponsor of Proposition 98, a statewide ballot measure that intended to stop eminent domain abuse and we were vocal supporters of the State Legislature’s decision to abolish local redevelopment agencies (RDA), relatively unknown local public agencies that used eminent domain and over $5 billion dollars in taxpayer money for dubious development projects, many of which failed.

After the State Legislature and Governor abolished RDAs, the number of eminent domain abuse cases declined significantly and today, this power is largely limited to public projects. The public’s distain for this police power has never been greater. It has become so closely associated with public corruption, corporate welfare and wasteful spending that few politicians will utter the words.

As a consequence, the Alliance is shuttering its doors, figuratively speaking. As we had fewer and fewer battles to wage, it became evident that we achieved what we sought to do – expose a corruptive power so that private property could once again be safe.

Will eminent domain abuse return? Absolutely! The redevelopment lobby may have experienced a setback, but they are still thriving and their campaign dollars will certainly persuade future legislators to return California to its darkest days.

While the Alliance’s time has come and gone, we are pleased that the Institute for Justice and the Pacific Legal Foundation will continue the fight. To all our friends and supporters, we enjoyed being part of this noble cause. Thank you for sharing our journey.

Flood Control Spillway Ready for Rainy Season

Sacramento, Ca.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced it has met its goal of repairing and reconstructing the main, gated flood control spillway at Lake Oroville by Nov. 1, 2017 to handle flows of 100,000 cubic-feet per second this winter.

Preparing the main spillway for the rainy season was a primary objective of the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project, which has now completed its first phase after a massive construction effort that rebuilt and strengthened more than 2,270 feet of the 3,000-foot-long main spillway.

“Today is a truly significant day for DWR, our state, federal and local agency partners, and the contractors who have worked together so well to meet this critical milestone,” said DWR Director Grant Davis. “It is also a very important day for the surrounding communities, and everyone who depends on the Oroville Dam facilities for flood protection. However, today is only a milestone and we have much more work to do before the project is complete, and we’re eager to begin phase two.”

DWR awarded Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. (Kiewit) the contract to reconstruct both the main and emergency spillways in April of this year.

“More than 600 Kiewit workers, many of them from Butte County and other parts of Northern California, have put in over 720,000 hours to date since May this year to help deliver the first phase of this very important project on schedule,” said Jeff Petersen, Kiewit project director. “We take great pride in the speed in which the entire project team has worked safely and productively to meet expectations. Our commitment continues to be to deliver the highest quality, most reliable spillways that the communities in this region deserve.”

Earlier this month, DWR released an operations plan for the 2017-’18 flood season that will guide reservoir operations between November 1 and April 2018. The plan calls for DWR to maintain lower-than-average lake levels during the winter months to provide space for inflows and manage releases from the substantially reconstructed main spillway.

Phase 1 Completion of the Main, Flood Control Spillway

• Reconstruction of 2,270 feet of the main spillway:

o Placement of all reinforced, structural concrete slabs and walls is complete in the upper and lower chutes. This includes 870 feet of the upper chute and 350 feet of the lower chute of the spillway.

o The 1,050-foot middle section of the main spillway chute is complete, with approximately 350,000 cubic yards of roller compacted concrete placed. This middle section will be completed to final design with a top layer of structural concrete in 2018.

• The top 730 feet of the main spillway leading to the radial gates has been patched and reinforced. It will be removed and reconstructed with structural concrete in 2018.

Construction at the Emergency Spillway

• Construction of the secant pile wall, or cut-off wall, downhill of the emergency spillway is scheduled to be complete by the end of January 2018.

• Crews have completed 50 percent of the secant pile wall.

To download graphics, fact sheets, and other information, please view the press kit online. Photos and video of the Lake Oroville Spillways construction are available on DWR’s Oroville Spillway photo gallery and YouTube channel.

Yuba City Ca.

In a much anticipated announcement, Sheriff Paul Parker announced that he would not run for re-election, but instead would retire at the end of the current term.

