The Yuba County Water Agency Board of Directors on July 18 approved a loan to the County of Yuba for its required payment to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, in the amount of approximately $6.7 million.

Yuba County has two options to pay the unfunded liability portion of PERS over the next year; either all at once or by making monthly payments. Paying the lump-sum up front will save the County close to $180,000 in interest payments that would otherwise accrue over the fiscal year.

YCWA and Yuba County have a special, long-term financial partnership that started with the County providing money that was needed to establish YCWA. Additionally, in 2008, YCWA and Yuba County partnered in $78 million worth of bond sales to pay for the local share of levee improvements. These bonds were refinanced in 2016, and that process shows the County’s financial stability and good credit rating.

“Yuba County is fortunate to have a collaborative relationship with the Yuba County Water Agency that allows us to achieve unique solutions,” said County Administrator Robert Bendorf. “This short term loan helps us achieve substantial savings and protect funding for ongoing vital services.”

YCWA currently has more than $40 million in reserves invested with the Yuba County Treasury. One of the major purposes of these reserves is to have the necessary funds on hand to construct project improvements when the new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license is issued. The Treasurer-Tax Collector actively helps manage YCWA’s funds and investments in accordance with the law.

Since YCWA’s new FERC license is not likely to be issued within the next year, and the County has budgeted and agreed to repay the loan within one year, the Agency is able to provide these resources without any reduction in earnings or conflict with future expenditures. The Yuba County Board of Supervisors will have the opportunity to accept the loan agreement at its July 25 meeting.

“It is great to see government agencies working together,” said YCWA Board Chairman Brent Hastey. “This loan will benefit the County, YCWA, and the people of Yuba County

SACRAMENTO - George Runner today issued the following statement in response to the Legislature's approval of AB 398, which suspends the so-called "Fire Prevention Fee" until 2031.

"For six years, ruling Democrats have extorted money in the form of a fire tax from hundreds of thousands of rural Californians, including many seniors on fixed incomes.

"After blocking repeal efforts for years, state leaders finally acted today to suspend this unjust tax, but only because they needed to win votes for a costly climate change measure.

"In other words, they did the right thing for the wrong reasons.

"This seeming victory for California taxpayers is bittersweet. A suspension falls short of a full repeal, and it fails to provide refunds to homeowners who were forced to pay this illegal tax.

"It's never too late to do the right thing: Give us our money back!"

Repeal the Gas Taxassembyman travis allen 6 19 17

An effort is underway to repeal California’s gas tax hike via the ballot box. SB-1, passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature and signed by Governor Brown, will raise the gas tax by 67 percent starting November 1, 2017. This is the largest gas tax increase in California’s history and in addition, the bill raises diesel prices and vehicle registration fees.

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) has filed paperwork to qualify an initiative on the November 2018 ballot. When approved by the Secretary of State, over 365,000 petition signatures will be required to qualify the initiative.

Travis Allen will speak about this Repeal the Gas Tax Initiative at the Issues and Ideas (I Squared) event on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 starting at 5:30 pm at the Nevada County Association of Realtors Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Cir. Admission is $5 payable at the door. Complimentary light refreshments will be available. This event is sponsored by the Nevada County Republican Party.

Travis Allen has also announced his candidacy for CA Governor.

To learn more about the initiative, visit the website at

DSC01462 7 12 17By John Mistler

From Wikipedia: The concept of a "Deep State" suggests that there exists a coordinated effort by career government employees and others to influence state policy without regard for democratically elected leadership. This has also been used in American political science to refer to entrenched government institutions wielding power, without necessarily implying a conspiracy. "Draining the Swamp": Trump likely drew his inspiration for the phrase from President Reagan's' call to "drain the swamp" of bureaucracy in Washington and cleanse Washington of political insiders who are out of touch with ordinary Americans. This also includes the "News Media" that are now a part of the entrenched Leftist/Liberal movement.

When Bill Clinton became president in 1992 one of the very first things he did was to clean out all of the appointed bureaucrats left over from President Reagan and George H. Bush. He then replaced them with his own people, mostly leftist and liberal. This was a very normal and reasonable practice for a newly elected President of the United States. However; President George W. Bush chose to make changes only in Federal Judges and little more; thus giving the leftist “Deep State” eight more years.