“I vividly recall my excitement back in 1972, when I received the notice I had been accepted into the Cadet Program. That’s when my dream of becoming a law enforcement officer was off and running,” stated Sheriff Parker. “Today, I still feel the same pride and commitment to our community, and the Department. But after nearly 10 years as Sheriff, it is time for me to hand over the reins.”

Parker began as a Sheriff’s Patrol Cadet at the old Jail next to the Courthouse on 2nd and C streets in 1972. He moved up to communications and worked for a year in the photo lab for the Detective’s Division. Parker paid his own way through the police academy, after graduating, was hired as a patrol officer for the Live Oak Police Department in 1976.

He returned to the Sheriff’s Department in 1980 as a patrol deputy. Parker moved quickly up the ranks to Corporal in 1985, Patrol Sergeant in 1989, and served eight years as a Detective Sergeant. He as promoted Captain in 1999, commanding the Jail Division before taking command of the Patrol Division in 2003 and was promoted to Undersheriff in 2006.

In April 2008, Paul Parker was appointed Sutter County Sheriff-Coroner after the retirement of Sheriff Jim Denney. He was overwhelmingly re-elected Sheriff in 2010 and 2014.

During that time, Parker has served as an instructor at Yuba Community College, as well as teaching courses on jail security and domestic violence at both the Police and the Jail Academies. Parker is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He has been honored as Officer of the Year by the Marysville Exchange Club and Officer of the Year by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

“I must thank my family for enduring all the night shifts; the Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday and other celebrations that all cops know they are going to miss with their families. My family has always been my rock and my anchor.” Said Parker.

“I also want to thank my second family – the members of the Sheriff’s Department, who over the years could be counted on no matter the challenge. Many are still doing the job, some are retired, but still around – and some are gone but, never forgotten.”

Parker concluded: “It’s been a great honor and a distinct privilege to serve the citizens of Sutter County over these past 45 years. They have gone by in a flash.. Thank you”

Sheriff Parker is a lifelong resident of the Yuba/Sutter area and lives in Yuba City with his wife Kate. Sheriff parker has two daughters, (Jacqueline and Samantha) a son (Jacob) and six grandchildren (Abby, Christian, Kyler, Saxon, Jackson, and Georgia Grace).

jim 11 15 17Jim NielsenGuest Speakers Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher

Yuba City, Ca.

Assemblyman Gallagher: My message to you is simple: “Don’t buy the lie. Don’t buy the lie that we needed to raise taxes to fix our roads”.

Infrastructure can, and should be, one of the fundamental responsibilities of government. But the so called gas tax ‘solution’ rammed through earlier this year at the State Capitol is a farce. It’s a farce because we did not need to raise taxes to fix our roads. In 2011, California’s general fund budget was $86 billion. The budget passed this year is a whopping $125 billion. That’s $39 billion added to the state budget over the past six years. But not a dime of this $39 billion in new revenues went into our roads.

The other dirty little secret at the State Capitol is the raid on funding specifically earmarked for roads. Each year for the past six years, $1 BILLION in road money has been siphoned away and sucked into the general fund. That’s a total of $6 billion that state leaders decided to spend elsewhere because they didn’t think transportation should be a priority

Comments by Senator Jim Nielsen This past year I have worked on several pieces of good, common-sense legislation that were rejected by the Democrat james galll  11 15 17James Gallagherlegislature or Governor.

Two bills addressing problems on California university campuses were killed by the Legislature in the past several months -- one protected free expression and speech on campuses, while another would have given the public more information about local students being accepted or rejected by the UC & CSU system. The Governor also vetoed a bill that would have required stricter labelling re-quirements for marijuana edibles to ensure that children were not poisoned. While I am dismayed by these outcomes, I am committed to introducing more legislation in the upcoming year to protect stu-dents on university campuses and address the erosion of our public safety needs.

I will be actively working on behalf of my constituents and all Californians to improve water infra-structure, public safety, veterans housing, and higher education. In the next legislative year, Assem-blyman Gallagher and myself will make a huge push to ensure consistent, adequate funding from the state budget to repair the critical flood infrastructure at the Oroville Dam. As seen with the crisis at Oroville Dam in Yuba and Sutter counties, the impacts from water-related disasters affect not just immediate communities but the surrounding cities and counties as well. Providing the necessary funding will allow local flood agencies to take immediate action on repairing at-risk levees, drains, and channels throughout the North State. I will be working on several pieces of legislation this upcoming year, to improve the quality of veterans homes by ensuring uniform best practices across all California facilities, and a bill to add penalties to businesses who knowingly sell nitrous oxide canisters to those who use them to get high, and most importantly a bill to add penalties to felons who unlawfully possess a firearm.

November 16 at the Hillcrest Catering

In the Plaza Room, 210 Julie Drive Yuba City ~ Cost $16 ~ for a buffet lunch, meeting will start promptly at 11:30 am Reservations are a must please call Cheryl at 671-9128

Yuba City, Ca.

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announces their November 20th meeting will feature guest speaker Jason Rikard on the topic of disaster preparedness.

ERRRRRR, ERRRRRR, ERRRRRR, this is a test of your emergency preparedness skills, if this had been an actual emergency, how well equipped would you have been to deal with it? Because of the recent fires in Yuba County and the early rains coming our way again this year, the Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots presents another exciting installment of Disaster Preparedness by local legend – Jason Rikard, community volunteer in self-reliance skills instruction. Jason believes in the idea of preparing and equipping individuals within his community, the more we are each individually prepared, the better our community will fare as a whole in the event of an emergency.

Floods, fires, thermal nuclear war – Oh My! Recent events have prompted the topic of disaster preparedness to surface again. Your success in dealing with any challenge hinges on your preparation for the task. Jason Rikard will deliver a presentation aimed to help encourage, motivate and equip you with the confidence and skills needed to transcend difficult times.

Also there are tickets for our last ammo raffle on December 4th while It’s still legal! 300 rnds of 9mm, 200 rnds of .223 with a 2nd place drawing of 60 rnds .223 steel jacket, 400 rnds of 22 LR with a 2nd drawing of 160 rnds of varmint .22 LR.

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party meetings begin promptly at 6:30, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at The Church of Glad Tidings at 1179 Eager Road, Live Oak; Highway 99 and Eager Road.

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With most of the work on the Oroville Dam Spillway complete, North State’s Legislators - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – thank the dedicated men and women who have worked around the clock to repair the Spillway and ask the state to clean up the sediment buildup that resulted from this crisis. They issued the following statement:

“The men and women from Kiewit Construction and the sub-contractors on site have accomplished a monumental task. Speaking on behalf of all of our constituents living downstream of the Oroville Dam complex, we say thank you to the Kiewit team for their tireless efforts.

“We want to be clear that although today’s accomplishment is worthy of recognition, the work is far from complete. It’s not enough to fix the spillways and move on. The impacts of this crisis have not been mitigated. Perhaps the most glaring impact not yet addressed is the massive sediment and debris buildup in the Feather River. The newly formed sediment buildups impact not only recreation, but also the channel capacity of the river and habitat for migrating salmon and other species.

“It is encouraging to hear that DWR is considering long-term infrastructure and operational changes to improve public safety and flood control. However, our community deserves a seat at the table as these plans are being discussed and plans are developed. We strongly advise against keeping the public in the dark as these discussions are taking place.

“Lastly, we agree wholeheartedly that a comprehensive needs assessment is necessary. However, this robust inspection work should be conducted completely independent of DWR and the other regulatory agencies that were responsible for the inspection work leading up to the collapse of the Oroville Dam spillways.”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Driver distractions have always presented challenges to roadway safety. Over the years, it has increasingly become a more serious problem as in-vehicle technology has expanded. To discourage this dangerous habit, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers campaign in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

The yearlong campaign, funded by a grant, will combine education and enforcement to combat distracted driving. The focus of the education component is to help people understand anything that diverts a driver’s eyes or attention from the roadway, even for a second or two, can result in tragedy.