Note: George W. Bush was not one to stand up for his policies and defend his decisions. This lack of leadership hurt the Republican Party for eight years. If the president will not defend his policies and fight for what he believes it is difficult for other elected’s to defend the fight. His behavior led to the Democrats, News Media/Fake News and entrenched bureaucrats ability to define George Bush. Based on their behavior at the presidential election the Bush family, George H., George W. and Jeb, have more than their toe invested in the "Swamp"

When Obama became president he continued to berate President Bush and his policies, with no response from Bush, further hurting the Republican Party and defining the Bush administration. President Obama replaced Federal Judges and tinkered with or adjusted his leftist appointments. At the end of President Obama’s eight years the entrenched bureaucrats, “Deep State”, now twenty-four years in place, were well positioned to wreak havoc with the new President Trump’s agenda. You do not and will not see Barack Obama relinquish the power of the presidency; so much for a smooth transition of power, the one thing that separates us from most other countries.

Now we have the non-politically correct President Trump. He is faced with opposition from the Democrats, News Media/Fake News, elitist Republicans and the “Deep State”, yet he is out maneuvering all of them. Through his use of Twitter he is bypassing the “Fake News” and at the same time "Draining that part of the Swamp" also bringing his unfiltered thoughts directly to the public. Without his presidency we would not know how well entrenched the “Deep State” is.

The effort over decades to make speech "Politically Correct" is censorship. When President Trump speaks unfiltered through Twitter, he is not being politically correct and his enemies go "Nuts" trying to control him with terms of "Not Presidential", "No Class" and many more demeaning charges. Though his Tweets sometimes make us cringe, he usually gets it right.

President Trump knows we are in a fight for the very heart and soul of our nation, this is not a game. The Republican Party has not had a Junkyard Dog since Lee Atwater while the Democrats have a whole kennel full. President Trump is a fighter and will not allow himself to be defined by his enemies.

jim Neilsen  7 5 17Governor Brown signed a record setting budget - $183 billion – that Sacramento Democrats packed with pork and pet projects. Senate Budget Vice Chairman, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), issued the following statement:

“Negotiated behind closed doors, this budget shows the Democrats’ priorities, and clearly, the taxpayers of California are not high on that list.

“Money promised to voters to improve healthcare and increase access to doctors is being diverted to fund other priorities.

“The California state budget, funded by hardworking taxpayers, commits $50 million to pay for free legal services to individuals who are in the United States illegally, including those who have committed violent felonies.

“This budget is filled with broken promises made by Sacramento Democrats when they passed the massive new $52 BILLION gas and car tax; it takes gas and car tax money that they promised would go to roads, highways and bridges and uses it to fund lifeguard and park ranger recruitment, state park maintenance, and local park operations, to name just a few examples.

“Nowhere in this budget is any money to repair our levees that were damaged as a result of the Oroville Dam spillway failure. Our people and economy depend on reliable water infrastructure; we must have continuous funding in the state budget.”

by Roger Morgan Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign


Californians have had enough! Because our government has gone rogue and become the largest cartel in existence, supplying 60 to 70% of the entire US market with marijuana, we have had an influx of druggies from all over the world. Now, Republican lobbyist Roger Stone plans to create his own pot farm called “Tricky Dick”, and lobby congress and the President to make it legal. One more drug dealer seeking fortunes on the backs of our youth. Since even conspiring to violate federal CSA laws in a crime, perhaps Stone should be fitted for an orange jump suit, along with a few others.

If you don’t understand the problem, you can’t fix it. So, let’s talk candidly about the problem.

The march to legalize this dangerous drug really got underway during the Clinton years. The plan was orchestrated in 1996 and subsequently funded for 20 years by America’s Drug Lord, George Soros. Working, in his words, as a team with Bill and Hillary, he crafted and helped fund the propaganda campaign that duped California voters into passing Prop 215, “The Compassionate Use Act.” In reality, it had nothing to do with compassion. President Clinton could have, and should have, stopped its implementation. But then, Clintons were part of the “team”.

Working together, Soros, Hillary and Harold Eckes, formed the Shadow Party. By using the IRS 527 loophole, they found a way to invest significant funds into organizations that backed their political purposes, without directly financing politicians. According to The Shadow Party written by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, in 2003 Eli Pariser, Executive Director of Soros’ MOVEON.ORG, proclaimed ....”We bought the Democratic Party. We own it.“ And so it seems. To the detriment of citizens of both parties, the Democratic party has made legalization of marijuana a party plank. Except for a few Republicans defectors like Rorhabacher and McClintock, the Democratic Party owns the drug problem. The question is, ...... where are the Republicans?