“For your safety and for the well-being of those around you, keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Nothing on that phone is worth endangering a life.”

The CHP reminds motorists that it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving unless it is hands-free. The more technology a car has, the more distractions it may present to the driver. Multitasking increases the risk a driver will injure or kill themselves, their passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or people in other vehicles.

With this grant, the CHP will complete a minimum of 100 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 600 traffic safety presentations statewide by the end of September 2018.

“Our goal with this grant is to further educate the public about the hazards associated with distracted driving and ultimately stop the potentially deadly behavior,” Acting Commissioner Stanley added.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from OTS through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Lifelong Sutter County resident, farmer and local business owner, Paul Basi, announced his candidacy for Sutter County Supervisor District 3.

Basi, an 11-year veteran of the Sutter County Planning Commission, plans to focus on making Sutter County a better place to live and do business. “I’m ready to make a greater contribution; to make Sutter County families safer and make the business of the County more financially sound,” said Basi.

Financial Responsibility is at the core of Basi’s campaign. According to Basi, “Fiscal responsibility is at the heart of reliable, trustworthy government.” Basi pledged that he will take an extremely conservative approach to spending taxpayer dollars and work tirelessly to maintain a balanced budget. “As a small business owner, I have personally experienced how it feels to sign both sides of a check,” said the candidate. “As a member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association, it is my personal belief that Supervisors should maintain a conservative approach to County spending,” the candidate said.

Basi feels that government was created to protect the people, but as Sutter County residents witnessed in February of 2017, irresponsible decisions by the State, put tens of thousands valley residents in harm’s way. “This has to stop,” said Basi. “I will work to find a balance between water storage and flood protection,” said the candidate. Basi strongly supports dredging the Feather River Channel, which will deepen the waterway and eliminate future levee erosion caused by releases from Oroville Dam, while preserving and maintaining our ecosystem.

Endorsed by District 3 Supervisor, Larry Munger said, “With more than a decade serving the citizens of Sutter County as a Planning Commissioner, accompanied with his business savvy and farming roots, Paul is the most well-qualified candidate to lead District 3 into the future.

Basi has been married to his wife Rinky for twenty-four years and they are the proud parents of Shereen & Rajan Basi. Basi secured his Associates Degree at Yuba College, followed by his Bachelor Degree from Chico State. He later received his Administrative Degree from Chapman University. Basi spent more than twenty-three years as an Educator in the region. Basi has served as Chair of the Sutter County Planning Commission for three years and currently serves as a Member, he is a Past Member of the Yuba City Planning Commission, a Director for the Yuba Sutter Farm Bureau Board, a Director/Secretary for the Sutter County Community Action Agency, a Director for the Yolo County Workforce Innovation Board, a Member of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club of Yuba City, a Member of the Woodland/West Sac Chamber of Commerce, a Member of the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, a Member National Rifle Association and a Member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association and a former Member of the Noontime Kiwanis Club of Yuba City.

Steve Duckels Campaign Photo  Veterans page run 118Marysville, Ca.

Steve Duckels, an 11-year veteran of the Yuba County Assessor’s Office and third generation resident of Yuba County, announced that he will run for Yuba County Assessor in 2018.

Duckels, 49, is currently a Real Property Appraiser III and holds an Advanced Appraisal Certification from the State allowing him to value both residential and complex commercial properties. He is endorsed by the entire Yuba County Assessor’s office staff and former long-time Yuba County Assessor, Dave Brown. Brown, in his endorsement of Duckels, commented, “Steve has done an exemplary job at the Assessor’s office and knows all of the many facets necessary to lead the office. He is fair, honest and wants the very best for Yuba County residents.”

Duckels is also endorsed by former Yuba County Treasurer / Tax Collector Jim Kennedy and current Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath.

In announcing his candidacy, Duckels stated, "The work of the Assessor’s Office is critical to the good operation of our county. Having spent over a decade of my life working in the Assessor’s Office, I have the experience necessary to be Yuba County’s next Assessor. I believe my endorsements speak to both my qualifications and my integrity.”

Duckels’ primary focus as Assessor will be to insure his office treats taxpayers fairly, provides them with superior customer service, and operates cost effectively. He will work to educate the public on our property tax system so that they are better able to make decisions impacting their assessed values and make sure assessed values are quickly brought down in the event of a natural disaster or real estate market crash.

Duckels and his wife Christine live in Browns Valley with their two young children on the Duckels Ranch, which has been in his family for over 6 decades. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University and is an active board member of the Kiwanis Club of Marysville, board chairman for the Yuba County Community Action Agency, board director for the Loma Rica/Browns Valley Community Services District, and member of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau. The Duckels attend church at St. Joseph’s Parish in Marysville.

To learn more about Duckels’ qualifications and experience, see his Facebook page at http://fb.me/duckels4assessor.

Dr Baljinder Dhillon  Veterans page run 118Dr. Dhillon with parents Mr. Balraj and Ajit Kaur Shergil and her husbandOn October 19th 2017, Dr. Baljinder Dhillon announced her candidacy to run for the Sutter County Superintendent of schools in front of close friends and family. Dr. Dhillon was appointed as the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools in July 2016, to finish the term of Bill Cornelius who retired midterm.

Dr. Dhillon said she is passionate about all 23,000 students that attend school within her district, and she wants each student to succeed. Her platform for this election is 1.) College and Career Readiness for all students within the Sutter County Superintendent of School's district 2.) Early Literacy and 3.) Business /community partnerships to ensure student success.

Regarding College or Career Readiness, Dr. Dhillon has already started the work with Dual Enrollment. Sutter County Superintendent of Schools has partnered with Yuba College to have all four high schools' districts in Sutter County start Dual Enrollment during the 2018-2019 school year. Each high school will offer exactly what their students' need.

Dual Enrollment calls for the high school classrooms to follow a college syllabus at the high school, with high school teachers teaching the syllabus. Students get credit for high school and college simultaneously. The goal is to allow California students to earn an AA degree while they are attending high school. This results in a savings of two years of college costs for the parents and students. In addition, it enables students to begin college as a junior, rather than a freshman, since they have already completed two years of college courses while still in high school, thus allowing the students easier access to college of their choice. This program may not be for everyone; however, it is available for any student that wants to participate.

Another way the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools is helping to create the College and Career Ready atmosphere in Sutter County is by offering all 8th and 9th grade students in Sutter County the ability to take the PSAT. After the student has taken the PSAT, they can then register themselves with the Khan Academy, a free website that allows the students to enter their PSAT scores so the website can determine the areas of weakness for each individual student. Once the weaknesses are identified, Khan Academy helps create practice problems for those specific weakness areas to strengthen the student's abilities.

For those students not interested in attending college, the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools is working with districts to offer trade classes such as welding, culinary, media, and etc. Dr. Dhillon explained that for some of these classes students will partner with our community so students can do internships to get hands on experience.

Dr. Dhillon thanked everyone for attending her event supporting her run for superintendent for Sutter County schools.

Dr. Dhillon has been in education for the last 28 years. She started as a teacher’s aide and became a teacher; Assistant Principal, Principal, and Curriculum Director. She received her Doctorate in May 201, and was hired as a District Superintendent in Shasta County. In July 2016, she was appointed by the County Board of Education as the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools.

cutline: Dr. Dhillon with parents Mr. Balraj and Ajit Kaur Shergil andher husband

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The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announces their November 6th meeting will feature guest speaker, Nate Black, the current elected Sutter County Auditor-Controller. Nate will bring us up to date on a number of topics including the homeless situation, the Internal Audit and will lead a thorough discussion on the unfunded pension liability – CalPERS. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the up to date facts regarding the CalPERS funded status and rates of return. Nate will explain where we are at and what has been done recently.