One third of American families (85 million people) are directly impacted by a family member who has a mental illness or is addicted. Gang members outpace law enforcement two to one. America is last (24th) among industrialized nations academically, with a one-third dropout rate. According to UC Santa Barbara research, the life time cost of one high school dropout is $392,000. Multiply that by 1.3 million dropouts, and the annual cost is about $500 billion. Add public sector costs for physical and mental health care, the justice system, traffic deaths at $1.4 million each, homelessness, incarceration et al, and the economic cost is well over $1 trillion a year ... for a preventable disease. Nothing in modern history compares in terms of death, destruction, pain, suffering and economic cost; and nothing offers a greater opportunity to save lives and tax dollars. Yet, it isn’t even on the Republican radar. Why not?

Marijuana causes physical changes in the developing brain for anyone under 25. It causes psychotic breaks leading to horrific crimes and suicide, mental illness, addiction, suicide, birth defects, cancer, and traffic deaths. Over 50% of arrestees test positive for pot. It is a gateway to crime, homelessness, academic failure, lost productivity and other drugs. It is tied directly to the pandemic of 144 overdose deaths every day from heroin and opioids. But overdose isn’t the only cause of death, nor the only adverse outcome. Today’s nuclear powered pot is very dangerous and can be lethal.

As to the State’s rights for “medical marijuana”, I challenge anyone, including the President, to define what is meant by the term. Marijuana is a fat-soluble complex drug with somewhere between 500 and 750 chemicals and cannabinoids. The potency (i.e. THC content) today ranges from 25% (+/-) in smoked form, 50 to 80% in edibles and almost 100% in oils and waxes used for dabbing and vaping.

CBD (cannabidiol), often called “medical marijuana”, is a non-psychoactive component that has medical benefits for some, but not all. Calling CBD “medical marijuana” is analogous to calling penicillin “medical moss”. To allow states to call pot “medicine” and consumers “patients” so the federal government won’t enforce the law is an outrage.

California doesn’t want or need any more out-of-state drug dealers. What we do need is for the Republican Party to step up and support AG Sessions and enforce the law. If neither party is going to protect the people, it begs the question ..... why do we need government at all?

Yuba City, Ca.Paul Preston 6 28 17

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announced Agenda 21 Radio Talk Show Host, Paul Preston, will be the Guest Speaker for their July 3, 2017, meeting.

Their meeting will be celebrating the 4th of July with their annual BBQ at 6:00 pm. 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.

Paul Preston, a local 1410 AM Talk Radio Host, will update the attendees on the Jefferson movement and the new North California state effort. Mr. Preston will connect the dots for you like no one else can!

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party BBQ will begin at 6:00 pm, Monday, July 3, 2017, at the Church of Glad Tidings, 1179 Eager Road, Live Oak.

Everyone is welcome. There is no membership requirement and no cost to attend. Come early to socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat.

Contact Larry Virga at (530) 755-4409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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By Stephen Frank

My home county of Ventura has, according to official government reports, 99% of its eligible voters registered to vote. San Fran and San Diego are among the counties that have over 100% of the eligible people registered to vote. Fraud? It is staring us in our face. Yet, the Left and the media tries to claims none exists. Honest elections? Have not had them for years. Thanks to the Election Integrity Project we are getting the information that government and the courts have been hiding.

“The number of registered voters reported on the California Secretary of State website reflects only the number of “Active” voters. Not reflected in that number are millions of “Inactive” voters included in VoteCal. Inactive voters are people who have not voted for an extended period of time and who have not responded to mailings. Many have moved or are deceased and according to federal law, they should have been removed long ago.

The number of Active voters plus the number of Inactive registrants adds up to impossibly high registration rates throughout the state. This pushes the total voter registrations well over the number of eligible citizens in those counties. These Inactive registrants are still qualified to vote.

Why is this important? It’s easy for anyone to claim to be an inactive voter and vote in their name. Voter impersonation is the perfect crime since California does not require voter ID.”

It is easier to vote illegally in California than to steal a package of gum at a convenience store.

By Stephen Frank

He could not become President of the United States—so, apparently, he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and declared himself to be President of the new nation, California. He is supporting nullification of many Federal laws. At the same time he has decided that Federal laws on the environment, health care or education no longer are appropriate for California. Now his foreign policy is being formed.

“Gov. Jerry Brown said he will discuss merging carbon trading markets in his state and China during his trip to Asia, a sign of the governor’s ambition to influence global climate change policy.

Brown discussed his plans in a telephone interview after U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he would withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, a global agreement to fight climate change. The move fulfilled a major Trump campaign pledge, but drew condemnation from U.S. allies and business leaders.”

This is good news for Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida and other States in the United States. Brown has decided to make it even more expensive to live in California, have fewer jobs—and try to turn over our jobs to the Chinese. My guess is that this creates the next economic boom for the rest of the nation—except for the failed States like New York, Illinois and Washington. California State tax revenues are down, education has failed, roads are crumbling and the debt of the State of $1.5 trillion, with CalPERS. Brown is working hard to assure Third World status for a once great nation—is Puerto Rico his goal?

Sutter County has been chosen as one of 14 counties to implement changes to California’s system of voting based upon the legislature’s Voter’s Choice Act.

“This landmark law will provide voters more options for when, where, and how they cast a ballot," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “SB 450 will increase civic participation and make our democracy stronger.”

Pilot counties can begin using the new approach starting January 2018. The remainder of the counties can adopt the SB 450 reforms in 2020.

Sutter County Clerk Donna Johnston is presenting the old versus the new approach to the Supervisors at their Tuesday June 13, 3pm public meeting. They will ultimately need to approve implementing the reforms and how it will be done. Nevada County Supervisor’s already approved their county’s use of the new system.

Johnston is soliciting the public’s input before going forward. The proposed changes will be presented through the media, mailings, meetings, and on the county website She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling at 530-822-7134.

The current voting system requires each voter to cast a ballot on one day, during limited hours, at one location, using one type device. Absentee voters either mail the ballot or can drop it off at one location prior to Election Day.

SB 450 vastly expands the voting opportunity. Once deployed, every registered voter would be mailed a ballot 28 days before Election Day. Voters would then be able to vote in-person at a vote center, mail their ballot, or leave it at a vote center or at a ballot drop-off location.

Polling places would be replaced by vote centers. Voters would have the freedom to cast a ballot at any vote center instead of being tied to a single polling location. Vote centers will look and feel like polling places, but provide additional benefits and options for voters.

For example, citizens could register at any time and at any vote center on Election Day. They could also receive a replacement for lost or damaged ballots. People can access language assistance and translated materials. Vote centers would be connected to the clerk’s office via technology.

Starting 10 days prior to the Election and through the Friday before Election Day, there would be 2 vote centers open (Live Oak and Yuba City). An additional 3-4 vote centers would open on Election Day and the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before (locations to be determined).

There will also be 4 ballot drop-off spots in addition to the Election’s Office throughout the county starting 28 days before the Election Day. The state mandates that drop-off locations be secure, accessible to voters with disabilities, and located as near as possible to public transportation routes.

Donna Johnston said that in the last election76% of voters received absentee ballots and 23% indicated they would vote at the polls. However, only 55% of all those receiving absentee ballots voted and 20% of the remainder went to the polls. Previous years have seen voting at polling places down to 8% and 15%.

State-wide voter turnout continues to shrink. Bill sponsor Senator Hertzberg said, “You can stream a movie over the internet or deposit a check with your phone at any time, but without this bill, many people still have to rearrange their busy schedules to get to a polling place on a single day and that has hurt turnout.”

“For many working Californians it may make more sense to cast a ballot the week before Election Day at a location closer to where they work, or where they drop off their kids, or where they go to college,” Padilla explained. “Why limit voting to one location on a single Tuesday?”

The Voter’s Choice Act is an effort to modernize a voting method that has remained the same except for voting machine technology. We’ve come a long way since 1776 when the right to vote began as a legal privilege almost exclusively available to white, property-owning, Protestant men. Now, all 18 year-old citizens and older of any ethnicity or religion are eligible to register and vote.

This proposed change makes it much easier for all to do.


Sacramento, Ca.

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) has introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 16, which would reapportion State Senate Districts to ensure each of California’s unique regions have a voice in the State Legislature.

“The Representation Equality Act would provide an important check to tyranny of the majority by allowing every region to have an equal say and representation in important policy issues. This would ensure no one region can dominate others, and would help build a consensus that better reflects the interest and concerns of all Californians,” said Assemblyman Gallagher.

Both State Senate and State Assembly districts are currently drawn based on population. This results in different regions having vastly different levels of representation in the State Legislature. For example, Los Angeles County is represented by 14 different State Senators. On the other hand, the nine counties of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou share one Senator.