Bill’s hair will be cut this meeting come rain or shine.

Ammo raffle will begin this meeting while it’s still legal for 9mm, 223, 22LR and will be drawn on the 4th of December. Tickets are $5 ea. or 5 for $20 donations.

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party meetings begin promptly at 6:30, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at The Church of Glad Tidings at 1179 Eager Road, Live Oak; Highway 99 and Eager Road.

Everyone is welcome to join us as we continue to move forward with a renewed enthusiasm in recognition of our achieved success in the White House! As we continue to promote the principles of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets – we will also acknowledge our progress in those areas and bring attention to the victories for liberty, truth, justice and faith in God, that do not make the headlines. There is no membership requirement and no cost to attend. Doors open at 6:00 pm with lively music and videos to get you motivated and keep up that “winning” mindset. Come early to socialize with fellow patriots and get a good seat.

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The new Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Trevor Loudon will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next Meeting, Monday, November 6, 2017.

Trevor Loudon a New Zealand author, speaker and political activist with 30 years of experience studying radical political movements., unveils the history, motives and goals of the so-called “Antifascist” movement in America. Loudon is the author of two books, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within and The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, which was made into a documentary in 2016 titled the Enemies Within.

Historian Trevor Loudon’s release of Trevor Loudon’s “America Under Siege: Antifa” comes at a time when political violence and civil unrest are part of the daily American paradigm and the film does great work of getting to the bottom of why these anarchist communists are doing what they are doing.

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, November 6, 2017, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 713-6827

By Stephen Frank

California has nullified Federal immigration and law enforcement laws. They are attempting to nullify Federal drug laws. The High Speed Rail Authority has denied it is covered by Federal environmental laws. Finally, a court has ruled this corrupt agency must obey the law—like the rest of us.

“Since “Congress does not intend to deprive the state of sovereignty over its own subdivisions to the point of upsetting the usual constitutional balance of state and federal powers,” the Court concluded the ICCTA did not preempt the application of CEQA to state-owned and funded rail line projects.

Barring review by the U.S. Supreme Court, and given that the high-speed rail project is both state-owned and funded, the California Supreme Court’s decision likely answers the question: Is CEQA compliance required for the state’s high-speed rail project? For now, the answer appears to be yes.

The decision though is at odds with the federal STB’s own determination about its authority.

In a 2014 administrative ruling, the STB explicitly pointed out that any application of CEQA to the California High Speed Rail Authority project is broadly preempted by the ICCTA.

Note the Authority blatantly wants to evade environmental laws—which in the original initiative, it said it would uphold—they lied. Just one of many lies by this corrupt gang.

Sacramento, Ca.

A new year-long joint effort to reduce impaired driving started in October, 2017. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are working together to reduce impaired driving with a new Statewide Impairment Reduction (SIR) campaign, from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.

The SIR grant provides the CHP with funding to conduct additional saturation patrols for driving under the influence (DUI), DUI checkpoints, and traffic safety education efforts throughout California. The primary goal of these efforts is to apprehend DUI drivers and educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

In 2015, California experienced 663 deaths and 11,061 injuries as a result of alcohol-involved collisions in CHP jurisdiction, data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System shows. Each injury and death represents a preventable tragedy, and a continued need to focus efforts on reducing impaired driving.

“Law enforcement throughout the state continues to do their part by removing impaired drivers from the roadway,” CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “With this grant funding we can continue an aggressive education and enforcement campaign to deter drivers from making the poor decision to drive impaired.”

The public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they see a suspected DUI driver. They should be prepared to provide a location, direction of travel, and vehicle description. Additionally, drivers should plan ahead before getting on the road. There is always a better option than getting behind the wheel while impaired.

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

For 2018, elections will be status quo in Sutter County. Sutter County will not implement Senate Bill 450, The Voter’s Choice Act which changes the traditional polling place model with the Vote-by-Mail Vote Center model.