“Rural communities throughout the valley and foothill/Sierra regions have long been under-represented. This Constitutional Amendment will help balance the scale for the citizens in these regions so that our needs and concerns are equal to those who live in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), a co-author of the legislation. “Every region deserves an equal say, and this is a start,” added Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R- Bieber) who is also authoring the legislation.

ACA 16 would divide the State Senate districts to better represent the diverse regions of California, while preserving the principal of one-person one-vote in the State Assembly. Specifically, the legislation would create eight (8) regions, with five (5) senators elected from each region. The five districts within each region would be determined by the Citizens Redistricting Commission in accordance to existing criteria, including population, geographic continuity, and common interests.

Citizens for Fair Representation filed a lawsuit, that alleges unequal legislative representation, on May 8, 2017 in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, in Sacramento. The group includes Mark Baird and Terry Rapoza, who are among the State of Jefferson’s leaders.

According to the website Ballotpedia, California had the highest number of residents per state Senator and Assemblymember out of all 50 states in 2010.

Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state’s water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway.

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) led an alliance to obtain money in the state budget to repair California’s critical levees in Northern California, which are used by the State Water Project to deliver water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

“The failure to prioritize our state’s infrastructure is incomprehensible,” said Senator Jim Nielsen. “Millions of Californians depend on water that passes through these critical water conveyance systems.”

Senator Nielsen added, “Our request would have provided for an investment in the state’s water infrastructure, which would protect lives, preserve property and save the state billions of dollars in emergency repairs.”

On February 7, the Oroville Dam spillway failed causing nearly 200,000 people and their pets to be evacuated. In addition, water system levees suffered significant damage that may prevent them from functioning properly in the next high-water event unless emergency repairs are completed this year.

The $100 million funding request was also supported by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and the following organizations*:

Ø Central Valley Flood Control Association

Ø Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

Ø Northern California Water Association

Ø Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Ø Western Growers

Ø California Farm Bureau Federation

Ø Yuba Flood Control District

Ø Yuba City

Ø Operating Engineers Local 3

*partial list.

by Chris Reed for Cal Watchdog

California reformers seeking sweeping changes in the state’s criminal justice system have a new target: burdensome traffic tickets.

The leading proponent of the proposal is California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. She is working on a plan to decriminalize minor traffic infractions by having them handled in civil court instead of criminal court.

Cantil-Sakauye told the Los Angeles Times that it is unacceptable that people who are too poor to pay tickets or who miss court hearings related to the tickets end up in jail or are unable to get to work, wreaking havoc in their lives.

But the change would also help the state court system by limiting how much time criminal courts spend on traffic cases. Reformers say that nearly three-quarters of criminal cases involve traffic tickets, more than 4 million of which are given out annually.

Poor seen as victimized by policies

The shift of such infractions as running a stop sign, illegal lane changes or speeding modestly (up to 15 mph over the limit) to civil courts would involve lowering the burden of proof from beyond a reasonable doubt to reasonable certainty – also a change that would save resources.

Momentum for the changes has built in recent weeks after the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area released a report showing unpaid traffic tickets took a heavy toll on the lives of poor Californians.

It noted that from 2006 to 2015, one-sixth of California adults – 4 million people – had their licenses suspended because of unpaid traffic tickets. It documented that nearly four out of five workers commuted in vehicles and argued that the punitive effects of Golden State traffic policies went far beyond reasonable punishments. That’s because while the fines for certain driving offenses are relatively low – $100 for running a red light – state lawmakers for years have added fees to the tickets to help fund state programs. The total ticket cost for running a red light is $490 in California, vastly higher than other states. The result of this approach is state drivers being assessed nearly $10 billion a year for their infractions.

The rationale that criminal penalties are disproportionately and unnecessarily harsh has driven the three other legal reform pushes seen in the state since 2014.

That year, California voters approved Proposition 47, championed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It made state sentencing policies less punitive by classifying many crimes considered “non-serious” and “non-violent” as misdemeanors instead of felonies, unless the defendant had criminal histories of major crimes.

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 57, once again at Brown’s behest. It made it easier for felons to win parole if they have constructive records in prisons and also gave judges the decision-making authority on whether juvenile suspects should be prosecuted as adults, not prosecutors.

Third generation farmer

Lifelong Sutter County resident and third Bert Manuel Headshot 6 14 17generation farmer, Bert Manuel, will run for Sutter County Board of Supervisors, District 3. Current District 3 Supervisor, Larry Munger, has stated he will not rerun for the seat next year.

Manuel farms rice and walnuts near the Sutter Buttes. He is currently Chairman of the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Rice Commission. He is a Committee Member of the USA Rice Federation, and a Past Director of the US Rice Council.

“Farming is the backbone of Sutter County’s economy,” said Manuel. “During this recent recession, we truly saw how everything else can go away, but farming remains our base. We need elected leaders who understand agriculture and the huge impact it can have on growing our economy.”

"Running a successful farming operation, I deal with budgets, HR, marketing, contract negotiations, and dozens of government permitting offices" said Manuel. "My motto is ‘homegrown, and can’t be owned.’ I want to use my experience to help Sutter County thrive."

Manuel is a Life Member of the California Waterfowl Association and the National Sporting Clays Association, and a Life Benefactor for the National Rifle Association. He is a member of the California Farm Bureau and the Amateur Trapshooters Association.

He attended Live Oak High School and Yuba College, and is a graduate of the USA Rice Foundation Leadership Class.

Bert and Dani Manuel have been married for 22 years. They have two children, Olivia and Dino. The family is very involved with the Sutter High Trap Team. Bert served as the Head Sporting Clays Coach for Sutter High School and is the State Sporting Clays Coordinator for the California Youth Shooting Sports Association.

By Stephen Frank

In 1860, South Carolina started the nullification effort against the United States. In 2017, Rendon, De Leon and Brown have started the SECOND Civil War, by passing legislation that nullifying Federal law. We have SB 54 to make California a sanctuary State, nullifying out immigration laws. We have a bill to give pot growers and sellers sanctuary, nullifying Federal drug laws. Now we have Democrats in Sacramento, with AB 699 giving honest tax dollars to law breakers, trying to further nullify enforcement of immigration law.

AB 699, instead of turning in law breakers, rewards them for breaking the law with tuition aid. In effect, this department of State government is a co-conspirator in a crime—using your money.

“Assembly Bill 699 will add legal protections for undocumented students attending K-12 public schools in California by barring immigration authorities from entering campuses without a warrant and permission from school officials. The measure also prevents school staff from collecting information about immigration status from students or their guardians and bans school officials from cooperating with federal authorities.

SB 699 makes a teacher in California a law breaker—must make their mothers proud.

george runner 6 14 17Yuba City, Ca.

The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots announced George Runner, Vice Chair, California State Board of Equalization, will be the Special Guest Speaker for their Monday, June 19, 2017 meeting.

George Runner is a former California State Assemblyman and former California State Senator. In 2002, Runner authored California's AMBER Alert system, which has successfully utilized the Emergency Alert System to involve the general public in the search for abducted children and has aided in numerous successful parent-child reunions. As our elected taxpayer advocate on the Board of Equalization, George Runner is fighting to make sure all Californians are treated fairly and to promote tax policies that help grow our economy. He is always open to hearing our ideas on how we can work together to solve the toughest problems facing our state.

His presentation will cover the controversial healthcare bill making its way through the state legislature. SB 562 implements a single-payer healthcare system that would cost the state $400 billion per year, more than three times the current state budget. Also, of concern are the $52 billion tax at the gas pump and vehicle registration increase, the sales tax on services, and California vs the nation.

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News will follow our Special Guest Speaker. The issues of the day will be discussed.

The meeting will be at the Church of Glad Tidings, 1179 Eager Road, Yuba City. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no membership requirement and no charge. Doors open at 6:00 pm; come early to socialize with like-minded neighbors, enjoy the refreshments, and get a front-row seat.

Contact Larry Virga at (530) 755-4409.

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tea party Sheriff Durfor 6 7 17Sutter-Yuba Constitutional Republicans

Marysville, Ca.

The Sutter-Yuba Constitutional Republicans announced Yuba County Sheriff Steven Durfor will be the special guest speaker at their next meeting Monday, June 12, 2017 in the Sierra Nevada room at the Caltrans District 3 Office Building, 703 “B” Street, Marysville at 6:30 PM.

The Sutter-Yuba Constitutional Republicans (SYCR) is a chapter of the California Impact Republicans (CIR). The California Impact Republicans’ charter was approved by the California Republican Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the CA GOP Convention in Sacramento.

Sheriff Durfor will be discussing the relocation to their new facility, the status of the Oroville Dam and future evacuation plans, the myriad of anti-Second Amendment legislation coming out of Sacramento, and what are the consequences of non-compliance on the part of previously law abiding

Registered Republicans are invited to attend this meeting and join other conservative Republicans to help turn California red in 2018. There is currently no cost for SYCR membership. We are organized to do what the establishment isn’t doing.