Regulations impacting the Vote Center model for 2018 are not finalized by the Secretary of State; some which will not be finalized until December or January. Lack of public transportation throughout rural areas of Sutter County to reach vote centers, a requirement of the bill, were the largest factors in the decision not to implement for 2018.

“The integrity of the elections process is essential to public trust. With impending deadlines and unfinished regulations, the potential of a jeopardized election is not a risk I am willing to take” stated Donna Johnston, Sutter County registrar of voters. Sutter County Elections will continue to be at the table during implementation discussions with the Secretary of State and will revisit the Vote Center model for consideration in 2020.

Across California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified and willing people to work in agriculture, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation.

The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the past year. The figure was higher among farmers who need to hire employees on a seasonal basis—69 percent of those farmers reported experiencing shortages. The results are similar to a survey CFBF conducted in 2012.

“Despite all the efforts California farmers and ranchers have made to find and hire people to work on their operations, they still can’t find enough willing and qualified employees,” CFBF President Paul Wenger said. “Farmers have offered higher wages, benefits and more year-round jobs. They have tried to mechanize operations where possible, and have even changed crops or left ground idle. But employee shortages persist.”

When asked what actions they have taken in response to employee shortages, farmers participating in the survey most frequently cited increased wages, benefits and additional incentives. Farmers also reported they had used, attempted or investigated mechanization; reduced cultivation activities such as pruning trees and vines; and either planted fewer acres or left some crops unharvested.

Wenger said he expects farmers to continue offering higher wages and moving toward mechanization, but that the survey results underline the need for action by Congress to improve the existing agricultural immigration program.

“Only 3 percent of the farmers in our survey said they had used the existing H-2A agricultural immigration program,” Wenger said. “Even though more farmers have tried it, H-2A remains too cumbersome for most. Farmers in California and elsewhere in the country need an improved system to allow people to enter the U.S. legally to work on farms and ranches.”

Farmers have been forthright about their reliance on a largely immigrant workforce, he said, noting that efforts to hire U.S.-born employees on farms have remained unsuccessful. Wenger said Farm Bureau and other organizations would continue to work with Congress to create “a secure, flexible, market-based agricultural immigration program.”

Residents Say Spillway Crisis was ‘Manmade and Preventable’

YUBA CITY – Today, Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) released the results of a survey his office distributed to collect feedback in the aftermath of the Oroville Dam spillway disaster.

A full listing of survey results can be found here.

Gallagher summarized the findings, “This first comprehensive survey of those affected by the Oroville Dam failure shows that we still have a lot of work to do. There is a strong distrust of DWR, people are frustrated by a lack of transparency, and they know this disaster could have been avoided,” said Gallagher. “These results should serve as a wakeup call to state and federal agencies involved that they cannot simply fix the spillway and move on. The downstream impacts need to be addressed and long-term reforms are necessary. The status quo is no longer acceptable.”

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS

A DEMAND FOR TRANSPARENCY

After intense pressure from local leaders, citizens groups and the news media, DWR publicly released some inspection reports, memos, correspondence and other critical documents. However, many of these documents have been heavily redacted by DWR in order to protect ‘information that could be used for terrorist activity.’[i]

When asked about public safety, residents living downstream of Oroville Dam say they are more concerned with the operations and maintenance performed by DWR (84%) than they are of terrorists (3.6%). An overwhelming majority of residents (83.9%) say that all inspection and maintenance records should be made public.

DWR has attempted to open up lines of communication with the public by hosting a series of community meetings. However, more than two-thirds (73.1%) of residents who attended these public meetings stated that the information provided and responses to questions were insufficient.

The lack of transparency may be a contributing factor as to why so few residents (12.6%) believe the spillway reconstruction effort will be completed by the November 1st deadline.

HOLD ON THE 50-YEAR LICENSE

On February 11, 1957 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued DWR a 50-year license to construct and operate the Oroville Dam facilities. The original license expired on January 31, 2007.[ii] Since 2005, DWR has been working to secure a new 50-year license. The timing and terms of the license renewal has now been put into question following the February spillway crisis.