Contact Larry Virga, Chapter President, at (530) 755-4409.

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Internet for All Now Act of 2017 Advances to the Senate

Sacramento, Ca.

On June 1, 2017 the California State Assembly passed the Internet for All Now Act of 2017 which will help expand broadband infrastructure deployment and adoption in rural communities in the North State and throughout California. Assembly Bill 1665, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and others, is a landmark piece of legislation to ensure that California continues to be a national leader in digital inclusion.

“The digital divide is just not acceptable in the 21st century. Rural Californians deserve the same access and opportunity as those in urban areas,” said Gallagher. “AB 1665 will help improve public safety, economic competition, and educational opportunities in the North State and beyond.”

AB 1665, will allocate $330 million and extend the soon to expire California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) for broadband deployment and adoption in rural and low income urban areas lacking sufficient internet infrastructure.

The CASF was established by the Legislature in 2008 and is administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

This legislation will call upon the CPUC to reach a goal of 98% household connectivity per region. AB 1665 also stipulates greater legislative oversight and accountability over the CPUC’s administration of funds to improve the program.

AB 1665 is now headed to the State Senate for further consideration.

On June 1, 2017 the California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 187, authored by Senator Tom Berryhill, state legislation that will transition California’s calendar-based fishing license to one that is valid a full 12-months from the date of purchase. In 2015, similar legislation failed to reach the Senate floor.

“This bill would not only improve access to recreational fishing, it will protect California jobs dependent on outdoor tourism,” said Senator Tom Berryhill, author of SB 187. “Labor unions, state and local chambers of commerce, anglers, tourism groups and everyday Californians recognize that California’s antiquated fishing licensing program has proven to be a barrier to participation.”

Based on the success of other states, the bill sponsored by the California Sportfishing League (CSL) aims to address California’s costly and failing fishing license program by increasing fishing participation rates and license sales.

“California’s costly and antiquated fishing license program is a contributing factor to an alarming decline in fishing participation rates,” said Marko Mlikotin, executive director of the CSL. “As fishing license sales face a death spiral, fishing’s economic contribution will continue to decline, as will revenue for state conservation and fishery programs.”

The legislation is also supported by an impressive coalition of state and local organizations representing small business, labor, local government, travel, hospitality, marinas and boat manufacturers. The coalition recognizes that an unprecedented decline in fishing license sales threatens recreational fishing’s $4.6 billion annual economic contribution to California communities dependent on outdoor tourism, jobs and tax revenue.

“Recreational fishing generates billions of dollars annually in economic activity for our state and communities dependent on outdoor recreation for jobs and tax revenue,” said Barb Newton, President and CEO of the California Travel Association. “Making fishing less expensive and more accessible is not only critical to increasing participation rates, but protecting our state’s tourism industry.”

Even the International Union of Operating Engineers and SEIU Local 1000, who represent the rank and file Department of Fish and Wildlife employees, agree that a 12-month fishing license will sell more licenses and bring in more revenue – not less revenue – to the DFW.

Before reaching the Governor’s desk, SB 187 must pass the State Assembly.

Background: Despite all its natural resources and size, California’s fishing participation rate has declined to dead last (per capita) in the United States. Furthermore, according to a 2015 study conducted by the CSL, California’s annual fishing license is the costliest in the United States (w/permits). Sales of the state’s annual fishing licenses have declined over 55% since 1980, during which time California’s population increased over 60%. When compared to other states, California’s annual license is 76% more expensive. Another contributing factor to declining sales is that the state’s annual license is not valid a full 12-months from the date of purchase, like the state’s annual park pass. Calendar-based fishing licenses expire on December 31st of every year, providing little to no incentive for anglers to purchase a license late in the year. Today, 11 states and Mexico offer a 12-month fishing license.

The State of Texas implemented a 12-month license program in 2005, and over the past five years (2012-16), they experienced an 11.8% increase in sales and a 12.58% increase in revenue (or $1.9 million). Maryland experienced similar success.

Fishery and conservation programs are also at risk as fishing license sales fuel the Fish and Game Preservation Fund, which is facing an unprecedented $20 million deficit. This deficit will only grow as federal funding, assessed by the number of licenses sold, is reduced as annual license sales continue to decline.