Nearly all residents (85.1%) living downstream of Oroville Dam say that DWR should not be issued a new 50-year license to operate the dam until the cause of the spillway collapse has been identified, operations at the dam have been modified to address safety concerns and downstream impacts are addressed.

In August, a coalition of downstream stakeholders urged FERC to delay the issuance of the new license until certain conditions are met and outstanding mitigation needs are dealt with.[iii]

A PREVENTABLE CRISIS

FERC ordered the establishment of an independent Forensic Team to determine the root cause of the spillway incident. The Forensic Team is expected to release its final analysis in November 2017. Only about one-third (36.3%) of residents believe that Forensic Team will produce a fair and accurate assessment of what caused the spillway to collapse.

A preliminary memo released by the Forensic Team on September 5th stated that no comprehensive/independent review of original design and construction of the spillway was conducted since it was built decades ago. The Forensic Team stated that such a review would have 'connected the dots.'[iv]

It appears that the public is already convinced this disaster was the result of government failure. An overwhelming majority of survey respondents (78%) say that the spillway crisis was manmade and preventable. A small number of residents (16.5%) believe the spillway crisis was largely caused by record rainfall.

MORE KEY FINDINGS

Who should pay for repairs? Most (57.1%) say that water contractors benefiting and receiving water from Lake Oroville should finance the emergency and recovery efforts.

Level of financial loses? Nearly half (45.9%) of residents say they suffered financial losses as a result of the spillway failure and evacuation.

‘Green Spot’ concerns? Respondents believe that the question of the green spot, and whether it poses a threat to dam stability, has not been answered by DWR. Nearly half (45.3%) of residents ranked finding the cause of this wet spot as one of their top three issues they want addressed.

ABOUT THE SURVEY

The Oroville Dam survey was conducted from August 28-September 30, 2017. Surveys were mailed to every residence in the evacuated areas where a registered voter resides. The survey was also available online. A total of 3,322 residents completed the survey. Results are being shared with the California Department of Water Resources, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the State Water Contractors who finance the operations and maintenance of the Oroville Dam complex.

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

Assemblyman James Gallagher represents the 3rd Assembly District, which encompasses all of Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties as well as portions of Butte and Colusa counties.

[i] http://www.water.ca.gov/oroville-spillway/bocreports.cfm

[ii] http://www.water.ca.gov/hlpco/p2100.cfm

[iii] https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20170808-5104

[iv] https://ad03.asmrc.org/sites/default/files/districts/ad03/files/IFT%20Memo_0.pdf

 

new tea partyPaul Preston  10 16 17With Guest Speaker Paul Preston, Radio Host

Yuba City, Ca.

The new Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio Host, will be the Special Guest Speaker for their Inaugural Meeting, Monday, October 23, 2017.

Paul Preston will fill us in on what’s really going on......the Las Vegas shooting, forest fires in Northern California, the Sanctuary State, NFL disrespect for the National Anthem, the New California State, and more.

Paul is a former basketball coach, high school administrator and Superintendent. His conservative background has not prevented him from seeing the devastating damage that the United Nations’ Agenda 21 policies have visited upon America.

Starting with Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto he shows us how socialist, communists, and fascists in the United Nations are using environmentalism as their tool to redistribute America’s wealth and enslave our people for the ‘greater good’.

Agenda 21 has destroyed the ranching and farming industry in many parts of the country. It has eviscerated property rights and it has superseded the United States Constitution and its laws.

Paul engages your political and cultural norms in meaningful debates over race, government, and education. He presents reasoned analysis on many of the myths apparent in our system of government, our society, and the media.

There is no membership requirement to attend and everyone is welcome. Doors open at 6:00pm; meeting begins promptly at 6:3 pm. Come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat.

The meeting will be Monday, October 23, 2017, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.

Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

Meeting on New California CCR: 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 21 - Caltrans Sierra Nevada Room

Get the latest information about the progress of this important movement to split California, regain legislative and Congressional representation and our Constitutional rights as Americans, and remain part of the United States.