The California Sportfishing League (CSL) is a nonprofit coalition of fresh and saltwater anglers, and businesses devoted to protecting access to recreational fishing. California’s 2,795,253 million anglers generate $4.6 billion in economic activity annually, supporting local tourism and jobs.

by Chuck Bergson, Councilmember, City of Williams

One cannot help but notice the passenger vans of the Colusa County Transportation Commission driving around the County and that these vans are practically empty, practically all the time. For years citizens have joked about these empty vans and their waste of public funds. The unfortunate truth is that this is not a joke; these vans carry little to no passengers and operate on lots of taxes.

The Transportation Commission’s vans carry an average of 4 passengers - that is 4 people in a 19 passenger van - at a cost of nearly $1 million a year. These vans have remained this empty and this costly for years.

That is what was reported in March to the Colusa County Transportation Commission in its Colusa County Short Range Transit Plan and was approved by the Commission.

Also approved by the Commission at this meeting were the replacement of these empty vans with new empty vans at a cost of over $100,000 each, the practice of the delivery of flowers, and more years of wasting approximately three quarter of a million dollars a year.

It is uncomfortable to report misuse by a government body, however, the size of this waste, its open display, and its continued approval is compelling. These facts are a matter of public record and are hard to ignore.

This is what is on the record - The Colusa County Transportation Commission, through its Colusa County Transit Agency, operates this transit program of five vans five days a week at a cost of nearly $1,000,000 a year.

There are many communities throughout the State that have similar size million dollar local transportation systems. According to the American Public Transportation Association here are what similar transit operations provide in a year with million dollar budgets:

Antelope Valley Transit 381,888 passenger miles

City of Corona 325,127 passenger miles

City of Elk Grove 170,982 passenger miles

City of La Mirada 154,516 passenger miles

Roseville Transit 136,489 passenger miles

Placer County DPW 89,021 passenger miles

City of Lodi 82,542 passenger miles

City of Petaluma 82,345 passenger miles

Colusa County Transit Agency 48,906 passenger miles

(A passenger mile is measure of one person traveling one mile on public transportation)

From, American Public Transportation Association 2017.

As can be seen, typical small transit agencies provide significantly higher service; up to hundreds of thousands of passenger miles a year. Colusa County provides a fraction of what other transit agencies provide with the same budget.

On the average, the County’s vans drive with 15 empty seats. This is a vacancy rate of 79% which equates to over $750,000 a year for empty seats - literally sending our tax dollars up in vehicle smoke. If the Commission converted to cars, it would save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Similar size counties like Placer County, Nevada County, Shasta County use profit or non-profit organizations to provide their local transit service. These agencies competitively bid their transit service to provide the most efficient use of their transportation dollars. The County Commission does not bid or contract this service.

Another odd fact is that the Commission will pick up and deliver objects other than people - including flowers and drug prescriptions. The Commission says it attempts to coordinate deliveries with passenger rides. Nonetheless, spending public resources delivering flowers is not public policy and is not the reason we pay taxes.

These facts were brought to the Commission’s attention at their March meeting - the annual three quarter million dollar waste, the expensive empty vans, the practice of competitive bidding, the flower deliveries - all of which were dismissed by the Commission and the Plan was approved.

This Colusa County Short Range Transit Plan covers a period of the past seven years. Based on the vacancy rate of their transit, this Plan documents a waste of over $5 million during this period.

The Commission is responsible for road maintenance and is responsible for transportation matters, including transportation connections to other parts of the State. Given the condition of our roads and given that Colusa County is essentially a transit island, there are obvious ways to gainfully use this $5 million. What will happen with the next $5 million of planned waste?

Other questions arise from the Commission’s actions; who are these Commissioners that approve these “empty, costly” vans?, and what is the role of the agencies that allocate the tax funds given to the Commission?

The answers are surprising. The County Commission is comprised of 1 member from the city of Williams, 2 members from the city of Colusa, and 3 members from the Colusa County Board of Supervisors, for a total of 6 members, essentially making the Commission a branch of the County and not independent. As for supervising the allocation of funds, these tax dollars are rendered to the Commission by various departments of the State and the federal governments with little to no supervision. With nominal amount review by the State and federal agencies, the waste and practices of this Commission could have been revealed and corrected millions of dollars ago.

These empty vans are a reflection upon all levels of government, the federal, the State, local governments, and, ultimately, on us; and it is not a good reflection. As the record shows, this issue is not going to be addressed by the Colusa County Transportation Commission. This waste of these public funds needs to be brought to the attention of the State and federal agencies responsible for fund allocation.

As a resident, taxpayer, and public office holder I am only committing to paper the joke that has followed these vans for years. Wasting public funds, millions of public funds, is no joke. How long will it be until we hold the local officials accountable?